Raquel Z. Rivera, Ph.D. is an author, scholar and singer-songwriter.
She is co-editor of the anthology Reggaeton (2009) and author of New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone (2003). Her academic articles on popular culture have been published in various books and journals. (Click on CV for complete listing.) A freelance journalist, her articles have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, among these: Vibe, One World, Urban Latino, El Diario/La Prensa, Hoy, The San Juan Star, El Nuevo D√≠a, Claridad and Di√°logo.¬†She blogs about her creative process at Cascabel de Cobre and about reggaeton and hip-hop at www.reggaetonica.blogspot.com.
She has a Ph.D. in Sociology and is a Visiting Scholar at the University of New Mexico’s Sociology Department and an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, New York City. Her areas of scholarly interest are popular music and culture, race and ethnicity, nation and diaspora, and the intersections between Latino and Africana studies. She has¬†taught courses in Sociology, Anthropology, Africana and Latino Studies at Columbia University, Hunter College and Tufts University.¬†A sought-after lecturer and panelist, she has done numerous presentations at colleges, conferences, schools and community-based organizations throughout the United States, Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Her essays, short stories and poetry have been featured in journals, newspapers and literary websites, including Letras Salvajes, En la Orilla,¬†Hostos Review/Revista Hostosiana, El Nuevo D√≠a, Claridad, Siempre, El F√©mur de Tu Padre and The Latino Artists Roundtable webpage. She is working on her first novel entitled Beba and collaborating with artist Tanya Torres on a multi-media project dedicated to Mary Magdalene.
A singer-songwriter, her debut CD is titled Las 7 salves de La Magdalena / 7 Songs of Praise for the Magdalene. The album debuted on March 2011 at #16 on the Top 20 World Music Charts Europe. She is a¬†founding and current member of bomba group¬†Alma Moyo.¬†She is also a¬†founding and former member of Boricua roots music group Yerbabuena and also of Yaya, an all-women’s musical collective dedicated to Dominican salves and Puerto Rican bomba. She has performed with Grammy-nominated Los Pleneros de la 21 and internationally-renowned Dominican roots/fusion artists Xiomara Fortuna and Luis Dias,¬†¬†j√≠baro music music legends Nito M√©ndez and Alfonso V√©lez,¬†and New York City-based Caribbean roots music groups Pa’ lo Monte, Palo Mayor, Kalunga, Los Instant√°neos de la Plena and Los Bomberos de Brooklyn. She has performed at SOBs, Satalla Temple of World Music, Lincoln Center’s La Casita Festival, Nuyorican Poets Caf√©, Hostos Community College, Yale University and the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., among numerous other venues.
She is a board member of Latino Studies journal.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she commutes between New York City and Albuquerque.
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