Celebrating the intersection of Hispanic and Black culture

Author Sili Recio discusses her Dominican upbringing and how it inspired her new children’s book “If Dominican Were a Color.”
2:55 | 10/20/20

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Our next guest here, what a resume. Speaker, writer, digital influencer and author of a new children's book called "If Dominican were a color." The intersection of hispanic and black cultures. Let's meet the author. Sili Recio. Thank you so much for being here. As a kid, people looked at you and it annoyed you, what are you? Do you still get that question and does it annoy you still? Should people get away from asking that or is it okay? They probably cannot get away with it. I still get it. I've recently read someone the riot act on it. But I still get it, which is always interesting to me. Yeah, it's just a little annoying. That's understandable. You addressed it with this book because it showcases the many identities of the Dominican people, so tell us what it was like growing up and why you decided to write this book? You know, the book started off really -- ten years ago, and it wasn't until a couple years back when I was speaking with the book publisher and she said that this is children's book and so when I went back and adjusted some things to really address all the colors and all the shapes and forms. You talk about this. This is for kids to see themselves in media and books, representation is always important, but the book also has some value for kids, for other little kids to learn about other cultures as well, it's not just for one set of kids? Absolutely. I think the biggest compliment that I've gotten is people will come to me and say, if I take Dominican out and I put Ecuadorian, it still applies. I really love the fact that people are seeing themselves in it and I think that's really important. And sili, you gently touched on some pretty heavy topics, but topics that we are all talking about and dealing with as a country hopefully, racism, colorism, how did you approach that in a children's book? You know, I didn't intend to, now that's in the hands of the children and the parents that read it, it's coming across. I wanted to tell my story and I wanted to share the beauty that I saw, the beauty that I saw in myself, that was instilled in me that I see in the people I love, it was easy in that way because I was just kind of writing down what I saw and what I saw all around me was beauty. Yeah, just a reminder, we're all one, it's important to celebrate each other. Sili Recio, thank you for your time today. We appreciate it. Thank you. And up next right here on "Gma3" -- it's the season,

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