Lecture on Puerto Rican Popular Culture: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5pm Hodges Library Auditorium
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s hit “Despacito” broke numerous records in 2017 for streaming, music video views, and, perhaps most importantly, as a predominantly Spanish-language single that held steady at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 16 weeks. In this talk, Professor Rivera-Rideau examines the representation of Puerto Rican identity, especially the island’s racial politics, in the music video and coverage of pre-Bieber “Despacito.” PETRA R. RIVERA-RIDEAU is assistant professor of American Studies at Wellesley College. She is the author of Remixing Reggaetón: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico and co-editor of Afro-Latin@s in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas. Rivera-Rideau has been featured as a commentator on news outlets such as NPR’s Alt.Latino, Al Jazeera+, and The Atlantic.