Rosa Alicia Clemente is an organizer, political commentator and independent journalist. An Afro-Puerto Rican born and raised in the Bronx, she has dedicated her life to organizing, scholarship and activism. She is one of the most raw, honest, political, social and cultural voices in the country. From Harvard to prisons, Clemente has spent her life dedicated to grassroots organizing and scholar activism. Throughout her scholarly career, Clemente has been a constant on-the-ground presence through the many political struggles facing people of color in the 21st century. She travels nationally as a public speaker at colleges and universities, various organizations organizing and speaking to a wide range of communities. She was the first ever Afro-Latina woman to run for Vice-President of the United States in 2008 on the Green Party ticket. She and her running mate, Cynthia McKinney, were to this date the only women of color ticket in American history.
Clemente is the president and founder of Know Thy Self Productions, which has produced seven major community activism tours and consults on issues such as hip-hop feminism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, United States political prisoners and the right of Puerto Rico to become an independent nation free of United States colonial domination. She is a frequent guest on television, radio and online media, as her opinions on critical current events are widely sought after.
Clemente is a leading scholar on the issues of Afro-Latinx identity. Her groundbreaking article, Who is Black?, published in 2001, was the catalyst for many discussions regarding Blackness in the Latinx culture. As an activist with Black Lives Matter, she has continued to address issues of Afro-Latinx Identity and anti-Blackness through her writings. As a co-founder and national coordinator of the first ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention, Clemente helped bring together more than 3000 activists to create and implement a national political agenda for the Hip-Hop generation. She also co-founded the REACH Hip-Hop Coalition, a Hip-Hop generation-based media justice organization.
Clemente’s academic work has been dedicated to researching national liberation struggles inside the United States with a specific focus on The Young Lords Party (which she wrote her master’s thesis on), The Black Panther Party, and the Black and Brown Liberation Movements of the 60s and 70s, as well as the effects of COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) on such movements. She has also written extensively on Afro-Latinx identity and politics, the intersection of race, gender and class, Hip-Hop feminisms and media justice.
Clemente is no stranger to taking on high profile celebrities. From her very first article in 2001 calling out Russell Simmons for his lack of understanding of Hip-Hop culture to her 2013 video in response to Rick Ross’ lyrics and calling upon men to put an end to rape culture. Additionally, she continually offers the public a view into her life and experience. This is hauntingly evident in her 2013 essay "Not Ready to Die but Wanting to Die: Depression, Hip-Hop and the Death of Chris Lightly." In that essay, Clemente shared the story of her depression, shining a light on the problem within the hip-hop community and encouraging people to break the silence and shame.
As an independent journalist, she traveled to Vieques, Puerto Rico to document the US Naval withdrawal from the island after 67 years of US military control. She was in New Orleans and Mississippi, as an independent journalist, a mere ten days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area. Her on-the-ground reports were distributed to media outlets around the world. In September 2018 days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico she created of PR (Puerto Rico) On the Map, an independent, unapologetic, Afro-Latinx centered media collective. She is currently completing her Ph.D. at the W.E.B. DuBois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
On January 8th, 2018, Clemente and six other women of color organizers joined actresses from Hollywood as part of the Times Up initiative and the #metoo movement.
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Sep 22 2017
The attendees of the keynote lecture and partnering student leaders thoroughly enjoyed our evening with Rosa. Unfortunately, there was another keynote happening across campus, so we did not get the turnout we expected. But, as Rosa said during her speech last night, it doesn’t matter how many people are in the room. What mattered to us was the movement, growth, and value gained by those present. Rosa was an incredible speaker, and it is Nijal and I’s belief that the student body of UNC benefited from her presence. Thank you for helping us make this event happen! We hope Rosa knows she is always welcome in Chapel Hill.
UNC Chapel Hill - Sep 22 2017
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