For The Evergreen State College program "Nonfiction Media."
Directed, produced, and edited by Naima Noguera.
“Maneuvering Spaces,” takes a look into the realm of language discrimination toward black and brown communities in the United States. This piece comes to an understanding about the beauty of cultural vernaculars, assimilation through speech, the normalized use of “proper” English and the power and resiliency in “code-switching.”
Nero, Shondel. “Who is speaking the Spanish?” Personal interview. 17 Apr. 2013.
Shondel J. Nero is a director of the multilingual and multicultural studies at New York University. Her work examines the challenges that students who speak Nonstandard English undergo when integrating in the classroom. In this interview, she discusses the differences between slang and vernacular and how attitudes toward Nonstandard English effect brown and black communities in the United States.
Noguera, Pedro. “Language cannot be Owned.” Personal interview. 16 Apr. 2013.
Pedro Noguera is a sociology professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Noguera's work focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. In this interview, he discusses the ways in which English can be used as a tool for resisting the dominant norms.
Davis, Qasim. “Our Language.” Online interview. 30 Apr. 2013.
Qasim Davis is a primary contributor in developing a social justice based and food sovereignty curriculum at Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools. Facilitating educational programs and workshops, Qasim also mentors students and assists in the building of the Rethink garden. In this interview, Qasim engages in the ways that “code switching” can help people to maneuver different spaces and spheres.
Romero, Fabian. "Policing Our Existence." Personal interview. 4 May 2013.
Fabian Romero is a two spirit, queer, Chicano poet whose work centers around the intersections of their many identities. Many of their poems are written in both Spanish and English, or "Spanglish." In this interview, Fabian discusses the ways in which his family assimilated into American culture through the loss of accents and language.
Noguera, Joaquin. "Code Switch." Telephone interview. 29 Apr. 2013.
Joaquin Noguera has worked in the classrooms of black and brown communities since graduating from Saint Johns University. He has made many connections mentoring youth in grade and high school. In this interview, he discusses how language has had associations with racial and class status, and the expectations that come along with that.