Why book Shaggy Flores?
M.A. in History
Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
Master’s Project: Coordinate University resources to sponsor Ferris University’s “Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia” traveling exhibit Hateful Things.
Master’s Thesis: Breaking Beats, Creating Cultural Revolutions: Defining Hip-Hop
B.A. in African Diaspora Studies
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA
Senior Project: “The African Diaspora: A Historical, Cultural, and Literary Perspective.”
History and Education Consultant
June 1999 – Present
Through a series of successful collaborations with college and university administrators, establish programs and initiatives to address the needs of multicultural, African Diaspora, or Latino student populations. In 2007, the “Voices for the Voiceless”™ poetry festival, the result of a collaborative effort with Amherst College, was listed in US News and World Reports as one of Amherst College’s most popular campus events.
- Establish programs and initiatives to address the needs of multicultural, African Diaspora, or Latino student populations.
- Serve as a programming and diversity initiative consultant for colleges and universities.
- Serve as an invited lecturer or guest speaker at colleges and universities.
- Assist schools, universities, and library systems to develop curricula that use visual, performance, and literary art as a method to teach Multicultural and African Diaspora studies.
SAMPLE OF SELECTED GUEST LECTURES
“Nuestra Cultura! Nuestra Belleza!”: History and Culture of the Puerto Rican and Black Diasporas.
East Carolina State University
“Surviving Africanisms in the New World”: Building bridges between the Black and Latino Communities
Florida State University
“Voices for the Voiceless”: Multicultural Poetry Concert
“The Myth of Latinidad”: The Persistence of Racism in the Latino Community
Nuyorican Negritude: History of Nuyorican Poetry and Literature
“Porto-Rock Style”: Hip-Hop History and the Latino Presence
College of William and Mary
African Experience in the Atlantic World
Santeria: Dispelling the myths about religions of the African Diaspora
SAMPLE OF KEYNOTE LECTURES/PERFORMANCES
December 2008 Amherst College
September 2008 East Carolina University
January 2005 Ohio State University
January 2004 Enoch Pratt Free Library
February 2003 Colgate University
February 2003 Nassau County Community College
January 2003 Texas A&M University
January 2003 Bowling Green University
SAMPLE ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS
“History of the Nuyorican Experience,”
East Carolina University.
“African American History 1970-1990,”
Virginia State University.
HIST 540/Black Experience to 1865.
“The Young Lords and a History of Puerto Rican Activism,”
Virginia State University.
HIST 564/History of Atlantic World.
“SinCity.” Bandana Republic: A Literary Anthology by Gang Members and Their Affiliates. Ed. Louis Reyes Rivera and Bruce George. Berkeley, CA: Soft Skull Press, 2008.
“Latchkey Kids.” Other Ricans. Ed. Aurora Levins Morales. New York: 2008.
“Making the Decolonized Visible: Puerto Rican Poetry of the Last Four Decades.” Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos 18.2 (Fall 2006): 15.
“New Puerto / Nuyor Rican Literatures.” Hostos Review. Issue 2. 2005. 167-176.
“New Nuyorican Poets, Voices and Sounds: An Interview with Jaime Shaggy Flores.” Post Colonial Text 1.1 (2004).
“El Poeta Canta.” Anniversary DiVerseCity: An Anthology Celebrating Ten Years of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Ed. Scott Wiggerman. Austin: Austin Poets International, 2002. 27.
“Corporate America Comes to El Barrio.” Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art. Ed. Tony Medina, Samiya A. Bashir, and Quraysh Ali Lansana. Chicago: Third World Press, 2002. 47-49.
Sancocho: A Book of Nuyorican Poetry. Springfield: Dark Souls Press, 2001.
“Oye lo Boricua.” Ricanstruction. Ed. Louis Reyes Rivera. New York: 2001.
“Last Visit to Chestnut Middle School.” Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam. Ed. Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera. New York: Random House, 2001. 37.
“When Tito Plays.” Urban Latino Magazine. March 2001: 45.
“The Counselor.” Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools. Ed. Sonia Nieto. London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000. 247.
“When Tito Plays.” Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos 12.1 (Fall 2000): 62-63
- Fluent in oral and written Spanish
- Fluent in oral and written English
- Fluent in oral and written Spanglish
ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS
Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Incorporated
- Member of the Fifth Largest African-American Fraternity
- Eastern Region Marketing and Communications Director (2006 – 2009)
- Life Member
Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia (F&AM)
- Ed Jones Lodge #324
- Royal Arch Haggai Chapter #18
- Royal & Select Masters Richmond Council #4
- King Baldwin Grand Commandery (Knights Templar) Mt. Olivet #2
- Supreme Council Order of the Knights of Pythagoras Council #26
The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows In America & Jurisdiction
- Henrico Lodge #1993
Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA!)
- Local #11
Invisible Order of the Chancleta
- Founder, Supreme Exalted Leader
Phi Alpha Theta, Incorporated
- National History Honor Society
- Inducted Member in Spring 2008