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Louder Than a Bomba: A Home For Latinx Culture and Expression

Louder Than a Bomba: A Home For Latinx Culture and Expression

By Anna Mason
photos via YCA

Thursday night Feb 22, Columbia College was alive with music and dancing. Teens and adults gathered for the first ever Louder Than A Bomba, an open mic for Latinx people.

The creation of this space has come at a much needed time for the Latinx community. Of the event, coordinator José Olivarez said, “The president has made open and very racist remarks against the Latinx community. I think in that political climate, it’s really powerful to have a gathering where we can celebrate each other and respond and resist.” A commonly stressed idea among attendees was the importance of a safe space where they could share their stories for people who understand where they’re coming from.

“I think this event is really important to the community, especially with what’s happening to a lot of Latino...

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