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Raquel Cepeda

Award-Winning Author and Journalist; Filmmaker, Producer & Cultural Activist

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Raquel Cepeda Biography

Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, filmmaker, producer, and award-winning writer Raquel Cepeda is the author of "Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina." Bird is equal parts memoir about Cepeda’s coming of age in New York City and Santo Domingo, and detective story chronicling her year-long journey to discover the truth about her ancestry. The book also looks at what it means to be Latinx today.

Cepeda’s latest film, La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla, premiered virtually at DOC NYC on November 11, 2020, and also won the festival’s Audience Award. Directed, written, and produced by Cepeda, the documentary follows a beloved South Bronx matriarch and former “First Lady” of the Savage Skulls gang as she struggles to remain visible in a rapidly gentrifying community she helped rebuild in the 1980s.

Cepeda’s documentary film, Some Girls, focuses on a group of troubled Latina teens from a Bronx-based suicide prevention program who are transformed by an exploration of their roots via the use of ancestral DNA testing, followed by a trip to the seat of the Americas. On that journey to modern-day Dominican Republic, the white supremacist narratives about American history they’ve been taught are challenged, leaving them free to reconstruct their own respective identities.

Cepeda co-created the podcast "Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race," also known as "About Race," which debuted in late March 2015 as part of The Slate Group’s Panoply Network. She directed and produced the NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity In Communications) Vision nominated film Bling: A Planet Rock, a documentary about American hip-hop culture’s obsession with diamonds and all of its social trappings, and how the infatuation with “blinging” became intertwined in Sierra Leone’s decade-long conflict.

For more than two decades, Cepeda’s writings have been widely anthologized and her byline has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, People, the Associated Press, The Village Voice, MTV News, CNN.com, and many others. A former magazine editor, Cepeda edited the critically acclaimed PEN/Beyond Margins winning anthology And It Don’t Stop: The Best Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years.

On November 25, 2014, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Cepeda was presented with an award from celebrated Dominican artist German Perez at the United Nations. The plaque reads: The permanent mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations recognizes Raquel Cepeda for the courage reflected in her literature, her commitment to denouncing violence against women, and her work in helping young women’s empowerment.

Cepeda was an honoree at the 2016 Dominican Day Parade, and sits on the board of City Lore and the Style Wars Restoration Project. Cepeda serves on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Latin Media and Entertainment Commission in the capacity of Strategic Advisor in positioning her beloved city as a global capital for the Latinx media and entertainment industry.

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    Booking fees for Raquel Cepeda, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Raquel Cepeda, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Raquel Cepeda?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Raquel Cepeda for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Raquel Cepeda for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Raquel Cepeda or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Raquel Cepeda or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Raquel Cepeda Biography

Born in Harlem to Dominican parents, filmmaker, producer, and award-winning writer Raquel Cepeda is the author of "Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina." Bird is equal parts memoir about Cepeda’s coming of age in New York City and Santo Domingo, and detective story chronicling her year-long journey to discover the truth about her ancestry. The book also looks at what it means to be Latinx today.

Cepeda’s latest film, La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla, premiered virtually at DOC NYC on November 11, 2020, and also won the festival’s Audience Award. Directed, written, and produced by Cepeda, the documentary follows a beloved South Bronx matriarch and former “First Lady” of the Savage Skulls gang as she struggles to remain visible in a rapidly gentrifying community she helped rebuild in the 1980s.

Cepeda’s documentary film, Some Girls, focuses on a group of troubled Latina teens from a Bronx-based suicide prevention program who are transformed by an exploration of their roots via the use of ancestral DNA testing, followed by a trip to the seat of the Americas. On that journey to modern-day Dominican Republic, the white supremacist narratives about American history they’ve been taught are challenged, leaving them free to reconstruct their own respective identities.

Cepeda co-created the podcast "Our National Conversation About Conversations About Race," also known as "About Race," which debuted in late March 2015 as part of The Slate Group’s Panoply Network. She directed and produced the NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity In Communications) Vision nominated film Bling: A Planet Rock, a documentary about American hip-hop culture’s obsession with diamonds and all of its social trappings, and how the infatuation with “blinging” became intertwined in Sierra Leone’s decade-long conflict.

For more than two decades, Cepeda’s writings have been widely anthologized and her byline has been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, People, the Associated Press, The Village Voice, MTV News, CNN.com, and many others. A former magazine editor, Cepeda edited the critically acclaimed PEN/Beyond Margins winning anthology And It Don’t Stop: The Best Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years.

On November 25, 2014, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Cepeda was presented with an award from celebrated Dominican artist German Perez at the United Nations. The plaque reads: The permanent mission of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations recognizes Raquel Cepeda for the courage reflected in her literature, her commitment to denouncing violence against women, and her work in helping young women’s empowerment.

Cepeda was an honoree at the 2016 Dominican Day Parade, and sits on the board of City Lore and the Style Wars Restoration Project. Cepeda serves on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Latin Media and Entertainment Commission in the capacity of Strategic Advisor in positioning her beloved city as a global capital for the Latinx media and entertainment industry.

Raquel Cepeda Videos

  • White Fund Enlightenment Series Presents Raquel Cepeda
    White Fund Enlightenment Series Presents Raquel Cepeda
  • Raquel Cepeda Confidence Chronicles Interview - part 1
    This is part 1 of my 2 part interview with Raquel Cepeda, author of Bird of Paradise How I Became Latina, a memoir. Raquel's also an award winning...

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FAQs on booking Raquel Cepeda

  • How to book Raquel Cepeda?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Raquel Cepeda for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Raquel Cepeda, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Raquel Cepeda or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Raquel Cepeda?

    Booking fees for Raquel Cepeda, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Raquel Cepeda, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Raquel Cepeda?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Raquel Cepeda for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Raquel Cepeda for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Raquel Cepeda or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Raquel Cepeda or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Raquel Cepeda is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Raquel Cepeda for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Raquel Cepeda generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gina Rodriguez, Sonia Nazario, Erika Andiola, Lizzie Velasquez and Esmeralda Santiago. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Raquel Cepeda for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Raquel Cepeda Speaker Videos

  • White Fund Enlightenment Series Presents Raquel Cepeda
    White Fund Enlightenment Series Presents Raquel Cepeda
    Raquel Cepeda Confidence Chronicles Interview - part 1
    This is part 1 of my 2 part interview with Raquel Cepeda, author of Bird of Paradise How I Became Latina, a memoir. Raquel's also an award winning journalist, documentary filmmaker, & passionate...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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