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Port of Entry Podcast: ‘Blaxican’ Filmmaker Focuses On Cross-Cultural Stories Like Her Own

Filmmaker Ebony Bailey is pictured in this undated photo.
Ebony Bailey
Filmmaker Ebony Bailey is pictured in this undated photo.
Ebony Bailey is a filmmaker currently based in Mexico City. As an American with Mexican and African roots, she identifies as “Blaxican.” And she’s drawn to telling stories like her own — stories about the mixing of cultures and the beauty that comes from it. Ebony made a film about Black migrants in Tijuana, and we talk to her about that and more in this “Border Voices” bonus episode. Our “Border Voices” series features shorter episodes spotlighting people who identify as transborder, fronterizx or simply have a story to tell about their relationship with the U.S.-Mexico border. Watch Ebony’s films at https://www.ebonybailey.com/ Follow “Port of Entry” online at www.portofentrypod.org, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/portofentrypod). Support our work at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search “Port of Entry” in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email podcasts@kpbs.org. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime with questions or comments about the show.

As an American with Mexican and African roots, Ebony Bailey identifies as “Blaxican.”

Bailey is a filmmaker currently living in Mexico City, where she says her Black skin often brings unwanted attention.

"On one hand, it is jarring when people point and ask me to touch my hair," she said. "But on the other hand, I'm just so used to it, because I've always been used to being different and being the only Black person here."

VIDEO:‘Blaxican’ Filmmaker Focuses On Crosscultural Stories Like Her Own

Bailey made a film about the growing number of Black migrants in Tijuana called “Life Between Borders."

In a new episode of KPBS' border podcast "Port of Entry," Bailey talks about that film and her other work focusing on the mixing of cultures and the beauty that often comes from it.

Bailey is featured as part of “Border Voices,” a series of shorter episodes spotlighting people who identify as transborder, fronterizx or simply have an interesting relationship with the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Port of Entry” will be back with a new season of cross-border stories soon.