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Introducing AQ’s Top 5 Latin American Storytellers

AQ profiles five women and men who use their voice (or their pen or their camera) to tell stories we might not otherwise hear.
Hugo Rojo/NPR; Sean Drakes/LatinContent/Getty; Michael Tran/Filmmagic; Krista Schleuter; Adriana Lestido

This article is adapted from AQ’s print issue on reducing homicide in Latin America. | Leer en español 

In this issue of AQ, we highlight five Latin Americans who use radio, photography, filmmaking, literature and music to amplify unheard voices and bring overlooked stories to light.

They include a Peruvian podcaster who grew up in Alabama, a Haitian writer who grew up in New York, and a Chilean rapper who grew up in France. Their experiences as immigrants and outsiders connect them to the people whose stories they tell. 

Our list also includes an iconic Argentine photographer and a genre-bending musician from Puerto Rico. Together, these five storytellers are a testament to the power of an individual voice to bring people together – and a reminder that all of our stories are worth telling. 

AQ Top 5 Storytellers: Adriana Lestido

Capturing the heartbreak of others helped this Argentine photographer heal after personal tragedy.

AQ Top 5 Storytellers: Ana Tijoux

This pioneering Chilean rapper blurs the line between art and activism.

AQ Top 5 Storytellers: Daniel Alarcón

The Peruvian-American author and Radio Ambulante narrator speaks up for Latin Americans living on society's margins.

AQ Top 5 Storytellers: Edwidge Danticat

A childhood in two countries gave this Haitian-American author a penchant for crossing the "boundaries you’re not supposed to cross."

AQ Top 5 Storytellers: Residente

This Puerto Rican rapper's quest to learn his own story gave others a platform to tell their own.
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