Ana Maria Defillo
Ana Maria Defillo

Ana is a writer, performer and documentarian. Her interests include comedy, media, gender, Latin America, politics and other important things that don’t pay well. She has an M.Sc in Global Affairs from New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. During her time at NYU, Ana won the W.E.B DuBois/ Nelson Mandela Commitment to Dialogue and Education Award for her advocacy on undocumented immigrant rights. Her writing has also been featured in Bustle, Americas Quarterly, and Flavorwire.

Jan. 12, 2016

'Making a Murderer' Attorney Dean Strang Talks Steven Avery and Watching Himself on TV

"I don’t enjoy watching myself on TV."

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July 22, 2013

4 Interviews That Show Brazil Really Knows How to Protest

On July 11, Brazilians protested media monopolies in the country by taking to the streets. These four protesters really know how it's done.
June 29, 2013

'Devious Maids': New Lifetime Show Stereotypes Latinas Instead Of Letting Us Speak For Ourselves

It's bad enough that the show "Devious Maids" features age-old stereotypes about Latina women. It's even worse that audiences and critics, some of them well-intentioned, are trying to excuse it.
June 25, 2013

This Is What A Cuban-Egyptian Feminist Clothing Line Looks Like

The Scandar sisters are streamlining the new generation of fashion, and PolicyMic had a chance to talk to them about their unique clothing company.
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June 19, 2013

São Paulo Protests Prove Brazil Has Much to Teach the U.S. About Civil Disobedience

Just like how the United States tries to deny its pervasive racist, classist, and sexist issues, as well as its human rights abuses, so does Brazil.
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June 14, 2013

13 Shocking Photos Of Brazilian Military Police Brutalizing Protesters in São Paulo

Protests on recent transportation hikes in São Paulo turned violent Thursday evening. Authorities claim they didn't use excessive force, but these photos show a different story.

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June 14, 2013

18 Photos and Videos That Show the Protesters Of Brazil Will Not Back Down and Surrender

Protests in São Paulo have hit an incredible fever pitch over the past days as youth rebel against a proposed transit hike and government corruption. Here are 16 stunning recordings.
June 14, 2013

5 Funny Women Who Are Kicking Ass and Taking Names in Comedy

These women are not only successful in front of the camera but behind the camera as writers, directors, and producers. Here are five females taking the comedy scene by storm.
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June 10, 2013

I'm Not Latino and I'm Not American — What It Was Like Growing Up in Two Cultures That Didn't Accept Me

To Latinos, especially Venezuelans, I am not a “real” Latino. I’m a Gringa. To Americans, I am not a “real” American. I'm too brown. So how am I supposed to identify myself?
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May 18, 2013

Jorge Rafael Videla Dead: Did Pope Francis Sit Idly By During Argentine's 'Dirty War'?

Former Argentine military dictator Jorge Rafael Videla recently died in prison while serving a life sentence for his crimes against humanity. But did Pope Francis just watch him commit them?
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May 17, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: As the House Reaches a Deal, Is That Even a Good Thing?

It's great that both parties are finally pushing an immigration bill forward, but at what cost will this be done?

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May 14, 2013

Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo: An Interview With One Of Cuba's Biggest Dissident Bloggers

An interview with dissident Cuban blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo on his past and present, his thoughts on modern Cuba, and his dreams for the future.
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May 14, 2013

5 Reasons Stephen Colbert is My Favorite Feminist

In honor of Stephen Colbert's birthday, I wanted to list the top five reasons why he is my favorite feminist. Yes, men can be feminist and yes, Colbert is part of our tribe.
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May 7, 2013

Saudi Diplomat Human Trafficking: Why Do Diplomats and the Wealthy Turn to Human Trafficking?

In the past decade, there has been an increase of cases with foreign diplomats trafficking domestic workers into the United States.
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April 30, 2013

Gay Marriage: The Blaze Wants You to Know the Goal is to Destroy 'Traditional Marriage'

The Blaze takes one out-of-context comment and uses it to smear the entire gay rights movement.
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April 26, 2013

Facebook Privacy: Site Does Bad Job At Stopping Fake Profiles

Facebook's anti-pseudonym rule is an ineffective way to combat fake profiles, especially since many millennials use false names to avoid being searched by employers.

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April 22, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: 3 Reasons to Stop Using the Term 'Illegal'

Aside from the fact that the term "illegal immigrant" is not legally accurate, it completely dehumanizes and wrongfully criminalizes millions of people instead of their actions.
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April 19, 2013

Is Social Media Doing More Harm Than Good in the Boston Bombing Case?

I want to celebrate its path to democratizing media. But I can’t right now. Not when I log onto Facebook and see post after post reminding me of the horrific state of affairs in the world.