I remember the first time I saw the Brown and Proud poster (pictured left) and I also remember that I had two completely different reactions, one right after the other. First, I thought "How cool is that?" only seconds later to think "What a shame." The artwork was fiercely cool (not to mention up my Brown Girl alley) and represented my feelings of pride exactamente; but the reason the artwork existed in the first place was shameful and painful and like millions of others, made me fiercely angry. On April 23, 2010, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the nation’s toughest bill on illegal immigration (SB 1070) into law with an aim to identify, prosecute and deport illegal immigrants. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that there would be a resurgence in racial profiling, among other injustices. (Deep, deep sigh.) Millions of protestors around the nation (including the President) took to the streets, media outlets, and their art forms to protest. Melanie Cervantes was one of them.