Yo soy Boricua pa que tu lo sepas – Mariah Papaya 

Yo soy boricua pa que tu lo sepas What does it mean to look Puerto Rican? Is it because I’m not used to What you’ve been seeing? The women on Telemundo y Univision Are not representative of all Boricuas Visit our island And actually see for yourself mijo Y dejame tranquilo Why don’t you believe…

I Am Enough – Nadia Eterna  

I Am Enough My hair isn’t perfectWhen it isn’t straightenedBut it’s okay cause it’s enoughI don’t have tan or pale skinOnly dark skinBut it’s okay, I am enoughI am made fun of/ misunderstood for speaking Spanish cause I am a Black girl I get stares and shocking surprises and even white Latinos are in denial.I…

Growing Up Afro- Latina – Zoe Boynton

Hello, My name is Zoe Boynton. I am an Afro Latina and I am Panamanian! Growing up I struggled to accept my Latina identity because only one side of my family is Afro Latino (My mom’s side) with my dad’s side being African American. Growing up I only identified with being Black. It was easier…

I am Called Negra – Luz Mack |

I Am a Complex Mixture With a Rich History of Survival—birthed From the Colonizer’s War That Destroyed All Traces of Taino Origins but Not Before Raping and Enslaving Them. They Created a New Generation While Erasing All Memories of the Past but a Future Marked by Mixed Skin, Fallen From God’s Grace, and an Unknown…

Salvador Meu Amor | Math Teacher – Jazly Liriano

Salvador Meu Amor / Salvador My Love  LostLike a big transition is comingOne that I’m not ready forI’m not ready Things are going to be soDifferent FasterIn EnglishDevoid of that Bahian warmthCold ComplicatedFriendships that I need to evaluatePeople that I need, to be honest withThings I need to confrontAnd figure out Because I just leftLoose…

Navigating Through Life Coexisting With PMDD – Jenay Wright

By Jenay Wright – Step up to the plate, swing batter, batter swing. He strikes out and hits me with hell week. I knew it was coming as I saw him running to first base, and then second base, and third and then fourth base and that’s with every emotion hitting me at once. This…

Black girl. You Are Black Enough – Jenay Wright

When I look in the mirror I see a Black woman, when I walk down the street I am seen as a Black woman. My skin is evidently brown, but realistically I didn’t always feel Black enough. Was this because I had a sprinkle of sazon and sofrito, that played a role in some of…

My Hair is Enough – Jenay Wright

My hair is a topic I don’t enjoy conversing about. Most of the time I try to avoid bringing it up, especially around others who don’t necessarily understand my experience because they haven’t walked in my shoes. When you were taught to hate your hair and constantly your texture was considerded not appealing or too…

Soy una mujer Negra, tengo poder, soy magia. – Andy La Negra

Embracing my Blackness in Latinidad is probably the most exhausting existence I encounter every day. I know that may lead to the question “but what the hell does that even mean?” Well frankly it means that having all these intersecting identities can be draining.  I am a Dark Skin Black Woman; I am also of…