Do Your Research Queen – Yulissa Nunez

I never thought of myself as being of African descent because my family never spoke about it when I was growing up. We were Dominicans from the Dominican Republic – a country that was diverse in skin tone and united in bachata, baseball, and locrios, among many other things. I didn’t consider myself anything but…

My Latinidad Is Enough – Natalie Warren

My name is Natalie. I am a 26-year-old Afro – Latina and Afro-American woman. My mother’s side comes from the Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico. My father’s side is African American, originally from the south. I grew up in the south with my mother where there were not too many Afro Latinos. I grew up around many non-black Central Americans, non-black Mexicans, and African…

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…