AM I AFRO-LATINA ENOUGH? 

Afro- Latina speaks community of empowering individuals. It represents a culture of those who Celebrate traditions that deeply root back to the motherland. It signifies the rich Sounds of our ancestors who carried the musical rhythms of Africa with them. It preserves our expression of dance, songs, religion and literature with a Latin twist without neglecting our African roots.  It crosses barriers from SudaAmerica to Centroamerica along to the coast of Puerto Rico. It flows through all facets…

Fetishizing My Heritage Isn’t Okay, It’s Offensive

By Kayla B —It caught me off guard, but just like the numerous times before, the story ended the same. Girl meets boy, boy finds out girl is part Latina, boy sexualizes  girl, girl kicks boy to the curb. Back when I was single (during my college years) I loved to date. As a woman…

The Hangout with HarmoniCurls: Afro-Latina Beauty Vlogger

  The creative project AfroinSanJuan documents some of the most unique, organic and refreshing women living in Puerto Rico. Each Afro beauty has her own story or voice behind her image. The photography is so creatively intriguing you want to know more. When Afro-Latina Vlogger Harmonicurls was featured I automatically clicked to her content because it was…

Not Just A Label; Paola Aragon Brown

    It was during my college career that I officially heard the term Afro Latina, weird right? I guess I was a late bloomer. Born to Afro Colombian parents, they never quite emphasized on the fact that we were Afro Colombians, we were just Colombian.  It has been my observation, as I have dissected…

My Afrolatinidad; Angeline Alcalá

#IAmEnough asked me to write about my “Afro-Latinidad“; once I started, every-thing started to flow out of me in parts and it became a collection of sorts, like a sacred project. I said of course, because this is sort of newly discovered /confirmed and a huge part of who I am. This is so empowering…

Reclaiming My Identity; Jenay Wright

I look at beautiful brown people as they walk pass me as they talk and laugh, they look just like me. Shopping in soho, with their beautiful brown skin and bright smiles while the sun shinned so bright on their melanated color. They wear blackness so bold and so confident.  I looked back at my reflection…

A Cultural Fusion: From Colombia to Ghana

In the shoes of a wanderlust traveler, stepping onto new grounds is a life-changing experience. It’s a new chapter unfolding in front of you. This expedition opens doors to new people, deep explorations , new concepts, tasting new cuisines and adapting to a new culture and environment. For people like me who sometimes can’t always travel to these places by thereselves we…

NEGRA; Gabrielle Greiner

    I never knew I was black. Growing up, my blackness wasn’t taught to me, like how I wasn’t shown how to do my hair. When I raised questions to my elders, “Why does my hair grow out? Like sideways, not down. And why is it so curly?” The response glossed over centuries of…

Dear Black Girl, I love you.

Simone Gillon So this past weekend I shaved my hair. I didn’t realize how much weight it held until a ton of black men called me out for cutting my Afro off and then not liking my new style. Here I am, a black woman who chose to do something for her once and being…

The Afro-Dominican Writer, Womanist and Healer

As a woman of color, black woman and a conscious Afro-Latina I find their are a lack of outlets devoted to mental and spiritual healing for our community. These resources are imperative to have access to. The process of self-healing is a useful tool to have in your life and for individuals who are interested in using this tactic we need platforms…

A Selena Tribute by Anais & Mirabelle Lee

  Our Queen of Tejano music, Mexican-American, a music icon and legend, Selena Quintanilla is a name that will never be forgotten. Her music and enduring legacy will forever live on and continue to change lives of many. Selena’s soul is resting but her spirit lives through the diversity of individuals.   The sound of her voice echoes worldwide and her…

BLACK , LATINA AND BEAUTIFUL

          By Mitzy Quarless  Jimenez  — I’m a Panamanian, Afro-Latina and a proud repper of all things negritud. [ Here is my story ] because it is one of positivity and one that has kept me strong despite the world trying to bring me down for things I have no control…