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…

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…

Diversely Yours; Representation Matters

  Embracing diversity among handmade felt toys evolved from an idea to an online business shop. Creating a space for children and people to feel represented was a keen goal for Creator of Diversely Yours Aonna Barksdale. In honor of Black History Month we want to highlight and show appreciation for Black History in the making. We shed light upon a shop owned by a woman of color and…

My Black..My Power…MyAfroLatinos

Case 1.  I got arrested and they read me my miranda rights. They cuffed me and asked me what I was ethnically. I told them Black and Latina and they delivered that message to the station.They said I have a 21 year old Black Latina female and we are taking her in. Case 2 I…

Code : Race , Ethnicity , Culture

  Growing up I didn’t always feel obligated to identify with a specific race. However, I was always more intrigued when it came to recognizing my own culture. In this country there is so much pressure to classify with a specific race. We put people into this box based off their appearance and we automatically…

Empowering & Embracing: A Girl Chat with Stephanie George

A huge part of living life is discovering who you are and learning where you fit in culturally. Once you hit that stage in your life where you are content, at ease, and satisfied with who you are; the next step to take is to embrace who you are and live your life to the fullest….

Acknowleding, Accepting and Embracing the AfroLatina Perspective

By Bianca Betancourt—Growing up, I didn’t know there was such a thing as “AfroLatina” and how diverse, complex and complicated that term could really be.  When people would (intrusively) ask me “what I was” I would always answer the same way: “Puerto Rican, Black and Native American.” Puerto Rican—because of all the minorities that make…