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…

Vida en Panamá

By Jenay Wright —Before I was aware of the term Afro-Latina, I just said I was Black and Panamanian and this is exactly what I told people when asked what I was. It was verbatim of what represented me. I find when I say I am Latina people would give me the same “Girl stop…

Zaira Miluska Funes : An Afro-Mestizo’s Journey

By  Zaira Miluska Funes — I’m Salvadoran-American and growing up in Los Angeles I always knew, from a young age, I looked different from my Mexican friends, they were fair-light skinned with straight/wavy hair and had more Eurocentric- standard Mestizo features. While I, on the other hand, had thick curly hair, darker skinned tone, and…

Roots and Identity : An Afro-Cuban’s Discovery of Self

When I think of this word, it holds so much weight. Everything a person does is rooted in their identity. Identity to me is not so cut and dry, but ever evolving. When a baby is born, they are given a name. Their name serves as a building block to their identity. When that child…

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…

An Acronym for Afro-Latinas

    Do you remember being in school and the teacher asked you to create a acronym for your name? I always thought that task was a bit challenging because I could never find the perfect words that fit me. But… I wanted to create an acronym for Afro-Latinas so they could have something to…

A Letter to my Afro- Latinas

Dear  my Afro-Latinas, I am calling on all my Afro-Latinas. I want you to close your eyes , open your heart and feel your soul.  I understand the feeling of not knowing where you fit in or understanding who you are.  We have all had those days we didn’t feel beautiful because we didn’t match…