Growing Up Afro Latina In the South – Kisha Gulley

“My name is Captain so and so where are you from?” “I’m your flight attendant Kisha, I’m from Arkansas.” “No you aren’t.” At this point I roll my eyes. Introducing yourself to your crew is customary in the aviation world. You want to know who you are working with. For me though it always got…

Why I made An Effort to Embrace My West Indian Roots – Kayla B

     Growing up primarily with my Afro Cuban mother, knowing my Cuban roots was second nature. It was in the yellow rice and black beans as comfort food. It was the guayaberas my grandfather sported and the customs of my mother’s family. Growing up with my mom, I was exposed to my Cuban heritage and…

Ivana- Sol Larios – Raices

  Una negra hispana. Eso es lo que mis padres creation cuando me hicieron. Una gitana sin una  patria de mi propia Con una pierna en el Caroní y una pierna en la Amazónica. ¿Pero a quien pertenezco? El español no sale de mi lengua Tan fácilmente Como mi abuela quiere Y mi piel no…

The Unwritten Story of A Panameña

– Afro-Panamanians are Panamanians of African descent, and constitute 15% of the population. The Afro-Panamanian population can be broken into the “Afro-Colonial”, Afro-Panamanians descended from slaves brought to Panama during the colonial period and the “Afro-Antillean“, West Indian immigrants from Trinidad, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Grenada, Barbados and Jamaica, brought in to build the Panama Canal.-…

The Celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month

  Do you see your flag?  I see mines!!!   There it is ! Yes, PANAMA! Okay, Let me not get distracted. I’ll give you a few seconds to find your flag.  Recently, I learned that the month of June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. This is something I had no clue was celebrated nationally, but newsflash …IT…