Mourning Pride – Jackie Torres

  These past few weeks, I have participated in a very private kind of mourning. In the wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation on Puerto Rico, the usual thoughts surrounding my identity have been exacerbated ten-fold in my already overactive brain. Shameful confession? I have never been to Puerto Rico; at least not when I was…

EL PALO

-Yazmerlin Rodriguez- “Ay qué palo mama, que palito. Ay qué palo mama, que palito. A mi me gusta bailar pegaito, a mi me gusta bailar pegaito.” Mama Africa although it seems your children have forgotten you, tonight we feel your spirit in the hypnotizing melody of your song. Let every beat of drums bring us…

Afro-Latina & Beautifully Mixed; Michelle Lopez

THE CONFUSING GAME I’m tired of people telling me: You’re not black.. Oh wait You’re only black if a war breaks out. You’re fat No wait, You’re thick in the right places. You’re not really Mexican, You’re Latina! Brazilian yes because you got that hair and booty. Umm… white and Spanish too right? Samoan, Dominican…

” Afro-Latinas , Camina Conmigo “

Elizabeth Acevedo is a Afro-Latina spoken word poet who did a piece titled ” Afro-Latinas.” Her spoken word , spoke to me and through me. The strength in her voice reflected her understanding of living and breathing like an Afro-Latina.  We can see what it “means” to be an Afro-Latina on a simple google search…