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…

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…

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…

Documenting the Afro-Latina Beauty; Afros in San Juan

     The Afro beauty seen in San Juan, Puerto Rico is absolutely breathtaking. Bringing visibility to Afro-Latinos is essential because they are often underrepresented compared to other Latinos. Hence, thanks to projects like Afros in San Juan who is devoted to highlighting the Afro-Latina beauty on the streets of San Juan. This ongoing project will …

MY BLACK ?… YOU CAN’T ERASE

  By Jenay Wright —Being Black means the world. While many will try their hardest to hide this part of them. I have to embrace it. Apart of Self-Love is loving all that comes with you. If you carry that Black magic with you, it’s essential to celebrate it. There is more to being Black then…

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…

Soy Afro-Panameña –A Personal Story of Afro-Latina Identity and Pride

Tamika Burgess is a Writer and Educator. She produces the monthly Afro-Latina focused newsletter, Es Mi Cultura. Follow her on twitter @TameeksB By Tamika Burgess —“I thought you were Black!” This is the response I sometimes get from people when they find out my parents are Panamanian. Looking down at my arm in a sarcastic…

United Nations of Melanin

By Yokary Cruz-Garcia — Growing up in the Dominican Republic, people told me how lucky I was that my light-skinned father is a fourth generation Spaniard. I was the “piel morena ” with good hair, blessed because I didn’t need a “desrizado ” to straighten my hair. People made comments about my dark-skinned mother’s good fortune…