Don’t Question My Afro – Dominican Heritage – Magnolia Vilma

  By: Magnolia Vilma  — “Wait, say your last name again?” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that phrase I’d probably own ten mansions, swimming pool, and jacuzzis attached. I would have maybe five or ten people’s student loans fully paid off in cash money. I sleep, breathe, eat, and dream of…

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…

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…

They Said I Had Bad Hair

By: Suyent Rodriguez  Me dijeron que tenia pelo bueno Because it flowed in the wind …when it was relaxed “You can brush her hair all you want but it will curl up eventually” Mami’s coworkers said When I was a baby she loved my hair because it was straight and soft Little did she know,…

Child of the Diaspora: Being Afro-Latina in America

  By  Kae Ramirez Lashley — My mother is Afro-Panamanian (her mother is Black, her father mestizo) and my father is Bajan (from Barbados). I identify as Black, Afro-Latina, simply Latina, West Indian, or  Caribbean. I know who I am. I never try to deny my African roots. I am not more Black than Latina. I…

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…