Owning My Afro-Latinidad, Unapologetically — Monique Soto

    By: Monique Soto —  I am a proud Black and Puerto Rican – an Afro Latina! It has taken a long time for me to love and accept my heritage and descent until this point in my life. I had my fair share of identity struggles. My father is Puerto Rican from Rio…

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…

Dear You – Sharee Yveliz

  Dear you, My “Dominican side” is not showing. It didn’t make an appearance as if my blackness was hiding it. My American status doesn’t take away from the culture I was raised in. Dear you, I am Dominican. I shout in Spanish when I’m frustrated; curse words roll off my tongue when I’m angry….

Five Gifs & Memes for and by Afro-Latinas – Jenay Wright

If you are always on social media, you know Gifs and Memes are life. They get our day started and keep our insomnia entertained at night. To be honest without them will some social media sites even be useful. I mean they take up the majority of our scrolling time. The point is they are powerful…

Cultivating Divine Gratitude by Gabrielle Greiner

  Once again, Thanksgiving has come upon us and so many of us are unsure how to respond to this holiday of thankfulness. Most of us are struggling with something at the moment, such as with financial issues or relationship problems. Our government seems to be falling apart as we helplessly watch the systems so…

The Importance Of Self Caring In The Face Of World Tragedy – Kayla B.

  The words flash across the screen. Unarmed black man shot and killed by police. 20 children killed in school shooting. Serial rapists claims latest victim. Terror attack at concert claims lives. World “Leaders” slinging angry tweets. Racism rearing its ugly head inciting violence and unrest. Chills run down your spine and in the moment,…

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…

Afro-Peruvian Vibes: La Sangre Llama

    By Cindy Aguilar – These were the terms of endearment my family has for me; Negrita, morena, morenetus (made up word by my favorite aunt). How could you ever think you are something different with nicknames like these?! I grew up to these names. The best part is that every single word is…

Brown Sugar & Canela

By Keyanna Gotay- Growing up as a young girl, I never thought of myself any different from others. That changed when my family and I moved down south from New York. Besides people constantly asking where I was from because of my then New York accent, people couldn’t seem to wrap their mind around the…