Pelo Crespo: How my Afrolatinidad Identity Saved Me

Beyazmin Jimenez  I had been using alisando on my hair since I was 8 years old. I hated the routine. I hated being in a packed salon, with chapiadoras getting their nails and hair paid by their drug-slinging men, and the wanna-be chapiadoras staring in awe hoping one of them would pay attention. The never-ending…

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…

Mabel Guzman; Being Black & From DR

  Dominican Republic. The motherland that I couldn’t be prouder to represent. The food, the music, the heat, the enormous amount of people in my family, are just a few aspects of my country that make me love it. But what about culture? It’s probably the first thing people mention when talking about their own…

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…

When is Black Enough?

Often times people tend to judge actors who are chosen to lead roles in biopics. Actors should be judged off their acting capabilities, but in some cases it always relates back to color.  Most of the time people give their input based off physical appearance. It is significant that in a biopic the actor should nail…

The Modern Afro-Latina

Discovering who you are and determining your identity is an essential component to everyday life.  It is something that one will have to come across at some point of their life. It takes questioning and evaluating what community makes you feel most content while still taking into account your own culture and traditions.  For Karen…