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…

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…

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…

The Afro-Dominican Writer, Womanist and Healer

As a woman of color, black woman and a conscious Afro-Latina I find their are a lack of outlets devoted to mental and spiritual healing for our community. These resources are imperative to have access to. The process of self-healing is a useful tool to have in your life and for individuals who are interested in using this tactic we need platforms…

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 …

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…