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…

The Unwritten Story of A Panameña

– Afro-Panamanians are Panamanians of African descent, and constitute 15% of the population. The Afro-Panamanian population can be broken into the “Afro-Colonial”, Afro-Panamanians descended from slaves brought to Panama during the colonial period and the “Afro-Antillean“, West Indian immigrants from Trinidad, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Grenada, Barbados and Jamaica, brought in to build the Panama Canal.-…

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…

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…

Vida en Panamá

By Jenay Wright —Before I was aware of the term Afro-Latina, I just said I was Black and Panamanian and this is exactly what I told people when asked what I was. It was verbatim of what represented me. I find when I say I am Latina people would give me the same “Girl stop…

DIARY OF A CONSCIOUS AFRO-LATINA

  Individuals must really try and  understand what it means to be an Afro-Latino and take the time to understand our cultural experience. That’s why many bloggers, musicians , poets , historians  who are products of the African Diaspora in Latin America are truly taking out the time to educate those about our existence ….

Embodying the Soul, Embracing Her Afro-Latina: Alexandrea Lushington

As an artist you must stand out, which sounds fairly relative to what an individual’s identity should signify. A musician must profess originality and creativity while your personal identity sets you apart from the crowd. The question is will we ever see an artist whose identity expresses something  we’ve never seen before.  The answer is yes! Meet Alexandrea Lushington a dedicated and  passionate artist whose…

Code : Race , Ethnicity , Culture

  Growing up I didn’t always feel obligated to identify with a specific race. However, I was always more intrigued when it came to recognizing my own culture. In this country there is so much pressure to classify with a specific race. We put people into this box based off their appearance and we automatically…

Vacaciones Con Panameñas

I wouldn’t trade my family for the world. I wouldn’t give them up for anything.  Even if I got the chance to see Michael Jackson moon walk across my living room floor or to receive an all expense paid trip to Fiji. It isn’t happening and it isn’t worth it. Family is not only essential…

5 reasons being Afro-Latina is unique

As an Afro-Latina women I am honored to identify with two incredible heritages . My black heritage as well as my Latina and Panamanian heritage.  This is something I take pride in and I encourage the rest of you to be proud of as well.    Despite the discrimination and rejection we have encountered from our…

Finding my identity

There is one thing you should never do, allow someone to deprive you of who you are. There is two things you should never do, allow someone to steal your pride and your confidence. And if there is three things you should do is appreciate, cherish and love yourself no matter what you go through….