Roughly 48% of Latin America is black. According to a Pew Research Center survey, “one-quarter of all U.S. Latinos self-identify as Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean or of African descent with roots in Latin America.” Yet, Afro-Latinx identity is constantly being questioned. There’s this sense that you can’t be Black and Latino, when that’s entirely incorrect. The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, you can be of any race and also be Latino. We all know this by now, right?
Then there’s also the huge issue of colorism within the community. And these are things that many Afro-Latinos continually try to force others to understand — including these 11 Latina celebrities who have, time and time again, found themselves having to defend their Afro-Latina identity.
La La Anthony
When coming across new people throughout her life:
“A lot of people don’t realize that I’m Puerto Rican or when they do, they think that means I can’t be Black. I identify as an Afro-Puerto Rican woman, and my Puerto Rican culture is in my blood and ingrained into my life,” she wrote in an essay for POPSUGAR. “I speak Spanish fluently! Both my parents are Nuyorican, born in New York, and they raised my brother and me there too and later in New Jersey and Atlanta, where we grew up eating arroz con gandules, plátanos and pasteles.”