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Afro-Dominican Baker Paola Velez Has Raised Millions With Bakers Against Racism Initiative

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
It’s universally known that food is one way to unite people and one first-generation Afro-Latina pastry chef decided that she’d use baked goods in the fight for racial justice. With only a dream and zero dollars, Paola Velez launched the...
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10 Afro-Latina Writers Whose Work You Need to Read

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
We love to celebrate Latinx and Afro-Latinx literature every single day, all year long. Latinxs have long been severely under-represented in the literary world, but in more recent years, many Latinx authors are coming to the forefront. They’re creating stories...
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10 Reasons Latinxs Should Celebrate Black History Month

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Many of us grew up not knowing our full history especially that of our homeland and the diasporas and pre-colonization history. We identified as Latino—or Puerto Rican or Mexican or Dominican, etc. without fully grasping the evolution of those identities. We...
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10 Content Creators Using Their Platforms to Educate on Afro-Latinidad

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Afro-Latinidad is a topic that seems to invoke a lot of emotion in people, and draw out just as many opinions on what it means to be Black, what it means to be Latinx and what it means to Black...
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Meet the Afro-Latino Director of ‘King Richard’ Reinaldo Marcus Green

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
The much buzzed about film King Richard starring Will Smith, Jon Bernthal and Tony Goldwyn premieres on today on HBO Max and in theaters about the father and coach of famed tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. It marks a...
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‘Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed’ is a Powerful Anthology of Diverse Latinx Voices

Virginia Isaad
Latinx stories aren’t often represented in the mostly white publishing industry so the newly-released anthology Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, edited by Saraciea J. Fennell, who is of Black, Indigenous, and Honduran woman, is a powerful book simply by existing....
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Amara La Negra & Karamo Brown Talk Colorism in the Latinx Community on ‘RTT: The Estefans’

The latest episode of Red Table Talk: The Estefans is tackling colorism in the Latinx community, and it gets deep.  The Estefans talked to Afro-Latinx singer and Dominican TV personality Amara La Negra and Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, who is...
Lifestyle

Afro-Latina Fitness Trainer Massy Arias is Changing Lives with Her Honest and Educational Approach

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Celebrity fitness trainer Massy Arias has been slowly making changes on the fitness scene for the past decade. She’s steadfastly working to help her clients and social media followers achieve long-term fitness and wellness by teaching them how to live...
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Panamanian-American Filmmaker Janicza Bravo Debuts Film Based on Viral Twitter Thread

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
If you’ve scrolled through Twitter you’ve likely seen people talking about Zola, the film out today by Panamanian-American filmmaker Janicza Bravo. The film stars Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom‘s Taylour Paige as “Zola” and American Honey’s Riley Keough as “Stefani” and...
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Afro-Boricua Author Jaquira Díaz Talks Queerness, Pride and Representation

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
It’s been a busy couple of years for Puerto Rican author Jaquira Díaz since publishing her critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Girls in 2019. She’s gotten married, lived through a pandemic, continued work on her first novel and embarked on several...
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Everything You Should Know About Juneteenth & Why It’s Important

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
The word “Juneteenth” is one that many of us had never even heard until a few years ago or even more just this year, but it’s one that every American and every person living in America should be familiar with....
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Issues Apology for Lack of Afro-Latinx Representation in ‘In The Heights’

Since its release a week ago, the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights has come under fire for a lack of Afro-Latinx representation in the film’s top-billed cast inciting claims of colorism in the Latinx community and in...