Afro-Latinxs

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Actress Laneya Wiles on How ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Season 2 Highlights Afro-Puerto Ricans

Johanna Ferreira
Even in 2019, it’s not often we see Afro-Latinxs highlighted in film, TV, or mainstream media. What’s even rarer is to see a film or series set in a part of Latin America that consists of predominately Afro-Latinxs, despite the...
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Why We Need To Stop Referring To Afro-Latinxs as ‘Other Latinxs’

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Being Black in a Latinx space is by design an othering experience. Just how melaninated you are, or tight and course your curls are, will determine which questions get funneled your way. As an adult, I now know these attempts...
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8 Latin American-Centered Films Directed by Black Women

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It’s no secret, the film industry isn’t diverse. From the directors and producers to the characters (with speaking roles) and costume designers, it’s evident in all aspects of the filmmaking process that representation isn’t at the forefront of creation for...
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‘La Negrada:’ Mexico’s First Fiction Film With An Entirely Black Cast

Johanna Ferreira
“Black Mexicans practically don’t exist,” I remember a Mexican woman defensively telling me once after I had pulled up the stats proving the opposite. Her argument was completely shut down in 2016 when Mexico finally recognized it’s black citizens. Discrimination...
Culture

The Rise in Latina-Owned Feminist Bookstores Is More Important Than Ever

Johanna Ferreira
Small bookshops have been a dying business in the states, especially in big cities like NYC thanks to Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.com. But it seems that the number of feminist, Latina-owned independent bookstores is slowly growing and the timing...
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Afro-Latina Amara La Negra Was Discouraged From Dating Black Men

Johanna Ferreira
If you grew up in a Latino household, chances are you’ve heard the incredibly racist phrase: “mejorar la raza,” which means to “better or improve the race.” The phrase which is commonly used in Latin American countries implies marrying or...
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Amara La Negra: You Don’t Need Dark Skin to Be Afro-Latina

Johanna Ferreira
Amara La Negra is more than just a talented music artist. The Dominican-American activist has become a voice for the Afro-Latino community and really wants to make a difference for disenfranchised communities. In fact, she recently got involved with the Cielo Benefit...