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'Black And Latino' Tackles Taboos Of Race And Ethnicity

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People of Hispanic background are the largest group of ethnic minorities in the United States. But what does it mean to be both black and Latino in a browning America?

That's the question being asked in "Black and Latino," a new original web documentary by mun2 which explores the fluidity — and controversy — of racial identity as lived by some of America's most prominent Afro-Latino celebrities.

"When I became an actress, I quickly realized that the world liked their Latinas to look Italian, not like me," said Gina Torres, who is best known for her role on Fox's sci-fi cult favorite, "Firefly." "And so I wasn’t going up for Latina parts, I was going up for African-American parts."

The actor Laz Alonso echoed those thoughts. "It was kind of like a dual existence because outside of my house I would be just an African-American guy," he said. "But once I got home, I was Cuban again."

The documentary also features conversations with younger Latinos. It's the latest original program from mun2.tv, which one an Imagen award in 2011 in the Best Web Series category for its online program about Mexican American culture titled “Chismex."

Check out a clip from the web-only series bellow: