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'Mejorar la Raza': An Example of Racism in Latino Culture

Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin | Posted 06.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin

TV networks should do their part reprimanding racist marks and by representing us more fairly in their programming. Latinos come in all races, colors and flavors; which is why 'mejorar la raza' shouldn't have a place in our community.

The Blacker the Berry

Craig Carpenter | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

It sometimes seems a requirement to claim belonging to one of society's sub-groupings, or tribes, as some might call them. As a means of identity, it's important because these groupings help us, individually and collectively, to determine a sense of culture, beliefs or preferences.

Univision Elects Afro-Latina to Nuestra Belleza Latina

Franklin Garcia | Posted 06.14.2015 | Latino Voices
Franklin Garcia

Francisca lachapel was the unlikely contestant to win Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015. The newly crowned Nuestra Belleza Latina is an Afro-Latina woman from the Dominican Republic that lives in New York City.

Does Being Latina Exclude Me From Being Black?

Icess Fernandez Rojas | Posted 11.12.2014 | Latino Voices
Icess Fernandez Rojas

Why, in this modern age, do I have to prove myself? Why do I have to prove my Blackness or my Latina heritage while denying the other exists? Being Afro-Latina doesn't exclude me from being everything else I am -- Black, Southerner, writer.

Human Rights and Tourism: Why I Will Not Visit the Dominican Republic

Kumera Genet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Kumera Genet

I was playing as a musician in a merengue band at the time and one of the parents joked that I should take a trip if I liked Dominican culture so much. For now, this visit is no longer in my plans because the Dominican Government has decided to treat a group of its people in a manner that I can't ignore.

Black History Month: Afro Latinas

Anthony Otero | Posted 04.10.2013 | Latino Voices
Anthony Otero

Afro-Latinas have made many noteworthy contributions and should be brought to light during this month of reflection. While most of us can easily identify a woman like Celia Cruz -- who will always remain the queen of Salsa -- here are just a few strong Afro-Latinas we should recognize.

Afro-Latinos and Black History Month

Anthony Otero | Posted 04.03.2013 | Latino Voices
Anthony Otero

February is called Black History month and, as Latinos, we need to understand our part in this celebration outside of the learning component. Latinos have a long history of African heritage within their linage that is not brought to light enough.

Immigration Reform Is a Civil Rights Issue

Gerry Hudson | Posted 03.30.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Immigration reform is not about race or ethnicity. It is about building national unity and economic strength, the spirit of hard work, and common-sense solutions that are equal and fair for everyone no matter where they come from.

PHOTOS: 10 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Afro-Latino

Posted 03.19.2012 | Latino Voices

In the U.S. and around the world, Latinos are a diverse population. Afro-Latinos, Asian-Latinos and other bi-racial identities are hardly ever explore...

Susana Baca: Latin Grammy-winner Named Peru's Culture Minister

AP | Posted 10.04.2011 | Latino Voices

LIMA, Peru -- Peru's president-elect has chosen acclaimed singer Susana Baca as culture minister. Baca becomes the Andean nation's first black minist...

Black Latin Americans See Hope For Future With Obama

Christian Science Monitor | Sara Miller Llana | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

While this country's indigenous population has been on the march for new rights, Bolivians of African descent still find themselves living on the side...