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Happy Black History Month! I am a firm believer that if you can see it you can be it, a la Black Panther. In order to feel community with others that identify like me, Afro-Latina (or Latinx) I make it point to follow accounts of other Afro Latinx I admire. Whether it’s to learn more about our community, support projects that uplift, or simply beautiful pictures of Afro-Latinas in all their glory. I turn to Instagram for mi gente Afro Latinx and I want to share with you the accounts of those I follow (Feel free to follow me too @arianachristina7 :).
“Digital destination celebrating and highlighting Afro-Latinas.”
The Founder of Ain’t I Latina, Janel M, is the 1st Mujer I heard of speaking to the Afro-Latina experience a few years back. I’ve been following her ever since.
” A monthly newsletter that features women who proudly acknowledge their African ancestry, while staying true to their Latina culture.”
I’m signed up for their newsletter which features stories of beautiful Afro-Latinas, how they came into their identity and the amazing things they are doing in the world. I look forward to receiving the newsletter every month because it’s absolute inspiration for me.
“Entertainment & Lifestyle Influencers. Read the blog for “A Fresh, Urban, #AfroLatina Perspective.”
I stumbled upon their website a few years ago and have become a fan of these Chi-Town Boriquas, especially of their Entertainment coverage. Unfortunately, Latinx representation in Hollywood is disproportionately lower than our population here in the States let alone Afro-Latinx representation. They do a great job of reporting and highlighting these celebs.
“Uplift. Educate. Spread awareness of the Afro-descendants. We are children of the diaspora.”
I am a history buff and The Afro Latin Diaspora gives me my fix. I find the discussions on this account very enlightening and challenging, even to my own definitions of Afro-Latinidad, and I love it.
“BLNB is a campaign to EMPOWER Black Latinas to embrace what makes them unique and celebrate the diversity among Latinas #movement.”
I feel so empowered by Black Latina Negra Bella’s account. One of the Founder’s, Dania Peguero, not only wrote a book called Niñas Bellas, but is also a speaker on race, ethnicity, and Afro-Latinidad.
“Sharing the diverse lifestyles, cultures and experiences of Afro-Latin@s globally. Somos Familia!”
AfroLatinos.Siempre.Palante is another account that gives me my history fix.
“Highlighting the diversity & beauty among black women of Latin American descent ➰”
I love this IG for featuring beautiful Afro-Latinas.
“Sisterhood. NYC. Empanadas Blactina the series coming soon.”
This group has some exciting things going right now, like casting for a web series. I’m excited to see what they
have coming up.
This account makes me feel so proud because not only is it a celebration of the Afro-Latino movement, but of New York, my hometown. Although I’m not there to partake in the wonderful events and conferences in the Afro-Latino community, Afro Latino Festival NYC makes me feel like I am.
Filmmaker 🎥✨🎬 Singer/Songwriter 🎤🎶❤🎧 Scholar/Activist 🤓💪🏾 Orgullosa de mis raíces 🌴💃🏾 💕
Her account is just a celebration of Afro-Latinidad! Also, this filmmaker’s documentary is a finalist in the Made In Miami competition. She was also featured in the Hollywood Reporter. Three Cheers for her!
I had to add these 2 Mujeres because I love, love, love them! They are definitely a must follow.
” •🇩🇴Afro-Latina/NYC/ Brooklyn. Esta Negra Tiene Tumbao 🎥YouTube.com/Monicastylemuse”
Monica Style Muse knows what she is about and is unapologetic about it. Her personality, her vibe, her Afro-Latina pride, everything! I especially love watching the videos featuring her family. It reminds me so much of mine. Check her out and you will see what I mean.
“CEO @missrizossalon activista social entrepreneur writer”
When I first heard about Carolina, aka Miss Rizos, I was overcome with pride and joy. WHAT!? A Dominican woman wearing her hair natural!? I have never seen it in my entire life! In NY, the Dominican blow out is KING for getting every curl and coil straightened. Her movement in the Dominican Republic is a revolution and rebellion on that standard of beauty and it seems to be working. It’s empowering Dominicana’s to accept, be proud of and care for their natural hair. It just goes to show what one woman can do to make a change.
Is there anyone else that should be added to this list? Add them below in the comments.