“Love and Hip-Hop’s Amara La Negra, Afro-Latinos and How Some African Americans View Us.”

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When I started my professional career, I worked for numerous black media organizations. Many who worked there would look at my name and say: “Claudio? Why is your name Claudio? And your last name is Cabrera!?” They didn’t view Claudio Eduardo Cabrera as an African American sounding name so were immediately wondering where I was [….]

Mami odio mi Pelo-Anyiné Galván-Rodríguez

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A few years back, when my daughter Leila was five years old, she came home from school with a somber face. As usual, I asked about her day eager to hear another funny Kindergarten story. However, this time there was no typical ten minute- long Kindergarten story full of long pauses, stutters, and tangents. Instead, [….]

Etiquetas en mis Caderas?!-Karolyn Castro

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Iniciaba el año 2005 y mi trabajo me exigía viajes constantes fuera del país. No era ajena a los aeropuertos, las medidas de seguridad o como empacar de manera eficiente e impecable una maleta. Sin embargo, aquel viaje era diferente, iría por primera vez al continente Europeo y me emocionaba, aunque iba a trabajar, conocer [….]

Me Cansé-Yoaska Diaz

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Me cansé de tantas muertes, del silencio que se hace cómplice, de los gritos que se ahogan bajo la ley. Me canse de las lagrimas de las familias, de la impotencia de las que se quedan por miedo, por los hijos, por su incapacidad de creer en su poder. Me canse de ser perra, puta, [….]

Decente-Vanessa Pardo

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I am supposed to be decente. Mami said I have to be a lady. I am supposed to speak when spoken to, agree, smile, love, lay and take it. I cannot be vulgar and loud. I should not stay out all night. “Las mujeres que andan de noche son bagamundas.” I am not supposed to be [….]

Forget Me Not-Jennifer Abreu

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Happiness is a human goal measured by value, state of mind, enslavement by desire or freedom. Abusing the control to be bliss will bind a person to fulfill their appetite for happiness. To achieve a higher purpose is to value other things, disciplining and coping through trained thoughts and actions. Can happiness be immortal? The [….]

I Love Me For That. I Love You For That- Kleaver Cruz

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When I was in elementary school, my grandma had a friend named Luís. He had a big and shiny baldhead. Every time he came to visit, he wore at least one piece of rainbow clothing. Usually it was a tight canvas belt (sometimes accompanied by a Richard Simmons-type sweatband). He walked with his head high [….]