Afro-Latinos Struggle With Being Latino and Black

There are a lot of struggles that minorities go through and for people of color, it’s even more difficult because they get often get overlooked because of the color of their skin. Afro-Latinos are the undercover Black people with beautiful curly locks and brown skin that often get mistaken for African-American until they start speaking in Spanish. Even in Hollywood, Afro-Latinos struggle with identifying as Black or Latino and many challenge directors and people in the industry because just like other Black people they face the challenges of being discriminated because of the color of their skin and not quite fitting the mold.

These are some of their stories, and some that many non-famous Afro-Latinos also face:

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 1.55.23 PM“I’m Black. I’m Latina. My mom
is Cuban. Afro-Cuban. My dad is
white and Australian. And I think
because of my job, often a
question like ‘How do you identify?’
is really not about the question. It’s
always ‘What side are you on?’ What
perspective do you bring?'” 

-Soledad O’Brien

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“A lot of people don’t realize that I’m
Latina, which is fine…I don’t
expect people to know my
cultural background just
by glancing at me. I do,
however, expect that
when I tell people my
family is from Puerto
Rico, that I will be
believed and not
accused of trying

to be something that

I am not.”

-La La Anthony