Adios y Gracias.

The past six years this space has been a wonderful outlet for me to write out my relationship with Afrolatinidad.  I’ve met people who relate to share the passion for Spanish, afrolatinidad and culture.  This blog was more than just a blog, it was a piece of my life.  I am a Black Girl, in a Latin World…

The past six years has been a wonderful adventure.  Reading comments from you, learning about new parts of Afrolatinidad, and connecting with other bloggers.  I’ve recently felt that I need to focus on another project that’s been itching to get out of me.  I believe that it’s important for an artist to know when it’s time to change things up.

Thank you for the viaje.  Thank you Mom for reading every post and friends for posting.  Thank you to brands for reaching out to collaborate.

My next project is close to my heart, #Teatrolatinegro, a blog that will seek to fill a need in the world for afrolatino theatre.  I’ll still be documenting my experiences with Afrolatinidad and my journey as a playwright in a Latin@ theatre world.  You can follow me on twitter and feel free to reach out via email.

As for now, Black Girl, Latin World is laid to rest, but the community we have built here is still strong.

Thank you and adios (for now).



Es Mi Cancion: “Mentira”- Los Rakas

“Mentira” by Los Rakas

What I enjoy about this song is that it’s perfect for a day laid out on the beach or a kickback with friends.  Los Rakas is the group to watch.  They have been grinding it out for quite some time, so it’s nice to see them pushing and creating music that their fans can appreciate.

Take a listen and leave a comment about what you think about “Mentira”.

Meeting Afrolatina Writer Icess Fernandez Rojas


Photo Credit: Icess Fernandez Rojas

A few weeks ago, I got the chance to sit down with one of my favorite writers and pick her brain.  I’ve been following Icess Fernandez Rojas for a few years via her blog, retweeting her twitter jewels for quite someone time. Icess is a fierce Afrolatina whose journalistic work has been featured in the Guardian and The Huffington Post Latino Voices and All  Digitocracy. When I found that she was in my city, I had to set up a meeting.  To my surprise, she agreed to spend a portion of her Saturday with me chatting about her career. Continue reading

Seen Elsewhere:Why We Need Afro-Latin@ Theatre


Photo via Black Girl, Latin World

When my play The Stories of Us was chosen for the Teatro Vivo’s annual Austin Latino Play Festival 2015, I was shocked to say the least. My play was Black—Blacker than Black. It called out African Americans, Latin@s, and Afro-Latin@s for the broken bonds between us, racism, and many things that we fail to say in normal conversations. I confided in a colleague about my nervousness about work being in that space and he told me, “It’s needed there.” Although I am not Afro-Latin@, I identify with Afro-Latin@ experiences. Being a Black American and speaking Spanish in Texas, I am often met with the question “You know Spanish?” or “How did you learn Spanish?” These questions reflect the lack of exposure to Afro-Latinidad and the hidden erasure of these stories. Why is my language ability even a question?  Continue reading

Seen Elsewhere: 4 Ways to Cope with Wanderlust


via Black Girl, Latin World

You did it! You went on an amazing study abroad trip to South Africa.  Or maybe you took a 2 week vacation in Spain.  Now, you’re back home reliving your experience through Instagram photos and conversations with your fellow travelers. It seems that your family and friends don’t understand and you are itching to see some place new and interesting.  However, you have to be responsible.  Either you haven’t racked up enough vacation days or you don’t have the funds at the moment. You can’t travel right now and it’s driving you loca!  Wanderlust is incurable.  You will always be tempted to spend your rent money on a plan ticket to India, but you don’t want to end up broke. Luckily, there are ways to cope.

Join a travel club

Did you spend a summer in Rio? Have an unforgettable vacay in China? You can connect with a travel club to cope with your wanderlust. Can’t locate one? is the perfect place to start your own. Nine times out of ten there are others in your city who share your passion for travel.

Embrace where you are

It has been said that we need to learn to be content with our present in order to be truly happy. It makes no sense to spend time wishing you could cuddle with your study abroad fling. Embrace your family, friends and current situation and use your experience to inspire their travel bug. Get them excited and on board to accompany you on your next escapade.

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The Latinegr@s Who Inspire Me

Let’s be real.  On this journey called life, we have folks who keep us going.  As a Black American engrossed in and connected to Afro-Latinidad, I find real inspiration in the tenacity, creativity and shear brilliance of the writer’s, artists, activists, and scholars on this list.  Whenever I feel ‘some type of way’ about my journey, these are some of the members of the grand diasporic familia that I look to for guidance in their work/words/social media presence/etc.

The LatiNegrxs Project Team


These folks.  As a team, they are some of the most inspiring individuals ever.  Each comitted to the cause of LatiNegrxs awareness.   I learn so much about activism, academia, art, culture and life in our meetings and I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to be apart of it all.  Daniel, Bianca, Jessica, Vio, Marissa, Kayla and Anna thank you. Continue reading

Seen Elsewhere: Our Big Afro-Descendant Sisterhood

Via Giphy

I remember sitting with a friend who identified as Afro-Latina.  She beamed with joy as she told me about her Afro-Cuban friend from class, her coworker from Guyana, and me, a Black American she met through a mutual friend. The bond that she felt with all of us was special. Despite our ethnic and cultural differences, we were all Black women. We may go by different names, speak contrasting languages and dance to separate music, but we all are apart of an unspoken sisterhood. Continue reading