Diasporic Realness Guest Writer’s Month: Felicia Tries Poetry

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Diasporic Realness is a Guest Writer’s Month dedicated to US telling our stories!


By: Felicia Fitzpatrick
to a fictional character named nate:
seeing the cuts and craters in his skin
the wear and tear of being beat for years
weathered by oppression
the lump of unheard justice
got stuck in my throat
my eyes sting with familiarity
because they’ve seen this all before:
his complete and utter resignation.

a passiveness and acceptance of defeat.


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Diasporic Realness Guest Writer’s Month: Dear Girls

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Diasporic Realness is a Guest Writer’s Month dedicated to US telling our stories!


By: Ishia Lynette

Dear Black Girl,

I love to see you smile and with so much joy in your eyes.

I know the world is cold and sometimes its hard to find the courage to stand.

Remember where you come from,

Remember all your ancestors endured,

Remember the purpose of this all.

You are not another “angry black woman”,

You are not another single mother statistic.

You are living proof that determination and perseverance always shine.

Don’t ever let anyone take away everything you have worked so hard to become.

Dont you dare fret when you stand tall against the powers that work diligently to break your revolution down.

Be about everything you stand for.

Be you! Thats all any of us can do.

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Diasporic Realness Guest Writer’s Month: My Hair/ Mi Pelo “Malo”

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Diasporic Realness is a Guest Writer’s Month dedicated to US telling our stories!


By: Anyiné of Afrolatina Natural

“Mommy, I hate my hair!”

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 I heard, “Mommy… I HATE my hair!”

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Black Girl, Latin World in 2015, let’s go!

It’s the START OF SOMETHING GOOD!

When Black Girl, Latin World took flight in 2011, it was purely a hobby.  I was inspired by African American, Latino World, the LatiNegr@s Project and many other bloggers and Afrolatino advocates to share my stories dealing with the subject.  Since 2013, this blog has been connecting me with beautiful readers who keep me inspired as I write about my experiences as an African American engaging in diaspora.  Every email I get from a person who wants to know about Afrolatino theatre work or comment about your experiences keeps me writing.

I’ve taken a bit of the break from this blog because I needed to graduate.  I did it! I’m now a University of Texas at Austin graduate!  Now, as I seek employment, I plan to focus on my passions…writing and Afrolatinidad.

Black Girl, Latin World will be adding some new and awesome projects that I hope you all will love.

  • Spotlight of the Month-Monthly highlights, guest posts and interviews with organizations, artists, writers and everyday people passionate about Afrolatinidad and the diaspora.
  • #MultilingualBlackPeople – A movement, discussion  and empowerment space for multilinguals in the Black Diaspora!  Monthly posts on language learning, Spanish phrases and my own Portuguese learning journey.
  • Connections Across Diasporas: African Americans and Afrolatinos-More posts on the connections between Afrolatinos and African Americans in history, music and the arts.
  • Escribela Negra– A collection of blog posts focused on empowerment through writing for the African American and Afrolatina woman!  Chock full of notes, advice and stories from and about writers of color.

I’m also working on a play centered around Afrolatinidad and I look forward to sharing that progress with you.  And you can follow my work as a Her Campus writer too.

I am stoked about this new year and looking forward to connecting with you all.

Of course, if there is anything you would like to see featured on BGLW or if you’d like to be featured yourself drop me a line at at blackgirllatinworld@gmail.com.

Okay, you’ve heard my plans for this new year.  What are your goals? Do you want to start a blog?  A movement? Learn a new language?  Gain a better spiritual relationship?  Gain a healthy lifestyle?  Share it below or tweet me with the hashtag #BLGWGoals.

❤ BGLW