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6 Afro-Latina Bloggers/Vloggers to Follow

Before the rise of social media and the digital boom, content streams were limited to traditional media; you know, good ol’ newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. Pero, these days, it can be information overload with content being pumped out every second via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or whichever social platform of choice.

With more information comes greater diversity of thought and opinions, and we’re happy there’s more representation and acknowledgement when it comes to the Latino community. There are several Afro-Latinas who have carved a space for themselves online and established an engaged audience.

From an outspoken dominicana to a millennial living her dream, these Afro-Latinas are every bit worth a follow:

BLatina360

Yovanna Farley, commonly known as BLatina 360, is a Panamanian vlogger who shares her insights on being black and Latina (hence the name BLatina), beauty and events in her area. Her intro music is none other than the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz’s La Tiene Tumbao, so you know you’re in for a treat. You can follow the New York native-turned-Miami resident on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Boriqua Chicks

Boriqua Chicks founders and hermanas Raquel and Rebecca provide “a fresh, urban, Afro-Latina perspective,” the blogueras’ website reads. Whether it’s through their blog, where you can get the latest news, exclusive interviews and entrepreneurial advice, or social media sites, the duo is making sure the voice of Afro-Latinas—all Latinas—is heard.

Dash Harris

This motivated millennial quit her job to commit to creating Negro: A Docu-Series About Latino Identity. Harris is the founder of In.A.Dash.Media, which offers a variety of multimedia services, and educates the masses on identity among the Latino community across her social media platforms.  Scroll through her Twitter timeline to get the latest Latino happenings across the Diaspora.

 

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The Bad Dominicana

You might want to proceed with caution before, during and after following, but @bad_dominicana doesn’t give a f***. She’s like the witty, sassy and very wise prima you want to chat with but know will curse you out if you get out of line—and that’s exactly why you love her! You can catch her on social media discussing racial and colorism issues, patriarachy and feminism, among other things. Follow her insights on Twitter and on Tumblr at bad-dominican.tumblr.com.

Mankofit

Just one look at Massiel Arias’ Instagram and you’ll see why she’s everyone’s’ fitness inspiration. She’s inspired thousands to take their health regimen to the next level, posting inspirational messages, exercising tips, healthy recipes and just awesome pictures of her well-sculpted physique. Follow her on social media at @mankofit on Twitter and YouTube as well.

This list is just a tipping point, so please give us your picks in the comments section below, or on Twitter or Facebook.

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  • Thank you so much for the love! It’s beautiful that us Blatinas are making big waves in love for our culture, heritage and each other! Mucho amor, mucha paz, y mucho cariño! #Azucar!
    http://www.facebook.com/theblatina360
    http://www.youtube.com/theblatina360
    Twitter&Instagram: @blatina360

    • Janel Martinez

      Amen!! The pleasure was all ours. I’m so happy blatinas have created a community on and offline, and we’re demanding that our voice be heard. Mucho amor!

  • Purely by curiosity I stumbled into your blog today (glad I did) I received a link from my cousin Deanna…and here I am. LOL

    I am from Panama as well and have had to deal with the same issues you describe over the years in NYC and now in Florida. Funny how I escaped the narrow thinking until I moved to the US, before that I was just another Panamanian!

    Keep up the good work and thanks for highlighting the other vloggers/bloggers. I followed you and some of the others too.

    • Janel Martinez

      Thank you, Marcia, for your comment! I’m happy to hear your cousin passed along the site information to you.

      My family is from Honduras; we’re Garifuna and I identify as Afro-Latina. Unfortunately, not everyone understands (or tries to understand) that we come in different shades and hues. Thankfully, I’ve gotten to a place where I’m comfortable in my skin, embrace my culture and want to expose others to the beauty that is the Latino culture–diversity and all.

      Please come back because we’ve got a lot of great content coming up. I’ll keep en eye out for your insights. 🙂

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