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    What Does It Mean To Be Garifuna? 6 Women Open Up About Their Identity

    On, 5 women discuss the moment they realized they were Garifuna and what this unique heritage means to them. Hear from Sulma Arzu Brown, author of ‘Bad Hair Does Not Exist/Pelo Malo No Existe; Yenory Pouncil, creator of; Isha Sumner, founder of Weiga/Let’s Eat; Maria I. Melendez, founder and CEO, Embrace Her Legacy; Evelyn Alvarez, social entrepreneur and founder of Prom King, and Nieves Alvarez, a communications professional.

    Blog, Everyday Chica
    / June 6, 2017
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    Growing Up Garifuna

    In honor of Garifuna Heritage Month, Ain’t I Latina? founder Janel Martinez on embracing her Garifuna roots and how she settled on her identity.

    Blog, Featured, Mi mundo
    / March 18, 2017
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    Latina Icons Tribute Series Celebrates 7 Afro-Latinas for Black History Month

    Linda Nieves-Powell, well-known New York playwright, filmmaker, and photographer, is honoring Afro-Latina musicians this Black History Month. Nieves-Powell launched Latina Icons last year, bringing back the popular photo series to highlight 7 Afro-Latina trailblazers during the annual celebration of Black identity and culture. The photo re-creations honor Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Irene Cara, Esperanza Spalding, Amara La Negra, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and La India.

    Blog, Featured, News
    / February 18, 2017
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    20 Amazing Afro-Latina Moments in 2016

    Afro-Latinas made headlines in 2016. While Afro-Latinas, or Black Latinas, have been changing the game through activism, art, business and entertainment, among other spheres, for decades, 2016 furthered the visibility and awareness for our community globally. Between the inclusion of Afro-Latina superheroines in comics to historic moments like Rafaela Silva winning Brazil’s first Olympic gold medal this year, our narratives are reaching new heights.

    Blog, Featured, News
    / December 30, 2016
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    5 Entrepreneurship Lessons From Our ‘Afro-Latinas In Entrepreneurship’ Panel

    Five lessons from Ain’t I Latina? and PUNTO Space’s Afro-Latinas in Entrepreneurship panel with Sandie Luna, co-founder and the Director of Business Development of PUNTO Space and co-founder of award-winning Nettles Artists Collective; Jessica Perdomo, founder and CEO of J.J. Gray; and Casandra Rosario, founder and CEO of The Rosario Group and

    Blog, Featured
    / September 25, 2016