What It’s Like Attending A Black College As A Latina

Florida A&M University is one of the largest Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in the nation. I grew up in a predominantly Latino area where universities weren’t really spoken much about, much less HBCUs. Many of my friends are black, so when I went to visit FAMU, I felt right at home. I decided to attend an HBCU because tuition is relatively less expensive, and I got a full-ride my first year. However, it wasn’t until I started FAMU that I encountered culture shock. Being Latina at an HBCU has helped me grow into the person I am today… a proud Afro-Latina. I was able to connect my roots and discover who I truly am. I gained amazing opportunities that will have a lifelong impact.

1. You repeatedly have to explain to your parents what an HBCU is.

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Your parents may not really understand exactly what an HBCU is except for the fact that majority of the students and faculty are African-American and black. HBCUs were created at a time when segregation was legal. They were created for African-American and black students who weren’t allowed to go to traditional colleges and universities and were open for every other potential student, as well. These days, HBCUs have a culturally diverse student population because of their distinct educational opportunities, like small classes, close partnerships with companies, relatively inexpensive tuition, special scholarships for minorities and high-achieving scholars, and a family-like environment.

2. Once you’re on campus, people either want to know if your hair is real…

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“What texture of weave is that?” Um, real? But don’t be offended! It can be taken as a compliment. Hey, sometimes even you’ll be influenced to put weave in your hair. It’s fun!

3. Or ask if you do hair because you’re Dominican. 1

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For some reason, black people love to have Dominicans press their hair. It’s in high demand and if you know how to do this, you can definitely make a living off of doing hair.

4. Because you’re Latina, some assume you attract a lot of people.

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Yes, as a one of the few Latinas on campus, people will look at you because you stand out, but everyone’s totally wrong for expecting you to look like all the Latina actresses they’ve seen on TV. Not everyone has the J.Lo booty or Sofia Vergara accent.

5. Of course, you’re expected to throw it down in the kitchen.

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Be careful when telling someone you can cook because they definitely don’t mean Ramen noodles. They’re talking about mofongo, sancocho, arepas, enchiladas, etc., because these dishes aren’t easy to find nearby. If you don’t really know how to cook, it’s best to keep mum.

6. Spanish class? Easy A… so they assume.

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Just because you’re Latino doesn’t mean you’re an expert in Spanish. There are many different types of Spanish like Mexican Spanish, Peninsular Spanish from Spain, Rioplatense Spanish from Argentina, etc., so good luck landing a class that teaches the type of Spanish you grew up with. On top of that, you know most of us didn’t grow up learning grammar and conjugation rules.

7. And everyone will ask you to teach them… curse words.

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You can get asked that anywhere, but it’s so common at HBCUs. It’s almost the first thing people ask you once they discover you’re Latino.

8. You dive deep into the true history of Africa and how Afro-Latinos came to be.

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Because you’re at an HBCU, African-American History is often a prerequisite. You learn about the true contributions of African-Americans and blacks in America. These courses open your eyes and mind to information that wasn’t exactly taught in elementary. For example, you were probably taught that African-American history starts with slavery. At an HBCU, we learn about the contributions of Marcus Garvey, Christopher Columbus’ encounter with the natives, and more. In fact, many Latinos discover that they’re Afro-Latino.

9. And you get special opportunities to spread awareness about your culture.

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People are curious to learn about your background, and it’s pretty fun to educate people on your culture. There’s usually an organization catering to Latinos, if there isn’t one you can start one like I did. If you’re bilingual, you might be at an advantage for job and internship opportunities.

10. You connect with non-Latinos on many different levels, like discovering you are both totally obsessed with reggaeton.

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Reggaeton and reggae go hand in hand. Both genres borrow music elements from each other. So when the beat drops and both of you get up to dance, it’s an instant ‘wepa!’ moment. Tra, tra, tra.

11. And you realize how similar your cultures can be at times, like when you realize the band sometimes sounds like Perico Ripiao.

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You can hear the band practice from a distance and at times — it really sounds like a good Perico Ripiao. The fast sounds of the bands drums and cymbals make your ears perk up and wonder if your ‘pana’ from around the way is jamming from a distance. Perico Ripiao is a type of Merengue originally from Dominican Republic. Merengue is fused with elements of African music. You can hear the musical connection between the band and Perico Ripiao in the rhythm of the drums particularly. The fast sounds of the drums just makes you want to grab a partner and dance! Wepa!

12. Every time “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo gets played, everyone turns to you to dance, and you’re like YAAAASSS!

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But then it’s like…

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C’mon pick something else. By the time it’s your Senior year, you’re tired of the song because it’s one of the only Spanish songs that gets played!

13. When you get together with your girlfriends you switch between saying ‘mija’ or ‘chiiiiile.’

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And it almost always happens when you are bochichando.

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Tens Of Thousands Of Puerto Ricans, Including Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin, Call For The Resignation Of Gov. Rosselló At Massive Old San Juan Protest

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Tens Of Thousands Of Puerto Ricans, Including Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin, Call For The Resignation Of Gov. Rosselló At Massive Old San Juan Protest

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On Wednesday, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans shouted “Ricky, renuncia!” as they marched through the streets of Old San Juan in its fifth and largest protest calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

Early in the demonstration, Puerto Rican stars like Bad Bunny, Residente, Ricky Martin, PJ Sin Suela and more gathered in front of the Capitolio, where they held large Puerto Rican flags and signs that read “los enterraron sin saber que somos semillas,” and encouraged a roaring crowd to not abandon their fight. As the artists stood atop a white truck in the midst of protestors, activist Tito Kayak, who famously placed the Puerto Rican flag on the Statue of Liberty’s crown in 2000 in protest of the US’ presence in Vieques, scaled the flagpole in an attempt to remove the American flag. The crowd erupted in cheers, chanting “Tito, Tito,” showing that the protest in the US territory extends beyond the people’s grievances with their local government.

Bad Bunny took to the streets of Puerto Rico with his fellow Americans to protest a governor they want out of office.

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Protests erupted on Saturday after Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published 889 pages of a private Telegram chat between the governor and some of his officials. The messages included profanity-laced homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic comments about female politicians, celebrities and protestors and hard-hearted jokes about the victims of Hurricane María. For the people of Puerto Rico, who were just rocked by a money-laundering scheme by its education and health leaders and endured repeated neglect and abuse by both its local and federal governments following the devastating hurricane, the chats symbolized the final straw.

As darkness fell on Wednesday, some of the celebrities spoke out.

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“This government has to begin respecting the people. We can’t stop protesting,” Residente, born René Pérez Joglar, said. Later, Puerto Rican singer iLe, Residente’s younger sister, sang the original, revolutionary version of La Borinqueña, with demonstrators, holding their flags and fists in the air, joining her in song, belting, “Vámonos, borinqueños, vámonos ya, que nos espera ansiosa, ansiosa la libertad.”

By la Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, tension sparked in the mostly-peaceful protest in the late hours of the night. Demonstrators, some throwing bottles of water and fireworks, busted through a barricade. Police fired tear gas, dispersing the massive crowd and angering local residents who allege officers discharged on empty streets where elders and youth in their homes struggled to breathe as a result of the smoke.

Other areas of the old city looked like a war zone, with officers chasing and shooting rubber bullets at protestors, trash bags blazing on cobblestone streets and the windows of graffiti-laden establishments shattering.

According to authorities, at least seven protesters were arrested during the protests and four police officers were injured. There is also an investigation into an officer who forcefully grabbed a demonstrator alleging she was trying to jump over a barrier, though footage of the incident later revealed she was not.

Motorcycles also thundered through the city early Thursday morning, as a protest caravan of thousands of motorcyclists, led by El Rey Charlie and reggaetoneros Brytiago, Noriel, and Ñengo Flow, traveled from Trujilo Alto to Old San Juan in a journey that captivated the island.

People on the island are relentless in demanding that their voices be heard.

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“We won’t stop. The oppression is over. The repression is over. Ricky, resign or we will take you out because the people put you there and we are ready to remove you. We want you out,” El Rey Charlie, a beloved motorist on the island, told Puerto Rican network WAPA-TV.

Outside of San Juan, groups around the island also took to the streets. In the States, the diaspora and their allies similarly demonstrated in Orlando, New York, Miami, Boston, Cleveland, San Antonio and more, while international actions occurred in the Dominican Republic and Spain as well.

Despite the massive uprising, Rosselló has contended that he would not resign. The governor, who previously apologized for his “improper act,” said that he believes he could win over the people of Puerto Rico.

“I recognize the challenge that I have before me because of the recent controversies, but I firmly believe that it is possible to restore confidence and that we will be able, after this painful process, to achieve reconciliation,” he said in Spanish. “I have the commitment, stronger than ever, to carry out the public policy.”

The governor is desperately trying to get people to forget about the unacceptable and offensive conversations he was involved.

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As Rosselló insists he would not step down, the president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, Carlos Méndez Núñez, has already appointed three lawyers to investigate the contents of the leaked chats to determine whether an impeachment process can begin.

Additionally, Puerto Rico’s non-voting delegate to Congress Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón, who is a member of the governor’s pro-statehood New Progressive Party, has called for a meeting among her PNP colleagues.

There is no shortage of corruption that people want to get rid of right now.

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“There must be an urgent meeting of the directory of @pnp_pr to discuss everything that is happening,” González-Colón said on Twitter.

President Donald Trump also took the opportunity to lambast the embattled governor as well as criticize the island, including the mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín Cruz, for corruption.

President Trump weighed in on the matter and used it to attack an island still recovering from the hurricane and the mayor of San Juan.

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He continued: “This is more than twice the amount given to Texas & Florida combined. I know the people of Puerto Rico well, and they are great. But much of their leadership is corrupt, & robbing the U.S. Government blind!”

But for many protesters, the marches aren’t just about sending a message of indignation to Rosselló, but rather to all corrupt politicians on the archipelago as well as the colonial federal government. Protest posters illustrate Rosselló with Trump’s hair to compare the two abhorred leaders, while vandalism on concrete walls screams for the resignation of the governor, the fiscal control board and the island’s colonial ties to the U.S.

Today and tomorrow, the people say, the uprising continues, with demonstrations planned across Puerto Rico and its diaspora in the US and worldwide.

Read: Here’s What You Need To Know About The Puerto Rico Uprising

Chisme Says Javier Bardem Is Close To Landing The Role Of King Triton And People Have Some Thoughts


Chisme Says Javier Bardem Is Close To Landing The Role Of King Triton And People Have Some Thoughts

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Disney just recently announced that Halle Bailey would be portraying Ariel in the live-action remake of ‘The Little Mermaid’ and finally we are starting to see better presentation of POC on the big screen.

The reaction to her casting was huge and, of course, came with it’s share of racist trolls.

But Disney is giving us another reason to celebrate ‘The Little Mermaid’ with word that Javier Bardem is in talks to start as Ariel’s father, King Triton.

Javier Bardem could possibly play King Triton in the live-action ‘Little Mermaid.’

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Big news from Disney — Spanish actor Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of the ‘Little Mermaid.’

And the best part? He’s up for the role of Ariel’s dad and the ruler of Atlantica, the mighty King Triton. If the reports are true, Javier will be joining a star-studded cast for the highly-anticipated flick.

Although Javier is in talks to play King Triton, other actors have publicly said they’d want to be considered in the Rob Marshall-directed movie. Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews took to his social media and posted a selfie of himself as the underwater ruler.  “Ariel’s Dad!!!!,” he wrote alongside the image.

Reactions on Twitter have been mixed to the news but a lot of people love the idea of Javier Bardem as King Triton.

And you can count us among that group. He’s a very talented actor, who, in fact, has won an academy award. So we have faith that he’ll be an amazing King Triton.

And this user had a very beautiful way of looking at the possible casting.

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The sea is definitely a colorful place. Plus, also, mermaids aren’t real so Disney can cast whoever they want in which ever role they want.

While this person was excited for the possibility of something like Cinderella.

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And we have to say that we agree. Brandy in Cinderella was everything and we would love to see Halle Bailey bring that same sort of energy to this role as Ariel – and we have faith that she will.

Though it looked like many on Twitter weren’t having any of it.

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It looked like some were confused by the whole family tree while others just wanted the so called classic ‘Little Mermaid’ (read: white) that they grew up with and already know.

But more than one Twitter user easily shut down the haters.

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That’s right people. Mermaids aren’t real. They could cast this however they want to cast it.

While many others were totally stanning for Terry Crews.

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Count us in on this as well. Who doesn’t love funny man Terry Crews?! Apparently, he also really wants the role. He even tweeted out a photo of the film with the caption #ArielsDad.

Whoever plays King Triton will be joining a star-studded cast.

A few weeks ago, the studio announced that R&B singer (and Beyoncé’s protégé) Halle Bailey would take on the role of Ariel, while Melissa McCarthy would play Ariel’s nemesis Ursula. Other castings include 12-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay as Ariel’s best friend Flounder and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina playing Scuttle, the pair’s other friend that gives them access to objects from the human world. Harry Styles is also reportedly in talks to play Ariel’s love interest Prince Eric.

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