Christina Milian had one thing to say during her recent stop at HuffPost Live:
“I am who I am.”
The singer and actress was on HuffPost Live talking about embracing her identity as an Afro-Latina and making her way through Hollywood. It wasn’t until she was making her way through the business that people pointed out that she has a darker complexion than most Latinos people have encountered.
Her least favorite thing, being asked if she is white or black.
“Latinos come in all colors; all shades. Even in one family,” Milian said. “You should see my mom and her brothers and sisters. You’ll have a fair skin, a dark skin…same parents but we just vary in colors, shapes, and sizes.”
Did everyone hear that?
Just because someone has darker skin does not make them any less Latino. So, Hollywood, let’s stop with the BS and let’s stop trying to type cast people as black or white. Afro-Latinos exist and it is time that they are recognized. Let’s hope people listen to what Milian has to say about being objectified and trivialized.