Being Latina Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All: I Like to Listen to Heavy Metal, I Like Tattoos and I’m Latina

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Being Latina isn’t a one-size fits all. Not all Latinas are Mexican, nor do we all listen to rancheras. Yvonne Nieves is from Chicago and proudly identifies as an Afro-Latina. She is all about rocking out to heavy metal and showing off her cool tattoos. As tough and cool as she is, Yvonne is working hard to provide more access to education to others in her community. She is paving the way to create a voice for her culture.

WATCH: How this UCLA Student Is Working to Tear Up Latino Stereotypes and Replace Them With Realities

Every story, every experience is different and personal accounts range from coming here at a young age, to coming from a Latin American country a few years ago, to being born in the US to immigrant parents. mitú challenges you to share your own story in a social media post, a meme, or any way you feel most comfortable, and post it on your favorite social channel using #WeAreAmerica. Together, we will create a beautiful portrait of what it means to be Latino in the US.

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With Lyrics Like ‘Afro, Afro, Afrodescendiente Es Mi Raza’ This Rap Song Will Fill Afro-Latinos With Pride

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With Lyrics Like ‘Afro, Afro, Afrodescendiente Es Mi Raza’ This Rap Song Will Fill Afro-Latinos With Pride

“Afro desendiente, mi raza. Si quieres subrayalo en mi expediente.”

Afro-Cuban rapper, El Individuo, is the island’s latest music sensation. Following in the footsteps of pioneering Afro-Cuban rappers like Alexey and Magia, from the rap group, Obsesión, “Mi Raza,” is a bold (and successful) attempt to reconnect the experiences of Afro-Cubans with afro-desciendentes around the world.

As part of a larger compilation album titled, Afro-Razones, created by a group of Cuban and United States-based artists and producers, “Mi Raza,” emerges at a time when the lives of afro-descendants on the island remain in question following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

CREDIT: photo by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

By invoking both historical and contemporary nods to the Black Lives Matter movement and U.S. Civil Rights leaders like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., El Individio, and his group, Con100Cia, aim to link a legacy of Afro-Cuban-U.S. black solidarity that dates back to the early 19th century.

CREDIT: photo by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

The video, directed by, Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, is a visual representation of Afro-Cuban heritage that includes Afro-Cuban Santeria imagery infused with lyrics that consistently state, “I’m an Afro, Afro, Afro-Descendant.”

While El Individuo is not the first Afro-Cuban rapper to connect the racial experiences of Afro-Cubans to Afro-descendants in the U.S., his song comes at a time when U.S.-Cuban relations are set to experience yet another impending shift with President Donald Trump’s recent U.S.-Cuban policy recommendations.

More on El Individuo and his music can be found here.

READ: Ibeyi: Afro-Cuban Electro via Paris

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This Major Brand Is Standing Up For People Of Color And The LGBTQ Community In Sports


This Major Brand Is Standing Up For People Of Color And The LGBTQ Community In Sports

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Nike has launched a new program geared toward equality for everyone through sport. The sporting apparel company has teamed up with athletes and celebrities to give the initiative some visibility. One of the partners for the program is none other than Olympic gymnast and human emoji Laurie Hernandez.

Nike has launched their Equality campaign with the help of some very well known athletes including Laurie Hernandez.

The campaign is about equality for several groups of people including African-Americans, the LGBTQ community, and Native American and Aboriginal people in North America.

“Sport unites us and empowers us to be better, no matter how you look, what youbelieve or what language you speak. #EQUALITY,” reads the Nike website.

In a video posted to Vimeo, Hernandez gives a quick definition of what equality means to her.

Equality :: Laurie Hernandez – V1 from space150 on Vimeo.

“Everyone, no matter their race, their color, or their religion, everyone gets treated the same way whether it’s in sports or in life,” Hernandez says in the video.

If you want to learn more about Nike #EQUALITY, you can click here.

READ: Here’s How Laurie Hernandez’s Character Dealt With The Awkward Moment When Her Friend Over Compensated Her ‘Latina-ness’

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