The internet has a wealth of information these days, but not as much as it needs to on the voices of Afrolatinidad. As a playwright who scripts stories about and for Black, Brown and Afrolatino characters, much of my inspiration comes from the blogs and stories of my diasporic sisters. Blogs like Boriqua Chicks and Chronic Brevity fulfill a real need in the world–the need for Latinegra stories to be told. This list does not cover all of the Afrolatina and ally voices on the internet, it’s a start. Here are 6 Afrolatina voices you need to bookmark in your favorites.
If you’re looking for a fresh, Afrolatina take on a lifestyle blog, check out Boriqua Chicks. The Afro-Latina sisters, Raquel Dailey-Parham and Rebecca Daily-Wooley (pictured above), cover a variety of topics including entertainment and entrepreneurship, but they always put their own unique flare on the content. A few of my favorite posts are Stop Asking Entrepreneurs to Work for Free (Amen!) and Surround Yourself with Dreamchasers.
Ain’t I Latina?
Ain’t I Latina?, headed by Janel Martinez (pictured above), has a unique voice that speaks to the millenial Afrolatina, a voice that is sometimes silenced when we speak on Afrolatinidad. What I love about this site is its constant promotion of Afrolatina art, music and experiences. Some of my favorite posts are Meet the Creator of #blacklatinxhistory and 11 Things Black-American Spanish Speakers Encounter.
Dear Reader, authored by Icess Fernandez Rojas (pictured above), an interactive blog that dives into the highs and lows of #thatwriterslife. It speaks to everyone who dares to sit down at the computer or pick up the pen and write by covering writing opportunities, advice and a bit of Icess’s experiences. Some pieces you need to read are: Lessons learned While Not Writing and What does your writing mean to you?
The Bad Dominicana
The Bad Dominicana (pictured above) was one of the first introductions into Latinegra history. The dynamic social media space, run by Zahira Kelly, seeks to as she puts it “pick apart white supremacist capitalist hetero-patriarchy from an anticolonial AfroLatina perspective.” In addition to social media, The Bad Dominicana has a website where you can check out her writing and art.
Las Morenas Del España
Las Morenas de España, headed by Sienna Brown (pictured above), is a website that is “redefining the Black experience in Spain.” While all the contributers to the site don’t necessary identify as Afrolatin@, it is clearly for those of the Afro-diaspora in Spain and beyond. The space features everything from commentary on being Black in Spain to advice on traveling for an economy price. My favorite pieces from the site are 5 Things I learned about my Masculinity by living overseas and Black and Abroad: How to Celebrate Black History No Matter Where You Live.
Afromexico, authored by Ishia Lynette, is a creative blog featuring poems, reflections and interviews from the heart. The blog inspires us to look inward and be proud of who we are. I am in love with these two posts: Love Lines and Ol Days.
Bonus Blog (Because picking just 6 is so hard!): Chronic Brevity
Chronic Brevity, scripted by Jasminne Mendez, enlightens us about the realities of being an Afrolatina writer living with Scleroderma. The blog chronicles the author’s highs and lows while raising awareness about diseases. Posts that tug at the heart strings: Reimagining and In Honor of Valentine’s Day Part 1.
Have another Afrolatina blog, website or social media space that you love? Comment below!