Afro-Latinidad is a topic that seems to stir a lot of emotion in people and generate so many opinions about what it means to be Black, what it means to be Latinx and what it means for Black and Latinx. As with most things to do with race and skin color, conversations about Afro-Latinidad can quickly escalate into controversy. But, that’s mostly because a lot of people aren’t quite sure what it is and what the Afro-Latinx experience looks like in real life and that’s where influencers come in.
There are a number of Afro-Latinx influencers who have used their social media platforms to help educate others about Afro-Latinidad truths. From influencers who regularly post on political and social topics to fashion and beauty influencers bold enough to speak out, these 11 influencers are doing their part to educate us all about Afro-Latinidad.
Shomara Garcia, Boutique Blatina
Shomara Garcia is the founder of Shop BLatina, which sells empowerment clothing including her signature “Latina Has No Complexion” message. Shomara, who is Belizean / Puerto Rican, also uses her platform to post videos and posts about her experience as a Black Latina, including answering questions about her Latinity, hair, and name.
Bianca Kathryn, Yo Soy AfroLatina
Bianca Kathryn is the founder of the Yo Soy AfroLatina clothing store, which is committed to increasing the visibility of Afro-Latinxes, by selling a range of fly-proof clothing with stimulating messages. Through her Instagram, she shares her own experience as a Black Latina who grew up in an area where Latinxes were in the minority. During an IG Live chat with HIpLatina she spoke about building a community through her platform that amplifies the Afro-Latinx diaspora in the United States
Reggaeton Con La Gata
Reggaeton historian Katelina Eccleston uses her digital platform reggatonconlagata to discuss all aspects of the musical genre, including its dark roots. As she unboxes the history of the genre, including its roots in her native Panama, she tackles topics of race, colorism, representation and Afro-Latinidad. During a recent IG Live with HipLatina, Katelina spoke about the importance of portraying black Latinas in reggaeton music and the issue of inclusiveness and recognition of black contributions to the genre.
The Afro-Latin Diaspora
The whole mission of theafrolatindiaspora on Instagram, founded by musician Sessle, is to be a place where those who are part of the Afro-Latinx diaspora can connect and share their experiences. The articles on the page often discuss the importance of black people within the Latinx community, but also describe some of the harm that has been and continues to be done to the black community. For example, this post was poignantly captioned: “The problem is, a lot of people think Latinidad can exist without black people, and that just CANNOT, all the things we celebrate and highlight are from Africans, and people are so upset when we report it.
Angel Jones, PhD
Angela Jones, Afro-Latina teacher and critical breed specialist, devotes her Instagram account, angeljonesphd, to discussing all things race and colorism. She is able to tap into her own experiences and formal education to approach them with personal facts and anecdotes that inform in a direct and practical way that we truly value.
Honduran Alexa created garifunabosses on Instagram to help empower and connect the Garifuna community in the United States. She often uses the space to discuss how the Latinx and Garifuna cultures overlap. The Garifuna are a group of people of indigenous African and Caribbean descent from the Caribbean who have migrated to countries such as Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Amara La Negra
Dominican-American TV personality and singer, Amara La Negra, has been using her social media platforms to bring up topics of racism and colorism for some time now. These questions were the center of attention when she appeared on Red round table: Les Estefans, where she was commended for speaking honestly about being black in the Latinx community. Her straightforward perspective and ideas is something we could all use more of.
I’ve dealt with ignorant questions all my life smh #afrolatina #ignoranza #fyp
♬ The magic bomb (Questions I am asked) [Extended Mix] – Hoàng Read
Afro-Latina influencer TikTok, J’chelle is so fun to follow at amorjchelle. She celebrates both her Latinx and Garifuna cultures with fun videos on dancing, music, family, and more, but she also touches on some of the issues she regularly faces as a Black Latina. Learning from her experience and how people’s perceptions of her and other Afro-Latinxes make her feel informative and honestly, quite powerful.
The whole mission of Nydia of Blactina is to amplify and tell stories of Black Latinx. She herself comes from a Panamanian family but currently lives in the Dominican Republic and has traveled throughout Latin America in search of stories relevant to the Afro-Latinx community. On Instagram, she often discusses her own struggles with aspects of her culture and experience as a Black Latina that are sometimes difficult for her, including mastering the Spanish language and entering with confidence into non-communities. black from Latinx.
At this point, Afro-Latinx poet Elizabeth Acevedo has a huge platform that goes way beyond social media, and she intends to use it to amplify Afro-Latinx voices in a way who honors their experiences and perspectives with precision and honor. She has taken on the role of Representative and regularly uses her own voice to defend Black Latinxs and her books, including the award-winning The poet X and his powerful poem on the pelo malo “Hair” are examples of his mission.