December 7, 2015 ~ Issue 3
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Afro-Latina ~ A woman with roots from any Latin American country
that is of, relates, or celebrates African a

Es Mi Cultura spreads awareness of the wonderful contributions Afro-Latinas are making to further advance our presence. Each month this newsletter spotlights Afro-Latinas and all their sabor, provides links to various articles and personal stories penned by, about, or for Afro-Latinos, along with book features, and additional information.
While this newsletter is aimed towards Afro-Latinas— we need to see people who look like us. Es Mi Cultura is for readers of both genders, all races, cultures, and backgrounds.

Janel Martinez is a freelance multimedia journalist. Martinez
previously served as Content Producer at NewME, a
customizable support platform that
transforms cool ideas into great businesses.

Prior to NewME, she served as Technology Editor at Black Enterprise, the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans, where she oversaw the editorial strategy for technology across the company’s platforms. Her work and insights have appeared on various media sites including Cosmo for Latinas, Flama, Vivala, Latina, NBC Latino, TheGrio, Madame Noire and The Root, as well as Arise News and HuffPost Live.

The Honduran-American added entrepreneur to her title, launching, an online destination celebrating diversity among Latinas. Founded to fill a void in the representation of Afro-Latinas in both mainstream as well as Spanish-language media, offers profiles of Afro-Latinas across the globe, celebrity news, career advice, lifestyle coverage and exclusive interviews with today’s hottest celebs. 

The Bronx, NY native is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Off the clock, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion. 
Ain't I Latina?  is an online destination created by an Afro-Latina for Afro-Latinas. Inspired by the lack of representation in mainstream media, as well as Spanish-language media, Janel Martinez, a 20-something journalist and New York native, wanted to create a space where millennial Latinas can celebrate their diversity. In addition to offering celebrity news, career advice, lifestyle coverage and exclusive interviews with today’s hottest Latinas, Ain’t I Latina? offers you, the reader, an opportunity to share your story.
Mani Mamí is a social initiative designed to gift women in rural areas of Latin America with manicures and spa services, as well as the products needed to recreate the experience. Our inaugural trip happened in Honduras in May 2015. Product sponsor was CURLS.
"You might be wondering, why nails? What’s that got to do with anything?
Well, ladies, don’t you enjoy getting a nice manicure/pedicure? I know I do!
However, in certain areas of the world, that luxury (or as I like to call it “me time”)
isn’t as freely available. I wanted to recreate that experience for
women in rural areas of Latin America." ~ Janel Martinez
Dash Harris is a journalist based in Panama. After working in news for
over four years she decided to embark on telling stories not
usually covered by the media, especially marginalized
and oppressed communities.


She attended Temple University for broadcast journalism, business & french. Dash is the producer of NEGRO: A docu-series about Latino Identity, a web-based series A docu-series that explores colonization and the historical and present day class and color complex among Latinos. 

Dash is the founder of Venus Genus, a blog that examines gender bias and female tropes and the blogger behind Diaspora Dash, a blog about the African Diaspora in the Americas. She is the editor of, and founder of AfroLatino Travel the premier travel, culture and community-building resource website for tours, trips and information on the African Diaspora in Latin America & the Caribbean through inter-exchange led by locals in their respective regions.


Dash is currently based in Panama and currently working on a documentary on young AfroCuban drummers and an oral history project of descendants of AfroAntillean workers of the Panama Canal and other infrastructure in Panama and the continental American coasts. 

NEGRO ~ Latinos are not a monolith. There is no one look or concept of race for us. We are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow and our experiences and identities reflect that. This docu-series explores the history and present attitudes of race, color, self identification and social interaction among Latinos from Latinos themselves. Through candid interviews you will see the good, the bad, the ugly and the absolute beauty of Latinos’ perceptions of their culture. This project aims to unite, it is to offer insight into a present and future united global community through candid dialogue, truth, awareness, acceptance and appreciation.  

The premier travel and culture resource of the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean

AfroLatino Travel is the resource for Afrodiasporic information, multi-media, travel curation and cultural exchange in the Americas. We provide contextual historical and contemporary content on the African root through photos, text, video, sound and travel to Afrodescended regions.

Nuestra Cuba is a documentary series project that tells the stories of Cuba's first women and black film directors: Sara Gomez Yera and Gloria Rolando. The first episode of Nuestra Cuba is a documentary short called "Revolutionarily, Sara Gomez Yera." The film  journeys through the life of the young, enthusiastic filmmaker who changed Cuban cinema forever. For more, watch our  Nuestra Cuba Trailer and donate to the completion of Nuestra Cuba Film, Please click the link below. 
Donate To Nuestra Cuba
Amberly Alene Ellis is an independent filmmaker, writer and documentarian dedicated to the belief that film is one of our greatest tools to ignite empathy and inspire social change. Her films and photography focus on the many social issues of our diverse human experiences.
Afro-Latina actress Zoe Saldana covers the Dec/Jan issue of Latina magazine.
Afro-Brazilian Ballerina Ingrid Silva
Photo by: GustavonovaisPhotografhy
The Holidays Are Here...
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Penned  By, About, and For Us!

"Who is Black" 

"Afro-Mexico is Also Afro-Descendant" 

"10 Women Afro-Latinas Stan For" 

"An African King in Bolivia"

"Do #BlackLivesMatter to Hispanics?" 

"I Am... Yo Soy Latina"

"Afro-Colombian Kids Cartoon Show Hits Brazilian TV"

"Brazilian Women Natural Hair Empowerment March"

"NBC Orders Pilot For First Ever Dominican Family Comedy on US TV"

"Afro-Peruvian Woman Wins Landmark Discrimination Case"

"Where Police Kill 6 Times More Than In The US"

"Being Afro-Latina In Costa Rica"

"Why You Should Never Assume That A Black Person Can't Be Latino" 

"Black Women Writers in Brazil" 

"A Celebration of Afro-Cuban Roots & Electronic Expressions"  

"I Live In Spain! Why Don't I Speak Spanish?"  

"Cubans Trace Roots to Remote Sierra Leone Village"  

"10 Afro-Latino Cities You Probably Don't Know About" 

"4 Ways I Learned to Hate My Afro As a Black Latinx"

"Unknown Latino Tuskegee Airman Discovered"
The Summer Prince ~ A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that's sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June's best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

Es Mi Cultura is published every first Monday of the month by Tamika Burgess. Tamika is a Afro-Panamanian, NYC- based writer, blogger, and copy editor. Learn more about her by visiting

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