Issue #14  November 7, 2016

Omilani Alarcón is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Romance Literatures & Language (BA French/ BA Spanish). She currently teaches French Language & Literature and has traveled and studied business, languages, and performing arts in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas.

This Latinegra/AfroFilipina is a visual and performing artist, poet, scholar and has over eight scholarly publications, five musical CDs, and was in the top 7 GRAMMY Showcase Finalists. ​​The "Source" magazine called her "precocious figure on the spoken word scene," audiences compare her to Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Macy ​Gray, Duffy, and Lauryn Hill.     
Latinegras® is a network of Afrolatinas that encourages women and girls to move beyond boundaries. Centered in a message of self-love and self-awareness, the organization hosts and participates internationally in  the production of workshops, activities, music, film, dance, theater, and literary works centered in AfroLatina history, culture, and pride.

The Latinegras® Documentary is in Post-production and we are already screening. It is a film about women and young girls on the journey towards self-defined identity and learning to love ourselves for who we are.

Marjua Estevez is an Afro-Latina poet/writer whose work largely focuses on the urban latina experience in America, hip-hop aesthetics, family heritage, Dominicanism, and sacred things like love and the idea of a God. When she is not calling on the muses, she is serving as Senior Editor at Vibe because rent is due every first of the month. She loves Nas, Whiskey and really great hair conditioner. 
"In honor of aLtinx Heritage Month, and in honor of the many narratives that make up our latinidad, I highlight 18 Latinxs who speak on identity, passion and the pursuit of greatness." 
Maria Fernanda Snellings is a poet, writer, and organizer. As a transracial adoptee, she identifies as Black-Ecuatoriana, along with her adoptive parents’ ethnicity stemming from Louisiana. A D.C. native, she is a 2014 VONA/Voices Of Our Nation Fellow, an undergraduate finalist for the 2014 Hurston/Wright Amistad Award for College Writers in Poetry, and a co-recipient of the 2015 Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry, recognizing a poet whose work examines relationships among women as it relates to justice. Upcoming, she is one of three queer poets selected to be profiled in a queer photo ethnography project composed by multimedia artist and producer Danielle Levy. The project ultimately explores the concept of home.

Since moving to New York City in 2015, she has performed at MoMaPS1’s 2015 NY Art Book Fair, LALSA’s 2016 FIESTA, the Queens Festival’s 2016 Lit Crawl, and the La Pluma y La Tinta’s Declaraciones: Words from the Diaspora, a curated reading held at WordUp Bookshop Librería Comunitaria featuring AfroLatinx writers and poets. Maria Fernanda’s poems and translations have appeared most recently in The Wide Shore’s 2016 issue, Kweli Journal 2016 Spring-Summer issue, and the 92nd Street Y’s 2016 Words We Live In series. She has conceptualized and organized with Living In My Skin curator & Bronx-native Yelaine Rodriquez to produce the Quisqueya-centered exhibit’s poetry reading.

Presently Maria Fernanda is co-founding a workshop to support Latinx writers who self-identify as persons of African descent and/or as Black with a connection to Latin American and/or US Latino/a/x culture to explore poetry, find or exchange resources, and strengthen their craft.

She is crafting poems in collaboration with the upcoming Black Liberation Music project and the Daughters of Elysium, a collective of women who integrate modern perspective with myth in the theater. She and fellow queer poet I.S. Jones are slated to release a podcast with the Indie Creative Network, a collective of podcasts reaching as far as Canada and South Africa.

Maria Fernanda is planning a release of her first chapbook in the Summer of 2017.

The online publication for the Dominican Diaspora , La Galería Magazine, has launched its Indiegogo Campaign in order to remain an unaffiliated independent grassroots publication. The publication has set out to raise $40,000 to improve their website in order to better serve their growing visiting and recurring viewers, pay its writers, plan more free community events, go to print, and much more. In their campaign video, the Galería team highlights the need for a platform that caters to the Dominican community and the issues that affect them. By 2013, Dominicans were the largest immigrant group in NYC alone and yet are rarely highlighted in the media outside of portraying stereotypical roles. La Galería Magazine seeks to break from that and provide a platform for Dominicans by Dominicans.

Té Time, "A couple of girls with strong opinions on life issues, relationships, pop culture and everything in between." Episode 4 of Té Time features Es Mi Cultura creator, Tamika Burgess. They discussed everything from Afro-Latinidad to conspiracy theories.
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Penned  By, About, and For Us!

Afro-Mexican Pageant Queen Stands for Community's Visibility 

5 Entrepreneurship Lessons From Afro-Latinas

CCCADI Opens Doors At New Harlem Home

Garifuna Playwright Hector Amaya

Afro-Latina: Words As Swords

Afro-Indigenous Garífuna Communities of Northern Honduras

Natacha Bustos on Illustrating Moon Girl, the Black Female Comic Book Hero She Never Had

10 Dominican Women to Celebrate During Women’s History Month

Afro-Latinx Pride

#AfroLatinTalks Facebook Live Panel: What does it mean to be Afro-LatinX?

Too Black for Mexico — Cécile Smetana Photographs the Afro-Mexicans Stigmatized for the Color of Their Skin

Niñas Bellas: This book teaches children that what they see on the outside isn’t always what it seems. A story about four girls who look different but discover they have a lot in common. Children learn to explore differences and the value of acceptance.

Es Mi Cultura is published every first Monday of the month by Tamika Burgess. Tamika is a Afro-Panameña, NYC- based Writer and Educator. Learn more about her by visiting
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