burden of a black woman: an afro-latina tale


I had the pleasure of writing for [now a word or two]’s “Burden of a Black Woman” series. I wanted to highlight the challenges Black Latinos face in the US, especially as first-generationers. You can always read more on here by clicking the “thoughts and musings” tag. Happy reading!

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[ed note: i’m pretty proud of the ‘burden’ series. that people remember it and want to submit their words. it’s NEVER too late and i’ll always share because it’s important. we need to now more than ever before].

here are Amaris’ words.

Let the records show now and forever; I am Black.

No one can ever define my Black; remove my Black, invalidate my Black. Black is not my burden. Black is what I Am.

My burden is in spaces where I am not allowed to individually exist. Where I am expected to “be” Black. Where my Black is a performance art. Where my Black is no longer my own. Where it must be proven or fit into a box. Where it is traded and swapped like a card in an ever-elusive deck. Where my Black is challenged or defined for me.

In spaces where my Black is somehow labeled…

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New York’s Native Elianor Launches the Beauty Box Expo Series Tour Catering to the Wedding and Beauty Industries

NEW YORK CITY— Native Elianor,  the highly successful New York-based hair and make-up industry professional and CEO of GlamMuaHds, announced the launch of her newest venture, The Beauty Box Expo, International. A series of beauty and bridal centric events, the Beauty Box Expos (BBE) are one day events designed to showcase and educate attendees through interactive experiences featuring new and established brands alongside the most innovative products and services in the wedding, hair, cosmetics and skincare industries. The series kicks off with its inaugural events in New York City on June 7th and 8th at Shadow Boxers, located at 215 West 40th Street in midtown Manhattan.

“From a very young age, fashion has been my life,” says Beauty Box Expo Founder, Native…

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Why so few black women are senior managers in 2015

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Bringing more women into the C-suite requires CEO leadership, knowledgeable diversity officers, and programs to nurture talent. That is what many think. But if employers want to ensure diversity includes black women, a fresh approach is needed.

A new report by the Center for Talent Innovation, a nonprofit that promotes diversity, examined the issues facing black women in corporate America. Based on interviews and a survey of women professionals, the report found that while black, female professionals are more likely to seek top leadership roles, they are treated as virtually invisible. Fortune received an advance copy of the report. “Black women who are ready to lead—whose qualifications, track record, drive, and commitment make them ideal candidates for executive roles—stick firmly to the marzipan layer, in sight of the C-suite, but seemingly not in the sights of those who occupy it,” say the authors, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder/CEO of the…

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Evelyn Lozada Has a New Reality Show!

The good news just keeps coming for “Basketball Wives” alum Evelyn Lozada!

Evelyn and Shaniece

After a year that saw the launch of her cosmetics line, sneak-peek debut of a clothing line, birth of her son and engagement to LA Dodgers own Carl Crawford, Lozada has now been tapped by the OWN Network to return to Reality TV.

🙌 @owntv #EveOnOWN #July

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Tentatively titled “Evelyn”, the show will center around the reality star’s busy life. It is also slated to star her daughter Shaniece and will feature appearances from her fiance, Crawford. Daughter and mom have been updating the progress with teaser pictures on Instagram.

@owntv #EVEonOWN #ShanieceONown

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I admittedly like the idea of the show and will definitely take a look when it comes out, it looks like it has a positive theme for a change and it would be great to see what she’s been up to!

What do you think? Will you be tuning into the show?