When it comes to being valued, appreciated, or even recognized as part of the 50 million Hispanics in the country, Afro-Latinas have come a long way and still have a ways to go. Whether they are activists who work to spread awareness, business professionals blazing a trail in their field or celebs who make a difference just by being on the A-list, in honor of Black History Month we're taking a look at a few Afro-Latinas who are at the forefront of the fight.
Latinos are incredibly diverse, but you would never know that by looking at Univision or Telemundo, which are dominated by lighter-skinned gente. An exception is the gifted interviewer and news anchor Calderon, the Colombian anchor of Noticiero Univision: Edicion Nocturna.
Miriam Jimenez Roman
As head of the non-profit Afrolatino/a Forum, Jimenez has coordinated conferences on the black diaspora and issues facing Afro-Latinos and edited a book of essays by black Latinos, The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States.
The Puerto Rican marketing maven owns 85% Niche, a firm that advises businesses on attracting women of all colors, including Latinas.
Having co-founded the non-profit Voto Latino, the Cuban-Puerto Rican actress continues to encourage Latinos of all colors to register to vote so our voices are heard.
The CNN morning anchor raised awareness about Latinos and black Latinos through special reports and is the only Latina—of any color in a major position at a national English-language network.
She’s outspoken about being a black Dominicana and she’s a Hollywood darling: A potent combination for disseminating pride, awareness and understanding.