It was about a year ago - on her first trip to Nicaragua - that 26-year-old Brittany Chávez began to call herself Afro-Latinx. "Growing up, I always had identity issues," she told me. "I have the dark complexion. I was always asked if I was mixed with black.
No shade, just facts. Let's not forget about the rich history of the African diaspora in Latin America, as well and our Afro-Latinx hermanxs we need to support in every way we can. From Puerto Rican mofongo to colorful, printed head wraps, African traditions have played a vital role in inspiring the food, clothing, arts, and music we grew up on and still love today.