Specifically launched during Latino Heritage Month 2015, Es Mi Cultura is a monthly newsletter that provides readers with positive examples of women who proudly acknowledge their African ancestry, while staying true to their Latino ethnicity and culture.


March 2018 ~ Issue 30

Daily Baez from Dailycurlz is a freelance writer and a content creator. Her natural casual lifestyle fuses the way to love herself and helps others do the same. Born and raised in Dominican Republic, and based in Los Angeles, her bilingual versatility is credited to her upbringing and appreciation for new experiences.

"Running and maintaining my site has been a wonderful way to allow me to pursue my interest in blogging. This came when I stopped using relaxer on my hair and I started to post a lot about hair on my personal Facebook page. One friend told me that he should unfriend me, because all I do is talk about hair. That night I opened a Facebook page and since I had so much to say, I started my blog on April 3, 2011. My blog is a digital version of a scrapbook, chronicling my journey into a healthier me, my lifestyle with a curly twists, and my mixed heritage."

February 2018 ~ Issue 29

As Afro descendants it's important to acknowledge and celebrate everyone from the diaspora who has made significant contributions to the world as we know it.

In honor of Black History Month, Es Mi Cultura shines a light on four prominent Afro-Latinos who impacted or changed the course of history.

Happy Black History Month

January 2018 ~ Issue 28

"My name is Suyent Rodriguez and I am a Black Latina. I was born in La Habana, Cuba and immigrated with my parents to Albuquerque, NM in 2005. My parents are small business owners—they own a beauty salon in Albuquerque where they work.

I reigned as Miss Black New Mexico USA 2016 and participated in the national completion (Miss Black USA) where I made it to finals. I am a spoken word poet and speak to my own experiences. You can listen to my poem about my Afro-Latina identity by following this link:

I studied Psychology and Africana Studies at the University of New Mexico where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in May of 2017. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Pan African Studies at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. I am static to be conducting original research about the African diaspora this summer.

I recently opened an Etsy shop with conscious shirts. You can access my shop through this link:

I am also working on two socially conscious projects: building ways to promote cultural exchange between Afro America and Afro Cuba, and promoting the embracing of natural hair in the island."

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December 2017 ~ Issue 27

Kayla Zapata Fory ~ Afro-Colombian from California

"I love to travel and learning from other cultures. Naturally, I studied International Relations: Economic Development and Spanish at Tufts University in Boston. The summer after graduating, I attended the UN Youth Summit and interned with international humanitarian organization Catholic Relief Service. I wanted to continue exploring my interest in innovative approaches to sustainable development in the Global South.

I moved to Ghana to assist social enterprises on the ground that were merging business strategy with community-based solutions. I interned with the Kokrobite Institute that was creating sustainable educational materials out of recycled waste and conducting teacher training workshops for local schools. While living in Accra, I developed an interest in the vibrant West-Africa textiles and ease of creating bespoke tailored clothes. I changed projects to join an ethical fashion house called Studio One Eighty Nine, run by fellow Afro-Latina Rosario Dawson and Bottega Veneta executive Abrima Erwiah, that was supporting West African artisan communities. The start-up life pushed me to grow and take on several new responsibilities in finance and marketing. I learned how to pitch and manage photo shoots among other practical business skills. While abroad, I started a bilingual traveling blog called Tejiendo Experiences and am currently working on a new website to refine my content and share how Latin American culture still carries strong ties to Africa.

I am creating a new blog to share my travel experiences around the world focusing on Latin America and Africa. I will be reflecting about living abroad and sharing the various travel tips I have learned while abroad. There are many countries that I have visited, but have not yet posted about - so there are more cuentos up my sleeve. I will also be posting about Afro-Latina and will be posting about the Afro-Latina events around town. I am also super excited to start a new job at Instagram with Facebook HQ in the San Francisco Bay Area. I want to continue to try to connect and create space for Afro-Latina narratives, so stay tuned!"

November 2017 ~ Issue 26

Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Afro-Indigenous, of the Wayuu people in la Guajira, Colombia, interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator. She has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora and vernacular.

Lido’s latest LP La Papessa (2016), charts an evolution from her debut LP Color (2010), an album full of (as the title suggests) colorful landscapes and positive vibrations. The 2017 Polaris Prize-winning album, La Papessa, takes a more personal approach, describing the narrative of how Lido has found her independence as a woman and as an artist who refuses to fit pre-conceived notions of what a pop Latina artist ought to be.

The album was written in multiple cultural and geographic settings - the desert of Indigenous Wayuu land and the northern mountains in Colombia, as well as in Canada, in both London and Toronto, Ontario - and the music, in turn, reflects these settings. The sounds on La Papessa take listeners on a musical journey from traditional Afro-Colombian percussion to global bass and darker avant-garde electronic sounds. Lido’s piercing, explosive and heartwarming voice unites the compositions, beats and harmonies, resulting in a perfect labour of love and sound that highlights the creative voice of this talented artist.

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October 2017 ~ Issue 25

Maria I. Melendez ~ Honduran-American

As “the OG Mentor”, social entrepreneur, motivational speaker & spiritual teacher, author of Take the Limits Off Your Legacy, producer, and women’s leadership advocate– Maria I. Melendez has embraced her mission of empowering others to live a life that embraces a limitless legacy. After leaving her high-profile career in the music business to pursue her purpose of empowering others to live life in purpose, give birth to their dreams and define their legacy, Maria (who has been deemed by clients and peers as your personal “Goals Girlfriend”) has proven that she is the essence of living a purpose and legacy driven life in order to inspire others to follow suit. Featured in the ESSENCE magazine,, and recipient of several notable accolades, she is an influential leader whose faith, zealous drive, experience, framework, story and impact are key to the leadership development in women and girls around the world. Her contemporary style of transparency, authenticity, wit, humor and positivity are key to in her message of transformation.

Maria launched Embrace Her Legacy in 2012. Since then Maria has transformed the brand from a women’s network to an empowerment organization the offers an online learning center, enrichment programs, personal development courses, tailored events, and community to inspire millennial women and girls to achieve a purpose-driven legacy. She is the creator of Embrace Her Legacy’s franchise empowerment program for young women, the Embrace Her Legacy Academy, host of the Embrace Her Legacy podcast and the curator and head instructor of Embrace Her Legacy University which is an online learning center for millennial women to grow in personal development, faith and dream birthing. Maria has recently added spiritual teacher to her list of skills as she pursues her Masters of Media Arts & Worship at the prestigious Dallas Theological Seminary.

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