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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.

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December 2015 ~ Issue 3


Dash Harris is a journalist based in Panama. After working in news for
over four years she decided to embark on telling stories not
usually covered by the media, especially marginalized
and oppressed communities.

She attended Temple University for broadcast journalism, business & french. Dash is the producer of NEGRO: A docu-series about Latino Identity, a web-based series A docu-series that explores colonization and the historical and present day class and color complex among Latinos. 

Dash is the founder of Venus Genus, a blog that examines gender bias and female tropes and the blogger behind Diaspora Dash, a blog about the African Diaspora in the Americas. She is the editor of YouDontLookLatino.com, and founder of AfroLatino Travel the premier travel, culture and community-building resource website for tours, trips and information on the African Diaspora in Latin America & the Caribbean through inter-exchange led by locals in their respective regions.

 

Dash is currently based in Panama and currently working on a documentary on young AfroCuban drummers and an oral history project of descendants of AfroAntillean workers of the Panama Canal and other infrastructure in Panama and the continental American coasts. 



November 2015 ~ Issue 2


Crystal Roman, a native New Yorker of Puerto Rican
descent, launched
the Black Latina Movement in 2008. 
She began performing BLM’s first written theatrical piece: a one woman show about the lives of dark-skinned Latinas and African American Latinas entitled, Black Latina.

Ms. Roman produced and directed Memoirs of a Black Latina, which premiered in the Texas Black Film Festival, the International Women’s film Festival in California, and screened at the 4th Annual African American Conference in Harlem. The film was also screened at the 2010 Dominican Independence Day event. Memoirs of a Black Latina was screened at the 2011 Pan-African Women’s Action Summit and aired on Minnesota’s Comcast channels for Hispanic Heritage Month.
In 2010 Ms. Roman began crafting her first off-Broadway production: an all-Black Latino/African American production entitled, The Colors of Love. In 2011 she expanded on The Colors of Love franchise and co-wrote 5 episodes for season one of its television series. In 2013 The Colors of Love was an official selection of both the October Film Festival and the 12th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival.
Ms. Roman has also expanded her philanthropy work, appearing as a plenary guest speaker at the 2011 Minneapolis Pan-African Women’s Action Summit. Ms. Roman was a panelist at the 2012 Black Latino Consortium at Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland (where Memoirs of a Black Latina was also featured). Most recently in 2013 Ms. Roman was featured at speaking engagements for Latino Authors and Writers and at Byrn Mawr College Reshaping Representation: Afrolatinas Creating Positive Media.


October 2015 ~ Issue 1

As a first-generation Panamanian American, Sarah Taylor embraces the best
of both of her African and Latino ancestries. 


Early life experiences developed her consciousness of her Afro-Latino identity as unique and separate from the strict "Black," "White," and "Latino" labels that have traditionally defined American racial attitudes. Motivated by this consciousness and a burning desire to impact her community, specifically the Latino community, Sarah decided to apply her wealth of public service experience to the realm of nonprofit leadership. In 2012, she launched her first non-profit venture, Yo Soy Ella, Inc. which translates to "I Am She." "We are whoever we wish to be, wherever our dreams takes us; we let our dreams become us." YSE seeks to empower and mentor Latina women using a cultural, strength-based approach, integrated with spiritual guidance.

As a life-long change agent, Sarah is fueled by a passion for improving the quality of people's lives. Her passion is evidenced by her long-time commitment to public service. Sarah currently works for the Office of Refugee & Resettlement as a case coordinator for unaccompanied minors apprehended while crossing U.S. borders. For several years now, Sarah has worked directly with Latina women in many capacities relating from privileged resources such as cultural therapeutic counseling. 

For more than 2 years, Sarah worked with the State of Illinois' Division of Child Protection as a child abuse investigator. Prior to that, for 6years, she worked at the Department of Human Services. At DHS, she applied her clinical skills to serve African-American and Hispanic clients, all while challenging disparities and inequalities faced by disadvantaged populations and addressing the lack of cultural services in diverse communities in Chicago.


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