April 2017 ~ Issue 19


Alexa Dolmo-Rochez is a 20-year-old proud Garifuna and Afro-Latina woman who was born in La Ceiba, Honduras. At age 14 she relocated to Houston, TX. Not able to communicate with anyone because Spanish is her first language, she had to work hard to learn English and become fluent in the language. One of her biggest accomplishments was graduating from high school early. When she left her birth place, Alexa was dropped a few grades because she didn't know English. This made her work even harder, and instead of graduating in four years she did it in three. 

"Growing up I always had to prove my identity to others. Everyone questioned my Latinidad because in their eyes I did not "look" Latina. In high school I was always treated different and sometimes bullied because I was the "Black girl who spoke Spanish." I was told plenty of times that I wasn't black, that I did not belong in the states and many other hurtful things. However, all of those comments made me a stronger person and more proud to be a Black Latina. We're different, powerful, smart and talented. I just want the world to know that the color of your skin does not prove who you are." ~Alexa