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Meet our Afro-Latina of The Week: Crystal Roman, CEO/Founder of Black Latina Movement

Afro-Latina from: Puerto Rico/Jamaica

Hometown: NYC baby!


Do you speak Spanish? / Speak any other languages or dialects? If so, what? Poquito

Share an experience about being Afro-Latina (can be a personal accomplishment, a struggle followed by a triumph, when you released you were afro-latina, something you would like to share with other afro-latinas, etc): Running BLM for the past 8 years had been a huge accomplishment for me. Making the transition from corporate America 5 years ago was a scary and risky move but what I have been able to do for myself and others pales in comparison and proves to me it was the best and most rewarding thing I could have done.

What Latin traditions do you stick to (do you cook native meals, listen music, etc)? Spanish food is a staple in my home. I have learned many dishes passed down from my great grandmother and grandmother. Which was always coupled with quality time spent telling family stories, listening to Salsa.

What is a beauty routine you could not go without? If anything else I can not LIVE with my moisturizer. Its a must for me. My sister gets on me because I especially love the ones with a little shimmer in them. Its a guilty pleasure of mine :).

Be sure to support the movement and connect with Crsytal socially.

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Twitter Handle: BLM- OfficialBLMVMT and MissBlackLatina

Each year, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. During this time, we celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.

Today, October 15th marks the last day of the national month long celebration, but today also marks the day that we here at continue the celebration and make it a year round conversation of culture, art, and the beauty of being not just Latino but Afro-Latino! Join me in this journey!

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