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Hispanic Heritage Month has taken on new meaning for me since sharing my personal journey which includes my struggle with my identity as a Latina for a large part of my childhood years. Growing up black Hispanic I didn't always feel and was made to feel like I wasn't Latina enough but then again I wasn't "black" enough either? What do these things even mean and can you imagine how confusing that can be for a 7 year old?

I am finally finding my voice and am proud to break through my shyness to be able to share and inspire. This Hispanic Heritage Month, I sat on an amazing panel organized and executed by The Latino Bigs of Big Brothers Big Sisters and SOL, the Latino affinity group of SirusXM (Siempre Orgullo Latino).

After mixing and mingling the panel which was moderator by George Nenadich (On-air talent at SiriusXM. Host of salsa radio show "La Vieja Escuala" and Rumbon" and also hosts talk show on ESPN Deportes called "Fusion Deportivo") settled down to discuss the top of the evening which was #UNIDOSWERISE and how we disrupt the disparities, racism, & segregation within our own communities in addition to the importance of coming together during this time of intensified political polarization.

It was truly a heavy conversation which I was honored to be a part of. The intensity of the conversation I must say, was in great part due to well crafted panel which included the below list of impressive individuals. It was truly and honor.

Dr. Juan Rios

Full-time Professor at Seton Hall University, CEO/Clinical Director of Rios & Associates Therapeutic Solutions

Diana Noriega

Chief Program Officer for the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc.

Jerry Diaz

AKA "Elmo Difoca", Co-founder, writer and director of Room 28

“There’s so much diversity when it comes to Afro-Latinos that it’s just beautiful when we can all come together and share our differences.” Dana Danelys De Los Santos, better known as Amara La Negra shared this with earlier this year at the Afro Latino Festival of New York.

The 26-year-old Miami-born, Dominican artist is confirmed to join the cast of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Miami this coming January. It will be the latest installment of the hit franchise and will explore the hip hop, Latin, and reggaeton music scene in Miami as well as the rich Latinx culture. Amara shared with earlier this year that “They (VH1) decided they wanted to have some Afro-Latino in Love & Hip Hop, and bring some Latin flavor to the show.”

I personally indulge in Love & Hip Hop here and there, I am looking forward to seeing Amara on the show and representing the beauty of being Black and Latina.

Rihanna did it again. Sticking to her throne as the most marketable celebrity (according to a report released by the NPD Group—a company that tracks consumer spending worldwide) her latest business venture, Fenty Beauty has been a major success just a few weeks after its release on September 8 in New York City.

Fenty Beauty launched exclusively online and in Sephora stores in the US with a total of 40 shades of foundation from very pale white and pink foundation shades to several shades of dark brown and everything in between. Rihanna’s brand, made available worldwide to 17 nations, emphasized inclusivity of all skin-tones, ethnicities, and races. Fenty Beauty has the entire makeup community buzzing, and some brands are now trying to cater to consumers with darker skin tones and develop more products that are suited to different skin tones.

“The Fenty Face was created for women of all skin tones, of all personalities,” Rihanna said when commenting about the beauty line. “These steps are key to starting your makeup, no matter the look you're going for. This is where the fun begins.”.

Thanks to Fenty Beauty there is hope major cosmetic brands will notice Afro-descendant customers are a vital in the business and indeed have major consumer power. Let the beauty revolution begin.

Discover why so many people in the beauty industry are going crazy over Fenty Beauty products.

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