Despite what movies and film might teach us, Latinos are not a monolith, we are a complex, diverse, and multi-racial group of people including Afro-Latinos who play an important role in every last corner of Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US. This Black History Month we turn the spotlight on the Afro-Latinos in our community, beginning with sharing these seven Afro-Latinas who inspire, teach, and brighten our Instagram feeds.
Meet the proud women and femmes advocating for more Afro-Latino inclusion through their social media platforms.
1. Beautifully Black Latinas, @afrolatinas_
Diversity is the name of the game for this incredible account dedicated to Black women and femmes of Latin American descent. From news stories to dancing reels to beauty tips, this Instagram account is your next go-to for an inspiring mix of content. You’ll be up to date on the news, get major style tips and inspiration, and get moving with fun dance pieces. Bonus: If you want to go directly to the source, follow the mastermind behind the account, Amanda Pericles.
Follow here: www.instagram.com/afrolatinas_/.
2. Elizabeth Acevedo, @acevedowrites
Elizabeth Acevedo is the award-winning Afro-Dominican writer of The Poet X (and 6 others books) and a performer. In 2022, the Poetry Foundation named her the Young People’s Poet Laureate. Her Instagram account is an inspiration to writers, book worms, and fans alike thanks to her behind-the-scenes look at the life of an artist. Acevedo shares personal life updates, her thoughts on writing, poetry readings, and more.
Follow here: https://www.instagram.com/acevedowrites/.
3. Monica Veloz, @Monicastylemuse
Monica Veloz is a blogger and influencer whose Instagram account provides more energy than your abuela’s best cafecito. It’s filled with frank beauty and style tips, some touching personal moments (she became a first-time mom in 2022), and, of course, tons of Spanglish.
Follow here: https://www.instagram.com/monicastylemuse/.
4. Julissa Prado
Scrolling through Julissa Prado’s Instagram account is like getting ready for a night out with your best friend. From styling tips to #TBT moments to chats about money and business ownership, Latinas who are eager to pursue their goals and look fabulous while doing it will find plenty of inspiration.
Follow here: www.instagram.com/julissa_prado/.
5. YoSoyAfroLatina, @yosoyafrolatina
This lifestyle brand founded by Bianca Kathryn is currently taking a hiatus, but there’s still plenty of content to enjoy. From humorous memes to short inspirational videos to styling tips, this is one account that brings a lot of joy to celebrating the Afro-Latino community.
Follow here: www.instagram.com/yosoyafrolatina/.
6. Tiffany Alfonseca, @tiffanyalfonseca
Tiffany Alfonseca is a New York City-based Afro-Dominican fine artist sharing stunning paints and drawings. Per her bio, she “aims to visually articulate that the Black and Afro-Latinx diaspora does not exist within a monolith, but that these communities are a cultural cornucopia that is vast, varied, and complex.” Her work showcases a wide variety of familiar scenes in vibrant colors. If you’re looking to add more color and depth to your feed, this is it!
Follow here: https://www.instagram.com/tiffanyalfonseca/
7. Ain’t I Latina?
More than ever, it’s critical to be aware of the news and participate in the many, many cultural conversations happening, such as representation in media, racism in the Latino community, and more, which is why we strongly recommend this account created by Janel Martinez. From interviews to event information to trending news stories to fun videos, this account truly provides a wealth of information.
Follow here: https://www.instagram.com/aintilatina/.
Who are your favorite Afro-Latino/a influencers? Let us know on Instagram.