The current awakening on Black representation is a great time to address this long-standing issue

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As a proud Afro-Latina, I have struggled my entire life with self-identification, especially within a Black & White construct. As the child of Latin American immigrants — I’ve always known my ethnic roots to be my truth, a descent of the Garifuna people, a rich lineage and history I was taught to celebrate and own as I learned to hum the songs played at family gatherings.

As I got older and grew to understand the practicality of having an easy-to-understand “label” for social classification, I immediately adopted ‘Afro-Latina’, a slightly and neater title that encompasses my Latin American origin but…

It’s time to break the cycle that keeps repeating itself

After being overwhelmed by the hours of images and videos from protests and demonstrations across the U.S., I woke up hoping that they would be enough to prompt the POTUS to communicate what he should be talking about now — messages of peace, sympathy and positivity as we wade through very challenging times. Instead, after days of marching and even violence in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Seattle we’re still met with his dismissal, and no support to help with the needed healing.

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It’s that insensitivity that only serves to…

In the midst of life-changing events, try asking yourself some major questions

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Living through a global crisis like the one we’re going through, or even the experience of a personal trauma is bound spark bigger personal life questions. While it may feel like your world been flipped upside down, using a life-changing event is bound to have its benefits — teachable ones. To navigate and learn, I started to break down my thoughts and feelings by asking myself the questions good journalists and problem-solvers ask:

  • Who really matters to you?

Some adjustments to how we live are just necessary during a pandemic.

Only a handful of people remained on Chicago’s normally busy Michigan Avenue after the city announced its Shelter in Place Order, which went into effect the following day. (Photo by Jenina Nunez.)

It’s been said many times, but it bears repeating. These are crazy, uncertain times. And, with the coronavirus numbers climbing daily, it’s also a reason for genuine concern. That said, it doesn’t make it any less sad that overnight, we’ve transformed from living care-free to afraid of people in our airspace.

I’m also convinced that after this is over, the way we live will remain a little strange, even if for a while. Some of the everyday things that I already miss and will reconsider differently:

  • The catch-up date: I was always such a fan of meeting with a friend…

After a stroke and now the social impact of a pandemic, normal has a new meaning

When I suffered a stroke a couple of years ago, I was convinced that period in my life was going to be it for me. After all, even though I was fortunate to survive, it was still going to require intensive therapy and of course, discovering what my new normal was going to be.

The road to better took a while, but in time, I found my new level of balance by listening to my body, learning from my journey and ultimately being kind of myself.

After coming through that period and now stepping into the midst of a pandemic…

Sometimes is takes one single moment to force change

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Over a couple of years ago, I woke up with a headache that I didn’t realize would change my life. At that time, it was a nuisance slowing me down, making it impossible for me to function in my little universe. But, by the end of the night, I learned that this throbbing pain was a loud signal that something was really wrong as doctors revealed that I’d had a stroke.

Fast forward to that present and I’ve started to let go of the anger and even stopped punishing myself for…

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A.K.A. Jenina N. Communicator, content creator, blogger, podcaster.

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