The Afro-Latino community boasts a mad amount of talent, it’s no secret. This is abundantly seen on the entertainment front: talented dancers, artists, singers, athletes and actors showcase their skills. Faizon Love, Christina Milian, Mariah Carey, Melissa De Desousa, Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez are only a few examples of what the Afro-Latino community has to offer. Members of this wonderful community have also touched other industries, including the publishing industry, riling the world with creative works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screenwriting. These agents of literature are representing their heritage well, and it’s about time that we listen.
Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat (yes, Haiti is a Latin American nation) was born in Port-au-Prince in 1969, and immigrated to New York at the age of 12. Danticat’s love for the written word led to her earning a BA in French Literature, and later on she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. Her first novel Breath, Eyes, Memory… was published in 1994, and since, Danticat has written several other books, including the riveting novel, The Farming Bones. Danticat has won dozens of awards for her titles, including the Langston Hughes award and the National Book Award.