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While many people are still trying to wrap their heads around Charlamagne’s refusal to understand the duality of being Black and Latin and the colorism that is often faced in the community, including by Love and Hip Hop Miami star Amara La Negra, there are countless other stars of the Afro-Latinx community who’ve spoken about dealing with this type of resistance to their choice to embrace all aspects of their heritage. Whether it’s something they faced in the entertainment industry or just growing up, the following stars said they feel proudly Black and Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, Panamanian and more. Check out what they had to say, many who grew up in Latin American countries, about their experiences. Maybe, if you still don’t get how it all works, you will.

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– Afro-Cuban

“It’s weird because it’s like you’re stuck in the middle of this weird place,” she said. “It’s like, you’re too black to be Hispanic and too Hispanic to be black, and you’re always in this crisscross. If I embrace that I’m Afro-Cuban, people say that I’m saying I’m not black, and that’s not what I’m saying at all…I’ll get a lot of flack, like ‘you just want to be exotic, you just want to be different,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not different!’”

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