What is it like to be black and Latino in a country that tends to have a binary view of race? Mun2, which is part of the Telemundo network of channels, has created the original documentary “Black and Latino” to shed some light on the issue. The series of interviews features Christina Milian, Laz Alonso, Gina Torres, Soledad O’Brien, and a host of other afro Latinos sharing their personal experiences with discrimination in their respective industries and even within their own families. The content is thought-provoking, personal, and full of insight — definitely worth a watch!

 

You can watch extended interviews with many of the interviewees here.

Are you surprised by any of what these interviewees had to say?

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  • puhlease

    If you watch the video not one of these people comes out and says they are Black or of African decent. I lived 2011 in Miami and it was mind boggling how racist and backwards the people there were. Women who were as black as I am would still not say they were Black. I would constantly explain that you can be Latino and African just like you can be American and African. But nope, they were not having it. Now I watch this video with Black looking Christina Miliwhatever and that DJ griping about not being Latin enough or having pride in their Latin side but never talking about being proud of their Black/African side. That says it all right there.

    Funny how Christina and Gina Torres are BLACK when it’s about a check!

    • puhlease

      I am responding to my own comment.

      I was wrong. At the end they talk about being Black and Latin with pride. For some reason the video was stopping after Chris Milian’s video.

  • Jess

    Quote from Laz Alonzo at Latina.com (http://www.latina.com/entertainment/movies/exclusive-laz-alonso-being-latino-black-hollywood):

    “In the romantic comedy Jumping the Broom (opening in theaters nationwide today), Cuban actor Laz Alonso, 37, plays an African American character in an all-black cast that includes Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Loretta Devine, Mike Epps, and Romeo.

    “I always like to say that whether you’re African American, Afro-Jamaican, Afro-Haitian, Afro-British, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Panamanian, whatever — black is black,” Alonso says. “We all came from Africa and we all ended up in different countries all over the world, but the root of the tree is stil black — period. This division that we’ve created by identifying what kind of Black you are, I think, is stupid. I’m no less black than an African American when it comes to playing an African American role, because my roots are from Africa and I was born and raised in America,” he adds.

    Laz, who says that being both Cuban and black has helped him get more roles in his career, says he’s proud to be black and proud to be Latino. “I have a Cuban influence from my ethnicity, so I feel 100 percent Cuban and 100 percent Black and nobody can take that away from me,” he says. “For me, playing an African American role is playing myself and playing a Latino role — I’m playing myself,” he explains.

    What’s harder for Laz, he says, is playing Latinos who aren’t Cuban. “It’s more difficult for me to play a Dominican or a Puerto Rican than it is to play African American because now I have to step outside of my Cuban comfort zone and play something that I’m not,” he explains.

    To understand how much Laz embraces both the black and Latino in him, the actor says all you have to do is take a listen to his iPod. “In my iPod playlist, you’re going to hear just as much salsa and merengue as you’re going to hear hip-hop. But one doesn’t outweigh the other and one doesn’t define me more than the other,” he explains. “

  • Jess

    So hopefully now everyone can quit hating on Zoe Saldana for saying sh’s Latina. She is. Just as we are now U.S.-based Americans who happen to be Blacks descended from Africa, they are Caribbean- or South American-based Blacks descended from Africa, now living in the U.S.

    People need to understand that Black Latinos/hispanics are also Afro-Americans, because the Caribbean, South America, and the U.S. are “The Americas”. The U.S. just chose to make the name of the entire region, America, it’s own.