We want to highlight a list of influential Afro-Latin(x) and Afro-Carribean people in the entertainment industry. While celebrating black history month it is important to remember that there isn’t just one way to be black. We are a people of various attributes. We come in all types of different flavors and shades. We must recognize ALL the different ways we can be black and beautiful.
In a day and age where society forces you to suppress your blackness and pick one label, it can be frustrating to express and connect with who you really are. The celebrities on this list have showcased their blackness proudly and hopefully, it can encourage other Afro-Latin(x) and Afro-Carribean to embrace their African roots.
But first, let’s clarify what the terms “Afro-Latin” and “Afro-Caribbean” mean.
The term Afro-Latin(x) refers to people with significant African ancestry in Latin countries. The term “Afro-Caribbean” refers to people of African ancestry who migrated via the Caribbean Islands and can trace their ancestry back to West Africa since Christopher Columbus’ arrival.
Now that we got our history lesson out of the way, let’s hop into our list!
Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, or Kid Cudi as we know and love him, was born to an African American mother and an African & Mexican-American father. Kid Cudi has a character he created named Juan Pablo who is a black boy growing up in a Mexican family. One can say this helped Cudi deal with his own multifaceted identity.
Basquiat was born to a Haitian father and a Puerto Rican mother. Basquiat was known for incorporating social and political commentary into his artwork. A 1982 painting by Basquiat became the highest sold piece of artwork for any artist at an estimated $ 110, 500,000.
Tatyana Ali was born to a Panamanian mother and an East Indian Trinidadian father. Tatyana Ali started her acting career at age 6 as a performer on Seaseme Street. She is most known for her role as Ashley Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Singer, Miguel Jontel Pimentel was born to an Afro-American mother and a Mexican father. Miguel rose to stardom after his 2010 single, All I want is You.
Tessa Thompson is of Afro-Panamanian descent. Tessa started her career in 2005 after she was cast in an episode of Cold Case. Since then, Tessa has acquired numerous acting credits, solidifying her as a household name. Tessa recently starred in Thor: Ragnarok and is a recurrent cast member on HBO’s Westworld.
Trina, Katherine Laverne Taylor, was born to a Barbadian mother and Dominican father. However sadly, Trina wasn’t able to explore that much of her Dominican side because her father wasn’t present in her life. Trina is currently a cast member of Love & Hip-Hop Miami. And of course, The Baddest Bitch.
Rapper Fabulous, John David Jackson, is Dominican & African-American. Fab is an OG in the rap game but as of lately, he is in the news for his fashion sense and overall swagger.
Alfred Enoch who is most known for his role of Wes Gibbins on How To Get Away With Murder, has an English father and a Brazilian born mother of Barbadian origin.
Rapper Cardi B has a Trinidadian mother and a Dominican father. Cardi B rose to fame after several of her videos went viral. She is known for her pop off personality and unapologetic dominance. She has already made history being one of only 15 artists to have three hits charting the Billboard. Her debut album is expected this year.
Tristan Wilds is most known for his role as Dixon Wilson on The CW’s reboot, 90210. He was born to an Afro-Dominican mother and an African-American father. Wilds recently started in a 10 part crime documentary, Shots Fired, that centered around the racial divide and police brutality.
R&B singer Maxwell was born to a Haitian mother and a Puerto Rican father. Maxwell began composing music at age 17 and rose to prominence in the 90s. Maxwell has three Grammys, 2 NAACP Image Awards, and 6 Soul Train Music Awards.
Comedian and Actor, Fazion Love, born Langston Faizon Santisima, was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. He has extensive filmography and his most notable works include Friday, Zookeeper, Couples Retreat, Bebe Kids, The Players Club, B.A.P.S, The Fighting Temptations.
Amara La Negra
Amara La Negra is a Dominican artist who first caught America’s attention as an aspiring singer on Vh1’s Love & Hip-Hop Miami. Since then, Amara has signed a record deal and is working on more music to spice up the country!
Laz Alonso is an Afro-Cuban. Some of his most notable movies include Leprechaun: Breakout Kings, Back 2 Tha Hood, Soul Food, Stomp The Yard, and This Christmas.
The lovely and luscious OITNB actress, Dascha Polanco, is of Dominican descent. Dascha has always embraced her blackness and stated in an interview that she feels all black Dominicans should embrace that side of them.