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Reclaiming Blackness: NPR's 'Latino USA' Dives Into What It Means To Be Afro-Latino

"Do the work, know your history." 

Afro-Latinidad hasn't always been the easiest term to classify or describe. But luckily the latest episode of NPR's "Latino USA Roundtable" offered some insight on what it means to be both black and Latino/a.

On the show, host Maria Hinojosa, sat down with four media influencers, including VIBE's own Senior Editor, Marjua Estevez; Amilcar Priestley, co-director of the Afro-Latino Festival and director of the Afro-Latino Project; M. Tony Peralta, contemporary artist and owner of the Peralta Project; and Jamila Brown, owner of HUE, to discuss their experiences identifying as Afro-Latino/a and to also get to the bottom of who gets to actually claim the label.

"For me, I spent the better part of my adolescent years in Florida, in the south. I was anything but Dominican over there. Everywhere I went I was a mixed person," Marjua said of her first memory of realizing she was Afro-Latina. "They had a bunch nicknames for me except for what I was. And that was conflicting. I had huge identity issues coming up. But when I walked into the world, people perceived me in many different ways. And at 19 going on 20, was the first time there was a book available that I picked up and learned about my Dominican history. It’s a shame that it took me 20 years to have access to something like that."

As the conversation progressed, the influencers began to peel back the layers of what qualifies someone as Afro-Latino. "To me when it’s visible because when it’s visible that’s when you’re discriminated against," M. Tony Peralta said, to which many others agreed. "As Afro-Latinos we do have black experiences in our home country and we do face the same kind of barriers and discrimination. It’s really about that. It’s about culturally where do you come from? Who do you hold dear," Jamila Brown added.

"We have the frame work for an Afro-Latino movement in the United States," Amilcar said as the conversation began to wrap up. "I don’t necessarily think there is one yet, but we have to get to that point. There needs to be somewhere down the line, a platform." In their final discussion of Afro-Latinidad, Tony suggested that being Afro-Latina comes in many different shades. "People need to show the spectrum of Afro-Latinas… Show the beautiful rainbow of what it means to be Afro-Latino.

Listen to the full podcast episode below.

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Proving to be more than just an expert shooter from the free-throw line, Stephen Curry has managed to do right by the majority of the people in his life, including a young girl he's never met.

After receiving a handwritten letter from 9-year-old Riley Morrison, the precocious kid pointed out one minor issue with the Golden State Warrior's latest Curry 5 shoes — the sneakers were not manufactured in girls' shoe sizes.

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"My dad and I visited the Under Armour website and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5s for sale under the girl's section," the aspiring basketball player wrote.

Quickly swooping in for the save, the 30-year-old athlete responded with a written note, saying, "I appreciate your concern and have spent the last 2 days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue." Continuing the letter, the father-of-three went on to say, "I am going to send you the Curry 5's now and you will be the first kid to get the Curry 6."

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In a statement to VIBE, Dean Stoyer, VP, Global Brand Communications for Under Armour explained the shoes were intended to be worn by girls and boys.

"Thanks to Riley and Stephen, we’re correcting a simple yet critical error. We’ve actually offered Curry signature footwear in youth sizing for boys and girls since the initial Curry 1; however, labeling that youth sizing for “Boys” and not designating for boys and girls, was simply wrong," he said. "Beginning now and moving forward our youth sizes will be properly labeled on UA.com to reflect co-gender “Grade School” sizing, and on boxes beginning with the first youth sizes of the Curry 6 delivering this spring."

Working diligently to correct the mistake, Curry proceeded to invite the young fan to an event for International Women's Day in March.

Looks like everyone wins, including Riley and girls all over the nation.

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Wu-Tang Clan Taps Teyana Taylor To Model New Lipstick Collab

On Thursday (Nov. 1), the iconic hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan announced to Billboard that they teamed up with Milk Makeup to launch their first-ever cosmetics line with Teyana Taylor as the star of the campaign.

Wu-Tang, who is heavily inspired by Chinese culture, are no strangers when it comes to extending their brand beyond music. In the past, the Staten Island group has had a line of sneakers via a partnership with Nike and spent this year launching an apparel collection of streetwear for different seasons.

However, this is the first time the group hopes to reach to the hearts of ladies everywhere with the new lipstick collection. Wu-Tang's RZA told Billboard that his wife is a fan of Milk Makeup products. "My wife has a cool perspective about makeup [because] in her youth, she was in the modeling circles," RZA said.

"She is a fan of Milk Makeup's products, and when [Rassi and I] talked about forming a collaboration that reflected our NYC sensibility, and philosophy makeup became the unique and unpredictable choice," he added. "The Milk Makeup collaboration was spearheaded by my wife."

The 46-second commercial for the limited-edition product features Teyana Taylor performing karate moves on a roof with the NYC skyline in the background. Dressed in an all-black battle suit with long sleek black hair, Taylor is focused on her kung-fu styled moves as the video goes into slow-motion.

Taylor, who featured Wu-Tang on a remix to her 2018 single "Gonna Love Me" spoke with Milk about the new venture. "[Working with Milk and Wu-Tang] was a no-brainer. I have been a huge fan of Wu-Tang forever and I love the modern energy of Milk Makeup. When I saw the quality of the lipstick with the custom-sculpted dragon on the bullet, I was impressed—it's like a work of art."

The limited-edition collection is currently available exclusively on MilkMakeup.com. Each of the lipsticks can be bought separately for $55 each or all together for $440. Along with the collection comes a 24 karat gold compact mirror ($75) and a makeup pin set ($18) that can also be bought separately.

Will you be buying one for the holiday season?

 

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Virgil Abloh's Moët Collaboration Goes The Cool Kid Route With Free Tape Dispensaries

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From Friday (Nov. 2) to Nov. 20, those in the Chicago area can stop by a bus stop and find them decked out with Abloh's design. Bus shelters wrapped with Abloh's signature design include the Art Institute of Chicago with two additional placements in the Chicago neighborhoods of Printer's Row and near Greektown. Abloh previously announced the limited-release of the brand's first-ever liquor brand collaboration in September.

The free tape dispensaries will be available from 9AM-5PM today. Abloh previously spoke with Harper's Bazar about the idea behind the design. In addition to staying true to Moët's timeless legacy, the designer wanted to make the design as treasurable as possible.

"I was inspired by the idea of what champagne means. How it can be symbolic of an achievement, a celebration, it has a sort of upper-echelon emotion attached to it," he explained. "So the design I applied to it, as a figure of speech in a way, in my voice, using Helvetica and quotes, to say... treasure the moment, "do not drop," it's fragile. That was a way to, in contemporary speak, merge these two ideas together."

The 750ml “ready-to-wear” design can be purchased for $60 at retailers nationwide, as well as online at Clos19.com. The 38-year old happily celebrated the new partnership last month at New York City’s New Museum.

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