4 Afro Latinos Find Out How African They Are When They Get DNA Tested


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With the popularity of DNA testing everyone wants to know more about where they come from, even Afro Latinos who are known to have a pretty varied relationship to their African roots. Many are just discovering what it means to be African in a culture where it's not widely celebrated. Here 4 Afro Latinos get tested with varied results and reactions. 

Colorism Within the Family and Myself


Photo: Tyra Banks
By Brittney M. Walker

We facetime so he can meet my aunt. Most of my family is still in California so meeting everyone has been a digital experience for the most part.

“What up auntie?”

I introduce him and she says as if she couldn’t stop what was coming out of her mouth, “Does your hair lay down?”

She is referring to his tightly coiled, uncombed, but artsy looking hair. He’s not much into combs or brushes. But it works. It’s his natural, like mine. Like some stranger man said one day in the local Chinese food spot, we match.

We both react with snuffs, disguised as laughs, and I retort, “Mine doesn’t.”

She says, “Oh, well I guess not.”

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