30 Prominent Afro-Latinas You Should Know


29. La Lupe

AFRICANGLOBE –  “I am Black; I am in total fusion with the world; I am truly a drop of sun under the earth,” philosopher-revolutionary Frantz Fanon wrote triumphantly, exulting in the beauty and intricacies of blackness. It is easy to forget that to be Black is to beautifully complex.

That said; as we observe Black History Month we would like to take time to honor Afro-Latinas, who proudly occupy the intersection of blackness and Latinidad, by sharing a list of prominent Afro-Latina scholars, athletes, politicians, and artists with you. To learn more about Afro-Latino identity check out this short documentary with Laz Alonzo, Christina Milian, and Mimi Valdes here.


La Lupe 

Singer, “Queen of Latin Soul”  (Afro-Cuban)

“A rebel and innovator, pop singer [Victoria Yoli Raymond], otherwise known as La Lupe or La Yiyiyi, was renowned for her emotional performance style. Her renditions of classics such as “My Way,” “Fever” and “Going Out of My Head” were famous worldwide. But the legendary Cuban-born star was also a single mother of two, a survivor of domestic abuse and a Santera who later became an evangelist Christian speaker.” Text by Lisa Ko & Independent Lens (PBS) 


Celia Cruz