Monday, March 31, 2014

Back to Bloggin'

I'm back! It's been about two months and I hope I used my blog-free time wisely:/

Anyways, during my hiatus I took the time to look through some old blog posts and I realized I kind of slipped away from what I started this blog to be.

Yes of course I have stayed true to my purpose of only posting things that catch my attention and spark a reaction. But when I initially started bloggin' it was to perfect my writing skills. I noticed somewhere along the way I became lazy in how I would post things and my writing became somewhat scarce on here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How I Learned to Stop Pretending I Was Someone I'm Not

Within my first semester at California State University, Dominguez Hills, I realized my friends fit into two different categories.

The majority of them understood that I was Afro-Panameña. And then there were some of my black friends who never grasped the concept of an Afro-Latina. 
At the time I couldn’t understand why it was so difficult for them to understand. But I figured it had something to do with them not understanding the difference between race and cultural background.  
I quickly learned that because they only saw my race, they expected me to have a similar background to theirs. But once they learned that wasn't the case, they started to view me as strange.
They thought I was weird because I listened to "Spanish music" like salsa, merengue, and reggaeton instead of only hip-hop and R&B. They were always stunned and shocked when I pronounced Spanish words correctly. And some of them couldn't get past the fact that I didn't grow up eating soul food.
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13 Signs You Grew Up Panamanian

1. You grew up calling unripe plantains patacones instead of tostones.
2. One or both of your parents has a gold tooth. 
3. You will argue nonstop that Reggaeton started in Panamá. 
4. You refuse to eat raspado without condensed milk on top.
5. You were forced to wear a pollera at some point and had to learn how to dance Panamanian típico as a kid.  
Read more: Here