Not only is it possible to be both black and Latino, it’s also fairly common within the Latino community. In the United States 24 percent of Latinos self-identify as Afro-Latino, according to survey results the Pew Research Center released in March.
“Growing up black Latina, was a bit complex for me,” she said in the video. “I didn’t always want to identify as Black, there were times when I didn’t want to identify as Latina.”
Watch Martinez and others discuss everything from pride in their African roots to the challenges with erasure in the Latino community in the video above.
This video was edited by Terence Krey, shot by Jon Strauss and produced by Megan Robertson, Katherine Santiago, Melissa Montanez, Choyce Miller, Carolina Moreno and Tanisha Ramirez for HuffPost Originals.