While attending Miami University in Ohio, I had an unexpected epiphany: I learned I was Black while reading Latina magazine. One month, I was particularly excited to see Zoe Saldana on the cover—a fellow Dominican! The following month, the reader comment on the cover was: “Finally, a Black Latina on the cover!” There it was, in black and white, like a mirror held to my face. Zoe had a skin tone similar to mine; her hair would curl and straighten like mine. I was like her, and she was like me. If she was a Black Latina, then I was a Black Latina.
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