Why Latinas should celebrate Juneteenth (PHOTOS)
This week the world will celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday in the US that honors African American heritage by commemorating the abolition of slavery. Celebrated on June 19 (hence the name), people of all races and religions in cities across the country celebrate the day by reflecting on a tumultous period of history that has influenced society even today.
And since Latinos are such a diverse population, we decided to honor the occasion too by paying homage to 5 of the world's most renowned Afro-Latinas. These ladies not only have succesful careers, but are also able to fully embrace both sides of their heritage with style.
This award-winning journalist, who has an Afro-Cuban mom and an Irish dad, grew up in a mostly white suburb on Long Island. Despite this, the anchorwoman says she never struggled with being part of a mixed race family. “I guess I was really good at resisting being put in a box of definitions because my mother was the same way,” O’Brien told Latina Magazine in 2009. She graduated from Harvard and began her journey into media at an NBC affiliate company in Boston. She made her first break as an anchor at MSNBC’s technology program, The Site. From there, she went on to host NBC’s Weekend Today before joining CNN in 2003.