Representation is an ‘Encanto’: Afro-Latinos will not be erased

“But you don’t look Latina,” is a phrase IU senior Emillianna Puello knows all too well.

Puello, who is Black and Dominican, identifies as Afro-Latina. Puello and Afro-Latinos everywhere have struggled with passive aggressive comments that discount their culture. 

According to a Pew Research study, Afro-Latinos make up 5% of the Black population in America. Despite this, they had little to no media representation until the Disney movie “Encanto” was released on Nov. 24, 2021. 

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