Caras Lindas

Journey Mom: Natasha Rodriguez

Episode Summary

This week, we discuss global blackness, Panama and meaning of what Afrolatinidad means with Natasha Rodriguez. Natasha is a mother, travel addict, educator, DEI advocate, and storyteller. She was born and raised in Washington, DC, yet identifies as a global citizen. Growing up in an immigrant household, Natasha realized at a young age how big the world was after traveling to her family’s native country, Panama, at the age of seven. Being raised in a multicultural home shaped her identity over the years, indirectly shaping her life’s work in diversity.

Episode Notes

Notes and References 


Community And Belonging: Bridging The Americas

Majority of Latinos say Skin Color Impacts Opportunity in America and Shapes Daily Life

Latinidad Through an African American Lens

Enter The Post Panamax World

Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum Exhibition Examines Connections between Metro DC Panamanians and Panama

Latinos find that darker skin hurts their chances of getting ahead

Skin-Color Prejudice and Within-Group Racial Discrimination: Historical and Current Impact on Latino/a Population

The Spectacle of Latinx Colorism

Journey Mom articles:

My Hair Speaks Volumes

Black Boy Mom

The Middle Child


Curtis, Ariana Alyce. 2018. "Identity as Profession: on Becoming an African American Panamanian Afro-Latina Anthropologist Curator." in Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism, edited by Clark, Msia Kibona, Mnyandu, Phiwokuhle, and Azalia, Loy L., 259-270. Lexington Books.

Gibbings, Julie A. Review of Blacks and Blackness in Central America: Between race and place ed. by Lowell Gudmundson and Justin Wolfe, and: Labor and Love in Guatemala: The eve of independence, by Catherine Komisaruk. Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, vol. 15 no. 2, 2014. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/cch.2014.0025.

Oral History:

Arturo Griffiths 
History of First Latin American Festival on the Mall: 1989-1990