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Early Black Friday Deals for Afro-Latinas

As an Afro-Latina it can feel so liberating to celebrate the different aspects of my identity by expressing it through my clothing and hair. Experiencing both African-American and Latino cultures in America gives you permission to experiment with different modes of physical expression, beauty routines, and cultural traditions that come with being both black and Latina.

Shopping for products that elevate every aspect of our beautiful, individual, Afro-Latina experiences is, for us, another way to validate who we are. So in celebration of Afro-Latinas everywhere treating themselves this Holiday season, we’ve rounded up some incredible Early Black Friday deals specifically for Afro-Latinas. Get your wardrobe, haircare, beauty, skincare, and home needs all in one place, below!

Lord & Taylor

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Out of the countless early Black Friday deals we came across, one of our favorites has to be Lord and Taylor’s–specifically, because it houses the clothing line of our favorite Afro-Latina Boricua, Lala Anthony. According to Lord & Taylor’s website, you can get up to 40% off their items during their Pre-Black Friday sale. All you have to do is use the code DEALS at checkout. As for us, we’re particularly excited about Anthony’s Puerto Rico relief tee, where 100% of the t-profits will be donated to the charity Unidos Por Puerto Rico. But you’ll have to hurry! The sale ends November 17th. Head over here to start shopping.

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Face Mask

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Naturally, some of the best pre-Black Friday deals can be found at Walmart. This includes the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Face Mask. This innovative skincare technology is perfect for Afro-Latinas who suffer from acne-prone skin and hyper-pigmentation. According to Neutrogena, the light mask works by using Blue and Red LED. The blue lights kill acne-causing bacteria while the red lights have anti-inflammatory properties. Usually, this mask will run you around $35, but Walmart is currently offering it at $29.97. You can head over to Walmart.com to snatch this deal up before it expires!

Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner by Majestic Pure

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Any Afro-Latina who has done a deep-dive into the science of natural hair care knows that Argan Oil is practically a magic ingredient. Amazon is offering 62% off their sulfate and cruelty-free Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner by Majestic Pure. That means that the duo–which is usually listed as $52–is now on sale for $19.98. Not only does these hair products contain hydrating and strengthening organic Argan Oil, they also contain Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil and Coconut Oil. Now that’s a powerful mix. Head over to Amazon to stock up on this product before they run out!

Biotin Gummies by Mr. Gummy

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While we’re on the topic of hair care (and let’s be honest, when are we not?), why not commit to nourishing your strands from the inside out? The perfect way to do this is through biotin supplements. And not just any vitamins, but gummies. Usually listed on Amazon at $34.69, these Mr. Gummy Biotin Supplements are now on a special Black Friday sale of $19.29. That’s a 44% discount! What makes this biotin product better than the run-of-the-mill gummy vitamin is that it’s gluten, soy, dairy, gelatin and allergen-free. It also only contains natural colors and flavors. So you can treat yourself without any fear of toxic additives. You can buy it here.

Ancestry.com DNA-Testing Kit

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Have you ever wondered the story behind your unique features and mixed family history? If you’ve always wanted to know your ethnic makeup, but the price tag of an at-home DNA-testing kit kept you away, then today’s your lucky day. Ancestry.com is offering a pre-Black Friday deal of 40% off their DNA kit. This deal is especially pertinent to Afro-Latinas of mixed descent who want a more in-depth peak into their family history (as opposed to your abuela’s tall tales). That means you’d only be paying $59 instead of ancestry.com’s usual $99 price. You can buy your own DNA kit here for the discounted price anytime before November 21st.

Pink Himalayan Salt Body Scrub

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Another product of Majestic Pure cosmetics, this item is perfect for the Afro-Latina with dull skin and/or uneven skin tone. Like so many other brown and black women in Latinidad, we love to keep our melanin on fleek by regularly exfoliating. There’s no better way to experience a good deep scrub than by using this mineral-rich Pink Himalayan Salt scrub. This scrub is made with ultra-hydrating sweet almond oil and infused with protective Lychee Essential Oil. Usually $28, this body scrub is a full 50% off as part of Amazon’s Early Black Friday deals. You can buy a 10oz tub here.

New York & Co

As Afro-Latinas, we’re already huge fans of New York & Co because of their successful (not to mention, lucrative) collaborations with fierce women of color, Gabrielle Union and Eva Mendes. That makes us especially excited to hear that their entire stock is currently 50% off as part of their Pre-Black Friday Sale. No exclusions! We can’t wait to mix and match pieces from both Mendes’ and Union’s collections to create the perfect, personalized Afro-Latina outfit. Check out the sale here.

Chloe Perfume at Walmart

Perfume is one of those beauty decisions that can define the vibe you give off as well as establish the way you feel about yourself that day, depending on the scent. It’s also one of those purchases that has the power to break the bank, because a good perfume isn’t cheap. Or isn’t it? You’re in luck because at the moment, Walmart is offering an unbeatable Black Friday deal from the famous French fashion house, Chloe. Chloe Eau de Parfum, which currently retails at $105 at Sephora, is on sale for $66. That means you can be chic and frugal! Buy it here.

Cellulite Treatment Oil

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Although we love every inch of our curves, we do admit that we could do with a little less stubborn cellulite on occasion. Pure Body Natural’s one of Amazon’s fan favorites, Pure Body Naturals is offering a 24% discount on the highly-rated Cellulite Treatment Massage Oil. This massage oil works to loosen the tissue of your especially dimply areas to appear smoother and more toned. As one Amazon review raves: “The cellulite on my thighs and legs look reduced and toned. Even if it is just the appearance..I’ll take it!”. Buy it here before the sale ends!

Online Courses at Udemy

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This deal is perfect for the Afro-Latina that needs to brush up on her Spanish skills before spending Thanksgiving with her judgmental tías (we all have them). While most courses at Udemy usually cost $99, their Black Friday blowout sale allows you to purchase any course for $9.99! And Spanish isn’t the only skill you can acquire through Udemy; they also have courses on website-building, photography, and even “ethical hacking.“And the best part of it all? No student loan required. Browse their course catalog here.

Rapidlash

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Give your lashes a break from the damaging extensions and grow them sky-high yourself! The cult-favorite magical eyelash-growing serum, Rapidlash is discounted 53% with Amazon’s Pre-Black Friday Sale. So, instead of spending $50 on the growth serum, you’ll only be spending $22.95. With almost 1,000 5-star reviews, one customer raves that she has “longer lashes than if [she] had extensions”. That mean’s it’s worth every penny. Buy it here.

Clarisonic

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If you’ve been holding out on buying the life-changing skincare device that is a Clarisonic because of the price tag, then hold out no further! Amazon is offering a 15% discount on the face brush that Essence magazine calls a “miracle worker”. With black skin more prone to hyper-pigmentation caused by surface bacteria, it’s especially important to keep the surface as clean as possible to avoid the build up of acne-causing bacteria. A deep clean by a Clarisonic can help with that. Buy it here in three different colors.

Remington Ionic Conditioning Hair Setter

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Although we love our curls just as much as the next natural Afro-Latina, sometimes, we like to bust out the hot rollers to get a looser curl without the damage of a curling iron. Luckily, Walmart has a Pre-Black Friday sale going on with their Remington Ionic Conditioning Hair Setters. Usually $24, this hair rolling set is now only $14.86. According to the product’s description, the wax core of the curlers “allows the roller to retain high heat longer and create long lasting curls and volume”. Buy it here.

Stylestalker

Stylestalker

This trendy, insta-friendly e-commerce site sure knows how to make a girl happy. 30% off select styles sitewide when you use the code HOLIDAY at checkout. With a selection of dresses, pants, and outwear that would make the staunchest Vogue-devotee envious, it’s worth a browse through Stylestalker’s collection to see if there’s anything worth purchasing during their Pre-Black Friday sale. Shop their collection here.

Retinol Moisturizer Cream by Radha Beauty

Amazon

Like many Afro-Latinas, we can’t get enough of a good deal on high-quality skin care products. And the gold star of all skin care products is Retinol, a Vitamin A compound that’s renowned for boosting collagen and softening fine lines. That’s why you can’t pass up this Retinol Moisturizes by Radha beauty that’s been marked down to $18.95. Another one of Amazon’s fan-favorites, this regional face and eye cream is usually $40–that makes it now a full 35% off. Buy it here.

Ninja Coffee Bar

Walmart

Get ready to battle the dark winter days with as much caffeine as possible prepared however you like. Right now, Walmart has the coffee bar collection on sale. Usually priced at $150, Walmart has rolled back the price tag to only $79. To make things even sweeter, this collection was co-developed by boss Latina Sofia Vergara, who also serves as its spokesperson. That means you are supporting a Latina businesswoman in addition to staying fully-caffeinated. Buy it here.

Chi Ceramic Rotating Curler

Walmart

As Afro-Latinas, we’re addicted to exploring the newest crazy hair trend and investigating the trendiest beauty tech. That’s why we’ve been especially curious about the new trend of air-spinning your hair into curls that’s been taking over Youtube. Lucky for us, Walmart’s Pre-Black Friday sale has the Chi Air Spin N Curl Ceramic Rotating Curler marked down from it’s usual price of $140 to $89.99. By it here.

Nordstrom Fall Sale

Nordstrom

Through November 18th, save up to 40% on Nordstrom’s online catalog. Additional, Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns, should you receive your purchase and realize it’s not what you expected. Browse their website for deals here. But make sure you do it quickly! You’ve only got until November 18th!

Paula’s Choice Travel Essential Trio

Amazon

Amazon is offering a sale on the holy grail of science-based skincare products, the groundbreaking brand, Paula’s Choice. Usually $33, as part of its Pre-Black Friday sale, Amazon has cut the price to just $20. The travel-sized set of three includes all of your skincare needs in one kit: cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Because this is one of Amazon’s infamous flash sales, there is only a limited number of items they’ll be selling at a discounted price. Buy it here before the deal ends!

Sheet Mask Variety Pack of 16

Amazon

Right now, Amazon is offering a 64% discount on Dermal’s Collagen Essence Face Mask Combo Pack of 16. This is perfect for you or any Afro-Latina in your life who has unpredictable, combination skin. So, whatever your skin’s problem of the day is, you can attack it head-on. Feeling puffy? Try the calming Cucumber option. Skin looking particularly dull today? They have both a Vitamin C and a Pearl option to help you out with that. Buy it here and get your glow on.


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Let Us Shed A Tear For The Non-Floridians Who Have Never Experienced Publix

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Let Us Shed A Tear For The Non-Floridians Who Have Never Experienced Publix

Hi, hello, thank you for taking a moment to take a seat at my Ted Talk!

I’d like to take the time we have together today to talk about the wonder that is Publix.

As many of you fortunate enough to live in the Southeast know, Publix is a Florida-based grocery store with all of the class.

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They’re a place known for their remarkable customer service and clean aisles. At Publix, shopping is literally a pleasure.

That’s right folks, this is a place of impeccable cleanliness and organization.

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At Publix, no corner is left unswept and no aisle left without the item you needed.

And their subs have been bringing people to tears circa 1930.

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If you haven’t had an Italian sub from Publix what what WHAT are you doing?

Guys! This place is so good that schools literally send students there for field trips.

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At Publix there’s so much to learn.

And their employees actually love working there!

And it’s probably because of their amazing benefits and vacation set up.

Recently a wave of Publix enthusiasts went viral for their devotion to the store’s key lime pie.

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An article by Buzzfeed boasted about the desserts greatness. And they were right.null

But KEY to the Publix experience has been the grocery chain’s dedication to Latino satisfaction.

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They literally have a STORE that focuses on Latinos called Sabor.

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The Southeastern-based store has run a line of Publix Sabor stores for years geared toward Florida’s Cuban, Puerto Rican, and other Latino shoppers. Recently they started to expand its offerings in heavily populated Latino populations with a Publix store called Sabor.

This place is the diggs guys! And they have all kinds of amazing foods to offer.

Like their commitment to the Cubano.

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Which for real will NEVER be good as your mother’s, but will always for real do everything to be top notch.

And their Tres Leches cake which is qualiT

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And this is a fact that FOR REAL any Latino in the Southeast knows to be true.

No but for real.

It’s a taste like no other.

And beyond Tres Leche you can count on Publix to STAY stocked on your mama’s favorites.

Literally feels like home at the Publix in Little Havana guys.

And they for real have the hookup.

Yes they do.

Now go forth into the world my people and enjoy your limp meals at Whole Foods and Safeway!


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This Black History Month Celebrate The Legacy and Life Of Afro-Latina Reina Julia de Burgos

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This Black History Month Celebrate The Legacy and Life Of Afro-Latina Reina Julia de Burgos

Julia de Burgos is one of the most prominent Afro-Latina poets in modern history, and considered one of the most famous female poets from Puerto Rico. Her short, but prolific, life was defined by her innovative work, radical politics, volatile relationships, and personal struggles with depression and alcoholism. In honor of black history month, we give to your the story of Julia de Burgos, the Puerto Rican, Afro-Latina feminist poet who was ahead of her time.

“My childhood was all a poem in the river, and a river in the poem of my first dreams.”

Born Julia Constanza Burgos García in 1914 in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Julia de Burgos was the eldest of 13 siblings–six of whom died due to malnutrition. De Burgos was raised on a farm in extreme poverty, which influenced both her writings and her political outlook for the rest of her life.

While most female students in 1920s Puerto Rico weren’t expected to pursue higher education, the precocious and gifted de Burgos attended University High School in Rio Piedras on a full scholarship. She went on to receive a secondary education at the University of Puerto Rico, where she earned credentials to become a teacher in 1933.

“Hear the thousand laments of your children, of your soul, of your homeland demanding liberty.”

By the early 1930s, Julia de Burgos was already a published and critically acclaimed author, both as a journalist and as a poet. She released her first book of poems, “Poema en veinte surcos” (“Poem in Twenty Furrows”) in 1938. To promote the book of poems, de Burgos toured Puerto Rico,  giving readings and meeting fans. By this time, she was already deeply involved in the Puerto Rican Independence movement, serving as the Secretary General of the “Daughters of Freedom”.

“Don’t let the hand you hold hold you down.”

By the time she was 23, de Burgos was a published author, had been married, divorced, and found herself single once again. Instead of assuming the name of her ex-husband, as was conventional at the time, the feminist poet re-took her maiden name, changing it from its original iteration of “Burgos” to “de Burgos”. She did this in order to symbolically claim ownership of herself–a feat no man would ever truly be able to accomplish.

After her divorce, De Burgos embarked on a passionate love affair with Dominican physician Dr. Juan Isidro Jimenes Grullón, whom many historians recognize as the love of her life. Grullón was an intellectual from a respected family, and their relationship gained her further access into the Puerto Rican elite.

De Burgos and Grullón moved frequently as part of their nomadistic, Bohemian lifestyle. The couple spent a brief sojourn in Cuba and then moved to New York City, where de Burgos would spend the remainder of her life. Unfortunately, the relationship didn’t stand the test of time, and de Burgos and Grullón had ended their relationship by 1942. She was left alone and practically penniless in New York City.

“I am life, I am strength, I am woman.”

It was in New York City that de Burgos truly solidified her status as a literary icon, particularly in the “Nuyorican” movement–the birth of the Puerto Rican/New York City blend of cultures that would help shape the Puerto Rican expatriate community for generations . In New York City, de Burgos took odd jobs to support herself while continuing to produce trailblazing poetry. She also contributed to the Spanish-language socialist paper, “Pueblos Hispanos”, eventually becoming an editor.

While in New York, de Burgos married and divorced once more, and the failed relationship launched her into both a depression and a battle with alcoholism that would follow her to the end of her days. During this time, one of her final poems was an English-language meditation on her lifelong struggle with poverty, entitled “Farewell in Welfare Island”.

In the end, despite her talent and promising career, de Burgos died from pneumonia at the age of 39 that many believe was spurred on by her alcoholism. Tragically, there was no one available at the hospital to identify de Burgos’ body, so she was buried in an unmarked grave. Eventually, her relatives discovered her grave and her remains were sent back to home, to her beloved island of Puerto Rico.

“I am black, pure black; kinky hair and Kaffir lips; and flat Mozambican nose.”

Despite achieving middling critical and commercial success during her lifetime, de Burgos found true success years after her death, when a new class of Latinx scholars and readers discovered her work. Her poems experienced a resurgence in popularity in the ’90s, when Caribbean and Latina writers, in particular, recognized her work for its themes of colonialism, feminism, American supremacy, colorism, poverty, and Latinx identity–subjects de Burgos explored far before they hit the mainstream.

Presently, in addition to her exploration of Latinx identity, de Burgos is recognized for her ownership and celebration of her Afro-Latina roots–a stance that was just as radical in the past as it is today. At a time when anti-black racism was just as widespread and insidious in Latinidad as it was in the US, de Burgos defied convention by fully claiming her black heritage, famously writing “Ay, ay, ay, I am black, pure black; kinky hair and Kaffir’s lips; and flat Mozambican nose.”

“She had many sins because she always lived in verse/ And what you do on earth, on earth you pay for.”

Today, de Burgos receives all of the praise and accolades that she wasn’t afforded in life. In both New York City and Puerto Rico, de Burgos has had scholls , parks, libraries, and streets named in her honor. Her likeness has appeared in murals and statues across the US and Puerto Rico, and her face has graced the front of a US postage stamp.

Julia de Burgos has taken not only her place as one of the rightful members of the Latinx literary cannon, but the broader US literary cannon in general. Because of her priceless contribution to art and culture, she is immortal.


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