Afro-Cuban actress and Grammy-nominated singerChristina Milian spoke with HuffPost Live host Alex Miranda about her Afro-Latina identity on Monday. The Christina Milian: Turned Up star discussed how people tried to box her in and the diversity that exists among the Latino community.

“Since early, it’d be like, I’m Cuban but [people] didn’t get it because I was also brown-skinned, and you usually see a fair-skinned Latino, so it was just like, ‘Oh, what are you? Are you black? Are you white?’” she recalled to host Alex Miranda. “I didn’t feel like I had to make a choice. I am what I am.”

On our differences:

“We’re all different, but you have to accept our differences,” she confirmed. “As far as Afro-Cuban [goes], I’m finding more and more that there’s people opening their eyes to seeing that. Latinos come in all colors, all shades.”

Her familia:

“You should see my mom and her brothers and sisters,” Milian continued. “Same parents, but we just vary in color, shapes and sizes. But we’re still Latinos—that doesn’t change a damn thing. You can tell it’s in the core of our blood.”

Click here to watch the complete conversation with Christina Milian and HuffPost Live. 


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