Are there any opportunities Black Latinos in Hollywood? Not really. It’s a big problem no one talks about.
When your skin is dark, you’re labeled as “Black” in Hollywood. You have to be light-skinned enough to be considered a Latino, based on the availability of work in the industry. If your skin is a lighter brown, you may be labeled as an “indigenous”. These labels are quite harmful, and the worst part is that most of the people affected by these categorizations don’t even realize that they’re a victim of a racist classification system.
In this interview with the talented Nydia Simone – who hails from Panamanian decent – we explore a bit these issues and try to brainstorm some solutions to the problem. Solutions such as writing our own stories and taking charge in changing these cultural misperceptions.