This Guide Helps Travelers Explore New York’s Afro-Latino Culture & History Consciously

Lead Photo: Women hailing a ride in New York City. Photo by Fabio Formaggio / Getty Images
Women hailing a ride in New York City. Photo by Fabio Formaggio / Getty Images
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From literature to hip-hop and salsa to civil rights movements, Afro-Latinos have contributed immensely to the overall social fabric and cultural production in New York City, and now a new guide to the city will share this history and traditions to travelers.

On Friday, I Got Your Black, a Pan-African guide to global Black culture and Black businesses around the world, is releasing its Afro-Latinx Guide to NYC. The free agenda aims at helping people explore Black Latino culture consciously by offering them tips on Afro-Latino-owned restaurants to dine at, shops to visit, sites to explore and history to learn about.

“I want people to explore in a way that’s mindful, shares history and is also fun,” Diva Green, creator of I Got Your Black, tells Remezcla.

To create the guide, Green worked with local Afro-Latino leaders like Janel Martinez, founder of Ain’t I Latina; Nydia Simone, creator of Blactina Media; photographer Jazmin Samora and traveler Nicky Luna, who all contributed guide entries.

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The helpful booklet includes more than 15 culturally centered spaces and Black Latino businesses in New York, including Dominican-owned plant-based food service cooperative Woke Foods, Crown Heights’ feminist book shop Cafe con Libros, the historic Nuyorican Poets Cafe and a GarifunaRobics class, among so much more.

“My goal, in general, is to use travel as a medium to connect the diaspora, that’s my ultimate goal, and also show there’s a way that we can be conscious about how we spend money. Finding ways to connect the two can be very powerful,”Green says.

Earlier this year, I Got Your Black also released an Afro-Cuban guide to Havana, a 52-page guide with Black-owned businesses and tours, travel tips and information on race, history and privilege.

The free Afro-Latinx Guide to NYC drops Friday at 1 p.m. local time.