*Exclusive Updated* La La Vazquez Settles Controversy “Is She Black Or Latina?”

- By Bossip Staff Categories: Bossip Exclusives, For Discussion, News

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After the Bossip Awards last night, we chopped it up with La La Vazquez a little about her “I’m Not Black,” “I’m Puerto Rican, Dammit” comments.

La La was sure to set the record straight with us on what exactly she meant:

Bossip: So, some of our readers felt a little shunned by the comments you made in the January issue “Latina” magazine this year. Pretty much, you were trying to justify your Rican to people.

La La: I don’t know why! I am a Black-Puerto Rican.

Bossip: Well,  a lot of Afro-Latinos don’t want to be recognized for being “Black,” only Latino (Sammy Sosa, Daddy Yankee, Even Fat Joe Unless He’s Rapping,):

La La: Not me, I embrace being a Black-Puerto Rican and think we are plentiful and do exist! I am more “black” than people think. I would never shun that part of me and my marriage and the way I conduct MYSELF in public should speak volumes for what I stand for. I speak fluent Spanish as well, so why deny that intricacy of my makeup?

*Updated Piece*

Lala: Since I don’t look like J-Lo, it’s hard for me to get the Puerto Rican/Latin role in a movie. I speak fluent Spanish, but get cast as being black long before they put me as the Latino.

Bossip: So, what do you say to the readers who sort of “rode with us” on saying “why not just say you are black?”

La La: I feel they should relax first of all. Look at the person for who they are despite their race, but also embrace that person of color because we come in all types. People do not question a Trinadian person that is black if he says… “I am black… my parents are from Trinidad.”

That is the gist of the convo.  Our only point  is… why the distinction of being from “Puerto Rico?” Why not just be “black,” even if your parents are from another country?

The distinction does exist like La La said, but we must dig further into this.

Black Americans were stereotyped in the early 20th century as joyous, naive, superstitious, and ignorant. By the end of the 20th century, the stereotypes said that they were poor, lazy, ignorant, criminals, and violent, and occasionally ardent adherents of Christianity.

Mulatto Is a mixed-blood male or female. In film, often portrayed as a tragic figure who either intentionally or unintentionally passes for White until they discover they have Negro blood or are discovered by another character to be Black.

Mass media have played and will continue to play a crucial role in the way white Americans perceive African-Americans. As a result of the overwhelming media focus on crime, drug use, gang violence, and other forms of anti-social behavior among African-Americans, the media have fostered a distorted and pernicious public perception of African-Americans.

The history of African-Americans is a centuries old struggle against oppression and discrimination. The media have played a key role in perpetuating the effects of this historical oppression and in contributing to African-Americans’ continuing status as second-class citizens. As a result, white America has suffered from a deep uncertainty as to who African-Americans really are. Despite this racial divide, something indisputably American about African-Americans has raised doubts about the white man’s value system. Indeed, it has also aroused the troubling suspicion that whatever else the true American is, he is also somehow black.

What do you all think about the negative annotations that come along with being “Black/Afro,” is it real or just humbug?


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    • The Plantation House

      I’m going through some old news paper articles about Latin America from the 1800’s to the time of the Civil Rights era, how time flies and so much has been forgotten. From the looks of these articles doesn’t look like Blacks in Latin America ever identified with nothing more then being Los Africanos. During the 60’s and 70’s they were saying it loud. 40+ years later they are not Black at all, wow damn that was a lot of humping around.

    • http://devicemedic.com Kimberly Vilson

      I swear you guys are brain washed. american made up BLACK and WHITE. it means nothing. The one drop rule means nothing their arent calling johnny depp black are they even though he has black ancestrys. There are Italianos, Mexicans, Jamaicans etc.

      its about culture not color of skin. I was born and raised in Panama so was my family. we are Panamanian with so many shades of skin in between but still panamanian

      and im not denying my beautiful culture for anything





    • E.C. from D.C.

      This just goes to show though how mad dumb and ignorant a lot of people are if BLACK LATINOS or latinos with some significan BLACK ancestry have to still tell or discuss with/to people what they are AND HOW IT IS THAT THEY ARE. Is she BLACK IS SHE LATINA…. how about SHE IS BOTH AT THE SAME TIME.

  • Bunny(formerly Angel/UrHeiness)

    For the love of God!! Hispanics can be any freaking color/race!! SMDH!!

    Like Lala,I’m too an Afro-Hispanic meaning I’m a black woman of Hispanic descent originally from Central America…got it? It’s really not that hard to comprehend folks! lmao!!!

    For the life of me,I will never get why SOME folks in this country (either ignorant,uneducated or act like they don’t know) truly believe that a person can’t be both but just one or the other…*rolls eyes & sighs*

    • It's A Dame Shame

      @Bunny and others
      black,white,beige,tan,orange, grey,yellow,alien green… White man came up with the rules…if u not white,then u the opposite…black,dims the rules..We have been living by them ever since,so all the la,la’s,Shemar Moore,Hailey Barry’s,Alicia Keys,etc,of the world,that other box only means “another black person”, that’s what ur counted as.

  • Sticky-n-Sweet

    Growing up, my mom told me and my siblings to let ppl know we were Trinidadian because Afro-Americans are generally viewed as lazy bums. Not all Africans, just the American ones. That’s why we make the distinction, #justsayin

    • Trini

      And that is exactly how every Hispanic group in America feels about Puerto Ricans. They all look down on Puerto Ricans as being lazy bums on welfare.

    • Afro Boricuas

      Mexicans and Cubans do say the same about Puerto Ricans that is 100% correct!

    • Critical

      Despite the rich history and accomplishments made by African Americans which made the U.S. an option for her, she still harbored such ignorant thoughts? Really? If it wasn’t for AA’s who fought the good fight against racism and for civil rights, others of the African Diaspora would most likely have migrated elsewhere instead of moving to the US to get a slice of the “American Dream”. Racism would not have turned a blind eye to your dark skin just because you came from Trinidad/Jamaica/Barbados/Nigeria/Guyana/Ghana/etc…#just saying.

      As for Lala, I say leave it alone. Whether she identify herself as Black, Rican, or whatever changes NOTHING in MY LIFE so I could care less.

    • WTF!

      @ Critical I couldn’t have said it better-that type of attitude just adds more fuel to the flames.

    • Neisha

      Sticky, i thnk all caribean children have been told to make tht distinction

    • It's A Dame Shame


    • Curious1 aka Flawless Beauty

      PR’s “lazy bums”…wow…

  • eman

    la la is really cool chick carlmelo good pick buddy:)

  • eman

    la la is a really cool girl good pick carmelo

  • SMH

    Who knew this was breaking news! NOW I can sleep at night…!

    Okay. First of all, she has a strong identity of who she is unlike most people who can’t seem to figure it out. You either identify with something or you don’t and be comfortable in your skin. I do understand what she is saying being biracial myself, but I am clear that I am Black because that is who I identify with. Yes, I love my Caucasian side but in the real world, I am comfortable simply being Black.

    Okay, my day can begin now that I am clear about who LaLa is and who I am ;)

  • Houston's Finest

    Its a lose/lose situation…let her embrace her latino culture and then she’s a sellout to tha black race and vice versa…

  • Bealady

    Btw, lala seems cool and I’m happy for her and Melo.

  • http://www.boycottbabyphat.blogspot.com Sugar

    Come on now. This isn’t really anybody’s business and who are we to tell her what to choose to identify herself as?

  • Ridiculous 1

    It is a shame that African-Americans here in the U.S. jsut can’t be “black and proud.” I just sayin’.

  • Somali Ninga

    Who cares what she identifies with! Why do AAs care so much because a mixed race person embraces?

  • xedos

    Latina is more a culture than race. she black but her culture is Latina.

    • Bunny(formerly Angel/UrHeiness)

      Hispanic/Latino/a isn’t a race but a culture or heritage…that’s all…I insist,I don’t get where all this “confusion/misunderstanding” comes from? *scratches head*

      Oh let me guess what could perhaps be one of the major issues: In this country,including the major Hispanic networks (Univision,Telemundos) sadly,only embrace their fair skinned,long straight/wavy hair with non-Afro features counterparts like Jennifer Lopez,Eva Mendez,Sofia Vergara & Daisy Fuentes to name a few making many N. Americans believe that these are the only & true representations of Hispanics/Latins & that’s not true.

  • Sarah

    Please, that girl is black every one has several types of races in them but we can’t all go around saying im mixed with 52 colors. and for Sticky-n-Sweet it’s not about what other people think of you, it’s what you think of you.

  • s.b.s

    Well if her parents are from P.R then she is Puerto Rican. so idk why shes retractin what is true not all P.R look like J.LO… Anywho people who are from carribean have culture n they are proud to distinguish their island n culture.

  • Diane

    I commend LaLa for embracing her heritage and not continuing the stupidity of the one-drop rule (if you have one drop of black blood then you are simply black). Mariah can learn something from LaLa, because I am tired of Mariah calling herself black as if she is an African American. Mariah is a black cuban. She is NOT, I repeat, NOT, an African American. And Halle should be able to say that she is bi-racial too.

    Why do African Americans want to keep up the stupid rules given to us by our oppressor? Of course, whites are going to always think that a person with one drop of black blood is black, but do WE HAVE TO KEEP EMBRACING THAT STUPIDITY? Hmmm, I guess so, because whites will always consider us to be a ni**er, and we keep calling ourselves that too.

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