Posts tagged being black in spain
Black in Spain: "But, Where Are You Really From?" and the Questioning of Black Americans

Often, when I introduce myself to other people here, the question is asked, “De donde eres?” (Where are you from?)  With my typical response being, “Soy Americana.” (I’m American.)

On more occasions than I can count, my answer has been received with a mixture of surprise and slight disbelief. The person I’m speaking to either repeats the word, as if to confirm that they’ve heard me correctly,

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Black In Spain: Morena, Negra... What's In a Name?

African-American, black, colored, negro. All of these terms are familiar to me. They have been used to describe my features, my race, my people – both in the past and present – in the country I call home. But what do I call myself here? Read more to hear about this narrative on race in Spain. 

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That Blue Gold: Reflections on American Privilege

We, those of us who are POC and decided to travel outside our homeland, have and are etching our own American story, elsewhere. Thing is, we can always come back to the states if we so choose too. I think ‘choose’ is the operative word here. After having many conversations here in Spain with immigrants from Africa or elsewhere, even American’s who have immigrant roots: these people didn’t have the privilege to choose to leave, many had to. Let's talk about American privilege... 

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Understanding Blackness Abroad — How To Shift From Struggle to Joy

Before moving to Spain, blackness wasn't something that was internalized in the same way as it might be abroad. We all yearn to leave the US for a number of reasons but some weigh heavy more than others. This long-term expat in Spain shares her story, inspiration and meaningful tips on how to understand your blackness abroad and learn to thrive. 

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LMDES Event Recap: Madrid Afternoon Soirée

A few weeks ago, over 50 people of color came together one Saturday afternoon to celebrate life and the thriving community of expats in Spain. When living abroad, there is nothing more comforting than feeling like you’re a part of a collective of like-minded individuals. The afternoon was filled with meaningful conversation, inspiring stories and influencers from many different fields coming together for a memorable time. Find out more of what happened at the LMDES Madrid Soirée!

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