Born and raised in the Bronx, NY I was brought up in a place filled with rich Hispanic roots and pride and the fact that I was Dominican, Mexican and Cuban myself only made my childhood more interesting. I was mainly raised by the Dominican side of my family and my mother, grandmother, aunts and cousins that were all female and instilled me with honest and strong family values that made me the man that I am today. My family always made sure that our Dominican culture was in the house at all times and we spoke Spanish, ate mangu and asopao and made trips to the island whenever we could. Being a second generation Latino in the US I have always made sure that there was a cultural bridge that I built in my life and while I loved being an American and New Yorker, I also stayed close to my Dominican roots.
My personality and who I am stems from both places and sometimes people don’t always understand that forming this relationship of both cultures is vital in understanding where you come from and where you will go. I am currently studying Latin American studies and Spanish at my university in hopes to become a professor one day. I want both Latino and Non-Latino people to realize the beauty and wonderfully cultured spirit that Latin American and Caribbean history has to offer. I mainly want to teach Afro-Latino studies and the historical happenings of the African presence in Latin America and the Caribbean. I want to teach this cultural bridging of being African and Hispanic to those Afro Latinos who are not fully aware of their past and teach them the importance of not only this cultural mixing but the influence it has had on modern day Latin American food, dance, music and culture.