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Finding La Negrita in Costa Rica: A Story of Coming Home

Columnist Natasha Gordon-Chipembere explores the history of Costa Rica's beloved La Negrita and her role in Afro-Costa RIcan history.

Legacy of Costa Rica Afro-Caribbean Immigrants in the 1930’s

The author of the "Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican" column revisits her family history to question common stereotypes about Costa Rican racial history.

An Afro-spiritual journey by Afro-Costa Rican writer Delia Adassa McDonald Woolery

McDonald's writing finds the tangible beauty of Afro-Costa Rican culture and traditions as her words embrace Blackness.

Wanderlust: embracing the world as an Afro-Tica

How one woman from Guanacaste fulfilled her dreams of traveling the world.

Count me in, part III: Carmen Miller and Costa Rican ‘Sisterlocks’

Third in a three-part series that focuses on making visible the thriving natural hair movement among Afro-descended Costa Ricans within the context of the...

Count me in, part II: Natural Hair Sistahs 506

This second and final part of the Natural Hair Series, Count Me In, discusses the reasons why each of the women I interviewed decided to return back to natural Afro-hair after having their hair chemically processed or using extensions and weaves for years.

Count me in: the natural hair revolution among Afro-Ticas

In order to combat centuries of negative stereotypes about afro hair, many people of African descent have waged personal wars with trying to “control the kink.”

Dr. Charles Gourzong: Costa Rica’s visionary medicine man

This month in "Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican," Natasha Gordon-Chipembere takes a look at a Limón-born medical legend.

A Costa Rican, a first kiss: Mourning George Michael

Columnist Natasha Gordon Chipembere brings us a prom memory that was part Brooklyn, part Costa Rica, totally ’80s, and elevated by George Michael.

The Black side of the story: Afro-Costa Rican MC Huba Watson

Huba Watson talks to The Tico Times about his upbringing in San José, and how his strong Limón roots, his experiences of racism growing up, and a certain encounter with the Sugarhill Gang shaped his musical career.
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