February is Black History Month, and part of that history includes the contributions and experiences of Latinos of African descent—who have and are currently navigating what it means to be both Black and Latino in the United States. So to mark that, we revisit a conversation in which friends of Latino USA discuss their experiences of being Afro-Latinos. We asked some fundamental questions: What is Afro-Latinidad? And who gets to claim it?

Maria Hinojosa sat down with Amilcar Priestley, co-director of the Afro-Latino Festival and director of the Afro-Latino Project; writer/editor Marjua Estevez; M. Tony Peralta, contemporary artist and owner of the Peralta Project; and Jamila Brown, owner of HUE, for an honest and open conversation on Afro-Latinidad.

Featured image of the panel by Janice Llamoca