*As Hollywood continues to present challenges for artists of color, artists continue to speak out about it – as did Christina Milian, who is with child these days, once hit up HuffPost Live to discuss how she’s constantly defending her Afro-Latina roots.
“Since early, it’d be like, I’m Cuban but [people] didn’t get it because I was also brown-skinned, and you usually see a fair-skinned Latino, so it was just like, ‘Oh, what are you? Are you black? Are you white?'” she recalled to host Alex Miranda. “I didn’t feel like I had to make a choice. I am what I am.”
She continued: “We’re all different, but you have to accept our differences,” she affirmed. “As far as Afro-Cuban [goes], I’m finding more and more that there’s people opening their eyes to seeing that. Latinos come in all colors, all shades.”
Milian was born Christine Flores, but later changed her name and adopted her mother’s maiden name (Milian) in the hopes of landing a wider range of acting roles. In spite of the more socially acceptable name, it’s been Christina’s complexion that’s caused her to oftentimes be overlooked for lucrative work.
“You should see my mom and her brothers and sisters,” Milian continued. “Same parents, but we just vary in color, shapes and sizes. But we’re still Latinos — that doesn’t change a damn thing. You can tell it’s in the core of our blood.”