Amara La Negra
First appearing on Love & Hip Hop Miami, La Negra has fought for Afro-Latinidad visibility, and her advocacy led to the publication of her children’s book, “Amarita’s Way.” It has three motivational stories following an ambitious “Little Amara” who never gives up.
From the Edenwald projects in the Bronx came the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor. The Nuyorican has two published books, one for children, titled My Beloved World, and her autobiography, Turning Pages: My Life Story. Both depict her life growing up in the Bronx and becoming a renowned legal icon for women and people of color.
Puerto Rican radio host Angie Martinez turned to writing when she wanted to share how she became the “Voice of New York.” Martinez’s book, My Voice, recounts her journey to the top in the male-dominated world of hip-hop radio — an industry that has become more inclusive to women because of her.
Oscar-nominated actress and Brooklyn native Rosie Perez broke into Hollywood as a fierce yet smart Latina, overcoming the odds. The highly specific title of her autobiography says it all, Handbook for an Unpredicatble Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair).
Rita Moreno is our fave EGOT winner (that’s Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony, people). From its author’s humble beginnings in Puerto Rico to her many breakthroughs, Moreno’s tome, Rita Moreno: A Memoir, sheds light on the struggles of a Latina navigating an industry that wasn’t inclusive to PoC.
America Ferrera’s book, American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures, is an anthology of first-person narratives dealing with the challenges of competing cultural identities. Ferrera is a supporter of diversity, and her book emphasizes the myriad ways identity influences the way we live in America.
An actress and advocate for immigration reform, Diane Guerrero’s memoir In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, exposes the experiences undocumented immigrants endure while living in the States. Based on Guerrero’s personal experience, one many immigrant families can relate to, her book recalls her family’s resilience and speaks volumes on the importance of reforming immigration laws.
The superstar, newly engaged to ex-baseballer Alex Rodriguez, knows a lot about the ups and downs of love (Bennifer, anyone?). Her 2015 book, True Love, shares some of her most challenging experiences as an artist and mother in the spotlight.
Mirtha Michelle Marmol Castro
Mirtha Michelle Marmol Castro turned to poetry to express her deep love for the men in her life. Her father, grandfather, nephew and past lovers all hold a special place in her lyrical heart. Her prose, Letters to the Men I Have Loved, speaks to romantics who take comfort in her words.