Negra Como Soy: ‘Doni and Rhonda, Our Stories’

Negra Como Soy -- Doni and Rhonda: Our Stories

In this episode of “Negra Como Soy” on Culturs Global Network, Doni and Dr. Rhonda introduce themselves and their stories.

Growing up internationally and cross-culturally

Doni, a Trinidadian-Costa Rican who grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, Spain, the United States (New Mexico and New York) and Turkey and other countries before college, and Rhonda, an Afro-Honduran who grew up mainly in New Orleans, La., U.S.A., talk about language and talking one way at school and another way at home.

Negra Como Soy: ‘Where are you from?’

The two ladies also talk about the “Where are you from?” question from an Afro-Latina perspective. How kids when Rhonda was growing up had trouble figuring out whether she was from the U.S. or someplace else, even though she grew up in New Orleans. Also how going to her mother’s country of Honduras “always felt like going home for me.”

They also talk about living among expatriates as well as “surrendering” oneself into the new place where they are going. Additionally, they discuss how their parents taught them how to introduce themselves when speaking to adults.

Check it out Episode 2 of “Negra Como Soy” on XOTV.com or by clicking below!

Negra Como Soy

ABOUT Negra Como Soy, a segment of the “Destinations with Doni” Podcast

There’s the story of who we are as individuals, what we know and walk with, and the story other people create in their minds about who you are. We’re here to set the story straight… Negra, como soy: I’m Afro-Latina is a show that explores the intricacies and flavors of the AfroLatin experience throughout the Spanish colonized world.

We understand that the direct translation is “black like me,” in the feminine. Again, often life is about interpretation, and we’re here to help expand those interpretations, in this corner of life at least Join Doni Aldine and Rhonda Coleman as they celebrate foods, dance, clothing, language, and customs of their own cultures and others from the diaspora.

Doni Aldine, MBA, is a globally mobile Afro-Latina and first-generation American (U.S., Trinidadian and Costa Rican Adult Third Culture Kid) who, by age 19, lived in & identified with seven cultures on five continents. As Editor-in-Chief for Culturs Global Multicultural Magazine, Aldine is passionate about creating community for cross-cultural populations. She has extensive global experience in communications, media and marketing for organizations both large and emerging. She has presented around the globe as a keynote, at conferences, at major universities & in major media outlets as an expert focused on communications, entrepreneurship, marketing, branding & cross-cultural identity. Aldine also developed university curricula for global culture identity and is on faculty in Journalism and Media Communication at Colorado State University.

Dr. Rhonda Coleman, DAOM is a cross-cultural Third Cultural Adult. She grew up in New Orleans, LA bu t and identifies as Afro-Honduran. Dr. Rhonda is a doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Registered Trainer of the NADA Acudetox Protocol, columnist for CULTURS Global Multicultural Magazine, public speaker, and active organizer promoting health equity. She currently teaches Nutritional Health and Acudetox at Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine; and runs a private practice, Blacupuncturist, in Tucson, AZ.

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