There’s something incredibly special about this segment that I want to make sure doesn’t go unnoticed. Black America has provided a model for uplifting one another in the face of institutionalized racism and inequalities: important and necessary work that’s essential to liberating ourselves. We (Black America + Communities of Color) participate and actively celebrate culture and celebrate black excellence in America on an English-speaking platform. The current cultural and political climate explicitly calls for it, and communities of color are actively working together to reclaim identities and practice radical self love. But let’s recognize that it’s another thing to do it in a Spanish-speaking space, where celebrating blackness isn’t part of the social fabric and conversations actively taking place. And to then do it in the company of traditional models of beauty and to say I, too, am beautiful–that’s radical self love. I can’t express how proud I am of Ada V. Rojas and Rocio Mora and to be a part of #RizosontheRoad. To call them friends is an honor I don’t take lightly.