Series of plays look to change the way black Latinos are portrayed

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NEW YORK — An estimated 2.3 million Hispanics live in New York City, making it one of the largest Hispanic cities in the United States. Many are struggling when it comes to identify -- or at least with how society sees them.

Now one woman is working to change that. Her name is Crystal Shaniece Roman. She's the founder/CEO of The Black Latina Movement, which is about to launch a series of theatrical performances.

"We just want people to know there's an array of women of color and size and look, and that's the idea of tackling that 'not fitting in the box' role," says Roman.

It's those very issues that are at the core of Black Latina (The Play).

"Growing up it was this idea of not fitting in, so in Black Latina (The Play), most of the lines I said growing up as a kid. Being too black for the latinas, but being to Latina for the black girls."

Afro Latinos represent two rich cultures; it's not about picking one or the other, but instead, embracing both."

The Black Latina Summer Series kicks of Thursday, August 25. You can still buy tickets for all three shows - "Black Latina (The Play)," "Of Mothers and Men," and "The Colors of Love" at http://blacklatinamovement.com/.

PIX11's Marissa Torres reports.

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