In Chicago, Afro-Latinos carve a space to express their identity
For Edgar Bautista, 25, also known as Jubal, every day in Chicago feels like “living in two different worlds.”
“I’m a black Latino and I speak both Spanish and English fluently,” he said. “I would say Spanish is my first language, but if you listen to my English, you can’t tell I’m from somewhere else.”
The aspiring hip-hop artist was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Chicago at a young age.
“There’s a small community of Dominicans in Chicago, but we all pretty much know each other and it’s all confined to specific neighborhoods,” he said.
He grew up in the city's North Side and attended a military academy, where the student body population was mostly black or Latino. He identified with both groups since he found similarities in customs and traditions . . .