This essay examines Raquel Cepeda’s memoire, Bird of Paradise. How I Became Latina, through the intersections between Dominican latinidad, gender, race, and hip-hop. By exposing other discourses of latinidad as performed and imagined in New York City by an afrodominicana, the memoir lays the foundation for future inquires related to Afro-Latinx identities as portrayed in contemporary fiction and nonfiction narratives by Dominican women authors in the United States. This study prompts further questioning into how the interchange between island and diaspora discourses influence the growing field of Afro-Latinx feminism. It highlights issues that are central to current and revisionist discussions of Latina and Dominican gender, ethno-racial, and cultural identity.

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