AceShowbiz - Throughout her career in Hollywood, Evelyn Lozada has always declared herself as a proud Puerto Rican. However, after doing some research, the TV personality found out that she's actually an Afro-Latina. She made this revelation during an interview on "Just the Sip".
The topic was brought up when host Justin Sylvester mentioned that Evelyn was an inspiration for Latina women because of the lack of Latin representation on "Basketball Wives". In response to this, she said, "I consider myself Afro-Latina. I have backtracked my roots so I know where I come from. I know I have a little bit of everything."
Before she identified herself as an Afro-Latina, Evelyn had been facing backlash as people deemed her racist towards her black co-stars on "Basketball Wives". Someone even launched a petition to fire her from the VH1 show, saying, "This racial comment 'slur' is unacceptable, especially from a show with a majority female and minority cast."
The person added, "Regardless of being black, white, skinny, fat, diabetic, gay, lesbian, transgender and Asian … it's unacceptable to make fun of someone because these things and Ms. Lozada has done this on multiple occasions throughout the shows run time. The viewers of VH1's 'Basketball Wives' demand Ms. Lozada to be terminated from employment indefinitely."
The petition has been signed by more than 10,000 people.
Evelyn herself has yet to respond to the petition, though she revealed on "Just the Sip" that one of her co-stars accused her of trying to be black, and that really bothered her. "It's funny because on this season, somebody was like, 'B***h you think you Black!' I've never had anybody tell me that," she said. "I was so offended because I didn't know what that meant. I'm like, 'I think I'm Black? I grew up in New York!' I know where I come from."
"I've done DNA tests just to know. But I want to be able to tap into that more," Evelyn continued. "I'm proud to be Puerto Rican and from New York and Afro-Latina and all that good stuff."