La Negra Con Bembas

Angelina Jolie and Kylie Jenner are the new inspirations for pretty kissers around the world. The search for full, luscious bembas (big full lips In Cuban slang) have resulted in much publicized fuckery on the internet. Videos of seemingly “normal teens and young adults enhancing their mouthpieces in some tragically hilarious ways. The end results range from hysterically funny to “Diiiiiaaaaablo!” at the sight of someone’s bleeding mouth or horrendous duck mouths that look like selfies gone wrong! Todo de esto para conseguir lo que yo he tenido por mi vida entera?  *scratches head”?


“Bembas” are something that I’ve had my entire life. Siempre han sido jugosas  y honestamente, no fueron aceptadas. Big lips were no more celebrated than big butts but that’s no longer the case either. Siendo una negra with very defined African features, a certain stigma was attached to having features like mine. I wanted my younger sister’s nose because it was mas “finita” than my wide, semi-flat nariz. Although she is darker than I am, her features were the delicate features that everybody fawned over. Una chocalatita con ojos chinos, una nariz finita, and lips that were just right. I would play down my lips not realizing that outside of my eyes- they are my best asset. It doesn’t help that I wasn’t like my lighter latina counterparts. I, often, felt like they could get away with not really being cute. Their skin WAS EL PREMIO. I sound like a complete asshole I know PERO I’m sure there are other morenitas that shared my sentiment.

It took a long time to love the skin that I am in. Now, these bembas get THE BRIGHTEST color that I can put on to highlight them. They are the source of many compliments. Bembas, caramel skin, and bon bon are the things that I see other chicks striving for and here- I’ve had perfection all along and I didn’t pay one dime for any of it! I guess I get the last laugh after all! 😉



K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, bruja, Oni Yemaya, palera,  professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao”, Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist” and a freelance contributor for major publications like The Root, VSB, Huffington Post, My Brown Baby and The Glow Up.

​Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.