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Capturing Your Love H.LUIZ MARTINEZ

Connextions Magazine spends some quality time in between travels with one of our most delicious writers, H.Luiz Martinez, of H.Luiz Presents and his extra yummy recipes and bi-travel adventures bilingual to clarify. Connextions Magazine (CM): Tell our readers about your background and what it was like growing up being your delicious-self? H.Luiz Martinez (HLM): I was born in New Jersey, USA, but I’m 50% Puerto Rican, 25% Italian and 25% African American. Growing up was very interesting! I grew up in a predominately Caucasian neighborhood. I mean, It was my family and a family from Spain (who were considered and treated as if they were White anyway) among the Westwoods, McKinney’s, Donahue’s and Kristofferson’s. The Police used to stop us in front of our beautiful house and ask, “what are you doing in this neighborhood?” As a

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child, racism and self-hate becomes ingrained in one’s psyche, oftentimes without one realizing it. I remember telling my Mami that I didn’t want ugly rice (Spanish rice) but I wanted pretty rice (white rice) with my dinner. I’m not sure my family made a connection with my ugly/pretty rice logic, but it was directly correlated to what I was dealing with in my day to day. I was very attracted to girls and was sexually active with them at an early age. Of course they were White because that’s who I went to school with, but when I got to high school, all these Latinas were all over me! (Laughs as if reminding himself of a special incident that no one should know about.) However, my steady girlfriend was a Caucasian girl. It wasn’t until I was 17 years old or so that I started to feel attracted to other guys. The first guy I ever kissed, I ended up in a relationship with for almost 4 years. However, my parents were

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