Tamika Burgess is a writer, thinker, and storyteller. As a freelance writer, she has penned articles for xoNecole, Boriqua Chicks, and others. Her words appear monthly on her latest blog, Authentic Intentions. This space is where Tamika strips the top layer of her emotions and writes in a raw and transparent manner.
Born to parents who migrated from Panamá, Tamika has always taken a special interest in writing personal essays that explore her Afro-Latina identity. The desire to take this further came about in 2015 when she launched Es Mi Cultura – a monthly newsletter highlighting Afro-Latinas.
Because of her passion and dedication to spreading knowledge of Black Latinos, Tamika has been featured on various websites, podcasts, and panels, including Young Panamanians Around the Globe, Negrita’s Afro-Latina documentary, and Ain’t I Latina’s “Disrupting Stereotypes: Images of Latinas in Digital Media.”
In addition, Tamika is a life-long learner. She has earned a master of arts degree in Strategic Communications, she is CELTA certified (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and is currently working toward a certification in Early Childhood Development.
When Tamika is not writing or curating her newsletter, she can be found somewhere cozy online shopping, sipping lemon ginger tea and reading, or listening to a podcast.
Tamika resides in sunny, Southern California.