Bronx author’s ‘Pelo Mato No Existe,’ celebrating all hair types, turned into 13-part TV series

Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off Tuesday, and of one Bronx woman is breaking down stereotypes and honoring her Hispanic heritage.

News 12 Staff

Sep 16, 2020, 11:53 AM

Updated 1,349 days ago

Share:

Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off Tuesday, and of one Bronx woman is breaking down stereotypes and honoring her Hispanic heritage.
Sulma Arzu Brown dispells the stereotype of bad hair in her book “Pelo Mato No Existe.”
“Pelo malo is a term that has been used to bring down the self-esteem of many beautiful people of color,” says Arzu Brown.
Arzu Brown took the stereotype head-on by writing the book after a babysitter used the term to describe her then 3-year old daughter's hair texture.
“I wrote the book because I had a story and along the way I heard so many stories of individuals that dealt with the term and beyond,” says Arzu Brown.
What started as children's book now has turned into a 13-part series, which debuts locally on first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
“It’s actually called Deque Latino, it will premiere tonight on BronxNet on beginning of Spanish Heritage Month on BronxNet television and Facebook Live. We are so excited with all the cast members,” says Arzu Brown.
The cast include local Bronx artists, as well as some professional young talent from Broadway and
Nick Jr.
Arzu Brown, who describes herself as a proud Afro-Latino Garifuna author from the Bronx, says she's excited to highlight her culture community through her creative works.
“It's about uplifting one another and never bring each other down,” says Arzu Brown.


More from News 12
2:37
Storm Watch: Severe storms possible with heavy rain, strong wind and hail across New York City

Storm Watch: Severe storms possible with heavy rain, strong wind and hail across New York City

0:24
Bruce Springsteen postpones 2 more shows due to vocal issues

Bruce Springsteen postpones 2 more shows due to vocal issues

1:34
NYPD: Knife-wielding man who charged at officers fatally shot in Bushwick

NYPD: Knife-wielding man who charged at officers fatally shot in Bushwick

1:34
NYPD: Armed man struck by unmarked police vehicle in Brownsville

NYPD: Armed man struck by unmarked police vehicle in Brownsville

Guide: 2024 Memorial Day Parades in New York City

Guide: 2024 Memorial Day Parades in New York City

Wennberg scores in OT, Rangers top Panthers 5-4 to take lead in East finals

Wennberg scores in OT, Rangers top Panthers 5-4 to take lead in East finals

0:27
FDNY: Woman faces murder, arson charges following deadly Bed-Stuy building fire

FDNY: Woman faces murder, arson charges following deadly Bed-Stuy building fire

1:34
Crown Heights double dutch team heads to world championships next month

Crown Heights double dutch team heads to world championships next month

1:58
Mayor’s office: Burglars arrested, massive illegal cannabis distributor busted in Brooklyn

Mayor’s office: Burglars arrested, massive illegal cannabis distributor busted in Brooklyn

1:58
Loved ones say goodbye to 88-year-old grandmother killed in East Flatbush fire

Loved ones say goodbye to 88-year-old grandmother killed in East Flatbush fire

1:55
Prospect Park Zoo, damaged by Tropical Storm Ophelia, reopens after 240 days

Prospect Park Zoo, damaged by Tropical Storm Ophelia, reopens after 240 days

1:32
Bronx Fashion Week premieres Decade of Dreams at Baychester show

Bronx Fashion Week premieres Decade of Dreams at Baychester show

2:08
Blood test that detects colon cancer close to receiving FDA approval

Blood test that detects colon cancer close to receiving FDA approval

0:34
NYPD: 1 killed, 1 injured following double shooting in Williamsburg

NYPD: 1 killed, 1 injured following double shooting in Williamsburg

1:19
Bronx Historical Society offers Mott Haven walking tour, screening of ‘Up Jump The Boogie’

Bronx Historical Society offers Mott Haven walking tour, screening of ‘Up Jump The Boogie’

1:55
Authorities: 17-year-old arrested for bringing semi-automatic gun to high school in Brooklyn

Authorities: 17-year-old arrested for bringing semi-automatic gun to high school in Brooklyn

1:31
Brooklyn Bridge celebrates 141st birthday

Brooklyn Bridge celebrates 141st birthday

1:43
 Brooklyn chef offers tip to keep you safe while grilling this season

Brooklyn chef offers tip to keep you safe while grilling this season

1:30
Luna Park kicks off Memorial Day weekend with new go-kart attraction 'Electric Eden Raceway'

Luna Park kicks off Memorial Day weekend with new go-kart attraction 'Electric Eden Raceway'

1:05
Trump floats possible VP picks in News 12 interview

Trump floats possible VP picks in News 12 interview