People reported in an exclusive interview how Hostin has a ton of admiration for West Side Story star Ariana DeBose, who fully embraces her Afro-Latina identity and is “unapologetically Black.” Hostin revealed how she now feels less alone in her Afro-Latina identity thanks to Afro-Latinx stars who are champions for African pride.
“I admire that there are folks, especially in the media, as well as film, that are representing their Blackness and embracing it,” she said. “That’s something that has just happened [in] my view in the past few years. And what’s nice is I’m tired of being alone in that. I’m no longer alone and it’s because of young people like Ariana.”
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She said that she feels it's important to constantly assert her Latinidad pride as well as her Black roots, saying that she often gets critiques on Twitter for using Spanish and addressing civil rights topics.
“I get, ‘Are you Spanish today or Black today?’ Every day I’m both, actually. And that’s how I respond becaue I think it’s important to respond [to comments like], ‘Sunny’s saying it with the Spanish accent.’ Well, no, I’m saying it correctly because this is a Spanish word. It’s not an English word. It’s a Spanish word and I speak Spanish.”
Hostin often showcases both sides of her identity on The View, on which she is often the most outspoken person on the panel regarding Black civil rights and issues such as police brutality and discrimination. Hostin has also written a book about her identity in 2020 called I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice and Living Between Two Worlds.