As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the enormous contributions of Africans and people of African descent in the Americas, particularly the Spanish and Portuguese speaking worlds.
Estimates place the number of Africans brought to the Americas at 10 -12 million. And since their arrival, for generations, Africans and their descendants have been intimately involved in the history, culture, art, cuisine and daily living of millions in the region.
Such is their influence. Try imagining Brazil without samba, Cuban literature without Nicolás Guillén or Puerto Rican cuisine minus the island’s most revered dish, mofongo.
“Los Afro-Latinos” honors and celebrates the contributions of Africans, as well as their descendents who helped form and shape the culture of the Spanish and Portuguese speaking Americas. “Los Afro-Latinos” brings you stories about the individuals who maintain these traditions while forging new ones.
Our lives are richer because of them.
I hope this blog enchants, delights, provokes and surprises.
May you find pride and appreciation in the contribution of so many who have come before and inspiration for the days to follow.
President, Haas Media, LLC
Founder of Los Afro-Latinos