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“AFRO-LATINO TRAVELS WITH KIM HAAS” airs NATIONALLY on CreateTV, December 2020

“AFRO-LATINO TRAVELS WITH KIM HAAS” airs nationally on Create TV!

“AFRO-LATINO TRAVELS WITH KIM HAAS” airs nationally on Create TV in December!

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Celebrating Black Consciousness Month in Brazil

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2020

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. EST

Celebrating Black Consciousness Month in Brazil

“Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas” Presents

BEING BLACK IN RIO:

A virtual conversation with

Flávia Barbosa

E-mail us to register to attend: events@travelswithkimhaas.com

Epsy Campbell Barr, the first female, Black, Vice President of Costa Rica, graces the cover of Americas Quarterly

“AFRO-LATINO TRAVELS WITH KIM HAAS” had the pleasure of interviewing the equally smart and talented sisters of Vice President, Epsy Campbell, Doris and Sasha, about their family and their heritage. 

Kim Haas and Sasha Campbell (@SashaCampbellB)

Also, thank you to Brian Winter, for his lovely tribute in the article, “Don’t Forget About Silvia.”

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Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas Weekend Broadcast Dates

Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas
broadcasts nationwide on PBS
during Hispanic Heritage Month 
(September 12 – October 15, 2020)

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2020
AIR DATES


(Cities listed in alphabetical order) 

Albany, GA
GPB / WABW & WACS – 8:30am, Limón Episode

Atlanta, GA
GPB / WGTV – 8:30am, Limón Episode

Augusta / Allendale, SC
GPB / WCES – 8:30am, Limón Episode
SCETV / WEBA ETV WORLD – 4:00pm, San José Episode

Charleston, SC
SCETV / WITV ETV WORLD – 4:00pm, San José Episode

Charlotte NC / Rock Hill, SC
SCETV / WNSC – 4:00pm, San José Episode
SCETV / WNSC ETV World – 4:00pm, San José Episode

Chattanooga, TN
GPB / WNGH – 8:30am, Limón Episode

Columbia, MO
KMOS-3 – 10:30pm, Limón Episode

Columbia / Sumter, SC
SCETV / WRJA & WRLK ETV WORLD – 4:00pm, San José Episode

Columbus, GA
GPB / WJSP – 8:30am, Limón Episode

Dayton, OH
WPTD / Think TV16 – 5:30pm, Limón Episode

Jacksonville, GA
GPB / WXGA – 8:30am, Limón Episode

Las Vegas, NV
KLVX Jackpot! – 4:00am, Limón Episode

Macon, GA 
GPB / WMUM – 8:30am, Limón Episode

Myrtle Beach / Florence / Conway, SC 
SCETV / WHMC &  WJPM ETV WORLD, 4:00pm, San José Episode

Orlando, FL
WEFS – 12:00pm, Limón Episode

Rochester, NY
WXXI – 1:00pm, Limón Episode

Savannah / Beaufort, SC
SCETV / WJWJ ETV WORLD – 4:00pm, San José Episode
GPB / WVAN – 8:30am, Limón Episode

Seattle / Tacoma, WA
KBTC – 3:00am, Limón Episode
KCKA – 3:00am, Limón Episode

Spartanburg / Greenville, SC
SCETV / WNEH ETV WORLD – 4:00pm, San José Episode
SCETV / WNTV ETV WORLD- 4:00pm, San José Episode
SCETV / WRET ETV WORLD- 4:00pm, San José Episode

Kim with Yethsira Wilson and Dance Group

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020
AIR DATES

 (Cities listed in alphabetical order)

Chicago, IL
WTTW Prime – 11:30am, San José Episode

New York / Long Island City, NY
WNYE – 11:00am, San José Episode
WLIW – 11:30am, Limón Episode

Salt Lake City, UT
KUEN – 8:30pm Limón Episode

Tucson, AZ
AZPM / KUAS-3 & KUAT-3 – 12:00pm, Limón Episode
AZPM / KUAS-3 & KUAT-3 – 4:30pm, Limón Episode

Kim with Chef, Selvin Brown

Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, a new PBS travel series, premieres with a two-part special featuring Afro-Costa Rican culture this September 2020 on public television stations nationwide in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This series celebrates and honors the historical and cultural contributions of Latin America’s African descendants, hosted by trilingual, Black female traveler and Executive Producer, Kim Haas.

“We are introducing public television viewers to Afro-Latinos and their profound legacy in the Americas through history, culture, cuisine, art, dance, music, environmental conservation, literature, sports, and festivals,” says Haas.

Afro-Latino Travels is about Black joy, pride and resilience despite centuries of oppression and under-representation. The series features Afro-Latinos who will inspire viewers with hope and optimism.”

No other travel TV series showcases solely the Afro-Latino communities throughout Latin America and their rich and diverse legacy of creating vibrant cultures in the Americas.  African descendants have and continue to leave an indelible imprint on mainstream Latino culture from countries as diverse as Andean Peru to tropical Cuba, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.  

The Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas two-part special featuring Costa Rica will be available on public television stations across the United States starting September 12, 2020 – check local listings for broadcast dates and times. Underwriting for the program has been provided in part by the Ford Foundation and in-kind support provided by the Costa Rica Tourism Board. 

Haas Media LLC
For more information about Haas Media and
“Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas,”
please call (862) 368-8462 or info@haas-media.com

Message from the former president of Costa Rica: Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera

The former president of Costa RicaLuis Guillermo Solis Rivera was kind enough to share these videos in support of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas. We hope you enjoy them! Thank you again President Solis.

Spanish Version of Video below.

“AFRO-LATINO TRAVELS WITH KIM HAAS,” a new PBS travel series, premieres with a two-part special featuring Afro-Costa Rican culture this September 2020 on public television stations nationwide in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This series celebrates and honors the historical and cultural contributions of Latin America’s African descendants, hosted by trilingual, Black female traveler and Executive Producer, Kim Haas.

ABOUT KIM HAAS

[www.TRAVELSWITHKIMHAAS.com]

Kim Haas, Executive Producer, Host & Creator of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, has been active in Afro-Latino issues for more than a decade and is founder of losafrolatinos.com, a blog celebrating Afro-Latino culture. Kim speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. She served as Director of Marketing for WWSI TV Telemundo, and she also served as an on-camera pledge host in English, Spanish and Italian for WYBE TV in Philadelphia. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Kim is passionate about her work with “Afro-Latino Travels,” and she is extremely proud to be one of the upcoming few Black, female travel hosts on public television, leading the path for more to follow!

Kim Haas, Executive Producer and Host

https://www Facebook.com/KimHaasTravels

https://www.instagram.com/kimhaastravels/

Welcome to Costa Rica

Celebrating Costa Rica’s Independence Day –

September 15, 2020

In honor of Costa Rica’s independence, we are pleased to share with you a brief overview of the country’s history with key dates and photos of its spectacular natural beauty.

Photo Courtesy of Kim Haas

Costa Rica (rich coast), is an isthmus connecting North and South America.  It is one of seven independent countries, forming “Central America” (Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama).

Photo Courtesy of Spencer Lewis (Kim’s dad)

Boundaries
The mighty Pacific Ocean, the earth’s largest waterway, on the north; the calm tranquil Caribbean Sea, flowing into the Atlantic Ocean, on the east; in the north, Nicaragua, and on the south is Panama.

Photo Courtesy of Kim Haas

Climate   
Tropical weather with temperatures from 18C (64F) to 27C (81F); it is frost free, with 2 distinct seasons:

            1. Rainy: May-November, drenching tropical rain downpours

            2. Dry: April-November

Plus    
Costa Rica is less than 700 miles (@1100 km) from the Equator, earth’s imaginary center.

At the Summit of Irazu Volcano, on a clear day, one can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. At the Summit, seventy-six miles separate the 2 bodies of water.

Costa Rica is one of the most densely bio-diverse countries in the world.  Its stunning panoramas present picturesque visual feasts. With this distinction come magnificent, breathtaking views of: national parks, waterways, jungles, volcanoes, mountains, cloud forests, coral reefs, mangroves, rain forest, wetlands, swamps, lagoons, islands and beaches, with sands ranging in color from white to black. 

Photo Courtesy of Kim Haas

Also, the country has an extensive array of 500,000 species of fauna, including varieties of insects, reptiles, mammals, and marine life.  There are more than 1,500 types of butterflies and 50 of the worlds 340 species of humming birds. The country’s flora is plentiful, with more than 1,300 varieties of orchids.      

Photo Courtesy of Spencer Lewis (Kim’s dad)

Noteworthy Dates
1502   
Christopher Columbus arrived, Isla Uvita (near Port of Limón) First enslaved Africans brought to Costa Rica

1821   
Independence from Spain

1824   
Enslavement (slavery) abolished

1871/72
Construction began on 100 mile San José to Limón railroad; took 20 years to complete

1872
Jamaicans, in the thousands, came to Limón; worked as contract workers (were not enslaved) on the railroad, banana and cocoa plantations

1882   
Death penalty abolished

1948   
African descendants become Afro-Costa Rican citizens

1949   
Abolished military/armed forces. 
Military budget used for security, education and culture

Costa Rica
-Former Spanish colony
-Spanish speaking nation
-Religion Roman Catholic
-Population 5.5 million 
-San José, capital and largest city, population of 335,000 

Photo Courtesy of Spencer Lewis (Kim’s dad)

Today, September 15, begins the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and its roots extend as far back as 1968. Each year, a celebration takes place on this day.  It is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries who declared their independence in 1821: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.

Photo Courtesy of Kim Haas

To learn more about Costa Rica, please visit: https://www.visitcostarica.com/en

Photo Courtesy of Kim Haas

Groundbreaking New Public Television Series Features Afro-Latino Cultures Through the Lens of Travel

Black Female Travel Host, Kim Haas, Takes Public Television Viewers On A Journey To Discover Afro-Latino Cultures With Two-Part Special on Costa Rica, Premiering During Hispanic Heritage Month

Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas premieres nationwide on PBS during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 12 – October 15, 2020)

In the New York City area, the series debuts on:

  • WNET TV NY on September 12, 2020 at 6:30am
  • WNYE TV NY on September, 13, 2020, at 12:00am

(Check your local PBS listings for additional locations, dates and times.)

Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, a new travel series on public television, premieres with a two-part special featuring Afro-Costa Rican culture this September 2020 on Public Television Stations nationwide in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  This series celebrates and honors the historical and cultural contributions of Latin America’s African descendants, hosted by tri-lingual, Black female traveler and Executive Producer, Kim Haas.

“We are introducing public television viewers to Afro-Latinos and their profound legacy in the Americas through history, culture, cuisine, art, dance, music, environmental conservation, literature, sports, and festivals,” says Haas. “Afro-Latino Travels is about Black joy, pride and resilience despite centuries of oppression and under-representation. The series features Afro-Latinos who will inspire viewers with hope and optimism.”

Kim Haas, Host and Executive Producer

No other travel TV series showcases solely the Afro-Latino communities throughout Latin America and their rich and diverse legacy of creating vibrant cultures in the Americas.  African descendants have and continue to leave an indelible imprint on mainstream Latino culture from countries as diverse as Andean Peru to tropical Cuba, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.  

Beginning in the 1500s and throughout The Middle Passage, millions of enslaved Africans were brought to Latin America through the 18th century.  Researchers estimate at least 1 in 3 Latin Americans have African ancestry, and Africans and their descendants were involved in every aspect of Latin American society: colonialism, the fight for independence, the building of transportation and infrastructure (forts, railroads, etc.), and more.

Selvin Brown, Restauranteur

“I’ve wanted to produce a series featuring the impact that the five centuries of African presence in Latin America has had for so long, and this two-part special is just the start of that journey,” shares Haas.  “This project has been in the works for years. With the lack of diversity in travel media and the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, more recently, celebrating this heritage is essential to recognizing and acknowledging African descendants and their legacy.”

Highlights from the two-part Afro-Latino Travels Costa Rica episodes include interviews with:

  • Quince Duncan, celebrated author, whose 50 year career in literature is credited with introducing the Afro-Costa Rican in Costa Rican literature
  • Tarik Soto, gymnast and 2020 Olympic hopeful.
  • Doris & Sasha Campbell, dancer and singer, respectively (sisters of Ms. Epsy Campbell, Latin America’s first black vice president)
Quince Duncan, Author

The Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas two-part special featuring Costa Rica will be available on public television stations across the United States starting September 12, 2020 – check local listings for broadcast dates and times. Underwriting for the program has been provided in part by the Ford Foundation and in-kind support provided by the Costa Rica Tourism Board.

Sharifa Crawford Clarke, Dancer

ABOUT KIM HAAS
www.TRAVELSWITHKIMHAAS.com 

Kim Haas, Executive Producer, Host & Creator of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas, has been active in Afro-Latino issues for more than a decade and is founder of losafrolatinos.com, a blog celebrating Afro-Latino culture. Kim speaks fluent Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. She served as Director of Marketing for WWSI TV Telemundo, and she also served as an on-camera pledge host in English, Spanish and Italian for WYBE TV in Philadelphia. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Kim attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She earned her graduate degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies (Spanish) from LaSalle University in Philadelphia.  Kim is passionate about her work with “Afro-Latino Travels,” and she is extremely proud to be one of the upcoming few Black, female travel hosts on public television, leading the path for more to follow!


Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas
For more information about “Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas,” please call (862) 368-8462 or info@haas-media.com.

https://Facebook.com/KimHaasTravels

https://www.instagram.com/kimhaastravels/

Un sortilegio llamado Nuquí

By: Mariela Palacios
Consultora para Desarrollo Socioeconómico

Hola amigos lectores, a pesar de haber acordado con Kim escribir sobre Quibdó, ella, al enterarse que me tomaría un city break en un pedacito del paraíso en  el Pacífico chocoano, me pidió que escribiera un post sobre este maravilloso lugar; entonces sin dejar de lado a Quibdó, en esta ocasión les hablaré de su ciudad hermana, Nuquí.

Nuqui, Colombia

Después de declinar varias invitaciones de mí amiga Josefina Klínger a disfrutar del Festival de la Migración, que se realiza en este municipio costero, este año tomé la decisión de hacer un alto en mi rutina y recrearme con esta maravillosa experiencia, en un lugar turísticamente atractivo a solo veinte minutos de vuelo desde Quibdó. Nuquí, un sitio creado para enamorarse, ¡si, para enamorase!

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Josefina Klinger  (Foto: http://www.eltiempo.com)

Con Josefina Klinger and Mariela Palacioas

Josefina Klinger y Mariela Palacios (Foto: Mariela Palacios)

Sucumbes ante sus seductoras playas que cuando las miras desde el aire quieres fundirte en un vibrante abrazo con ellas;  avivas sensaciones adormecidas por el día a día cuando sus cálidas aguas limpias y cristalinas rítmicamente toquetean tu piel; te enamora su gente llena de magia, de hospitalidad, impetuosa como su mar.

Turismo en Nuquí

Foto: www.semena.com

 

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Photo: www.elcantil.com

Pero indiscutiblemente, el más estremecedor arrebato de amor, la pasión más sublime que puedes experimentar, es ver las ballenas pariendo sus críos y enseñándoles a nadar, cuando las tortugas desovan  en la tranquilidad de la ensenada y cuando las aves despliegan su arsenal de colorido, movimientos y sonidos destilando sensualidad, deslumbrando su elegido y conduciéndolo al vital apareamiento que permite perpetuar las especies. Esto es magia,  y  solo sientes que exhalas tu último aliento agotas las fuerzas del alma y del cuerpo al estar justo aquí, en uno de los úteros del mundo, Nuquí.

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Foto: Harvey Chatfield/Half Blind Photography http://www.chinookobserver.com

Toda esta fantasía que se vive en Nuquí se conserva para las generaciones venideras a través del Festival de la Migración, una fiesta ambiental y cultural que en un principio, de 1999 a 2002 estuvo a cargo de las fundaciones Calidris y Yubarta dedicadas a la investigación y protección de aves y ballenas respectivamente, acompañado por la Fundación Ambientalista Natura, financiada por  WWF.  En  2010 la Mesa de Ordenamiento Territorial y la Corporación Mano Cambiada, retoman el liderazgo del Festival, cuya principal particularidad es que sus protagonistas son los niños y jóvenes,  quienes  mediante diferentes expresiones artísticas y culturales  sensibilizan a locales y visitantes sobre la importancia de fortalecer la cultura como expresión del pueblo y el compromiso con el cuidado del medio ambiente, usando como pretexto la llegada de ballenas, tortugas y aves.

Kids Turtles

Festival de la Migración

Nuqui graphic

Cada año desde agosto hasta finales de septiembre, turistas de diferentes partes del mundo convergen en este punto para presenciar el espectáculo de la naturaleza y además disfrutar de su exótica gastronomía basada en frutos del mar, coco, plátano y demás frutos tropicales.

Mucho más sobre Nuquí…

Hay muchas cosas más que pueden sorprenderte de este lugar como lo es encontrar en el corregimiento de Termales, un club de surf de niños y jóvenes nativos quienes a través de la Fundación Buen Punto, perfeccionaron su técnica y representaron al país en competencias internacionales, hoy día atienden a turistas que quieran practicar este deporte; aquí también puedes disfrutar de las terapéuticas aguas termales.  En otros lugares en área rural como Arusí, Joví, Coquí puedes disfrutar de sus playas, practicar pesca, experimentar las bondades del turismo comunitario que permiten interactuar con los locales, ser uno más de ellos y vivenciar su cotidianidad.

Beauty Scene Nuqui
Parque Nacional Natural Utría

 

Jóvenes de la Fundación Buen Punto. Foto
https://www.facebook.com/fundacionbuenpunto/photos/a.188355391497677.1073741827.188347918165091/188354054831144/?type=1&theater
Pozo de aguas Termales, Foto: Parques Nacionales
Espectáculo de Ballenas. Foto cortesía www.awake.travel

 

La fuerza creadora no dejó escapar detalle alguno en la creación de esta pieza de arte, pues aquí también encontramos el Parque Nacional Natural Ensenada de Utría, un área protegida de 53.380 hectáreas marítimas y terrestres, donde se disfruta de actividades ecoturísticas y también se realizan eventos empresariales y académicos. No encuentro las palabras adecuadas que describan Utría, cuando se está allí, se tiene la sensación de estar dentro de un sueño permanente, tanta belleza natural parece irreal, sus sonidos de aves, del agua, de la brisa; la salinidad del ambiente, el verde intenso de su vegetación, la inmensidad del mar, la evidente mezcla de cultura indígena y afro reflejada en artesanías, comidas y colores del entorno, es simplemente avasallador. Se observa en las miradas extasiadas de los visitantes y nativos quienes sencillamente están entregados al juego seductor de la naturaleza.

Ecoturismo en los Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia

Utria National Park (Parque Nacional Natural Utría Chocó)

Y para despedirme sólo les digo que vale la pena dejarse tentar y disfrutar los placeres de este travieso pecadillo chocoano: ¡el sortilegio llamado Nuquí!