Watch (Hispanic Heritage Month)

Latin America and the Caribbean have the largest concentration of people with African ancestry outside Africa.  On this series of journeys, Professor Gates celebrates the massive influence of millions of people of African descent on the history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean, and considers why and how their contribution is often forgotten or ignored.


Learn about the complex rhythms and unique instruments of Latin music, and the way the genre blends African, European, and Indigenous influences. Plus, you’ll hear about some of the most successful and influential Latin musicians of all time, including Tito Puente, João Gilberto, Shakira,and Enrique Iglesias—with a cameo appearance by J Balvin.


From Hispanic to Chicano to Latin@ to Latinx, the identifier for people in the Latin American diaspora has continued to evolve. Seattleites Louie Leiva, Inma Davis & Milvia Pacheco all have their own ways of identifying their heritage. Here, each community member shares thoughts on the emergence of the latest term, Latinx, and the larger psychological and sociological implications of such labels.


Evolution of Latin Dance

From Rumba to Salsa to Dembow, how well do you know Latin dance history?

From FLAMA on YouTube.


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