“Caras Lindas” means beautiful faces in Spanish. It’s a popular Afro Latino song describing all the beautiful faces in Latin America. On Caras Lindas, hosts Manuel Mendez and Gyselle Garcia explore the intersection of blackness in Latinx communities by shedding light on the neglected and untold stories of Afro-Latinx people.
Journey Mom: Natasha Rodriguez
This week, we discuss global blackness, Panama and meaning of what Afrolatinidad means with Natasha Rodriguez. Natasha is a mother, travel addict, educator, DEI advocate, and storyteller. She was born and raised in Washington, DC, yet identifies as a global citizen. Growing up in an immigrant household, Natasha realized at a young age how big the world was after traveling to her family’s native country, Panama, at the age of seven. Being raised in a multicultural home shaped her identity over the years, indirectly shaping her life’s work in diversity.
Nuestra Maestra: Maria Rodriguez
This week, we discus Jean Marie Butler, 72, a classical and jazz piano teacher who performed as Maria Rodriguez with Latin groups in Washington, DC with Pepe Gonzalez . Pepe started his music career playing the electric bass in his late teens, when he formed one of the first integrated bands (between African-Americans and Hispanics) in the Washington, DC area. The band, ZAPATA, opened for many great bands such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Weather Report, Rashan Roland Kirk, Sly and the Family Stone, and the Isley Brothers. In celebration of Women's History Month we honor Maria Rodriguez. She was a arranger, accompanist and composer, working with groups that included La Jazz and Maria Rodriguez Y Sus Magnificos. Maria Rodriguez performed for the Charlin Jazz Society and at D.C. Jazz Festivals, Blues Alley, a Smithsonian conference on Afro-Latin music and other places. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
The Young Lords: A Radical History
Today we talk with Dr. Johanna Fernandez the author of The Young Lords: A Radical History (UNC Press, February 2020), a history of the Puerto Rican counterpart of the Black Panther Party. She teaches 20th Century U.S. history and the history of social movements in the Department of History at Baruch College (CUNY). Episode track: "Abrecamino" by Leo Rua. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
La Luchita means “the hustle.” When asking a Cuban about their day it’s common to hear “aquí, en la luchita” (here, in the hustle). Calling this project "La Luchita" is a way of honoring organizers and their hustle to build a better world for all.Marley Pulido is an Afro-Habanero based in the D.C. area. He has organized programming and logistics for over 20 trips to Cuba including a Congressional Delegation. He’s in a struggle to decolonize himself through Afro-Cuban traditional knowledge. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
Our bridge to build
This week we speak with Itzbeth Menjívar founder of BridgePeople LLC, a consulting firm that helps strengthen leadership teams through cultural competencies and dialogue. Originally from Panamá, Itzbeth has been building bridges through dialogue and human connection with people for over 20 years. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
“Love is profoundly political. Our deepest revolution will come when we understand this truth.” bell hooks, Salvation: Black People and Love
On this week’s show, we dive deep in what Black love means to us. What important challenges we face and how it impacts the African Diaspora? What is Amor Negrxs? This week we speak with Rosalyn Lake an AfroDominica, a Taekwondo champion, a scholar and an educator. We discuss our love for an African centered approach to positive youth and our activism in the African Diaspora. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.
This is an amazing platform! This podcast allows the Afro-Latinx community in D.C to voice their opinions, to share their stories. As an Afro-Dominican student majoring Latin American Studies, this podcast keeps me inform about the black community back home!
Great insight on AfroLantix DC !
New podcast but I am excited to hear and learn more. I am a DC resident and I enjoy listening and learning more about my community and those around me. A plus is they often discuss cultural and entertainment events happening in the local community that their guests are usually involved with. I attended the event for Mr. Francisco Rigores and it was amazing. There was a drumming group, dancers and a variety of other arts at the celebration. So glad I listen in. The hosts seems to been very well versed in the community as well. Excited to see what's in store!
Insightful and interesting
Loving how insightful this podcast is. To share our stories is to share that we are present. Thank you.