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Afro Latinos: The Documentary

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Here are some interesting stats you might not be aware of.  Research from both Wiki and the US Census Bureau shows that in the United States, Black Hispanics account for 3.8% (approximately 1.8 million) of the entire U.S. Hispanic population which is estimated at about 47.8 million. Most Black Hispanics in the United States come from within the Dominican population with the next largest concentrations among the Puerto Rican, Cuban and Panamanian communities.
Of the total Latin American population of 549,549,000, an estimated 100–150 million are Afro-Latin American. Approximately 5% of the Latin American population self-identify, or are classified by census takers, as being primarily of Black African ancestry. A further 16% of the population is half Black and half White, while Zambos - a Spanish term used to identify individuals in the Americas who are of mixed African and Amerindian ancestry  - are a smaller minority. 
So far, I have blogged about and/or celebrated Afro-Cubans, Afro-Mexicans, and mostly recently Afro-Ecuadorians, so I am really excited (!) to learn more (and more) about Afro Latinos:  La Historia Que Nunca Nos Contaron (the untaught story), a documentary series presented by Creador Pictures and slated for a late 2011 release.  The series trailer says that Afro-Latinos "will take you on a journey throughout Latin America educating us [all] on the history of Afro Latinos."  Oooo, I love a journey.  I hope the end product is as good as the trailer looks and I can't wait to see it! 
Just for kicks:  Besides Soledad O'Briencan you name a famous person of Afro-Latino descent?


Niurka on: October 12, 2010 at 6:02 AM said...

Rosario Dawson is anyone

Unknown on: October 12, 2010 at 4:13 PM said...

I love Rosario Dawson.
Facebook responses so far:
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon
Marion Jones
Irene Cara
Zoe Saldana
Gwen Ifill

Aqueelah on: September 10, 2011 at 4:49 PM said...

I'd like to add Celia Cruz to that list. She was born in Cuba with very strong African features...she was also one of the most gifted singers I ever heard. So many more to add to this list.


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