The invisible sounds [Los sonidos invisibles] in Colombia

The Invisible Sounds [Los Sonidos invisibles] is a documentary by anthropologists Ana María Arango and Gregor Vanerian that focuses in the San Pacho festival as an epicenter of music culture in Colombia.


For more information on the film and its background, check out his article posted by Africa is a Country.


Negro: Examining Color in Latin America

Color and african-descendant identity is examined in Latin America. How are color and ‘race’ viewed in Latin America? What connections do African-descendants and in Latin America share with African-descendants in the U.S.? Latinos and Afro-Americans share their stories.



Hat tip to mi amigo W. Bill Smith over at African American-Latino World for posting the video.

Black & Latino

What does it mean to be black and Latino in the U.S.? This video features interviews with Latino actors Laz Alonso (Avatar, Jumping the Broom), Tatyana Ali (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Gina Torres (Suits, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs), musicians Christina Milian (“Dip it Low”) and Kat DeLuna (“Whine Up”), and journalist Soledad O’Brien (CNN), among many others.


Commemorating Dr Eric Eustace Williams at 100

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Dr. Eric Williams’ birth and the 30th anniversary of his death. Williams was the first Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago. He served in office from 1956 until his death in 1981. During his tenure he led the Caribbean nation to independence from Britain in 1962, and through the tumult of strikes, protests, a black power movement, and a military mutiny in the 1970s.

As a scholar, Williams is known for his groundbreaking book, “Capitalism and Slavery” (1944), which argued the European transatlantic slave trade and New World systems of slavery financed the Industrial Revolution and generated the massive wealth that led to the ascendancy of the West. He also argued the demise of slavery in the Americas came about due to economics rather than humanitarianism. His research set the stage for the next generation of studies of the political economy of slavery, and left a lasting legacy of scholarship that still is debated today.

Author and Professor Emeritus of the U. of the West Indies, Norman Girvan, has posted a link on his website to a tribute to Dr Williams by Peter Jordens, economist and scholar of Caribbean: Commemorating Dr Eric E Williams at 100, Peter Jordens : Norman Girvan (click on the “Continue Reading” link to access the booklet).

See also: The Eric Williams Memorial Collection.

The Aeta of the Philippines Resist Multiple Oppressions

Author, teacher, and community activist—Fredrick Douglas Kakinami Cloyd—has been doing extraordinary work on his blog documenting the history of the peoples of the Black Pacific and their struggles. This is an often neglected part of the African Diaspora that involves Afro-descendant populations whose ancestors arrived as the first modern humans out of Africa and into Asia, and Afro-descendants who were transported across the Indian Ocean as part of the massive Arab/Muslim slave trade in the region.

In a recent post, Cloyd briefly discusses the struggles of the Aeta in the Philippines to survive in the face of the theft of their land. The Aeta are a branch of the so-called Negrito populations that are widely dispersed across Southeast Asia (Burma, Thailand, India, Philippines, Malaysia), and that are threatened due to loss of their lands, forced labor, and ethnic cleansing by their neighbors. Read the article below, and check out the other posts on Cloyd’s remarkable blog.

The Aeta of the Philippines Continue to Resist Multiple Oppressions.

Click here to visit Cloyd’s blog: Dream of the Water Children.

Pinpointing DNA Ancestry in Africa – Part 2

On October 4th I posted “Pinpointing Our DNA Ancestry in Africa” and a link to an article in The that discusses how DNA testing can connect people of African descent in the Americas to the approximately 46 ethnic groups in West Africa from which the vast majority of enslaved Africans were taken for shipment to the slaveocracies of the New World. Linda Heywood and John Thornton, the historians who wrote the article, also have provided a companion piece—”African Ethnicities and Their Origins“—that lists those 46 key ethnic groups and the West African countries in which they reside.

In a recent follow-up interview in The Root—Getting Closer to Our African Origins—Heywood and Thornton explain how the gradual increase in the pool of West African DNA and online tools like the Transatlantic Slave Trade Database, which contains the records of nearly 35,000 slaving voyages, are improving the ability of people of African descent in the Americans to trace their African ancestry.