What Mexican Song Do You Know Best?

For the majority of English speakers, I'm guessing the answer may be: Para bailar la Bamba, para bailar la Bamba se necesita un poco de gracia. In order to dance the Bamba...one needs a bit of grace. Ricardo Valenzuela (Ritchie Valens) brought La Bamba into the rock and roll scene of the 1950s. Then Los … Continue reading What Mexican Song Do You Know Best?

Who Was the First Black President of the Americas?

Part II of the Black History Month Celebration Sorry, it was not Barack Obama. Vicente Guerrero, a man of Spanish, Indigenous and African descent was president of Mexico in 1829. That was before slavery was outlawed in the United States. Guerrero earned this honor 180 years before Barack Obama was President of the US. Guerrero … Continue reading Who Was the First Black President of the Americas?

Where are the Afro-Mexicans?

A Celebration for Black History Month, Part 1 When we think of the African diaspora in Latin America; Cuba, Puerto Rico or Panama might come to mind first. However, this largely unrecognized heritage is an important third root of the mestizo population in Mexico combining; Europeans, Indigenous people and Africans. The long-held notion that La … Continue reading Where are the Afro-Mexicans?