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'Negro' is a documentary series borne of my life-long interest of the African Diaspora in Latin America. The entire Latino culture would not have come to exist if it were not for the African slaves and mixing of European indigenous people in these countries.
During the Atlantic Slave Trade, 9.4 to 12 million people from North, West, West-Central and South-east Africa survived transportation to arrive in the Western Hemisphere as slaves, most going to Brazil. The similarities between slaves in the United States mirrors slaves in other parts of the Americas. The history is the same. The only difference was the colonizers. The conquistadors came to the new world some with slaves from Africa, the (American) English imported slaves. Others enslaved the indigenous populations in and ended having to export slaves because the disease they brought killed off the native population.
People of African origin first arrived in the Americas with the Spanish and Portuguese in the 15th and 16th centuries. Those who were directly from Africa mostly arrived in Latin America as part of the Atlantic slave trade, as agricultural, domestic, and menial laborers and as mineworkers. They were also employed in mapping and exploration and were even involved in conquest. They were mostly brought from West Africa and Central Africa. Most of the slaves were sent to Brazil, and the Caribbean, but lesser numbers went to Colombia and Venezuela.
The regions with the highest population of Latinos of Black African ancestry today are Brazil , Colombia, Dominican Republic ,Cuba and Puerto Rico.
An Afro-Latin American (also Afro-Latino) is a Latin American person of at least partial Black African ancestry; the term may also refer to historical or cultural elements in Latin America thought to emanate from this community. The term can refer to the mixing of African and other cultural elements found in Latin American society such as religion, music, language, the arts and social class.
The term Afro-Latin American, as used in this article refers specifically to black African ancestry and not to European colonial or Afro-Arab ancestry, such as white South African or Arab Moroccan ancestry.The term is not widely used in Latin America outside of academic circles. Normally Afro Latin Americans are called “black”
I am Black Latino and I have deeply felt this population of people have been invisible for so long. This Diaspora docu-series explores the history and present attitudes of race, color, self Identification and social interaction among Latinos from Latinos themselves. The doc aims to unite. Through interviews, research, authentic slice of life interviews and a journey through several Latin America countries, my aim is to shed truth and light about how the rich Latino culture came to exist and flourish; how pigmentation shapes attitudes and has fostered discord. Finally, it is to offer insight into a present and future united global community.
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