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martes, 19 de abril de 2011

Black in Latin America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Black in Latin America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Series At-a-Glance
Series Overview

Black in Latin America, a new four-part series on the influence of African descent on Latin America, is the 11th and latest production from renowned Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., writer and presenter of the acclaimed PBS series African American Lives 1 (2006), Oprah's Roots (2007), African American Lives 2 (2008), Looking for Lincoln (2009) and most recently Faces of America (2010). Black in Latin America is the third of a trilogy that began in 1999 with the broadcast of Professor Gates' first series for public television, Wonders of the African World, an exploration of the relationship between Africa and the New World, a story he continued in 2004 with America Beyond the Color Line, a report on the lives of modern-day African Americans. Black In Latin America, premiering nationally Tuesdays April 19, 26 and May 3, 10, 2011 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (WTVS Channel 56), examines how Africa and Europe came together to create the rich cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Latin America is often associated with music, monuments and sun, but each of the six countries featured in Black in Latin America including the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, has a secret history. On his journey, Professor Gates discovers, behind a shared legacy of colonialism and slavery, vivid stories and people marked by African roots. Latin America and the Caribbean have the largest concentration of people with African ancestry outside Africa - up to 70 percent of the population in some countries. The region imported over ten times as many slaves as the United States, and kept them in bondage far longer. On this series of journeys, Professor Gates celebrates the massive influence of millions of people of African descent on the history and culture of Latin America and the Caribbean, and considers why and how their contribution is often forgotten or ignored.


Episode Descriptions
Episode One: Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided
To be aired on WTVS Channel 56 on Tuesday April 19th, 2011 from 8pm-9pm
& again overnight from 1:30am-2:30am
In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of intermarriage, and how the country's troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves's hard fought liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte's French Empire became a double-edged sword

Episode Two: Cuba: The Next Revolution
To be aired on WTVS Channel 56 on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 from 8pm-9pm
& again overnight from 1:30am-2:30am
In Cuba, Professor Gates finds out how the culture, religion, politics and music of this island are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro's Communist revolution in 1959.

Episode Three: Brazil: A Racial Paradise?
To be aired on WTVS Channel 56 on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from 8pm-9pm
& again overnight from 1:30am-2:30am
In Brazil, Professor Gates delves behind the fa?ade of Carnival to discover how this 'rainbow nation' is waking up to its legacy as the world's largest slave economy.


Episode Four: Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma In The Closet
To be aired on WTVS Channel 56 on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 8pm-9pm
& again overnight from 1:30am-2:30am
In Mexico and Peru, Professor Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people - the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States - brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific, and in and around Lima, Peru.

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