On a special music episode of the LMC, host Oscar Fernandez spends the hour with freelance writer and ethnomusicologist Felipe Maia to pay homage to Afro-Brazilian samba legend Elza Soares and how she overcame poverty, domestic abuse, sexism, and institutional racism in Brazil’s music industry.
Do Black Lives Matter in Paraguay? You bet it does. On this episode, the LMC speaks with freelance writer Valencia Wilson to examine one of the least known Afro-descendent communities in Latin America and how Paraguay plays by its own set of rules when it comes to race.
Longtime Garifuna activist Jose Francisco Avila spends the hour with the LMC to discuss both his personal search for identity and the development of New York’s Garifuna community. Avila is also the author of, “Pan-Garifuna Afro Latino. Power of Pride: My Quest for Racial, Ancestral, Ethnic & Cultural Identity.”