The 10 Best Latino & African-American Collabos, Ever

Latinos and African-Americans go together like peanut butter and jelly or better yet: rice and beans pigeon peas. As we honor Black History Month, we look back at our shared history with some of the best brown and black collaborations of all time.

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1. Arthur Schomburg

An Afro-Puerto Rican, Schomburg’s collection of literature, art, and other important items from the Afro-Latino and African American history became the basis for Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which bares his name. His life’s work continued to inspire and empower the later generation that would lead the Civil Rights Movement.

2. Naya Rivera

The Puerto Rican, African American and German beauty remains one of the main reasons to watch Fox’s last season of Glee. Outside of the her Santana swan song, Rivera’s underwhelming pop single, “Sorry,” made us feel exactly like the song’s name.

3. Carmelo Anthony

La La’s hubby is the only reason to sometimes watch the lowly New York Knicks this season. Aside from his team’s poor performance and season-ending knee surgery, the Puerto Rican and African American athlete remains one of the best players in the NBA. 

4. Hip-Hop

Don’t get it twisted! Both African American and Latinos in 1970s New York created hip-hop. Today’s most prevalent genre was birthed in the Bronx from the speakers owned by its mostly black and brown inhabitants.

5. Kid Cudi

Remember Kanye West’s emo stage (808s & Heartbreaks)? Well, you can thank Cudi for the bulk of Ye’s sulkiness. In addition to co-producing with Yeezy, the Mexican and African American artist has become of pop culture’s most Avant-garde and daring musicians.

6. Santeria

Originating from the African culture of Yoruba, Santeria is a religion practiced in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia and throughout other Latin American countries. And we all know at least one santera/o—whether it’s your madrina, your tia, and so and so on.

7. Miguel

His dropkicking a fan at the 2013 Billboard Awards may be your last image of Miguel, but the Mexican and African American singer is much more than a meme-worthy moment. His 2012 release, Kaleidoscope Dream, reinvigorated the R&B genre and capitulated him to sex symbol status.

8. “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira f/ Wyclef Jean

At this point the song is a wedding song standard aka cheese balls. Yet, when it dropped in 2005, it made Shak a global superstar. The Colombian songstress got a huge assist from the Haitian Fugee and a Jerry Rivera sample. The rest is pop culture history.

9. Hitch/Sara in Hitch

Hitch is one of the best rom-coms of the past decade and also one of the few films to feature Latina (Eva Mendes) and African American (Will Smith) protagonists. In addition to their great on-film chemistry, the best part was how its filmmakers didn’t resort to poking fun of their ethnicities. They were just two New Yorkers who fell in love. That’s it!

10. Salsa

Salsa is a New York thing. Salsa is a Latin thing. But salsa is also a black thing. Where do you think we get all that bass from? Check ya history books!