PBS Black in Latin America airs tonight on Cuba
Henry Louis Gates Jr. Goes to Cuba for 'Black in Latin America'
By Mariela Rosario | 04/26/2011 - 15:30

When we asked Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. about why so many Latinos get confused about race, specifically when filling out forms like the recent U.S. census, he tell us it may be because Latino "is not a race in and of itself." 

"The way people self-identify is very subjective and very cultural-specific," he continued. "And I don’t blame people.  I just feel sad that people think that black is ugly," explains Gates. Tonight, his four-part special goes to Cuba, "Which famously declared the end of racism with socialism," Gates reminds us.


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Black in Latin America
Henry Louis Gates Jr. Explores What It Means to Be 'Black in Latin America'
By Mariela Rosario | 04/19/2011 - 16:45

We recently spoke with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. about his new documentary series for PBS entitled Black in Latin America to find out what he discovered about the racial experience of Afro-Latinos in the region.


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