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Afro Latin Mix ed tape

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We will never forget the year 2020. The arrival of the coronavirus to all corners of the globe highlighted a series of issues that needed confrontation. Here in the United States, one of the most resource-rich countries in the world, large health and economic disparities that already existed were grossly magnified. Although the coronavirus itself did not discriminate by race or socio-economic status, its effects disproportionately ravaged socioeconomically disadvantaged communities of color. We were once more reminded of the immense need to confront the powers that drive systemic racism and bring so much suffering to our communities of color.

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Recognizing the power of music, dance, and community as a representation of our culture, our monthly column seeks to investigate the Afro-diasporic roots of the rhythms and dances many of us grew up with, underscoring the experiences of the Black members and participants of the culture. We seek to build an understanding about how Afro-descendant people largely created and sustained these rhythms and dances that have exploded and have been commercialized over time. We aim to highlight the Blackness in the music and dance we love.

About Me

Andrés Hincapié Education: PhD Economics, MSc Economics, BSc Industrial Engineering Profession: Tenure-Track Professor in the Department of Economics at UNC - Chapel Hill. Other: Host of The Mix(ed)tape Podcast, Dancer of Cobo Brothers Dance Company Column Name: Afro-Latin Mix(ed)tape: This column will be join with Mix(ed)tape co-host Melissa Villodas. Melissa Villodas, PhD LMSW LCSW-A is the co-host of the Mix(ed)tape Podcast, a project that takes an anti-racist approach to center the contribution of Black people and culture across Latin America and its diaspora through dance and music. She is a recent PhD graduate from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the role of connectedness and where we live on the health and wellness of marginalized groups. Melissa received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in 2015 from New York University (NYU), and Bachelors of Arts in English writing from Nyack College in 2012. In her free time, Melissa enjoys dancing and has been dancing to Afro-Latin music for 6 years. Melissa started her dance journey in 2016 with Lorenz Latin Dance Studio in the Bronx, NY and has been dancing with the Cobo Brothers Dance Company since 2019.
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