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Marco Polo Hernández Cuevas – Mexico's African Heritage



Dr. Marco Polo Hernández Cuevas holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic and Italian Studies from the University of British Columbia; a M.A. in Spanish Language and Peninsular and Latin American literatures; and a B.A. in General Studies & Spanish language and literatures from Portland State University. He has written six books in English and Spanish: African Mexicans and The Discourse on Modern Nation (Lanham: UP of America, 2004); Africa en el carnaval mexicano (Africa in Mexican Carnival) (Mexico D.F.: Plaza y Valdes, 2005); Africa en Mexico:una herencia repudiada (Africa in Mexico: A Repudiated Heritage) (Lewiston: E Mellen P, 2007); The Africanization of Mexico From the Sixteenth Century Onward: A Review of the Evidence (Lewiston: E Mellen P. 2010); Eternidad (Eternity) a collection of his own poetry (Mexico D.F.: Plaza y Valdes. 2010); and The Afro-Mexican Ancestors and the Nation They Constructed (Lewiston: E. Mellen P, 2015. Dr. Hernández has produced and directed a series of short films. In addition, he founded and directs: the Instituto Mexicano de la Africania Americana (Mexican Institute of Africana Studies) IMAA; the (; and the ( Dr. Hernández has lectured in the Americas, Europe and Africa. He is an African-Mexican native of Mexico City’s inner ghettos and Chilango (an Afro-Hispanic language) is his first language. Dr. Hernández is a Chef de Cuisine and gastronome by trade.


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  1. @sonofjor-el8371

    April 24, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Very good introduction to a history that is not lost but mainly "denied". The documentation is there. But there are many that want to pretend as if this history and these peoples are nonexistent in the so-called "Latin or Hispanic" parts of the Americas. Do the homework…..learn….study…..The imprint of Black peoples is more vast and evident than you think… proud of your Black heritage Mexican people….

  2. @lanceflx63

    April 8, 2017 at 5:23 am

    He only told half of the story. Many Africans were already here waaaaaay before a European even knew what a boat was. The European human trafficking i.e. Slave trade was the second wave of African to the west.

  3. @laylarose8463

    May 21, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Good information and great interview.

  4. @michelangelo1680

    June 15, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Seeing a picture of my grandpas afro when he was younger brought me here

  5. @mw3516405

    July 18, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Olmecs ??? Thought they had DNA evidence also !

  6. @maliekjcksn

    September 1, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Vicente Guerrero would have been proud to hear this.

  7. @malcomshaw5962

    November 23, 2020 at 8:42 pm


  8. @user-mariardz

    January 9, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    You can tell this man is black and he’s a very proud black Mexican ☺️❤️🙏🏼

  9. @diegomartinez6988

    February 25, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    We always have known that is why mu cousin is black and the other one is blonde and i am a redhead and we all look alike just in different color.

  10. @brahimcoundoul936

    June 17, 2021 at 12:33 am


  11. @ericamezcua1109

    June 17, 2021 at 2:55 am


  12. @mayah5396

    June 17, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    I love this! So much is making sense.

  13. @promisesmithee943

    July 2, 2021 at 3:33 am

    salsa is african too

  14. @Afrometa

    July 26, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Africans brought the 🌾 wheat as well .. the first person to cultivate wheat in Mexico was Esteban de Dorantes

  15. @allthingsflowers

    September 14, 2021 at 4:19 am

    Perhaps they are just indigenous to Mexico all brown skinned people don't come from Africa 🤔


    September 14, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    It’s not in the daily routine, specially how he lied about our native foods.

  17. @texasborn2720

    September 27, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Africans were brought over as manual labor slaves. They had almost no influence in Mexican culture.

  18. @bulldogface8259

    October 30, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Why would you make this video now there going to take credit for everything that's Mexican

  19. @ZeroWolfClaw

    November 6, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Marco Polo Hernández Cuevas at 0:40 "But the deference from what I do is teach the subject from an African Centric (Afrocentric) perspective" that right there is why so much misinformation is confusing Younger gullible people!

  20. @leonelzazueta9595

    November 11, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Corridos too 🤣🤣🤣 everything it’s from Africa

  21. @fk.fatelekukemet7708

    November 15, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Muchas gracias hermano,somos los primeros pueblo de su mundo.

  22. @jesusbenn

    December 17, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Where can one purchase this book? I have been trying forever. Thank you so much!

  23. @homlessman5297

    January 22, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Wow this is amazing I learned something new today.

  24. @jaysteve8048

    July 26, 2022 at 2:49 am

    Existing centuries of mexican white supremacyand white and 'brown' anti-black racism throughout mexican history, heritage, media, academia, education, popular culture, attitudes etc. continues to deliberately mis-inform the massess.
    In denial and un-informed mexicans ignorantly cling to the notion and falsehoods the they're of an exclusive mix of white europeans and indigenous indians. There's nothing further from the truth.
    Africa, europe, asia and americas are the roots constituting the mexican people and mexicaness.
    Unfortunately huge numbers of mexicans — dark-skinned mexican meztizo included — falsely believe they're white, identity with whiteness, check the 'white' box on official documents when identifying their race, and of course practice anti-black racism, bigotry and hatred on a regular basis.
    Kudos to scholar Cuevas.

  25. @daphnerodriguez9980

    July 28, 2022 at 1:57 pm


  26. @211em

    August 2, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    This guys is an idiot.

  27. @Daniel-ff6ho

    October 12, 2022 at 11:11 am

    There's no denying that cultures adopt & influence one another. The million dollar question is who influenced who? Majority of agricultural grown foods originate from the America's. So again who influenced who?

  28. @Livinlivin836

    October 12, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Rice comes from Asia 😂😂😂

  29. @Livinlivin836

    October 12, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Hold on you guys that’s right next thing you know black people built the pyramids 😂😂😂!! Pozole by the way was a pre Hispanic meal. This guy doesn’t look Mexican

  30. @roastarena

    October 13, 2022 at 12:56 am

    I'm half black no wonder I love Mexican culture lol ❤️❤️❤️

  31. @texassfinest114

    October 13, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Bruh this is cap. Spain brought over rice in the 1500s during the invasion and they got it from Asia. We didn’t get hibiscus flowers from Africa either. Our foods aren’t influenced by Africa. Stop the cap ✋🏼

  32. @1-hitter802

    December 2, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    So the African slaves brought the rice that the slave traders purchased to feed them. Did the Africans also bring the chains and whips that the slave traders were using? 🤦🏻‍♂️

  33. @colinchampollion4420

    February 26, 2023 at 1:17 am

    The professor's hair is African. Race does exist he I s contradicting himself 🤓😋

  34. @415bulliesRus

    April 13, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    The first settlers of America were the Olmecs from West Africa who bravely sailed from the west coast of Africa and discovered 3 currents, that still exists to this day, would bring their boats into the gulf of Mexico…they discovered Mexico South and North America…this occurred over a million years ago…just Google: Giant Olmec Heads and U will see the founders groundbreaking and trailblazers of all the Americas

  35. @ACEDTVL

    June 24, 2023 at 2:24 am

    hello I would like to used to this video clip for a future video , I will give credit let know if I can use it

  36. @maltratar

    July 12, 2023 at 12:12 am

    Si vinieron muchos negros y asiáticos pero después de la conquista, por ahí hay uno que otro que dice que en la época de los olmecas , lo cual me parece muy atrevido e ignorante, además ¿Cómo separas 500 años de descendencia?, es ABSURDO.

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