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  1. I loved the show! A much needed show documenting African influence, history , lifestyle, culture and leadership in Latin America. Does this show conduct travel excursions/tours for the public?

    1. Hi Vivian:

      So nice to hear from you. And, a big thank you for watching the San Jose, Costa Rica episode.
      We really appreciate it! Funny you should inquire about tours, we are planning on tours and hope to be up and running next year. Details to come.

      Wishing you the very best!

      Kim

  2. I plan to visit Costa Rica after the pandemic! I thoroughly enjoyed the show and the cultural contributions of the Afro-Carib people. The show allowed me to determine where and when I wanted to travel to experience the unique sights, sounds tastes and adventures in Costa Rica. Please continue to provide this type of programming to us. I love the history, the historical contributions the African peoples has given all over the world.

    1. Joanne,
      I’m glad to hear you will be visiting Costa Rica after the pandemic. Love to hear about your trip when you return. We are working on additional shows. Afro-Latino history and culture is so deep and profound. I’m inspired by our resilience, creativity, genius and talent. Costa Rica is just the beginning…

      Thanks for watching! It means the world.

      Kim

  3. Where can I see this in Hampton Roads VA( Norfolk/Virginia Beach)? I am a Spanish teacher with a passion for afrolatino culture!💞

    1. Hi Tina:

      Always nice to hear from a Spanish teacher! What grade(s) do you teach? (I attended Hampton University for a year and a half.)

      As of this writing, we have not received broadcast dates for Hampton Roads. If you feel so inclined, please reach out to your local PBS station and request that the programming department air the show. As a viewer, your voice matters.

      Please check our website periodically regarding new broadcast markets and dates.

      Have a great week!

      Kim

  4. I am so impressed with how much art & history of African culture in Costa Rica you were able to pack into one half hour. And your genuine warmth towards everyone you interact with shines through, makes you a natural fit for a whole travel series devoted to this unique focus. #HispanicHeritageMonthUSA..! Please give us more!

    1. Jen,
      Thanks for taking the time to write. I love this “work.” It’s an absolute joy! I’m so grateful for this opportunity and for viewers like you. Wishing you the very best!
      Kim

  5. Really enjoyed the show. I was introduced to so many interesting people, and Kim Haas’ personality really pulls you into the culture and makes you want to travel to her destinations. I’m looking forward to the next episode, I’m sure it will be a great adventure.

    1. Tom:
      It’s so nice to hear from you. Thanks so much for watching the show. We put our heart and soul into the production. And, we are so grateful you enjoyed it. Pura Vida!

  6. Hi Kim,
    I watched your show on September 16. Very impress. I have been to both San Jose and Limon twice and have only came in contact with my “primos” in Limon. I appreciate your segment in the capital and next time I visit after the pandemic I will make sure I visit the places you visited. Thank you.

    1. Hi Martha:
      Thanks so much for watching! Look out for the Limon episode. It should air in your area on September 23, same time as the San Jose episode. Pura Vida!

  7. Wow!!!
    Kim, you did an amazing job presenting the rich culture of San Jose. I enjoyed learning about the people, music and art. I look forward to learning more about Costa Rica in your next episode.

    1. Hola Fitzia:

      We appreciate that you took time out of your schedule to watch the San Jose episode. Get ready for Limon. We think it’s just as lovely. Wishing you the very best!

  8. I was extremely pleased with the way the information on the show was presented. It was personable, but it didn’t lack integrity. I learned so much about Afro-Latino culture in Costa Rica, and Im excited for the next episode. Nice work!

    1. Amirah:

      We are glad you enjoyed the show and learned so much about Afro-Costa Rican culture. I continue to learn about Afro-Latinos and remain in awe of their resilience, creativity, and talent. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  9. ¡Que regalo es descubrir este programa en OPB! Gracias. Como maestra de español en las escuelas públicas siempre estoy buscado recursos para atraer y invitar la cultura y la diversidad de las Américas a mi clase. Sin duda, este serie puede ser muy educativo para mis alumnos. Vi el episodio de Costa Rica, un país que he visitado desde 1988. Me encanta aprender más de la costa este del país. Una maravilla.

    1. Hola Julie,

      Muchas gracias por contactarnos. ¡Nos encanta escuchar de los profesores! Estamos desarrollando una guía de aprendizaje para el programa y esperamos tenerla lista en un futuro cercano. Además, hemos tenido profesores que se han puesto en contacto con nosotros para incorporar artículos de nuestro blog (www.losafrolatinos.com) en su plan de estudios. Y haremos varias proyecciones virtuales con universidades para discutir la identidad y la cultura afrolatina. Los publicaremos en nuestras cuentas de redes sociales. ¡Usted es siempre bienvenido!

    2. Hi Kim,

      I thoroughly enjoyed the last show. Costa Rica is beautiful. Loved the African dance group. I can relate to the dance because I was once involved in African dance (Judimar School of Dance). So very proud of you. I know your parents are over the moon.

      Marie McLeod

  10. Your show looks amazing! I am just sad that my local PBS station is not listed as one that will air the program. How does one go about pitching it?

    1. Hi Brenci:

      Thanks for your kind words! We are so grateful. What’s your local station? We would advise that you contact the station (Programming Department) and request that the station air the shows. You can also reach out to PBS (Programming) and make the same request. It’s important that stations hear from viewers, especially for programs celebrating black communities.

  11. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Thank you for providing it to us. What was the name of the painter whose paintings are about the people and the life in the Caribbean?

    1. Hello Regina:

      Thanks so much for watching the San Jose episode. The wonderful artist is Adrian Gomez (www.adriangomezarte.com). I adore his work and his spirit. It’s so important for black children to see themselves in paintings and so richly represented. Wishing you well!

  12. I thank you for bring this show to our attention, for me it looks wonderful to see our African influence in different parts of the world. We need more of this types of air time to show our young children more than one culture and how diverse we are. I would like to see more of this kind of programming, how can I help support this kind of program.

  13. Hello Ms. Haas,

    Saw an article about your show from ‘Port of Harlem’, which I subscribe to online! Missed the first series but I will be glued to my television for the next broadcast! Always wanted to know more about Latin America and the Black Diaspora! Thank you, thank you! Also to PBS!

  14. Kim I totally loved your show! I am from the Caribbean and there is so much African influence in my culture. I teach middle school Spanish and would love to show my students your Costa Rica Limon episode.
    Is there a video that can be purchased somewhere?

    1. Hola Lisette:

      Thanks so much for watching the show! Yes, you are right. There is so much African influence in the Caribbean. It’s absolutely incredible. What talent, genius, creativity and resilience! The shows just scratched the surface.

      And, we are glad to learn that you would like to share the episodes with your students. We are researching how teachers can share the episodes with their students. Hope to have details for you and all interested teachers in the very near future. (I was a Spanish major in undergraduate and graduate school)

      Wishing you and your students a safe, healthy and fulfilling school year!

  15. Thank you so much for these wonderful programs! I did a 10-day circle tour of Costa Rica and loved the country and warm welcoming people, but those trips go so quickly. My station played your programs back to back, and it was like being there again. I’m so grateful to “meet” the creative artists you interviewed, spend time experiencing their arts, and have a deeper appreciation of Costa Rican culture as enriched by Afro and Jamaican descendants. Pura vida!

    1. Hi Sharon:

      Thanks for taking time out of your day to watch the shows. So glad to hear you enjoyed “meeting” the artists. It was an absolute joy for us to meet them and bring their incredible stories to television. And, great to hear that you’ve been to Costa Rica and had a wonderful time. Yes, I agree, those tours go by so quickly. Speaking of tours, we are working on developing tours. Details to come….

      Have a wonderful day!

      Pura Vida!!

  16. Hola Lisette:

    Yes, you are right. There is so much African influence in the Caribbean. We just scratched the surface. If you don’t mind me asking, what country are you from?

    I’m glad to hear that as a teacher you would like to share the Limon episode with your students. (I majored in Spanish in undergraduate and graduate school). We are looking into the details of how teachers can share the episodes with their students. Hope to have news for you and all interested teachers in the very near future.

    Best wishes to you and your students for a healthy, safe school year!

    1. Hi Danielle:

      Thanks so much for watching both episodes. Currently, we do not have plans to shoot in Portugal. However, I have been reading about the role that Africans (citizens and immigrants from former Portuguese colonies) are playing in the historical and cultural life of the country. It’s fascinating! I’m definitely interested in exploring. Do you have a connection to Portugal?

      In terms of tours, we are developing trips and hope that once it is safe to travel, we can get back on the road, in the air, on the seas…

      Please continue to keep in touch and check our website periodically.

      Have a wonderful week!

      Kim

  17. Thank you so much for this series. Kim’s JOY in her interactions with the people she interviews, and in her participation in their arts, is infectious! I appreciate the acknowledgement of the historical connections and impact. It was very special to see the families included. Costa Rica itself, the dancing, music, and people are lovely. Want to see more!

  18. Great show, Kim!

    As a high school Spanish teacher I would love to be able to show this series to my students. Can ‘the powers that be’ make it possible to stream the show or even release it on DVD ?

    Can’t wait to see more,
    Richard

  19. Thank you for presenting a outstanding and informative series on the Afro-Latino culture in Costa Rica. I enjoyed your pleasant interaction and personal involvement with the people.
    Looking forward to seeing more.

  20. Hello Ms. Kim and Company;
    Ms. Kim, this is Sheila and thank you so very much for returning my email.
    Just wanted again to let you know how much I really enjoyed your program, how refreshing, exciting and joyful it was to see Afro-Latino people showing their beautiful culture.
    Thank you for showing the world that there is more to Black people than is usually shown. I pray you get the funding needed to put on more programs that will educate, motivate and empower folks the world over.
    Thank you, Ms. Kim and be blessed.

    1. Hello Sheila:

      Thanks so much for your wonderful email! Your words inspire me and make me feel so good. You captured exactly what we were trying to share in the series – the incredible diversity and talent of Black people. Thank you for taking time to write and share your thoughts!

      Stay safe and well!

      Kim

  21. Presentation was fantasic, why I was right there sharing the homemade meal, dancing and all while learning the politics, initmate conversion with women of like mind. I was captured. Then to my sorrow, the episode on Limon did not appear. (This has happen with Denver TV programing before. ) I got a little obsessed. Why do this happening with programs about people of color. No there is no hidden agenda, it happens because I mostly watch programs about people of color. However, it does make me think?? Darn, it’s on the guide schedule. Ms. Haas must be really showing the get down for real. I am not giving up but had to share: This self isolating had me sinking into a kind of sadness. So, I decided to learn spanish. Part of my approach is to watch spanish speaking programs. Along came Afro-latin travles. I am so grateful. I have stayed in Costa Rica and had arranged to visit Limon for festival. Now I will be better prepared for the wonderful Afro-Latin cultural mix.

    1. Hi Darlene:
      Great to hear from you. I hope this email finds you in good spirits. This year has been very challenging and I hope Afro-Latino Travels has brought some sunshine into your life.

      I loved your email, especially the “Ms. Haas must be really showing the get down for real.” Our goal was always to bring the talent, creativity, resilience and total genius of Afro-Latinos to television. I’m sorry Denver didn’t broadcast the Limon episode, sometimes the programming schedules change and we are not notified. However, I have good news. Below please find broadcast dates forwarded to us by the station.

      We wish you sunny days and know that we are rooting for you!

      Pura vida!

      Kim

      12.1 12/22/20 Tuesday 20:30 Afro-Latino Travels #101 (San Jose)
      12.1 12/29/20 Tuesday 20:30 Afro-Latino Travels #102 (Limon)
      (Overnight repeats)
      12.1 12/23/20 Wednesday 20:30 Afro-Latino Travels #101 (San Jose)
      12.1 12/30/20 Wednesday 20:30 Afro-Latino Travels #102 (Limon)

  22. I am a Black Puerto Rican born in California. I just watched your 1st episode and I absolutely loved it! We loved it! It is long overdue for the Black side of Latino culture to be recognized. It is equally important that White American culture see how diverse the Latino culture is!

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Ian:

      Thank you for watching Episode 1 ( San Jose). We appreciate that you took time out of your day to spend some time with us. Yes, you are right. Afro-Latinos have been under-represented and under-appreciated for too long. We hope that the show is part of the larger movement to honor, recognize, appreciate and value Black Lives.

      What part of Puerto Rico are you from? Puerto Rico has a rich and incredible Afro descendant legacy!

      Appreciatively,

      Kim

  23. I have just finished watching the show and it is FANTASTIC!! I think is wonderful that you are doing something like this. KEEP GOING!! I’ll be watching and thank you

    1. Adriane:

      Your words inspire me. I’m super grateful for your comments. There is so much incredible talent, perseverance and history in the Afro-Latino Diaspora. Despite the hardships, these communities are unstoppable. I’m so proud to be part of these shows.

      Thank you for watching.

      Stay strong and well!

      Kim

  24. Hello Miss Kim Haas:
    I was just watching your program on KQED, Afro Latin Travels visiting Costa Rica. Definitely enjoyed it. The Cocoa farm piece was awesome. Your show brought back many memories of my travels to Costa Rica years ago with a couple of close friends. At least four to five trips. We were contemplating moving n residing there during some personal down times in our lives (ie family disputes, divorce to name a couple). During your shows presentation I recognized many of the places that you visited as well. It was so inspiring. Almost heartfelt as one of my travel companions recently passed away. But the shows images were definitely touching. Of course our mainstay was San Jose. However we visited places like Puerto Limon, Jaco, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo. Great to see the place again. One of these days I’d like to go back and spend more time in Limon on the Caribbean side. Thank you and keep those Afro Latin travel shows coming.

  25. Hello James:

    My condolences to you on the passing of one of your travel companions. I can only imagine that this is a very challenging time for you and I wish you comfort.

    And, if the show was able to bring a smile to your face or bring back memories from your previous trips, I’m so glad. I believe we are on this planet to help and support one another, bring out the best in each other.

    May your heart find peace and tranquility.

    Thank you for writing!

    Kim

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