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AFRS-3300/7810: Blackness in Latin America


This section contains a variety of news databases, online newspapers and blogs, podcasts, and video archives to help you locate a news item relating to Afro-Latinxs in the U.S. and/or Africans and Afro-descendants in Latin America and the Caribbean.


These databases allow full-text searches of current news sources from Latin America and the Caribbean. Coverage varies depending on the newspapers included in each database.

Analysis, Digests, and Reports

On the following sites you can find Latin America-focused news digests, bulletins and intelligence reports. These resources provide commentary and contextual information on current events.

U.S. Newspaper Databases: Contemporary

Below are some major U.S. newspaper databases that the library subscribes to. You can also search the websites of major English language newspapers in the U.S. (NYTimes, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post...) and U.K. (BBC, The Guardian...) for the most recent international news from the last 3 months or so.

Newspaper Databases: Historical

*Note the multiple databases to search African-American newspapers, which sometimes covered news events pertaining to the African Diaspora in Latin America

*Remember that if you are looking for news from the mid-20th-century, you may have to try "negro/s" and other antiquated terms as a keyword

English-Language Latin American & Caribbean Newspapers


If you find other blogs online, be sure to evaluate:

  • Who is the author? What credentials and authority do they have? 
  • Who is the publisher, news organization, university, or institute backing the blog? 
  • Where are they getting their sources? Does the author refer to other sources that you can confirm and follow-up on? 

Podcasts & Radio

Video Archives

Use these video archives to identify an event of interest; then try search for reputable news coverage of the event through one of the databases above or on Google.


Searching Twitter hashtags and handles can be an effective way of tracking current news. However, remember to check for the reputability of the news source you're linking out to!

Some ideas:

  • Check to see if any of the scholars you're reading in class are on Twitter and follow them--many academics are!
  • Follow journalists who tend to cover race, black culture, and the African Diaspora
  • Potentially useful handles to follow: @afro-latino assoc, @afrolatinofestnyc, @afrolatinprojec
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