Other Projects

Mix(ed)tape Podcast

The Mix(ed)tape podcast is a project developed by Melissa Villodas with co-host and dance partner Andrés Hincapié, PhD in response to the social justice movements of 2020. The podcast aims to build awareness of the ways racist behaviors and ideas manifest in the Afro-Latin dance scene and to educate dancers on how they can take action to change this in their local dance communities. The podcast takes a case-study approach to center the voices and highlight the lived experience of Black dancers in Afro-Latin dance communities. This project also values academic research in the investigation of the history of Afro-Latin rhythms and the interpretation of music.

Mix(ed)tape News

The Black Roots of Bachata – A Facebook and Instagram LIVE with Bright Black Candles

Time: Thursday, Oct 14th, 2021 @ 7:00pm EST
Location: Instagram LIVE & Facebook LIVE

We will be chatting with local business, Bright Black @brightblackcandles, a candle making company that honors the brilliance of blackness through scent. We will be discussing the history and Black roots of Bachata, as well as talking about @brightblackcandles newest collection, Genres —a tribute to Black music through scent— specifically thier Bachata candle!


The Culture, The Music, The Roots: A Celebration of Afro-Latinx Identity



Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 5:00-7:30pm EST

Join The Mix(ed)tape Podcast as we celebrate Afro-Latinx Identity with the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture at Duke University!

Join us in person a Mary Lou Underground! Register here: cglink.me/2do/r1334443


Exploring Afro-Latino Identity through the Arts: Part of the NC Latin American Film Festival

Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 9:00-10:30am EST
Register at http://go.unc.edu/AfroLatinoArt

Last summer’s film In the Heights, set in the predominantly Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights, received backlash over its lack of Afro-Latino representation. But what does it mean to be “Afro-Latino,” and how is it relevant in our classrooms and for our students? NCLAFF director Dr. Miguel Rojas Sotelo, visual artist Tina Louise Vasquez, and Mix(ed)tape Podcast host Melissa Villodas will discuss the answers to these questions in a panel discussion centering around the North Carolina Latin American Film Festival (NCLAFF) theme, Afrovisualidades. Teachers of all grades will leave the session with a curated list of resources to use in the classroom.

Were You Listening? – en ESPAÑOL!

September 20, 2021

Tenemos una sorpresita para que celebremos, como se debe, el mes de la herencia Latina! A petición de varios de nuestras oyentes en América Latina, de aquí en adelante TODOS los episodios de la serie Were You Listening erán hechos en ESPAÑOL Y EN INGLÉS, para que nuestra gente que habla español pueda también escuchar nuestras contextualizaciones sobre canciones que hablan del orgullo de pertenecer a la diaspora africana, pero también de las dificultades que enfrentamos debido al racismo y la discriminación. Esperamos que puedan escuchar los episodios de la serie y que nos den sus comentarios.

Single on anti-Asian Hate in the United States

April 2, 2021

Due to the rise in anti-Asian hate and the shooting in Atlanta last month that targeted mostly women of Asian descent, we decided to follow on our anti-racist principles and delay our next rhythms episode to devote the month of April to explore Asian-American issues.

For this, our graphic content creator Susan Mykalcio will be leading a single in which she’ll be talking to several guests about their personal experiences as Asian and Asian-American social and professional dancers in the Afro-Latin dance scene. She will also be providing historical context regarding the Asian American experience in the U.S.

We will couple this with a Were You Listening? episode in which we’ll translate and contextualize a salsa song touching on Asian culture.

The episode will be releasing April 7, 2021.

Podcast Workshop with Dallas Museum of Art Teen Podcast Project

March 25, 2021

The Mix(ed)tape Podcast hosts Andrés and Melissa met with the Teen Podcast Project at the Dallas Museum of Art. The Teen Podcast Project is a new program at the DMA for teens ages 14-19 who commit to volunteering between October and May in the development of the DMA’S first-ever podcast! The DMA’s collection, Dallas’s Creative Community, and the stories that teens discover serves as inspiration for the project. Andrés and Melissa shared about their podcast journey and provided the teens with things to consider as they get started. This project is co-led one of our guests of the Negrita episode, William Garcia Medina.

Mix(ed)tape Podcast Interview with WUNC’s The State of Things

November 20, 2020

The Mix(ed)tape Podcast has been featured on WUNC’s The State of Things. Host Frank Stasio discusses the project with Melissa and Andrés. The 20 minute interview can be found here: