The Mix(ed)tape Podcast Receives a Grant!

August 10, 2022

The Mix(ed)tape Podcast was awarded a Grassroots & Artist Project Grant for 2022-2023 to finish Season 2! The Orange County Arts Commission received 41 eligible grants applications and we are so grateful and honored to be selected as a recipient! This grant will help the podcast to host more amazing guests and help us to amplify our reach!

Thank you Orange County Arts Commission for the support!

The Mix(ed)tape Podcast Celebrates 2 Years!

July 27, 2022

The Mix(ed)tape Podcast team got together to reflect on highlights of the last year! Listen here:

Roots of Afro-Latin Rhythms​

April 14, 2022

The Mix(ed)tape Podcast was featured in Endeavors Magazine by UNC Research. This video, produced by Elise Mahon, you can learn more about the work of the Podcast in under 4min!

Tackling Underrepresentation with Data Science

February 24, 2022

Host, Andrés, will be participating in a panel of three lightning talks by professors and researchers during the “Tackling Underrepresentation with Data Science” event. The event centers around how data science is used across different disciplines to address underrepresentation. These talks will be followed by a guided panel where panelists will collaboratively examine the resources that enable researchers from a variety of disciplines to tackle underrepresentation through data science.

Learn more and register here!

UNC School of Social Work launches its first Black History Month Research Series

February 8, 2022

Host, Melissa, joins UNC researchers Professor Michael Canute Lambert and Research Professor Kirsten Kainz to discuss ‘Measurement in research: Using an antiracism framework’ during the third Black History Month Research Series webinar on Feb. 17. The panel will be moderated by David Ansong, an associate professor in the School of Social Work.

Learn more and register here!

‘Were You Listening?’ Primer Aniversario!

November 9, 2021

En nuestra serie Were You Listening? traducimos y contextualizamos canciones que hablan sobre la negritud, mayormente en América, con una perspectiva antiracista. Esta semana vamos a lanzar nuestro siguiente episodio de la serie. Con este episodio queremos celebrar con ustedes porque ¡Acabamos de cumplir nuestro primer aniversario de la serie hace solo un par de semanas! En este primer año hemos producido episodios incluyendo clásicos como: Las Caras Lindas de Ismael Rivera, Bemba Colorá de Celia Cruz, Buenaventura y Caney de Grupo Niche, y Canto das Trés Raças de Clara Nunes, en ritmos tan variados como la salsa 🇨🇺🇵🇷🇨🇴, la samba 🇧🇷, el merengue y la bachata 🇩🇴.

Esperamos que la serie les esté ayudado a encontrar nueva apreciación por los significados de las canciones que tanto nos gustan y por la forma en que estas canciones nos han estado contando historias sobre la negritud.

¿Estábamos escuchando?

Happy 1 Year Anniversary ‘Were You Listening?’ Series!

November 9, 2021

In our Were You Listening? series we translate and contextualize songs that speak about blackness, mostly in the Americas, with an anti-racist perspective. The series celebrates its one year anniversary with 16 episodes including classic songs such as: Las Caras Lindas by Ismael Rivera, Bemba Colorá by Celia Cruz, Buenaventura y Caney by Grupo Niche, and Canto das Trés Raças by Clara Nunes, in rhythms as varied salsa 🇨🇺🇵🇷🇨🇴, samba 🇧🇷, merengue, and bachata 🇩🇴.

We hope the series is helping you find new appreciation for the meaning of the songs we love and for how they have been telling us stories about blackness!

Were we listening???

Rhythms of Latinx Music with the Mix(ed)tape Podcast

Our hosts Melissa Villodas and Andrés Hincapié have been invited by La Unidad Latina to discuss from their Afro-latin experience the history and roots of Afro-Latin music and dance at the Carolina Latinx Center.
Date: Wednesday, Nov 3, 2021
Time:  6:30PM EDT
Location: Carolina Latinx Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Abernethy Hall Room 113
131 S Columbia St. Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Join us for an exciting night to socialize and the history and roots of Afro-Latin music and dance

Afro Latinx Pride is forever | Black Joy

October 15, 2021

The Mix(ed)tape Podcast is featured as part of Reckon South’s  celebration of Afro Latinx voices. Read Below!

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:


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

Saturday, October 9, 2021 | 9:00-10:30am EST
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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: