Dr. Marco Polo Hernandez 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. Hernandez 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 (http://africanastudiesjournal.googlepages.com/); and the (http://www.youtube.com/user/africanastudies). Dr. Hernandez 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. Hernandez is a Chef de Cuisine and gastronome by trade.