Fashion on the Hudson Highlights Pt. 2

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My Aventura Story

My Aventura Story

The year was 2002, when I heard Aventura’s song “Obsession”  ( they were literally unknown then), I could NOT believe it.  I WAS AMAZED! and said to myself “MY GOD” this group is going to be BIG!!  because when I heard them singing that music and those lyrics, I saw in my mind the representation of a new generation of US Latinos through their music, because l heard AND saw how they effortlessly and  magically, they fused bachata with elements of Hip Hop, R&B, and even Rock. As mentioned earlier, I KNEW they were special and were going to be big, I must confess, I did now know they ( and later on Romeo ) would be this BIG!!

Anthony Santos (artistic name Romeo) used hip street slang in English while sigining in Spanish with a New York flair, words such as: “ Let me find out”  and others, and in doing so was able to be even more relevant with bi-cultural Latinos, that and of course his and the groups talent played a big role in the success  what was to follow. Romeo and Aventura followed their love of Bachata music even while being born and raised in the South Bronx. They grew up listening and enjoying different music from Hip Hop to punk rock, yet they end up playing bachata and the rest is history and we music lovers are better for it.

In case you did not know, Johnny Marines.  is a recent recipient of The Latino Trendsetter Awards produced by LatinTRENDS at this year’s event back in May and Romeo graced our second cover at the very beginning of our history back in 2002 when this the magazine was known as Dominican Times and later on with the whole group as Aventura. See below.

 

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Johnny Marines with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz jr. at 14th Annual Latino Trendsetter Awards in May 2016

 

Aventura and Anthony Santos changed the game, simply by working hard doing what they love  and in doing so they discovered what they most likely knew before anyone else, that they had talent! When we broke Aventura in 2002 and in 2003 with their first covers  Bachata was  still  considered ghetto… music for  low lives by the upper class and elite of the Island and even many Dominicans here in the States felt the same about bachata.  Aventura made bachata cool! they took this music that was born in the bordellos (prostitution houses) of The DR and its dark but colorful past to new heights. To this day Bachata music is still referred to by many Dominicans as” “corta vena” (wrist cutter) and  “La musica del amargue” because of it’s emotional lyrics and themes, such as;  “she left me” “she no longer loves me”  “I’m poor and I’m the underdog”.

Batcahata’s  other nickname is,  music of sadness-music of blues. Lately and in part because of Romeos talent and movement, its lyrics have gotten a bit more refined, but Romeo has been able to keep the essence of the genre in place.  There are now others that have followed his lead and they are shining in their own light as modern day/ urban bachata artist such as: Prince Royce and Leslie Grace. Of course, we can’t forget some original bachata legends like : Anthony Santos, Luis Vargas, Yoscar Sarante, Joe Veras, Frank Reyes, Raulin Rodriguez, El Torito, and Juan Luis Guerra, who is not known as a bachata artist per se, however, he does have some big bachata hits.

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Henry Santos, Juan Guillen, Anthony Romeo Santos, Toby Love back stage at China Club ( where the Copa is today) before live performance for Spring 2002 issue cover release party of magazine.

 

Thanks to Romeo Santos and Aventura and to their manager Johnny Marines  Bachata has not only lived on and grown beyond its humble beginnings but will keep soaring to new heights, not as much because of Roc Nation Latino ( Jhonny Marines is now the president and Romeo the CEO of JAY-Z’s Roc Nation Latino) click here to read about it,  and that is a great thing! but because bachata music and its genre has so much potential. Its mellow, its aggrieve, its soft, its loud, you can fall in love over it and fall out of love with it. you can dance to it, you can chill to it and you can sing to it. Bachata has it all and the world over is loving it. Thanks again Romeo, Johnny, Aventura and all that came before you and a shout out to  Jay-Z and his team for seeing this potential now and into the future.

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Dump Trump Rally in NYC

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On Oct. 13 it was announced on NBC that the GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump will host “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) later tonight at 11:29 p.m., causing outrage amongst Latinos and immigrants throughout New York City and around the nation.

The backlash against the real estate magnate hosting the show again 11 years later comes from months of inflammatory anti-Mexican and anti-immigration rhetoric from the former Republican frontrunner since his June campaign speech, in which he declared his candidacy.

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The news of his hosting gig spurred protests and petitions against the network and the sketch comedy show since Wednesday, Oct. 4 from advocacy groups like the ANSWER Coalition, National Hispanic Media Coalition, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, America’s Voice, the National Institute for Latino Policy, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Justice LeagueThe National Council of La Raza and MoveOn.org. At tonight’s rally, the petition had 577,394 signatures at 7:15 p.m.

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At each “Dump Trump” rally, demonstrators gathered from outside the Trump Tower on 725 5th Ave. and marched seven blocks to 30 Rockefeller Center, which is the headquarters of NBC and the home of SNL.

 

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To activists like Karina Garcia of ANSWER Coalition, who is at tonight’s protest, Donald Trump hosting SNL is no laughing matter.

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Immigrants are not your enemies and Trump is not your ally. Workers have more in common with us then Billionaire bigots like Trump…his bigotry has an impact on our community.”

 

 

 

 

Women in Focus

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In its third iteration, the Chelsea Film Festival, which showcases movies on global issues by independent filmmakers, will highlight women in film and media. The festival will run from Oct. 15-18.

The festival was created in 2013, shortly after Co-Founder Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, a former child actress and arts reporter from France moved to Chelsea in 2010 and was in a car accident with her mother in her new neighborhood as she started to pursue acting again.

We had this car accident that changed my perspective of my career as an actress, so I had to be quick on my feet and think about something else,” said Jean-Baptiste.

Instead of allowing this incident to derail her love of films, she co-founded the festival with her mother, Sonia Jean-Baptiste.

While I was healing at home and also visiting different doctors, I had the idea of supporting emerging filmmakers and creating and independent film industry community,” says Jean-Baptiste.

Coming from France, and having traveled all around the world, Jean-Baptiste wanted the festival to focus on international themes.

Global issues, is something we wanted to have as a focus because it is a film festival for a purpose. We screen films that have a very important message to share,” says Jean-Baptiste.

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Day Release is from Spanish-Australian director Geoffrey Cowper, Bestia de Cardo is from Virginia Sanchez Navarro of the Dominican Republic and Semper Fidel was produced in conjunction with Cuba, the United States, and the United Kingdom by Robert Pietri.

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Semper Fidel is about a Cuban-American Marine that goes to Havana after his father’s passing to get in touch with his roots. Bestia de Cardo explores class structures in a small town as a wealthy Dominican woman falls in love with a tailor. Day Release follows a parolee that witnesses an armed robbery.

The films at the festival this year feature women directors, writers, producers and themes.

Having not had a theme before, the mother-daughter duo were quick to come to one this year.

“The past two years was very broad and we had a large section of different themes within the focus of global issues,” said Jean-Baptiste. Needing a different angle, the women decided “to be more specific on what global issues … to focus on and women in film and media,” came to mind she adds.

This year the festival will also incorporate two different programs: The Reel Magic Hour on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Kino & Vino monthly series (except Dec. and Jan.), which will start on Nov. 9th at Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea.

The Reel Magic Hour will be a series of panels of industry insiders that will be presented at this year’s festival, which is completely brand new,” says Jean-Baptiste. Even though “that will be specifically focused on finance and distribution, it’s also a big family. A big cinema family,” she adds.

The Kino & Vino a wine mixer and networking opportunity, will have Q&A sessions for the 15 finalists and present the Grand Prix winner of the international competition. The winner will receive a certificate from Panavision covering equipment expenses for his or her next film and a mini raging bull statue similar to the one on Wall Street from the same artist, Arturo Di Modica.

The proceeds of the festival will be going towards the Chelsea Film Institute, a program that will give access to free art classes in dance, acting and directing to teenagers.

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Photos of the LatinTRENDS 2015 Hispanic Heritage Industry Bash

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Photos by J.R. Caballero

LatinTRENDS celebrated the opening of Hispanic Heritage month with a spectacular event in New York City.

LatinTRENDS commenced Hispanic Heritage month on September 15th in New York City with a standing room only event filled with game changers of the community and Latino celebrities who paraded down the red carpet of Pacha NYC.

Perez Hilton received the recognition of Innovator in Digital Media.

“Perez Hilton was the first Latino in establishing his digital brand in the general market and Hollywood by being bold, innovative and pursuing his dream of making it big in a non-traditional way. He is a true pioneer in what is known today as the blog world,” said Juan Guillen, founder & CEO of LatinTRENDS.

The event, which was hosted by actor and director Victor Cruz and host Stefi Chacon, with other celebrities in attendance were: actress April Hernandez, (Dexter); actors, Berto Colón and Laura G0mez (Orange is the New Black); actress, Iliana Guibert, (One Bad Choice, MTV), Natalie V (Team USA Fencer); music producer, Boy Wonder (Chosen Few); urban artist, Chiko Swagg; rapper, Mely Mel; Miss Dominican Republic US, Kassandra Fernández; Yokasty Peña and Juan Plaza, celebrity designers.  Elected officials present were:  Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer and NYC Council member, Antonio Reynoso.

With this event, LatinTRENDS continues with its mission to inform, entertain and inspire the forward thinking, as the attendees partied and networked throughout the evening, in this private event.

There were sixteen sweepstakes winners that attended from the general public courtesy of media partners La Mega 97.9 SBS and LatinTRENDS Facebook sweepstakes contest.

This event was sponsored by Absolut, Inca Kola and Ford.

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EL ROMEO SANTOS ECUATORIANO TRAE SU BACHATA A ESTADOS UNIDOS

 

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Humilde, tímido y agradeciéndole a Dios al final de cada frase, ese es Jordy Quintero, un joven cantante procedente de la ciudad de Guayaquil, Ecuador. De tez oscura, sonrisa amplia y mirada inocente, Jordy quien imita a la perfección al cantante Romeo Santos, nos ganó el corazón desde el primer momento por su simpatía y naturalidad.

Considerado por sus fans, un aún mejor cantante que Romeo, este talentoso muchacho se hizo famoso en todo Ecuador por su participación en el Reality Show “Yo Me Llamo”. Jordy, mejor conocido por todos como “El Romeo Santos Ecuatoriano”, se encuentra de visita en Estados Unidos realizando su primera gira internacional donde recorre las principales ciudades del país.

“La gente aquí, me ha dado un gran apoyo incondicional. Es un privilegio y gracias a Dios porque él me dio el talento y el carisma”

nos dice feliz este ecuatoriano de tan solo 21 años.  Quintero comenzó a cantar desde niño y se hizo famoso entre sus amigos y en la escuela por cantar y bailar las canciones de Michael Jackson, hasta que en el 2001, escucho por primera vez la música del famoso grupo de Bachata “Aventura” y se aprendió todas sus canciones.

“Todos me decían pero tu cantas igual que Romeo y los amigos y familiares me empezaron a llamar Aventura y luego Jordy Romeo”.

El éxito y la popularidad del este artista coincide con la fuerza que el ritmo dominicano, se ha expandido por toda Centro y Suramérica, y donde intérpretes como Prince Royce y Romeo Santos se encuentran en los primeros lugares en la preferencia del público.  Jordan nos comenta un poco apenado,

“aun no conozco a Romeo Santos personalmente pero espero con ansias que cuando sea la voluntad de Dios no podemos ver y le pueda decir cuanto lo admiro”

Por terceros, Quintero ya escucho que Romeo conoce de su existencia y que aprueba su trabajo. Con numerosas canciones propias, a Jordy le gusta también interpretar salsa, pero en todas las presentaciones la gente aclama que cante las canciones de Romeo. La similitud en el tono de voz es realmente asombrada y sería imposible reconocer la diferencia sino fuera por las evidentes diferentes físicas de este Romeo de la costa ecuatoriana con el Romeo original, que es un poco más bajo de estatura y con la piel más oscura que el famoso bachatero.

Este nuevo talento es representando por empresarios dominicanos y existen grandes planes de promoción entre los que se encuentran una gira por toda la Republica Dominicana, País que Quintero considera ya su segunda patria, por la bendición de conocer y enamorarse perdidamente del ritmo de la bachata.

Jordy Romeo o el Romeo Ecuatoriano cuenta con un talento evidente, gran carisma y un ángel muy especial que llama la atención de los fans de la bachata. El reto de este largo camino hacia la fama, será demostrar que es un cantante con luz propia más que el imitador de una estrella internacional

 

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Through the Eyes of Raul Espinoza at Kawsay Art Show

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Award-winning travel photographer Raul Espinoza has accomplished many things in his life that he should be proud. But at his Kawsay art show that featured photos of a five-year travel from many parts of the world including Japan, Thailand, Spain and many more – Espinoza was able to donate 80 percent of his proceeds to a non-profit youth program in Brooklyn.

Espinoza, who was born in Bolivia and raised in New York, named the show Kawsay – a word that means “life” in Quechua, an indigenous language spoken in Espinoza’s native country.

“I don’t want to just have a gallery show of my art,” says Espinoza on the press release that announced his very first art showing. “I want my art to connect viewers to the beauty of the world while making a difference in [people’s] lives.”

“The world is much bigger than what we make of it. Often we are imprisoned by the way we view reality. Through this visual journey, I hope to evoke curiosity and invite people to explore alternative perspectives and global lifestyles.”

Espinoza, who is also a life coach and a role model for all ages, will donate 80 percent of the art show’s proceeds to Coney Island Generation Gap, a non-profit organization in Brooklyn that helps “build… leaders in their community by making a tangible difference through media”.

Motivated youth of the Coney Island Generation Gap

Motivated youth of the Coney Island Generation Gap

“Absolutely,” says Espinoza emphatically when asked if the show was a success. “Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely. All of the prints displayed have been sold and prints are being ordered because of the success of the show,” says Espinoza.

Plus, his gofundme.com/kawsay campaign has already earned more than 40 percent of his $10,000 donation request. Still, people can continue to donate at the website until the goal is fully accomplished.

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Photography aficionados of all ages came out to witness the photographic documents that “convey the notion that we are not bounded by our circumstances,” at Drift Studios in Greenwich Village.

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“I’m not only thrilled that people appreciate my art, which are my photos, but that the images that mean so much to me also are touching people in a meaningful way.”

Check out the photos of Raul Espinoza’s Kawsay Art Show:

Photographer Raul Espinoza of Kasway Art Show

Photographer Raul Espinoza of Kasway Art Show

Checking out the Kawsay photo book

Checking out the Kawsay photo book

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Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Kawsay Art Show Raul Espinoza

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Photography aficionados surround Espinoza

Kasway Art Book: "An Exploration of Life" by Raul Espinoza

Kasway Art Book: “An Exploration of Life” by Raul Espinoza

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Kawsay Raul Espinoza

Artists Celebrate The Last Dragon with Art Show

Photo by Ottoniel Campos

Photo by Ottoniel Campos

The New York native and pop-culture aficionado, Amy Collado, celebrated the 30th anniversary of the popular 80’s flick “The Last Dragon” with amazing art works inspired by the movie.

The art show, “In Search of the Master,” was a tribute to Berry Gordy’s film The Last Dragon, which first debut in 1985 and starred professional karate and kun-fu fighter Taimak Guarriello. The lead actor, Guarriello, whose mother is black and father Italian, was 19-years-old when he was featured in the film.

“The show celebrates one of my favorite movies of all time,” said Collado, who curated the show at Fresthetic (fresh aesthetic) – an urban fashion boutique and art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “This was a perfect fusion of celebrating my 30th birthday and the anniversary of this film,” said Collado.

The first piece displayed was by Emilio Ramos, a visual artist that presented a Japanese female with a bandana-like cover over her mouth of a dragon’s eye. The Japanese symbol of a sun was the acrylic painting’s backdrop with red and yellow rays shooting out from the red sun. “I was excited about this event because it combines my love for this movie and my artistic style,” Ramos said.

Most art galleries (if not all) take a huge percentage from the sale of the art during the exhibition. Not Amy! She and Fresthetic are giving all proceeds to the artists that have contributed to the exhibition. “I’m a fan of these artists and I wanted to help fund their creativity,” Collado, also known as “Amz”, said last night at the opening.

The showing will continue in Fresthetic at 552 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY 11211. Artists that contributed to this exhibition were (in no particular order): Candy J, Neriah McBain, Keith A. Stephens, Kas Alexander, Clockwork Cros, Brian Kirhagis, Mauro Balcazar, JE The Vandl, Emilio Ramos and Will Focus.

Photos of Cibao Meats 45th Anniversary Gala

Cibao Meat Products is multi-generational family run business that has managed to keep the concept of family within a corporate structure. Founded in New York by Dominican immigrants in the late 60’s who originally settled in the DR from Germany. “The Vieluf” family has been and are committed to their brands integrity by focusing on service and quality for both their products, their vendors, and employees. They run a very efficient business, in part because they own and control their own distribution and manufacturing. Their products are made here in the USA! New York, to be exact…although they will soon move to New Jersey with new facilities and bigger location. See some on events pictures below.

Cibao Meat Products es un negocio familiar, que ha conseguido mantener el concepto de familia dentro de una estructura corporativa. Fundada en Nueva York por inmigrantes Dominicanos a finales de los años 60 que originalmente se asentaron en la República Dominicana de Alemania. “La familia Vieluf” ha sido y están comprometidos con la integridad de sus productos, centrándose en el servicio y la calidad, tanto para sus productos, sus proveedores y empleados. Ellos dirigen un negocio muy eficiente, en parte debido a que poseen y controlan su propia distribución y fabricación. Sus productos se hacen aquí en Nueva York… aunque pronto se mudan a Nueva Jersey con nuevas instalaciones y una ubicación más grande. Ver algunos de las eventos fotos aquí.

Glad Marc Anthony Does Not Suffer From Gamophobia

Gamophobia (pronounced ‘ga-me-PHO-bia’) is the fear of getting married, being in a relationship, or commitment. We can gladly say that Marc Anthony is not suffering from that.

Marc Anthony‘s first wife was former Miss Universe, Dayanara Torres. The two wed in 2000 and had two boys, Cristian Anthony Muñiz (5 February 2001) and Ryan Anthony Muñiz (16 August 2003). Their rocky relationship was very public and their divorce was finalized on June 1, 2004.

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony had undeniable chemistry on and off stage. They wed on June 2004 and later had adorable twins Emme Maribel Muñiz and Maximillian David Muñiz. Surprisingly they announced their separation in July 2011 and Anthony filed for divorce on April 9, 2012. Their divorce was finalized on June 18, 2014.

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It’s been reported that Shannon De Lima started dating Anthony in early 2012, roughly five months after he and J.Lo called it quits. As soon as the divorce of wife #2 was finalized he married De Lima on November 11, 2014 in the Dominican Republic.

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We hope the third time is a charm and wish him a long lasting marriage with his gorgeous new wife.