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LOS HERMANOS ROSARIO ESCRIBIENDO LA HISTORIA DEL MERENGUE POR CASI CUATRO DECADAS

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Los Hermanos Rosario, es una de las mas importantes agrupaciones musicales de La Republica Dominicana, un verdadero icono del merengue que ha podido mantenerse en los primeros lugares de popularidad por 38 años consecutivos y ganarse la preferencia del pueblo durante  generaciones.

Es imposible hablar de Merengue sin mencionar a Tony, Luis y Rafa Rosario, las caras de esta popular agrupación

Los Rosario llevan a sus millones de seguidores un merengue con estilo, un sonido que se renueva constantemente, que se adapta a los nuevos tiempos e increíblemente sus integrantes han desafiado la ley del tiempo y hoy lucen más jóvenes y en mejor forma física que el primero de mayo de 1978, día en que se formó oficialmente su orquesta.

 

Este ha sido un camino largo y duro, nos confiesan los hermanos, cayéndonos y levantándonos tantas veces como ha sido necesario. Crear merengue para las nuevas y no tan nuevas generaciones ha sido una labor de amor, de disciplina militar, de hacer las cosas bien y sobre todo de respetar al público.

La unión y la hermandad han sido la clave transcendental del éxito para este grupo, la manera en que fueron criados estos 14 hermanos por un padre zapatero y una madre que realizaba trabajos esporádicos de limpieza en el pueblo de Higuey, en medio de carencias económicas que nunca sintieron porque estaban demasiado ocupados divirtiéndose, siendo niños y soñando a ser músicos.

 

A pesar de las altas y bajas han sabido mantenerse en el gusto popular, algunos de los momentos mas dificiles fueron el asesinato de su hermano y director musical, Pepe Rosario en 1982 y la salida de la agrupación de otro de los hermanos: Toño Rosario,

 

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“Toño era muy inquieto, esta ha sido ha sido su personalidad siempre, llegamos a Puerto Rico y se enamoró de esta muchacha, la Cintrón y quiso formar tienda aparte”,

 

Hoy, Los Hermanos Rosario disfrutan de un lugar preferencial dentro de la historia del merengue. Rafa entiende que su grupo y los merengueros de antes han luchado mucho para que el ritmo continúe vigente y que ahora le toca a la nueva generación hacer su parte.

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 CUAL ES SU GRUPO DE MUSICA PREFERIDO?

Nos gusta mucho nuestro hermano, Toño Rosario, Eddie Herrera está haciendo también un muy buen trabajo.

Johnny Ventura, Sergio Vargas y Fernando Villalona se mantienen trabajando. Peña Suazo y Kinito Mendez también siguen luchando para que el merengue se mantenga pegado. Y a Joseito Mateo hay que incluirlo en los Records Guinnes, porque aún sigue cantando merengue a sus 96 años de edad.

 

QUE LES PREOCUPA DE LOS DOMINICANOS EN LA ISLA Y DE LOS DOMINICANOS EN USA?

Me preocupa mucho la falta de educación, hacen faltan talleres, institutos técnicos y programas educativos para acabar con la delincuencia en Rep. Dom.

El dominicano en USA se ha superado mucho en los últimos anos, me siento muy orgulloso de nuestra gente que se ha dedicado a trabajar y a superarse. Tenemos muchos dominicanos destacados en la política, los negocios, el arte y estudiando en las más prestigiosas universidades.

 

QUIEN ES EL MAS BUENMOSO DE LOS ROSARIO:

Rafa: Yo, por supuesto

 

Y EL MAS FEO?

Toño, es tan feo que el mismo se llama el cuco (carcajadas)

Rueda de prensa en la que Toño Rosario y Los Hermanos Rosario anunciaron su reencuentro en los escenario después de casi 20 años, en un show que formara parte de los premios El Soberano. Foto: Ariel Díaz-Alejo/acento.com.do Fecha: 04/04/2013.

Warriors in the Cage: Dominick Cruz & Henry Cejudo

Originally published in the Jul/Aug 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine

Photos courtesy of UFC/Getty Images

The Latino Faces of the UFC

Latinos have a long and storied history in the world of combat sports. In boxing, legendary figures such as Julio Cesar Chávez and Oscar De La Hoya proudly touted their Latino heritage while winning championships and glory. At the dawn of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and mixed martial arts, Royce Gracie was its first dominant superstar, more recently followed by Anderson Silva, long considered the best in the world.

Carrying the banner for Latinos in the sport are now two rising stars: Dominick Cruz and Henry Cejudo. Cruz is the reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion while Cejudo is an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler. Both are budding megastars and both are keenly aware of their status as Latino stars in a sport that gains popularity every day.

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“The Dominator” Dominick Cruz

Growing up in Tucson, the man they call “The Dominator” was introduced to combat sports quite literally by accident. “I got into wrestling in the seventh grade and I got into [it] because I walked into the wrong room,” he said. “The coach said I wasn’t a soccer player, I was a wrestler. I started practicing that day and haven’t stopped since.

After an undefeated amateur career, he had a successful career in the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion, becoming its last bantamweight champion before it was absorbed by the UFC. It wasn’t long before Cruz achieved glory in the UFC, capturing the bantamweight championship twice.

I come from Tucson, Arizona, which is 70 percent Hispanic,” Cruz said. “It’s in me, that pride of being Hispanic. I feel it. In the way that the Mexicans always fought, they’re just tough and stubborn. I feel that’s in my bloodline and I’m proud of that.

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“The Messenger” Henry Cejudo

The youngest of six children, the Olympian Henry Cejudo was introduced to the sport of wrestling by his older brothers. “I loved that wrestling was all about one-on-one combat,” he said. “I was always too small to play football, too short to play basketball, but when I saw that wrestling had weight classes, I knew I was home and I fell in love with it from the start.

Cejudo was an amateur superstar, winning four state wrestling championships. After winning gold at the Pan American Games in 2008, he set his sights firmly on Olympic glory, winning Gold at the 2008 Beijing Games. He retired from the sport in 2012 to compete in mixed martial arts. His pedigree and his impressive skills caught the attention of the UFC. Settling in as a flyweight, Cejudo has amassed a 10-1 record and is now one of the coaches on the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“I want to become the best in the world,” he said. “What else is there to do in sports, but to want to be the best?”

It’s Time To Talk About Breast Cancer

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Originally published in LatinTRENDS Magazine

By Daisy Cabrera

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it’s time to talk about this deadly disease. Breast cancer is the most common cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death among Latinas. Latinas tend to be diagnosed with more advanced breast cancers. Although breast cancer is not preventable, there are steps you can take to lower your risk. We spoke with Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and board certified obstetrician-gynecologist. As a leading healthcare provider to women across the country, the nonprofit organization provides up-to-date, expert information and supportive, confidential care.

 

Why is breast cancer prevalent in the Latina population?

Latinas in the U.S. face more barriers to accessing health care, are less likely to get preventive screenings, are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, and are more likely to experience worse health outcomes when it comes to breast cancer. A recent national Planned Parenthood survey showed that when asked what prevented Latinas from getting checked for breast cancer, the following barriers played a role: 40% said the cost of the test, 26% said time to go to the doctor, 22% said the distance to the doctor’s office, 25% said fear of the test, and 32% said fear of the test results.

 

Is breast cancer linked to other gynecological cancers?

Certain types of breast cancer are linked with other types of cancer. The most well studied types are related to the BRCA gene, which is associated with a hereditary type of breast cancer, and can lead to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. There are other hereditary types of breast cancer that are linked with other diseases such as brain cancer, leukemia and colon cancer.

 

How important are breast self-examinations and mammograms?

Finding breast cancer at its earliest stages is important to improve survival and the chances of living a long, healthy life. Be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel. Simply looking at, touching, and feeling your breasts from time to time will help you notice any changes. Talk to your health care provider if you have any concerns about changes in the look, shape, or texture of your breasts, or nipple discharge, or if there is breast cancer or other types of cancer in your family history. You and your health care provider can decide together whether getting a mammogram is right for you. Clinical breast exams are recommended every one to three years for most women in their 20s and 30s. Mammograms are recommended yearly for women starting at age 40 and may be suggested sooner if a woman has a history of breast cancer or has abnormalities discovered during a clinical exam.

 

What are some common misconceptions about mammograms?

There are many misconceptions about mammograms: that they are very painful, or they take a long time, or are only necessary for older women. In terms of discomfort, you will feel some pressure. Pressing your breast in this way helps spread out the breast tissue and prevents movement. It also helps get a sharper image of the breast tissue. The compression for each breast only lasts a few seconds — the overall procedure takes about 15 minutes. Most women feel uncomfortable when their breasts are being pressed. Some women find it painful. But the discomfort only lasts a few seconds each time. Some women may also feel sore after a mammogram.

 

What happens if the mammogram finds an abnormality?

Not all abnormal results are breast cancer. Your health provider will tell you what other tests you might need, including another mammogram or another test. There are several other diagnostic tools to confirm mammogram results including: biopsy, core-needle biopsy, and ultrasound.

 

If you can’t afford a mammogram, what local resources are available?

Planned Parenthood provides affordable breast cancer screenings regardless of whether or not you have health insurance. Our health centers provide clinical breast exams and refer patients to other facilities for mammograms based on breast exams, age, and/or family history. If an abnormality is found during a clinical breast exam, our health centers will help patients get the follow-up care they need from specialists. Understanding the importance of breast health, and early detection is key to battling breast cancer. The disease doesn’t discriminate, and Latina celebrity survivors include Daniela Romo, Ana María Polo, Adamari López, Angélica María, Alejandra Guzmán, and Bárbara Mori. Talk to your medical provider about breast cancer, share your family history of cancer, and visit www.plannedparenthood.org for more information.

*Editor’s note: former LatinTRENDS digital editor Shelley Mendoza is also a breast cancer survivor.

ANTONIO LOPEZ: A Tribute to the Puerto Rican–Born Fashion Illustrator and Artist

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Antonio Lopez and his partner Juan Ramos changed the fashion world forever with their open celebration of difference—racial, ethnic and even gender difference. They permanently broadened high-fashion’s definitions of beauty by focusing attention on men and women that were often marginalized from the industry. We are thrilled to celebrate their phenomenal body of work with this exhibition that features over 400 images, many of which have never been exhibited or published before.”

–           Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Senior Curator at El Museo del Barrio

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Orgullo – What My Family Taught Me About Pride

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Originally published in the June 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine

By  Nancy Arroyo Ruffin

When I was a young girl I spent every Sunday at my grandfather’s house in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. While dinner brought us together, it was not the principal reason everyone gathered in the railroad-style apartment. The time spent together was critical to nurturing our family bond. Being part of a large Puerto Rican family instilled in me a strong love for familia, cultura, and orgullo. To me, pride is love for the culture, food, and music. It’s the reason my eyes tear up every time I hear Preciosa or Qué Bonita Bandera.

Cultura is rooted in family traditions like the sleepless nights spent in my abuelo’s house watching the adults make pasteles for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. It was watching my aunts become transfixed to the television whenever Walter Mercado came on and revealed to them their fate through their horoscopes. Orgullo was me proudly wearing the brown leather chancletas with Puerto Rico inscribed on them in bright golden letters. It was being able to brag to my friends that I’d spent my summer vacation on the island even though I could barely communicate with my Spanish-speaking tia. And familia didn’t necessarily always mean someone in your bloodline, but instead could be found in that one friend who you proudly claimed as your cousin even though there was no ancestral relation.

While the island is now suffering the greatest financial crisis in its history we must remember Puerto Ricans come from a long line of hardworking individuals, many who have made indelible contributions to the world, be it on the island or here in the States.

There’s a long list of Boricuas who have contributed to politics, science, medicine, music, and the arts. Our contributions are everywhere. It is our responsibility to honor and preserve our history while also adding to it, so that we leave our children a legacy they can be proud of.

My family showed me by their example to be orgullosa of my Puerto Rican heritage while simultaneously teaching me to love everything this great country of ours has to offer. I’ve learned that pride is instilled. It is what you carry with you every day of your life.

 

Puerto Ricans Who Make Us Proud!

  • Poet Julia de Burgos
  • Astronaut Joseph Michael Acaba
  • Scientist Olga D. González-Sanabria
  • Inventor Ángel Rivero Méndez (He invented Kola Champagne soda.)
  • Athlete Roberto Clemente
  • Actress Rita Moreno
  • Musicians Jennifer López, Marc Anthony, Tito Puente
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

 

The hammock and the cooking grill were first invented and used in Puerto Rico by the Taino Indians.

 


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La India Is still the Princess of Salsa

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Originally published in the May 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine

By Deyanira Martínez

When she was still a teenager, Linda Viera-Caballero took her first steps in the music industry with the Latino freestyle group TKA. That shy Puerto Rican girl eventually turned into La India, one of the most popular and successful women in the history of salsa music.

She arrived in The Bronx, New York, when she was just a few months old, and family problems forced her to stand on her own two feet from early on. However, loneliness and inexperience did not prevent her strong, impressive voice from being discovered by one of salsa’s greatest, pianist Eddie Palmieri. Their pairing kicked off the success story of “The Princess of Salsa,” a nickname Celia Cruz, her music godmother, gave her.

Thirty years have passed since then, and La India just returned from recording with one of the greatest singers of all time, Juan Gabriel.

La India is back and full of energy to present an album written especially for her by the Mexican crooner. She is also planning a large-scale concert in her native Puerto Rico, and her theme song for Colombian hit telenovela “Sin tetassi hay paraiso” is currently being played on the radio throughout Latin America.

A beautiful Caribbean woman of indigenous features, strong, decisive and radiating tropical flavor, La India spoke passionately about her life, her career and her plans.

 

30 YEARS IN MUSIC

“I find it amazing that I’m still here. I was the first one to cross over from Latin freestyle dance music to tropical music.”

 

CUBA’S GUARACHERA: CELIA CRUZ

“She baptized me along with her husband, and made me her godchild. Celia was like a mother to me. I was estranged from my own family. I was kicked out of my home when I was very young, and suffered a lot.

Celia was an important figure in my life. She never had children, so she saw me as her daughter. We had a very spiritual connection. She was a beautiful human being, and she gave me the advice and support I didn’t have from my mother at that time.”

 

MUSIC IN YOUR LIFE

“Music is sacred to me. It’s a way to vent, to feel the emotions many people have inside but are afraid to feel. I have a wonderful following who love me. It’s not just about making it, but about staying there, and I am here to stay. I love what I do. After Celia, I have been the only woman who has sold albums, who has had her own orchestra.”

 

WORKING WITH JUAN GABRIEL

“I am very proud of this album. Working with him was incredible. We have very similar chemistry; we’re both intense. His songs have been popular for decades, and he was the one who chose the songs for me for this album.

Juan Gabriel is such an incredibly intelligent, brilliant person… it was so cool of him to give me this opportunity.”

 

THE FUTURE OF SALSA

“It is important to preserve salsa now that we have this new urban music boom. In the 80s, Dominican meringue arrived in New York and salsa declined a lot but, for some reason, it returned. In the 90s, we had romantic salsa, and the rhythm was reinvented by people like Eddie Santiago and Frankie Ruiz, and revived. Later, the new generation came: La India, my hit Vivir lo nuestro” with ‘El Flaco’ (Marc Anthony), a song that took both our careers to the next level.”

 

GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN-TROPICAL MUSIC

“Financially, I am not at a man’s level in music, but I am still here, giving love to my audience. Unfortunately, men have more opportunities and make more money. Even Celia earned less than men, and she told me that this was the down side of the business. Still, she always pushed me to keep going.

Singers such as Celia and La Lupe are no win the world of truth, with God in heaven, but they have left their legacy behind. I am alive, and I will not stop until women are supported the way we deserve.”

POLITICS

“I am a Republican, but I am going to vote for Hillary Clinton because I am a feminist, because she is a woman and because she deserves it. Clinton can represent the United States honorably.

As a Republican, I am very disappointed in the Party, and I will support a woman to become president. On Election Day, I will fly in from Puerto Rico to vote for and support Hillary Clinton in New York.”

 

LOVE LIFE

“At the moment, I am single. Not because I want to, but because I feel that, ever since I became famous, many men approach me because I am La India, not because I am Linda Viera-Caballero. I decided not to fall in love again and to focus on my work, reach goals and get where I deserve to be.

All my love and passion are dedicated to my work and my career right now. My arms are open, and I have faith that, one day, my moment will come and a gentleman will show up who understands my work and is not intimidated by my successor by me making more money than him.”

 

PLAN AND PROJECTS

“I will not stop until awards recognize my trajectory and what I am doing with this album, and I will not accept excuses that salsa is not the way it used to be. We have released two number-one hits, and we’ll continue working because the world needs to know that SALSA IS ALIVE.”

The New GEORGE LOPEZ in “Lopez,” for TV Land

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Originally published in the May 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine

By Christine Stoddard

If you think fame and fortune will solve all of your woes, just ask George Lopez. But you don’t have to put on your best high heel sand trot over to Madison Avenue’s Lotte New York Palace Hotel in a frenzy like I did. In fact, you would probably prefer hearing Lopez‘s story from the comfort of your own home, not a hotel room set up like a television studio, with lights in your face and a sudden stutter wrestling your tongue. (I’m told it’s normal to be nervous when you finally meet your heroes.)

Instead, grab a drink and your favorite soda and park yourself on the sofa, because George Lopez has a new show on TV Land. Yes, like his other material, this show is semi-autobiographical, but that doesn’t mean you know exactly what to expect. This is “Lopez,” a half-hour comedy starring and executive produced by George Lopez himself. And “Lopez” is about George Lopez now.

Lopez” explores George Lopez as a man who’s made it: He has the mansion, the adoring fans, the fancy clothes. He’s living the pie-in-the-sky American dream. Yet, he still struggles because it seems the American dream cannot be fully achieved without white privilege. He doesn’t fit in with his old barrio buddies in the San Fernando Valley.

Even if, culturally, he’s a fit, money has changed him. But Lopez doesn’t fit in with the predominantly white, upper-class Hollywood crowd,either. Even though, it’s where he now “belongs” due to his financial position,they don’t accept him and he doesn’t exactly like them. As a brown-skinned Latino from a working class background, wealth alone can’t buy Lopez the respect he wants from fellow parents and teachers at his daughter’s private school. People still confuse him for the valet driver.

Does this make Lopez mad? Sure, but George Lopez being George Lopez, he can find the humor even in racism and classicism, and that’s the big selling point of the show. If those kinds of jokes make you uncomfortable, this isn’t the show for you.

It’s not all laughs, though. During our interview (which is available online) the actor told me that he thinks “Lopez” can add to America’s conversation about race. Whether you end up enjoying “Lopez” or not, people are already talking about it. Just google“George Lopez TV Land,” and you’ll end up with half a million search results. In a social and political climate in which #Black Lives Matters has taken off, why can’t#Brown Lives Matters take off, too? And why can’t “Lopez” be the show that unites Latinos and non-Latinos across the Twitter verse?

To watch my interview with George Lopez, see below.

LAFOURCADE Is Brave Enough to Bare Her Soul

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Originally published in the May 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine

 

The New York Times described her as a “songwriter with a literary streak in her lyric sand a finely calibrated balance of vintage and new sounds in her music.” Natalia Lafourcade has been in the entertainment business since she was 14, but it is with her latest album that she has turned into a leading Latina singer-songwriter. The recording earned her 5 Latin Grammys in 2015 including Best Alternative Music Album, and sold 100,000 in her native Mexico alone.We had the chance to interview Lafourcade exclusively during her U.S. tour, and she talked to us about the freedom she found inside herself.

 

Your last album was a tribute to Agustín Lara. Tell us what makes “Hasta la raíz” different from your previous work.

This is the first album in which I gave myself an opportunity to look inward. I told myself:“That’s it—I’m not wearing any costumes or any masks.” I wanted to do something autobiographical, almost like my first album.The material came from a breakup, after which I went back to writing songs. It’s a vulnerable album, very real. I wasn’t trying to do anything, just connect with people’s hearts.I tried to find truth through my lyrics. I think that I have been able to include that energy in the album and that people will be able to perceive it.

 

Do you feel like you were wearing a mask in the past?

I have had weird moments in my career, and surely they won’t be the last ones. In life, you take risks and go through different periods. I had many uncertain moments and, after the Agustin Lara album, I wanted to make an album that spoke an everyday language, closer to people. For my first album, I was very confident but I didn’t know much about production, the arrangements, the sound…

 

You are quite active on social media. How do you think this has contributed to your growth as an artist?

Nowadays, it is very important to be really close to your fans. I think that, thanks to[social media] my career has been able to grow. In fact, there was a moment when my label didn’t know what to do with me ‒frankly, I didn’t either ‒ but my fans were there for me.

 

Tell us about your process while writing the album.

It took me 2 years. There are many songs that didn’t make the cut. The creative process, the structure…it’s all very artisanal. I am a bit slow at it—I take my time. Sometimes, I wake up in the morning and come up with a song, but it’s not always like that. I write in my phone and in my little notebook and, when the songs are finished, I move them to a binder.

 

Who were your most important musical influences in this album?

I listened to several composers like Agustin Lara, Caetano [Veloso] and David Byrne. I also listen to Violeta Parra and Mercedes Sosa, and a lot of pop like Joni Mitchell, Justin Timberlake and even Simon Diaz. I am not limited by genre.

 

You are currently on tour through several U.S. and Latin America’s cities. Tell us about your experience creating these concerts.

Our concerts are an opportunity to go on a musical journey… a musical experience. They contain very expressive songs that shake you emotionally. The concert has very introspective parts and also moments to dance.

 

What do you think about Latina singers at commercial platforms such as the Grammys?

In Latin America, there is a lot of talent with strong projects, like Julieta Venegas, Gaby Moreno, Camila Moreno and Javiera Mena. From what I see in the industry, there are many of them, even if they are not in the mainstream much. Right now, there are women exploding through social media, like Carla Morrison, who can sell out the National Auditorium.There is more room now for independent projects.

 

 

Struggling with Mental Illness and Learning to Overcome it

Originally published in the May 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine

By Alfredo Madrid

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The various manners in which mental illnesses can develop and affect individuals are almost as diverse as the types of disorders that exist. Some are more serious than others. One particular individual, Aaron Harvey, partner at a successful digital marketing agency, broke his silence regarding a 20-year battle with an extreme form of obsessive compulsive disorder known as Pure O.

 

After realizing that there is a general lack of information available to the public on the disorder, he launched a website to humanize the experience of living with OCD named, Intrusive Thoughts.org. With videos and input from experts on meditation, diet, art and medicine, the site—which offers all of its content in Spanish as well—helps put sufferers on the path to treatment.

“It’s been life-threatening at times and humorous at other times,” said Harvey when describing his experience with OCD. “I’ve battled with it since I was a kid. I was even suicidal at times. It shaped my character. Twenty years I have battled with it. But the last few years have been very empowering.”

Such realizations and feelings of hopelessness led Harvey to want to create a site in which he could address others dealing with not just OCD, but mental disorders in general. He also touched upon why he feel sit is important to directly target the Latino population in this country.

“I wanted to humanize the symptoms,”said Harvey. “Instead of researching the side effects, I wanted to lead people to an understanding of what other people might be going through. Today’s audience is multicultural. It would be a missed opportunity to not offer it in Spanish. There is a mental health stigma in the U.S., and overseas there is even more stigma. People write to me from as far as Italy and Russia. I hope to reach Latin America as well.”

Harvey offers interesting advice for those afflicted with mental disorders. “My advice is to get as educated as you can about what you’re feeling,” said Harvey. “My stance is to practice mindfulness and meditation. It’s the idea that you witness your thoughts, but they don’t mean anything. Practice Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) which forces you to expose yourself to what you’re afraid of.

At times throughout his life long struggle, Harvey questioned whether he could have healthy, long-standing relationships or even be around children without having negative thoughts of harming them. But Harvey remains optimistic, and his position could be inspiring to those still battling mental disorders on their own.

Just talk about it,” said Harvey. “Don’t live in secrecy. Get as educated as you can. Empower yourself.

 

THOSE LIVING WITH OCD

  • Approximately 2.3% of the population between ages 18 – 54 suffers from OCD, which out-ranks mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and panic disorder.
  • 1 in 200 adults has OCD, and 1 in 100 has had OCD at one point or another in their life.
  • OCD is found in all ethnic groups,and both men and women are equally struck by the disorder.
  • Between 1/3 to ½ of all sufferers will find that their OCD has its roots in childhood.
  • Less than 10% of those suffering are currently in treatment.

 

INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS

  • 4 out of 5 people experience intrusive thoughts.
  • Up to 60% of sufferers of OCD will have no overt compulsions, known as “Pure O.”
  • Approximately 78% of all people suffering from with OCD have intrusive images.

What’s hotter than a scorching July in Miami? Miami Swim Week!

 

Originally published in the Jul/Aug 2016 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine

By, Daisy Cabrera

Latinas love to make a fashion statement. It’s part of our cultura. Whether wearing a “barely there” bikini, sharp business suit or over-the-top ball gown – we dress to impress. At. All. Times. You know how we do! Now combine that deep-rooted love of fashion with extraordinary talent, and you’ve got yourself some powerful Latina designers making their mark in the industry. 

The annual “Miami Swim Week” was proof that Latinas are running this motha! The event took place from July 13-19 in the nation’s year-round bikini capital – South Beach!

The “Instagrammable” festivities included fashion shows in state-of-art tents, cool pop-up stores, swank satellite venues, exclusive trade shows and luxurious pool soirees. Droves of fashionistas, stylists, socialites and blogueras scored front row seats – snagging coveted swag, basking in the latest trends and dancing the night away at the after parties. 

It was quite the fashion fête, and Latina designers were front and center of it all. Time to suit up!

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Colombian designer, Andrea Gaviria, brought her OMG Swimwear collection (cover-ups, monokinis, bikinis) infused in striking fuchsia, sunflower, turquoise and emerald green. She shared, “I design pieces that create an illusion and highlight a woman’s curves, making her feel unique, sophisticated, and glamorous.” Celebrities who sport her sweltering designs include Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and Selena Gomez!

Sisters Manuela and Amalia Sierra created their artistic swimwear line, Maaji, inspired by the charm, beauty and diversity of Colombia. Proceeds of the fashion-forward collection (cover-ups, swimsuits, resort wear, accessories) help plant native trees in their country.

Lumé, by Colombian designer Paula Daza, thoughtfully combines artist paintings with design. “You don’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability,” she said. The line supports the Cartagena-based Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation, helping pregnant youth with much-needed resources.

Argentina was in the house! Mariana Cortes presented her Juana de Arco line – an easy-to-wear, colorful collection of relaxed styles that combines movement and comfort. She creates her own patterns to design A-line tanks, slip dresses, harem pants, leggings and more. 

Mariana Lopez Osornio’s line, MLO Jewelry, is simply majestic! The Argentinean designer draws inspiration from eco-friendly, natural materials. She showcased her innovative “resort” jewelry collection filled with cow horn, brass, quartz, amazonite, turquoise and magnecite. 

Liliana Villalobos is the dynamic Peruvian force behind Aguaclara. Think custom-made, ultra exotic swimwear pieces rooted in Amazon and Andean influences. The sophisticated silhouettes (monokinis, flowing dresses, cover-ups) in exclusively designed prints are to die for.

Raffaella Raffo Porcari’s poolside line, Capittana, is delightfully fresh, spirited and youthful. The Peruvian’s resortwear (bikinis, one pieces, bags, accessories, shorts) is all made in Peru.

Accessories anchor an outfit. Just ask the talented Dominican designer Erika Peña. She creates magnificent tribal necklaces, and it’s no wonder Jessica Alba wears her signature pieces! “I was put on earth to enhance a woman’s beauty,” she said, sharing her passion for the elements of the earth – volcanic and semi-precious stones, sea glass, wood, brass, onyx and more. 

Puerto Rico, ho-oooooo! Former Miss Universe, actress, and TV host Zuleyka Rivera introduced her super playful, tropics-inspired line – ZK Swimwear, mesmerizing with its bright colors, romantic mesh embroidery and flirty silhouettes.

Lila Nikole’s self-titled collection, drawing inspiration from the aesthetic of native warriors, rocked the runaway with trend-setting monokinis, tangas, cover-ups and resortwear. The Boricua showcased custom prints in traditional African color palettes, and rich hues of red, orange, blue and purple.

On to Brazil! KRUZIN, the brainchild of Alessandra Gold, was all about sleek, street-inspired cool kicks. The ‘Sneaker Queen of Miami’ enjoys a celebrity following: Trina, Lil Wayne and Flo Rida.

Watching Brazilian designer Paula Hermanny’s line, ViX, luxuriating down the catwalk was a dream come true. Think St. Tropez meets Morocco meets Southeast Asia. The modern, warm hued resort wear – linens, cotton, silks wrapped in brass and gold accents – was a feast for the eyes. Count Gisele Bündchen and Jessica Alba among the charmed fans.

Sinesia Karol’s sparkling couture collection stole the spotlight! The Brazilian’s line, which celebrates women with impeccable designs, includes cover-ups made with luxe silk and chiffon. The fabrics feature the art of Brazilian talent Ana Paula Castro. 

Spanish actress Penélope Cruz and her sister Monica co-designed the L’Agent by Agent Provocateur collection of chic, edgy and seductive pieces with carefully placed zippers, colorful lace and intricate embroidery. 

And, what’s fashion without a little sabrosura? Vikina Lopez, born to Cuban and Ecuadorian parents, is a force to be reckoned with! The talented singer performed a rich fusion of reggaeton, urban bachata and Latin pop onstage. The show was LIT! 

Until next time, Miami Swim Week! And, bravo!