CHIMBALA: On Performing @ The Dominican Festival and Representation In His Music Videos

For Dominican-Americans growing up in Philadelphia, the Dominican Parade and Festival has always been the one day we truly had to represent and celebrate our beautiful flag, music, and culture. For the past 18 years, I witnessed how my community flourished in numbers and businesses. Each year an element to this festive day was added,…

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The Unconventionals​ Ep 2 : Gabrielle Mandel

I met Gabrielle Mandel while she was doing her residency as a designer in the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator four years ago. Gabrielle was one of five designers creating their collection at the time. I admired her line Supra Endura, from the very first time I got a glimpse of the samples and mood board. While I…

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What The “American Dream” Means to Me

  As a first-generation Dominican-American, the American Dream means different things to me. Back in the Dominican Republic, many believe that we live luxuriously and that money, as well as the material things, are easily accessible; disregarding the fact that it took two generations of hard-working people to build what my family has today. The…

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A Quick Thought on​: Bamboo Earrings

I love looking back at my high school days. Not because I was a drinker and had hundreds of friends, but because I recall moments of discrimination or stereotyping that at that moment didn’t feel like it. Story Of The Day To the Hubert girls that had a “ghetto” themed night at their shore house, this…

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The Unconventionals Ep 1: Scarlet Hernandez

unconventional. A word I wish I thought of more often, along with authentic, organic and UNIQUE. Nowadays fashion influencers seem like they all belong in a GUCCI ad or in a KUWTK episode (mini Jenners.) This post and project are in no way, shape or form coming at those who love these styles. It’s to…

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