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 Importance of The “3 Bellesas” Shoot

Like in many other cultures, Dominican hair standards can be oppressive. The country is filled with people who normally have curly and afro-textured hair – but the culture favors long straight hair. For Dominican-Americans, “the salon” plays a massive cultural role in our upbringing. For many young women, it’s their therapeutic session. You step into the beauty…

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