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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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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Sofia Reyes On Embracing her Afro-Latinidad and Hair Journey

Sitting by a garden in the Dominican Republic, Sofia Reyes explains beauty to a little girl in a poetic analogy. The little girl tells Sofia to straighten her hair so that she can be “beautiful.” Pointing at the garden Sofia asks the little girl “Which one of those flowers is your favorite?” The girl responds,…

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Get To Know: Fashion Blogger Darlene Duran

With a petite frame and a full head of curls, Darlene Duran has made a name for herself in the local photography community. Her Instagram, an aesthetical grid of inspiring quotes and selfies, sends out an important message: influencers need to do just that – influence. Her daily positive messages are accompanied by artistic collaborations and…

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