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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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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GLBLVLLG’s Lyonzo on The Village Jam and the Significance of Culture

GLBLVLLG, the entertainment and wellness company that means Global Village, has become one of the most beloved events to hit the music scene in Philadelphia. The community of soulful artist meets once a month for the iconic Jam Session.  Their goal? “To bring light and healing to our city and world. Global Village wants to showcase these…

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