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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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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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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The “Pachuca” Legacy and Its influence on my style

 A Pachuca was the name given to the Mexican-American women who formed part of the Pachuco subculture flourishing in the 1940s. The Pachuco subculture was birthed in the era of gangs within cities. One of the phrases that best integrate this era and Hispanic first-generation today is “Ni de Aqui, Ni de Alla,” meaning not from…

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