In the hot and humid Dominican Republic, most women straighten their naturally curly hair in an effort to conform to deeply ingrained, yet outdated, standards of beauty. But Carolina Contreras is slowly changing this societal norm. Not only does she proudly rock her big curls, she’s helping other women do the same at her natural […]
Written By Marjua Estevez “This is my happy place,” which is why Cardi B invites me to her grandmother’s home in Washington Heights and not her condo in Edgewater, New Jersey. Inside the prewar apartment there’s a musical number of clanking pans and plastic cups scrubbing under the rush of faucet water. There’s arroz blanco […]
Josefina Baez Monday, May 9th 6:30pm doors, 7pm show Performance takes place in the Palace Foyer FREE with RSVP, seating limited to 100. Josefina Baez is a storyteller, ArteSana, performer, writer, theatre director, educator, devotee and founder and director of Ay Ombe Theatre (1986-2016). Quite simply she is a genre-bending Dominican dynamo. She is best […]
By SANDRA E. GARCIA On my first trip back to the Dominican Republic in 10 years, as I wandered down the streets of La Zona Colonial, I noticed how their names were weighted with history. Calle de las Damas, a street made specifically for the wives and daughters of noblemen from colonial times to walk […]
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A Word From Miss Rizos My name is Carolina and I am the creator of MissRizos.com, a community and online platform that celebrates and promotes afro-textured hair! Miss Rizos’ vision is to change our societies standards of beauty through facilitating individual self-acceptance for women and girls through their hair. We’ve created this campaign to increase […]
By Eleanor Stanford In New York City, 30 percent of workers earn minimum wage or less. In an effort to gain control over their pay and workplace conditions, some are turning to a centuries-old business model: cooperatives. In the past three years, 12 coops have been set up, doubling the city’s total. With the help […]
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Locs Revolution has teamed up with Unveiled Unlocked and the FOLLICLE film production team, to bring you a Natural Hair event like none other. Saturday, Feb. 8th the event, Know Your Roots: Natural Hair and the “Movement”, takes place at Dinosour BBQ in Harlem. This event will also serve as a fundraiser for the film project. Support Here: […]
BY Eileen Z. Fuentes (@EileenZFuentes) Over a decade ago, when I first decided to leave my hair in it’s natural kinky state and free of chemical relaxers, the response from many in my mostly-Dominican community was outright negative. If you didn’t notice, hair and beauty are a big deal in Washington Heights and the fact […]
“Llegué yo, la hija de Esperanza la billetera. Cobrá, cansá, cabriá, con celular y celulitis. ¡Cámbiame los vasos y los hombres!” From the book Levente no.Yolayorkdominicanyork Ay Ombe Theatre, Casa Verde Camila and Broadway Housing Communities present Levente no.Yolayorkdominicanyork. A Reading, with Josefina Báez, Friday March 9th, 6pm, at Rio Gallery II, 583 Riverside Dr. […]
BY Larissa Vasquez (@lariluv) My mom always tells me not to fall in love by myself. “La peor cosa del mundo es enamorarse sola (The worst thing in the world is to fall in love by yourself)”. She would repeat this time and time again while I was in college. The first time, when I […]
BY Larissa Vasquez (@lariluv) My father thought I’d be pregnant by the time I reached my fifteenth birthday. I know this because my mother repeated the last words he told her before they separated over and over during my adolescence. It was easy for him to say that. After all, he moved back to the […]
BY Larissa Vasquez (@lariluv) The night before I moved to New York City from the Dominican Republic I was on an emotional roller coaster. Well, as much as one could be between the ages of 5 and 10. Basically, I was trying to juggle feeling excited about being on a plane for the first time […]
BY Larissa Vasquez (@lariluv) These are a few things I’m not very proud of, some really shameful things that I should probably keep to myself and not shout on the highest peak of the Internet Mountain. The key word being ‘probably’ since I’m about to take a deep breath and reveal a couple of those. […]
BY Sujeiry (@1stLadyofLove) Dear Sujeiry, I went on a date with a really great guy, he sent me a text after the date saying it was worth the 1hr drive (no sex, no kissing) and that I would def. hear back from him. It’s been 2 days and nothing. No text, call or message. Do […]
BY Sujeiry (@1stLadyofLove) When asked to be the Love Advice Chica for Uptown Collective, I wondered how to introduce myself. Should I write an ‘About Me’ as if completing a Match.com profile? “I’m a sassy, creative 33-year-old Latina who is ready for love, knows what she wants and will not settle for less!” Should I […]
BY Led Black (@Led_Black) Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto) Video by Art By Dj Boy (@DjboyNYC) Madeyln Rodriguez may not be a household name yet but there is a good chance that you have seen her face, heard her voice or read her work. So much more than just another pretty face, Ms. Rodriguez is […]