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6 April

#NowWatching: Real Scenes – Mexico City

#NowWatching: Real Scenes – Mexico City

Thanks KCETlink for sending this my way on the airing of Resident Advisor‘s series, Real Scenes. Loved this half hour episode on Mexico City‘s electronic dance scene, its players and how colonization memory still plays out when it comes to access to space, visionary programming and the magic which could come from building an inclusive, […]

31 March

So Caught: Dio Ganhdih’s “Pussy Vortex”

So Caught: Dio Ganhdih’s “Pussy Vortex”

“I ain’t a Navajo, Blackfoot or Crow. I rep the Iroquois nations for the next 7 generations” – Dio Ganhdih. Photo by Elena Kulikova. I met Dio in New York City a few years ago and loved watching her bounce from different worlds like I was – navigating the wild space where tech & culture intersect in […]

22 March

Exchanging Blood As Cuba Relations Change

Exchanging Blood As Cuba Relations Change

Photo credit: Mario Ruben Carrion LATEST PROJECT: “We need to exchange blood…I’m not the star, I’m not a god! I’m just a person! Cuba is a country of 11 million people! We have to be out! The people have to see us!” – Daymé Arocena to NPR Music at SXSW, listen to the full interview […]

7 March

Born Day Reflections

Born Day Reflections

It’s March and my birthday today. I’ve been putting off reflecting on the last year, 2015 – not because it wasn’t an exciting year – but because time goes and it’s been maddening. But, turning 32 is a milestone to me. It marks 10 years of what’s known as adulthood, right? You graduate college at […]

2 March

“Being Latino Is Being Phenomenal”

“Being Latino Is Being Phenomenal”

Watch via NYTimes Video: “A Conversation With Latinos On Race“ “In you is everything. Being Latino in an American, kind of new world way is basically being the physical embodiment of how America began as we know it. For me, being Latino is being phenomenal.” – Raquel Cepeda Love finally* seeing these conversations being had in the […]

24 February

Talked To Chingo Bling for subversal, Sass!

Talked To Chingo Bling for subversal, Sass!

“I’m authentic. I am one of the bicultural Latinos all the advertisers want. So by the time we get to the negotiating table, we already have leverage.“ Loved talking to Chingo Bling about his idea of Mexploitation to reppin’ at Princeton University and building his independent empire so that when the world catch up, they don’t get a piece […]

18 February

“It don’t make you right cause you majority.”

“It don’t make you right cause you majority.”

Rambled about ownership & cultural production recently in Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog​ talking Justin Bieber​, Los Rakas​, all the things I’m learning from overcoming the fear to do radio in this body via working on Radio Coyote​ y más! Have any feedback? Thank you to Santa Perversa​ for connecting me with the Sounding […]

7 February

We Are Latin Soul

We Are Latin Soul

Photo by Toni Smailagic Very excited to be working with Boricua producer out of Orlando, El Bles this season. I spoke to Soundfriend about him and his upcoming project, “I Am Latin Soul,” coming out this year. Keep watch, mi gente! “I’ve been in NYC the last couple months (I’m based in Oakland) and am really […]

4 February

Recap: Curatorial Debut Art Show, VIRAL

Recap: Curatorial Debut Art Show, VIRAL

Photo by Luna Olavarria Gallegos When I undertook organizing VIRAL in December, I did not understand how much work goes into coordinating an art show, let alone a fundraiser art show with an activist bent. I’m still recovering – still not quite myself – but this feeling is worth it. This past Sunday, we welcomed a […]

27 January

Local is Global: Can Love Go Viral?

Local is Global: Can Love Go Viral?

I’ve been in New York City since early December – re-connecting with friends and colleagues based in my hometown, throwing a holiday party with client Seven Seas Music (photos here), and plotting an art show I’m super proud to present to the world from Staten Island. 40+ artists from not only Staten Island, but Oakland, […]

30 December

Diaspora Waves Crashing New Horizons

Diaspora Waves Crashing New Horizons

By this time end of last year, I seemed to be as melancholic and unsure about the future as I am right now. But this year feels more urgent. It’s cruder. It’s times moving as fast as the two seconds between Tamir Rice being alive and dead. It’s that serious. That absurd. That bad, that it can only…turn […]

20 December

Musing: New Art & The Internet

Musing: New Art & The Internet

Sometimes I realize that Snapchat art is* new art. Whatever your judgement of overuses of devices in the Digital Age or how douchey the founder is – it IS new way to express! Or is it as unnecessary as all this shit, really? Or just as revolutionary? So much I do now or leading up […]

2 December

34th Annual Encuentro Del Canto Popular!

34th Annual Encuentro Del Canto Popular!

Get tickets for this Sunday HERE I’m super proud to be working with new client Accion Latina out in San Francisco for their 34th Annual Encuentro Del Canto Popular this Sunday. While it may seem that more and more folks are recognizing the benefits of working collectivity as shit hits the fan, Accion Latina has […]

13 November

Zuzuka in DC Tomorrow for #Remix2015

Zuzuka in DC Tomorrow for #Remix2015

Zuzuka Poderosa is in Washington, DC tomorrow for this event put on by the organization Words Beats Life called “- a 3-day teach-in at The Kennedy Center with panels, discussions, presentations, art exhibits and much more – check out the agenda HERE. “The Teach-In is an event for people who have or want to move beyond […]

12 November

The Future is Female, Diasporadical & Bruja

The Future is Female, Diasporadical & Bruja

On this episode of Radio Coyote on Radio Valencia, we kick off with two tracks from ZZK Record‘s latest artist release Nicola Cruz paired with some Rafi-eL, Matias Aguayo-led project Rionegro and that new new from El Guincho. The Genie – who we had for a live in-studio performance recently, have you checked it out? – gave […]

31 October

Fighting For Your Life Inside a Killer Thriller!

Fighting For Your Life Inside a Killer Thriller!

“La Mecánica Popular takes to the night for a much anticipated follow-up to their critically acclaimed, self-titled album. This special edition single features a natural modification of their signature psychedelic style – a time capsule of 1970s Afro-Peruvian roots gone American Rock & Soul. Noche Triler (Thriller) takes the form of an uptempo instrumental stunner, […]

29 October

Soundfriend Pick: Cross Island Convo

Soundfriend Pick: Cross Island Convo

Have you checked out Soundfriend yet? It’s a blog that asks music leaders from across the world what they are listening to. I think it’s a great idea and way to learn how arts gets amplified and programmed by the folks working directly in the field. Head over to their website and get all sorts […]

25 October

Much love to the DIASPORADICAL…

Much love to the DIASPORADICAL…

#NowReading Journey Out Of Syrian War Zone; Refugees Land In Bay Area The best course I ever took at Colgate University​ was a class on Refugees. We used to go once a week to Utica, New York – a hub for the recently arrived from Serbia to Liberia to Burma – and teach English, immersion, […]

20 October

Time Being: Radio Coyote & The Genie

Time Being: Radio Coyote & The Genie

“Staring at the moon from my spaceship…” – DUCKWRTH Yo, so in case you missed it, my Bay Area live music bestie, Sweet Jesus invited me to be his co-host on SF Weekly‘s “Best Local Internet Radio Station” aka Radio Valencia on Fridays from 2 – 4 PM PST. Our show is called Radio Coyote: Smuggling #DIASPORADICAL sounds across […]

12 October

Hispanic Causin’ Panic

Hispanic Causin’ Panic

It’s the 25th anniversary of the release of Kid Frost‘s anthemic, “La Raza“! Adrian Quesada, lauded producer and bandleader of Austin band Brownout, put together this tribute. Via NPR Music: “Kid Frost is a bit of a pioneer in Latin rap, and his 1990 track “La Raza” is also a ground breaking track, sampling the […]

11 October

Creando Conciencia Con Chicano Batman

Creando Conciencia Con Chicano Batman

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) “It’s modernity. We come through history. Music history is the history of economics, of sociology, of all those things. Now is the time when everything is uniting. People are seeing things for what they are, not for what they have been taught they are, you know what I’m saying?” – […]

5 October

Future Roots: Cuba’s Manana Festival

Future Roots: Cuba’s Manana Festival

“In Cuba, we hit our chest twice over our heart, that’s Manana.“ Manana Festival heads to Cuba for 2016 via Resident Advisor Today, the Kickstarter campaign launched for Cuba’s Manana Festival. Tickets can only be bought through the campaign and are $129 for the first 50 supporters. I’ll be spreading the word in the States, so learn about this […]

25 September

Aye Aguántate: Chico Mann on Radio Coyote

Aye Aguántate: Chico Mann on Radio Coyote

“I can tell you wholeheartedly that doing that creative work is one of my greatest joys. I love to discover aspects of this musical landscape that I’ve kind of encountered in my life. And I want to just keep discovering these landscapes and textures. It’s the whole idea of what could’ve been and now is.“ […]

21 September

Sound of The Underground

Sound of The Underground

Nani Castle makes me want to rap. This collab is a longtime in the making from College-age homegirls Nire, Maluca & Nani Castle for the NYC-shot video “Commie Mommie” – featured on VICE‘s THUMP, Mass Appeal and more! Lotta strong feminine energy on Nire’s ‪‎Radika‬ & Nani’s on more than a few tracks! Video by Lil Internet & Lil Government ✔ Watch and share! Because:

14 September

Felt The Burn, Ignited The Yearn

Felt The Burn, Ignited The Yearn

Make sure to follow GLOBAL LOCAL for examples of grassrooted-community activations from the Sol/Soul!!!!!!! Never forget, Local is global! Photo by Jay Worldpeace. Last year, I had such a complex, yet “magical” first-time at Burning Man. With so many dynamics going on, I haven’t been able to quite articulate the experience still, a year later. I won’t […]

8 September

Right Now: Sol Life Music Retreat & Reflect

Right Now: Sol Life Music Retreat & Reflect

All hail Mt. Shasta, considered the root chakra of the Universe… Gracias Sol Collective​ for another amazing retreat to Mt. Shasta (a beautiful place which deserves its own post!) this past weekend with artists, cultural advocates & storytellers! Leaders of the next school… We reflected on Sol Life – a love-led movement and “revolt against assimilation” which […]

26 August

Women, Weed and Freedom

Women, Weed and Freedom

Newsweek: Women In Weed: Legal Marijuana Could Be The First Billion-Dollar Industry Not Dominated By Men http://bit.ly/1PoakK4 LOOK! I’ve worked in the music & media business the last decade and the tech field the last year, and I have to say it’s only the CANNABIS field which lays shit out for the entire industry by […]

20 August

I Need A New Beginning: Radio Coyote

I Need A New Beginning: Radio Coyote

As I mentioned last week, I’m excited to start doing radio on a regular basis thanks to my good friend Sweet Jesus and his Radio Coyote on Radio Valencia in the heart of The Mission in San Francisco: This week brand new co-host Nati Conrazon (aka DJ Nipslip) joins me to talk Music Festivals in […]

20 August

Local is Global on La Isla Bonita

Local is Global on La Isla Bonita

Photos by Mike Shane Photography. See all photos HERE. It’s a beautiful thing when different parts of your world and work collide. It’s one of my favorite parts about getting older – to witness how the seeds you’ve planted turn into beautiful blossoms years later. Through my collaborations with Sol Collective in Sacramento and also […]

18 August

Straight Outta…

Straight Outta…

Image via Smart Girl Club “While early reviews have lauded the ‘prescience’ of the group’s fierce critique of anti-black state violence and criminalization—epitomized by its de facto theme song “F– Tha Police”—they fail to highlight how the group’s multi-million dollar empire was built on black women’s backs.” Straight Outta Rape Culture by Sikivu Hutchinson Perspectives, […]

14 August

Fridays Tune Into Radio Valencia!

Fridays Tune Into Radio Valencia!

This is gonna be a thing! Joining Sweet Jesus on his Radio Coyote program on Radio Valencia – Fridays from 2 – 4 pm – when I’m in town! See our chemistry? The photo from the flyer above was the first time Jesus and I hung out when I first moved out to the Bay. […]

13 August

Go With The Flow

Go With The Flow

I mentioned Kiran Gandhi once before on this blog as we had the pleasure co-creating a workshop on #CreatorKinship together at Detroit’s Allied Media Conference in June. I just finished her piece about running the London Marathon while on Day 1 of her period. Amazing stuff that’s wrapped up beautifully in this song collage about […]

11 August

Soundfriend Pick: Pakapi Records

Soundfriend Pick: Pakapi Records

The good people at Soundfriend – a blog dedicated to sharing what music leaders are listening to – asked me what I was currently listening to and this is what I told them: “This is what I’m listening to right now out of a small independent net label from Argentina that releases music from South […]

10 August

Zuzuka Power August

Zuzuka Power August

Zuzuka Poderosa and Nego Mozambique are putting the final touches on their long-awaited collaborative EP coming out this Fall – hear a teaser via THUMP above – but in the meantime and if you’re in New York City, check Zuzuka live Thursday, August 13th at Friends & Lovers with Uproot Andy & Banginclude (RSVP HERE) […]

31 July

Thank you Miss Badu, For Everything

Thank you Miss Badu, For Everything

Photo from Okayplayer Erykah Badu just shared a mixtape she made us for the times we’re in. Would more artists do this, please? This is the true point of art, no? To feel the ideas and contexts behind the feelings which created the art. To digest and respect the past by hearing it and working […]

8 July

Global Local: Staten Island aka La Isla Bonita

Global Local: Staten Island aka La Isla Bonita

RSVP on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1SUbHTt Super proud to present Global Local: Staten Island aka La Isla Bonita this Sunday in New York City in conjunction with Staten-based arts collective I founded ISLA, Lina Montoya’s LMP Project and California non-profit, Sol Collective. Besides Shaolin being my hometown – read this piece I did in 2013 for Cluster […]

30 June

ÌFÉ Means “Love”

ÌFÉ Means “Love”

Support ÌFÉ and learn more HERE African-American musician and artist, born and raised in Northern Indiana – Mark Underwood aka DJ Nature aka Mark-O-Lino – has been living and creating in San Juan, Puerto Rico since the late 90′s. He’s been deeply engaged in Puerto Rico’s music and art scenes; first as a player, lending his […]

27 June

NYC: Accordions Around The World

NYC: Accordions Around The World

If you’re looking for the best FREE cultural events happening in New York City, look no further than Ariana’s List.  The passion project-turned-visionary force of cultural curator Ariana Hellerman, I happily receive this email once a week in the summertime to know all that’s going on for FREE in all five boroughs the upcoming week. […]

24 June

AMC 2015: She Who Goes First Sets The Rules

AMC 2015: She Who Goes First Sets The Rules

Click here to check out all my photos from Detroit on FLICKR I’m back from the Allied Media Conference – a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every Summer in Detroit – where I co-created a session with “four bad-ass witches“: Creator Kinship Workshop “The music industry as we know […]

15 June

RIP KALIEF BROWDER

RIP KALIEF BROWDER

It’s either that you accept this has been going on for centuries so therefore there’s nothing to be done and you pray you get lucky to be born in the hierarchy of privilege as white, straight, brown, black, wealthy, male, middle class, etc…or you think we have the capacity to love and rebalance the world. […]

14 June

We Are The Future: Alma Caliente Con Chicano Batman

We Are The Future: Alma Caliente Con Chicano Batman

Listen to “Chicano Batman: Telling Stories From the Stage” via NPR’s Latino USA. This awesome profile on the band’s last year touching so many new people while opening up for Jack White and playing Coachella. Check out photos from their last gig in Los Angeles at the Museum of Natural History via Impose Mag.   […]

7 June

Blinding Whiteness: Rosa Clemente @ NCORE

Blinding Whiteness: Rosa Clemente @ NCORE

“These aren’t dark days. These are days of blinding whiteness.“ Rosa Clemente is no stranger in this space and I agree with her; had she and Cynthia McKinney won the 2008 Presidential Race, we might be in a different po$ition. Here, she gave the keynote at National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education. […]

3 June

Drums For The Interracial Music Babies

Drums For The Interracial Music Babies

Zuzuka Poderosa released a new video today for the track she collaborated with Subswara “Tambores.” The song has had some traction, with a TV placement earlier in the year on The CW‘s “Jane The Virgin.” Check what Browntourage had to say: “What happens when an artist trio of musician, fashion stylist and videographer combine New […]

29 May

Digital Vertigo; Digital Where To Go?

Digital Vertigo; Digital Where To Go?

Be careful what you use this for…technology as it is right now is not sustainable. Munch on that! But for those who use it to illuminate, platform and unveil, I love you! I also love the people building new ideas for more autonomous, less evil networks in the future… Know that when I share, it’s […]

20 May

Chicano Batman On Your Block

Chicano Batman On Your Block

Photo: @RodrigoJardon Post-Jack White Tour, Post-Coachella & Pre-Alabama_Shakes Tour, LA’s Chicano Batman will be touring Chicago, NYC, Philly, El Paso & Los Angeles this Spring! Visit www.chicanobatman.com to buy tickets for the dates below:5/22 Underground Wonder Bar, Chicago, IL5/23 Mole De Mayo Festival, Chicago, IL5/24 Loisaida Festival, New York, NY5/24 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY5/27 Subrosa, […]

19 May

Politics & Music: Call For Writings

Politics & Music: Call For Writings

Getting excited about returning to my hometown of New York City for a couple weeks and came across Interference Archive‘s call for writings about Music & Politics. Info here: Over here at Interference Archive we are in the heavy organizing stages of our upcoming exhibition about the intersection of music and politics: if a song could […]

12 May

Fucc Wit This: Gnarianna

Fucc Wit This: Gnarianna

Young Arianna Maya Gil (who you’ve seen on this website before) – scholar, bassist, Bruja skate club president – made this mixtape and it’s getting me amped to come back to New York City, because….NATIVE NEW YORKERS! Nuttin’ like us///nothing like u$: “Has hip hop has always been about this shit or has this shit […]

11 May

Radio Tips & Living In Spanglish on WBAI

Radio Tips & Living In Spanglish on WBAI

Photo of Nati in San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 2015. View all photos HERE! I’ve been making a concerted effort to listen to more podcasts, independent and regional radio the last few months. You are what you consume and since that’s the case, you’ve got to dig deeper than what commercial radio serves up. Period! […]

8 May

Great Reason To Return To NYC: Loisaida Fest

Great Reason To Return To NYC: Loisaida Fest

It’s about that time. The blizzards have gone and the misery that is New York City in winter has ceased. Excited to get back to my hometown – I’ve been missing my beautiful Staten Island – for Loisaida Fest in the Lower East Side on Sunday, May 24th. I’m really excited about this line-up for […]

7 May

Imitation… with TextaQueen

Imitation… with TextaQueen

Such a pleasure and refreshing to receive artist TextaQueen​’s email newsletter. You are what you consume! Plus I got to learn about the Comic Book Queers​ conference. Thank you Pachamamita for sharing!