Born Day Reflections

March 7, 2016By Nati

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 … Read More

“Being Latino Is Being Phenomenal”

March 2, 2016By Nati

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 … Read More

Talked To Chingo Bling for subversal, Sass!

February 24, 2016By Nati

“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 … Read More

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

February 18, 2016By Nati

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 … Read More

We Are Latin Soul

February 7, 2016By Nati

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 … Read More

Recap: Curatorial Debut Art Show, VIRAL

February 4, 2016By Nati

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 … Read More

Local is Global: Can Love Go Viral?

January 27, 2016By Nati

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, … Read More

Diaspora Waves Crashing New Horizons

December 30, 2015By Nati

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 … Read More

Musing: New Art & The Internet

December 20, 2015By Nati

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 … Read More

34th Annual Encuentro Del Canto Popular!

December 2, 2015By Nati

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 … Read More