Friday, February 28, 2014

I AM TODAY'S #NUEVALATINA


 
I AM THE #NuevaLatina !
This past Wednesday Procter & Gamble’s Orgullosa program launched a new (fabulous) Campaign, Nueva Latina - a movement to celebrate and empower today’s modern Latina (like you and me)! 

To kick off it's campaign, Orgullosa presented the "Nueva Latina Monologues" at the Hellen Mills Theater. The program teamed up with popular Latina director and writer, Linda Nieves-Powell, to reenact some real-life stories, topics and cultural themes that surround today's bicultural Latina. While there is a lot of pride in being a Latina, it's not always easy. We constantly experience ongoing “cultural cross roads” that aren’t always defined or discussed. The production embodied the "Latina experience" through a scripted performance that conveyed emotion, comedy and authenticity on culturally-relevant themes.

Roselyn Sanchez, LaLa Anthony and Adrienne Bailon were amongst the star studded VIP event.

Our OSS editor enjoyed some sangria at the “Chica Nights Out” beauty bar and had a chance to mingle with Hot 97’s Angie Martinez and LaLa Anthony before the show…. By the way, Thank you Olay, Venus, Clairol, Tide and Pantene for the goodies!


When we asked LaLa how she felt about being part of this movement, her response was:
 
"I feel so honored and I’m happy to be here…This is me! We come in all shades, we don’t all look the same and I’m happy to be part of that!”

We were all later ushered to the theater to see the live production of the Nueva Latina Monologues. Angie Martinez introduced Linda Nieves-Powel to the stage, she explained how this project means a lot to her since she dedicated most of her career writing about the evolution and duality of a Latina living in the US.
At the end of the day “being Latina is not measured by how well you speak Spanish, dance to music or cook food but by the Orgullo (pride) you feel in your heritage and culture!” – Orgullosa
Couldn’t have said it better!
So to all my bicultural ladies make sure you are una mujer con la falda bien puesta!  And remember you have the best upbringing from both worlds, consider yourself lucky!

;)
XO! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Romeo Santos making history!


 
This past Monday we were invited to Romeo Santos Album Press Conference at the Legends Suite Club in the Yankee Stadium (the name of the suite definitely fit the King of bachata, if I say so myself). The press conference focused on the release of his sophomore album, Formula Vol 2, which is in stores now! Before talking about his new project, Felix Cabrera (Concert Promoter), Yankees’ officials and the King himself made a HUGE announcement….
On July 12th, 2014 the Bronx native will be performing at the Yankee Stadium, making him the 1st Latino to perform at the new stadium! Officials expect a sold-out show (stadium holds over 50,000 seats) … No Pressure Romeo, right?"I always walked around visualizing going to a game with my dad … I never envisioned performing at Yankee Stadium” said the bachatero.  He explained how honored he felt but is also aware of how enormous this responsibility is. Putting the pressure to the side, he can’t wait to challenge himself and take it to the next level! Making this one of the highlights and most important event in his entire career. #MakingHistory
Now about his amazing Album…. The 17-track set "Formula, Vol. 2" features collaborations with Nicki Minaj (who he considers the best female MC), Marc Anthony, Tego Calderon and Carlos Santana, as well as an introduction by comedian Kevin Hart. Santos' single “Odio," featuring Drake, is in its third consecutive week in the No. 1 spot on Hot Latin Songs. Fun fact: He created Odio with Drake in 7 hours on December 23rd 2013 and Drake insisted to sing a verse in Spanish!

 
His “formula” is to sing about relatable issues/relationships. He admits that he repeats certain topics in his songs but he tries to keep a variety. In this Album he wrote about a topic he never touched on before, a song about homosexuality,  'No Tiene La Culpa' is about a gay kid who feels trapped in his body dedicating it to his fans who are gay.
After the press conference Romeo was also spotted at Stage 48 hosting his Album Release party after signing hundreds of autographs at FYE in the bronx. Yup, the King Stays King….
XO, OSS
 
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Stealing a scene with Marc Anthony!


FINALLY the video is here! I still can’t believe I interviewed the one and only Marc Anthony! Last month, we were in Miami for Marc’s private listening party, where he introduced new songs from his upcoming album, including hit single, VIVIR MI VIDA. As we were setting the step and repeat up, my boss pulled my co-worker and I to the side, telling us how we’ll be interviewing him the next day (total shocker!). Needless to say I was in lost for words; I was excited, nervous and at the same time very proud!! I’m obviously no Oprah or Barbara Walters, so excuse my jitteriness in advance lol – It is a fun interview and I hope you will enjoy it J

 
VIDEO INTERVIEWS:
 
Check him out as he discusses his new single, VIVIR MI VIDA with Samantha Vargas:

My beautiful co-worker/singer Zeitlin Perez also interviewed him for Urban Latino, where he proudly announced “URBAN LATINO COULDN'T BE MORE ME!”:
 

"Voy a reir, voy a bailar
Vivir mi Vida lalalala
Voy a reir, voy a gozar
Vivir mi Vida lalalala"
  (My new anthem)
XO!

Monday, May 20, 2013

HANGING OUT WITH LD & JHONI!




Earlier last month OSS correspondent, Samantha Vargas had the privilege to interview talented duo LD & JHONI. Sam caught up with them right after their performance at Best Buy in Time Sq, where they opened up for Reggaeton sensation, Tito El Bambino (did I mention it was for Billboard en Concierto?)! .  The crowd went wild - especially the ladies!

Check Sam out as she steals a scene with the boys (Video Interview):
 INTERVIEW

The boys were also part of Romeo Santos’ "The King Stays King Tour", where they performed in 7 cities.
 
 Glenn Acosta (Marc Anthony's road manager) had the vision to bring the duo together. With the help of acclaimed producer & arranger, Angel Fernandez, veteran music attorney/manager Elva Mason and Glenn Acosta, there's no doubt that LD & JHONI will make their mark in the Latin music scene!
 
When they are not on stage, they're just normal down to earth, family oriented, educated, FINE young men.

 Latest single: Mi SueƱo
 
follow them on Facebook and Twitter!
  
XO!
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" - The recap

 

 
 
 
Last Wednesday, we had the honor to attend an exclusive movie premiere for Free Angela And All Prisoners. The premiere was held at the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture in New York City.  The documentary was directed and written by the beautiful Shola Lynch.  Overbrook Entertainment, ROC Nation, and BET Networks joined forces on the production of the documentary!
 
Jada Pinkett Smith:
“We at Overbrook Entertainment are very proud to support this intriguing documentary about the life of Angela Davis” 

 “Filmmaker Shola Lynch has done an incredible job in revealing a piece of American history we thought we all knew.”

JAY Z:  
“Shola Lynch has crafted an intricate and compelling film about Angela Davis. Roc Nation is honored to be part of a creative collective that can present such a riveting story.”
 
BET Networks: 
“We are proud to be a partner in this film and to share powerful stories of justice such as this that will resonate with our audience.”
Before the screening we were hanging out by the red carpet and saw some popular faces! Amongst them - the lady of the hour herself - the one and only, Angela Davis. She looked marvelous walking down the red carpet!
 
We also witnessed the beautiful Jada Pinkett Smith (in a gorgeous Miu Miu gown) and her charasmatic (talented) hubby, Will Smith walk in hand-in-hand at the New York premiere of “Free Angela”! The power couple, were part of the audience supporting the film.
The documentary chronicles the manhunt, trial, and acquittal of Angela Davis. It’s an engaging documentary, told for the first time by Ms. Davis, herself and others who lived through the events firsthand. The interviews recount the politics that led her to challenge authority and spur a worldwide movement for her freedom that cemented Angela Davis, and her signature Afro hairstyle, as an iconic symbol of this still relevant political and social movement — the right to challenge the system. The film is not only a vital part of American history, it's about the cause, the movement, and how the world rallied to "Free Angela."
The film delivers by empowering and inspiring diverse international audiences with its message of hope and redemption!
You know her name. Now, you will finally know her story
 
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If FREE ANGELA is not playing in your town, you can request to host your own screening on Tugg.com.  Tugg.com allows anyone to create their own screening of FREE ANGELA at their local theater with friends and family.


Synopsis: Free Angela is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California philosophy professor into a controversial political icon in the turbulent late 1960’s. Angela Davis joins the Communist Party, protests with the Black Panthers, and becomes a principle spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement. As a result, she finds herself Fighting to keep her job, and in the national media spotlight characterized by her many detractors as a dangerous subversive menace, and by her supporters as a strong leader challenging authority and boldly advocating for “Power to All People.”
 
 
 XO!
 
p.s - NEW SITE COMING SOON :D
 
 


Billboard En Concierto: Live performances by Tito El Bambino & LD & JHONI (TONIGHT)



When: (TODAY) Wednesday, APRIL 10th
Who: Tito El Bambino and LD & Jhoni
Time: 8PM
Where: Best Buy Theater
(1515 Broadway at 44th St)

For the fourth consecutive year, Billboard will present its annual concert series Billboard en Concierto in the lead up to the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The acclaimed- seven city, invitation only music series will feature live performances by chart-toppers 3BallMTY, tropical superstar Tito El Bambino and talented duo, LD & JHONI.

Billboard En Concierto -- a partnership with Telemundo Station Group and entertainment company Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) -- broke ground in 2010 by being the first live concert series that featured performances by finalists from The Billboard Latin Music Awards.

 
To see full schedule click here

NEW SITE coming soon :D
 
XO!



Friday, March 15, 2013

Golden Era: The Excursion ft. Q-Tip (dj set), Tony Touch and DJ Soul:

 
 
Q-tip is a Grammy winning hip-hop artist, producer and dj that helped pioneer a Golden Era in modern music by blending Jazz, funk and R&B influences into hiphop. On Friday, March 29, at SRB Brooklyn, Q-Tip will lead a sonic Excursion into the mind of a self-described musical “scientist.”Here’s a video glimpse into Q-Tips live musical journey: http://youtu.be/lMo-6dBeZ5Y?t=10s
 
Closing the night, the legendary Tony Touch is known in many circles as the “Mix-tape King.”Tony Touch’s career includes successful stints as a B-boy, artist, producer and DJ.His live set reflects his Latin heritage within his hip-hop lifestyle.
 
Setting the stage for these two hip-hop legends on March 29 is DJ Soul, one of the most sought after DJs in the industry.DJ Soul’s mix-tapes are critically acclaimed and among some of the most downloaded of all time.
Also spinning will be Bembe’s own genre blending resident music mixologist, DJ Ushka
 
Who:Q-tip (dj set), Tony Touch, DJ Soul, DJ Ushka
When: Friday March 29th, 2013
Time: 8:30pm
Where: SRB Brooklyn
177 2ndAve (and 14th St), Park Slope, Brooklyn, 11221