Wednesday, September 29, 2010

LaLa Vazquez: Puerto Rican Can Be "BLACK" Too!

This is an article that my friend Celina shared with me earlier this year and I totally forgot to post it to the blog. The piece was written by Natasha of --> I found the article interesting and relevant to my own story. Being a second-generation Garifuna and Afro-Honduran from the East Coast, I always caught a lot of slack from people trying to define me when I first moved to Texas and even now as an adult. People would be like, "Oh! You speak spanish? So are you black?" I would sarcastically look at my skin and reply with, "Last time I checked yeah." Or as my cousin International Stro says, "Same ship, different trip." I used to get really frustrated with having to explain myself. Then I came to the realization that the problem stems from peoples lack of exposure. The media is also responsible. If you watch television (spanish or general market), you would think that all Latinos are blonde-haired and blue-eyed or brown. As my mentor Dr. Subervi said in his Latinos and Media class, "You can look at Latinos as a bell curve when it comes to the various races that make up the ethnicity." Now, I just respond with, "Google me." Bless,


LaLa Vazquez wrote a personal note addressing all the drama that tends to ensue when people discuss her (and other Boricuas' for that matter) racial background. She says that while both of her parents are Puerto Rican, that makes her Puerto Rican. But she also says that doesn't mean she's not "black" as well. LaLa explains that black and Puerto Rican are not always mutually exclusive...and she schools people on her Latina heritage and what she teaches her son Kiyan. Her words when you read the rest...
A lot of people don't realize that I'm Latina, which is fine. One thing about being Latina is that there isn't one look that comes with the territory. I don't expect people to know my cultural background just by glancing at me. I do, however, expect that when I tell people my family is from Puerto Rico, that I will be believed and not accused of trying to be something that I'm not. It usually goes something like this: a person having a conversation with me discovers one way or another that I'm Puerto Rican and fluent in Spanish. That person then expresses their shock over these realizations for any number of reasons--common responses are, "You don't look Latina" and "I thought you were black!" I never said I wasn't black. And since when does being black and being Latina have to be mutually exclusive? In my experience, people tend to have an uninformed and rather narrow view of what it means to be Puerto Rican. For me, not looking like some people's idea of a typical Latina has been challenging and often painful. I constantly find myself trying to justify who I am, and why should I? I'm proud of my heritage and my family. Both of my parents are from Puerto Rico. They raised two kids in Brooklyn and later in New Jersey, where we ate arroz con gandules and pasteles and listened to salsa music. I feel just as at home in Puerto Rico, where I still have tons of family, including aunts, uncles and cousins. Puerto Rico is in my blood. And that has nothing to do with the color of my skin. I'm not angry with anyone who doesn't understand the complexities of race and culture. And I'm also not interested in having long, drawn out conversations about how it's possible for me to look like this and speak Spanish. In fact, sometimes I make it a point not to mention my parents' birthplace because I don't always feel like having the inevitable discussion that follows. Instead, I let people look at me and come to their own conclusions. As I start to get my feet wet in Hollywood, I already know that there are certain parts I won't even be considered for. The character can be Puerto Rican and speak Spanish just like me, but Hollywood defines Latina as Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara. As beautiful as they are, we're not all one race in Latin America. But I don't go to auditions so that I can give history lessons to film executives. I'd rather skip the entire process. I'm raising my son to understand who he is, and it's my hope that he'll never let others define him. It reflects poorly on us when we don't educate ourselves about the rest of the world and what it looks like. I encourage people who are interested to learn more, do research and ask informed questions. If you're lucky enough to visit various countries in Latin America, you'll be baffled to see the blackest of the black and the lightest of the light living together. And I dare you to ask one of them to prove their latinidad.

Cam'Ron Feat. Vado - Soul Plane (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Another one from the kid Vado and Cam. HARLEM!!! Bless


Monday, September 27, 2010

Diesel Presents. . . Only The Brave + Camron & Vado "Speaking In Tungs"

The first video is a dope piece that Diesel did on the kid Vado and Nipsey Hustle narrated by Common. I am happy to see the kid Vado doing his thing and repping Harlem and NY to the fullest. East Side what up!!!! Peep the kids Gettin Lite in the "Speaking In Tungs" video. Also happy to see the kid Nipsey Hustle getting his shine too. Been a fan of his since first heard DJ Wonder play his joints on Shade 45. Hip Hop is really a business now a days. Bless!


Diesel Presents...Only The Brave: Vado
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

D-Block Freestyle on Funmaster Flex's Show

This is a freestyle featuring Sheek Louch, Styles P, and Bully of D-Block kicking a freestyle on Funkmaster Flex's radio show. If you all didn't know, D-Block is my favorite crew of mc's. They have consistently ripped the mike from jump street. Bless!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Top Notch w/DJ Excel

This Friday at Zubar, my dude Sober will be hosting his Top Notch monthly featuring special guest Excel from Los Angeles. I gotta say that Excel is one of my favorite dj's to bump in the iPod and I am looking forward to finally being able to catch him live. Bless!


Pictures f/2010 Honduran & Central American Parade - Bronx, NY

These are pictures that mi primo Teofilo Colon of Being Garifuna took at this years Honduran & Central American Parade. The parade is held annually and ends at Crotona Park in the Bronx. SALUTE to all my Garifuna bredren making moves in the Tri-State area and worldwide. Bless!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Parrot Arrested In Colombia

Apparently this parrot was arrested. The drug dealers in Colombia apparently trained the parrot to be a look out and alert the criminals when the law was near. I gotta say that this is one of the funniest stories I have heard all year. Bless!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Kidrae Illtellect Fall Promo

Dope video shot and edited by Kidrae for M.Knight's illtellect Fall 2010 line. The treatment and story is very dope. Shot out to M.Knight too on the fall designs. Bless!


Illtellect. Fall, 2010 from Kiddrae on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

AV at Ten Degrees, NYC

This was video shot of me by my dude Chuck while I was dj'n at Ten Degrees last month in NYC.



Thursday, September 9, 2010

Dope on Plastic - September

Be sure to check D.O.P. this weekend with the homie Sober. Here is a description via



The fourth edition of Dope On Plastic will take place next Saturday. This month’s guest will be Austin’s own Prince Klassen. Klassen just returned from a couple month stay in Japan and is ready to drop some Gems on you. This dude stays digging and I am super excited to have him back in Dallas for this event. Come through and rock with us. All vinyl and it’s FREE folks!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fuego Ft. Deevani - Que Buena Tu Ta

This tune has been in heavy rotation in my iPod and Serato. You can't help but get down to the beat of merengue urbano. Bless!