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The Obatala Are A Group Of Afro-Mexican Women Dancing To Reconnect With Their Roots

"We this we want to consolidate our own culture, our own identity as black people."

A vibrant group of Afro-Mexican women living in the southern state of Oaxaca, the same region who up until 2015 struggled to be legally recognized by the Mexican government, are dancing fervently to reconnect with their African roots. The group, presumably named after Obatala, child of god and sculptor of mankind in Yoruba, used the Internet as their primary source of research.

"All the dancers are from Africa's northeast region," said lead dancer Anai Herrera, who also noted YouTube videos helped them learned their cultural moves. "We chose this area because after researching on the Internet, we realized that's where the slaves that came to our town came from. Our dance troupe did the research and we learned those dances."

The women also travel and perform throughout the region, determined to spread awareness of an identity historically disallowed from their narratives. "We keep dancing because we want people to know our culture," Herrera added. "Our dancing is an open invitation for young people to join us. We this we want to consolidate our own culture, our own identity as black people."

 

 

 

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By the end of the summer, Latin trap reggaetoneros and rappers will take the Brooklyn's Barclays Center stage for Soulfrito Music Festival (Aug. 30). The one-night-only music fete, which is returning to the NYC area for the second time, released the full line-up on Monday (June 24), and award-winning Latin singer Ozuna is sure to have fans entertained as the headliner.

Aside from being set to perform his single,"Baila Baila Baila," the 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards Artist of the Year made Latin history this year when he became the first to be nominated for 23 awards in 15 categories. Joining him on the performance roster are Jeremih, Farruko, Melii, Jay Critch and more, with A Boogie with the Hoodie, Arcangel, Gunna recently added to the lineup.

 

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Emphasizing the mainstream East Coast demographic, Soulfrito Music Festival is the first and largest music festival to bridge the Urban Latino and African American community. With a 17-year legacy, Soulfrito focuses on the diversity of the youth and Generation Z of the U.S.

The influential fest has successfully blended second and third generation multi-cultural Latino communities in the U.S. and with the festival being a supporter for the music industry's top supporters, it is predicted that by 2020 that Latinos will have the buy power of 1.7 trillion U.S. dollars, according to Statista.

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Lesandro Guzman-Feliz's Mother Shares Message For The Youth

A year ago, Bronx teen Lesandro Feliz-Guzman was brutally killed in a case of mistaken identity. Since the 15-year-old's passing, an investigation has led to the charging of 13 men involved in the attack. Now, his mother is speaking up on ensuring that people like those suspects remain in prison.

"That's the kind of people we have on the street," Leandra Feliz said to PIX11 "That's why we have to keep these killers in prison for life, because we're going to stop a little bit of crime with those kind of people." The case placed a spotlight on the Dominican Trinitarios gang, with alleged members that are being held responsible for Guzman-Feliz's death.

On the subject of protecting others from wayward activities, Feliz shared a statement that'll hopefully remain with those who are reading this as the summer approaches. "My message is, 'stay out of the street. Follow your fathers,'" she said. "Because the teenagers, they do what they want to do and they don't know what they're doing. Just follow the father and stay out of the street."

On June 20, 2018, Feliz-Guzman was fatally stabbed by a group of men in the Bronx's Belmont neighborhood (East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue). The suspects believed the teen was a rival gang affiliate. PIX11 notes five of the attackers face guilty charges of first-degree murder, second-degree gang assault, second-degree conspiracy, and second-degree murder. CNN reports eight more suspects will be tried in the near future.

In memory of the teen, Power actress LaLa Anthony, who assisted the family in finances after Feliz-Guzman's murder, honored him on her Instagram page: "You have forever changed so many people's lives, including mine."

 

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Premiere: El Alfa And J Alvarez Pay Homage To The Muchachos In "Me Da La Mismo" Video

El Alfa and J Alvarez have created a cheeky anthem for all the hard working dudes whose girlfriends don’t appreciate them. The video for their latest single “Me Da Lo Mismo,” is dotted with scenes in colorful supermarkets and desert-like props, the video looks like a screenshot of Coachella posting Instagram accounts.

With a mélange of intricate beats and auto-tune voices, El Alfa has put the Dominican Republic’s dembow genre on the map, garnering attention from mainstream America and its artists. He’s collaborated with Cardi B on “Mi Mami”  and has worked with mega-producer Diplo on singles like “TecnoBow.”

And he’s also getting praise from producers that predominantly dominate the reggaeton scene in Puerto Rico and abroad. “That music that El Alfa and Mozart La Para and all these guys are doing over there, that’s what’s popping right now,” Tainy, a well known who has worked with Bad Bunny,” told Rolling Stone. “It feels like you’re on a vacation over there. The Dominican Republic has so much talent. They deserve that respect.”

Watch the video for "Me Da Lo Mismo" above.

 

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