at the Women's March On Washington on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Latinx Music Journalists On The Guise Of Intersectional Feminism In America

"[White] women don't always put everything on the line for women of color in the ways that women of color put everything on the line for our communities."

Thousands have joined hands for the "A Day Without A Woman" strike on Wednesday (Mar. 8), which follows the historic Women's March on Washington held in the wake of Donald Trump's inauguration.

Though the demonstration became the largest inaugural protest in U.S. history, it also cemented what women of color have known to be true for decades: their voices are diminished in traditional feminist circles.

Just in time for International Women's Day, Remezcla music editor Isabelia Herrera, Radio Menea host Veronica Bayetti Flores and VIBE's very own senior editor Marjua Estevez stopped by NPR's Alt.Latino to weigh in on the current climate of activism in the U.S. while tying the likes of Nina Simone and Beyoncé into the conversation. Here are some takeaways:

On Women's March:
"Did [the Women's March] inspire women to take action? Sure. Why not? But I think it should be made clear that women have always been in the trenches. We've always been at the forefront of any political movement. Really look into the Young Lords, the Black Panthers, even the Brown Berets--I think one of the things that has contributed to this element of visibility is the digital age that we're in. We aren't just reading about what's going on in the newspaper, or textbooks or pamphlets. The female presence can no longer be glossed over as in previous eras. There is no revolution without the woman." —Marjua Estevez

On the guise of intersectional feminism:
"There's a lot of frictions and divisions within the movement, and white women don't always put everything on the line for women of color in the ways that women of color put everything on the line for our communities." —Veronica Bayetti Flores

"More than anything else, [the Women's March], for me, [brought] to light how much work we still have to do as a collective. It was also a poignant reminder of the historic oppression and silencing of black and brown women by our Anglo counterparts." —Marjua Estevez

"I personally felt we [needed] to do a better job of uplifting and celebrating trans women...I think we need to do a better job of changing the rhetoric and the messaging of a lot of the signs and the way the movement has very specifically focused on cisgender women." —Isabelia Herrera

On reclaiming Brujería:
"Part of the colonization of the American continent was the Catholic Church in Latin America, and with that came a lot of demonization of indigenous and Afro-diasporic religions that came with slaves, and reclaiming that is very powerful because a lot of times Brujería, if it's in our family or if our family seek out brujas, was always hushed. It was a little bit shameful. We didn't talk about it very much, so a lot of women right now are talking about that unapologetically. It's about reclaiming a legacy outside of colonization." —Veronica Bayetti Flores

Listen to "Celebrating Mujeres: Butterflies, Brujas And Bey" here:

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Ozuna To Headline 2019 Soulfrito Music Fest

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.

Take a listen to Ozuna's hit records below:

 

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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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