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Bombazo Caribbean Skirts Featured at New York Fashion Week

By: Javier Pedroza 

Milteri Tucker Concepción is a busy and multi-talented Afro Boricua who holds degrees in Biology, Chemistry and a master’s in Dance Education. She is an author, a mother and was casted in Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights the movie. As we approach #NYFW2021, Milteri puts on another hat, as designer.

Milteri is the founder of BOMBAZO and the artistic director of Bombazo Dance Co. The Puerto Rican-Bronx based non-profit dance organization’s focus is to educate, advocate, preserve and perform Bomba Puertorriqueña. As an author, educator and master Bomba dancer, she lectures across the United States and the world. I sat with Milteri and we spoke about Bomba, fashion and Puerto Rico.

Milteri, tell our readers, who is Milteri Tucker Concepción? 

Well, I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and grew up with a passion for dance since I was 5 years old. I  recall dancing in “la Sala”(the living room) with three of the most influential women in my life: my grandmother, mother and aunt. As part of my upbringing I remember dancing, planting and assisting my elders in the kitchen. I also vividly recall shopping for fabrics with my aunt and watching my grandmother Abuela Teresa, warmly referred to as “Mama” sewing. My aunt “Titi” Maria Concepción was a designer who attended FIT and designed clothes for top actors in Puerto Rico. I was blessed to have been raised in a household full of  love, and love for my culture!

As a teenager, I studied dance in La Escuela de Bellas Artes in Ponce, PR. At 17, [I] moved to NYC to pursue careers in dance and science. In 2006, I graduated with a dual major of Dance and Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Hunter College. I currently hold a masters degree in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt. Today I am a renowned Bomba master dancer, choreographer, scholar, dance educator and author. [I wrote] the first bilingual Bomba children’s book, titled “Bomba Puertorriqueña” and illustrated by Boricua artist, Mia Roman.

I’ve had the privilege to perform in multiple venues across NYC and the world – from the prestigious Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, City Center, Summerstage, Pregones Theater, BAAD, The Latin Billboards Awards, dancing for Don Omar with choreography by Maria Torres O’Connor, to amazing community centers.

I am a cultural warrior (guerrera cultural) who safeguards our traditions of Bomba Puertorriquenas, via [my] 501c3 non-profit dance organization: Bombazo Dance Co, Inc and international brand of Caribbean dance skirts: Bombazo Wear-Bomba & Caribbean Dance Skirts®. I was recently  featured in Lin Manuel Miranda’s movie, In The Heights, as the Bomba representation.

How was your experience filming ‘In the Heights’?

Being invited to dance Bomba for In the Heights was a surreal experience and a dream come true! It was an honor to represent our African heritage through our traditional dances. However, one of my favorite memories came after the movie premiered…. I had the opportunity to open the 2021 Virtual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC, where Lin and I danced Bomba together.

What is the history of Bomba?

Bomba is Puerto Rico’s oldest musical genre, dating back to the 17th century and created by the African enslaved and free people of color from the Caribbean. This was one of the ways they communicated in our coastal sugarcane and coffee plantations.  It is a secular practice, where the community gathers to sing, dance and drum.

Why did you create Bombazo Dance Company?

I founded Bombazo Dance Company to show the world that Puerto Rico has rich African ancestry, and that our traditions are very much alive. As a Bomba dance company, we communicate through dance and drumming. [This is] reflected in our traditional folk art dancers. It is also important to create a safe space to fuse Bomba with other forms of dance – such as ballet, contemporary, social dances and dances of the African and Caribbean diaspora.

What inspired you to create Bombazo dance wear? 

At the same time I started Bombazo Dance Company, I was teaching Bomba classes to the community and needed skirts. Believe it or not, it was hard to find a seamstress who could make Caribbean skirts or a location to purchase them. I wanted to create skirts that fit all Caribbean dance styles, because I am that dancer. And voilà – Bombazo Wear Bomba Caribbean Skirts was born! My mother, Dr. Margarita Concepción, and I are the CEOs and we sew the [skirts] too. Our skirts are handmade, custom[ized] and tailored to each client. A part of the funds go to aid families affected by the earthquakes in Southern Puerto Rico.

How does it feel to be invited to NYFW 2021 / Harlem Fashion Week?

It is an honor to have been invited to showcase for a second time in HFM! The organizers are truly showcasing diversity within their shows and providing  opportunities for designers of color to present their designs to the world. It’s important to me – as a woman of color, a Latina and AfroBoricua – [that] they understand my vision of dance as fashion. And my skirts have fashion written all over them!

Tell us about your upcoming collection “Resistencia y Libertá!” (Resistance and Freedom)

I am the creator of the Puerto Rican Bomba Flag Skirt®. A flag; its colors, represents a collective orgullo – pride for its people. Our flag was conceived and designed here in NYC. It was prohibited to fly The Puerto Rican flag in both Puerto Rico and New York at one time. Its pride is back after Hurricane Maria, [now] you see our colors in every town’s building and rinconcito (corner) in both Puerto Rico and the diaspora! Therefore, my new collection for 2021 is titled: “Resistencia y Libertá!” Where each skirt in the collection represents a social cause affecting Puerto Rico – such as the cultural resistencia by the people, No al Feminicidio, Boricua hasta en la Luna, Afroboricuaness, LGBTQ+ representation and support in the Bomba Community, ect. It is important to note that this is a brand and line designed and sewn by a Bomba dancer, a person from the community. These are skirts [are designed] with a mission. Part of the funds go to help families affected by the earthquakes in the South of Puerto Rico and organizations/community ensembles continuing the labor of safeguarding Bomba traditions in the island.

Any advice for the youth who want to connect and immerse themselves with their African roots and Culture?

Learn about all parts of you! That makes you unique and special. Speak to your elders: abuelas, abuelos, tias, tios and elders from your community. They have a lot of wisdom and years of experience you can learn from. Always connect to your culture, to your African roots! There is an African proverb I love : “Sankofa– in order to move forward you must know your past!” Know who you are, where you come from, so that you can pass the knowledge to your next generation! Ubuntu! (an African Proverb [that] means “I am because we ALL are!”)

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ELLE CANADA × PRIYANKA

KO Média is excited to unveil the summer issue of ELLE Canada featuring “Canada’s First drag Superstar” Priyanka. The Indo-queer West Indian queen talks about leaving her job to be on the first season of Canada’s Drag Race, filming her debut EP’s lead single and why the show was exactly what Canadians needed last year. “A show like Canada’s Drag Race lets us see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was like ‘At least we have this. At least we’re all in this together.’” After performing across the country, she appreciates the warm welcomes and the support she’s received. “Getting that audience to come out and see you is so important because that’s what being Canadian is all about. We’re not a melting pot; we’re a fruit salad!”

Priyanka will also be hosting Pride Toronto’s 2021 digital parade, in honor of the massive and inclusive fest’s 40 year anniversary – just one of Elle’s front row tips for what’s hot this summer. Other recommendations include Tiffany’s engagement rings for men; flattering Canada-made, limited edition swimwear for all body types from Nettle’s Tale; and the most natural “no-makeup makeup” from Bobbi Brown’s new line.

Speaking of summer fun, if you love musicals, we’ve got the inside scoop on the breakout movie of the season, with “In the Heights” star Melissa Barrera dishing on going from telenovelas to Hollywood, working with the film’s triple-threat team (including Hamilton’s Anthony Ramos) and what the film means for the Latinx community.

Film buffs will also love our behind-the-scenes look at some of the world’s most reputable costume designers, from the dichromatic wardrobes of the Capulets in Romeo + Juliet to the 15 identical coats sewn for Ryan Gosling (and his Blade Runner 2049 stuntman).

In fashion, it’s the summer of sex, with hot days and sweaty nights driving the desire for sexy, slinky strings criss-crossed over exposed waists and diaphanous layers revealing bra tops and thongs. Meanwhile, the ‘70s are back, with flared jeans, old-school knits, happy face accessories (think 24-karat-gold-plated earrings)… and the retro rise of roller skating, as championed by fashionistas including Zendaya and Dua Lipa – complete with high-heel skates.

In beauty, we tell you how to get that healthy summer glow, and talk to an expert about the best sunscreens (and what most people are doing wrong when they apply them!).

And we take a closer look at ourselves, delving into body hair stigma (why exactly are we still shaving our legs again?); how social media and the desire for a perfect smile is leading to a rise in dental veneers; and whether we’re getting addicted to isolation. Instead of FOMO, could the end of the pandemic trigger the fear of missing in?

The summer issue of ELLE Canada will hit stands and Apple News+ on June 21th, 2021. Read the digital issue HERE.

About ELLE
The ELLE network today, including France and the international editions, reaches more than 33 million readers worldwide: 45 editions of ELLE in 43 countries, 25 editions of ELLE Decoration, 5 editions of ELLE à Table, 2 editions of ELLE Men and 1 edition of ELLE Girl. It also represents 45 ELLE local websites, gathering nearly 100 million unique visitors per month. Lagardère Group, owner of ELLE & ELLE Decoration brands, partners with prestigious publishing houses worldwide, through license contracts: With Hearst Magazines, publishing 15 editions of ELLE and 12 editions of ELLE Decoration, in 14 countries. With Burda, Aller, Ringier and 21 other partners in 29 countries, publishing 30 editions of ELLE and 13 editions of ELLE Decoration. The Lagardère Group is a global leader in content publishing, production, broadcasting and distribution.

About the Group KO
The Group KO is made up of Productions KOTV, Productions KO Scène, KO 24, KO Média and KO Éditions. Run by the screenwriter-humourist-comedian-producer Louis Morissette, the group is motivated by the desire to tell stories that captivate the public, and to do so by mastering each creative aspect that goes into doing that. Whether it’s television shows, performances, films or magazines, the mission of the group is very simple: conquer the world, and then entertain them. In an industry full of possibilities, the KO Group sees opportunities and takes them.

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Anthony Ramos – Blessings

ANTHONY RAMOS DROPS NEW SINGLE BLESSINGS, LISTEN TO BLESSINGS HERE 

Celebrated actor and singer Anthony Ramos shares a new single entitled Blessings via Republic Records today.

Listen to Blessings here

Powered by upbeat high-energy production, the track highlights his dynamic vocals, slick charisma, and undeniable star power. His voice rises and falls with the bounce before exploding on the dance floor-ready hook, Shawty wanna bless me…Shawty feelin’ sexy… Be on the lookout for the premiere of the music video May 21st.

Blessings follows hot on the heels of Say Less which Ramos released last month.  Beyond tallying 1 million total streams, it attracted widespread critical acclaim right out of the gate. Rolling Stone praised it as an unabashedly steamy piece of R&B, and Billboard declared his seductive, effervescent croon on ‘Say Less’, an atmospheric R&B late-night jam in the vein of the Weeknd. About the red hot music video featuring Ramos’s In The Heights costar Melissa Barrera, Remezcla wrote, Ramos and Barrera let off some major steam. The new music showcases a more sensuous Pop/R&B sound for the artist.

My debut album was incredibly personal and autobiographical, says Ramos. ‘Blessings’ is a celebration of life, a toast to the world opening up, and all the blessings that come with it.

In addition to releasing new music, Ramos recently starred in Calvin Klein’s new Spring 2021 campaign alongside stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Jacob Elordi. This May, he will also appear in HBO’s reimagining of the Emmy Award-winning series In Treatment opposite Uzo Aduba.  He will also star in Lin Manuel Miranda’s highly anticipated big screen adaptation of In The Heights, which will be released in theaters and available via HBO Max, on June 11th.

The Blessings just keep coming from Anthony Ramos. Stay tuned for more exciting news soon!

ABOUT ANTHONY RAMOS

Anthony Ramos was born and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn and is of Puerto Rican descent. Recently included on TIME100’s prestigious Next list that highlights emerging leaders who are shaping the future, Ramos will soon be seen as the lead in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly-anticipated In the Heights feature film directed by Jon M. Chu in theatres and streaming on June 11 on HBO Max. This May, he will also appear in HBO’s reimagining of the Emmy Award-winning series In Treatment opposite Uzo Aduba. In 2019, Ramos released his debut album, The Good & The Bad, via Republic Records. The album received extensive critical praise and debuted in the Top 10 on iTunes Pop Albums Chart upon release. His 2020 uplifting single Stop spoke to the unprecedented times of the pandemic and social activism. This year, the prolific artist will release his highly anticipated sophomore album.

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Anthony Ramos of Republic Records "Say Less" Artwork uploaded by Danielle Gonzalez for use by 360 Magazine

ANTHONY RAMOS – SAY LESS

ANTHONY RAMOS HEATS THINGS UP IN MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “SAY LESS” FEATURING “IN THE HEIGHTS” CO-STAR MELISSA BARRERA

WATCH “SAY LESS” HERE

LISTEN TO “SAY LESS” HERE

Anthony Ramos releases the official music video for his new single “Say Less” today featuring Ramos’ “In The Heights” co-star Melissa Barrera and directed by Bobby Hanaford–watch HERE

“‘Say Less’ is a transition song into this darker world I am exploring in my music,” says Ramos. “This video is a depiction of two people in a fleeting inferno of a relationship–one that can never be stable–but is too amazing to give up in spite of the inevitable outcome,” he adds. “They’re keeping a flame alive that will eventually burn out or explode. Not sure how it’ll end up, but in the meantime ‘Say Less’.”

The latest single represents another major evolution for Ramos as it leans into a sensuous R&B sound and provocative lyrics and paves the way for more to come from the multitalented star.

In addition to releasing new music, Ramos recently starred in Calvin Klein’s new Spring 2021 campaign alongside stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Jacob Elordi. This May, he will also appear in HBO’s reimagining of the Emmy Award-winning series “In Treatment” opposite Uzo Aduba. He will also star in Lin Manuel Miranda’s highly anticipated big screen adaptation of “In The Heights”, which will be released in theaters and available via HBO Max, on June 11.

ABOUT ANTHONY RAMOS

Anthony Ramos was born and raised in Bushwick, Brooklyn and is of Puerto Rican descent. Recently included on TIME 100’s prestigious “Next” list that highlights emerging leaders who are shaping the future, Ramos will soon be seen as the lead in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s highly-anticipated “In the Heights” feature film directed by Jon M. Chu in theatres and streaming on June 18 on HBO Max. This May, he will also appear in HBO’s reimagining of the Emmy Award-winning series In Treatment opposite Uzo Aduba. In 2019, Ramos released his debut album, The Good & The Bad, via Republic Records. The album received extensive critical praise and debuted in the Top 10 on iTunes Pop Albums Chart upon release. His 2020 uplifting single “Stop” spoke to the unprecedented times of the pandemic and social activism. This year, the prolific artist, will release his highly anticipated sophomore album.

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G).  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.