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Nicole Zignago - Asi Me Siento Hoy ep cover art via Warner Music Latina for use by 360 MAGAZINE

Nicole Zignago – Asi Me Siento Hoy

Singer-songwriter Nicole Zignago presents her first EP “Asi Me Siento Hoy” and launches a new single 7 Letras,” available NOW on digital platforms. “This is how I feel today” includes his hits “Karate,” “Who would say ft. LAGOS,” “Questions (?),” ”Feelings” and “I Like That I Like You”. Each of the songs that are included in this EP details some of the facets that we face when being in a love relationship.

Her new single “7 Letras” , which accompanies the release of this EP, is a song produced by Manu Lara , Venezuelan producer behind the successes of Bad Bunny, Kali Uchis, Rauw Alejandro and Sebastián Yatra. This song talks about the moment when a message with seven letters, “call me” anticipates the end of a love. It is a song that singer – songwriter Nicole Zignago wrote alongside Marcos Mares , Manu Lara and Borja García Nieto .

“7 Letras” is the second theme in a third of songs that review the phase of falling in love: “Me Gusta Que Me Gustes” and “7 Letras” with the stage in which it ends and finally the moment in which that love is overcome. “7 Letras” is accompanied by a video directed by director José Lupercio , which was filmed in Mexico City in one of the most emblematic former convents, located in the Desierto de los Leones. This is a video that conveys that fear we feel when we are about to lose that love for that person that matters so much to us, and the more we hold on, the more we push that person away. This video clip is now available on Nicole Zignago‘s YouTube channel.

Nicole Zignago is a singer-songwriter of Peruvian descent, born in the United States and a graduate of Berklee College Of Music. She draws the attention of the public for the various covers that she uploaded to her YouTube channel and for being the co-author of the hit “1,2,3” performed by Sofía Reyes .

Nicole Zignago is a singer and songwriter who has spent most of her time between Peru, Los Angeles and Boston; making her musical proposal a refreshing mix of current Pop. She began singing and writing songs since she was little and upon graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2019 she is signed by Warner Chappell Latin .

She has a captivating voice and a special sensitivity when writing; well, she describes stories in a unique way and comes to revolutionize pop with his musical project this 2020. She has written “1,2,3” (Sofia Reyes ft Jason Derulo and DeLaGhetto), “Taxi” (Mariah ft. Guaynaa), “Balada para perrear” by Las Villa, among others, and has collaborated with various international artists such as “La Ola” with Marco Mares, “Miento” with Leonel García and the most recent “Mirar back” with the Spanish Vic Mirallas.

In May 2020, she officially released his first single, entitled Questions (?), entering Peru’s Viral 50 with a month of release. Then in August she continued on the charts of the 50 most viral in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Uruguay and Nicaragua with “Ella (Remix de Ellas)” together with Pitizion and Kenya Os. Subsequently, the launch of “Feelings” again enters the Viral 50 of Spain, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Uruguay. In February 2021, a month after the launch of “Who would say it” together with LAGOS, they enter the 50 most viral in Peru and Colombia.

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INSIDE THE FIRST TAKE

Japan’s No.1 YouTube omnibus music channel THE FIRST TAKE has announced the overseas streaming of the conceptual concert, INSIDE THE FIRST TAKE on Stagecrowd.

Performers will include ALI, who sang “LOST IN PARADISE feat. AKLO” (the ending theme of 1st season of the TV anime Jujutsu Kaisen), yama, who sang “Oz.” (the ending theme of the 1st season of the TV anime “Ranking of Kings”), and many others.

The archived footage of the conceptual concert, “INSIDE THE FIRST TAKE,” organised by the YouTube channel “THE FIRST TAKE,” will be streamed overseas on Stagecrowd.

“THE FIRST TAKE” is a YouTube channel from Japan that films and releases videos featuring artist performances shot in a single take. The channel has over 6 million subscribers — the most out of all omnibus music channels in Japan.

Performances are filmed in a pure white space with the artist in front of a single mic. The production is simple and stripped down, and the resulting footage highlights the artist’s pure talent.

In this conceptual concert, fans can witness the single-take filming style of “THE FIRST TAKE.” In addition, before an artist’s performance, an exclusive documentary about the track that will be performed will also be shown with English subtitle, deepening your understanding of the song.

Featured performers include popular artists who made global hits such as ALI, who sang “LOST IN PARADISE feat. AKLO” (the ending theme of 1st season of the TV anime “Jujutsu Kaisen”),  yama, who sang “Oz.” (the ending theme of the 1st season of the TV anime “Ranking of Kings”), ReoNa, who sang “ANIMA” (the opening theme of the TV anime “Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld”), and many others.

It’s the first ever live performance from THE FIRST TAKE, gathering artists that have been trending

INSIDE THE FIRST TAKE

■ What is “THE FIRST TAKE”?

“THE FIRST TAKE” is a YouTube channel that captures artists’ amazing vocal performances in a single take on stunning 4K quality.

The channel was established on 15th November 2019,  and in less than a year reached 2 million subscribers in September 2020. The next year the number increased by 3 million, bringing the total number of subscribers to 5 million.

Amongst all Japanese music YouTube channels (outside of official artist accounts), “THE FIRST TAKE” was the fastest channel to reach 5 million and 6 million subscribers and is the most subscribed channel for the Japanese omnibus genre.

Artists who have appeared on “THE FIRST TAKE” include LiSA, who sang the global hit Gurenge, the first opening theme of the TV anime “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba,” and TK from Ling tosite Sigure, who sang “unravel”, the first opening theme of the TV anime “Tokyo Ghoul.”

In addition, many artists from outside Japan have also appeared, such as Stray Kids, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Jun. K (from 2PM), and Pentatonix (who appeared in a collaboration song with Little Glee Monster).

The channel is popular with the international audience, with about 30% of the subscribers being overseas users from countries and regions such as Taiwan, Indonesia, the United States, and the Philippines.

■ Stream Information

Thursday, 16 June 2022
ALI / Creepy Nuts / Da-iCE / yama

Saturday, 18 June 2022
Soushi Sakiyama / HENTAI SHINSHI CLUB / miwa / ReoNa  

Opening (Stream Opens) 19: 30 / Start (Concert Starts) 20:00 / 

End (Concert Ends) Approximately 22:30

*Archive: 1 week from stream date (DAY1 until 23 June 23:59 / DAY2 until 25 June 23:59)

*All times in JST

1-Day ticket: 2000 Yen

Ticket Purchase / Viewing URL (For Overseas Fans)

Available Countries/Regions

Japan / Taiwan / Hong Kong / Macau / Thailand / Malaysia / Singapore/ Brazil / Peru / Australia / New ZealandUK / Germany / France / Italy / SpainUS / Canada / Mexico

* Archive will be available for viewing approximately 1 hour after the end of the stream.

* After purchasing the ticket, cancellations, changes, and refunds are not possible for reasons other than the postponement or cancellation of the performance.

* Due to issues with the internet infrastructure or broadcast system, video and audio may be interrupted, and the performance may be temporarily suspended or terminated halfway.

* This performance is a paid, ticketed live stream. All rights are owned by the organizer. Screen recording, filming, and recording with cameras, smartphones, etc. are all prohibited.

YouTube Channel「THE FIRST TAKE」

■ Program Concept

A single microphone placed in a white studio.

There is only one rule here:

Perform in a single take

Other than that, you can do anything.

What will you show with a single take?

Face the music with a single take.

Official Site

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Instagram

TikTok

THE FIRST TIMES

*This Press Release is provided by Stagecrowd

Nicole Zignago 'Me Gusta Que Me Gustes' cover art via Warner Music Latina for use by 360 MAGAZINE

Nicole Zignago – Me Gusta Que Me Gustes

Nicole Zignago releases her brand-new romantic, endearing single ‘me gusta que me gustes,’ which translates to ‘i like that you like me.’ Stream the single HERE!

Throughout the single, Nicole speaks to the exhilarating feelings that come with finding new love. She raves about the comfort of having those intimate feelings reciprocated by another.

When speaking about ‘me gusta gue me gustes,’ she states, “it is a song of celebration and reaffirmation of love, that you like that you like someone.”

The music video was produced under the focus of Juan Ariza and platformed this message of love to a whole new level. Filmed in Mexico City, the story throughout the video highlights being able to triumph over feelings of uncertainty that come with breakups. Placing the spotlight on true healing, the video emphasizes being able to trust oneself again enough to take another shot at finding love.

Nicole has affirmed herself as an emerging artist since the release of her first single ‘Prequntas (?).’ The single found itself amongst Spotify’s Viral 50 in Peru shortly after it came out. Nicole saw her other popular collaboration track ‘Ella (Remix de Ellas)’ with Pitizion and Kenya Os enter into Spotify’s Viral 50 once again in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Uruguay and Nicaragua.

Both of Nicole’s singles ‘Feelings and ‘Quién lo diría featuring Lagos have both entered the 50 most viral in Peru and Colombia. ‘Who would say’ accumulates a mass 1.7 million views on YouTube.

Blessd and Myke Towers inside 360 MAGAZINE

BLESSD – TENDENCIA GLOBAL

“Tendencia Global” Available Here 

Blessd, the artist who has broken the paradigms in Colombia and has become a reference of the genre across the globe presents his new single “Tendencia Global” alongside one of the urban genre’s Puerto Rican representatives, Myke Towers, a song full of energy that showcases the unique styles of each of the participating artists. A track that unites two powerhouses of the genre, Colombia and Puerto Rico, in a single production that will be heard in every corner of the planet. Parallel to this immense release, the artist announced his world tour that bears the name of the single: Tendencia Global Tour, the singer-songwriter will visit important territories such as: Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, United States, Mexico and Europe.

Tendencia Global” was born from Myke Towers’ initial interest in wanting to collaborate with the rising urban genre star, Blessd, considered by the Puerto Rican as the most relevant artist of the new school of the urban genre in Colombia. Towers, in an interview given to a well-known media outlet, which made its way around the world of reggaeton, expressed his interest in collaborating with Blessd, taken as the first step for such important collaboration in the music industry.

A collaboration to go down in history, Puerto Rico & Colombia which will go worldwide”… mentioned Blessed.

This new single was written by BlessdMyke Towers and Ovy On the Drums and performed by Blessd and Myke Towers. The production was carried out, in its entirety, by producer Ovy On The Drums, recognized for working with important artists such as Karol G, Nicky Jam, Becky G, Anuel AA and Piso 21 among others.

The video was shot and produced on the island of Puerto Rico, framing the beauty of the Caribbean beaches and the stunning architectural zone of old San Juan. The video combines close-up images of BlessdMyke Towers and Ovy On The Drums sequenced throughout the video, adding to all the technical levels of the recording, further demonstrating and recreating the music of this global hit.

The video was directed by Oscar Vasquez and DEIVY P and produced by DYPA FILMS, a production company that has worked with national and international artists such as Blessd, Ryan Castro, Lyanno, Anonimus, Valentino, Dekko, Javielo, Saga White Black, Lenny Tavarez, and Justin Quiles, among others.

Blessd, along with his label JM World Music – CigolWarner Music Latina and his management team Just One Cliick, headed by CEO Dr. Velasquez, will continue to work on and consolidate this global music project.

About Blessd:

Talent makes Antioquian urban singer Stiven Mesa Londoño one of the future promises of the genre. With only 22 years of age and a career that began recently, this singer, better known in the music industry as BLESSD, not only improvises and sings but also composes his songs.

His simplicity, charisma, ability to improvise as well as his love for music, have positioned him as one of the promising Colombians in the world of reggaeton, a genre that has allowed him to perform in different cities and events throughout the country, where his fan base chants the songs and motivate him to continue striving for his dream of one day selling out stadiums across different cities of the world.

BLESSD “TENDENCIA GLOBAL” OFFICIAL VIDEO

Hikers via Exodus Travel for use by 360 Magazine

Exodus Travel Voted Best Operator

Multi-award-winning small group and self-guided tour experts Exodus Travels have been named the Best Operator in National Geographic’s Traveller Magazine’s sixth annual Reader Awards. The awards acknowledge and celebrate the destinations, experiences, tour operators, personalities, and destinations that continue to make traveling truly great.

The 15 award categories were shortlisted by National Geographic judges and voted on by readers. Voters were asked to champion the locations and organizations that have supported their travel aspirations over the past 12 months. The companies that have provided exceptional customer support, retained consumer trust, and have continued to have a positive impact on the entire travel community during challenging times.

The Best Operator category celebrates the remarkable people behind the scenes ensuring travelers feel safe, inspired, and secure when turning their adventure dreams into realities. The reader votes were resoundingly in favor of Exodus Travels.

“We are thrilled to receive this award, and to have the support of the National Geographic Traveller Magazine judges, and our far-reaching travel community,” says Robin Brooks, Marketing & PR Director of Exodus Travels North America. “It’s a privilege to share this award with all the winners and to see the incredible people and places that continue to inspire global exploration and discovery. I’d like to congratulate the incredible local guides, teams, and travel industry partners we are privileged to work with across the globe. They have kept us smiling through the past 19 months – this win truly belongs to them!”

For close to 50 years, Exodus Travels has been providing a vast range of award-winning holidays across seven continents. Now, with over 250,000 people hosted, and more than 600 trips in 100 countries, the adventure travel company has the perfect travel itinerary for solo travels, couples, groups, or families, all ages, activity levels, and interests.

Here are a few of the many Exodus Travels itineraries that continue to inspire travelers year after year:

Italy: Walking The Amalfi Coast

Exodus’ best-selling tour with hundreds of happy travelers to prove it. Live like an Italian and be immersed in the land of La Dolce Vita’s famous Amalfi Coast. From walking the “Path of Gods,” unveiling the secrets of Pompeii and swimming in secret coves, to discovering Roman ruins, the isle of Capri, picnic lunches, and unparalleled cuisine. This trip has been running for over a decade, with guests staying at the beautiful Hotel Due Torri. The hotel is run by the Acampora family, providers of genuine Italian hospitality who embody the beauty of Italian living.

Costa Rica : Discover Costa Rica

Take a large dose of exotic animals, river cruises, stir in jungle hikes, expert local naturalist guides, the country’s most famous volcano, beach time, lava fields, hot springs, and an abundance of fresh local cuisine and you’ll get this spellbinding immersion in Costa Rica. Spot monkeys, sloths, sea turtles, giant butterflies, and more. Includes village visits, coffee and fruit plantations, day and night hikes, eco-lodges, and expert guides. Pura Vida!

India: In Search of Snow Leopards

Recognized as one of the most elusive animals on the planet, the snow leopard is one of the world’s most mystical and hard-to-spot mammals. In the winter, when they need food, they descend from their homes in the mountainous regions of Central Asia and can be spotted by the rare few who make the annual pilgrimage to this remote region of India. In addition to the ever-elusive snow leopard, Himalayan trekking guide Valerie Parkinson will ensure travelers take in all of the unique wildlife that can be spotted in this special, and rarely traversed, part of the world. There will also be visits to Himalayan Buddhist communities, which adds to the truly transcendent feel of this unique adventure.

Croatia: Cycling the Dalmatian Coast

Go beyond the expected and bike through the playground of the Adriatic. Ideal for cycling enthusiasts of every level, this adventure by two wheels mixes alfresco thrills with cruises, landscapes from Game of Thrones, historic vineyards, local farms, UNESCO Sites, and even time for R&R on the beach. Tour Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Mljet and the Peljesac Peninsula. And for those who prefer–E-bikes are available upon request!

Egypt: Alexandria to Aswan

Treasures half as old as time, camel rides, felucca sailing, Nile cruise, and expert local Egyptologist guides are just the start of this classic adventure through the land of the pharaohs. Immerse yourself in the myths of this epic ancient civilization as you tour the Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, and Khan el-Khalili night bazaar in Cairo. Be transported back millennia as you discover the wonders of iconic Alexandria. You get to cruise the eternal waters of the Nile and discover Luxor, Valley of Kings and Queens, Aswan, and more. Complete with delicious cuisine, internal flight, and memories to last a lifetime.

Peru: Inca Trail Moonstone Trek

Between Cuzco and the Sacred Valley lies a small rural valley, that is where this quest begins. From there, adventures will trek seven miles from the beginning of the Inca Trail, discovering rarely visited Andren towns, relics, and snowcapped peaks. Wildlife, breathtaking scenery, ruins, and true isolation make this bucket list adventure especially rewarding.

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Machu Picchu Exhibition

World Premiere Exhibition, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, to Open October 16th at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. South Florida is the First Stop on an International Tour Featuring 192 Priceless Andean Objects and the First-Ever Virtual Reality Expedition of Machu Picchu.

The new blockbuster experience will feature the first-ever virtual reality expedition of Machu Picchu, recorded in 2020 during the unprecedented closure of the site during the pandemic. World Premiere Exhibition, Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru, to Open October 16th at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. South Florida is the First Stop on an International Tour Featuring 192 Priceless Andean Objects and the First-Ever Virtual Reality Expedition of Machu Picchu. On Saturday, October 16th, the eagerly anticipated Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru open its inaugural stop of the upcoming global tour at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. 

The world premiere engagement will encompass the entire museum. This exhibition features the most impressive collection of Andean gold and silver artifacts to ever travel the world, alongside technological breakthroughs in virtual reality. After its limited run in Boca Raton, the exhibition will leave the U.S. to embark on an international tour. Tickets at BocaMuseum.org/Golden. The unprecedented Virtual Reality sights and sounds of Machu Picchu, captured during a rare time in history when the UNESCO Heritage Site was closed during the pandemic.

This all-new, immersive museum experience will transport visitors to the jewel of the only cradle of civilization in the Southern Hemisphere, the Incan city of Machu Picchu ‒ voted one of the new seven wonders of the world. Many of these stunning 192 priceless artifacts are from royal tombs, including spectacular objects that belonged to noble Andean lords, some of which have never been seen before out of Peru. This collection of art of ancient America is on loan from Museo Larco in Lima, Peru, and Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón in Aguas Calientes, Peru.

The experience will also feature the first-ever virtual reality expedition of Machu Picchu, recorded in 2020 during the unprecedented closure of the site during the pandemic. It was the first time in recent history this majestic City in the Sky was completely empty, filmed using state-of-the-art drone-VR technology. “It is an honor to premier Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru and to partner with such esteemed cultural institutions to bring this exhibition to the United States,” said Irvin Lippman, Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. 

“We look forward to introducing South Florida and the world to the wonders of Machu Picchu and the power and beauty of the Inca civilization for what promises to be a memorable exhibition,” said Irvin Lippman, the Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The groundbreaking virtual reality motion chairs are fully equipped with premium multi-sensory stimulation features: high-resolution six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) VR headsets, haptic feedback on the backseats, scent dispensers, and 360-degree rotation. “Through this unprecedented experience, visitors will come face-to-face with history in a whole new way,” said Executive Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer of Cityneon, Ron Tan. “We are excited to bring to the market this immersive exhibition for guests to encounter the ancient cultures who lived in this impressive fortress 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains.”

The groundbreaking virtual reality motion chairs are fully equipped with premium multi-sensory stimulation features: high-resolution six degrees of freedom (6-DOF) VR headsets, haptic feedback on the backseats, scent dispensers, and 360-degree rotation. These breathtaking virtual reality vistas of the mythical landmark are a passageway for museum guests on an astonishing journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. 360 Magazine is excited to see how this movie is filmed. 

Andean societies dominated a substantial segment of South America for over 3,000 years through the reign of the Incan Empire. Visitors will behold the marvels of engineering that sheltered a truly spiritual civilization and the ornate riches they once cherished. Nestled in a cloud forest, this great Inca Empire’s enduring symbol of architectural prowess is protected by twin sacred mountains and is invisible from below. Further adding to its unrivaled beauty, the flourishing landscape of Machu Picchu has restored much of the original biodiversity that it enjoyed in Incan times through a recent reforestation initiative.

Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will showcase Peruvian culture’s rich histories and traditions to the public like never before. Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru will showcase Peruvian culture’s rich histories and traditions to the public like never before. Guided throughout the exhibition by Ai Apaec, a mythical Andean hero, visitors will gain a window into transformation through the forces of nature that result in his death and subsequent rebirth. In this exotic land, nothing is fixed and beings can change from one form to another.

Throughout this dramatically staged expedition, the sounds of roaring jaguars, screaming macaws, and torrential rainfall surround visitors as they unravel the mysteries of Andean cosmology and marvel at the sophistication of Andean artists. Throughout this dramatically staged expedition, the sounds of roaring jaguars, screaming macaws, and torrential rainfall surround visitors. “We’ve been working around the clock to bring to South Florida a truly awe-inspiring exhibition,” said President of World Heritage Exhibitions, Anthony Tann.

“A production like this has never before been on tour. Beyond the stunning collection of Andean artifacts, the team delivered a virtual reality experience that will make you feel as though you are walking through the stone fortress at Machu Picchu.” The exhibition will start its limited run in Boca Raton before leaving the U.S. and embarking on an international tour. Ticket prices start at $19.95.

A portion of every ticket sold goes to the Inkaterra Asociación, a non-profit organization vital to the conservation of the Amazonian forests, and to the Ministry of Culture of Peru. Follow #BocaStrikesGold on social media for ongoing announcements about special events. Cityneon presents the exhibition; it is produced by World Heritage Exhibitions.

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Alpaca Expeditions Reopens Full Classic Inca Trail

The Full Classic Inca Trail Reopens July 15th, 2021!

Alpaca Expeditions are thrilled to announce that the Inca Trail will restart for 2021.

The government of Peru has announced that the full Inca Trail will reopen July 15 and treks can resume on that date.

Applications for permits will open on June 25th and July 15th is the date when treks will begin. This means all 4, 5, and 7 day Inca Trail treks are now available to book, after a year-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2-Day short Inca Trail treks are already open, but now all treks on the Inca trail are open. 

There are changes to the Inca Trail 2021 Treks, required by the Peru Government: 

  • 1.50% Reduction in Allowed Group Sizes: This means open trekking groups are only 7 guests max (unless booked specifically with more), 1 guide, and 14 porters. It means small groups and fewer crowds.  
  • 2. 50% Reduction in Available Inca Trail Permits: This means it’s important to submit your application for a permit so as to get your preferred dates in as soon as possible – there are 50% fewer permit slots available for 2021. 
  • 3. Everyone is invited: means tell your friends and loved ones! This is a great opportunity to hike this beautiful trail with smaller crowds. You do not need to have a previous reservation – you can book now.

For those who want to hike this year, please contact Alpaca Expeditions with your new start date and updated information ASAP to give them the best chance to secure your permits. Permits will go especially fast this year with these new limitations, and Alpaca wants to make sure all your dreams come true.

Come with Alpaca Expeditions and allow them to show you the magical land of the Incas! 

About Alpaca Expeditions

Alpaca Expeditions, a 100 % Peruvian company, is a pioneer adventure operator diligently working to provide the best services available. Although they offer daily departures, it’s important to check with a member of their sales team to plan a trek. Please email them at info@alpacaexpeditions.com. They stand ready to help answer questions and help prepare for this amazing journey.

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21 in 21

21 Afro-Latinxs to celebrate in 2021 and beyond! 

By: Javier Pedroza

It’s Black History Month, which gives the planet time to reflect on how African American achievements have contributed to US history and how African achievements have contributed to the world. Although, don’t forget it is important to highlight and celebrate Black accomplishments year around. Due to the current global climate, it’s important to become more knowledgeable and celebrate the Afro-Latinx population for its contributions to US history and the world.

After 2020, it is an especially important time to embolden the community to take part in the celebration of Black culture. This year, the Black History Month theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” which explores the African diaspora and their contributions.

To really understand the African diaspora it is essential to acknowledge that there were more African slaves to Latin America than to the United States. “There were 11.2 million Africans who came to the New World in the slave trade and of that 11.2 million, only 450,000 came to the United States,” Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. said in a discussion about his PBS documentary series Black In Latin America. He added, “The real black experience, in terms of numbers, is all throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.”

Today, Latinx should understand their roots, which have an undoubtedly long history of African heritage. Hispanics & Latinx identities are beautifully complex, multifaceted and multidimensional. A Pew Research Center survey of Latinx, adults shows that one-quarter of all U.S. Latinx self-identify as Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean, or of African descent with roots in Latin America. This is the first time a nationally representative survey in the U.S. has asked the Latinx population directly whether they considered themselves Afro-Latinx.

Many Latinos identify with their ancestral countries of origin – Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Peru, the Dominican Republic, etc. Others may also identify with their Indigenous roots and all of these experiences made contributions to Black History. A goal to have moving forward is to celebrate global Black History and continue to recognize the contributions African-Americans have made to the world, including achievements made by Afro-Latinxs & Afro-Indigenous people. It’s imperative for Latinxs to acknowledge their African & Indigenous heritage given that history and cultures are inextricably linked to slave trade in the Americas, genocide and the African Diaspora. 

Here’s a growing list of amazing Afro-Latino (a,x) heroes and their contributions. 

1. Arturo Alfonso Schomburg

(January 24, 1874 – June 10, 1938)

Place of birth: Santurce, Puerto Rico 

Contributions: Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, born to a Black mother and father of German descent, was a historian. Mr. Schomburg is considered to be one of the Fathers of Black History & a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Schomburg’s lifework consisted of research and preservation—work that would lead him to become one of the world’s premier collectors of Black literature, slave narratives, artwork, and diasporic materials. 

2. Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega 

(January 3, 1942)

Place of birth: East Harlem, New York

Contributions: Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega is an Afro-Boricua who established the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). Dr. Moreno Vega has been an advocate for cultural equity, cultural studies and education. As the second director of El Museo del Barrio, one of the founders of the Association of Hispanic Arts, Network of Centers of Color and the Roundtable of Institutions of Color, Dr. Moreno Vega has contributed to assuring that the contributions of African and African descendants are integral to the lives of civil society in the Americas. 

3. Celia Cruz 

(October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003)

Place of birth: Havana, Cuba

Contributions: Celia Cruz was a singer & recording artist born and raised in Havana, Cuba. She was one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Her many honors included three Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammys for recordings such as Ritmo en el corazón (1988; with Ray Barretto) and Siempre viviré (2000).

4. Dr. José Celso Barbosa 

(July 27, 1857 – September 21, 1921)

Place of birth: Bayamón, Puerto Rico 

Contributions: Dr. José Celso Barbosa was a Physician, Sociologist and Politician.  Known as the father of the Statehood for Puerto Rico movement, Barbosa was the first Puerto Rican, and one of the first persons of African descent to earn a medical degree in the United States.

5. Ruth Fernández (Ruth Noemi Fernández Cortada) 

(May 23, 1919 – January 9, 2012)

Place of birth: Ponce, Puerto Rico

Contributions: Ruth Fernández, “El Alma de Puerto Rico Hecha Canción” (“The Soul of Puerto Rico Turned Song”) was a Puerto Rican contralto, actress, and a member of the Puerto Rican Senate. She was the first and only singer ever elected to the Senate of Puerto Rico. She was considered by many to be the Rosa Parks of Puerto Rico when she refused to enter the Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan through its back entrance because she was a woman of color. The owners of the hotel stated that blacks had to enter through the rear of the building, but during one evening where she was set to perform at the hotel’s ballroom, she marched into the hotel via its front entrance. After this event, the hotel changed its policy.

6. Cardi B (Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar)

(October 11, 1992)

Place of birth: Manhattan, New York

Contributions: Afro-Latina Cardi B is a Dominican & Trinidadian rapper, songwriter, and actress raised in the Bronx, New York. Recognized by Forbes as one of the most influential female rappers of all time, Cardi B is known for her aggressive flow and candid lyrics, which have received widespread media coverage. She is the highest certified female rapper of all time on the RIAA’s Top Artists (Digital Singles) ranking, also appearing among the ten highest-certified female artists and having the two top-certified songs by a female rap artist.

She is the only female rapper with multiple billion-streams on Spotify and became the first artist to top the inaugural Billboard Global 200. Her accolades include a Grammy Award, eight Billboard Music Awards, five Guinness World Records, five American Music Awards, eleven BET Hip Hop Awards and two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year awards. In 2018 Time magazine included her on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2020, Billboard honored her as Woman of the Year. 

7. Rosa Alicia Clemente 

(April 18, 1972)

Place of birth: Bronx, New York

Contributions: Afro-Boricua Rosa Alicia Clemente is the 2008 United States Vice-Presidential Candidate, Producer, Journalist, Political Commentator & Scholar-Activist. Rosa is a graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University. She is currently a doctoral student in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies of University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

8. Congressman Ritchie John Torres 

(March 12, 1988)

Place of birth: Bronx, New York

Contributions: Ritchie Torres is an Afro-Boricua politician who is a member of the Democratic party. He is the US representative for New York’s 15th congressional district. Torres was the first openly gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the Bronx, and the youngest member of the city council. Torres won the November 2020 general election and assumed office on January 3, 2021. This makes him one of the first openly gay Black men elected to Congress (along with Mondaire Jones). This also made Torres the first openly gay Afro Latino elected to Congress. As such, he is one of the nine co-chairs of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus in the 117th United States Congress. 

9. Zoe Saldana (Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario) *Trending Now

(June 19, 1978)

Place of birth: Passaic, New Jersey

Contributions: Zoe Saldaña is of mixed ethnic heritage, with her mother being of Puerto Rican descent and her father hailing from the Dominican Republic. Zoe is the only performer to get star billing in more than one movie that grossed over $2 billion worldwide with Avatar and Avengers: Infinity War. 

10. Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos 

(September 12, 1891 – April 21, 1965)

Place of birth: Ponce, Puerto Rico 

Contributions: Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos was a Puerto Rican attorney, social activist, nationalist and the son of a mixed-race mother who was the daughter of slaves and a Basque father from a farming and landowning family. The latter not only provided no financial support but also did not legally recognize his son until he was 19, and Albizu Campos grew up in poverty. In 1912 he was awarded a scholarship to study chemistry and engineering at the University of Vermont. He transferred a year later to Harvard University, majoring in chemistry and literature and becoming the first Puerto Rican Harvard graduate. Many people in Puerto Rico consider Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos the father of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement. 

11. Carmelo Kyam Anthony

(May 29, 1984)

Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York

Contributions: Carmelo Anthony is an Afro-Latino professional basketball player. He has been named an NBA All-Star ten times and an All-NBA Team member six-time Anthony also played in the 2016 Olympic Games, his fourth straight stint in the Olympics, which was a record for a US male basketball player, breaking the old record of having played in three Olympiads he shared with James and Robinson. He has celebrated his roots by giving back to Puerto Rico, remodeling basketball courts in a poor neighborhood 3 years in a row now. 

12. La La Anthony (Alani Nicole Vázquez) 

(June 25, 1981)

Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York

Contributions: La La Anthony is an Afro-Puerto Rican actress, host, producer and New York Times best-selling author. La La Anthony has supported charities such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Gabrielle’s, Angel Foundation, GLAAD and Voto Latino. 

13. Rosie Perez (Rosa María Perez) 

(September 6, 1964)

Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York

Contributions: Rosie Perez is an Afro-Latina actress, choreographer and community activist. Rosie was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS by President Barack Obama in 2010. Among many honors, Rosie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Fearless as well as three Emmy Awards for her work as a choreographer on In Living Color (1990–1994).

Perez has also performed in stage plays on Broadway, such as The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Fish in the Dark. In addition, she was a co-host on the ABC talk show The View during the series’ 18th season. 

14. MJ Rodriguez (Michaela Antonia Jaé Rodriguez) 

(January 7, 1991)

Place of birth: Newark, New Jersey

Contributions: MJ Rodriguez is an African American and Puerto Rican actress who is among the largest cast of transgender actresses on the show Pose. MJ made history by becoming the first Trans woman to ever sign a beauty deal with Olay Body. MJ was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Special Trailblazer Award at the 31st Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington D.C. 

15. Ramon E. Contreras 

(22-years-old)

Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York

Contributions: Ramon Contreras is a young political activist, advisor and filmmaker who is changing the nature of civic engagement by championing and encouraging minorities to participate in politics. Ramon is a fierce gun control enthusiast and founded YouthOverGuns, a platform advocating for change in underserved communities of color. He led a protest of thousands across the Brooklyn Bridge and is the National Strategist for the nation-wide organization, March for Our Lives. 

16. Laith Ashley De La Cruz 

(July 6, 1989)

Place of birth: Harlem, New York

Contributions:  Laith Ashley is a model, actor, singer-songwriter and entertainer of Dominican descent. He was the first transgender man to be featured in a Diesel campaign. Laith has been on the cover of countless magazines and has had featured stories published on countless others all around the world; ie, British GQ.

Laith was on the cast of the reality TV series, “Strut,” executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg, and raised the heart rates of viewers in his appearance on hit series, “Pose,” on FX. Ashley is also an activist, particularly in transgender issues. He worked with FLUX, a division of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to trans and gender-nonconforming people. 

17. Dianne Morales 

(June 21, 1967)

Place of birth: Brooklyn, New York 

Contributions: Double Ivy League graduate Dianne Morales is an Afro-Boricua with degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. Dianne is the former CEO of several multi-million dollar social service nonprofits and is also the first Latina / Afro-Latina candidate for New York City Mayor. 

18. Johnny Pacheco 

(March 25, 1935 – February 15, 2021)

Place of birth: Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

Contributions: Johnny Pacheco was one of the most influential artists of Latin music. He was one of the creators of The Fania All-Stars and Fania Record (#latinmotown), the most successful record label in the history of Latin music. 

19. Aida Rodriguez (Aida Margarita Parada Rodriguez) 

(August 29, 1977)

Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts

Contributions: Aida Rodriguez is a comedian, host, producer, actress and the first Latina / Afro-Latina (Puerto Rican & Dominican) to appear in two comedy specials airing in one month on both HBO and Showtime. Aida’s latest comedy special premiered on Netflix as part of the “They Ready” series hosted by Tiffany Haddish. Rodriguez has also appeared on Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, The Nightly Show, five-time host of the PBS Imagen Awards, NBC Last Comic Standing’s finals, TRUtv’s Laff Tracks and is also a regular contributor for The Young Turks. 

20. Indya Moore 

(January 17, 1995)

Place of birth: Bronx, New York

Contributions: Indya Moore is of Haitian, Puerto Rican, and Dominican ancestry. They are an actor among the largest cast of transgender on the show Pose. Moore does not identify as a Latinx, and instead identifies as Afro-Taíno. In June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade, Queerty named them among the fifty heroes “leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people.” 

21. Gina Torres 

(April 25th, 1969)

Place of birth: Manhattan, New York 

Contributions: Gina Torres is an actress and the first Afro-Latina to create, produce and star in her own show, ‘Pearson’. Torres won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series for her role in Cleopatra 2525. Gina also received the Best Supporting Actress award by The Imagen Foundation (Spanish for “image”) Awards, the only premier Latino entertainment awards program dedicated to honoring the positive portrayal and creative excellence of Latinos and Latino cultures on screen. 

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4 Travel Goals You Need to Check Off in 2020

2020 has been a tough year so far. With lockdowns, isolation and social distancing, it has been difficult to really live life to its fullest. 

If you are feeling a bit itchy to get out, know that you are not alone. In fact, research shows that 72% of Americans are already booking their trips now for when restrictions are lifted, with 35% of those willing to head out during the summer. 

Has 2020 become the year for people to finally start ticking off their travel bucket list items? It sure seems so! With this in mind, we thought we would take a look at some of the most popular and most memorable experiences you can do this year, and most of them will not involve huge crowds of people. 

RV Through the US

This particular trip tops the list of almost everyone who has a serious drive for adventure and travel. The beauty of RVing through the US is that you can choose the length of your trip, as well as decide which route you want to take. 

Whether it would be taking in the majestic Rocky Mountains and stopping in at museums, diners, and, of course, Yellowstone, or a trip through the south to revel in some music, food, and incredible scenery through Florida, New Orleans and of course, Texas, you definitely won’t regret it. 

There are endless possibilities that will lead you on totally different adventures, through vastly different scenery. 

RVing is something that you will need to prepare for thoroughly because you can never know what might happen and whether you’ll have the right resources at the time being to fix it. This is easily avoidable if you just have everything at the ready so you can enjoy your trip to the max. One of the more important things to consider is to make sure you have enough fresh water and a good RV water softener solution that will tie you over in even the most desolate areas. Remember that water should always be your top priority,  Make sure you also plan your trips in detail before heading out so that you are not caught in the middle of nowhere without supplies and emergency services. 

Explore the Wonders of Cape Town

Although Cape Town has been listed as one of the top beauty spots to visit globally by various sites, it is still one of the most chronically underrated spots to visit in the world. What makes Cape Town so special you ask? Well, it has almost everything you want out of a trip. This South African city, perched at the tip of Africa, has a uniquely international feel to it, and for the most part, you will forget that you are in fact, in Africa. 

Besides boasting one of the seven wonders of the world, Table Mountain, the city has long stretches of white beaches, a bustling city life; bursting with art and culture, and sunsets that will make you want to live there forever. 

Not even an hour out of Cape Town, you will find the sprawling Winelands, tucked into spectacular mountain ranges with some of the best wine in the world. Might we add that the food in South Africa is something not to be missed, from the fresh seafood to the world-famous braais, you will be in for a treat. 

The city is steeped in history, and even if you are after a safari experience, you can also find this within a short drive out of the city. If you are a foodie, a wine snob, a coffee connoisseur, or an art fanatic, this city has it all!

Trek Through Peru 

This is certainly not for the faint-hearted nor the chronically unfit. But, if a spiritual journey and soul-freeing trip is what you are looking for after months of cabin fever, this is for you. There are a plethora of trails and treks to choose from in this tourist popular region, each with its different levels of difficulty and challenges. 

One of the most popular trails, the Inca trail is an iconic four-day hiking trail which leads you through the steep high mountains, from km. 82 all the way to the majestic Machu Picchu. You will follow the route taken by the original Incas to the historic World Heritage Site. 

What do you need to be prepared for? Because of the height of the mountains that you will be hiking, you are most likely to suffer from altitude sickness, insects, dehydration, and of course, the blisters, injuries, and pain that comes from trekking through deserted mountainsides. But, it is totally worth it once you cross the last mountain and come face to face with Machu Picchu. 

Take it Easy in Thailand

If this all sounds like too much effort, and what you feel like right now is just lying back on a warm beach, drinking cocktails, Asia should be your next destination. 

Not only is Thailand incredibly affordable, but it offers visitors endless adventures and activities. The beauty of the islands is indescribable, with long, white beaches, still blue waters and dotted palm trees to really get you in the holiday spirit. 

The food is incredible, the people are warm, friendly, and accommodating, and the weather is hot and humid at all times. 

You can choose to island-hop to the various idyllic islands spotted around the crystal blue waters, including the iconic island that featured in the movie, The Beach. There are a number of other islands to visit, including Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, and Ko Phi Phi Don. 

Alternatively, you can head up into the jungle and trek up through the mountains on an elephant adventure, or on foot to explore the rivers and waterfalls on this amazing island. 

Wrapping Up 

From world-class beaches to bustling cities, there are endless options for you to choose from. A desert adventure in Morocco could be down your alley, or a Northern Lights display on the tip of the Arctic. Whether you are a foodie or looking to take in some good live music and dance the night away, choose something that suits your unique personality and that will create memories that will last a lifetime. If it is unwinding in the sun after this stressful time, or feeling alive in the crisp mountain air, you know what your soul needs to ensure that 2020 is a year to be remembered. 

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Fabian J. Amezquita

Edited by Abigail Baldwin

Photos by Dante Jackson

Fabian J. Amezquita, better know as Fabio Jay, was born in Peru in 1994. He came to the US at the age of 6 and is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. In 2015, Fabio’s life was changed forever when he was in a horrible car accident which left him clinically dead for three hours. Now, Fabio lives with a condition called degenerate disc disease and 6 herniated discs.

In addition to being a successful model, he’s a teacher and football coach. This past February Fabio was featured in two NYFW shows. In 2019, he was the cover model for the May issue of ThatSplashMag.

Fabio’s greatest strength is his ability to motivate people through his life journey. He constantly encourages people through his testimony and ability to never be held back by his injuries.