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Hybrid Atlanta (Reel): Is Atlanta a global and multicultural city? [VIDEO]

Is Atlanta a global, cosmopolitan and truly multicultural city? What does that really mean? For us, a world city is a vibrant concentration of different people and stories. A global city embraces the combination of experiences, backgrounds, ideas, accents, sexualities, colors, and sounds. Created by Paul Alonso, Hybrid Atlanta is a video interview series with local artists and creatives whose work establishes a dialogue with … Continue reading Hybrid Atlanta (Reel): Is Atlanta a global and multicultural city? [VIDEO]

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Josephine Figueroa: “La Choloteca is a safe space for queer LatinX people”

This episode of Hybrid Atlanta features Josephine Figueroa, founder of la Choloteca, the most popular LatinX party in Atlanta. She speaks about the concepts of “latinX” and “cholo” and the need for creative, inclusive, and safe spaces with no homophobia, sexism, or racism. But the party, of course, is foremost about the music. Hybrid Atlanta is an interview show with local artists and creatives whose … Continue reading Josephine Figueroa: “La Choloteca is a safe space for queer LatinX people”

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Lily Gatins: “Wearing black is my second skin”

Our first episode of Hybrid Atlanta, an interview show with local artists and creatives whose work establishes a dialogue with LatinX and global cultures, features fashion artist Lily Gatins. Based in Atlanta and born in the Dominican Republic, she developed a career in the fashion industry in New York. She speaks about being skinny in the voluptuous Caribbean, the Latin American fashion scene, her all-black … Continue reading Lily Gatins: “Wearing black is my second skin”

Chad Radford: “I don’t see Atlanta as a purely hip hop town or a purely rock town”

This episode of Hybrid Atlanta features Chad Radford, the music editor of Creative Loafing, Atlanta’s iconic alternative publication. In this first part of the interview, he talks about covering Atlanta’s music scene for 20 years and its evolution under the tension of being labeled as a “purely hip-hop town or a purely rock town.” Radford also discusses the problem of looking at the South through … Continue reading Chad Radford: “I don’t see Atlanta as a purely hip hop town or a purely rock town”

OYE Fest, Atlanta’s Cutting-edge Latinx Music Festival

This episode of Hybrid Atlanta features Margarita Rios, co-founder of OYE Fest, Atlanta’s cutting-edge Latinx music festival. Highlighting the diversity of Latin American music, OYE is a platform for local and international artists to combine music, arts and activism. Rios is also the creative director of Ni Aquí Ni Allá, a local collaborative arts team. Hybrid Atlanta is a video series of interviews with local … Continue reading OYE Fest, Atlanta’s Cutting-edge Latinx Music Festival

10 female LatinX artists who are challenging gender roles in reggaeton

The genre of reggaeton has often been criticized for its misogynistic and sexist lyrics. Men have held the reins in this genre of music, not only in the charts, but also in the narratives of songs, where men are usually the protagonists, while women are merely sexual objects. However, this narrative has been changing thanks to the rise of female reggaeton artists. These up-and-coming female … Continue reading 10 female LatinX artists who are challenging gender roles in reggaeton

10 Musicians from the Tropicália Movement that Reshaped Brazil’s Cultural History

Described as a “refreshing shower” by Gilberto Gil, Tropicália was a Brazilian cultural movement of the 1960s, known for its fusion and avant-garde music. A mix of psychedelic rock & pop, bossa nova, samba, and more, the lyrical music was critical of Brazil’s authoritarian regimes and social inequality.  Two of the genres’ central figures, Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, advocated against the daily injustices faced … Continue reading 10 Musicians from the Tropicália Movement that Reshaped Brazil’s Cultural History

10 Chefs Proving that Latin American Food is More than Tacos and Salsa

In the last decade the popularity of Latin-American food has soared. Traditional Mexican foods and flavors, such as salsas, tortillas, and guacamole, are becoming staples in the American pantry. While the market for Latin American food is growing, a majority of these “Latin” foods are Americanized. In the US, all Latin American countries are often grouped together. However, over recent years Latin American chefs have … Continue reading 10 Chefs Proving that Latin American Food is More than Tacos and Salsa

10 Latin American LGBT Movies You Need to Watch

In Latin America, the LGBT community has faced significant prejudice and violence. Latin American film has represented these conflicts, offering visibility to dissident sexualities. Some iconic examples include Kiss of the Spider Woman (Argentina), Pixote (Brazil), Dona Herlinda and Her Son (Brazil), and Strawberry and Chocolate (Cuba). Since those films were released, new alternative film circuits have been created. Festivals like “Outfest Peru,” “El Ciclo de Cine de la … Continue reading 10 Latin American LGBT Movies You Need to Watch