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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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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”

10 Rising Latinx YouTubers​ Expanding the Conversation

YouTube is a predominant destination for people listening to songs and watching tutorials for learning about almost anything. It has also created its own particular type of celebrity: YouTube stars. In recent years, Latinx YouTubers like Yuya, Lele Pons, SoyGerman, Bethany Mota, and more have made their mark through vlogs, beauty tutorials, and comedy sketches. Here is a selection of emerging Latinx YouTubers expanding the conversation.  … Continue reading 10 Rising Latinx YouTubers​ Expanding the Conversation

Polivision Anniversary Party: Rockeros (Sept. 19th @ The Bakery)

Polivision is celebrating its first anniversary with a party that challenges stereotypes and commercially trendy sounds. Did you know that punk rock might have begun in Lima, Peru, in the 1960s with a band called Los Saicos? There is a rich and hybrid tradition of Latin American rock music (and some Spanish allies) that we will pay tribute to on September 19th, from 8pm-1am at … Continue reading Polivision Anniversary Party: Rockeros (Sept. 19th @ The Bakery)

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