Jason Pagan youngest in the business to start his own record label, helps artists become So Phenomenal!!

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At 23 years old, Jason Pagan becomes the youngest person in the music industry to own his own entertainment company and record label. The 23 year old business tycoon and musical genius recently launched the new So Phenomenal Entertainment , helping his artists Be True, Be You, Be So Phenomenal, Catchy right!! So Phenomenal Entertainment went from a small label, to a full out entertainment company helping artists by providing their talent with holistic and forward-thinking management.Pagan believes that artists should stay true to their character and not just put a personal for sales or publicity.

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  Pagan started SPE because of his unhappiness with the lack of talent in the entertainment industry. More over he was more upset with the music industry in general he believes that “major labors were becoming notorious with giving ‘slave deals’ to new up and coming artists; leaving the artists indebted for their whole careers.”  This became Pagan’s inspiration to turn So Phenomenal Entertainment from an independent record label to a full blown entertainment company. So that the artists can not only do what they love and perform but to also learn how to market themselves in the new age of technology, mixed with social media and business.
Pagan the young professional in the business always had a love for the business, but did not pursue it till the young age of thirteen. At the age of thirteen Pagan had dropped out of school to search for ways to pursue his dreams. He started to master his craft in music after following and learning from a producer who was dating his older sister. From there learning from the producer caused him to follow the passion for music, he believed it was better for him because it kept him off the streets and he really enjoyed what he was learning.
With the powerhouse he created in 2015 he also took on two very talented artists one of them being 21 year old Grizelle Rodriguez, and long time friend and colleague Oz. The three of them together from my observations is the perfect trifecta of the music industry.
About the Artists:
(biographies courtesy of So Phenomenal CEO Jason Pagan)

Grizelle is a 21 year old R&B singer and song-writer. Through heartbreaks, obstacles and life experiences, 251649_1725657592480_5324471_nher music is her personal way of healing. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and spent 5 years in Florida but came back to New York at the age of 15 to pursue her music career. When she was younger she competed in national dance competitions, trained professionally in Hip-Hop, Ballet, Salsa, Jazz, and Tap. Her humble and down to earth personality is what makes her such an inspirational artist.
“Music is who I am, not whatI do. I don’t do this for fame, but I do want to be successful…as long as I can genuinely inspire someone through my music, then I will feel accomplished not only as an artist but as a musical hero..and to have passion for something like that, well thats a dream.” – Grizelle
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courtesy of ice photography

Orlando Oz Ortiz grew up on 161st and Park Ave. in the Bronx, birthplace not only to him but the genre known as Hip Hop/Rap. He fondly refers to his neighborhood as “the poor side of Park” as a reference to the Park Ave. in Manhattan, where a lot of wealth is concentrated, contrasted to his upbringing that diluted with propaganda that drove people to try to live lives that could never be obtained. Oz was first exposed in music and developed an interest while still in junior high school. He stumbled upon a composition notebook that was filled with rhymes, thoughts, and ideas. As Oz read the book, he began to envision how his own career would take off. Thoughts of well-known artists such as Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, and the humble beginnings in which they come from to where they are now, flooded his mind and inspired him to strive for the same goal. Looking back on this time in his young life Oz is quoted as saying, “I realized everything begins on a very small and personal level.” Oz’s first piece of art, which was written on a 15 minute train ride from the uptown part of the Bronx where his girlfriend resides to the rough area of South Bronx, was a spoken word piece primarily about the troubles and influences common people were unaware of and the interactions between one another.

Oz’s views on music seasoned as he grew older and the style of music he wanted to use to express his perspective on women as well. Oz didn’t enjoy listening to music that bashed and degraded the opposite sex as now he was maturing and coming into his own not only as an artist but as a man. Oz wanted to make it a point to his listeners that he understands and fully grasp the idea of sex, but also understands the importance of it, respects the intimacy of it, as well as the mere fact that without it he wouldn’t exist. He also wants young listeners to know through his music that sex isn’t all that life has to offer.

Oz has begun work on his first mixtape entitled: “Mind Your Own”. The mixtape is 16 songs in length and due to be released by February 2012. The concept behind the mixtape is for listeners to exercise their minds and understand the messages in the music they’re listening too. Oz wants to get his listeners thinking about life and what makes it tick. “Everyone wants cars, clothes, and hoes. Nobody wants a peaceful world. I don’t blame them. I mean, if you’re taught shit, I guess in the end, a human is just a reflection of what they been exposed to, nothing more, nothing less,” Oz says when asked about the struggle people have of grasping the concept of life and separating what’s real and what’s not. ”The struggle I have is I live in a world that is diverse in ideas, and people; all focused on just one thing, making money. Money, Power, Respect. One thing leads to another. But when you value money, and cars, and clothes, and all of the non-essentials of life, you don’t need any of those things to be happy or live life like you are happy. In reality what tends to happen is you turn into a selfish human being, and you forget the position of power you hold”.

 With the 2015 year already in its second week, So Phenomenal entertainment was on fire, they recruited local area photography company Katie Kay Photography to join their team and become their resident photographer, and are in negotiations for other artists, makeup artists, fitness instructors, personal trainers, and other professionals that are the best in their industries to become involved with this upstanding movement to become one of the biggest entertainment powerhouses.  Oz and Grizelle So Phenomenal’s top artists have been working on their latest EP’s as for Pagan he started working on his newest single entitled Beautiful Symphony which features Chicago Native Houston.  He has also been in works for many philanthropic events for So Phenomenal Entertainment to become involved in and make a difference in the world.
In the past SPE has been involved with the Aids walk for the last three years, and with one of Pagans singles “my better half” sales from this track goes to the Love, Hope, Strength non profit which helps build cancer centers nationwide. At one point they worked with Unicef for Project Tap and there will be a large scale philontrahpic project taking place in the summer, with more details to come.
With all of these great people, events, and influences surrounding the young CEO and his company there is no doubt in my mind that this company will not succeed. If you know any young talent feel free to drop a note to the NYC Untold editors at beholdtheunderground@gmail.com and we will pass the message along to Mr. Pagan and take a look at whats going on in the So Phenomenal world.  go to https://www.facebook.com/SoPhenomenalEntertainment
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Why Betty White is my hero.

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At the age of 22 we normally have those that are in public offices, those who are currently in music or television as an inspiration. Me who do I feel is an inspiration not only to me as a woman but as a business woman, well none other than Betty White. At the age of 93 she has had a successful television career, movie career, rap career, cooking line, and more recently she got to walk with Captain America himself Chris Evans and accept the award for the Peoples Choice Award for TV Icon. Not many people can say at the age of 93 they have this much going on, especially with the final season of Hot In Cleveland under wraps. First of all I don’t care what anyone says if your 93 still working and walking around, the fact that you have the sexy Captain America Chris Evans jumping out of his seat to help you and he’s pretty much 4x your age oh Betty you get them girl.

Betty White the native of Oak Park Illinois was born in 1922, she joined the entertainment business at the age of seventeen working with greats such as Johnny Carson, Bea Arthur, Mary Tyler Moore and the recently departed Joan Rivers. For the longest of her career she was the radio and TV host alongside Al Jarvis on the Al Jarvis Make Believe Ball Room , and in that same time she was doing Life with Elizabeth  a comedy sketch show where she played the role of Elizabeth. To later receiving her own show The Betty White Show .  More recently within the last 50 years Betty White has played the lovable Rose Nyland on the 80’s hit the Golden Girls with Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, and Rue Mchlanahan. Found success on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and more recently she hosted comedy prank shows and joined another wonderful cast on Hot In Clevland. 

While most people in their 80’s and 90’s are just sitting and just enjoying their golden days and their retirement. Betty White is taking her knowledge as a comedian, actor, author, singer, television producer, rapper, voice actor, writer, presenter, and TV personality and builds an empire with it. Betty White is succeeding with a net worth of 45 million.  As a business woman and someone that looks to plan for their future I consider this woman as such a inspiration to women everywhere. She is a pioneer in women’s comedy showing people they can do it in a society where women are belittled but she shows that no matter how old you get you can do anything you put your mind to.

 

Betty your so awesome man!! 

El Museo Del Barrio Hosts the parade of Los Tres Reyes

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When everyone in European cultures were getting together for the day of the Theofania, St. John the baptist day on January 6th 2015. The Hispanic community got together in a beautiful celebration for the Three Kings. Every year at El Museo Del Barrio there is an annual parade that honors the tradition of the three wise men. The three wise men are known as the bible as the three kings that traveled to Bethlehem on the day our lord and savior Jesus Christ was born and brought him the three gifts of god, frankincense, myrrh for the new bork King the son of god. The parade was also a celebration for the life of the founder of the Three Kings Parade and former director of El Museo Del Barrio Jack Agüeros who passed away this past May.

El Museo del Barrio was bursting with people from adults, to children and volunteers of many different ages getting everything prepared for the snowy celebrations that were going to take place. The snow did not stop throughout that day but the curators of the parade were even more determined to have the parade taking place for the children, so they may keep their roots and learn more about their cultural heritage. What was special about this years parade, the featured highlight of the festivities was the premiere of the animated version of the loved story Book of Life that teaches everyone the value of life and death. With La Muerte as the main character on the parade convertable greeting everyone as they watch the parade. With the opening of the parade and the release of book of life there was press coverage from Univision 96×3 as well as Total Accesivo.

DSC_0344Before the festivities began there was a breakfast and a small honoree ceremony for those that were involved in the parade such as King Emeretus who was played by one of the founders of the Nuyorican movement himself Jesus Papoleto Melendez. Melendez is known as one of the founders of the Nuyorican movement through his poetry, and his playwright. Melendez is also an activist of the Nuyorican movement; his intellectual topics and debates and his activism remains today as one of the most noted in history. Others that were honored were were Tom Finkelpearl (Commissioner, NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs ) , Deborah Quinones (El barrio community leader and founder) , and Juan Gonzalez (NY Daily News Columnist) for whom played the three kings. The breakfast was also a solemn time because there was honors for those that we have recently lost this year such as designer Oscar De La Renta, and more recently former Governor Mario Cuomo.

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photo from @thinkjam and @urbanjibaro

The parade festivities were led by La Muerte, the Queen of souls in the beloved tale Book of Life which was turned into a children’s tale, so that children can have a better understanding of the true meaning of life and death. La Muerte was played by Angelica Alicia Adams, daughter of Capicu King George ‘Urban Jibaro’ Torres. (makeup done by Mia Roman, artsbymia.com). “To say the least, playing La Muerte in the Three Kings Day parade was one of the most fun things I’ve gotten to do. She is such a strong and beautiful character, it would be hard not to naturally embody her fierceness- especially in such a fun parade painted with Boricua spirit.” said Adams. The Parade festivities ranged from 106 Street and Lexington Avenue to 115 and Park Avenue.

It was an honor to be there as a photographer but to be there to witness the lives of different people of different cultures watch them celebrate and rejoice in the happiest of moments and to celebrate those who have passed in a way as if their spirit was still alive is very touching to the soul. I recommend those who have not been in touch with their cultural heritage or just wants to learn more about other cultures to please go search for it and you never know what you can find. But also if you want to learn more about the Nuyorican movement and puertorican culture go visit El Museo Del Barrio.  http://www.elmuseo.org

 

The New #HeavyHitter on the Block Dj Inferious

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As a woman in nightlife I have encountered many people actors/actresses, artists, designers, business owners, promoters and Djs. But out of all these people I never met someone that can have a lasting impact on me like this young artist. His name you may ask is Fernando G. Jacome; but his stage name is Dj. Inferious.

The 21 year old from an old town in Ecuador moved to New York at an early age, with the blood and love for music flowing through his veins at an early age. He grew up with musical influences in his life the main one being his father; who was in the musical lifestyle throughout Fernando’s entire life. “Just seeing what my father did and the music he made, and the reactions people had to the music is my inspiration to my road to becoming a disk jockey.” – Jacome 

The young DJ since then always focused on his music, in 2007 he started listening to some of the greats such as Alex Sensation, DJ Jinx Paul, and even Queens greatest DJ Louie Minaya which became his main influences when creating his style as a DJ. Jacome’s goal as a DJ is to make people happy through his music, if he can have the entire club or party dancing and happy just by one song then he did his job.

You ask me now why am I writing about this young DJ; in a short time this young talent went from being nothing to being something completely spectacular. From meeting one of his icons and learning from him he developed his talent as a Dj to something the nightlife has ever seen. His passion for this business shows once his hand get on the turn tables and when he gets off the tables he feels like apart of him is missing. From working with his idol, he got to work with other great DJs such as DJ Rush One Dj Louie Minaya, as well as the Tristates own DJ Juano. He is now employed to work for Cesar Cabrera the head of all of the best nightlife promotions in NYC. The passion this young man brings is an inspiration to everyone.

He is a great talent and I feel like any club would be honored to book him, by this time next year he will become one of the #heavyhitters, You go Inferious show the nightlife who is the real heavy hitter!!

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To see what DJ Inferious is about follow him on IG: @Djinferious
http://www.facebook.com/djinferiousnyc
to hear his music go to: https://soundcloud.com/djinferious

for bookings contact Josef Ochoa at upscale nightlife@gmail.com

Power Couple works hard and dances their stresses away with Team Best Body

DSC_0596While most couples in their 20’s are going out to clubs, bars, even the occasional fraternity or sorority house for their weekly night out. This couple Dana Nguyen and Steven Perez, 26 spend their free time building an empire. The couple as I call them are the Mr. and Mrs. Smith of my generation they work their jobs during the day while at night they run a company called Team Best Body Fitness. Team Best Body Fitness is a modern day Zumba class that focuses on the wellness of the people that come to their Zumba classes from Monday – Saturday. Their Mission To engage the community in a positive, energetic, and fun fitness experience, starting with Zumba, Dance Cardio, & Total Body Fitness Work outs. (www.teambestbodyfitness.com)

Dana Nguyen who is the main founder and CEO of the company, started Team Best Body Fitness through her love of dance and working out. It started with her going to Zumba classes and falling in love with it; to later working her way up to getting her license as a Zumba instructor to later coming into the empowering realization to run her own business and to not work with a gym. According to Nguyen Team Best Body classes were once a week on Wednesdays for an entire year; when she noticed the increase in popularity of the classes she decided after a year to extend the classes Monday through Saturday.

Steven Perez who is the co-founder of Team Best Body Fitness runs a separate company which encompasses and assists Team Best Body Fitness called Wun Life #WunFitArmy where he works with his products from his marketing company Wake Up now and help create eight week programs for the Team Best Body customers to help them loose weight and help reach their fitness goals. Steven is now working to complete his licensing to become a personal trainer.

I became acquainted with the couple through Steven during my nightlife promotions working under Cesar Cabrera entertainment. After getting to know Steven I got to meet the beautiful Dana Nguyen and later on we collaborated on another project for the Artists for Creative Theatre. From that moment on it led to more collaborations for the Team Best Body Fitness Brand and my company Katie Kay Photography. After constantly hearing about Team Best Body Fitness I decided for myself to check these classes out after all the popularity it gained.

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The class I went to on Monday was primarily Zumba taught by Nguyen with an extra bonus of a core training done by Perez.  First thing I noticed was the positive energy that the two people brought to the table. As you can tell Mondays are extremely dreading its the first day everyone is back at their jobs and they dread to go work out right after but because of the energy and the kindness that these two people brought to them everyone was so excited and full of life. Second thing I noticed was there was people of different types of people from short to tall, young, old, child, man, lady you name it. Everyone was treated equal and they were all friends and they treated those that were new like they were one of them.

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As for the classes I can say they were intense but at the same time fun, as a former dancer I tried my best to keep up with Nguyen she went from salsa styles to a little hip hop to the usual and oh so lovable Danza Kaduro from Don Omar. Then the last twenty minutes of the class was taught by both Dana and Steven on core body training where there were wall sits, relay races, cardio i.e jumping jacks and other types of exercises that work your core.  I have been to many exercise classes in the process of loosing weight but I never been to any classes where the instructors gave you so much energy just by being in their presence. They not only did that but they made you feel like you were someone even if you had not been to their class before. They made you feel like you were one of their family and they never let you give up unlike some gym classes. They don’t worry about the dollar that they make from the classes they worry more to see if you are okay and if they can help make you to the best person you can be.

Dana and Steven are also on an 8 week media campaign to show people the benefits of eating healthy, by going on an eight week diet and posting their results and document everything they are eating that way they can help encourage the people coming to Team Best Body by showing them that they can do it and showing them the right things to eat. You can follow them on instagram @dana_steven or their Facebook http://www.facebook.com/teambestbody88

This is definitely something I recommend to my readers, and whoever else that is interested in weight loss and looking to make positive changes for their life.  The best part is if you don’t believe me you can sign up for a free class on http://www.teambestbodyfitness.com and you can see for yourself. I will be going on Monday’s Wednesday’s and Saturdays and you can see for yourself everything I just said today.

DSC_0259 “Dance like no ones watching, meaning when we party and dance we put our all into it and just have fun with our workout. For us its to live strong and happy thats our favorite quote and we live by that.” – Nguyen

For more information on the Zumba classes and how you can get involved with the team best body movement go to http://www.teambestbodyfitness.com

 

Ending 2014 with the an Untold Hero

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A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. – Christopher Reeve 

She’s the girl that never asked for much, who always has the world on her shoulders and faces adversity with a smile.  She was the girl that didn’t believe she was beautiful  but her smile lit up an entire room. She’s the girl that she uses her throwback Thursday photos to help girls make better decisions about themselves and their image rather than help them feel discouraged.  She’s the girl that when she finds someones wallet she goes through all and every social network and person she knows to help the person find their wallet. Every day she lives her life through a mission and she honors someone with every breath she takes.

Her name is Ariana Visentini, she will probably get all teared up for me writing this but its okay I had to end 2014 by telling the truth about this girl. I met her in 2012 as a Junior at Iona College, she first reminded me of the freshman girl I used to be.  She just had that innocence and the purity in her that she wanted to be friends with everyone no matter how mean or nice they were. But  all you needed was to have one conversation with her for you to fall in love with her. I was working the desk at the residential halls when I first met Ariana Visentini, unfortunately I met her at one of her worst days she had found out her friend Jillian for whom was battling Leukemia for a while had passed away. And although Ariana was so distraught waiting for her mom to pick her up she was more concerned if she could get me any coffee, or something to just make my day better. I then just sat down and actually talked to her and the story she told me about her best friend was so inspiring it reminded me about my friend Elaine, who passed away in a car accident in 2010.

When I saw there was a way to donate to her friends fundly, I did it, I donated the last of my money to help out her friend’s family. I never met someone that was so moved by my action, she messaged me personally on Facebook and she was so moved. Since then we started talking more and became friends; I learned a lot about her life for the two years that I knew her and how she advocates for major causes such as Autism, Leukemia,  Suicide Prevention to be the least of the causes. Whenever I had a program happen she always came to support. When I or anyone needed to talk and she was sitting at the residential hall desk she never said no to talk to us. She always had a healing touch and made everyone feel better after talking to her.

10178009_10152803347519498_20605357568078276_n2013 was the start of  my senior year of college. I became the founder and President of the Hellenic Society at Iona , and during our meeting on what we should do our big fundraiser for, we decided to raise money for the fund that is made in Jillian Gorman (Ariana’s Friend) Honor. From there it was like going on a adventure with this girl we did relay for life together where she made me cry in more ways than one, and we raised over 1500$ for Greek Night for Jillian.  During these two events Ariana not only helped me help Mr. Gorman, his family, and the foundation but she brought back a spark in me that I lost after my best friend Elaine passed away.  Ive never been so proud to call this woman my partner in this project, my college colleague, and one of my best friends (also ironic we have the same birthday). This girl brought out the best in me within these last few years, she gave me hope when things were hopeless, made me see who were the good people in the world and who were bad.

Ariana has the gift to make people feel beautiful when they feel like they are ugly, she helps those who can not take care of themselves and she always put the good of others before herself. To me thats the definition of a hero, someone who does things and never asks for them in return. I am pretty sure I have an entire Iona College Campus vouching me on this right now! Where my Gaels Attt!!

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“Community service is something very close to my heart. Whether it’s going on a mission trip or simply helping out around campus, helping others is something I am very passionate about.  One of the quotes I live by daily is:

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi. – Ariana Visentini

 

Now you are probably wondering why am I writing this blog on the last day of 2014, well the beautiful Ariana is trying to raise money for her mission trip to Zambia Africa where she will be helping the less fortunate  by acting as servant-learners while working alongside the Christian Brothers and community partners on educational initiatives in Mazabuka. She is willing to sacrifice the summer of her 21st birthday and help those in need, so how about everyone make a sacrifice and take 20 dollars of the  hundreds of dollars you will be spending tonight on bottles, drugs, and whatever you guys spend your money on this new years eve take a minute and go to the GoFundMe page and help her fulfill her dream. 

People like her are one in a million, so let her fulfill her dream and let her Move The World. 

God Bless Everyone and Have a Happy and Healthy New Year. Welcome 2015 

To help Ariana go on her mission trip to Zambia go to http://www.gofundme.com/g7u4es

GOOD LUCK BABY GIRL I BELIEVE IN YOU!

Screw a New Years Resolution Ill Just say it how it is!

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I think I became more aware in the bullshit of a new years resolution after facing an impending death, and more medical problems that someone my age should not be facing.  After being stood up by my ex boyfriend last year for his seventeen year old lover, yes I said and yes he is eight years older than me I ended up in the hospital for hypothermia, and for my New Years resolution I vowed to take better care of myself and to move on from a broken heart. I sit here a year later and I look back and I said wow, I didn’t change that much. 

According to statistics brain.com 62% of Americans made a resolution for New Years 2014, and within that year 39% of New Years Resolutions were fulfilled and more than 70% pretty much said screw it. I sit here and I wonder10858478_10153475333474498_4013576379837307110_n why do we honestly make these resolutions, if we never follow through with them.

In 2014 I vowed to move on from my broken heart and to make sure I would go to the gym and take better care of myself health wise. In 2014 I have been to the hospital for hypothermia, stress, my heart, post traumatic stress and sleeping problems, a cancer scare, but more recently pneumonia and possible acute hearing loss.  I say Mount Sinai Hospital and other hospitals in New York State has had their shared of my pain in the ass. I also had left 2014 with a broken heart from someone that did not care about anything other than himself, and an asshole that wanted to get revenge on my best friend by trying to get with me.

 

I realized after that it takes more than a New Years resolution for us to get what we really want. In order for us to get what we want out of life we need to really work for it. Reflecting on this last year through all the negatives I see all the positives, I graduated college which made me the first in my family to do that, I started to launch my photography to new heights, I met great people through the ACT foundation and helped put together a great event uniting people of different talents and backgrounds. I went back into nightlife and met such great people that helped me in more ways than one. I started working with Anllelic Lozada and it finally helped me realize what I wanted to do with my life,and on this journey with Anllelic I became friends and made connections with such great people. No matter what bad had happened something good always followed.

I realized I could not let myself become discouraged because of the fails of my New Years resolutions, I have the positive people in my life. The main one being my niece Gianna, my sisters daughter she is my pride and joy. She is the one thing that I fight to be such a positive influence for. I always want to do better because when she gets older I never want her to see me fail her.  I want to make her as well as my mom and my sister Briana proud of me.

 

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So this year instead of making my New Years Resolution I am just going to thank everyone despite everything bad I was given a second chance at life. I was given a chance to be with my friends and to have the dignity and grace to let those who were toxic in my life go. I have seen all the negatives and I have been given the chance to turn them into positives. I have been given the strength to move on when I feel like I couldn’t keep going anymore, and to have those friends by my side when life decides to smack me in the face.

I feel like 2014 can be a stepping stone to what 2015 is supposed to be, and with this I am taking 2014 to say goodbye to the New Years Resolutions and to just realize when we close the three hundredth and sixty fifth page of 2014 we can just sit here and ask what is going in the first page of 2015. Despite everything 2014 was one of the best years ever, and I just know 2015 will be twice as good. So everyone instead of making these resolutions just thank those you love for the awesome 2014 and make moves and travel plans to kick ass in 2015.

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And so its been said and told Thats all Folks

NYC UNTOLD will be back at full force starting January 6th 2015
more updates scoops, interviews to come 

New Indian Cooking Classes hit Brooklyn by Mukti’s Kitchen

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The latest international cooking trend has hit Brooklyn NY. Mukti’s kitchen is a hands on approach for two things, enhancing our cultural knowledge, thus diversifying ourselves but also we learn about the many health benefits that come from eating Indian spices. Mukti’s kitchen has been in operation for four years under the marvelous hands of Mukti Banjaree for whom enjoys the social aspects of her cooking classes by having people to come together in mutual interest and developing friendships. According to Banjaree she witnessed a budding love as two people met in her class, they later got married.

Banerjee ‘s goal of these classes is to teach people how to prepare healthy and delicious Indian meals as well bring an essence of India through her traditional recipes with a twist by teaching why these spices that she uses such as cinnamon, black pepper and turmeric which are the most popular of Indian Spices but at the same time these spices help treat high blood pressure and Alzheimer’s.

Ms. Banerjee is offering gift certificates for cooking classes during the holiday season to buy a gift certificate or to reserve classes for December and January go to http://www.muktiskitchen.com

 

Flaco Coquito takes Coquito to a Healthier Level

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Photo by flacocoquito.com

 

This holidays look out for the latest coquito sensation and it goes by the name, Flaco Coquito. I was introduced to this back in July when I worked the Artists for Creative Theatre Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival in the Lower East Side. However its amazing after being friends with Flaco Coquito owner Cynthia Sepuvelda Caballero for the last six months I did not try my first taste of Flaco Coquito until my recent event Music Can Change the World a Concert for the Kids. Which was held at Room 53 on December 2nd.

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At the event Cynthia had tastings of Flaco Coquito products that way everyone may sample some before the big raffle at the end of the night. Cynthia then had me try my first shots of Flaco Coquito pumpkin coquito. Normally I am not a fan of pumpkin but she assured me that this would change my mind and oh boy did it. After taking the shot of the pumpkin coquito I wanted to try more so I had two more shots of the pumpkin coquito. It was sweet but at the same time it had a very smooth taste. I was so happy to not only have my first taste of coquito but I had the tastier and healthier coquito, one that I would be able to share with my mother and the rest of my family.

If anyone is looking to buy coquito this holiday season please contact Cynthia either through the flaco coquito Facebook

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or email her at flacocoquito@yahoo.com

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The Return of Bronx Fashion Week

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Photo Credit to Flora Montes and her designs for Bronx Fashion Week 2015.

 

 

Ladies and gentleman brace yourselves the incomparable head of the Bronx Fashion Week Flora Montes is at it again. Announcements were made that Bronx Spring Fashion Week will be taking place on March 14, 2015 in the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the theme being The Essence of Beauty 2015 .

 

I recently come to have met Ms. Montes back in September of 2014 after the 2014 Bronx Fashion Week and she had already started on the planning for the upcoming fashion week. What I like and i’ve noticed from Ms. Montes and the Bronx fashion week is everything is out of the box, its not just one type of style. Ms Montes takes the runway and turns it to a celebration of different styles of fashions, by doing this she also celebrates the many different cultures that come with these different type of styles. At the event you have many designers from all around the globe representing their sense of fashion.

This year the Bronx Fashion Week has full support from the President of the Bronx as well as the Bronx Museum of the Arts in which will be hosting the 2015 festivities. The Bronx President recently awarded the Artistic Coordinator for Bronx Fashion Week a certificate of appreciation for her efforts in “Soul for the Hair” in which helps cancer patients, and other terminally ill patients fight the battle for cancer and other illnesses.

This Fashion week is truly an inspiration to me because they do not just show off the latest fashion trends. Ms Montes and her team fights for different causes and uniting people to become one family. I cant wait to see what Ms. Montes has cooked up for the 2015 festivities.