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Storytelling v. Gentrification, an Interview with Bridget Bartolini

I met Bridget Bartolini in 2013 at an event curated by Queens poet, Audrey Dimola at the Queens Council of the Arts.  After the performance of a collective of poets representing my event Canvas of Words, she approached me and inquire if perhaps we could in a near future work together; we exchanged business cards and since then we have ... Read More »

A Dream Catcher’s Resilience, an interview with Mariela Regalado

I met Mariela Regalado, about two years ago at a women’s empowering event.  I remember Mariela walking up to me, introducing herself and sparking conversation, from the moment you meet her you feel welcomed. Later on that year, we met again at a writing workshop facilitated by Vanessa Martir which gave me the opportunity to learn more about Mariela’s story. ... Read More »

The Human Body as a Canvas- Interview with Alicia Cobb, Visual Artist

I was first introduced to Alicia Cobb’s work through poet Jamaal St. John, when I was working on a new segment of Canvas of Words. I began following her Instagram page and was mesmerized by her work.  I reached out to her to be part of the show but previous commitments wouldn’t allow her to. She recommended a colleague but ... Read More »

Queens Hip-Hop Festival: Interview with Ashley Dean, Founder

I first learned about the Queens Hip Hop Festival through an Instagram post that popped on my timeline. Immediately, as a Queens born-resident, Curator and Hip-Hop lover,  I knew I had to attend. The organizers were seeking media coverage and this is how the opportunity emerged for Wendy Angulo Productions to cover the entire festival.  After a successful debut last ... Read More »

Behind the Speaker Part 2- The Humanity and Wisdom of FunkMaster Flex

Funkmaster Flex‘s notoriety within Hip Hop, specially the NYC scene is solid and well known. Who doesn’t remember his mixtapes, or his famous and most hated “bomb drops” or his very vivid rants on the radio?. I first came in contact with Funkmaster Flex at the iconic Tunnel in October 1998, fresh out of Caracas, Venezuela. My then boyfriend,  brought ... Read More »

Behind the Speaker, an interview with Dj Tedsmooth – Part 1

Last Wednesday night,  I had the opportunity to be apart of the audience of legendary Dj Tedsmooth‘s show Behind The Speaker. In this show, Ted interviews other Djs through an insightful conversation which is honest and at times funny giving the audience a chance to hear and understand the Dj’s journey,  some of the challenges he had to overcome as ... Read More »

Afrolatinos, an Interview with Alicia Anabel Santos

I met Alicia Anabel Santos back in 2011 and there is a lot I can tell you about her, she is a fierce writer, storyteller, activist, community organizer, founder of the New York City Latina Writers Group, devoted mother, one of my mentors, a loyal friend and tribe sister.  Alicia was the first person who believed in me as a ... Read More »

Vibrating Higher, An Interview with Jessie Cotto

About two weeks ago, my friend Mariela Regalado introduced me to the Vibrating Higher movement created by Jessie Cotto. Mariela knows how projects and movements like these who gear towards elevating your spiritual self spark my interest, so she’s constantly sharing information about these movements and is no exception she shared about this particular one, specially because is created by ... Read More »

Shadowshaper Book Review by Mariela Regalado

The first time I read a book that authentically described the Brooklyn hood I grew up in was Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñónez. He used the slang my friends and I used. The book wove Spanish and English words together with the same elocution the people that surrounded me had. But Bedford Stuyvesant and Williamsburg have long changed. Describing things ... Read More »

Black Privilege Book Review by Wendy Angulo

I’m sure you all know who Charlamagne Tha God is and if you don’t know, well he is a TV, radio and social media personality who’s best known as one of the co-host of The Breakfast Club morning radio show alongside Queens’ own Dj Envy and Angela Yee. I must admit that like many at first, I was not a ... Read More »