Hello readers! Welcome to our very first Friday Dominican News Roundup, where we sort through all the rebulú and news of the week to handpick some stories for you. Infórmese! From Quisqueya to the Bronx, this is what happened this week:
✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼Thousands of Dominicans marched to the Palacio Nacional in Santo Domingo this past Sunday January 28th, as part of La Marcha Verde, a movement against corruption and impunity. The march was part of the anniversary of the inaugural Marcha Verde which brought out record numbers across Dominican Republic last year. Dominicans in New York City joined them with a march that brought out hundreds in Washington Heights, despite the rain..
What Cardi B Performing at the Grammys Means For ‘Regular, Shmegular’ Girls from the Bronx: “But Cardi B – a product of Afro-Caribbean expatriates who deems herself a “regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx” – won. She secured thebag. She scored the lottery of all lotteries. She escaped a life of domestic violence, found refuge working for years at the strip club, and eventually landed a reality TV gig with Love and Hip Hop due to her Internet ethos. Bowing out after just two seasons, Cardi leveled up in the studio and authored the song that would change the course of her life and the lives of those she holds dearly.” Watch Cardi B’s performance with Bruno Mars here:
Our Biggest Challenge: Fighting Negative Depictions From Others and Ourselves: “Realizing the impact of those negative depictions of ourselves made me want to do something. It made me want to help with the only weapons I know how to handle: speaking and writing, with an online character to promote the Dominican popular culture, and our afro-descendant origins, under the moniker of Negrita Come Coco.”
⚾️Las Aguilas Cibaeñas are headed to La Serie Del Caribe If Las Aguilas win, this would be their sixth Serie del Caribe title. What team was your family rooting for?
⚾️Vladimir Guerrero was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Guerrero celebrated his election by thanking baseball and Dominican Republic and dancing like a true caribeño upon arrival in the Dominican Republic.
💃🏽Meet Belén Pereyra-Alem, The Dominican Dancer Who’s Stealing The Show At Alvin Ailey : “Standing at just 5’3”, the 30-year old Dominican-American dancer is larger than life with spirit and soul.”
Dominican Art History: 10 Trailblazing Female Artists You Should Know: “These women cover a range of disciplines, from oil painting to engravings to installations, and prove that when it comes to Latin American, female art, the small Caribbean island is a necessary stop.”
A Gentrification Story with a Happy Ending : “That wave of change finally swept up Coogan’s. As Jim Dwyer reported, in the Times, on January 9th, the bar’s landlord, Royal Charter (the real-estate division of New York-Presbyterian), raised the rent by forty thousand dollars a month, forcing the proprietors of Coogan’s to announce that the bar would close at the end of May.”