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    BLODEGA BY THE PERALTA PROJECT

    BIENVENIDOS MI GENTE!

    BIENVENIDOS MI GENTE!

    Living in a world where we are stuck in our self created social media bubbles of posts, tweets, and videos of the accounts we follow there is little to no room left for our curiosity to run free. Tony & the Peralta Project team wants to change that. Like the corner bodega that carries random but essential items, we’ve curated a space where you can stumble upon all things dope shaping la cultura. From art to food, to fashion and the people rocking them, to the latest music or podcasts we are listening to - we’re that homie that is always putting us on to what’s hot right now.  So grab your cafecito, pull up to the corner, and step on into the BLODEGA.

     

    SO BOOM CHECK IT…

    SO BOOM CHECK IT…

    In case you didn’t know September marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month and that means we will be celebrating our roots, culture, and Latino excellence in this 1st edition of the Blodega. Our contributions to this country & the world have been impactful adding a bit of sazón to everything we touch. Están listos? Latinos stand up! 

     

     

    One of the highlights to start off Hispanic Heritage Month is the New York Latino Film Festival, showing 102 films from more than 12 countries bringing back the festival to the Bronx. This year there is retro flair to the festivities as some of the films will be shown via drive-in movie screenings. Opening night begins with the 20th anniversary and cast reunion of ‘Raising Victor Vargas’. Another much anticipated film & on our watch list is ‘La Soga 2’ starring and directed by Dominican veteran actor Manny Perez. Closing out the festivities is Moving Pa’lante!, a free outdoor event that will celebrate Latino music with a special performance by Justin Quiles. Grab some popcorn and watch our gente create magic on screen. 

     

     

    Need a good laugh? The hilarious Puerto Rican comedian Gina Brillon has got you covered. As one of the finalists of ‘America’s Got Talent’, she’s going to need our vote on Tuesday, September 14th to become the 1st Latina comedian to win the competition with the finale airing Wednesday, September 15th on NBC at 8 p.m. Suerte Gina!

    TODAY’S SPECIALS

    TODAY’S SPECIALS

    This one is for my art enthusiast. Head uptown and check out El Museo del Barrio’s ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21 exhibit showing works of contemporary art of 40 Latinx artists from all across the country and Puerto Rico. September is the last month to take it in and get inspired by these amazing artists. 

     

     

    A Caribbean artist who’s name you should know is Yermine Richardson. This Dominican born and Spain based artist creates work which encompasses Afro-Caribbean heritage beautifully via his use of feminine silhouettes, bright colors, and personal portrayal of the beauty of black skin. 

     

     

    Every Latina abuelita dreams of hitting the jack pot when playing the lotto. To this day there is not a dream that I have shared with my abuelita which is immediately followed with a “pale” of numbers she comes up with (based on the dream) to go play for her.  ‘Abuela’s Luck’, a short film by Dominican director Ricky Rosario takes you on a quick trip to the bodega for some scratch offs for his abuela  with a bit of some unexpected events. September is the last month to watch this critically acclaimed movie on HBOmax. Buena suerte! 

     

     

    We’ve been in search of Latino based podcasts and struck gold with Netflix’s ‘Brown Love’ hosted by Dominican actress Dascha Polanco who’s joyous  personality makes you feel like your talking to one of your homegirls. The series is composed of numerous Latino actors being interviewed by Dascha on a variety of topics relating to the Latinx experience, struggles, and biases within our own communities. Trust us, it is worth the listen. 

    ON THE GRILL

    ON THE GRILL

    Hay hambre and we have just the person for you to follow and drool over as you scroll through their feed - New York’s very own Dominican Chef Kelvin. Better know as the Arepa King (arepas so good that they granted him a win on Beat Bobby Flay), Chef Kelvin is now blessing us by sharing some of his mouth watering recipes on his YouTube channel like his Baby Back Ribs with a Guava Glaze. Delete that UberEats app and go create some magic in the kitchen. Your stomach and taste buds will thank us later. 

     

    Is there anything better than the smell of fresh coffee brewing in your greca? If you are a coffee aficionado like us, you are going to love Don Carvajal Café created and founded by Hector Castillo Carvajal. Influenced by his childhood in his grandfather’s farm in D.R. and the call to break the unethical practices used by major coffee producers, this organic coffee which is packed in biodegradable & compostable packaging, offers options from D.R., Colombia, Costa Rica and Brazil. Did we mention that our very own Tony Peralta designed the graphic art used on the Greca Blend? Go show support for this Latino owned coffee brand that will not let you down.

    BLASTING IN THE BLODEGA

    BLASTING IN THE BLODEGA

    Remember those events where you used to go see your favorite music artist play live with a group of your friends? Those things called concerts that seemed like a distant memory. Guess what? After a year of virtual concerts and verzuz battles which we all watched via our phones & T.V. (and don’t get us wrong we did enjoy staying safe and watching these from the comfort of our homes) live in person concerts & music festivals are back! One that we’re particularly excited about which is happening at the end of this month and celebrating its 10th year anniversary is The Governors Ball. Head to Citi Field for the three day festival which is going to be packed with today’s hottest music artists like Colombian and fellow New Yorker super star J.Balvin headlining Saturday’s show and Princess Nokia - hip hop’s Puerto Rican royalty from the L.E.S. who is performing Sunday. 

     

     

    What happens when you get three Dominicans together who love hip hop - you get Whitest Taino Alive. This rap trio made up of DaBeat Ortiz, Jon Blon Jovi, and Dominicanye West (with hilarious artist names) provide us with tropical trap tied together with funny and clever pop culture references that we can all recognize. This month they dropped a new single, “Dia Lindo” ft. Loui Santana & Flaqy Lafontaine. Run it up! 

     

     

    Another fellow Dominican rapper taking over the Billboard charts is Tokischa from Baja Mundo who dropped a new single “Linda” along side one the baddest pop stars in the game, Rosalía. This infectious track paired with a an alluringly music video, which opens up with a cameo from legend Fefita La Grade, is full of sex positivity and pays homage to the place which most Latina’s spend most of our time in, el salon. Hit play and get ready for el perreo!