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    BLODEGA BY THE PERALTA PROJECT

    SO BOOM CHECK IT…

    SO BOOM CHECK IT…

    October did a quick little drive by and we are now in November! Along with partaking in every foodie’s favorite holiday it is also Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month. We want to encourage men or anyone who identifies as male to break the “man up” stereotype and seek help when suffering from mental health issues. Globally, on average, 1 man dies every minute of every day due to suicide yet depression is under diagnosed for male identifying individuals. Let’s do away with the stigma behind “masculinity” and give grace to anyone who needs to express, feel, and process their emotions - no matter their gender. 

    For more information or to obtain help check out us.movember.com

     

     

     

    We all know that as adults our homes and more specifically our bedrooms are sacred spaces. They are the sanctuaries where we can escape the craziness of the outside world. As a child, having your own bedroom was the ultimate win. It is was the one room where you were able to express yourself and dream up who you were going to be. For people with limited resources and life long disabilities, their bedrooms are where they spend the majority of their lives. Martha & Alex Gold-Dvoryadkin, the founders of Blissful Bedrooms, wanted to make sure that the bedrooms for those young disabled individuals were safe havens and hubs of empowerment. Created in 2009, this non-profit organization provides free extravagant bedroom makeovers on a monthly basis for those young disabled individuals. Their ultimate goal is to enhance these kids lives inside and outside of their bedrooms. If you are looking to do some good, you can volunteer or donate to their organization. Spread the word! 

     

     

     Homelessness and poverty are two of America’s major societal issues. After the pandemic, in cities like L.A. and N.Y.C., these problems have only been amplified due to the lack of help provided by our government. The unfortunate truth is that real change only takes place when it comes from within the communities in need. Like the free breakfast program created by the Black Panthers, LaRayia Gaston founded a non-profit organization, Love Without Reason, under which she created a free meals program, Lunch on Me, which provides about 10,000 plant based meals to the homeless people to underserved communities. In addition to this LaRayia owns a L.A. based shop called LaRayia’s Bodega where she offers a vegan food menu where everything is $5 or less. In a world where it feels like only the wealthy are able to eat healthy, shops like this bodega are blessing to the communities they serve. Feel free to donate and/or volunteer and let’s all rally behind LaRayia and her team!

     

     

     

    We wanted to thank the people of Atlanta for their southern hospitality that was given in abundance to Tony during his recent trip and event down in ATL last month. Who would have known that after Tony designed the ‘ATL Machete’ tee the Braves would go on to become the World Series champs! A huge congrats to the team and the delightful people of Atlanta! 

    TODAY’S SPECIALS

    TODAY’S SPECIALS

    If anyone were to mention old westerns to you, your mind would immediately go to movies like “The Lone Ranger” or anything John Wayne starred in, right? Well in 2021 “The Harder They Fall” is here to blow your mind - pun intended! Not only do we finally have a real representation of the Wild West (yes, people of color were doing the damn thing back then!), it is packed with a star studded black cast - Regina King, Idris Elba, Jonathan Majors are just a few to name, and produced by non other than one of the greatest rappers alive —Jay-Z. As a lover of films, the stand offs that we have seen in old westerns cannot stand next to the jaw dropping cinematography composed by director Jeymes Samuel. Ride on over to your couch and tune in!

     

     

     

    Harlem on its own is one of the most historic and iconic areas of NYC. From the Apollo Theater to Sylvia’s Soul Food, black culture is embedded in the blocks that make up the streets above 125th and below 165th. The abundance of legends that have called this area home are endless - from Alexander Hamilton to Teyana Taylor, the list goes on and on. When it comes to hip hop, the same can be said - Biz Markie, Dipset, A$AP Rocky, Diddy, and even Dave East all came from Harlem. There is no place like it and the way this neighborhood shapes people is incomparable. The Harlem Trap Experience, an interactive pop up exhibit by Trap Genius took place over the past weekend. Rellz the owner of the brand created this event in tribute to a specific time in Harlem and his own life during the 99’s to the 2000’s where there was a shift from praising the drug game to praising the rap game and how the two constantly overlap but the hustler mentality remains the same. From flip phones to the Juelz Santana bandana the exhibit nailed the vibes of the times. We can’t wait to see what other legends are birthed in those Manhattan streets - from Harlem to the world! 

     

     

     

    Times Square now has on display its first fountain and you’ll never guess what it’s made out of - 400,000 acrylic nails. Artist Pamela Council created A Fountain for Survivors, a vibrant 18-foot cocoon shaped piece for survivors of all kinds. Once inside you are welcomed by a warm and inviting environment igniting your sense of touch, sound, and scent where the tiered running fountain is housed. In Pamela’s words, “fountains have this way of working in culture as meeting places, as gathering places, and places where people make wishes, giving people this ebullient sense of hope.” Having worked with acrylic nails for over 13 years, the artist developed her own style of African American camp aesthetic which she calls BLAXIDERMY which she applies to all of her work. If you want to take in this architectural wonder in person, you have until December 8th. 

     

     

     

     

    If you are looking for some heartfelt laughs with a good dose of realness please tune in to Aida Rodriguez HBO comedy special “Fighting Words”. This Puerto Rican and Dominican Latina bares it all when it comes to the hilarious yet at times painful experience of growing up as a Latina. Aida is the type of comedian ‘que no tiene pelos en la lengua’ like our people like to say. Touching on topics like colorism, misogyny, and even the infamous beef between Ricans and Dominicans she helps us laugh through the pain that resonate with us all in our own personal journeys of Latinidad. Stay tuned until the end as she shares her travel documentary short during her trip back to both of her motherlands. Aida, we are rooting for you no matter which side you rep! 

    ON THE GRILL

    ON THE GRILL

    Now that we have set our clocks back and our nights are longer it is the perfect time to do all things cozy! A person who knows just what to do for cozy season is Terrell Davis, the self proclaimed ‘good times dispenser’. Thanks to his viral videos on Tik Tok, Terrell has become popular for sharing his delicious homemade tea recipes that will warm any cold soul right up and his love for plants which were ingrained in him by his grandmother. Not only is Terrell blessing us with these quick step by step videos of his tea time he is advocating self care while doing so. We love to see it and cannot wait to try one of this teas on a brisk fall night. 

     

     

     

    Longer nights in the fall also mean we have less time to cook dinner at home since our bodies will start getting into their hibernation mode. Vivian Aronson has a quick solution and all you’ll need is a rice cooker. With over five million views on TikTok, her “one tomato lazy rice” video recipe won over every person who is need of an easy but flavorful dinner. This Minnesota chef who has appeared on Master Chef season 10 says that rice cooker recipes are common in China where she is from due to the lack of ovens. As a busy mom, this “rice cooker” skill has saved her plenty of time when it comes to both prepping and cooking the meals. If you want to try this out, check out her Mini Rice Cooker Chicken Curry dish - it’ll spice up your dinners even on weeknights! 

     

     

     

    What other dish could solidify the arrival of fall better than the tastiest stew ever created by Latinos and Caribbeans in all of the diaspora - sancocho! For those that may not be familiar with this hearty dish (which comes in many different versions depending where you are from) in essence, it is a meat and roots based stew typically paired with white rice and avocado. In case you have not been passed down your ta-tara abuela’s family recipe we got you with this one from the oldest and largest Dominican cooking websites since 2001 DominicanCooking.com. Get ready to impress the whole family including the tia que critica todo! 

    BLASTING IN THE BODEGA

    BLASTING IN THE BODEGA

    As African beats have taken over our playlists and feeds there was one song that was everywhere and we do mean EVERYWHERE, I’m sure you already guessed it - - - “Essence” by WizKid featuring Tems. Easily that song could have been named song of the summer or maybe even of the year. Tems, the 26 year old Nigerian singer, writer, and producer featured on the song is on everyone’s list of collabs. Dubbed “the future” by Rolling Stones she is the hot commodity for hit makers. You know you’ve made it when Drake calls you to be on his latest album. Currently on her first solo tour, Tems admits her musicality is something she has no control over as, per her words, she “hears thousands of melodies in her head”. Her talent may come naturally to her but after a recent experience while being incarcerated with about 50 women in Uganda due to Covid violations her mission became clear -  create healing music while at the same time making change for Africans. We are sure that her impact will be felt all over the world. 

     

     

     

    The most impactful art is usually composed by someone who bears it all. Someone who isn’t afraid to be vulnerable and freely express themselves, and new comer Bangladeshi-Irish singer Joy Crookes is that someone. Her soulful ballads land as if you are reading pages from her diary or like listening in on an intimate conversation between her and her friends. She poetically touches on topics like generational trauma, saving her friend from suicide, and even politics in her own way. Her aesthetically pleasing music videos are packed with representations of her mixed heritage and the country where she was raised, the U.K. There is no doubt that Joy is the full package and is headed towards being the voice of her generation. 

     

     

      

    A group of young fierce females who are joining forces to have their voices heard are the first all women rap group from Roma, Pretty Loud. Based in Serbia, a country which still upholds outdated traditional gender roles, their songs and lyrics are rebellious protests against the trials, pressures, and tribulations experienced by the women of Serbia. As female oppression is something that rings true for women all over the globe they hope that their lyrics resonate with those in need of hope and strength to find their own way. 

    FIT OF THE WEEK

    FIT OF THE WEEK

    It seems as if it is the 90’s again and the brand to see and be seen in is Gucci!  In addition to “House of Gucci” being one of 2021’s most anticipated movies starring Lady Gaga, the luxury brand took over Hollywood for their first in person show since 2020, “Gucci’s Love Parade”. On November 3rd one block on Hollywood Boulevard showcased not only stars like Jared Leto or Salma Hayek but an array of styles to satisfy whatever your imagination desired. From old Hollywood glam, to cowboy boots, to shorts in the infamous Gucci logo - designer Alessandro Michele did away with the rules of fashion and hit the mark of the current trend of self expression. 

     

     

     

    Corsets may be a thing of the past but Netherlands costume designer and makeup artist Joyce Spakman may be able to single handedly bring them back in style. These intricate one of a kind pieces are so strikingly beautiful that without question can be set along side Marie Antoinette’s gowns in a historical museum. These masterpieces came to life during the pandemic when Joyce had the time to create a lightweight version of porcelain and stained glass material. “Porcelain 2.0” as she refers to it, gave her the ability to bring her visions of these glamorous corsets to life and to be wearable. We can already picture our modern day royalty Beyoncé or Lady Gaga adorned in one of her pieces. 

     

     

     

    As inclusivity is taking over the fashion industry more and more campaigns, runway shows, and magazine covers are being filled with women with REAL bodies. A London based model from Saint Lucia who is using this and her heavenly looks to her advantage is Skye Lukowski-Standley who was recently featured in “The Muses - A Celebration of Black Women”. This series of portraits by Linda Blacker showcase how black culture, black women, and black femmes have influenced music, art, and fashion but are often not given credit for it. An advocate for self expression, Skye also took part in a Refinery29 article on formulating ones own identity. Look out for this beauty as she is here to make waves. 

     

     

     

    Fit of the week goes out to someone who definitely hit it out of the ballpark with our Amazing Corduroy Hat, Alex Cohen, owner of the NY Mets! Thank you for your support Alex!