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    BLODEGA BY THE PERALTA PROJECT — SOBOOMCHECKIT

    SO BOOM CHECK IT…

    SO BOOM CHECK IT…

    We all know that children are our future and if we are in the hands of 8 year old Mexican genius Adhara Maite Pérez we are as good as gold. With an IQ of 162, which is two points higher than Stephen Hawkins and Albert Einstein, she is set to change the world. Did we mention that she is currently working on not one but TWO college degrees since she’s already completed elementary, intermediate, and high school? Adhara who dreams of working at NASA and becoming an astronaut is light years ahead of the game. When asked why this is her dream she said “I want to go to space to colonize Mars!”. We are behind you 100% Adhara! 

     

     

    After the pandemic many of us found ourselves trying to create multiple side hustles or redirecting our careers in order to generate income while working from home. Jannese Torres-Rodriguez has created the perfect podcast, “Yo Quiero Dinero”, that will give us the tools to build a successful online business and set us on the right track towards financial independence. After losing her job a few years back she did some personal soul searching leading her to create a prosperous food blog Delish D’Lites. The success of the blog didn’t happen overnight but with relentless consistency and research she began to see residual income trickle in from the blog. With every year that goes by that income has only gone up. Jannese is now on a mission to educate & empower members of marginalized communities to build generational wealth, become entrepreneurs, and invest wisely. Si se puede

     

     

    If you’re in need of some inspiration we are here to tell you about Afro-Latina and fellow New Yorker Kayla Maria G. This profesional dancer, model, teacher, and influencer is here to break stereotypes that have been placed on people with disabilities. Comfortable in her own skin and a proud bionic user she has been featured in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Target, Dove, and UGG. She hopes that through her work she will normalize and open up peoples minds and perspectives on disabilities. We are ready to take some dance lessons from her any day! 

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    SO BOOM CHECK IT…

    If you look in the dictionary for the definition of inspiration and perseverance, a photo of Dominican born Hansel Enmanuel Rodriguez will be the one to come up. This one-armed hooper, who is following his Dad’s footsteps in professional basketball, is a force to be reckoned with. He can dunk like the best of them, has a crossover as mean as A.I., and can silence an opposing teams cheering crowd with his killer three pointers. As of recent, he received a D1 scholarship offer from HBCU Tennessee State University. Stay tuned because this is only the beginning for Enmanuel!

     

     

    In other news, with everything going on in the world today we are in need of a superhero to come through and save the day, am I right? Forget about Spider Man or Superman, there’s a new kid on the block - La La Liu, the first LGBTQ+ Latin Asian superhero to hit the comic book world. La La Liu makes her debut in the third edition of “La Borinqueña” comic book series about an environmentally conscious female superhero who gets her dope powers from the Indigenous Taíno gods of her Puerto Rican ancestors. Created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, who’s characters represent & reinforce the Caribbean heritage & ancestry, Luz was created to symbolize an underrepresented group within the Latin community. Did you know there’s a Barrio Chino in the Dominican Republic? Yes, you read that correctly, D.R. has its own China town. Thank you Edgardo for shedding light on the spectrum of people that make up the Latino community!

     

    In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month our very own Tony Peralta was featured in a special episode of All Hands on Cheddar News -  “Building a Hispanic Business where he speaks of the importance of the Washington Heights community, his reasons for having his Taller Peralta shop in Inwood, and how we look out for one another as Latinos knowing the hardships that come from the immigrant experience in this country. Check it out ( for a quick find of his appearance, he comes on at 36:06 in the episode)!

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    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!