We all are remember our first scary movie. That heart racing, chills going down our back, nail biting feeling we felt for the first time and couldn’t seem to shake off when we were left in the dark and alone in our beds. You either avoided horror films after that or went seeking that exact feeling the rest of your life. For Gigi Saul Guerrero, a.k.a. La Muñeca del Terror, it was the latter. After stealing a copy of “Child’s Play 2” as a kid, Gigi was immediately hooked on horror which led her to her destined career path as a horror filmmaker. After directing horror web shows, episodes of the “Purge”, and the series “Into the Dark”, Canadian-Mexican Gigi will be making her directorial feature film debut with “Bingo Hell” now streaming on Amazon Prime. Starring legendary actress Adriana Barraza, we find out what happens when a group of elderly friends are fed up with the gentrification taking place in their community. Fingers crossed on her making a sequel but based on the gentrification happening in New York! Grab that popcorn, make yourself cozy under a blanket, and get those lungs ready for some screams!
“Reach the world but touch the hood first”. Oakland documentarian and photographer Brittani Sensabaugh lives and creates by this motto. Using her gift of photography she deconstructs the false narratives deemed by mass media as areas of “struggle” and the people who reside there. Her breathtaking photographs capture moments such as the joy radiating from the children posing for her camera, the protectiveness & love of a father hugging his daughter, and the untold stories that lie in the sparkling eyes of the elderly man sitting on his front porch. Shot by shot she is sending the message that these neglected and forgotten communities by the mainstream are not defined by the conditions that have been created to destroy them but instead flourishing despite them.
I remember when I first heard El General blasting from a car one summer when I visited Venezuela. Or the first time my abuela yelled at my cousins for listening to DJ Playero and Plan B. Like bachata when it first came out in D.R. or hip hop when it hit the streets of BX, in the beginning many looked down on the genre that is reggaeton. Now reggaeton artists like Bad Bunny, J.Balvin, and Daddy Yankee are household names and revered as pop stars. Here to tell us the true origin and history of this music that has captivated the world is one of the pioneers herself, “La Caballota” - Ivy Queen, via the new podcast LOUD: The History of Reggaeton. Dale play y que viva el perreo!