Afro-Puerto Rican Rapper, Princess Nokia, Dropped A Dope Video For Her Song G.O.A.T. And Her Story Will Amaze You

With an unconventional style and zero fucks to give, Destiny Frasqueri, better known as Princess Nokia (or Wavy Spice by some), is turning heads in the NYC underground scene. Unapologetically herself, Nokia prides herself on being a “weirdo,” though she’ll just as easily boast about having “little titties” and being able to snatch your man away.

One of her first videos out was “Tomboy,” where she’s dressed in a style that screams ’90s-era-Aaliyah.

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Aaliyah, who came to prominence in the early ’90s, also dressed in baggy clothes, wore thick lip liner and had an IDGAF attitude. Nokia’s style is much more in-your-face, and her music appears to be heavily influenced by the trap sounds of the moment, whereas Aaliyah was a soulful, more traditional R&B singer. However, there really does feel like there’s a cross-generational connection between the two.

The similarities don’t stop there: the two were both fashion models.

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Aaliyah sported Tommy Hilfiger, while Nokia has done several spreads for Calvin Klein. But don’t get Nokia twisted, the pinky-finger-in-the-air aura of high fashion modeling is immediately punched in the gut by her brashness. Here she is channeling her inner Sade.

And she also kills “boy” looks.

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I can picture Aaliyah having worn the same thing at some point.

Nokia has spent time extensively exploring her Afro-Latina roots in her music.

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In this video for “Brujas,” which she co-directed herself, she pulls from Yoruba imagery and the spiritual images of Santeria, while wearing her hair out as curly as possible and spitting the history of her native ancestry. She raps in the song:

“I’m the black-arican bruja straight out from the Yoruba / and my ancestry is Nigerian my grandmas was brujas / and I come from an island and it’s called Puerto Rico/ It’s one of the smallest, but it’s got the most people.”

In this revealing documentary by The Fader, entitled “Destiny,” Nokia talks about her entire journey.

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From being a child in the foster care system, to running away, to falling into music and modeling, to the origins of the name Nokia, this 16-minute, eye-opening documentary is longer than most things you’ll see on the Internet today, but just try and take your eyes off of it once you start. It’s a gripping portrayal of an artist that is multi-layered and coming into her own as a musician. In the doc, she reveals that she’s an ardent feminist and is inspired by the feminists, including her sister, that she grew up around. At her shows, she makes sure that women get to sit up close, urging them all to come to the front row.

Check out her newest video and keep your eye on the rising star.

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She’ll be performing at Summer Stage 2017 in NYC. If you’re in town, definitely check her out. She’ll be part of a set with Chilean artist Mon Laferte and Afro-Puerto Rican music project ÌFÉ. Should be a great show!

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America


Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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