From Corridos To Punk, Chulita Vinyl Club Spins The Music We’re Dying To Hear

Meet Chulita Vinyl Club, a record-spinning collective of mujeres who are gaining a foothold in the “boys-only” DJ scene.

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Founder Claudia Saenz was just out of college when she created Chulita Vinyl Club in 2013.

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Saenz was living on her own while working her first big job and, like many post-grads, was trying to make ends meet. “I didn’t have enough money for internet,” said Saenz, “so I started to grow my collection of vinyl as a form of entertainment.”

With the help of personal friends and growing social media connections, CVC was expanded.

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CVC currently has 50 members spread throughout seven chapters: Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Los Angeles, Santa Ana and San Diego.

A passion for music is necessary, but previous DJ experience is not. Many of CVC’s members enter the collective without experience, but are taught how to mix and transition by their fellow chulitas.

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Each member brings their own style and choice of genre to the sets — from soul and punk to reggae and corridos.  “[Chulita Vinyl Club] is all about empowerment for vinyl-loving girls,” said Saenz.

Representation in the DJing community continues to be a priority of Chulita Vinyl Club. Saenz explains: “If you don’t see yourself up there, you don’t think you could do it.”

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“We need to step up and show that we’re here and that we’ve always been here,” says Xochi Solis, 35, a member of CVC’s Austin chapter. She sees CVC’s existence as an opportunity of cultural connection and storytelling. “As I become more and more engaged with my CVC chapter and the others nationally, I believe we are truly arriving on the scene as accomplished DJs in a male-dominated field, but that we are also nurturing and developing a safe space for each individual mujer to tell their own personal narratives through the culture of sound.”

They also get to showcase musicians whose work didn’t make it past the digital age.

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“Digging for records in Texas is amazing because as a Tejana, I discover all these Texas recording labels [that are] telling history that you can’t find readily,” says Solis. “Here were entrepreneurial Mexican-Americans that started their own labels to present the music of Tejano and other artists abandoned by the major labels. This is my history as a Tejana and how wonderful that I can go out to the pulga or thrift store and buy it for only a few dollars. I get to save it from obliteration, but not only that, I get to share it through my DJ sets with mis Chulitas. We get to tell the stories that the music and vinyl covers tell and keep the culture present.”

CVC has seen an influx of messages since the presidential election, from women who are drawn to CVC’s “resistance through existence” stance.

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Since the election, many of the club’s weekly Soundcloud mixes have been dedicated to the process of healing through music.  Yoselin Martinez Xonthé, 20, a member of CVC’s Bay Area chapter, joined CVC to cope with depression and social anxiety. “I told myself that surrounding myself with people that loved music as much as I did would maybe help, and it did. Not only did it help a lot with my social anxiety but being able to look forward to events and seeing the chulitas was so life changing,” Xonthé said. “Only thing is that my wallet has gotten skinnier because I keep buying records,” she jokes.

CVC stays focused on creating spaces where people of color can dance, sing, cry and heal in an especially tense social and political time.

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“From crammed and raucous car rides to a gig to chisme over crate digging, I am blessed to be part of this community. We are a bright, clever, and curious crew and while we all have our own personal look or sound, we come together as comadres to share our space openly without aggression and genuinely care for one another as we grow and learn as DJs,” Solis said. “We get excited when one of us shines in the spotlight, or in our case the dim glow of the ones and twos.”

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok


Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

Through the power of TikTok, telepatia kali uchis is going to the top. The Colombian-American singer is sitting comfortably in the top 10 of Spotify’s Top 200 chart in the U.S. thanks to a TikTok trend.

This isn’t the first time that TikTok brought new fame to songs.

TikTok has proven to be quite the catalyst for today’s top hits. The app assisted in getting Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” to the top of Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remains. TikTok also reinvigorated interest in Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” last year thanks to Doggface’s viral video. Now Uchis is getting her long overdue shine with “Telepatía.”

“Telepatía” is becoming a global hit thanks to the same phenomenon.

At No. 7 on the Spotify U.S. chart, “Telepatía” is the highest-charting Latin song in the country. Bad Bunny’s “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez is the next closest Latin song at No. 14. “Telepatía” is also making waves across the globe where the song is charting on Spotify’s Viral Charts in 66 countries and in the Top Songs Charts of 32 countries.

There’s also plenty of “Telepatía” memes.

Uchis is turning the viral song’s success into strong sales and streaming. On this week’s Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, “Telepatía” debuts at No. 10, marking her first top 10 hit on the chart. There are also memes circulating on other social media apps that are contributing to the song’s virality.

“Telepatía” is one of the key cuts on Uchis’ debut Latin album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios). It’s the best example of her translating that alternative soul music that she’s known for into Spanish. The song is notably in Spanglish as Uchis sings about keeping a love connection alive from a distance. It’s timely considering this era of social distancing that we’re in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uchis is currently nominated for a Grammy Award. She’s up for Best Dance Recording for her feature on Kaytranada’s “10%” song.

Read: You Have To Hear Kali Uchis Slay This Classic Latino Song

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles


Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani has long been open about the fluid nature of her gender expression. That’s why it’s exciting that the R&B star is experimenting with different facets of her personality on the most recent cover of Playboy.

In a bold move, Kehlani appears on Playboy‘s latest cover dressed in both (traditionally) women and (traditionally) men’s clothing.

And as if one Kehlani isn’t exciting enough, the magazine cover treats us to two versions of this Oakland native. On the left side of the magazine, Kehlani is dressed up as a Prom Queen, complete with a resplendent gown and a tiara. On the cover’s right side, Kehlani is dressed in Prom King drag: her tie undone, her collar open, her crown askew.

She shared the picture to her personal Instagram page with the cheeky caption: “I always wanted to date me.”

In the accompanying interview, Kehlani talks about gender identity and expression, motherhood, and owning her sexuality.

When Kehlani was asked how she defines masculinity and femininity, Kehlani got refreshingly candid. “I’ve discovered that I’ve run from a lot of femininity,” she admitted. “I was way more comfortable in a more masculine space. I feel more masculine when I am in my stillness and I’m grounded in a quiet, contemplative mode.”

She then explained that she feels “most feminine” when she’s “being the mother of my house.” (Kehlani had a baby girl named Adeya Nomi in 2019). She also explained that she “feels her femininity” when she ‘s indulging in self-care, like soaking in a flower-filled bath, or doing a hair mask.

“My femininity makes me feel soft and gentle and tender and careful in a different way than my masculinity makes me feel,” she said. “I’m trying not to let it fall into the gender norms of feminine and masculine, but for me it does a tiny bit. But I also am very fluid in both of those settings.”

Kehlani has always been open about her fluid sexuality and gender identity.

In 2018, she tweeted: “Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non-binary people, intersex people, trans people”.

But of course, haters on the internet accused her of “queer-baiting”–that is, pretending she’s queer to get more LGBT fans and attract attention. In an interview with The Guardian last year, she revealed why the accusation frustrates her.

“I’ve had girlfriends in front of people’s faces, right under their noses, and they weren’t famous and so nobody cared to make it public,” she said. “So they automatically assume that I must like men more than women.”

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