I don’t believe it’s even possible to properly articulate what exactly is Hispanicize. If you go onto their website, they have the event defined as the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.
That sounds lovely written down but I can attest you won’t know what is Hispanicize until you’ve actually experienced it yourself.
A family reunion? Maybe.
A movement? Definitely.
Empowering? Of course.
Educational? You got it.
I can admit that until this year I had no idea what was Hispanicize. My good friend and mentor, Candy Calderon introduced me a few months ago. Although I could only attend the last day; let me tell you – the tears were flowing non-stop from morning to night.
All of the information that was thrown my way had me on an emotional roller coaster. I felt anger and sadness when the topic of immigration was introduced into the conversation . Then I felt motivated and for the first time, privileged. Privileged is not a typical term you’d use to describe a Latina from the streets of North Philadelphia. However, Hispanicize reminded me just how privileged I was. Privileged that my grandfather made the voyage to come to America to provide a better opportunity for his children (my aunts and uncle) and their children (my cousins and myself). Privileged because of that journey, he allowed me the opportunity to be in a room filled with Latino creators like myself. We’re talking film directors, musicians, activists, media personalities and so on. Here I was, at this powerful event representing the company I brought to life. I was connecting with brands and digital content creators from around the country who were just like me. This was my first time there but I truly felt like I belong and as if I had just met with long lost family members.
Once I arrived back to my hometown of Philadelphia, I had to take a moment to myself and go over E V E R Y T H I N G that happened – every conversation I had, every network I made and all of the information I’ve learned. I can only bow down and give my upmost respect to the founders of Hispanicize for creating something so POWERFUL.
For all of my other Latina/Latino business owners, media influencers, designers, film makers (creative families in general), make sure you are here next year. I promise you there is nothing like it and you will thank me later.
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Many Unite for R&B Holiday Benefit Concert To Raise Funds for Philadelphia’s Ronald McDonald House
On Thursday, December 20th, several local R&B artists joined forces for the inaugural R&B Holiday Benefit Concert. This year’s showcase, held at Philadelphia’s historic Trocadero Theatre, benefited families being supported by Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
This Holiday Benefit Concert was a labor of brotherly love, with every single event organizer and performing artist involved having direct Philly ties. Attendees were serenaded with hits from each emerging artist as well as several of their favorite holiday classics such as “Joy to the World,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night” and more. This year’s concert lineup included:
- Julian King – contemporary R&B artist fresh off a concert tour in China
- Star Castillo – Trenton native with the ability to fuse R&B, Pop and Soul into her renditions
- Judaea – previous America’s Got Talent contestant and rising R&B star
- Good Girl – R&B quartet from Philly striving to revive and lead the next girl group era
- Audrey Jackson – internet darling, R&B songstress and head of It’s All Music, The Movement LLC
- M!SHEL – Armenian and Jewish singer / songwriter powerhouse heralding from the suburbs of Philadelphia
“We could not be more excited to be able to come up with such a fun and engaging way to give back to our community,” says event organizer and host Delilah Dee of Delilah & Co. “Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of what’s truly important during the holiday season so I’m grateful that I, alongside Revli Management, AB Media Group and Kelsi with an Eye, were able to rally together to organize this showcase benefitting the families of Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
All those involved decided a month before show date they wanted to team up to give back to a local organization while also providing a platform for local talent. In less than a month, a venue was secured, non-profit organization was selected, artist line up and vendors were finalized for the concert. Not sure how the turn out would be since the team only had a short amount of time to put together this event, it is safe to say all involved felt a deep sense of gratitude to see that the community supported the initiative – the concert ended up being a sold out event.
What a great way to close out 2018.
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Poet, Michael Phillips, Breaks Down in Front of Students at his Alma Mater
Michael Phillips agreed to speak to students at his alma mater, Community Academy of Philadelphia, CS (CAP) about Black History and being Black in America. Little did he know, this would be an emotional full circle moment for him.
Phillips has been doing spoken word for quite a few years now. Although he’s performed around the East Coast, he mainly takes to his social media to speak about race and love issues in a poetic way. He speaks highly of a creative writing teacher at CAP, who is the sole purpose behind his love for poetry.
“Ms. Vázquez is the reason why I’ve been able to do what I love since high school. She really made me appreciate poetry as a creative outlet to release any and all pain I’ve felt internally. I’m thankful for her”
Phillips confidently went into various classrooms from grades 5-8, along with some high school classrooms to perform his spoken word pieces. It wasn’t until he entered Ms. Vázquez’s room, the very person who inspired him to do poetry in the first place, that he sort of – broke down. It was a full circle moment for him, in that he saw himself as a student who too once sat in those same seats, without a clue as to what it would mean being a Black man growing up in America after high school.
He hopes that through his words, he is able to inspire the minority community to come together and appreciate themselves from within. Phillips wants the youth to know they have the power to change the world, to start thinking about what they can do presently that can essentially positively impact future generations to come.
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