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UPLIFTT | June 20, 2017

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An evaluation of a publication, product, service, or company such as a movie, musical composition, book, or an event or performance.

Breaking Stereotypes and Re-identifying Lowrider Culture: Lowrider Roll Models

June 8, 2016 |

Lowrider culture. What comes to mind? Cholos, drugs, and half-naked women in hypersexualized poses by fancy vehicles with the song “Lowrider by War?”

Growing up in Southern California, lowrider culture was a regular affair in my life: from going to … Read More

Montera: The One-Woman Tour De Force

April 2, 2014 |

If you’d like to be blown away by an off-Broadway one-woman show, you have got to check out Montera. Written and performed by the incomparable, Loren Escandon.

Full of affirmations, innuendos, nuances, comedy, crudeness, charm, pain, suffering, joys, disappointments… … Read More

Reasons to See Fast & Furious 6

July 27, 2013 |

Fast & Furious 6 (alternatively known as Fast Six or Furious 6) is a 2013 action film written by Chris Morgan and directed by Justin Lin. It is the sixth installment in the Fast and the Furious film series. The … Read More

Reasons to See Man of Steel

June 18, 2013 |

Man of Steel is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan, and scripted by David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the film is areboot of the Superman film series that … Read More

Sleeping With The Fishes

June 6, 2013 |

So I was invited to the world premiere screening of Nicole Gomez Fisher’s directorial debut, Sleeping with the Fishes. I try to go into movie screenings without the persistent biases that plague independent Latino films that more often than not … Read More

Afro-Latinos: History of the Caribbean

May 20, 2013 |

Frank Moya Pons is a Dominican scholar who wrote one of the most beautiful books on the subject many should read called History of the Caribbean.

This book is his second installment after the famous book The Dominican Republic: … Read More

Reasons to See Jack the Giant Slayer

May 6, 2013 |

Jack the Giant Slayer (previously titled Jack the Giant Killer) is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film based on the fairy tales, “Jack the Giant Killer” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”. The film is directed by Bryan Singer with a … Read More

Reasons to See Snitch

May 6, 2013 |

Snitch is an American crime drama film directed by Ric Roman Waugh and starring Dwayne Johnson. The film was released in the United States on February 22, 2013. The film also stars Barry Pepper, Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt and Boardwalk … Read More

Latinos Beyond Reel

May 2, 2013 |

Change, a simple word yet a very hard concept to put into practice; at least for the film industry. Over at the Museum of Moving Image, their series, “changing the picture,” takes a look at artists (present and past) working … Read More

Reasons to See Django Unchained

April 25, 2013 |

Django Unchained is a 2012 American western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson. The film was released on December 25, 2012 in North America.

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