The Caribbean

Dominican Hair Site

Posted on October 19, 2007. Filed under: Beauty & Fashion, The Caribbean, United States, Women |

There’s an amazing website dedicated to everything about Dominican hair salons. serves up the dish on hair products, tips and even testimonials of those who swear by Dominican salons and stylists. You can even find where there is a Dominican salon in your neighborhood! It’s a one stop shop for those of you out there curious about the hair phenomenon that’s taking over the nation.

SOURCE: Noche Latina

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New Video of Juan Luis Guerra

Posted on September 21, 2007. Filed under: Celebrities & Entertainment, Music, The Caribbean, Travel |

Juan Luis Guerra recently released a new music video for his song “La Traviesa.” The video was directed by fellow Dominican Taba Blanchard. The music video is visually stunning as its premise focuses on a man’s international search for a woman. The video is mostly comprised of home video footage that the director acquired from friends across the globe.

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Puerto Rico to Strengthen AIDS Treatment Program

Posted on July 21, 2007. Filed under: Health/Wellness, News & Politics, The Caribbean |

“Puerto Rico’s AIDS treatment program, hit by drug shortages in recent months, will be aggressively revamped to ensure patients in the U.S. territory receive medication without delays, the governor announced Tuesday.

The program aims to provide anti-retroviral drug therapy for thousands of HIV/AIDS sufferer but has faltered recently due to a forced rationing of free medicine for hundreds of patients. Advocates blame the shortages on mismanagement.


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Caribbean Fragrance

Posted on July 20, 2007. Filed under: Beauty & Fashion, North America, The Caribbean |

The Caribbean is infused with delicious scents. And now all those wonderful perfumes are captured in a bottle.

Those with discerning olfactory senses might already know about Miss Marisa, the signature fragrance from L.A. apothecary Ebba. Their island twist on the classic perfume oil comes in the form of Miss Marisa Tropical, which includes delicious notes like mango, coconut, and peach. Let me say this: after applying a few dabs, I wanted to lick my own arm. Yeah, it’s that good.

SOURCE: Splendora Blog

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The New Yorker features Haitian and Dominican Writers

Posted on June 29, 2007. Filed under: Book, Art, & Culture, North America, The Caribbean, United States |

Haiti_dr This month’s New Yorker Out Loud pod cast series, which consists of a New Yorker fiction writer discussing a story from the magazine’s voluminous archives, features the gifted Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat conversing with The New Yorker fiction editor, Deborah Treisman, about talented Dominican writer Junot Díaz’s 1995 short story “How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie). The pod cast includes a reading of the straight up hilarious story by Mr. Díaz. In addition, The New Yorker online has another very funny selection written by Díaz as well as a fascinating excerpt from Danticat’s forthcoming memoir and a short story she wrote in 1995.

For more information please visit: The New Yorker Out Loud

SOURCE: Republica

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Only Hispanic comedian in Bad Boys of Comedy Season 2 on HBO

Posted on May 6, 2007. Filed under: Celebrities & Entertainment, North America, The Caribbean |

Vanderpool Dominican New York comedian-actor Ruperto Vanderpool is on the cusp of greatness. He has a national fan base and an international appeal. In addition, Ruperto has been nominated for the 1st annual American Latino Awards for Favorite American Latino Comedian. On the real, this dude is mad talented, show love and vote for him here:

Still don’t know him? Well, now you will. He was handpicked by P. Diddy to be the only Hispanic to perform for the Bad Boys of Comedy Season 2 on HBO. More than just an actor or a comedian, Ruperto Vanderpool will one day be remembered and recognized as a cultural icon that opened doors and demolished barriers for Dominican and Latino comedians.

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Celia Cruz: The Musical

Posted on May 6, 2007. Filed under: Book, Art, & Culture, Celebrities & Entertainment, North America, The Caribbean |

Celia Cruz: The Musical is scheduled to premiere this fall in New York. The Off-Broadway show will feature the musical career, struggles, and the marriage of Celia Cruz, the first Hispanic singer to be recognized internationally.

According to the School Library Journal, “From its rhythmic opening, the first-person narrative dances readers through Cruz’s youth in Havana, a childhood bounded by scents of nature and home, the sweet taste of sugar, and the sound of music. A singer from an early age, Cruz sang so continually that one of her teachers finally urged her to share her voice with the world. Thus encouraged, she entered competitions, undeterred when her racial heritage prevented her from competing – undeterred, even, when the advent of Castro’s communist regime forced her to leave Cuba as a refugee. Positive even in exile, Cruz made New York City her own and took Miami by storm.”

Celia Cruz: The Musical will be produced by David Maldonado and directed by Jaime Azpilicuet. Henry Cardenas, the show’s executive producer, says that this musical will be “…a tribute to one of the most remarkable Latin artists that ever lived. Celia’s contributions went beyond just music. Her charisma, passion and tireless energy on and off the stage inspired artists and fans alike. Her story is extraordinary, and one that deserves to be told.”

The musical will start its world tour in the Big Apple (NY) in September 2007. It will later stop in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, and Washington D.C.

SOURCE: Hispanic Business

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Two Sides of the Dominican Republic

Posted on February 1, 2007. Filed under: The Caribbean |

The well-known…

Its beauty…

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