Amanda M. Castro

Amanda M. Castro

Bio: Amanda M. Castro is a fourth-year journalism major with minors in English and political science at the University of New Haven in West Haven, CT. Originally from Puerto Rico and currently living in New York, Amanda is a well-rounded and focused writer with a desire to write and inform. After graduating in December, she hopes to continue working passionately in the field of journalism to inspire and help people around the world feel represented and informed. In her free time, Amanda writes, reads, and listens to music.

Stuck on brunch? Calle Ocho has just the remedy

For a satisfying, tasty brunch, Calle Ocho has got us on the bandwagon. This Latin-inspired restaurant has a reason for attracting such a large wave of customers no matter where it is they roam. And though every aspect of this restaurant is alluring, it’s their weekend Boozy Brunches that take place between 11 am and 3 pm that keep me coming for more.

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Wary of crisscrossed denim? This is your sign not to be

Jeans and shorts are essential in every closet – they pair well with t-shirts, flannels, button-ups, halter tops; just about anything, to be frank. I myself am a proud owner of skinnies, straight legs, boot cuts, flared, girlfriend, and boyfriend jeans. However, I have been quite wary of the newest trend in jeans: the crisscrossed jeans.

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The future is upcycled: Trends in upcycled clothing

Upcycling clothes is the process of repurposing old, worn-out, or damaged materials into brand new items. Upcycled clothes, also known as repurposed clothing, reused clothing, and recycled clothing, are gaining popularity in the modern fashion business.

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Mia Lailani

“New” Artist of the Month for July 2021 Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Spotify Music Mouse-pointer Bio Sweet Dreams Bio Mia Lailani is a 15-year-old Puerto Rican singer-songwriter who aspires to inspire the world with music. She, along with her brother and father, makes up the musical powerhouse that fuel her …

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Leslie Grace

Latin Artist of the Month for July 2021 Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Soundcloud Bio Qué Será Bio Leslie Grace is a Dominican-descent singer-songwriter from New York and raised in Florida. She has been nominated for three Latin Grammy Awards for her performance as a vocalist. She portrayed Nina Rosario in …

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Sweet Dreams – Mia Lailani

Video of the Month for July 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPLExl0e0jY&ab_channel=MiaLailani Mia Lailani’s “Sweet Dreams” is a beautifully crafted song. As if it could not get any better, she complimented the song with a music video to match its beauty. The different colorful lighting that adorns the video as it transpires gives it …

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Anuel AA

Reggaeton Artist of the Month for July 2021 Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Bio DIME TÚ Bio Anuel AA is a rapper and singer from Carolina, Puerto Rico. His songs frequently highlight violence and urban life in Puerto Rico, and he is regarded as a pioneer of the Latin trap trend. …

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Q&A with rising stars Mia Lailani, Devan Ibiza, father Maximino Perez:
“I think it brought us a lot closer”

The music industry is tough, but family proves to be tougher. NYC Tastemakers had the pleasure of talking with up-and-coming musicians Mia Lailani and Devan Ibiza and their music producing father and manager Maximino Perez to discuss their debut album Blink of an Eye, the meaning of music, and their bond as a family unit.

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Courtney Love accuses Olivia Rodrigo of copying album cover

With all the success and firsts singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, 18, is receiving from her debut album SOUR, it is only prudent that she gets herself involved in unnecessary drama. Despite Rodrigo’s homage to Courtney Love in the promo art for her “Sour Prom” concert film, Love did not seem flattered.

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Designer Eric Eremita on past, upcoming projects and lucky number 13

Celebrity contractor and designer Eric Eremita, who has previously appeared on more that 70 episodes of home improvement network HGTV’s Love it or List It and Brother vs Brother, has launched his own line of fashion called “THIRTEEN by Eric Eremita,” combining his inventive background and talent in interior design, and innovative building dexterity with his primal love of fashion.

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Q&A with Robert Clivillés: “I wanted to express ‘Latinism’”

In celebration of Latinx pride and culture, one half of C&C Music Factory Robert Clivillés recently produced and released upbeat, evocative vibe song “Yo Soy Latino (Vamos a Bailar)” by Latinos Del Mundo, accompanied by an equally nostalgic music video. NYC Tastemakers sat down with Clivillés to talk about the release of this soon-to-be Latinx anthem, “Latinism,” and his life and legacy in the music industry.

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Women dominating the polls in New York mayoral race

With only two weeks until New York City’s Democratic primary, two women have a chance to achieve something that has not happened since the city’s establishment in the 17th century: become mayor.

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