Posts Tagged ‘Dominican Republic’

BY Art By Dj Boy (@ArtByDjBoy)

Drove for the first time in a foreign country.

Kissed a girl and soon after she asked me about helping her with a visa to come to the US.

Tasted the difference between American and Dominican Cherries, Pineapples, and other fruits.

Discovered that my cousin is a master chef and should be shipped to NYC to open a restaurant.

Got pulled over by cops with no i.d. whatsoever and found out that my uncle has more power in DR than I thought.

Drove drunk for the first and last time.

Saw more greenery than the Federal Reserve.

Saw stars, and stars, and stars, and more stars.

Saw my first waterfall.

Was called “the media” by many people because of my camera.

Was stopped in the street many times to ask about my camera.

Dominicans posed for me before even raising my camera.

Figured out that these poor starving and abused dogs commercials have nothing on the dogs from DR.

Pleasantly surprised to find out that homosexuality is way more accepted in DR than here.

Wi-Fi is a HUGE luxury.

The poorest of people still have cellphones.

The poorest of people still have Facebook.

Girls don’t ask for numbers, they ask for Facebooks.

Santiago’s airport needs an overhaul with the staff.

Drivers are insane, truly, truly insane especially in Santiago.

Crime is apparently really bad, and that’s all I heard on the radio, thank God I didn’t experience any of it.

The music is getting worse every time I hear a new song.

Drinks are super cheap.

People are super friendly.

Dominicans in New York throw trash everywhere. Dominicans in DR…. don’t. Where did we go wrong?

DR in one word – Neato!



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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Photos by Led_Black, theSPEACHgal, Kat_Rosario87 & PerlaMichelleX3

The DR Travelogue is a book/project that has been gestating in my mind for the last 5 years. It is my heart-felt ode to Quisqueya La Bella, a place that remains in the hearts and minds of many of the Dominicans living abroad. The DR Travelogue is a native son’s poignant and hilarious journey to the heart, soul and soil of the Dominican Republic.

I travel to the Dominican Republic as often as possible not just because I love the energy and spirit of the country and its people but also to instill in my 3 young daughters the same love of the DR that my parents instilled in me. This project is about sharing my love, respect and admiration for the Dominican Republic and Dominicans with the world. So enjoy these pictures and stay tuned for more exclusive DR Travelogue goodies in the days ahead.


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For more info: http://newperspectivesdominicanrepublic.com/

Bahia de las Aguilas 02

From September 13 to October 31, 2011

Opening Reception:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 6:30 pm

The City College of New York
Amsterdam Plaza
(Amsterdam Avenue, between  West 138th and 137th Streets)
Exhibit is free and open to the public

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For more info: http://newperspectivesdominicanrepublic.com/

Bahia de las Aguilas 02

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

The quest to get my book published officially began on July 7th at Word Up. Whether through a traditional publisher or self-published, by hook or by crook, I WILL publish my book. This past Thursday, I had the pleasure of sharing the Word Up stage with Lola Koundakjian, Iskandar Andrews, and Veronica Liu. I read from my work in progress, DR Travelogue, which is my heart-felt ode to the Dominican Republic. DR Travelogue is a native son’s poignant and hilarious journey to the heart, soul and soil of the Dominican Republic. I also had the good fortune to have my good friend and photographer, Paul Lomax, there to capture it all. Enjoy! Stay tuned for more on DR Travelogue.


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Photo Credit: Briana E. Heard

Here & There: Travel Readings ft Led Black, Lola Koundakian, Iskandar Andrews, and Veronica Liu.

Tonight at 7 PM

4157 Broadway @ 176 Street

7-7-7 is quite an auspicious number and therefore a great date to take a jaunt to faraway lands. Tonight, July 7th at 7 pm is shaping up to be a big night at Word Up (4157 Broadway @ 176 Street). The Uptown Collective’s Editor-in-Chief, Led Black, will be reading from his unpublished piece of Travel Writing, DR Travelogue. DR Travelogue is a native son’s poignant and hilarious journey to the heart, soul and soil of the Dominican Republic. Poet Lola Koundakjian, a 2011 NoMAA grantee, will be reading a selection of travel pieces – some real, some imaginary – with a sprinkling of poems about food and drinks. Iskandar Andrews will read from Drinking and Driving in Urumqi, a serio-comic travelogue/meditation recounting immersive misadventures and multiple baptisms by culture shock, linguistic overload, and corn vodka into the diverse culture of the city of Urumqi, Xinjiang Province, Peoples Republic of China. Veronica Liu will read from her novel Your Chinese Tea is Getting Cold! Come to Word Up tonight and take a journey around the globe.

Vantage Residential, the good folks who have provided the space for this community-affirming space, will also be making a major announcement on how long of an extension they will be providing the venue today…so stay tuned.

Click here for more awesome DR pics from the incomparable Briana E. Heard.

Word Up
a community bookshop in Northern Manhattan
4157 Broadway @ 176 Street
June 17 – July 14, 2011
Word Up on New York Times | Manhattan Times | Uptown Collective | Fbook

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Well my amigos, looks like it’s officially a wrap! My two weeks out on the Quisqueyan motherland are up and I’ve touched back down in the Big Apple. I want to thank Palo Mamajuana for inspiring the trip, the Uptown Collective for letting me stream all of my content, the skate rats on the island for all of the love and positive vibes, the Republica Update and last, but certainly not least, all of you – the readers – for accompanying me on the ride. Here’s to us!


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