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BY Claudio E. Cabrera

This is the story of Michael Diaz, a.k.a. Juan Bago: the actor, the community activist, the producer, the writer, and the son.

When you look at your profile, you see actor, producer, writer, activist, and community board member? Do you ever feel like you’re over-extending yourself?

I used to over-extend myself when I was younger. Everyone does so when they first come in as you want to gravitate to everything. You can do all the stuff and dedicate the right amount of time. But you don’t want to over-commit, and I found myself doing that at times. One of the most important skills to have in entertainment is the ability to manage your time well.

There was a point in time where I thought I could do everything. It then gets to a point where you can thin yourself and can’t do every little thing yourself. You learn that being a volume actor isn’t as important as being a quality actor.

If you could rank all the things that you’re doing right now in terms of importance, what would be their order?

Well producing and acting are my two passions. After that, I must say that writing comes next as I’ve always had that skill. Last, but not least is activism and my new responsibility as a Community Board 12 member in my Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods.

Read more: Interview: Mike Diaz vs. Juan Bago | Article | New York | Remezcla.com.


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Lin vs Juan Bago: The Handball Game from Juan Bago on Vimeo.

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Photography by Art By Dj Boy (@DjboyNYC)


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On August 26th, 1971, New York gives birth to a sound that would change the face of Latin Music forever. That evening the legendary label Fania, presented an ensemble of its best artists – The Fania All-Stars. The show was  billed as “Our Latin Thing.” In the decades ahead the All-Stars would become the ambassadors and juggernauts of Latin Music around the world. They became the musical reflection of the times, needs, and struggles of New York’s Latino community. The music was influenced by American jazz, soul, and rock-and-roll. Their music became part of Americana. Today, taking up the mantle of Our Latin Thing, an ensemble of seventeen musicians pays tribute to this legendary group, performing an assortment of the All-Stars’ top hits and taking the audience on a musical and poetic journey.

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is unlike any band you’ve heard before, a traditional 11-piece Latin band which plays dynamic, thrilling arrangements of indie rock tunes. With an ever-evolving set list that includes songs by YeaseayerJapantherAnimal CollectiveThe Yeah Yeah YeahsTV On The Radio, The Mars VoltaArcade Fire, and many more, the WSO will make a salsa-believer out of you! Lead by percussionist/arranger Gianni Mano, (from the Brooklyn Latin-funk legends Radio Mundial), the WSO contains some of the best young players on the scene including a full compliment of horns and percussion. With the attitude of a rock band, and the grooves of classic New York salsa, not to mention a brand new album, we hope the WSO is here to stay.

DJ Ron Zilla and DJ Dres will be joining the salsa acts.

Our Latin Thing: FacebookTwitter

WSO: FacebookTwitter

DJ Dres: Official / Facebook / Twitter

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Photo Credit: Briana E. Heard

Sometimes one sentence says its all, check out what Openhouse gallery, the host of The Spot by Heineken, had to say about our coverage of this groundbreaking, next generation Pop Up experience. “We’re hosting Heineken’s The Spot, a Latino pop up curated by Remezcla, but Uptown Collective is covering it best.” Here’s another sentence just for good measure. “About to celebrate its second birthday, Uptown Collective is carving a big niche as a journalism outlet that covers uptown as a distinct neighborhood, not an insignificant outpost of Manhattan.” A shout out is also in order to Dj Boy, Paul Lomax and Briana E. Heard for grinding right alongside me and spreading the Uptown gospel.

Click here to read the rest and much love to Openhouse Gallery, the New York pop-up space.

Photo Credit: Art By Dj Boy

Photo Credit: Art By Dj Boy

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Los Rakas, Maluca Mala, Zuzuka Poderosa @ The Spot

Tego Calderon @ The Spot – The Video

Tego Calderon @ The Spot – The Recap

A Behind the Scenes Look At Remezcla + Heineken’s Latino Pop Up The Spot

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Photography by Paul Lomax (@PaulLomaxPhoto)

Video by Art By Dj Boy (@DjboyNYC)


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Heineken’s The Spot just keeps getting bigger and better. Tonight at the next-level venue will be the Panamanian Hip-Hop hybrid Los Rakas, Uptown’s own Maluca Mala and Brazilian Baile Funk Goddess Zuzuka Poderosa. Did I mention that the after party will be held at the one and only Apt 78 (4447 Broadway)? So tonight once again, The Spot is the place to be and then it’s time to hit up Apt 78. Spread Love it’s the Uptown way!

East 4th Sessions: Los Rakas from World Up on Vimeo.

Los Rakas: Official / FacebookTwitter

Maluca Mala: OfficialFacebookTwitter

Zuzuka Poderosa: FacebookTwitter

DJ Comrade: Facebook / Twitter

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