The Latino Crossover

I recently asked the general public (aka: twitter and my closest friends) who they considered to be the most successful Latino crossover act and the responses were distinctly split between Shakira and Ricky Martin. The options were vast: Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Thalia, Paulina Rubio, Enrique Iglesias, and even Laura Pausini tried. There was…

Paulina Rubio: Pau Power

I still remember this moment like it was yesterday. It was the summer of 2000 and a song came on the radio that just inspired me to believe that living in 100-degree weather was worth it. This was a song that sounded like summer, was inspired by summer, and ingrained itself in your thoughts by…

Thalia: Arrasando

Purchasing Shakira’s Donde Estan Los Ladrones opened so many musical doors for me. It opened the flood gates to a genre of music I never felt comfortable listening to but was a part of my heritage and identity. Shakira was considered Latin Rock. Her grungy look and distinct vocals made her a critical darling; however, there […]

Shakira: Donde Están Los Ladrones?

A little bit about me: I’m Hispanic. English was my second language, Spanish being my first. I grew up with my grandparents in a household where on Sundays Spanish was the only language spoken at the dinner table out of respect for our elders. English was spoken at our proper home with our parents and…