Dr. Steeve Coupeau Interviews Zahira Kelly, Winner of Afro-Latino Awards 7/15/17

Tell us one interesting or little-known fact about you?

An interesting fact about me is that I spent as much time growing up in NYC as I did in the Dominican Republic, so my framework is always binational whether intentional or not.

What was your first reaction when you heard you won an Award from the Afro-Latino Festival?

Upon learning I was receiving an award at Afro-Latino Fest, I was surprised, grateful, honored and humbled to be among such luminary Afro-Latinas.

What advice do you have for young Afro-Latinos seeking to follow in your footsteps?

I would say, stay true to yourself, be analytical, examine and be sensitive to how things affect the most marginal of groups and speak freely on it.


Photo Credit: Zahira


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Discover Ecuador: A Specular Celebration by Dr. Steeve Coupeau July 15, 2017

The 8th annual celebration, Traditional Music and Dances from Ecuador, took place on July 8, 2017 at the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts, Tony Bennett Concert Hall. Organized by the Ayazamana Ecuadorian Cultural Center, the performances were nothing short of specular. A refined group of master dancers delivered an enchanting combination of rhythms and colors from different regions of Ecuador. A succession of varied rhythms reflected regional, racial and ethnic provenances within Ecuador. Dancing partners often performed in pairs and circles. Viewers were acquainted with exquisite tapestries from Salasaca made using ancient techniques. Overall, this annual celebration contributed immensely to the global education of New Yorkers.


Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. team up for Air New Zealands safety video by Eturbo 7/12/17

Air New Zealand has teamed up with actors Katie Holmes and Cuba Gooding Jr. to deliver its latest onboard safety video, featuring a number of iconic locations throughout New Zealand. A Fantastical Journey is an Alice in Wonderland inspired video which takes viewers to the Southern Alps, Otago including Dunedin and the Moeraki Boulders, the Conway River in Canterbury, Wellington, Mt. Taranaki, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel, Tolaga Bay north of Gisborne, White Island and the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Katie Holmes says its been fun working alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and the Air New Zealand crew to produce A Fantastical Journey. I was really excited to be a part of this project the safety video is creative, magical and funny. The scenery is also beautiful and makes me want to get down to New Zealand!

Cuba Gooding Jr. says he wanted to get involved in Air New Zealands latest safety video as he does a lot of travelling and loves the fun and different approach. They make you laugh, smile and pay a little bit more attention. Ive also enjoyed working with Katie Holmes and Kiwi artist Gin Wigmore her voice is enchanting and soothing, exactly what you need for a safety video!

You may watch it on YouTube:

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