Friday, May 12, 2017

The New Afro Hair Movement in Brazil

I was happy to come across this short documentary looking at Afro Brazilian empowerment through cultural affirmation in recent months. The Afro Brazilian heritage of South America's largest country is one of the reasons I got so taken with Brazil in the first place, so to see young people claiming what's been marginalized historically is refreshing, to say the least. I appreciate that the established cutting edge fashion magazine i-D published this piece and included an interview with Nayara Justino, the actress/model dethroned from the title of Globeleza carnival queen for supposedly being "too black".

Monday, April 10, 2017

NYC: I Just Wanna Dance!

You before samba dance class:

You before dance class with Are You Brazilian?™

You after samba dance class:

You after dance class with Are You Brazilian?™ Leticia Taylor samba dance NYC

Sometimes all you wanna do is dance. So come do that Uptown on April 20th! Let samba be your high ;). I'll be teaching a samba dance class, you get a caipirinha, and you get to rock with global beats and rhythms the rest of the evening. RSVP now, space is limited for the dance class.
We'll be rocking at Boteco Brasil in Harlem, the only authentic Brazilian botequim Uptown.

I Just Wanna Dance

Afterwork Global Dance Rhythms & More
Thursday April 20th
7:00p - 10:00p
Samba Dance Class 7:00 - 8:00p (RSVP required)
Boteco Brasil 1469 5th Ave between 118th/119th Streets

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

STFU and Dance

Sometimes, that's just the best thing to do. Okay, all the time. Enjoy and share this quick mix featuring contemporary dance music from Brazil, Angola and Portugal. See full tracklist below.

“15 Barras” DJ Nigga Fox
“Abertura do Jogo” Os Batuqueiros
“Fighting Spirit” Boddhi Satva
“Samba” Sarz ft. Wizkid
“Baile de Favela” MC João
“Baile de Favela” (Afro Remix) DJ Malvado ft. Homeboyz
“Carnaval” DJ NinOo
“Axibangonfu” DJ NinOo
“Sarra Para Direita” (AfroFunk Mix) JackBass
“African Groove” (Original Mix) DJ Lilocox and DJ Nax
“Sapolo Gi” Staff Paulo

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fierce House/Samba: "Fighting Spirit" by Boddhi Satva

Powerhouse Afro House producer Boddhi Satva is the one behind this track that I'm using for my samba dance classes lately. A lot of folks were asking me about it, so I figured I'd post a link. His entire latest album, Transition, is excellent as well.

House Samba by Boddhi Satva "Fighting Spirit". Samba Dance Class NYC with Leticia

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Photographer Anderson Zaca looks at the Soul of Summer in NYC: Block Parties

I'm stoked that my good friend Anderson Zaca called me up to be a part of the showing of his fantastic work documenting NYC block parties. Zaca, a São Paulo native, photographed hundreds of block parties in every borough from 2005 through 2012 after receiving inspiration from stepping into one for the first time in his Crown Heights neighborhood. This exhibition showcases the unseen photographs from the resulting book, Block Party: NYC Soul of Summer. Needless to say, I'll be playing NYC block party vibes. 

Watch a teaser video on Zaca's journey as a photo documentarian on Vimeo:

The contact sheets the visual journey of a documentary photographer from Anderson Zaca on Vimeo.

More about the Book and Anderson Zaca:

Block Party, celebrating New Yorkers across race and class, sharing regional pride from different neighborhoods.
Nothing says summer in New York like a block party. The streets are closed, the hot dogs are cooking, the bouncy castles are full of airborne kids, the beer is flowing, and so are the fire hydrants. To welcome summer, happylucky no.1 is showing photographs from Anderson Zaca’s series Block Party: NYC Soul of Summer.
Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Zaca moved to New York in 1995 and currently lives in Brooklyn. He studied photography and embarked on a career as a commercial photographer, shooting for such companies as Nike, Dooney and Bourke, Target, and Facebook.
Between 2005 and 2012, he photographed hundreds of block parties throughout every borough in New York, using a 35 mm camera and an audio recorder. He captured the interaction of neighbors of all ages playing games, sharing food, dancing and playing music, playing dominos and cards, and chatting and joking on the traffic-free streets. His pictures capture the way the festivities differ from neighborhood to neighborhood.
Zaca was inspired to begin the series when he stepped out of his apartment in Crown Heights some years ago into his first block party, something he’d never seen before. In 2015, Zaca published images from the series in his book Block Party: NYC Soul of the Summer, but the photographs on view at happylucky no. 1 were not included in the book and have not been previously shown.

Get a copy of Block Party: NYC Soul of Summer