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A Tribute Concert to Latin Music Ambassador Tito Puente

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In 1971, Carlos Santana’s rock version of “Oye Como Va” made its author, TITO PUENTE, an international star. Yet when Puente wrote the original cha-cha-chá version, released by Tico Records on the 1963 album, “El Rey Bravo,” the recording barely registered on the charts.

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If It Works, It’s Good

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After beating three types of  advanced cancer throughout his life and living well beyond dire medical prognoses, filmmaker ALAN METTER, who came into prominence directing Rodney Dangerfield in the l986 comedy classic, Back to School, called it a wrap. He was 77.

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Abdiel Acosta: Invasion of Habitat

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ABDIEL ACOSTA was born in Colon, Matanzas, Cuba in 1974. He was raised in Miami, Florida where he attended the New World School of the Arts. He received a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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“Imagine Visions of Hope,” A New Project from Carl-Philippe Juste

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By Elisa Turner

Prize-winning photojournalist CARL-PHILIPPE JUSTE knows when it’s time for heavy lifting. As the pandemic devastated Italy in February, Juste initiated the heavy lifting for a bold project — “Imagine Visions of Hope,” an online photo gallery that will eventually become traveling exhibits around the world.

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Dunk Tank Clowns

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DAVID SIMMONS, who goes by the name PATCHES, works as an insult clown in the dunk tank at carnivals. He wears a wetsuit and waterproof face paint and tries to entice fairgoers to buy a bucket of balls to throw at him

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39 Weeks Pregnant During a Pandemic — TODAY (41 weeks) IT’S A BOY !!

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With all of the potential fears that I considered throughout my pregnancy, a global pandemic wasn’t on my radar.

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