En medio de prensa, luces, cámaras y decenas de seguidores el famoso exponente de Bachata Pop TOBY LOVE presento formalmente al publico de Nueva York su nuevo sencillo titulado ”Entra en mi Vida”.

Tobby Love es famoso por sus fusiones y mezclas de la tradicional bachata dominicana con ritmos urbanos como el R&B y Hip Hop. Una fusión que el artista a denominado “Crunkchata” – música romántica , corta venas con influencia de soul y jazz norteamericano.

El artista de origen puertorriqueño promociona el quinto sencillo de este álbum.“Entra en mi Vida” es un tema originalmente grabado por el grupo mexicano SIN BANDERA llega con nuevos arreglos vestido de bachata y trópico e interpretado por Toby junto al cantante Karlos Rose.


Los inicios del este popular cantante se remontan al año 2000 cuando comenzó como vocalista del popular grupo AVENTURA , donde permaneció hasta comenzar su Carrera como solista en el 2006 y lograr posicionarse como uno de los artistas mas exitosos del genero.

Tobby Love ya ha obtenido dos codiciados premios Billboards y varias nominaciones a importantes premios internacionales.

“Entra En MI Vida”es uno de los temas incluidos en el popular álbum BACHATA NATION” lanzado conjuntamente con Elegante Records y que ya ha ocupado los primeros lugares de popularidad.

Sin lugar a dudas, TOBY LOVE con su estilo romántico y su voz melodiosa se perfila indiscutiblemente como el nuevo rostro internacional de la bachata

Isa Shares Emotive New Single ‘Good For Me’


Following the release of her heartfelt ballad “Take It Slow” earlier this year, the sultry Bronx-born Afro-Latin singer, songwriter, and model, Isa, takes us into the complicated situations of love with her fiery new single “Good For Me.”

Classically trained, Isa flexes her silky fusion of pop/soul and contemporary r&b on the new track. “Good For Me” is the second single from Isa’s forthcoming sophomore EP Mirrors Volume 1, due out October 28.

“‘Good for Me’ details the candid internal struggle of having to choose between two lovers. Following through with the theme of ‘Mirrors Volume I’, I decided to be brutally honest with myself and face the situation in song as the story itself was unfolding in my life. It gives a perspective into the other side of relationships that is blatantly selfish and mischievous.” – Isa


Listen to “Good For Me” on SoundCloud:

Isa is set to perform at Uptown Soul Lounge in New York City on Friday, September 30. The show is free with an RSVP here.

‘Dancing to the Beat of Hope’ Photo & Coverage

Photo / coverage of Dancing to the Beat of Hope Gala

The Puerto Rican Family Institute has been serving New York’s communities with various programs in housing, case management, mental health, placement prevention, head start programs and more.   The organization recently  celebrated its 56th year with its annual gala “Dancing to the Beat of Hope”

The evening was relaxing, entertaining, a night of cocktails and networking at the Tribeca Rooftop in downtown Manhattan. The event began with a cocktail reception on the roof deck overlooking trendy Tribeca, the Hudson River and downtown Manhattan. The awards presentation followed in the loft below with dining and dancing followed the spectacular evening.


2016 Honorees

Corporate Chair
Mariano A. Díaz
President, C-Town Supermarket Graham Avenue


Geraldo Rivera
Award-winning journalist

Guest of Honor
Rafael Pi Roman
TV Host/Producer, Thirteen – WNET

Master of Ceremonies
Joe Torres
News anchor and reporter, WABC-TV


The Raúl Juliá Award:
Sonia Manzano


Public Service Award:
Honorable Gustavo Rivera
New York State Senator


Community Service Award:
Rafael Toro
Director of Public Relations, Goya Foods, Inc.

Special Recognition:
Angela “Angie” Cabrera
Founding member, Hope for Families and Children Foundation

Photos by J.R. Caballero

The Hope for Families and Children Foundation, Inc. is a not for profit 501(c) 3 charity Institution. Founded in 1989, our mission is to serve as the title holding corporation for capital assets and raise funds to sustain the Puerto Rican Family Institute’s goals of helping communities in need and changing lives. The Foundation has a strong belief in the potential of people of all races and ethnic backgrounds to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Through its fund development efforts the Foundation ensures that the programs of the Puerto Rican Family Institute continue to meet present and future community needs.


About the Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc.

The Institute, founded in 1960, is a private, not for profit, multiservice human service organization. It provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to families and children of all races and ethnic backgrounds in New York and Puerto Rico. For more information visit

Photos of the Opening Night of the 5th Annual International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival

International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival reaches new milestone with 5th successful year. November 11-15, 2015.

Photos: Jhon Caballero

Celebrating the Heritage of Puerto Rico with the world!” was the theme for the 5th International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival. The Festival opened Wednesday, November 11, 2015 with an acknowledgement of the contributions of two remarkable Puerto Ricans at the historic St. Paul & St. Andrew in New York’s Upper West Side.

The Festival presented its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to the legendary Puerto Rican virtuoso, José Feliciano; Mr. Feliciano has been awarded over 45 Gold and Platinum records; has won 16 Grammy nominations, earning him 6 Grammy Awards and is in receipt of countless prestigious awards the world over. His influence on American culture is widely credited with opening the gate to mainstream acceptance for many Latino artists.

In addition, the IPRHFF 2015 Humanitarian Award was presented to Ray Negron. When George Steinbrenner saw a young Ray painting the team logo on a Yankee Stadium wall in the late 70s, instead of punishing the erstwhile graffiti artist, Steinbrenner hired him as the Yankee bat boy and propelled him into a career with the Yankees that resulted in Mr. Negron becoming a sports executive, award winning author, producer, executive producer, humanitarian and philanthropist. His animated film Henry and Me (voiced by Hollywood mainstays and baseball greats) screened during the festival.

25 separate IPRHFF screenings with over 50 films ran from Thursday, November 12 to Sunday, November 15 at various theater spaces within Mount Sinai Hospital and at the Riverside Theater, in East and West Harlem, respectively. Four Puerto Rican feature presentations made each evening a unique IPRHFF experience: the films included Angel by Academy Award nominated Jacobo Morales, La Granja, and Las Vacas con Gafas (Cows with Glasses), presented in collaboration with AfroTaino Productions, and Ms. Homicide, 15 Faros de Puerto Rico (15 Lighthouses of Puerto Rico) in collaboration with Prime Latino Media.

Prime Latino Media Salon (in collaboration with the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors – HOLA) also produced two panel discussions for the Festival. The first in the West Village featuring interviews with the subjects of two IPRHFF films: Ms. Homicide (featuring Ret. Det. Irma Rivera solving some of NYC’s most notorious homicides) and EKAJ (about homeless gay youth) and a second panel & workshop, LATINOS IN COMEDY, at New York University (Latino Studies) with a distinguished group of thought- leaders: Yamin Segal (FLAMA), Jaime Fernandez (Room28comedy), comedian and author Bill Santiago, Rhina Valentin (La Reina Del Barrio Productions, Inc.) Janio Marrero, Melissa Diaz, plus case studies with reviews of webisodes produced & starring, Elaine Del Valle (Reasons Y I’m Single) and Vanessa Verduga ( Both panels were moderated by Louis E. Perego Moreno, Founder & Executive Producer of Prime Latino Media.

Returning principal sponsors Univision/UniMás (Official Media Sponsor) and Mount Sinai Hospital were joined by Delta Air Lines and WADO 1280 this year to ensure a successful outcome. Chivas Regal also hosted a filmmaker mixer leading into the Festival.

Festival CEO and Founder Veronica Caicedo indicates: “We are grateful for our 5th Annual Festival but are already looking forward to next year and to improving every year for our filmmakers, audience and sponsors alike.

Caicedo Productions is a privately-owned New York corporation established in 1990. Caicedo Productions is a full-service boutique studio that develops, finances, and produces and markets quality films and theatrical productions. The company’s mission continues to be that of providing creative and technical space for writers and visual artists from inter-related genres (i.e. theater, film, video, and television).

For more information visit IPRHFF.COM

Photos of the 2015 DREAM Project Benefit: Sueños

At the Dominican Republic Education And Mentoring (DREAM) Project’s benefit, Sueños, on Nov 12th, LatinTRENDS Nov cover personality Robinson Cano was honored for his philanthropy work in his native DR. Bachata singers Leslie Grace & Henry Santos hosted the event held at the 40/40 Club.

Photos by J.R. Caballero




Humilde, tímido y agradeciéndole a Dios al final de cada frase, ese es Jordy Quintero, un joven cantante procedente de la ciudad de Guayaquil, Ecuador. De tez oscura, sonrisa amplia y mirada inocente, Jordy quien imita a la perfección al cantante Romeo Santos, nos ganó el corazón desde el primer momento por su simpatía y naturalidad.

Considerado por sus fans, un aún mejor cantante que Romeo, este talentoso muchacho se hizo famoso en todo Ecuador por su participación en el Reality Show “Yo Me Llamo”. Jordy, mejor conocido por todos como “El Romeo Santos Ecuatoriano”, se encuentra de visita en Estados Unidos realizando su primera gira internacional donde recorre las principales ciudades del país.

“La gente aquí, me ha dado un gran apoyo incondicional. Es un privilegio y gracias a Dios porque él me dio el talento y el carisma”

nos dice feliz este ecuatoriano de tan solo 21 años.  Quintero comenzó a cantar desde niño y se hizo famoso entre sus amigos y en la escuela por cantar y bailar las canciones de Michael Jackson, hasta que en el 2001, escucho por primera vez la música del famoso grupo de Bachata “Aventura” y se aprendió todas sus canciones.

“Todos me decían pero tu cantas igual que Romeo y los amigos y familiares me empezaron a llamar Aventura y luego Jordy Romeo”.

El éxito y la popularidad del este artista coincide con la fuerza que el ritmo dominicano, se ha expandido por toda Centro y Suramérica, y donde intérpretes como Prince Royce y Romeo Santos se encuentran en los primeros lugares en la preferencia del público.  Jordan nos comenta un poco apenado,

“aun no conozco a Romeo Santos personalmente pero espero con ansias que cuando sea la voluntad de Dios no podemos ver y le pueda decir cuanto lo admiro”

Por terceros, Quintero ya escucho que Romeo conoce de su existencia y que aprueba su trabajo. Con numerosas canciones propias, a Jordy le gusta también interpretar salsa, pero en todas las presentaciones la gente aclama que cante las canciones de Romeo. La similitud en el tono de voz es realmente asombrada y sería imposible reconocer la diferencia sino fuera por las evidentes diferentes físicas de este Romeo de la costa ecuatoriana con el Romeo original, que es un poco más bajo de estatura y con la piel más oscura que el famoso bachatero.

Este nuevo talento es representando por empresarios dominicanos y existen grandes planes de promoción entre los que se encuentran una gira por toda la Republica Dominicana, País que Quintero considera ya su segunda patria, por la bendición de conocer y enamorarse perdidamente del ritmo de la bachata.

Jordy Romeo o el Romeo Ecuatoriano cuenta con un talento evidente, gran carisma y un ángel muy especial que llama la atención de los fans de la bachata. El reto de este largo camino hacia la fama, será demostrar que es un cantante con luz propia más que el imitador de una estrella internacional



Nemesio Ortiz, HealthFirst

2015 Latino Trendsetter Award Recipient

Nemesio Ortiz photo

Nemesio Ortiz is Vice President of Medicare Sales at Healthfirst, the largest Medicaid and Medicare health plan serving the New York City metropolitan area with more than one million members. Nemesio is responsible for recruitment of Medicare and Managed Long Term Care members, seniors age 65 and over, making sure this population is fully covered with health insurance to meet their medical needs. He is a staple in the community, developing strong relationships with community leaders and local residents throughout his service areas.

Nemesio joined Healthfirst in 1998, rising through the ranks from an Inside Sales Manager to his current position. A former United States Marine Corp (U.S.M.C), he graduated from Nyack College in Rockland County, NY, receiving an Associate degree in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and Leadership.

Nemesio was born Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Proud of his Hispanic heritage and Brooklyn roots, Nemesio’s accomplishments in healthcare, as well as his warm, personable demeanor and ability to forge key partnerships with providers who are bilingual and culturally-competent, contribute significantly to the growth of Healthfirst’s Hispanic membership base, spanning over 200,000 members.

He is recognized for his work in the community receiving a Community Leadership award from the organizations, Saving Latin America, and The James Monroe Senior Center. He is also a board member of the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation.

Putting Subway Dancers in the Corner: Young Black & Latino Street Dancers targeted by NYPD


From the Naked Cowboy, to the possibly copyright-infringing costumed characters, to those artists who draw those exaggerate portraits of people, New York City—mainly Times Square and the Subways—can be a stage for numerous artists to display their creativity for the mass public to view. However, there seems to one particular group of artists who are not welcomed and it may not be merely related to their specific talent.

If you happen to be a subway rider in the city, you may have encountered a group of about 3 to 4 men of various ages who step into a subway cart or perform out on subway platforms and begin dancing for travelers. Swinging from the handle bars to performing backflips in tight spaces while narrowly avoiding hurting anyone, these Street dancers are considered a joy to some, a nuisance to others, and for some reason more threatening than robbers or thieves for the New York City Police Department.

Recently, videos have been popping up online showing how Streets are continually being targeted by the NYPD and arrested for their performances. However, they haven’t harmed anyone or been accused of anything malicious; also it’s not that they cannot dance that has warranted their arrests. The arrests of several Street dancers are being claimed as incidents of one of the NYPD’s ongoing problem: the stop-and-frisk policy and the continued racial discrimination & criminalization of young men of color.

Local dancers D and Texas are just two Streets who were arrested multiple times by police who were dressed in plain clothes seemingly to target and arrest dancers like them. Not threatening but merely providing entertainment for those who watch them and also non-confrontational if not given a tip, Street dancers are being approached by officers and being charged with reckless endangerment.

While it is hazardous performing in a moving train that is compact, dancers are being targeted by cops on train platforms themselves. Approached by officers wearing plain clothes, the dancers are not told their rights and taken into custody on charges that are not upheld when it goes to court.

In-response to the harassment at the hands of NYPD, a dancer by the name of Tay suggests that the reason dancers are approached is purely based on their appearance. “Just because we have tattoos doesn’t mean we’re bad. We’re good guys.

Mostly Black or Latino young men, Street dancers could be targeted by the NYPD solely because of the color of their skin. For the past year now, the number of stop-and-frisk cases in the city has doubled with incidents occurring more and more frequently. While the NYPD may cite reckless endangerment it is questioning how true this is. From the way they are dressed, to the tattoos some may wear, and the way they dance it appears that Street dancers are being stopped and frisk largely because of racial profiling.

Although they are being stopped and some are even arrested, there are still Street dancers who go out and perform. What will probably stop them is if it truly becomes unsafe for them, and that may come at the hands of law enforcement. With such performers like the Naked Cowboy or the Naked Cowgirl prowling around the city it is quite obvious there is racial profiling at play when it comes to Street dancers. With Michael Brown & Eric Garner still on our minds and with some in the NYPD seemingly becoming more aggressive, young people of color are still in danger is policies are not changed or amended to prevent further harassment and criminalization.

Between Me & You, let’s Get It Poppin’ @ the Resorts World Casino in NYC!


When you think about casinos what comes to mind? Multi-deck Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, and Slot machines, right? Well, at the Resorts World Casino in NYC they bring more then just roulette wheels spinning and dices rollin’. Resort World Casino along with their parent Genting Americas, Inc., “BRING IT!” They are not all about money and momentum they are about involving the community through a common ground. Who doesn’t like music, money and a Mojito moment once and while?

Resorts World Casino wants to ‘Make it Rain’ on you with the presence of Fat Joe and Ja Rule next Saturday on December 13th.

For those of you who are not familiar with the infamous Fat Joe this NYRican was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. Born and raised around the hip hop music he became a true legacy not only in Hop Hop market but in the Latino world as well. His recent release “Stressin” featuring Jennifer Lopez is a hit. And I am not surprised when everything single he has released has broken records. I know you remember “Lean Back” What’s Luv”, “Make It Rain”, “Get it Poppin” and many more. And let’s not forget his family, Terror Squad.

We most definitely cannot forget, Grammy-nominated artist, Ja Rule growing up in Queens, Ja knew how to treat a lady. Recording with the hottest female Pop, R&B and Hip Hop Divas, releasing hit after hit after hit and making Billboard Top 10. “I’m Real” featuring Jlo “Always on Time” with Miss Ashanti and “Between Me and You” with Cuban mami, Christina Milian. What great times! Ja Rule’s talent was definitely taking him places. His raspy voice and urban swag had him casted in The Fast and the Furious and Assault on Precinct 13.

There is so much to look forward to at this Resort. This Hip Hop event will surely make me ‘lean back’ and remanence when these songs were on my Ipod Nano.

Our Voices Matter: Latino, Black, & Asians NYC Council Members walkout for Justice


Since last Monday, all over the United States, and the world afar, protests have been popping up in-regards to the St. Louis County’s grand jury decision to uphold Officer Darren Wilson to murder charges—or any charges at all—in the killing of teenager Michael Brown.

Since the decision was announced people from various backgrounds have come together to denounce the injustice. And in New York City a group of Black, Latino, and Asian council members decided to take part in standing up for justice for all people of color.

With their hands held up, as if to demonstrate an un violent demeanor—a symbol that’s been connected to Mike Brown and other people of color when they come across law enforcement, a group of New York City Council Members, including the entire executive committee of the caucus, decided to walk out of the Council Chamber to the City Hall Rotunda during a stated meeting in order to protest against the grand jury’s decision and to demonstrate the importance of how their voices must be heard when it comes to issues that plague Black, Latino, Asian, and other racial communities.

The walkout was to call attention to the discrimination racial groups’ face when it comes to both legislative and political processes within this country; the demonstration’s aim was to also show how the everyday functions of public life are impacted when ALL voices who are meant to represent these communities are not heard when trying to expose such prejudice.

The sub-text of this entire walkout was to show the importance of black lives in the legislative process, and political process, to call attention to the injustice of yesterday’s grand jury decision and other incidents where black lives have been lost to police officers,” said Councilmember Robert Cornegy of Brooklyn, who took part in the walkout. “So much of what we take for granted would cease to function if we are not present, if we are not participating.

The dozen or so members who walked out were led by caucus co-chairs Andy L. King of the Bronx and Rosie Mendez of New York; the pair led a group of Black, Latino, and Asian city council members Inez Barron, Margaret Chen, Laurie Cumbo, Carlos Manchaca, Daneek Miller, Antonio Reynoso, and Ruben Wills.

Once out of the chamber, council members read a statement they had written in English, Mandarin-Chinese, and Spanish in hopes of getting the purpose of the walkout heard by all:

We stand here today as members of the New York City Council—representatives of our majority minority city — to proclaim in solidarity that Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! in Ferguson, Missouri. Black Lives Matter in the stairwells of our NYCHA communities. Black Lives Matter on the streets of Staten Island. And Black Lives Matter in this Chamber.

In the most progressive city in America, in a body with 26 members of color, we refuse to move forward with business as usual today. Not when Michael Brown’s parents will never taste real justice through the criminal justice system. Not when young people are putting their bodies on the line, marching in the streets to be met with tear gas, smoke bombs and shields. There is no American tradition more patriotic than protest. And THAT is why we’re walking out today.

The Black story and the American story are inextricably linked. Take us out and things don’t run. This body does not run. So today, let it all stop. More than a moment of silence, let us have this time of outrage. And let our action inspire others – in your homes, businesses, churches & communities — to proclaim & demonstrate your belief in the value of black life. We stand together because we stand united. Our voices and our lives matter.

While the protest and speech may seem geared towards one particular racial group in the country, it is not. Much like the days during the Civil Rights Movement back in the 60s where Black-Americans fought against many injustices in order to find fairness, other racial political groups like the Chicano & Asian Civil Rights movement were inspired from and aided each other in striving to obtain civil rights for all.

Tuesday’s walkout held by the NYC council member is a reminder to the one thing we’ve forgotten from those who fought for our rights long ago: Together we should stand united because our lives do matter and in unison our voices can make it known.