Dominican Singer Natti Natasha Has Been The Most-Watched Female Artist On Youtube For Two Consecutive Years

Natti Natasha is already off to a great 2019. La baby de urbano tops the list of nominees competing at this year’s Premio Lo Nuestro with 15 nominations.

“2018 was filled with lots of blessings, and they keep coming,” the “Criminal” singer said in Spanish while fighting through tears in a video she posted on Instagram on Tuesday. “Thanks to everyone who made this possible, to everyone who gives me strength every day.”

Natti, who has been the most-watched female artist on YouTube for two consecutive years, is nominated for “Song of the Year” for her bachata hit “Quien Sabe;” “Remix of the Year” for “Dura Remix” with Daddy Yankee featuring her, Becky G and Bad Bunny as well as for “El Baño Remix” with Enrique Iglesias and Bad Bunny; and “Collaboration of the Year” for “Justicia” with Silvestre Dangond; among other categories.

Behind the Dominican singer are Bad Bunny and J Balvin, who both have 12 nominations, Ozuna with 10, Nicky Jam with 8, Becky G, Maluma and Wisin with 7 each, Reik with 6, and Caliber 50, Carlos Vives, Daddy Yankee and Enrique Iglesias with 5 nominations each.

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En shock todavĂ­a pero con una felicidad en el corazĂłn inmensa . Este es un regalo de Dios y de Ustedes que hacen que todo esto sea posible , son parte de cada momento , de cada canciĂłn , de cada bendiciĂłn . Me llena poder ser una voz para las mujeres . El 2018 fue una nueva oportunidad en mi vida que la estoy apreciando cada mĂ­nimo segundo, donde pude conectar con todos ustedes para poder seguir haciendo esto que amo tanto , siendo completamente yo sin ningĂşn filtro . Ahora seguir haciendo mĂşsica para ustedes para que la cantemos juntos a todo pulmĂłn , ese es mi regalo para ustedes. #premioslonuestro #pinarecords #nattinatasha ????????

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In 2013, Natti’s feature on Don Omar’s “Dutty Love” picked up a Billboard Latin Music Award for “Latin Rhythm Airplay Song of the Year” and was nominated for “Collaboration of the Year” and “Urban Song of the Year” at the Premio Lo Nuestro.

“It’s one of my first nominations solo, and it’s a blessing. I cry of joy — shock — and joy,” she continued.

This year’s impressive nominations come before Natti even released her anticipated first album under Pina Records, which is slated for a February 13 debut, and that feat isn’t lost on her. Always encouraging women to push through despite barriers and disparities, just as she has in her own career, Natti used the emotional moment to send an inspiring message to the ladies.

“Women, keep working, growing and fighting. I do this, for real, with lots of love,” she said.

Catch the 31st Premio Lo Nuestro on Thursday, February 21 on Univision.

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The Mirabal Sisters Died Seeking Justice In The Dominican Republic And Now Their Legacy Lives On Through A New York Street Sign

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The Mirabal Sisters Died Seeking Justice In The Dominican Republic And Now Their Legacy Lives On Through A New York Street Sign

The Mirabal Sisters are being commemorated in Washington Heights.

The late Dominican sisters, famous for their brave activism against dictator Rafael Trujillo in the 1950s-’60s, now have a street named after them in the largely Dominican New York neighborhood. According to New York City Council Member Ydanis, “the southeast corner of 168th St. and Amsterdam Avenue will be co-named Mirabal Sisters Way.”

“They stand as inspirational and visionary activists for social and political justice and role models to generations of women since their untimely death in 1960 at the hands of the Dominican tyrant Trujillo,” Rodriguez, who was born in the Caribbean country, said.

On Sunday, he joined members of the city’s Dominican community — including the Mirabal Sisters Cultural & Community Center and Altagracia Mirabal, the late siblings’ cousin — for the naming ceremony.

Throughout their lives, Minerva, MarĂ­a Teresa and Patria Mirabal, known as Las Mariposas, resisted Trujillo’s oppressive regime, forming the Movement of the Fourteenth of June that attempted to overthrow the president and speaking out, often by distributing informative detailed pamphlets, against his atrocities. For their dissent, MarĂ­a Teresa and Minerva were sentenced to three years in prison in May 1960. They, however, were soon released following international calls for their freedom. But three months later, on November 25, 1960, the sisters were assassinated by Trujillo’s henchmen.

The women’s fight for justice has been honored by the United Nations General Assembly, who designated the anniversary of their murder as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. In popular media, the Mirabal sisters have also been celebrated in Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez’s book “In the Time of Butterflies” and the film adaptation featuring Salma Hayek and Marc Anthony.

(h/t Remezcla)

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For International Day Of The Girl, Roxiny Debuted A Music Video About Childhood Sexual Violence


For International Day Of The Girl, Roxiny Debuted A Music Video About Childhood Sexual Violence

October 11 marks the International Day of the Girl, an initiative started in 2012 by the United Nations to acknowledge and spread awareness on critical issues impacting girls across the globe, like child marriage or malnutrition, and how to address these gendered problems. The theme for 2018 is “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce,” with year-long international efforts that seek to provide adolescent girls all over the world with the tools they need to carve out their professional paths. One of the biggest hurdles these girls will face, whether studying to obtain an education or entering the workforce, could be sexual violence, an issue Dominican-American artist Roxiny explores in her latest song, “Golden Prophet,” released on Thursday.

“She was so young when you burned her eyes, golden prophet size of a god. Can’t you see her? Like an angel, she’s fallen,” the 29-year-old Spain-raised, New York-based singer croons in the music video for the song, which showcases a diverse group of female dancers with inspiring handwritten messages for survivors of sexual violence in various languages on their bodies.

While enrollment rates for girls has increased all over the world, schools have sometimes become sites where these young people experience sexual, physical, emotional and mental violence. In the United States, where girls attend school at higher rates than boys, 76 percent of girls between the ages of 14 and 19 report feeling unsafe, and 69 percent say they feel they are seen as a sexual object. This isn’t unique to our country. In South Africa, where girls and boys share similar enrollment rates, girls experience high numbers of rape and sexual violence on campus. In Ghana, where girls are less likely to attend schools than boys, 26 percent of schoolgirls say they have experienced sexual abuse.

Even more, according to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a nonprofit organization advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research, when students fear violence in school, they are more likely to miss class or lose focus during lectures, putting them behind on coursework and less likely to succeed academically, ultimately impacting their job prospects and income.

As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Roxiny understands how violence can negatively impact all facets of a young girl’s life.

“It’s the one thing that I can honestly say has affected every aspect of my life. As with many survivors, it took me a long time to come to grips with it, let alone share it. It’s been a long road to recovery, and writing ‘Golden Prophet’ was just another stage in healing,” Roxiny told FIERCE.

A member of the Resistance Revival Chorus, Roxiny uses her talent and passion for music as a tool for social change, often advocating for women’s rights. With “Golden Prophet,” she hopes to spark much-needed conversations about child sexual violence and help survivors in their healing journeys.

“As a survivor, I know firsthand the strength it’s taken to break free and heal from the shame, humiliation, anger and pain caused by sexual abuse. Every one of us has had to fight a very solitary fight to hold our heads above water once again, and here we are in 2018 raising our voices to a system that emboldens leaders in spite of their numerous sexual allegations,” she said.

Watch Roxiny’s powerful video for “Golden Prophet” above and visit the United Nations website to learn how you can participate in the International Day of the Girl’s “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce” campaign.

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