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The ‘Despacito’ Effect: The Year Latino Music Broke The Charts


It was a cultural moment in a year of swift changes.

Much like the #MeToo movement brought attention to the sexual harassment of women, “Despacito” and later “Mi Gente” brought into clear view Latino artists’ rising influence in the American and music scene.

With staggering numbers, both the Spanglish “Despacito” by Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, and “Mi Gente” by Colombian-born J Balvin and French artist Willy Williams in full-on español, hit #1 on Spotify’s most streamed songs worldwide.

With 4.5 billion (and growing) YouTube views, “Despacito” became the most viewed of all-time video while “Mi Gente” followed with 1.4+ billion views landing at #3 for top ...

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Paradise Lost: The Poetry of Bessy Reyna

bessy reynaEditor’s Note: Bessy Reyna has been one of CTLatinoNews.com contributor since it was launched in 2012.   A talented writer and poet, we take pride in all your achievements.  Congratulations!



Bessy Reyna first learned about the beauty of poetry as a fourth grader in Cuba, when her teacher selected her to memorize a poem and recite it to the class.

After moving with her family to Panama, she came to the U.S. in 1968, having received a scholarship from Mt. Holyoke College. She went on to earn master’s and law degrees from UConn and for many years worked at the state Judicial Branch in Hartford.

She is the author ...

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Daisy Infantas: From University Of Hartford To Hartford Stage

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Daisy Infantas


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I noticed Daisy Infantas’ name when I was reading the program for Comedy of Errors, the new production at Hartford Stage of the play by William Shakespeare directed by Darko Tresnjak, which opens their new season. As I have done many times before, I wrote to David Henderson, Director of Marketing at Hartford Stage, to set up an interview with her. Turns out there is more than one Latino actor in this play; the other is Kalob Martinez, who plays an officer and is an MFA student in the Puppet Arts Program at the University of Connecticut.

I was very pleased when Infantas, who ...

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