Arropada con la bandera y sobre el agua, esta cantante conmueve con un lamento que da esperanza a Puerto Rico
Out of all the awful, heart-wrenching images coming out of Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricane María, there’s an emotional video which shows a wet girl, wrapped with the Puerto Rican flag, swaying in a swing over water.
She’s singing a capella a traditional song called ‘CAMPO’.
She’s Grizel ‘Chachi’ del Valle Campo, a singer and exotic dancer from Nueva Jersey. She is of Puerto Rican hertiage and she’s very proud of her roots.
Chachi has worked as a bakup singer for Romeo Santos. She frequently appears in cabaret shows in the Nueva York and New Jersey area.
Hay un video en particular que conmueve: una chica mojada, arropada por la bandera de Puerto Rico, meneándose sobre un columpio sobre el agua, cantando acapella el tradicional tema ‘Campo‘ que va:
“Campo yo vivo tristo, cada día sufriendo más, ay Dios que será de mi, si no bailo esta bomba me voy a morir.”
~Grizel ‘Chachi’ del Valle Campo~
Son pocas las imágenes y videos que salen de Puerto Rico después del devastador paso del huracán María el miércoles 20 de septiembre. Con la isla entera sin servicio de electricidad y poca comunicación, los puertorriqueños en la diáspora, aquellos que viven fuera de la isla o de ascendencia puertorriqueña, han comenzado a difundir mensajes de apoyo, aliento y formas de ayudar a sus compatriotas.
Unos días antes de que el huracán María azotara la isla, Grizel ‘Chachi’ Del Valle grabó este emotivo video de la tradicional bomba ‘Campo’.
Se trata de Grizel ‘Chachi’ del Valle Campo, una cantante y bailarina exótica de Nueva Jersey de ascendencia puertorriqueña y muy orgullosa de sus raíces. Chachi ha sido corista de Romeo Santos y se presenta frecuentemente en espectáculos de cabaret en el area de Nueva York y New Jersey.
There was plenty of crazy material from the Republicans this week and in order to cover as much of their embarrassing antics as possible, NBC’s Saturday Night Live broke with their usual format and jammed four openings on their show last night.
The result was a series of hilarious and stinging skits.
SNL tackled Trump’s viral Super Tuesday victory speech in which New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands behind the Republican front-runner — an awkward moment that had Twitter wondering if Christie was being held hostage.
“The media is saying they haven’t seen anything like this, not since Germany in the 1930’s,” actor Darrel Hammond’s Donald Trump says alongside Bobby Moynihan’s timid Chris Christie. “I mean, everyone loves me. Racists. Ugly racists. People who didn’t even know they were racists … I even have this fat piece of crap behind me now.”
“I mean, he really is a sad, desperate little potato back there. Aren’t you Chris?” Hammond adds. “Yes, sir. Thank you, sir. Please, sir, may I have another?” Moynihan responds.
In another scene, Jason Sudeikis portrayed Mitt Romney to say how he probably didn’t change the minds of any Trump supporters after delivering his “aggressive, passionate, well measured anti-Trump speech.”
It all began with Beck Bennett as Jake Tapper when he hosted the week-in-review montage which highlighted Darrell Hammond as Donald Trump telling the world how great he his with a bewildered looking Chris Christie, played by Bobby Moynihan, staring in the background. Hammond-as-Trump said:
“I really am running the best campaign, aren’t I? The media’s saying they haven’t seen anything like this, not since Germany in the 1930’s. I mean, everyone loves me: racists, ugly racists, people who didn’t know they were racist.”
Then it was the hilarious Kate McKinnon playing Hillary Clinton giving a victory speech for her post-Super Tuesday victory:
“Thank you for trusting that I, Hillary Clinton, can bring this country together. Just like I brought these ten black people and one Muslim person together behind me tonight for this speech.”
Then it was Bennett-as-Tapper interviewing Ted Cruz, played by Taran Killam, but not before a warning for the audience that they were about to see Ted Cruz’s “whole face.” Asked about Thursday’s GOP debate, Killam-as-Cruz said:
“The debate was so much fun. I talked policy, I laid out my plan for America, and right at the end I ate a tiny, little white booger off my lip.”
Then finally Mitt Romney, played by Jason Sudeikis, joined Bennet-as-Tapper to discuss Donald Trump:
“For the last nine months, I’ve sat down and watched Donald Trump say something every day that was either racist or sexist. And we in the GOP … we do not say racist and sexist things; we imply them subtly over decades and decades of policy.”
Jake Tapper (Beck Bennett) covers the outcome of Super Tuesday, including Donald Trump (Darrell Hammond) and Hillary Clinton’s (Kate McKinnon) big wins, Ted Cruz’s (Taran Killam) second place showing and Mitt Romney’s (Jason Sudeikis) feud with Trump.
Nicholas Ferroni is a revered high school teacher who mentors his students with deep personal commitment and care. Nick, 35, lives in New Jersey, where he teaches History in the same high school that he attended. Nick is currently pursuing his Masters in History and Education.
Recently, he was named “Sexiest Teacher” as one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive,” joining Chris Hemsworth, Michael Strahan, Bradley Cooper, Blake Shelton and Chris Pratt, among others.
His just released and already controversial PSA, “Preach What You Practice”, addresses today’s top professional athletes and reminds them of their obligation as a role model to help improve the nutritional health of America’s youth.
If there was ever any doubt that hunting’s victims can suffer long after the first shot is fired, take a look at Grace, a deer who had an arrow from a botched hunt lodged in her face for the better part of a year. Despite the pain she undoubtedly endured during this time, she managed to give birth to and care for her fawn, who appears healthy.
An online petition was created to help the arrow-struck deer, and it took wildlife officials months to track her down. Finally, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife said that wildlife experts were able to tranquilize her and cut off the shaft of the arrow, so Grace no longer runs the risk of snagging the arrow shaft on something that could cause her even more harm.
Officials decided to leave the arrowhead in place since Grace’s skin around it had already healed.
Even though Grace survived and will continue to care for her fawn, many victims of hunting are not so lucky. Bow hunters often spend hours tracking the blood trails of wounded animals, and many victims are lost only to succumb unseen to their injuries.
Families are torn apart, and orphaned young are left to starve.
Some believe hunting is “necessary” to combat the overpopulation of wildlife, but natural processes work to stabilize groups of animals. While natural predators help maintain the balance by killing only the sickest and weakest individuals, hunters kill any animal whose head they would like to hang over the fireplace — including large, healthy animals who are needed to keep populations strong.
When human hunters interfere, the natural balance is disrupted.
What You Can Do
Don’t hunt, and encourage others to abandon this cruel activity.
Don’t allow other animals to suffer like Grace did.
SHARK works to save a deer cruelly shot in the face with an arrow. For six months she has suffered and survived, and now it is time that she get help.
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife claims it tried to tranquilize Grace so she could be treated, but their dart failed to inject the tranquilizer. Apparently bringing a second dart never occurred to the agency.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received calls. This lead the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to do everything possible to SAVE Grace, who had suffered enough.
On September 1, 2015, NJ Fish and Wildlife darted Grace with a tranquilizer, and sheared off the arrow.
Our deepest thanks to all who called NJ F&W, and motivated the agency to do the right thing!
It was 36 years ago today when Gloria Gaynor reached the top of the charts with her disco anthem, “I Will Survive“, in 1979.
I remember well. This was an anthem for me and many of my friends.
This female-empowerment anthem is about moving on after a bad relationship. Over the years, it has taken on meaning for people who have overcome just about any difficult situation, but for the song’s lyricist, Dino Fekaris, it was about getting fired by Motown Records, where he was a staff writer.
Says Fekaris: “They let me go after almost seven years. I was an unemployed songwriter contemplating my fate. I turned the TV on, and there it was: a song I had written for a movie theme titled Generation was playing right then (the song was performed by Rare Earth).
I took that as an omen that things were going to work out for me. I remember jumping up and down on the bed saying, ‘I’m going to make it. I’m going to be a songwriter. I will survive!”
Gloria Gaynor (born September 7, 1949) is an American singer, best known for the disco era hits “I Will Survive” (Hot 100 number 1, 1979), “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Hot 100 number 9, 1974), “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” (Hot 100 number 42, 1980) and “I Am What I Am” (R&B number 82, 1983).
Gloria Fowles was born in Newark, New Jersey, to Queenie May Proctor and Daniel Fowles. Her grandmother lived nearby and was involved in her upbringing. “There was always music in our house”, Gaynor wrote in her autobiography “I Will Survive”. She enjoyed listening to the radio, and to records by Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan.
Her father played the ukulele and guitar and sang professionally in nightclubs with a group called Step ‘n’ Fetchit. Her brothers sang gospel and formed a quartet with a friend. Gaynor was not allowed to sing with the all-male group, nor was her younger brother, Arthur, because he was too young. Arthur later acted as a tour manager for Gaynor.
The family was relatively poor, but Gaynor recalls the house being filled with laughter and happiness, and the dinner table being open to neighborhood friends. They moved to a housing project in 1960 and Gloria grew up as a tomboy. “All through my young life I wanted to sing, although nobody in my family knew it”, Gaynor wrote in her autobiography.
This won the 1979 Grammy for Best Disco Recording.
It was the first and last time that the Grammys offered this category.
Gaynor sees this song as just a simple song about survival, regardless of what you have to overcome. She said: “I love the empowering effect, I love the encouraging effect. It’s a timeless lyric that addresses a timeless concern.”
In June 1998, the French football team (or as Americans call it, soccer) made this their World Cup anthem.
This song became an anthem in the gay community, but its reach extends much farther – it has been reproduced in 20 languages, including Arabic. Predictably, it is also one of the most popular songs to be sung on Karaoke.
Gaynor is far and away most famous for this song (her autobiography is even called I Will Survive), but she was a formidable Dance singer before she recorded it. She made #9 in 1975 with “Never Can Say Goodbye” and cracked the Hot 100 with her covers of “Walk On By” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There.”
From New Jersey … Kevin, 8 years old and Beberly, 6 years old!
The video says it all … hope you enjoy as much as I did.
No one can deny the Latin blood!
These kids are small but terrible! When you will first see Kevin Tellez and Beberly Devers it will be hard to imagine them as salsa dancers as they are so small.
But these young kids, Kevin, 8 and Beberly, 6 are actually very skilled salsa dancers. They are really good and you would never expect how professional their moves are. They have given various crowd performances up to now and this popularity thus paved their way to The Ellen Show.
They were very excited to be on The Ellen Show and they even blew the show with a mind blowing dance routine. These two kids are actually very talented. They will surely have an amazing dancing career in the future too.
~~Astounding Young Salsa Dancers~~
~~Published on May 30, 2014~~
You won’t believe the talent this kid salsa duo demonstrated!
~Homeless Man Tearfully Watches As Police Destroy His Shelter~
Sam had just one request for police about to destroy the makeshift shelter in the woods he’d built: “Can I watch?”
The video below, showing a visibly shaken Sam become teary-eyed as his home of several years crumbles to the ground, is promoting a new documentary shedding light at the current realities of homelessness in America.
Filmmaker Jack Ballo became inspired to document Tent City in Lakewood after filming the Dominican Republic’s homeless. Ballo will premiere his latest film effort, the documentary “Destiny’s Bridge,” to a sold-out crowd at Two River Theatre on Wednesday.
“Destiny’s Bridge,” a project sponsored by nonprofit Fractured Atlas and produced by filmmaker Jack Ballo, focuses on homeless minister Steve Brigham, who lives in the woods of New Jersey among dozens of others in similar circumstances. According to a fundraising page for the film, Brigham dedicates his time addressing the emotional needs of other homeless people, as he believes it’s the first step in assimilating them back into society.
As Ballo points out on the fundraising campaign video for “Destiny’s Bridge,” the documentary also focuses on two major concepts: Getting to the core of why homelessness exists in the hope of finding successful solutions, and changing U.S. laws to make it legal for poor Americans to build small, inexpensive and eco-friendly houses they can afford on minimum wage.
“There are tent cities all over the country, and they’re not going away,” Ballo says of the makeshift communities built outdoors and comprised of homeless people in predominantly urban and suburban areas. “We need to come up with new ideas to manage the homeless crisis and find solutions, instead of having people suffer needlessly while we’re wasting taxpayers’ money.”
Production for “Destiny’s Bridge” has been completed and the film has been shown at community screenings, but Ballo created an IndieGoGo fundraising page to pay for music licensing costs — the final step before the film can be distributed to a larger audience. Ballo said in the campaign fundraising video that all additional funding after the $38,000 goal is met would go toward efforts to provide small-scale homes for the homeless throughout the country.
Please support the campaign by either making a donation or sharing posts that will help us to spread the word. There are homeless camps and tent cities in most states in the country. Help us get this message and campaign information out to people throughout the US who care about the homeless crisis we are experiencing in this nation. Donations as small $5 will help, Indiegogo is about getting large numbers of people to make small donations to raise big money. Donate small and spread the word large and you will make a difference in the homeless cause in this country!
~~WRECKING BALL by Bruce Springsteen~~
(The wrecking of Tent City)
~~Published on July 3, 2014~~
It’s over…but they didn’t go down without a fight. All those years of conflict about what to do with these homeless people…looking back, I realize that this Tent City battle was never really about living in the woods. It was about Independence and the freedom we have as Americans to live a simple life in a country that was founded on those exact values.
The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 and has since had two North American National Tours and productions in London’s West End, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and other Australian cities, Singapore, South Africa, The Netherlands and elsewhere. Jersey Boys won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic `60s rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that influenced a generation, and are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical.(c) Warner Bros.
In 1951, in Belleville, New Jersey, Tommy DeVito, narrating the story, introduces the audience to himself, Frankie Valli, Tommy’s brother Nicky, and their friend Nick Massi. The young men perform together as The Variety Trio. Frankie, already well known in the neighborhood for his singing voice, gains greater recognition for his abilities, including the admiration of gangster Gyp DeCarlo, who promises to help Valli out with any problems he may have.
One night, after a performance, the group is arrested for the attempted robbery of a safe. At court, Tommy is sentenced to six months in prison. After he is released, the group rejoins. At a performance, Frankie is entranced by a woman named Mary Delgado. He takes her to dinner, and they are soon married.
The group, now called “The Four Lovers“, find themselves in need of a songwriter after Nicky leaves. Tommy sends his friend Joe Pesci to approach singer-songwriter Bob Gaudio and invite him to hear the group perform. Gaudio, now narrating, is impressed with Valli’s vocals and agrees to join.
The band, having recorded several demos, attempt to send them to publishers, with very little success. Eventually, producer Bob Crewe signs them to a contract. However, they quickly realize that it only allowed them to perform back-up vocals for other groups. Crewe says that the group does not have a distinctive image or sound yet. Inspired by a bowling alley sign, the group rename themselves “The Four Seasons“, and sing a new song, Sherry to Crewe. Impressed, Crewe agrees to record it.
“Sherry” quickly becomes a major hit, followed by two more, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man. However, before an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Valli is approached by loan shark Norman Waxman, who claims that Tommy owes him 150,000 dollars. Angered, the group approaches DeCarlo for advice.
DeCarlo gets Waxman to allow Valli to pay the debt, if Tommy will hide in Las Vegas until it is payed. Nick, irritated by the irresponsibility of Tommy, suddenly announces his intention to leave the group and leaves. After this breakdown, Frankie hires a set of studio musicians and continues to tour as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, with Gaudio acting as songwriter and producer.
Valli learns from his now ex-wife Mary that his daughter, Francine, now a drug addict, has run away from home. Valli tracks her down and admits that he regrets not acting as a better father for her when she was growing up. He also arranges for Gaudio to give her singing lessons.
A few years later, the group has finally paid off Tommy’s debt. Sadly, this coincides with the news of Francine’s death by drug overdose. Frankie and Mary both grieve for their daughter.
Not long after, Bob has composed a new piece for Frankie to sing, his first as a solo artist. Frankie is at first hesitant, as he is still in mourning, but eventually agrees. The piece, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You“, becomes a commercial success.
In 1990, the original Four Seasons are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bob Crewe formally inducts the group, and the quartet performs “Rag Doll” onstage, their first performance together in over twenty years.
The music fades as the four men take turns addressing the audience. Tommy, in an ironic twist, now works for Joe Pesci, who has gone on to become an Oscar-winning actor. Nick assures the audience that he has no regrets about leaving the group all those years ago and is now at his happiest, enjoying the time he spends with his family. Bob has retired to Nashville, Tennessee and lives there with his wife and children.
Lastly, Frankie finally takes over the narration, stating that the best time he had during his time with the Four Seasons was before their success, “when everything was still ahead of us and it was just four guys singing under a street lamp.”
~~Jersey Boys – Movie Trailer~~
Official Warner Bros.
~~Published on Apr 17, 2014~~
Official first trailer for “Jersey Boys”
From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys.”
The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.
These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.
Starring in the film, John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group’s biggest hits. Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, two original members of The Four Seasons. Oscar® winner Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter”) stars as mobster Gyp DeCarlo.
Oscar® winner Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Unforgiven”) directed “Jersey Boys” from a screenplay and musical book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, song music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.
The film is produced by Eastwood, Graham King and Robert Lorenz, with Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tim Moore, Tim Headington, Brett Ratner, James Packer and Steven Mnuchin serving as executive producers.
~The Four Season & Frankie Valli hits live Sherry, Rag doll, Walk~
~Published on Aug 19, 2013~
The Four Seasons perform a medley of their hits on an American Tv series in the mid sixties including Sherry, Walk like a man, Big girls Don’t cry, Dawn, Rag doll.