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It’s hard to label the multi-talented Reina Mora or her genre of music, and that’s a good thing. Her wide range of vocals, dense and textured music and three hit singles, made her one of music industry’s breakout artists of 2018. Since, Reina has been busy putting the finishing touches on her new pop album, “Birds Eye View” and working with Puerto Ricans in Action to help with Relief from Hurricane Maria.
Modesty aside, how would you describe yourself?
I am outspoken, strong minded and stubborn. When I set my mind to do something I do it full speed ahead no looking back even if I fall or make mistakes I get back up and keep going. I don’t know how else to be. I’ve been determined my entire life especially when it came to making music.
What genre, if any, would describe your music and how did it feel to have your three singles released in 2018 be received so well?
My music is Alternative Latin infused pop. I’ve tried to blend the past with the current. It felt great for the singles, but I’ve been writing so many new songs that I’ve been in hibernation mode in the studio recording all this time, so I am ready to show new material. The Album was done but since I’ve been so inspired to write I’ve added more songs to it and may take out some old ones so tough decisions must be made soon.
Photo Courtesy of Reina Mora
You are about to release your first full album. What is it titled? Can you share a bit about it?
It’s called “Birds Eye View” and the tittle is the best description of it. It’s a full view of me and my life experiences. The good, the bad and the ugly sides I hide. Which is why my music is my therapy, my getaway and sanctuary that I hope helps make other people feel less alone in this crazy uncertain world we live in.
Your music at times incorporates your Latin roots. Is that something organic to you or is it an artistic choice?
Photo Courtesy of Reina Mora
It’s both. I want people to know that I am proud of where I am from, that even though I am a fair skinned Latina, I am Puerto Rican. A lot of people, especially in LA, can’t guess where I am from half the time unless I start talking in Spanish. I want people to know that Puerto Rico is a beautiful melting pot of people filled with culture and pride that is ingrained in us since birth.
Tell me about your book, Deserted Cathedral.
It’s a book or poetry I’ve been writing for a while now, but was afraid to share. Some are old poems from my youth but most are recent; it’s like the faucet never stop running and the poems flowed out of me like water. I had so much to say through poetry, especially after my mother’s passing this year. I spent some time with her in the hospital the weeks leading up to her passing and I read her poetry books I brought. She asked me if I had any of mine so I read some to her. She loved it so much and requested I publish them. It’s really all thanks to her that I will finally be releasing the book soon.
You work with the non-profit charity organization, Puerto Ricans in Action, to help with relief from Hurricane Maria. Tell me about the organization and your work with them?
Photo Courtesy of Reina Mora
Well the minute Hurricane Irma hit I reached out to Nicole, the head of PRIA to see what I can do to help. I went to the first event and spoke about my experience with Hurricane George when I was in Puerto Rico and donated money. Then Hurricane Maria struck and I planned a show at Bar Lubitsch where all the proceeds of the event would go to helping send care packages to Puerto Rico. I helped do as much as I possibly could to the point where now Nicole and I still work closely on organizing more events together. Right now we have been focused on sending Water Filter Systems to families in need since so many people died not having clean water to drink on the island. People are still struggling and we are still trying to find ways to help. We also do events here in LA educating people about Puerto Rico because it’s not often taught in classes that we are a US Territory. We use the same currency, you don’t need a passport to come and yes we are American citizens even though we can’t vote for the US President. The “Let’s Talk about Puerto Rico” events educate people about our music, culture and history. I sing native songs from Puerto Rico and explain the history behind the songs. It’s also been enlightening for me and I’ve even learned how to dance some Bomba. I’ll be working on an album with PRIA next year.
Tell me how helping Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria is close to your heart.
Well, my family and I had to start from ground zero after Hurricane George washed away all our belongings. We moved back to the United States, we were homeless and had to stay in shelters till we could get back on our feet. Not only that but I had family effected on the island by Hurricane Maria luckily no one died but a lot is still under construction and times are very hard for them. I got to see that first hand when I went back to the island for my mother’s funeral. The place I called home was no longer the same and will need a lot of resources that people don’t have to fix the damage.
You also work with a suicide prevention charitable organization, Your Matter-Not Alone. Tell me about the organization and you work with it.
After my mother’s passing, I started going to therapy and taking care of my mental health. Which even where I am from is taboo and it is called a “White people thing”. I had to be tough my entire life because I didn’t have any other choice. When I started to come face to face with myself I realized that I’ve battled with important deaths that lead me to deep depressions that lead me to isolating people around me. I didn’t want to do that this time so in seeking help I learned about the You Matter Movement and saw how easy it is to sink deep into depression to the point of losing all hope for life. I’ve struggled with depression but in discovering I wasn’t alone I decided to help by learning how to prevent suicide and how to talk, teach other people ways of prevention. I became involved because I believe in mental health. It’s honestly saved me from going off the deep end especially after my mother’s death.
Aside from the release of your album, do you have another project coming up?
I’ve written a song for one of the charities I support, “Screaming for the Sun”, and we will be shooting a music video for it soon.
Tell me a secret-a good one!
Mm, a good secret, well I got 11 tattoos.
For more information about Reina Mora, please visit www.reinamoramusic.com.
Vic Gerami is journalist, media contributor and the Editor & Publisher of The Blunt Post. He spent six years at Frontiers Magazine, followed by LA Weekly and Voice Media Group. His syndicated celebrity Q&A column, 10 Questions with Vic, is a LA Press Club’s National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award finalist. Vic is a contributor for Out & About Nashville, Q Virginia, GNI MAG, QNotes, Windy City Times, WeHo Times, GoWeHo, Los Angeles Blade, Asbarez, California Courier, Desert Daily Guide, Armenian Weekly, GED, The Pride LA, IN Magazine and The Advocate Magazine.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
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Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
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This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
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“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
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“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.