GNSF! The Sonic Redemption of Cross-Border Duo Prayers

source: San Diego CityBeat In Sherman Heights, where Prayers frontman Rafael Reyes grew up, summers were far from picturesque. Low-income households are the norm, air conditioning is scarce and taking days off at the beach generally isn’t an option for the neighborhood’s working-class families. This environment serves as the backdrop for “Gothic Summer,” the lead […]

GNSF! Q&A: Bay Area Rapper Teaches with ‘Jesus Was Black’ Song

Bay area rapper Alpha Leo smoothly hits us with a history lesson in Christianity with his lead single, “Jesus Was Black.” The 33-year old’s verses are painstakingly well-written proving Jesus was a Black man. Alpha Leo weaves historical facts, Bible and Illuminati theories with precision. It’s not as hook-friendly or as complete as Kanye West’s […]

The Trinity of Raptivism

I’m pretty sure Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One and Chuck D are smiling over their sons of the new school: Immortal Technique, Bambu and Odessa Kane. Together, these three MCs from three different cities united for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda at WorldBeat Center on Sunday. The concert was a grassroots relief effort, with 100 percent of […]

GNSF! Larry Hernandez is El Amigo de Todos

Source: The ironic and curious pairing of a name such as Larry Hernandez is like being named Pancho Smith, but it’s just one of those things that American Latinos do so well — rocking cultures of both sides of La Frontera successfully. He is one of Los Angeles’s greatest American Latino entertainers and he’s currently […]

GNSF! Vanessa Zamora Debuts en San Diego

Source: There’s few things more exciting than hearing that a Tijuanera alternative-pop singer/songwriter has been signed to Carla Morrison’s indie label, Pan Dulce Productions. Enter 21-year-old Vanessa Zamora, a classically trained pianist and guitarist born and raised in Tijuana. At first glance, she seems unassuming, with a natural pretty look — no make-up, wears her […]

GNSF! Tijuana’s Madame UR Does Del Mar

Source: Hopefully you caught a glimpse of the dramatic flair of Madame UR y Sus Hombres at the San Diego County Fair on June 30. Performing on the Coors Light Rock-On Stage, she performed songs that echoed modern feminism with a soulful cabaret jazz sound. It was a reminder that she has the discipline and […]

GNSF! Gina Rodriguez Rips Mics on Film

Source: PODER MAGAZINE by Dita Quiñones Gina Rodriguez derives motivation from an internal dialog running through her mind: “What do you mean the shade of my skin says ‘I’m not capable of telling a story?’” The Puerto Rican actress used that me-against-the-world attitude to win over a dismissive New York University casting director for the […]