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Happy Birthday, Tito Puente!

Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente, (April 20, 1923 – June 1, 2000),[1] was an American salsa musician and Latin jazz composer. The son of native Puerto Ricans, Ernest and Ercilia Puente, living in New York City's Spanish Harlem community, Puente is often credited as “The Musical Pope,” “El Rey de los Timbales” (The King of the timbales) and “The King of Latin Music.” He is best known for dance-oriented mambo and Latin jazz compositions that helped keep his career going for 50 years. He and his music appear in many films such as The Mambo Kings and Fernando Trueba‘s Calle 54. He guest-starred on several television shows including Sesame StreetThe Cosby Showand, most notably, The Simpsons two-part episode “Who Shot Mr. Burns?”.

Tito Puente was born on April 20, 1923, at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. His family moved frequently, but he spent the majority of his childhood in the Spanish Harlem area of the city. Puente’s father was the foreman at a razorblade factory.

As a child, he was described as hyperactive, and after neighbors complained of hearing seven-year-old Puente beating on pots and window frames, his mother sent him to 25 cent piano lessons. By the age of 10, he switched to percussion, drawing influence from jazz drummer Gene Krupa. He later created a song-and-dance duo with his sister Anna in the 1930s and intended to become a dancer, but an ankle tendon injury prevented him pursuing dance as a career. When the drummer in Machito’s band was drafted to the army, Puente subsequently took his place.

Tito Puente Sr. served in the Navy for three years during World War II after being drafted in 1942. He was discharged with a Presidential Unit Citation for serving in nine battles on the escort carrier USS Santee (CVE-29). The GI Bill allowed him to study music at Juilliard School of Music, where he completed a formal education in conducting, orchestration and theory. In 1969, he received the key to the City of New York from former Mayor John Lindsay. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Congressional Record, and in 1993 he received the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal from the Smithsonian.[5]

During the 1950s, Puente was at the height of his popularity, and helped to bring Afro-Cuban and Caribbean sounds, like mamboson, and cha-cha-cha, to mainstream audiences. Puente was so successful playing popular Afro-Cuban rhythms that many people mistakenly identify him as Cuban. Dance Mania, possibly Puente’s most well known album was released in 1958.[6] Later, he moved into more diverse sounds, including pop music, bossa nova and others, eventually settling down with a fusion of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz genres that became known as “salsa” (a term that he disliked). In 1979, Puente won the first of five Grammy Awards for the albums A Tribute to Benny MoréOn BroadwayMambo Diablo, and Goza Mi Timbal. In 1990, Puente was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal. He was also awarded a Grammy at the first Latin Grammy Awards, winning Best Traditional Tropical Album for Mambo Birdland. In 1995, he appeared as himself on the Simpsons episode “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” In early 2000, he shot the music documentaryCalle 54, wearing an all-white outfit with his band.[7] After a show in Puerto Rico on May 31, he suffered a massive heart attack and was flown to New York City for surgery to repair aheart valve, but complications developed and he died during the night of May 31 – June 1, 2000.[8] He was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

Tito Puente’s name is often mentioned in a television production called La Epoca,[9] a film about the Palladium era in New York, Afro-Cuban music and rhythms, Mambo and Salsa as dances and music and much more. The film discusses many of Tito Puente’s as well as Arsenio Rodríguez’s contributions, and features interviews with some of the musicians Puente recorded with such as Alfonso “El Panameno” Joseph, Luis Mangual, Julian Lianos and others.

Puente’s youngest son, Tito Puente, Jr., has continued his father’s legacy by presenting many of the same songs in his performances and recordings, while daughter Audrey Puenteis a television meteorologist for WNYW and WWOR-TV in New York City. Puente’s granddaughter, Janeen Puente, is a singer and bandleader. Her band is known as the Janeen Puente Orchestra.

ChRIsTIIIiiiNNEeee Canigulaaa!!

(Idon’thavemanyparentHCS but I like the idea of her being adopted)

  • Only child
  • She has an unlimited amount of part time jobs
  • She’s literally everywhere and always busy
  • She was the kid that joined something one day 
  • Then something else another until she had 1000 different hobbies before settling on drama
  • Saw her first Broadway play when she was 8 it was RENT and it changed her LIFE
  • She couldn’t afford to go to every show so she kept the playbill and has it on a corkboard/dreamboard with printouts of all the shows she wants to see
  • Its forever growing she will eventually run out of room
  • She’s totally a rat-for-a-pet person or a snake
  • She has full monologues and sing-a-longs in the shower
  • She knew Jenna Rolan before Jenna started climbing the social ladder 
  • (They were pretty good friends) 
  • Jenna started distancing herself once Christine’s ‘quirks’ started making her 'uncool’
  • Christine has ADD and Autism but was only diagnosed with ADD since its nearly impossible to get a clear diagnosis (especially in America’s standard) 
  • Her parents have her on very lowkey medicine just to help with her focus 
  • Her parents try to focus on behavior goals so they don’t have to keep her on medicine
  • Christine doesn’t drive, she likes to bike or scoot to places on her scooter
  • She talks / sings to birds on her way to school
  • She may or may not have named the birds she sees along the way
  • She LOVES candy corn
  • She babysits Chloe’s bratty brother from time to time 
  • It’s a shitty job but it also pays the best
  • Watching the Tonys in her house is like watching the Superbowl, they watch it live and yell and scream at all the nominations and performaces 
  • Christine is a datebase of know-how when it comes to playwrights
  • She likes Isben’s Dollhouse the most 
  • Her least favorite / worse subject is Math
  • Best is Pottery (elective); Public Speaking (Elective), Chorus (elective) and History
  • She tries not to have study halls, she takes as many electives as possible
  • All so she can go to her dream school, Julliard. (She hopes to act AND write a play/musical)

so my friend snapchatted me this page from TV WEEK and of course i’m going to transcribe it for posterity

Raúl Esparza

The Law & Order: SVU star, 44, comes clean about his love of porkchops, his signature salsa moves, fluoro shorts and why he refuses to do karaoke

My oddest habit is…

I sing to myself! If anybody quotes something that sounds like a lyric, I’ll start singing.

My worst-ever haircut was…

A terrible spiky cut in the 80s. What did the girls see in me?

The last home-cooked meal I  had…

Pork chops, white rice, black beans. I made it myself.

My last meal would be…

You could probably guess but it would be pork chops, white rice, black beans, The Cuban flag of meals.

I last cried…

At a doco about inner-city kids going to [NYC performing arts school] Julliard on Saturdays to play music. It really moved me.

My signature dance move is…

Always salsa! I’m Cuban!

My teachers would have said…

Has a hard time focusing. Talks too much but a good student.

The most shameful song on my iPod is…

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA

My biggest fashion crime was…

Fluoro shorts. A shirt with glowing cats’ eyes. Sweatshirts with splattered paint, torn shorts, boxers showing.

I’ll never throw away my…

Books. I have a very hard time moving because of it.

My go-to song at karaoke is…

I don’t do karaoke because to quote the Joker [in The Dark Knight] “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

My guilty TV pleasure is…

The Walking Dead. I won’t finish a season if the next one’s not out.

I’d spend my last $5 on…

Give it to somebody I loved. Or maybe I’d buy a great song.

In ten years I’d like to be…

Creating my own work, telling my own stories. Or running a Cuban restaurant in Hawaii.

A Lover’s Dance

Character(s): Jensen x Reader, Jared and Genevieve Padalecki 

Summary: Being a ballet dancer is hard, with hardly anytime to yourself how will you find time for love.

Warnings;None (i think) maybe profanity

Word Count: 2100

A/N : This is the start to my new series. I have so much planned for it, but your just going to have to wait and see. Let me know what you think xoxo

Dance: 1.Move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps.  2. A series of movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music.

Ever since you were able to remember, you loved to dance. Whether it was to the radio, a CD, or the music in your head you danced. You loved dance so much that you took it up as a career.

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Benji Facts

  • Benji was born in Indianapolis, Indiana USA.
  • Benji played the Violin since he was four years old.
  • Benji is a former student at the prestigious Julliard Music School in America.
  • 3 years ago, Benji can’t say a Korean word correctly so he has a communication problem.
  • Moved to Korea in 2011.
  • Benji wants to go to France because the Language is beautiful, and because of the food. 
  • Benji is the member who washes the least.
  • Benji’s hobbies are rap, writing lyrics and composing music. His specialties are violin and yoyo!
  • Benji once again beatboxed for Heedo’s rap. Benji is pretty good at beatboxing!
  • Benji was raised in Seattle. Came to KR to become a dinger. Attended a music college.
  • Benji’s dream changed. He doesn’t play violin as often because of their busy schedule.
  • “When BJ first came, he looked liked a korean. But he wasnt good at it, and it stood out” -JH
  • Benji lived alone so he cooked by himself, and looked through cookbooks.
  • JH: “When I first met Benji he was wearing a snapback that was old and worn. He danced & sang.”

Part One: Manhattan

One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing people play fashionistas and characters from Manhattan wrong. I find that it’s often glamorized into some kind of dream world - and it’s really not! There are loads of negatives of living in Manhattan, and there are a lot of misconceptions I often see when rpers play characters from Manhattan. I know that there are some other guides around, but I figured I’d make one from a fashion student’s point of view - so I hope you guys enjoy! This is Part One of a Two Parted Series - the second part will deal specifically with Fashion Design. Credit to renrps for the lovely graphic! 

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Would you Play with Me?

Eremin AU where Eren is a street musician (cellist) in New York City, and Armin is a pianist at Julliard (a super prestigious and famed music school for those who don’t live in the US).

One day, as Armin is strolling through the streets during the holidays, he hears a song; to be specific, a rhapsody of Christmas carols. Armin follows the sound, his pace quickening, until he’s at the front of a small crowd of people. The cellist and the cello both look like they’ve seen better days, but the way that the cellist’s green eyes flash, and the way that his chapped lips quirk up into a smirk has Armin entranced. Armin stays for the remainder of his performance, and once the crowd disperses, Armin strikes up a conversation with him. He offers to buy the musician, who he has come to know as Eren, a coffee, to which Eren, who’s normally suspicious and hates when people help him, accepts for whatever reason.

So, they head over to a coffeeshop, where Eren excuses himself to the bathroom after they find a table in the corner, and when he comes back, Armin quickly glances down at his latte because he didn’t remember Eren to be that cute before…

They talk for awhile. Then for a little longer. Until, it’s ten at night. Armin has found out that Eren is actually not homeless, despite his appearance today, it was just that the water heater had broken in his rather sketchy apartment, so his water was frozen. Discovering this, he asked if there was a way to reach Eren, only to have the brunet pull out a phone with one raised eyebrow. They exchange numbers, and sure enough, their relationship is quick to bloom.

For New Years, Armin invites Eren over, asking him to bring his cello, and they end up playing a duet. Eren sits on the piano bench so that he’s facing away from it, so close to Armin that their shoulders knock together occasionally. They pause once the duet is finished, a feeling of stillness settling over the room, and when Armin turns his head to say something to Eren, there’s the press of warm, now only slightly-chapped lips on his.

Bonus: Eren always goes to Armin’s performances, even when they’re fighting, because whenever Armin plays the piano, Eren can’t help but smile and let the tension in his shoulders loosen. Besides…the way that his blue eyes light up, and how he blushes and grins when the crowd applauds…it’s quite the sight for Eren to behold while being restricted from jumping up on stage and wrapping his arms around the blond, nuzzling his face into his hair.