Check out our Halloween video exclusive BTS at Blood Manor, New York’s scariest haunted house!
Special thanks to all the ghouls, goblins and ghosts who made this terrifying interview possible.
Tune in if you dare!
This Fall we had the unique opportunity to sit down with doctors at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the United States!
It was a fascinating interview and a must-listen for anyone interested in the field!
We appreciated the honest and direct conversation about the field of medicine, and we learned some fascinating facts about the hospital itself.
Thanks to everyone at Bellevue for making this happen and helping to take some of the mystery out of the medical profession.
Jackie Sumell is an incredible artist, activist and compassionate friend of the Girls Club.
Her work seeks to expose and change the abuses perpetrated by the criminal justice system in America.
We caught up with Jackie in her home town of New Orleans, at her Solitary Garden project. What resulted is more of a discussion than an interview, one that we hope more people will be having after The Solitary Garden tour this Fall.
To find out more about the project please visit the Solitary Gardens website.
Extraordinarily talented Jamar Rogers has been volunteering with us for close to a year now, sharing his gifts for songwriting and performance.
We celebrate Jamar’s release of his first solo record “Lazurus” released on the Tommy Boy label by posting this interview from the very first time we met him in the WGRL studios!
We are so proud to call Jamar a member of the Girl’s Club family and can’t wait to release all the fantastic projects we have been working on with him.
Stay tuned for greatness!
Thanks so much to health and beauty guru, DJ and all around lovely person Hannah Bronfman for stopping by our studios recently.
We chopped it up with the energetic entrepreneur covering everything from DJing to health to eating bugs! Yes bugs!
We had a blast and hope she can come back to WGRL soon to share her latest adventures!
We were tickled to have actress/writer/comedian Michelle Buteau at the WGRL studios recently. Born in New Jersey to Caribbean parents, Michelle brings a cheeky swagger, unique perspective and big personality to stage and screen. As Michelle herself says “Put on a onesie and get ready to have some funsie” by tuning into this intimate interview with a very funny lady!
WGRL had a great time chatting with Loisaida legend, musicologist, and resident dandy Pepe Flores about two forms of traditional Puerto Rican music: Bomba and Plena. It’s always a great pleasure to stumble upon Pepe in the neighborhood. If you’re not lucky enough to spend time with him in person (he travels quite extensively as an extension of his dance and musical interests) take a listen to our podcast and read to learn more about this fascinating scholar of Latin dance and music. Bio courtesy of The Loisaida Festival, where Pepe will be honored this year.
Pepe Flores was born in 1951 in Puerta de Tierra, near Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. When he was 4 years old, his family moved to the countryside. Pepe learned to read at an early age and became an avid and voracious reader, opening his mind to worlds beyond his humble roots.
Jíbaro music was the first type of music Pepe heard as an immediate part of his everyday life. Later, through the radio, he heard the music of cuartetos like Mayarí and Marcano, the music of Cortijo and his Combo with Ismael Rivera, etc. These forms of music became the foundation of Pepe’s musical journey, which led him to collect records and books since the early age of 12 years old. Besides listening various and diverse forms of Puerto Rican and Caribbean music, he read everything related to music and history he could get his hands on, from liner notes to magazine and newspaper articles, books and academic papers, etc, etc. As a teenager, Pepe began attending live performances and dances where groups like El Gran Combo, Tommy Olivencia y su Orquesta, La Sonora Ponceña and others played salsa music and dancing became an integral part of his life, character and persona.
At age 19, Pepe migrated from Puerto Rico and arrived in the Lower East Side of New York City, where he quickly became a community activist focused primarily, but not exclusively, in the areas of early childhood education, affordable housing, community gardens and public spaces. In NYC, Pepe expanded his interest in music to Cuban, Jazz, Brazilian, African, and more; significantly broadening his collection and knowledge. In the spirit of his mentors, René López, Andy González, Harry Sepúlveda and many others,Pepe consistently made these invaluable resources available to selected musicians and researchers. As his personal knowledge, music collection and library grew, so did his love for sharing music and his support and respect for musicians.