Dominican republic

Voices of Bachata

Words by Sassy Ross  Chances are if you tune your radio to a Spanish-language station, you’ll hear the guitar-driven rhythms of Bachata. Slower than Salsa and more relaxed than Merengue, Bachata has risen in popularity over the last decade, tak...

The Rise of Ecotourism in the Caribbean

Words by Nandini Gosine-Mayrhoo If you were to conjure up an image of tourism in the Caribbean, no doubt it will include scenery of white sand, blue waters and blue skies.  Whilst the Caribbean’s pristine beaches will always draw visitors,...

My Caribbean: One Island, Two Worlds

Words by Vanessa Hornedo My first experience with a cockfight came when I was very young. Although I can’t remember my exact age, I’d venture to say I was no more than ten years old. I spent every summer of my youth visiting my grandmother on the be...

Leonardo Benzant: Envisioning the Urban Shaman

Words by Chelcie Porter While in New York, POTENT met up with visual artist Leonardo Benzant at a tiny diner in Crown Heights to talk about art, life, and how to stay true to being a Caribbean-American artist in the big, bad, art world. Upon fir...
Carnival in Dominican Republic

Dominican Carnival: A Celebration of Culture and Independence

Words by Kristal Roberts Dominicans all over the world beamed with pride February 27, in honor of Dominican Republic’s Independence Day. Whether they’re in the Dominican Republic or abroad, many Dominicans will spill into the streets in February,...

Carnival Portraits: The Photography of Picayo and Hernandez

Words by Nneka Samuel Carnival is as unique and colorful as the individual countries that commemorate it year after year. A time of excitement, freedom and unfettered celebration, no one has documented the spirit of Carnival quite like photographers...

A Star Among Them: Tennis Phenom Victor Estrella Burgos

Words by Nneka Samuel By everyday standards, 34 is hardly old, but Dominican tennis player Victor Estrella Burgos received lots of attention at this year’s U.S. Open for being the oldest player to make his main-draw debut at the annual sporting even...