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Two Queens, One Throne, an Encounter of Latin Music History and Art, Sponsored by La Familia

Contemporary Puerto Rican painter Melissa King-Castro joins renowned author, journalist and college professor, Juan A. Moreno-Velázquez in a visual and historical presentation of their work when they meet, on Saturday, May 31st, at Chips and Salsa, located on 43 West 46th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, in Manhattan. The presentation will commence at 7 p.m.

New York, NY, May 25, 2014 --( Painter Melissa King-Castro, of Guyanese and Puerto Rican extraction, is a painter and entrepreneur that resides in the area known as Little Italy, in New York City. A graduate of the City College of New York (BS) and Rutgers University (MBA), Ms. Melissa Castro-King will be presenting a series of paintings that depict her vision of women in society today, as well as introducing her own personal apparel concept, aptly named La Familia Attire.

La Familia Attire is an underground streetwear apparel line. The name translates to "the family." Despite one's gender, race, education, or background, or hometown, we are all family. La Familia represents this idea, and is working on taking this message forward to communities and neighborhoods everywhere. AS their slogan states: “It's more than a movement.”

Moreno-Velázquez will explore the relationship between salsa divas La Lupe and Celia Cruz, the most famous female salsa entertainers of all time, as far as their personal interaction, musical rivalry and the way in which the male oriented Latin music industry treated them. First La Lupe was the undisputed Queen of Latin Soul, and was later supplanted by Celia Cruz, who quickly became the Queen of Salsa, while La Lupe practically disappeared from the contemporary music industry, this albeit the fact that La Lupe was younger than her musical nemesis.

Why only one woman, at one time, could occupy the throne of musical royalty? Moreno-Velázquez, author of extensive biographies on both divas will expose and expand on his thesis to this matter.

Let’s meet on Saturday, May 31st and enjoy a good chat, and great conversation at Chips and Salsa.
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