Behind a door in the back of Wynwood's Coyo Taco is a dimly lit room with a full bar, a projector playing your tia’s favorite music videos, a DJ effortlessly blending Latin hits and hip-hop bangers, and a girl from Instagram moving her hips in heels higher than your hopes and dreams.
This is Spanglish, a first-generation Latin
For radio host and event producer OhRawkC, born Roselyn Cornier, being Spanglish comes easily. She embodies the brand while proudly wearing Puerto Rican flag nails. “For me being Spanglish means growing up in both worlds, American and Latinx. My house was very rich in Puerto Rican culture. I didn't learn to speak English until second grade,” she says. “You get home from school talking about your day in English, and your parents are like, '
In Miami, the Latin nightlife scene isn’t hard to find; you just follow the scent of tequila and the sound of “Scooby Doo Pa Pa.” But if you’re not hip to all things Latin, it can be a little hard to fit in. “I wanted to create a space where my friends and I could feel comfortable. There are Spanish music clubs and lounges in South Florida, but it can be intimidating to fit the Latinx stereotype, dress up and wear heels, or have to listen to only Spanish music all night,” Cornier says.
Latin girls like hip-hop too. “I know so many Spanglish friends that enjoy El Gran Combo and still want to listen to Future at the same party. This party is for Spanglish millennials, but your cool titi who used to sneak you drinks at family parties can come too and have a good time,” Cornier says.
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Cornier’s movement not only turns Coyo Taco into a
In all, the best way to immerse yourself in Latin culture isn’t always jumping into the middle of Santa Clara with a Spanish-to-English dictionary. Sometimes, all you need is a little Spanglish.
Spanglish. 10 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at Coyo Taco, 2300 NW Second Ave, Miami; 305-573-8228; coyo-taco.com. Admission is free.