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Chelcie S. Porter

La Princesa de Pilsen

  • Age: 29
  • 'Hood: Pilsen
  • Fave spot: My balcony

Chelcie S. Porter was nicknamed "La Princesa de Pilsen" by her late husband and former Pilsen resident Colombian painter Andres Contreras due to her deep love of the neighborhood. She is an artist and photographer and has lived in Pilsen for 6 years. She specializes in fine art and fashion photography and is a community and LGBTQ activist. You can view more of her work at www.ChelcieSPorter.net.

Are Latino men the most good-looking?

Are Latino men the most good-looking?

The L.A. Times did a recent story on Latino men looking good, reporting that Latino men are buying more beauty products such as hair gel (of course). They are also reported to take grooming more seriously and identify vanity as a good thing rather than a bad one. I was curious to find out what Pilsenites thought of this…

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Virgin Guadalupe carved in a tree

Virgin Guadalupe carved in a tree

I love religious art, and although I am not Catholic one thing I love about Pilsen is abundance of Catholicism if only for the images of the Virgin Guadalupe everywhere. This is one of my favorites, I discovered it with my late husband Andres, it’s located in the Casa Aztlan parking lot and it carved…

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Support Pilsen while in Wicker

Yep its totally possible.  I am working on a super dope house/hip hop dance party with DJ West set for August 13th  but in the meantime catch his show “Insomniacs “at Crocodile Lounge tomorrow night! Its sure to be much needed hump day dance party Wednesday August 3rd.     Wanna check out DJ West beforehand? www.soundcloud.com/dj-mr-west

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Mr Cole DeGenova if you please

  Some of you in Pilsen have no idea how many amazing rockstar status, amazingly talented musicians we have in the neighborhood. That’s why you have me. Cole DeGenova, or “Mr. Cole DeGenova” as I like to call him is a wonderfully talented musician whose music is on my regular playlist at home. What I love…

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More white-washing in Pilsen ?

More white-washing in Pilsen ?

Living in Pilsen I have learned that gangs sometimes start to do graffiti when something is happening. If someone dies you may see a sign of revenge posted up by the opposing gang. I have not however learned to read any of this stuff that gives graffiti a bad name. I can’t tell if this is actual gang signs…

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Premiere of 19 & a day

  I encourage you to please join Jeff and Elizabeth Maldonado  for the premiere of the documentary film 19 And A Day: The Life and Times of Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Jr. and Jeff, Jr.’s 21st birthday celebration! “19 And A Day.” If you are knew to Pilsen you may not know how important this event…

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