La Bruja (Puerto Rico)
Live at Trinity Int'l Hip-Hop Festival 2007 (2007)
Caridad De La Luz, p.k.a. La Bruja, is a multifaceted performer, known for her mesmerizing poetry and characterizations. She was featured on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam for HBO. Director Spike Lee let her improvise her lines in his film Bamboozled. She danced salsa/flamenco in Vanessa Williams and Chayanne’s music video for Dance With Me. Her rhyming and singing talents have extended into the music genre, recording with artists such as Fat Joe, B-Real, Tony Touch, Afrika Bambaataa and Boogie Boy Kid Delight RIP. Her one-woman show Boogie Rican, received raving support since 1998 from San Francisco to Switzerland. The show is a semi-autobiographical tale about growing up Puerto Rican in the Bronx. In 2002, the show was developed into Boogie Rican Boulevard, a fictional tale, written and performed by Caridad De La Luz, directed by Nelson Vasquez; about a dysfunctional Puerto Rican family struggling between tradition and the modern day values taught on the streets of the Boogie Down Bronx. She has been featured on the pages of Shout, Vibe, Source, XXL, BLU, AWOL, Italy’s Aelle, One World, Mass Appeal, New York, Urban and Stress Magazines, Puerto Rico’s newspaper El Vocero and In The House Magazine, her work was also published in El Centro journal for Hunter College. Television appearances include Galascene, Primer Impacto, Urban Latino TV, several NYC Cable programs and she starred in commercials directed by Spike Lee for IAM.com. Her theater performances include the Hip Hop Theater Festival NYC/Washington DC, Ubu Enchained which toured in Poland and NYC, Pedro Pietri’s El Spanglish Language Sandwich, and Hip-Hop festival Women Like This held in Switzerland. This dedicated artist/activist makes time to teach a writing/theater workshop called "How can I change the world?" The workshop was developed first for The East Harlem Tutorial Program in 2000. She has since been an invited keynote speaker at countless schools, universities, conferences, jails, health centers and community events around the country to shed light on the benefits of art, culture and self-expression.