Eddie Cepeda is Mexican-American writer splitting time between New York and Boston. After years of being a touring musician and DJ he founded Mother of Pearl Vinyl in 2014 -- a record store that went on to become a label, a music festival (Mother of Pearl Block Party), and a marketing agency focused on music-related activations. He lives with his partner and 3 year-old son, who loves dancing to dembow and The Smiths.
Latest Articles

Cardi B Won't Change To Make White Fans Comfortable — And That's Why She's Number One

When Cardi B hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with Bodak Yellow, her epic trap number about her ascent from stripper to "boss bitch," she made history by becoming the first female solo rapper — and the first Latinx female rapper ever — to reach …
By Eddie Cepeda

The 2017 Emmys Still Weren't Progressive Enough & This Moment Proves It

The 2017 Emmys could have been groundbreaking. People of color made history: Master of None’s Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedic writing, Donald Glover was the first black person to win for directing, and Riz Ahmed wa…
By Eddie Cepeda

Afropunk Is Proof That A Summer Music Festival Can Be Free Of Cultural Appropriation

Finding a sense of individuality within festival fashion can be a difficult task. But on the weekend of August 26, thousands of people at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn pulled it off flawlessly by drawing inspiration from their own culture — argua…
By Eddie Cepeda

How Women Of Color Are Dismantling White Supremacy One March At A Time

On Saturday morning, Natalie Sanchez arrived at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston well before counter-protesters started trickling in. The morning fog dissipated as Sanchez readied herself, eagerly setting up two cardboard boxes filled with t-shirts …
By Eddie Cepeda

There's A Far-Right Rally In Boston On Saturday & The City Should Be Alarmed

On Saturday, August 19, a rally touted as supporting “free speech” is scheduled to take place on Boston’s iconic Common park. Though the rally's organizers, Boston Free Speech Coalition, claim to have no ties to white supremacy or the organizers of l…
By Eddie Cepeda