This was my verrrrry first performance of my life EVER. I'm three years old in this photo. I went to a primarily Dominican Presbyterian headstart on 155th street between Amsterdam and Broadway - all my teachers were and classmates were Dominican except for me and a few other black kids, but because of my neighborhood I spent my entire childhood immersed in Dominican culture. Dominican palos music and merengue / bachata were a HUGE part of my first times ever doing anything having to do with the arts. Here's me getting my big break and cheesing so hard before my first chance to do perform ever. I remember this day sooooooo much. The outfit cost $21 dollars and I made that tissue paper flower I have in my hair in class.