Saturday, December 31, 2005

El Yunque

El Yunque
Originally uploaded by yasmapaz.
Photo by yasmapaz

BLOGGERS: Happy New Year! Thank you for all the beautiful pictures. Thanks for making the BLOGS exhibit a success. Looking forward to more of your work in the new year. Peace and love, Clarisel

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Politics -- Featured story
New York Daily News - Politics - Novello for Senate?

La Fortaleza - Old San Juan, PR

La Fortaleza - Old San Juan, PR
Originally uploaded by jenjenjen.

Rincon Musical

Rincon Musical
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Community news


New York, New York, December, 2005—As the sponsoring organization, the Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA) is pleased to announce that Diogenes Ballester was awarded an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) for the creation of an Oral History/Digital Book addressing a Puerto Rican family's expression of African/Catholic/Taino religious beliefs in the epic process of creating a home.

Last year, Diogenes used the theme of oral history, the conveyance of information, and the tradition of the book for an installation entitled “Keeper of History, Holder of Dreams”. This installation art project was presented at El Centro Gallery at The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and at MediaNoche Gallery located in East Harlem, New York.

The installation at El Centro Gallery was a ritual art conception that conveyed the syncretic oral history themes through an artist’s hand made book with an epic poem by poet mboncher, a large scale charcoal and carved drawing on wood, an assemblage of found objects, digital media, and audience interaction The installation was further developed at MediaNoche Gallery. In this installation, Diogenes combined classical art with experimental new media art including the incorporation of digital video sound and Internet transmission. This exploration consisted of projecting a real time video of one of his artist’s books from his studio to the MediaNoche Gallery via the Internet where he had displayed an installation of a large blank artist’s book, a charcoal drawing on tree stumps, a large wood book holder, and recorded oral history stories from a DVD player.

The support received from NYSCA will allow Diogenes to continue with his research on the syncretic oral history and the digital media.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Los Reyes at Mami's

Los Reyes at Mami's
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Puerto Rico Sun wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Happy Three Kings Day too!!


Thursday, December 22, 2005

Puerto Rico - cafe scene

Puerto Rico - cafe scene
Originally uploaded by asawaa.
Asawaa says:

"I saw this scene while I was visiting Puerto Rico back in 2002. As you can see it is a very beautiful place..."
Feaured site:

Images from the Transit Strike, Dec. 21-22, 2005 are now available at

Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Check out PRSUN TV, a new monthly cultural arts/news show aimed at informing, empowering and community. This bilingual (mostly English) half-hour show, produced by independent producer/journalist Clarisel Gonzalez, will start airing tomorrow on Bronxnet.


TOPIC: BLOGS and the Boricua/Latino presence
Show puts a special focus on Latino photobloggers who recently featured their work at a BLOGS exhibition at MediaNoche in Spanish Harlem. Photographers featured in the exhibit are members of the Puerto Rico Sun, NYC Exposition and East Harlem blogs. Judith Escalona, director of PRDream/MediaNoche, speaks to PRSUN TV on the BLOGS exhibit at the MediaNoche multimedia gallery.

"Blogs represent a rupture in the way photographs are traditionally exhibited and sold, allowing the presentation of over 1,000 works in MediaNoche's space and converting viewers into bloggers who can interact with the printless photographs on display," Escalona said.

Gonzalez, also a photoblogger, was curator of the BLOGS exhibit at MediaNoche.


Tune in:
WHEN: 12:30 p.m. Dec. 22
WHERE: Bronxnet's Channel 69
(Bronxnet is the community/public access station in the Bronx.)

El Morro

El Morro
Originally uploaded by yasmapaz.

Monday, December 19, 2005

La Parranda del Zon

La Parranda del Zon
Originally uploaded by clarisel.
Zon de Barrio bring a parranda during the closing party of the BLOGS exhibit at MediaNoche.

The Puerto Rico Sun cultural news/photoblog was among those featured at the exhibit, which ran from Oct. 14 to Dec. 17 in NYC.

Thanks to those who supported the exhibit.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Featured story
IPA NY Voices That Must Be Heard Latino youth unprotected on the Internet
Community Event

Thursday, December 15th, 2005
Time: 8PM-10PM
Cost: Free Admission

Posted by YERBABUENA, INC.: Jibaro Xmas Jam @ La Fonda Boricua with
Conjunto Anoranzas del Batey

La Fonda Boricua presents a weekly Jibaro Xmas Jam Sessions in celebration of the
Holydays...come enjoy some of the best Puerto Rican food and music in town, this
week with the sounds of Conjunto Anoranzas del Batey.

La Fonda Boricua:

169 East 106th St.

(bet Lexington & Third Aves) -

(212) 410-7292

By Subway:

#6 Lexington Avenue Line to 103rd St station, walk three blocks north to 106th
Street. then one block east toward Third Avenue.

By Car:

Triboro Bridge - Take FDR south, exit at 106th Street.

George Washington Bridge - Take Harlem River Drive to FDR south, exit at 106th Street.

Cross-Bronx Expressway - Take 87 south, exit at 138th Street Bridge. Drive south to
106th Street

For more info, go here:

For the complete YERBABUENA, INC. Calendar of Events, go here:

Monday, December 12, 2005


Originally uploaded by Jaime Olmo.


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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Christmas events:

Los Pleneros de la 21 are proud to announce:

La fiesta navideña del 2005

FROM 3 PM – 11 PM


Taíno Tower’s, Crsytal Room

123rd Street and Second Avenue

Fourth Floor

El Barrio, NY 10035

Come join LP21 as they rejoice in the Holiday Spirit in an evening complete with

the best of Puerto Rican traditional music in their annual year-end event.

You may sing and dance the night away as LP21 bring to a night of

Traditional aguinaldos and Boleros by El Trío New York and Guillermo Colón,

Classic Salsa provided by Angel “Papo” Vázquez and La Rinquincaya Pirata

with special guest singer: Herman Olivera,

and of course ...

Bomba and Plena by Los Pleneros de la 21 featuring new track

performances from their most recent cd release, “Para Todos Ustedes” !

The night will be complete with a savory menu of traditional food, delicious
beverages and creative arts and crafts that will be available for purchase

$15.00 Entrance Charge at the Door

(tickets are on sale now! Call for ahead for information on discounted rates)

For information or ticket purchase, contact Los Pleneros de la 21 via:

TEL: 212-427-5221


or just stop by:

Julia de Burgos Cultural Center

1680 Lexington Ave, Room 209 El Barrio, NY 10029

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

lets go fly a kite

lets go fly a kite
Originally uploaded by lapamela.
Community Events

161 East 106th Street, First Floor
(between Lexington and Third Avenues)
Just blocks away from Museum Mile

For info: 212.828.0401

::: Thursday, December 15, 7PM

directed by Louis E. Perego Moreno

A work-in-progress screening

What does it mean to be Latina in the U.S. today? When two competing cultures engage in a tug of war, which side wins? How does the "Madonna/Whore Complex" impact Latina
sexuality? In frank and confessional monologues, Latinas defy stereotypes as they share intimate secrets on sex, family and religion.

Admission: FREE


::: Friday, December 16, 6PM – 9PM


An exhibition of photoblogs: NYC Exposition, Puerto Rico Sun,
East Harlem...

"Blogs" represents a rupture in the way
photographs are traditionally exhibited and sold,
allowing the presentation of over 1,000 works in
MediaNoche’s space and converting viewers into
bloggers who can interact with the printless photographs
on display.

::: Directions ::: Take IRT #6 train to 103rd
Street, walk up three blocks and turn right.

161 East 106th Street, First Floor
(between Lexington and Third Avenues)
Just blocks away from Museum Mile

For info: 212.828.0401

Tuesday, December 06, 2005



Hello gente. I am pleased to report that a new bilingual (mostly English) cultural arts/news show I am producing called PRSUN TV will soon start airing on Bronxnet's Channel 69 in the Bronx.

PRSUN TV is also aimed at empowering and informing boricuas. It is about community.

The first show is expected to air this month. Details to come.


Originally uploaded by jps_pr.

Thursday, December 01, 2005


Press Release


Long Beach, CA – The National Council of La Raza/California State University, Long Beach (NCLR/CSULB) Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training and the Latino Coalition Against AIDS convened the first Latinas and HIV/AIDS Summit on December 1, 2005 - World AIDS Day - to raise awareness of the dramatic increases in Latina HIV infection rates. The event was held at the California State University, Long Beach Student Union Ballroom, and guests included dignitaries such as NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía, U.S. Representative Hilda Solis (D-CA), and acclaimed actress Lupe Ontiveros (Desperate Housewives).

Hispanics are the fastest-growing group of those infected with HIV. As with many other health issues affecting the Latino community, HIV/AIDS has a disproportionate impact when compared to non-Hispanic Whites, which can be traced to a lack of culturally- and linguistically-appropriate HIV/AIDS prevention information, a high rate of uninsurance, and an overall lack of health-related resources.

In particular, HIV/AIDS is an acute problem for women in the Hispanic community: Latinas now represent 20% of AIDS cases among U.S. women, making Latinas seven times more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to be living with AIDS. In addition, the increase in newly-diagnosed AIDS cases due to heterosexual transmission has risen from 3% to 31% from 1985 to 2003, and although more Hispanic males are infected through sex with other men, overall Hispanics are more likely to be infected through heterosexual contact when compared to other groups.

Furthermore, Hispanics are more likely to have full-blown AIDS within one year of their HIV diagnosis, and are more likely to die faster (within 18 months of diagnosis) when compared to all other racial/ethnic groups. Latinos continue to suffer disproportionately from major complications due to chronic and infectious diseases and lack access to culturally- and linguistically-appropriate quality medical services and health care.

"We will not win the battle against this debilitating disease unless we make it a community priority to educate our youth, their parents, and community leaders about the growing rates of HIV infection and methods of prevention," stated Murguía. "Failure to address this issue will lead to further increases in the rates of HIV and AIDS among Latinos, and will result in an overwhelming health burden for a community already plagued by inadequate access to health care and health-related information."

At the Summit, prominent researchers and leaders in the Hispanic AIDS battlefield presented their work and examined issues related to Latinas who are living with, or who are vulnerable to, HIV. In addition, the Summit addressed HIV on the U.S.-Mexico border, cultural homophobia, risks posed to women through male sexual behaviors, and the sexual and reproductive health behaviors of Latinas.

Prominent experts and HIV/AIDS advocates who spoke at the Summit included:

U.S. Representative Hilda Solis (CA)
Janet Murguía, National Council of La Raza President and CEO
Lupe Ontiveros, Emmy nominee for her role in Desperate Housewives
Dr. Felix Carpio, AltaMed Health Services
Dr. Hector Carrillo, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Maria Rangel, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Monica Alonso, Pan American Health Organization
Dr. S. Marie Harvey, University of Oregon
Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis, Director of the NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training
Dr. Henry Pacheco, Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center

The participation of researchers, experts, and political and community leaders contributed to greater understanding and visibility of this important issue. Furthermore, the campus setting for the Summit illustrated how this issue is of great importance to the CSULB Latino student body, which represents 24% of total enrollment. Research in 2001 found that more than half of the new Latino cases of HIV infection are among youth 13 to 24 years old. This translates into AIDS being the fourth-leading killer of Latinos in the 24 to 44 age range.

"Through our research and prevention efforts in collaboration with several of our affiliates, we are beginning to understand the many ways in which HIV/AIDS is affecting the Latino community," said Murguía. "However, we need real investment by government, hospitals and clinics, public health organizations, and community-based organizations to get a clearer picture of the rates of infection within our community and to support community-led prevention campaigns."

About the NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training:
The NCLR/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training was inaugurated in June 2005 to create, support, and measure efforts that positively impact the health status and access issues facing underserved Latino communities. The Center combines research on Hispanic health with educational opportunities, hands-on community projects, professional training, and collaboration among corporations, public-sector leadership, grassroots organizations, and academic institutions. The purpose of the Center is to design and implement innovative culturally- and linguistically-appropriate solutions to critical Latino health issues. ( and

About the Latino Coalition Against AIDS:
The mission of the Latino Coalition Against AIDS (LCAA) is to shape and mobilize a unified community response to the AIDS epidemic in the Latino community. The Coalition develops public and private partnerships to address key public policy issues associated with Latinos and AIDS in Los Angeles County and provides leadership in the development of local, state, and federal legislative responses. (


Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Community News

Featured story:
Community Development Television (Gotham Gazette. November, 2005) Story on public access television -- The opportunity for community development on public access television may change if pending federal legislation is passed –- because there may no longer be any public access television as we know it.


Originally uploaded by luckd.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Friday, November 25, 2005

Featured story:
Northpinellas: Loggerhead turtle's flight delayed again Bosco keeps trying to head to his new home at the Puerto Rico Zoo, but he keeps getting bumped from his flights: too big, too heavy.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

My Sweet Minister
By Samaris Ayala

My minister sweet minister. He touched many lives,
yet he is humble.
When I call he speaks with much sympathy.
His name is Reverend Alfredo Cotto - Thorner

I remember the Thanksgiving dinners at the church for
the poor.
I remember you inviting my fiancé and I to dinner.
I remember you visiting me in the hospital.
I remember you never talking about hell in the
I remember giving me a 350 dollar scholarship from
the church.
I remember when I went away, you asked the
congregation to mail me cards.
I remember you praying for my family, even when my
poppy was mean.
I remember you starting a substance abuse half-way
I remember you giving me permission to have a
I remember you helping my mom, when she was confused.
I remember sending me postcards when you were on
I remember letting me teach Sunday school to the
I remember giving me Christmas gifts.
I remember how you allowed me to get close to your
wife, Mrs. C
I remember when you gave me discipline, when poppy
wasn't around.
I remember having summer camp for the children, and
allowing me to be a counselor.
I remember you teaching me Spanish folk songs.
I remember you welcoming my boyfriends to church.
I remember Sunday mornings, we were a family.
You made me happy.

New York City-based writer Samaris Ayala contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. This poem is dedicated to her minister. You may reach her at


Originally uploaded by Jaime Olmo.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Saturday, November 19, 2005


Originally uploaded by beckerpecker.
Beckerpecker wrote:
"I left Puerto Rico running away from certain people...just kidding! This is "La Rogativa". This sepia effect adds to what I want to accomplish."
On the Environment:
Caribbean National Forest Wilderness Bill Passes Senate, Heads to White House For Final Approval

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Thursday, November 03, 2005

hijos de san juan

hijos de san juan
Originally uploaded by Runs With Scissors.
Nov 3, 2005

Long Beach, CA
– A report released today by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training finds that Latinos are at a disproportionately high risk for depression and other conditions associated with mental illness, and are also much less likely to seek treatment or receive quality culturally- and linguistically-competent care. The report, Critical Disparities in Latino Mental Health: Transforming Research into Action, also provides education and treatment recommendations that would improve Latino mental health.
"Latinos are often reluctant to discuss mental health, but it affects our community disproportionately. When we talk about improving the health of Hispanics and of all Americans, we must address mental health. Only when we begin to see that mental health is as important as physical health will we be able to give these issues the attention they deserve," stated Janet Murguia, NCLR President and CEO.
While the report shows that nearly one in five Latinos living in the U.S. will suffer from major depression in their lifetimes, more than 90% do not contact a mental health specialist and more than 80% do not contact a general health care provider. Lack of knowledge of where to seek treatment and lack of health insurance are major factors associated with the small proportion of Latinos that seek treatment. Another key factor is the disproportionately low number of Latino mental health professionals - who account for less than 1% of all licensed psychologists - as well as insufficient numbers of mental health specialists who speak Spanish and understand Latino culture.
In addition to highlighting the current status of mental health in the Latino community and the factors that contribute to depression, the paper stresses the need to integrate mental health into discussions and treatment related to overall health status. "We are hopeful that this new research will encourage the community, providers, and policy-makers to take steps that will improve treatment of depression and other conditions that affect the well-being of Latinos."
The report provides specific recommendations for policy-makers and those within the health care field to improve mental health treatment, services, and outcomes for Latinos, including:
• Mental health should be integrated into overall health care treatment and services.
• Language gaps and cultural barriers must be addressed at all levels, through training and education for providers; increasing the number of Spanish-speaking and culturally-relevant staff at clinics, shelters, and other service areas; and expanding the availability of Spanish-language materials and translation services.
• Providers and others should collaborate with community-based organizations to expand effective strategies - such as the use of promotores (peer health educators) - and to improve access and treatment.

"Like physical illnesses, mental health conditions benefit from early diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The paper shows that strategies are within reach to increase awareness, access to services, and treatment and that we can take action - especially for our youth - to improve the overall well-being of Latinos and others affected by depression and related diseases," Murguia concluded.
For more information and to obtain an executive summary or full copy of Critical Disparities in Latino Mental Health: Transforming Research into Action, please visit
The Sallie Mae Fund National Bus Tour Stops in NYC Area to Address Need to Educate Latinos on College Financial Aid Options
Paying for College Tour Empowers the Growing Latino Community to Achieve Their Dreams Through Higher Education

WHAT: The Sallie Mae Fund Paying for College Tour will be in Metro NYC to help local Latinos close the financial aid information gap that has been restricting college attendance. The mobile tour bus will be parked in sixteen area locations, where Latino students and their families can access information on scholarships, grants, loans and federal aid in both Spanish and English, through the vehicle's computer resource center, as well as attend an interactive workshop on financial aid to be presented by college graduates. One scholarship will be given out at each workshop to a youth in attendance!

WHY: (additional local and national statistics available)

In the state of New York, only 16-percent of Latinos over the age of 25 hold college degrees. New York County's Latino population is over double the national average at 27.2-percent.
1 in 2 Bronx County residents are Latino (48.2-percent of the population).
Nassau County's Latino population has increased by 172-percent in the past 10 years -the largest increase of any demographic - according to the US Census.
New Jersey will see the number of Latino high school graduates increase 50-percent in the next 10 years, yet only 16-percent of Latinos over the age of 25 hold college degrees.
Forty-three-percent of Latino young adults and more than half (51-percent) of Latino parents reported, in a national study commissioned by TSMF, that they were not aware of a single source of college financial aid.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9 THRU Saturday, November 19

(6 local school stops scheduled for schools' students only - the 10 below are open to the public)


11/9 6:30 - 8:30pm: Uniondale High School 933 Goodrich St, Uniondale
11/10 6:30 - 8:30pm: Valley Stream Central High School 135 Fletcher Ave, Valley Stream
11/12 12:30 - 2:00pm: Sonderling High School 1st St & 6th Ave, Brentwood
11/14 6:00 - 8:30pm: Environmental Studies High School 444 W 56th St., New York
11/15 6:00 - 8:30pm: Bronx School for Law/Eagle Academy 224 E 163rd St, Bronx
11/16 6:00 - 8:30pm: Truman High School 750 Baychester Ave, Bronx
11/17: 6:00 - 8:30pm Passaic Community College Tech Ctr. 1 College Blvd, Paterson
11/18: 8:30 - 9:15am Univ. Academy Charter High School 275 West Side Ave, Jersey City
10:45am - 1:30pm James J. Ferris High School 35 Colgate St, Jersey City
11/19: 10:00am - 12:30pm Mary McLeoud Bethune Life Center 140 MLK Dr, Jersey City

WHO: -Local Latino students and families (at each workshop, one lucky student will be awarded a scholarship for attending)
-Daisy Alfaro and Orlando Espinosa, TSMF national spokespeople
-Local financial aid and admissions counselors and partners from schools and youth-serving organizations

The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae, achieves its mission-to increase access to a post secondary education for America's children-by supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education, prepare families for their investment, and bridge the gap when no one else can. For more information, visit ###

Source: Posting in the NAHJ Region 2 listserv


Originally uploaded by dulcelife.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Monday, October 31, 2005

Oct 31, 2005

Atlanta, GA – Responding to concerns over the lack of data on Georgia's fastest-growing community, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., today released Latinos in Georgia: A Closer Look, a demographic analysis of Georgia's Latino community, which grew almost 300% from 1990 to 2000. The report, produced by NCLR's Georgia Latino/Hispanic Health Agenda and Leadership Project with the support of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Inc., examines the economic, education, and health status of Latinos in the state.
"This report clearly shows that Latinos are a growing and important share of the workers and taxpayers of Georgia and that the entire state's economy depends on their well-being," stated Janet Murguia, NCLR President and CEO. Unfortunately they are also a vulnerable population, often lacking health insurance and more likely to be in the lowest paying and most dangerous jobs."

Key findings include:
Population Growth:

• Georgia had the third-fastest-growing Latino population of any other state in 2004, and now has the 11th-largest Hispanic population in the U.S.
• Three-fifths (61.9%) of Latinos in Georgia are 29 years old or younger.
• Five Georgia counties - Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Clayton - are home to more than 50% of the state's Latino population.


• One in 14 students enrolled in Georgia's public schools in 2005 (7.8%) is Hispanic.
• Three in five of these students (61%) were classified as Limited English Proficient as of 2001, and about half (49.6%) graduated from high school in 2004.

Economic Status:

• Almost four in five Latinos in Georgia are working or looking for work compared to two-thirds of all state residents, yet a higher share of Hispanics, compared to others, lives below the poverty line.
• Hispanic buying power in the state of Georgia grew faster than any other segment of the state's economy - up 710% to almost $11 billion in the past 14 years.
• In 2002, Hispanics applied for and received 9,333 of the small business loans granted to firms in Georgia.

Health Status:

• More than two in five (43%) nonelderly Hispanics in Georgia did not have health insurance, despite their participation in the labor force.
• Only 5% of all doctors and only 2% of all nurses in Georgia are Latino.
• Unintentional injuries, such as workforce and motor vehicle accidents, are the leading cause of death for Georgia's Hispanics, whereas they are only the third-leading cause of death for Hispanics nationwide.

"Because the health of each of us is inextricably linked to the health of all of us, it is important that our portrait of Georgia include the growing number of Latinos calling the state their home," said Dr. Gary D. Nelson, President of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Inc. "A commitment to better health and health care for all Georgians recognizes the disparities and embraces the diversity depicted in this report."
This analysis is the first piece of a larger report also funded by the support of the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Inc., on the health status of Hispanics in the state that will provide recommendations to policy-makers, health providers, and the leaders of social service organizations on how to overcome current gaps in state services.
"Hispanics need and want what many other Georgians may take for granted - a quality education and access to health care. Given that Latinos are an increasingly critical part of the region's economy, we urge state officials in Georgia to work with community leaders to ensure that all residents of the state are able to access and receive basic services," Murguia concluded.
The full report, Latinos in Georgia: A Closer Look, can be accessed on the Internet at


The Georgia Latino/Hispanic Health Agenda and Leadership Project is funded by a grant from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Inc. (Foundation). Created in 1999 as an independent private foundation, the foundation's mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to increase access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States - works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of more than 300 affiliated community-based organizations (CBOs), NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. For more information, please visit

All Content © 2005 NCLR. All Rights Reserved
By Clarisel Gonzalez, BLOGS Curator
-- It all started in Puerto Rico. That enchanted island inspired me to shoot photos and more photos. It also inspired me to want to share those images with the world.
That's what started the Puerto Rico Sun cultural news e-magazine back in 2002, which later (in 2004) became the Puerto Rico Sun cultural news/photoblog because it was easier and quicker for me to maintain.
I remember I first joined a photo sharing and storage site called "Flickr" in 2004 with the idea of posting my photos from there to the Puerto Rico Sun blog. But I discovered a whole new world full of photography and interactive communication on Flickr. I immediately started the Puerto Rico Sun photoblogging group and began joining other groups based on my many interests. I also started meeting people from all over the world online who shared a common love for photography and became part of a live and vibrant online community.
Last summer, I relocated to New York City, and I didn't realize that with this move, I would organize a photo exhibit and get to meet many of my online contacts for the first time. I recall Victor Iglesias ("Eros Leafar"), a photographer from Puerto Rico, posted a message saying that he wanted to organize an exposition so photographers can meet and showcase their photography in New York City. We were thinking something small. Just a one- or two-day thing max.
Victor asked for my help and I thought it was a good idea. I began contacting different groups seeking a donated space for our gallery -- and I posted a message in the "Corrientes" forum of a site called: And, Judith Escalona called, telling me she wanted to meet with me "to talk."
While I was thinking of a small gathering and an exhibit of traditional prints, I quickly learned that Judith had another idea: BLOGS. Judith wanted us to showcase our photos using the technology we use everyday to share our work. "It's live," she said, adding that she wanted the exhibit to be a three- to six-week gallery at MediaNoche showcasing photoblogs and how they are transforming the way photographs are shared, displayed and exhibited. MediaNoche is a gallery which offers residencies and exhibition space to artists working in new media in Spanish Harlem.
It made sense to me right at that first meeting. I immediately shared the good news with the photographers online and even they were not clear on how the exhibit would look like without prints. None of us really did!
But the exhibit began to form, largely online. When Richard A. Caraballo ("Minusbaby"), an artist based in East Harlem realized this exhibit was going to be held in his beloved Barrio, he immediately jumped on board to help make this happen. We decided to feature three separate photo groups.
The NYC Exposition, a multicultural/international group, was formed exclusively for the BLOGS exhibit and this group's aim is to showcase photography as art. The NYC Exposition consists of everything from macro to urban/street photography to landscapes and black and white images. Photographers represent different parts of the world, ranging from Puerto Rico and the United States to Latin America and Europe. In addition, I started up the NYC Exposition blog aimed at featuring the photographers who share everything from why they love photography to their photo style to the equipment they use.
Today, the NYC Exposition group has more than 165 members, featuring more than 1,070 images online.
Meanwhile, the two other photo groups featuring at the exhibit are: Puerto Rico Sun, a group dedicated to images of Puerto Rico and stateside boricua communities; and East Harlem, a group dedicated to images of the people and neighborhoods of El Barrio, two groups showcasing communities that the PRDream/MediaNoche project also serves.
The Puerto Rico Sun has more than 65 members and is showcasing 875 photos. The East Harlem group has 15 members, exhibiting nearly 160 photos.
Many of the photobloggers are observers. Many are storytellers. Many just want to capture a moment in time.
Some prefer to create images that are less photographic and more like other art forms such as a painting. Some want to share images reflecting the social conditions of their countries.
And, some say they just want to use their imaginations and create a reality through their art.
"I love photography, because I have the opportunity to create art and influence people's opinion and emotions," wrote "GinoPR" of Puerto Rico in the NYC Exposition blog.
"Enigma" of Taiwan wrote in his blurb: "I also think the idea of a photographic exposition that does not involve physical prints fascinates me (although I wonder sometimes how on earth you will get all of the colors and tones right, as you can't see the prints...but then realize that it really doesn't matter, the virtual prints will just be different, just as people who view photographs on two different monitors often see two different photographs)."
"Monster" of England wrote: "I love photography; I have always enjoyed composing pictures and the digital age has made it so much more accessible and flexible."
Today, I am happy to report that the exhibit has truly been an inspiration for many of us. "Hellophotokitty" of Canada recently wrote in the discussion area of the NYC Exposition group about her experience attending the exhibit: "NYC opened up my eyes again - inspired me and my photography - and you flickr buddies - I love and miss you all!!!"
The exhibit runs until Nov. 26 at the MediaNoche gallery. If you haven't stopped by yet, there is still plenty of time. Enjoy!

Friday, October 28, 2005

Yunta de Bueyes

Yunta de Bueyes
Originally uploaded by boricua491000.
Boricua491000 says:
"When I was growing up I used to see this scene a lot, today is like non existent."

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Oct 26, 2005

Washington, DC – It is a profoundly sad day for civil rights advocates as we mourn the passing of two civil rights pioneers. Both Rosa Parks and Congressman Edward Roybal embodied the notion that a single courageous person can change the course of history.

Congressman Roybal began his career working to improve the health status of Hispanics, a concern and passion he sustained throughout his career. He served with distinction in World War II. Mirroring the experience of luminaries such as Dr. Hector P. Garcia who founded the American GI Forum in Texas, Roybal was deeply frustrated by what he saw when returned home from the war. Despite the heroism displayed by Mexican American soldiers, the community was still being subjected to widespread discrimination and that, for all too many, the American Dream was still out of reach.

It was this concern and commitment to a better life for his community that fueled his political career. At just 30, he ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 1947. Although he lost that campaign, the traits synonymous with his life and career emerged - his tenacity, doggedness, legendary work ethic, and extraordinary ability to organize people and communities - and propelled him, just two years later, to become the first Mexican American in the 20th Century to serve on the Los Angeles City Council.

Thirteen years later, he made history again, becoming the first Mexican American member of Congress from California since 1879. As only one of a handful of Hispanic members of Congress at the time, Roybal became a champion not only for the Hispanic community but also for the elderly, the poor, and the disabled. It is nearly impossible to overstate Congressman Roybal's record of service on behalf of Hispanics and the impact he had during his congressional career.

In 1967, he authored the first bilingual education bill. In 1968, he passed legislation to create a Cabinet-level office for Hispanic concerns. Also that year, he sponsored legislation to establish National Hispanic Heritage Week, which later became National Hispanic Heritage Month. In 1973, he introduced legislation to provide bilingual assistance to those in the court system, a major step toward improving the administration of justice for Latino defendants. He was a leading proponent of the language assistance provisions of the Voting Rights Act enacted in 1975. He helped make sure Hispanics were counted in the Census, and in other official government statistics. He was a founder of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in 1976 and the founder of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) in 1981. And as CHC Chair in the early 1980s, he led the fight against the Simpson-Mazzoli immigration bill, a fight which ultimately shaped immigration reform for a generation.

During his 30 years in Congress, he rose to a level of power equaled by few of his colleagues. He was one of the thirteen "cardinals," Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs, who essentially controlled America's purse strings. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, he worked to enact age discrimination laws and strengthen fair housing statutes. He helped save programs such as Meals on Wheels and programs serving veterans when extensive budget cuts were being made in the 1980s.

Among his most extraordinary qualities was his willingness and ability to stand up for what he believed in, even if it meant standing alone. He was unimpressed by "popularity," unafraid of criticism, unyielding to threats, and unbowed by what appeared to be insurmountable obstacles. Had he not championed these causes, often at expense to his own career, the world would be a very different, and less hospitable, place for Hispanic Americans.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his wife Lucille, his daughter Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, and his beloved children and grandchildren. We will miss him dearly and we will never forget.

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Saturday, October 22, 2005





An exhibition of photoblogs -- NYC Exposition, Puerto Rico Sun, and
East Harlem
October 14 - November 26, 2005

ARTISTS' TALK: Saturday, October 22, 3PM

161 East 106th Street, First Floor
(between Lexington and Third Avenues)
New York City

For information: 212.828.0401 or


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