Showing posts from 2006
Happy New Year. Puerto Rico Sun wishes you peace, love, good health, prosperity, happiness and ... in the new year. Felicidades.
PUERTO RICO'S CAPITAL Vital Old San Juan Leslie Jones Contributing Writer The aromas of tostones (fried plantains) and asopao (a traditional chicken-and-rice soup) drift out of local eateries. Visitors pause in front of colourful storefront displays, and a sea of pedestrians and cars moves past. Narrow cobblestone streets beckon in each direction I turn, while the sounds of salsa resonate from a nearby plaza, enticing me to move a little closer. My longtime friend Lori and I are on the first port of call of a week-long Caribbean cruise. It's a crystal-clear Sunday afternoon in the old town district of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The city of San Juan is made up of three distinct areas: Old San Juan, the beach and resort area and outlying communities. Old San Juan, founded in 1508, is the second-oldest city in the Americas. An infectious energy fills the air as the sounds of the park rotunda's steel drums intensify. Children play nearby as adults gather to visit. P
Three Kings rule in Puerto Rico MARY ELLEN BOTTER The Dallas Morning News JUANA DIAZ, Puerto Rico -- It's Bethlehem in the New World. The Three Kings seem to be everywhere in Puerto Rico. In art stores. Souvenir shops. On the wall of a bakery. Among gamers in San Juan's Pool Palace. Beside expensive watches in a jeweler's display. They even have their own museum in this small city five miles northeast of Ponce in southern Puerto Rico. That isn't to say Christmas itself is trumped by the island's love of the Wise Men reputed to have visited the baby Jesus in the manger. Puerto Ricans are wild about that holiday, celebrating it with joyous abandon, decorating homes, plazas and buildings as early as the beginning of November, and reveling in family gatherings and Christmas Eve church services. Festivities stretch through the second week of January. For more, go to
In Latino tradition, Three Kings is an important part of Christmas. Mark your calendar. EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY THREE KINGS DAY PARADE ¡FELIZ DIA DE REYES! Friday, January 5, 2007 Starting at 11:00 a.m. Press Invited at 10:30 a.m. to Parade Line-Up with Three Kings, 30 Madrinas and Padrinos 106th Street between Madison and Park Avenues NEW YORK, December 2006 – On Friday, January 5, 2007, El Museo del Barrio once again brings the spirit of the holidays to el barrio and to all of New York City with the 30th Anniversary of El Museo’s Annual Three Kings Day Parade and Community Celebration. The parade kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at 106th Street and Madison Avenue, continuing through East Harlem up Third Avenue to 116th Street, then heads west and culminates at La Marqueta Plaza, located along Park Avenue between 116th and 115th Streets. Following the parade, the Three Kings will offer a gift to each of the children marching in the event. As the most festive event of
Sun-Sentinel, Fri, 15 Dec 2006 0:23 AM PST Execution review ordered Florida's beleaguered death penalty may have been thrown into limbo Thursday, a day after what critics called the botched execution of a convicted killer from Puerto Rico who took 34 minutes and two doses of lethal drugs to die. To read more,,0,7986524.story?coll=sfla-news-florida
Merry Christmas to all the supporters of the Puerto Rico Sun project. Check out the beautiful array of photos in the Puerto Rico Sun group at flickr. Felicidades hoy y siempre. Clarisel P.S. Have any ideas for the "PRSUN TV" show (that airs in the Bronx)? Feel free to e-mail me at
Health Ethnic Divide for Diabetes: City's Puerto Ricans Far More Likely to Die of Illness, Study Says For more info., visit By Judith Graham, Chicago Tribune Dec. 7--Puerto Ricans in Chicago are three times more likely to die of diabetes than white residents and almost twice as likely as black residents, according to a study that is spurring calls for action among community leaders.
Our Little Tree By Samaris Ayala My sisters christmas tree No matter how small or tall the tree, she always gave us a tree with much love To have a small tree was not an embarrassment it was really decorated and loved with much sentiment My sisters christmas tree a story possessed each ornament Even when we were having a difficult struggle We never felt we were in trouble because we had an "arbol." c 2006 Samaris Ayala Samaris can be reached at
Comite Noviembre has several activities for Puerto Rican Heritage Month. Check out (current edition page 15) or for details.
Note: There have been problems posting featured photos from flickr directly to this blog. Feel free to check the Puerto Rico Sun photo group at flickr directly. You will enjoy a wonderful mix of photos by a diverse pool of photographers.
BomPlenazo on PRSUN TV Highlights of the BomPlenazo extravaganza at Hostos Community College will be featured in the next PRSUN TV to start airing at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Channel 69, Bronxnet. Show repeats at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays.
REMINDER: TONIGHT'S THE FUNDRAISER FOR THE Bx3M. Come Support YERBABUENA PERFORMING WINE WILL BE SERVED Crew and cast members of this exciting new movie by filmmaker Judith Escalona expected to attend. 6-8:30 p.m. Suggested Donation: $5 minimum PRdream/MediaNoche, 161 E. 106 St., El Barrio
PRSUN TV Nominated for a BETA Award PRSUN TV, a cultural arts show that airs on Bronxnet's Channel 69, has been nominated for a Beta award in one or more categories. The Beta awards recognizes the work of independent producers on public access television in the Bronx. Winners, selected by a panel of judges, will be announced at Bronxnet's Beta award ceremony in November. This is Bronxnet's version of the Emmy awards. Thanks. PRSUN TV
Bx3M 161 East 106th Street, First Floor, New York, NY 10029, 212.828.0401 A LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Hello, I'm Jaime Sanchez the executive producer of an exciting new film project entitled Bx3M. It's written and directed by Judith Escalona, a fresh talent with a bright future in filmmaking -- if she can acquire the funding to get her projects done. I ought to know. I'm a veteran film and stage actor who played a leading role in Sidney Lumet's The Pawnbroker, and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. I also worked directly with Judy as the lead in her short film The Krutch. That film is currently in the film festival circuit. Bx3M is her new feature-length film project, the story of three Latino youths growing up in a city going up in flames. Think of the Bronx circa 1978, now fast forward to the present. The Bronx looked like a war zone then, thankfully that's changed. What hasn't, and probably never will, is the struggle involved in growing up. Ma
NEW FILM ABOUT COMING OF AGE IN THE BRONX SCHEDULED TO BEGIN SHOOTING FUNDRAISING RECEPTION THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 6PM – 8:30PM AT PRDREAM New York City, October 9, 2006 – Bx3M begins shooting at the end of October. Written and directed by Judith Escalona, the film is the story of three Latino youths coming of age in a city going up in flames. Think the Bronx circa 1978 or Manhattan 2002. The comparison may not be immediately apparent but urban blight and human suffering are as common today as they were then. So are the youth growing up during those confusing, turbulent years who must make choices that will change the rest of their lives. The “3M” stands for Maria’s Birthday, Mona’s Move and Michael’s Revenge – the three interlacing stories that together make up Bx3M. Escalona is actually returning home to the “Boogie Down” to make this feature-length movie after spending most of her adult years in Manhattan and abroad. It is her way of coming to terms with what she left behind, ac
Community calendar ELLIOT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE ▪ October 6 - 29, various matinee and evening performances at 3:00 pm, 8:00 pm. Page 73 Productions (P73)and El Museo del Barrio proudly reprise the critically acclaimed play "Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue" written by Quiara Alegría Hudes and directed by Davis McCallum on the stage of Teatro Heckscher of El Museo. Page 73 Productions first presented the play’s premiere in early 2006 at the Culture Project, where it received critical praise and played to sold-out houses. Mateo Gomez is Elliot in "A Soldier's Fugue." "Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue" tells the story of three generations of Puerto Rican men in one family and their experiences in the US military. At 18, Lance Corporal Elliot Ortiz crossed over to Iraq . At 19, he received the Purple Heart. Now, back from active duty, Elliot is a hometown hero. As Elliot comes to terms with his own memories of war, the military experiences of his father and grandfathe

Yoga- Upward Dog@ Luquillo Beach PR; cropped/altered version

Yoga- Upward Dog@ Luquillo Beach PR; cropped/altered version Originally uploaded by omphale44 .
Featured story Puerto Rico mulls abortion for pregnant 10-year-old allegedly raped by stepfather International Herald Tribune - Sunday October 1, 2006 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Doctors and child rights groups are pushing Puerto Rican authorities to decide whether to perform an abortion on a pregnant 10-year-old allegedly raped by her stepfather. Read more:

Water house

Water house Originally uploaded by Priper . Casa flotantes en la Parguera P.R.
CENTRO POLICY STUDY FINDS THAT U.S. PUERTO RICAN POPULATION GREW NEARLY THREE TIMES AS FAST AS OVERALL POPULATION Center for Puerto Rican Studies Researcher Also Finds That Many Puerto Ricans Live in Counties With Very High Segregation A new public policy study by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (CENTRO) examines patterns of residential settlement and segregation of Puerto Ricans in the United States and finds fast growth in the Puerto Rican population in almost all 50 states. “ Florida has become the new epicenter for Puerto Ricans,” said Carlos Vargas-Ramos, the report’s author and a Centro researcher. “ New York State , on the other hand, is the only state in the union that has lost Puerto Rican population.” Some of the major policy findings of Puerto Rican settlement include: The Puerto Rican population in the United States grew at a rate of 69 percent between 1980 and 2000, from two million to 3.4 million. This growth was almos

Caballos en Vieques

Caballos en Vieques Originally uploaded by Mickey Carrasquillo .
Community event Centro Gallery at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College presents You Are A Star, A Group Show Manuel Acevedo,Luis Carle, Javier Cintron, David A. Cruz, Ricardo Hernandez, Yasmin Hernandez, Miguel Luciano, Wanda Ortiz, Rafael Rosario, Tufinyito Rafael Velez Curated by José Vidal Until October 13 Reception on September 21, 6-8 p.m. The Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday & Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Centro is located on the third floor of the East Building at Hunter College at the corner of 68th Street and Lexington Avenue


IMG_6269 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Bobby Gonzalez (author of the "Last Puerto Rican Indian), me and Luis Cordero (publisher/artist of at the Bronxnet studio


IMG_6268 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Me and Bobby Gonzalez, the author of "The Last Puerto Rican Indian" at the Bronxnet studio Bobby was a guest on a show I work on with a group of independent producers. Our show is called "Chatting with Family & Friends," and it airs on Bronxnet. Showdate of Bobby's interview TBA


Garita Originally uploaded by quinonesanibal .
The deadline has been EXTENDED for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th 2006!!! CALL FOR PUERTO RICAN ARTISTS 2006 POSTER DESIGN FOR PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE MONTH The annual theme is developed with the understanding that beyond celebrating our heritage, it must help to motivate, mobilize and empower our community around critical concerns. This year’s theme: Comité Noviembre…mes de la herencia puertorriqueña XX Aniversario - Celebrando con orgullo nuestra cultura… Hoy, Mañana y Siempre! seeks to acknowledge and pay tribute to achievements of the Puerto Rican community in this nation. The theme celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of Puerto Ricans in all aspects of life and society from science, medicine and technology to music, dance and theatre. The theme addresses the importance of our achievements as a community and the impact it has had and will continue to have on society. The theme seeks to challenge each and every one of us to learn about our pioneers in these fields, feel proud of w

Water's Attraction

Water's Attraction Originally uploaded by quinonesanibal .

Pigeon Face4

Pigeon Face4 Originally uploaded by quinonesanibal .
Carta de un amigo Ferreira Photo News Letter Saludos Amigos Nuevamente queremos invitarlos a disfrutar la nueva colección de fotos tomadas en los últimos meces, Los temas en esta ocasión son los siguientes: Estructuras, Animales (peleas de gallos), Mi gente, Paisajes, Siluetas, Urbano, Naturaleza, Modelos, Atardeceres y otros. Esperamos las disfruten y no dejen de firmar el libro de visitas “Guest Book”. Gracias por su visita y patrocinio. Gino Ferreira Ferreira Photo.COM (Nota: Tambien pueden visitar a GinoPR en su pagina de fotos en flickr. Gino es un miembro del grupo Puerto Rico Sun en flickr.)
"Migration-The Puerto Rican Experience" source: BRONXNET’s documentary “Migration-The Puerto Rican Experience” is the first show of the four-part series to take a closer look into the origins and success stories of the Puerto Rican community in the Bronx. From the first arrival of the Pioneros through present-day elected public office holders, Puerto Ricans have played a prominent role in the development of the Bronx community. Producer and EMMY® Award Winner Walter Garaicoa takes you back in time to discover never-before-seen images of the life of puertorriqueños during the 1940s through the 1970s. The documentary browses through breathtaking photographs and footage from the past century. Mike Amadeo-Owner of Casa Amadeo, Hon. Adolfo Carrión-Bronx Borough President, David Gonzalez-Writer for the New York Times, Lorraine Montenegro-Executive Director of United Bronx Parents, Inc., Hon. José Rivera-NYS Assemblyman, Rossana Rosado-Publisher & CEO of E
Community calendar source: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd 6-9PM OPENING RECEPTION: NOT ENOUGH SPACE Artwork by Oscar Lopez Rivera and Carlos Alberto Torres An Exhibition Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Their Imprisonment The National Boricua Human Rights Network presents Not Enough Space, an exhibition of artwork by two Puerto Rican political prisoners, Carlos Alberto Torres and Oscar Lopez Rivera, who have endured 25 years of incarceration for their actions on behalf of Puerto Rican independence. The exhibition, at The Taller Boricua from September 22nd through November 4th, includes paintings, vibrant pieces of ceramic work and a simulated jail cell installation. With Guests of Honor Dylcia Pagán, former political prisoner, and Jose Lopez, Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago and brother of Oscar Lopez Rivera. This exhibition is sponsored by the National Boricua Human Rights Network, and is hosted locally by The Taller Boricua at The J
Executive Director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña Remembered Don Otilio Díaz, executive director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña in New York City, died Monday, August 21. He was 75. Díaz had no children, but is survived here in New York by a sister and several nieces. A public memorial will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31 in Room 103 of the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, located at 1680 Lexington Avenue near 106 Street in El Barrio. Religious services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 1 at Saint Cecilia's Church, located on East 106th Street between Lexington and Park avenues. Diaz will then be buried in his hometown of Guayama, Puerto Rico. Background Otilio Díaz was born in Guayama, near the southern coast of Puerto Rico. He earned a B. A. from the University of Puerto Rico and an M.S. in Educational Administration from Fordham University. In 1981, Mr. Díaz joined La Casa de la H

Caribe Hilton, San Juan

Caribe Hilton, San Juan Originally uploaded by (^_~) [Markus Masataka] (~_^) .

Catedral de San Juan

Catedral de San Juan Originally uploaded by mihay .

Puerto Rico Grita

Puerto Rico Grita Originally uploaded by quinonesanibal .
Featured story Hartford Courant, Sat, 12 Aug 2006 0:16 AM PDT Agency To Close Hartford Office At Year's End,0,7136756.story The Hartford office of a federal agency that has helped Puerto Ricans in Connecticut register to vote, get birth certificates, find jobs, further their education and establish and maintain economic connections with the island will shut its doors Dec. 31.
Ojeda: FBI Cleared,0,4254269.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

Whater Sports

Whater Sports Originally uploaded by Levania .

Happy Anniversary to PRSUN Photo Group @ Flickr

Today is the second anniversary of the Puerto Rico Sun photo group at flickr. Here are some images recently posted in our pool by a mix of photographers. Enjoy.

Technicolor Chickies.

Technicolor Chickies. Originally uploaded by chromachord .

Fresh rain.

Fresh rain. Originally uploaded by chromachord .


Parguera Originally uploaded by Priper . Hanging out in Caracoles, just before sunset, Lajas

Just there

Just there Originally uploaded by Priper . Parguera, Puerto Rico

Instrumento de justicia

Instrumento de justicia Originally uploaded by quinonesanibal .
TV Visions of Puerto Rico Premiers Nationwide on PBS Monday, August 7, 2006 at 8 PM! (check for local airdates and times) New York, NY--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--VISIONS OF PUERTO RICO offers viewers a visit in paradise from the timeless plazas of Old San Juan around the island and back again, using the lighthouses at the four corners of the island as transition points. The first Caribbean destination in the popular VISIONS series features aerial and ground footage shot in high definition with the latest technology; informative narration about the island’s rich history, architecture and lush natural beauty; and a soundtrack of local favorites including the omnipresent chirp of the tiny coqui frog. Rita Moreno narrates. For an island barely 35 miles wide by 100 miles long there is more natural diversity than anyone would believe, and VISIONS OF PUERTO RICO makes the ultimate tour possible, showcasing all of Puerto Rico’s many facets – whether up close with the vibrant dancers
Community Calendar Keeper of History-Holder of Dreams You are invited to: Diógenes Ballester”s exhibition Keeper of History-Holder of Dreams at The National Museum of Catholic Art and History. An Opening Night Reception will be held at the Museum on 20 July 2006, 5:30-8:00 p.m. The National Museum of Catholic Art and History 443 East 115th Street New York, New York 10029 Phone: (212) 828-5209 Facsimile: (212) 828-5208 Contact: Paul Tabor, Director of Development E-mail: Peggy Hammerle-McGuire, Curator E-mail:


IMG_5518 Originally uploaded by clarisel . National Puerto Rican Day Parade NYC Upcoming show on PRSUN TV "Boricua Pride," featuring footage of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (in Manhattan) and the Bronx Puerto Rican Parade. An artist friend describes the footage featured on PRSUN TV as a "cultural manifestation" of boricua pride. The footage puts a special focus on the average people celebrating being Puerto Rican at the parades. It is a collection of snapshots. PRSUN TV -- Starting at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Channel 69, Bronxnet


IMG_5534 Originally uploaded by clarisel . National Puerto Rican Day Parade, NYC


IMG_5131 Originally uploaded by clarisel . The Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade

Viejo San Juan

Viejo San Juan Originally uploaded by ejrfoto .

Fajardo, old building

Fajardo, old building Originally uploaded by docman .
Featured story: Sun-Sentinel, Fri, 14 Jul 2006 8:23 AM PDT Survey finds Hispanics split on immigration,0,7521985.story?coll=sfla-news-florida Cubans and Puerto Ricans are more likely than other Hispanics to think that illegal immigration hurts the economy and are more skeptical that the recent rallies will help the immigrant cause, a national survey released Thursday shows.

El Yunque rainforest, P.R. : jungle jumble

El Yunque rainforest, P.R. : jungle jumble Originally uploaded by docman .
Reggaeton Featured story: Hector "El Father": Here We Go... Yo
Featured story, Wed, 12 Jul 2006 7:06 AM PDT Puerto Rican man charged with Phila. murder fights extradition PONCE, Puerto Rico - Juan Martinez Cruz is accused of killing a fellow Puerto Rican outside a Philadelphia bar in 2000, a crime for which Pennsylvania state authorities could seek a death sentence. He has sat in a prison in this U.S. Caribbean territory for four years while lawyers fight his extradition.

Save the Internet : Find out where your Senators stand

Save the Internet : Find out where your Senators stand NY "Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) Undeclared on Net Neutrality Call Sen. Schumer now at 202-224-6542 Say: 'I urge Senator Schumer to protect Net Neutrality, which prevents the largest phone and cable companies from turning the Internet into their private tollway. I urge the Senator to vote NO on Senator Stevens' telecommunications bill (S. 2686) unless real Net Neutrality language is added that prohibits network operators from discriminating against content and creating a tiered Internet.' "

Alone waiting

Alone waiting Originally uploaded by Reavel . El Combate, Cabo Rojo marzo 2006

Towards Home

Towards Home Originally uploaded by quinonesanibal .

July 2006

July 2006 Originally uploaded by happy_b_day_flickreenies! . Today's my birthday. Thanks to my flickr friends for their warm wishes. Clarisel
Featured story New York Daily News - World & National Report - P.R. isle haven for Cuban refugees

A conversation between Jelalladin Rumi and Pablo Neruda

A conversation between Jelalladin Rumi and Pablo Neruda Originally uploaded by DeLares . Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico


iguana Originally uploaded by docman .


Santitos Originally uploaded by DeLares . Saints in a (E Harlem) Barrio Botanica
What's Happening? Bobby Gonzalez is the featured poet/performer at Carlito's Cafe on Thursday, July 13. The evening's program begins at 6 p.m. He will also conduct a book signing of his new volume of poetry, The Last Puerto Rican Indian. Carlito's Cafe y Galeria Bar, Gallery, Performance Space 1701 Lexington Avenue between 106-107th Street # 6 train to 103rd St. 212.534.7168
Featured commentary News-Sentinel | 06/29/2006 | 'Long before I was a sportswriter, I was a Latina'
New e-mail You can now reach me at Plan to start publishing on soon. Thanks.
Featured column Telecom bill would leave U.S. lagging behind rest of world | Save Access
Activism Save the Internet Check out this blog entry by Sen. John Kerry.

Picture 200

Picture 200 Originally uploaded by GinoPR . GinoPR took this at: Faro de Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.


bronx3m9 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Gearing up for the "Bronx 3M" Veteran actor Jaime Sanchez (pictured here) is co-producer of the "Bronx 3M." Reading, "Bronx 3M," PRdream/MediaNoche, East Harlem Director: Judith Escalona I am serving as producer of this independent movie project to start filming this summer.

I don't know what flower this is.....

I don't know what flower this is..... Originally uploaded by david6of7 . david6of7 says: "I shot it in my Mothers garden in Puerto Rico on negative film using a Mamiya 330f TLR."
The News-Press: Lehigh Acres Lehigh Medical Center turns to Puerto Rico to recruit nurses
Opportunity ooking for Crew for Movie to Film in July Seeking the following crew members for an independent film to start shooting in July in NYC: director of photography and camera operator with knowledge of the Panasonic AG-DVX100A, production designer (who will serve as set designer and art director), makeup artist, hair stylist, sound recordist and boom person. Grips and production assistants too. Bilingual (English-Spanish) a plus. Experience necessary. Deferred payment. Please send resume to: PRdream/MediaNoche Attn: Clarisel Gonzalez 161 East 106th Street, First Floor New York, NY 10029 Bronx 3M is produced under the auspices of MediaNoche's Digital Filmmakers Program and is made possible with the support of the NY Foundation, NYSCA, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, NYC Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, NYS Senator Jose Serrano, and individual donors.
Reminder -- PRSUN TV is an independently produced monthly cultural arts show that airs on Bronxnet's Channel 69. Shows so far: -- Upcoming -- coverage of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade -- Reggaeton symposium "A Closer Look @ Reggaeton" at Hunter College -- one-on-one interviews with panelists, including author Raquel Z. Rivera and ethnomusicologist Wayne Marshall. PRSUN also speaks to Centro's Anthony De Jesus (current show) -- Feature on mystery writer (Bronx native) Steven Torres, author of the "Precinct Puerto Rico" series -- Poetry activity at El Museo del Barrio in honor of the late Rev. Pedro Pietri, the Nuyorican poet -- Latino Lens photo exhibit, showcasing work of boricua photographers Marisol Diaz and Enid Alvarez (both raised in the Bronx) -- 16th anniversary celebration of KR3TS dance school from Spanish Harlem -- "Voices for the Voiceless" poetry activity at Amherst College in Mas
Entertainment Movies gain popularity online (HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)--In the entertainment world, creativity and imagination have categorized themselves as determining factors when it comes to gaining public acceptance and grasping its attention, especially when it comes to films. Film directors and producers are becoming overwhelmed by the need to constantly search for interesting topics and ideas that they can transform into that long-awaited blockbuster. In spite of the magic of technology, where you can create your own cinema in-house, going to the movie theater to catch a flick continues to be a favorite pastime for the consumer who enjoys feature films. But did you know that short films are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative means of entertainment thanks to the Internet? Previously, the creation and production of short films was limited to screenings at college campuses and film festivals. Although short films have been promoted online for quite some
Looking for Artists Hope Community, Inc. is looking for artists to perform at its outdoor series, Poetas con Café, which is held monthly during the summer. The event is held in the Modesto Flores Community Garden in East Harlem and features two artists (who are provided a small stipend). There is also an open mike session; refreshments and snacks are also provided. Artists interested in being featured should submit their bios, website links, and photos to as soon as possible. Visit for more information: Paz. source:
Politics Inside Costa Rica - National News UN Passes PR, Falklands Resolutions

Smile, We're Number 1

Smile, We're Number 1 Originally uploaded by my new clever name .
Health New York Daily News - City Life - Happy to be alive Ronaldo Martinez tells about his choice to turn his personal story of cancer to promote anti-smoking ads on TV.

the visitor.

the visitor. Originally uploaded by Oxygen Destroyer . Oxygen Destroyer says: "He tells the ocean: 'Do not get me wet. I am just a visitor.' " San Juan, PR.


parade1 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Photo published in Tiempo New York. National Puerto Rican Day Parade, NYC
Featured story A Celebration of Island, Diaspora and Nation - NY Latino Journal
Featured story Experts To Discuss Puerto Rico's Future (in Hartford)


DYBX6 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Daddy Yankee performs in the BX Loews Paradise Theater Bronx, NY


tito2 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Reggaeton's Tito "El Bambino" during a CD signing at Rincon Musical record shop, El Barrio, NYC.

King of Kings

King of Kings Originally uploaded by clarisel . Reggaeton Don Omar's float National Puerto Rican Day Parade, NYC
PRSUN TV -- "A Closer Look @ Reggaeton" Check out PRSUN TV at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Channel 69, Bronxnet, the community TV station in the Bronx. The show usually repeats at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays on the same channel.
SUMMER NIGHTS AT EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO Del Son al Reggaeton Free Eight-Week Concert Series Features a Diverse Mix of Latin Music June 22 – August 10, 2006 Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm New York, NY – May 2006 –  El Museo del Barrio is excited to announce its annual  Summer Nights at El Museo del Barrio, the FREE outdoor concert series that will take place on eight consecutive Thursday evenings from June 22 through August 10.  Celebrating the diversity within contemporary Latin music, the 2006 Summer Nights at El Museo lineup features a range of sounds, from traditional Cuban son to the cutting-edge rap of  reggaeton.  The concerts will be held in El Museo’s courtyard at 1230 Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets overlooking Central Park’s Conservatory Gardens. In the event of rain, concerts will take place in El Museo del Barrio’s theater, Teatro Heckscher.  Appealing to audiences of all ages and interests, the concert series showcases exciting performances of national and int
From MoveOn: Last week, the House of Representatives dealt a blow to Internet freedom—voting to gut Net Neutrality and give companies like AT&T and Verizon more control over what you see and do online. But your representative, Jose Serrano, voted to protect Internet freedom and deserves our thanks.1 This issue is far from over. All eyes are now on the Senate, where we face a more friendly environment. Our Coalition is energized for this fight. But we've got to act fast—the telecom lobbyists are working on every vote. Can you call Rep. Serrano to say thanks for supporting Internet freedom, and then call Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton to demand support for Net Neutrality? Here are the numbers: Congressman Jose Serrano Phone: 202-225-4361 Senator Charles Schumer Phone: 202-224-6542 Senator Hillary Clinton Phone: 202-224-4451 Please click here to let us know you called and to share how it went:
PRSUN TV Invited to Speak on Public Access Today, I was a guest on two shows on the "Signature" channel of Bronxnet, Channel 67. I appeared in "OPEN," Bronxnet's new interactive program and was interviewed by Gary Axelbank. On this show, I got to talk about the work PRSUN TV is doing. I later appeared with Cynthia Carrion, director of the Youth Channel at MNN, on the "Dialogo con Glenis" Spanish show. Both shows dealt with the issue of the importance of saving public access.
Community Event during Bronx Week "Puerto Rican History & Culture in the Bronx" June 21 Bronxnet's Puerto Rican Documentary Sneak Preview & OPEN House Bronxnet, the borough's community TV station, will screen portions of "Puerto Rican History & Culture in the Bronx", the first in a documentary series. Also, arts & cultural groups can record 30 second spots for the new interactive call-in program OPEN (pre-registration required). LOCATION: Bronxnet Studios, Lehman College, Carman Hall, Room C4 TIME: 6 pm - 8:30 pm ADMISSION: Free INFO: 718-960-1181

Los Pleneros de la 21 1

Los Pleneros de la 21 1 Originally uploaded by clarisel . @ the 116th Street fest East Harlem, NYC
Arts and Entertainment Exhibit celebrates Latinos' struggle to preserve identity - The Boston Globe
Entertainment: Rosie Perez -- "Yo Soy Boricua Pa Que Tu Lo Sepas" | 06/11/2006 | She's Puerto Rican -- just so you know
Featured story Economic paralysis grips Puerto Rico: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Featured story CBS-TV New York, Fri, 09 Jun 2006 4:51 PM PDT Jaimie Sanchez: Spanish Harlem Success Story On 106th Street in Spanish Harlem, the store-front gallery called "Puerto Rico and the American Dream," and it's co-founder and executive director, Judith Escalona, gallery will screen a number of independent films Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as part of it's celebration of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. One of the stars of the films is Jaime Sanchez. Note: Jaime Sanchez is co-producer of the "Bronx 3M" film project. Judith Escalona is director and I am a producer. Check out this feature on Sanchez.

Puerto Rican Day Parade Is Coming

Puerto Rican Day Parade Is Coming Originally uploaded by Runs With Scissors .
House Passes Bill to Gut Local Control of Cable Franchises The House (recently) passed H.R. 5252, a bill to replace local control of cable franchises with a set of minimal requirements under a national franchise. Currently, each local franchising authority, typically a municipal government, is permitted to negotiate agreements with video service providers that are looking to introduce service into an area. The agreements include compensation to the locality for uses of its rights of way, funding for PEG (public, educational and governmental) programming, customer service dispute procedures and other terms. "Without stronger anti-discrimination and build-out requirements in the bill, my constituents in the Bronx stand to benefit very little from a national video franchise," said Serrano, who opposed the bill. "Until such protections are in place, I cannot consider supporting legislation that would usurp local authorities' ability to police their public rights of w
Update: Future of Public Access TV Threatened HR 5252-COPE passes by a margin of 321-101 "Nearly all Republicans and a majority of the Democrats voted for the Resolution and the interests of their corporate patrons, the telephone companies. The net neutrality amendment was defeated and was excluded from this bill. The final resolution with the attached amendments is not just bad - it's ridiculously bad. We can only hope the Senate will act with greater integrity, truthfulness and foresight," reported Check out the site to find our how YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL voted.


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The Reading Life Book Release “The Last Puerto Rican Indian: A Collection of Dangerous Poetry” Contact: Luis Cordero at -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scheduled for publication in June 2006, The Last Puerto Rican Indian: A Collection of Dangerous Poetry by Bobby González, is a book that challenges the reader to confront preconceived notions about the history and contemporary struggles of the Native Peoples of the Americas. The book is the first title issued by the recently formed publishing company, which is a subsidiary of Books can be ordered at Writing from the perspective of a modern Taino Indian, Mr. González takes on such varied themes as religious freedom (or lack thereof), cultural & physical genocide, violence against women, homophobia and the issue of racial/political identity. “Dangerous memories. Stolen hi
Community calendar Here is an invite I received today: Please join us on tonight (Tuesday, June 6, 2006), from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at PR Dream, 161 East 106th Street, for a Community Dialogue and presentation of the "Remembering Julia" Mosaic project. This project seeks to support the work initiated by Councilwomen Mark-Viverito and El Museo de Barrio towards the transformation of 106th as the Cultural Corridor renamed for Julia De Burgos. Light refreshments and munchies will be provided.
Activism source: Manhattan Neighborhood Network SAVE ACCESS TV ACTION ALERT THIS WEEK TELL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES TO VOTE "NO TO COPE!" ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 7TH CONGRESS WILL VOTE ON "THE COPE ACT"—IF PASSED "COPE" WILL END PUBLIC ACCESS TV AS WE KNOW IT! TAKE A MOMENT FROM YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE AND SEND YOUR MESSAGE TO CONGRESS. GO TO: TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY! Even if you’ve reached out to your representatives already, we need you to contact them one more time and tell them to vote "NO" to the "Communications Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act of 2006" (COPE Act/HR.5252). And encourage them instead to support legislation that guarantees local franchises and local control of Public Access TV. Please raise your voice and tell your Congressional Representatives: 1) The COPE Act will weaken or end Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) TV! PEG
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Boricua By Samaris Ayala Boricua Born on the island and came here Puerto Rican those living on the island Neyorican those born here of PUerto Rican Descent Me and my sisters had a rough time in LOs Sures. Sorry about stereotypes. c 2006 Samaris Ayala Samaris Ayala is a New York City-based writer. She contributes her poetry to Puerto Rico Sun. You may reach Samaris at