Showing posts from January, 2006

Old San Juan door

Old San Juan door Originally uploaded by DeLares .
Featured article: The Advocate - Venezuela's Chavez backs widow of slain Puerto Rican nationalist
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MUSIC: YERBABUENA is a group of young Boricua and Latino musicians, singers and dancers who come together to play the music that they love under the musical direction of singer-composer-musician Tato Torres, sharing an intense passion for the musical traditions of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The last thing that will come to your mind while at a YERBABUENA event is that you're watching a show. It feels more like a cross between a jam in the park, a spiritual ceremony and a family reunion. The music they play is, by nature, participatory. Whether bomba, plena or musica jibara, it's all interactive. And being witness to their vibrant sounds, just leaves the audience no choice but to join in the singing and dance to the beat of the drums. After a YERBABUENA session, you'll be uplifted, tired and happy. Visit the band's website for more info. and free music downloads: and ( Source: Yerbabue
PRSUN Contact Information: You can always contact Puerto Rico Sun by commenting here on a specific entry or e-mailing me directly at You can also e-mail me at this address in connection to PRSUN TV. FYI: I have terminated the Puerto Rico Sun Yahoo group and have created a new Google group instead. If you are interested in becoming a Puerto Rico Sun member, feel free to join the group. Here are the essentials: * Group name: Puerto Rico Sun * Group home page: * Group email address As you know, there is also a group of photobloggers who belong to the Puerto Rico Sun group at Flickr, showcasing images of the island and stateside boricua communities. Thank you. Clarisel


Tunnel Originally uploaded by igualmente .
Featured report: Study Finds Rich-Poor Income Gap Growing - Yahoo! News The greatest disparity between rich and poor was in New York, where the top 20 percent of wage earners had average incomes 8.1 times larger than the poorest 20 percent in the early 2000s.
Community Event La Casa De La Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. (The Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House, Inc.) Cordialmente le invita a la interesante lectura del drama “Los Peligros de Chencha” de Anita Vélez Mitchell Con la participación de: Actores y Actrices del grupo “Danza Fiesta” Hilda Rivera Pantoja - Coreógrafa Domingo, 29 de enero del 2006, a las 3:00 p.m. 1230 Quinta Avenida, salón #458 Invite a sus amigos Donación $10.00 R.S.V.P. (212) 722-2600
Featured article: Text of NYC Mayor Bloomberg's State of the City Address at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island: Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2006 State of the City Address (Gotham Gazette. January 26, 2006)
PRESS STATEMENT Friends of the International Leadership Charter School Announce Victory for Bronx Community On Tuesday January 10, 2006 the New York State Board of Regents voted unanimously to fill the last 4 charter school slots available for New York City. The establishment of the International Leadership Charter School, a high school proposed for the Bronx, is a victory for the Puerto Rican and Latino immigrant youth and the community which it will serve. This grassroots effort led by a Bronx puertorriquena Dr. Elaine Ruiz Lopez is part of a larger vision for the neighborhood in which the school will be located. With the conviction that, “It takes a village to educate a child…” Dr. Ruiz Lopez, graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University is the founder and Chief Executive Officer for ILCS. She embarked upon a long and rigorous journey to address a problem that is approaching epidemic proportions in the Borough. “If they are not being taught how can they graduate?” A drop-o


Soulfighter Originally uploaded by clarisel . Freestyle Maurice "Soulfighter" Taylor performs at the Voices For the Voiceless poetry activity in Amherst, MA, in December 2005. REMINDER: WHAT: "Voices for the Voiceless" poetry and interviews with poets (including Jose Montoya, Tato Laviera and Shaggy Flores) will be featured on PRSUN TV, Bronxnet's Channel 69, Bronx, NY WHEN: 12:30 p.m., Jan. 26

Gandules Anyone?

Gandules Anyone? Originally uploaded by yasmapaz .


us Originally uploaded by lapamela . lapamela says: "our last shadows in the puerto rico grass" Happy journey LaPamela and Luke. Thanks for your Puerto Rico images.

baptism and communion

baptism and communion Originally uploaded by sallypatches . As a child I believed in God. Baptism is me. Communion is me. I say that poppy married me when I was younger. -- Samaris Ayala NYC-based writer Samaris "sallypatches" Ayala contributes her poetry (and photo collages) to Puerto Rico Sun. She may be reached at
Brief: America�s First Tropical Wilderness Preserve Dedicated
Poetry XVIII Boricua College Winter Poetry Series 2006 Calendar of Events January 27 City Writing Angie Cruz Bruce Weber Lydia Cortes February 17 New Blood* Bonafide Rojas Carmen Bardeguez Angel Pont Navarro Marina Ortiz Magean Ortiz March 10 Voices** Alberto Marti­nez Marquez Jose Acosta Rita Indiana Hernandez April 28 Edgardo Rodri­guez Julia: Visionary Puerto Rican Literature** **reading in English and Spanish **reading in Spanish This event is generously funded by Boricua College and made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency source:
Strategic Plan for La Casa: La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorrique�a
Here is a message from officials at La Casa: Strategic Plan For La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, 2006-2009 Prepared by: Juan Ramón Rodríguez-Muñoz, Growth Facilitator With the participation and leadership of: Otilio Díaz, Executive Director Eli Alvarado, Chairperson Héctor Ortiz, Vice- President Alfonzo Correa, Member Aurea Mangual, Member Anita Vélez-Mitchell, Member To whom it may concern: On behalf of the Board and Staff of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña (La Casa) we wish to extend our deepest appreciation to the many people that gave their time and energy in the preparation of this Strategic Plan. It was an enormous undertaking by our Board, Staff and Consultant with tremendous input and ownership from all of us. We also wish to express our appreciation for the financial support for this effort provided by a grant from Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation. The strategic plan process was facilitated by Juan Ramón Rodríguez-

cemetery at el morro

cemetery at el morro Originally uploaded by luckd .
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'Massarican' Poet

'Massarican' Poet Originally uploaded by clarisel . UPCOMING SHOW ON PRSUN TV: VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS WHEN: 12:30 p.m., Jan. 26 WHERE: Bronxnet's Channel 69, Bronx, NY WHAT: Voices For the Voiceless poetry event Nuyorican poet Jaime "Shaggy" Flores is among the poets featured. According to bio information provided: "Shaggy Flores is a graduate and scholar from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelors Degree on the African Diaspora. He follows in the tradition of Arturo Schomburg and Louis Reyes Rivera. Shaggy is a new generation Nuyorican Poet, Writer, Scholar, Artist using the word to preserve communities. His poetry challenges the myths of stereotypes and racial superiority. Shaggy’s poetry has been read at many venues throughout the Northeast including: Columbia University, Colgate, Syracuse, Cornell, William & Mary, Old Dominion, UMASS, Northeast Latino student conference, Boston’s Revolution Bookstore, Agueybana bookstore, the Ed
Radio: New York Daily News - Entertainment - Radio: New Air America VP interprets his mission liberally Felipe Luciano becomes vice president of news for Air America (WLIB, 1190 AM).

El Yunque

El Yunque Originally uploaded by Mickey Carrasquillo .

cast ... away ...

cast ... away ... Originally uploaded by qUiMeRa . Playa Aviones, Puerto Rico

Cabo Rojo Salt Flats

Cabo Rojo Salt Flats Originally uploaded by DeLares . DeLares says: "This is the last remaining cultivated salt flats on the Island of Puerto Rico. The sea salts harvested here are used in local agricultural and chemical products. This is also an unique migratory bird sanctuary that services the western hemisphere. Birds are said to migrate to and fro following the warm weather from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina......imagine that! The most abundant migrants have been small calidrid sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) and Stilt Sandpipers (Calidris himantopus). The birds stop to feed on micro-organisms (Artemia) found in the saline saturated waters. These brine shrimps are rich in proteins and fats. Good stuff for long distance flying."
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Featured article -- a profile on Lolita Lebron Chicago Tribune | From rebel to peacemaker
Commentary Roberto Clemente: Baseball Icon and Political Football? By Cecil Harris Few athletes in any sport have had as much impact, on and off the field, as Roberto Clemente. Baseball immortalized the Pittsburgh Pirates legend by inducting him into the Hall of Fame in 1973, seven months after his tragic death at age 38 in a New Year's Eve plane crash while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Normally, baseball players must wait five years after their final game to be considered for induction into the Hall. But Clemente was deemed so special, and his off-season sacrifice so enormous, that baseball rightfully made an exception. By the way, the five-year rule has not been waived for anyone else and may never be waived again. Nonetheless, a feeling persists among many of Clemente's most ardent supporters that baseball has not done enough to honor the memory of the Carolina, P.R. native. A movement has been formed in the Latino community to urge Ma

man vs nature

man vs nature Originally uploaded by qUiMeRa . Playa Aviones, Piñones , Puerto Rico


Humacao Originally uploaded by yasmapaz .

Camels in El Barrio

Camels in El Barrio Originally uploaded by clarisel . Three Kings Parade East Harlem, NYC For more images, go to my site at flickr. Happy Three Kings.
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Los Kings

Los Kings Originally uploaded by clarisel .

Feliz Dia de Reyes

Feliz Dia de Reyes Originally uploaded by clarisel .
On TV "Yo, La Parranda Puertorriqueña” Today The documentary will be presented on Thursday, January 5, at 9:00 pm EST/6:00pm PST; Friday, January 6th, 6:00 pm EST/3:00pm PST; and, Saturday, January 7, 9:30pm EST/6:30 pm PST New York, NY--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--January 2, 2006 --The documentary presents the traditional Puerto Rican Parranda as it is celebrated in New York City. Entitled “Yo, La Parranda Puertorriqueña” includes the history of this European tradition and its current manifestation by Puerto Ricans in the Diaspora. The documentary begins in Yomo Toro’s house, as Pepe Castillo and Estampa Criolla, surprise him with a Parranda, traditional music of the season. Finally, both Pepe and Yomo join the festivities at El Maestro Cultural and Educational Center and joined in song and dance by Los Pleneros de 21, a traditional bomba and plena group recently nominated for an Emmy Award. Yerbabuena, a young group of musicians also join the festivities. The Hispanic Info


CABO ROJO Dusk Originally uploaded by DeLares .
Featured opinion article | 01/02/2006 | Let Puerto Ricans decide island's future
Community calendar Three Kings Parade in El Barrio El Museo del Barrio will hold its 29th Annual Three Kings’ Day Parade and Theater Program on Friday, Three Kings Day. El Museo’s parade, led by the Three Kings, winds through the streets of El Barrio and includes lively music, colorful costumes, as well as an educational theater program for students following the parade. The theater performance will include an informative demonstration of the cuatro and aguinaldos (carols), as well as the origin of the Three Kings’ Day celebration. The Three Kings Day Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. from the corner of 106th Street between Fifth Ave and Madison.

Piraguero - Old San Juan, PR

Piraguero - Old San Juan, PR Originally uploaded by jenjenjen .

Star-Telegram | 01/02/2006 | A phrase that should be heard more often

Featured commentary Star-Telegram | 01/02/2006 | A phrase that should be heard more often

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico sunset (negscan)

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico sunset (negscan) Originally uploaded by asawaa .
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Feliz Ano Nuevo

Feliz Ano Nuevo Originally uploaded by clarisel .

Good Wishes in the New Year

Good Wishes in the New Year Originally uploaded by clarisel .