Showing posts from March, 2007


53 Originally uploaded by IORIcross . Check out the Puerto Rico Sun group at flickr for a collection of photos of Puerto Rico by IORIcross.
PBS REJECTS LATINO COMMUNITY’S DEMANDS FOR INCLUSION PBS President Kreger Defends Ken Burn’s Exclusion of Latinos from WWII Documentary In a March 13th letter to Latino community representatives, Paula Kerger, President and CEO of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), rejected the demand that PBS delay the release of Ken Burns’ 7-part WWII documentary, until it is re-edited to include the Latino experience. “This is unacceptable and an insult to the hundreds of thousands of Latino veterans who served in World War II,” responded Professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez of the University of Texas at Austin and one of the leaders of the Defend the Honor Campaign that met with Kerger last week to discuss the issue. The Ken Burns documentary, which is scheduled to air in late September, has been the target of mounting criticism in the Latino community because of its exclusion of the experience of Latinos. The 14-hour series was six years in the making. “How is it possible, t
Community Calendar Tuesday, March 27th @ 6:30 pm SHARP! ACENTOS FOURTH ANNIVERSARY SHOW Extended Open Mic Showcase and Featured Poet Sandra Maria Esteves Acentos will blow the doors off the place in grand style with a grand pionera poet: Sandra Maria Esteves, whose work is often cited among the most important voices of modern Puerto Rican literature. She is the author of Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo and Yerba Buena, and has received numerous awards and grants, including a NYFA fellowship. But a warning to our patrons: last year, the crowd exceeded 150, so if you're down to read with us, then GET THERE ON TIME for the 6:30 pm sign-up. The extended open mic session starts at 7 pm SHARP. No kidding, people. Poets from our series past, present, and future are expected to read, so come down and see what this show is all about. And as always, don't be afraid to bring that new stuff! The Bruckner Bar and Grill 1 Bruckner Boulevard (Corner of 3rd Ave), Bronx 6 Train to 138th Street

Moonlight Castle

Moonlight Castle Originally uploaded by quinonesanibal . San Felipe del Morro San Juan, Puerto Rico photo by quinonesanibal Check out more of his work in the Puerto Rico Sun group at flickr.

Poet Jose Angel Figueroa

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Latest Nuyorican Poetry Filled with Flair and Rhythm Review: 'Hypocrisy Held Hostage' by Jose Angel Figueroa By Robert Waddell Jose Angel Figueroa’s newest book of poetry, “Hypocrisy Held Hostage” is a collection of early and newer work by one of the original Nuyorican Poets. Figueroa, on the page and on the stage, has always had a flair for the dramatic, but his poetry here captures the rapturous rhythms of nature. Figueroa proves that he was listening to the sounds around him as well as to his own heart beat. For example, in the poem “I Saw Puerto Rico Once,” he writes “I came from the nest/all birds thought they could find/where the grass spreads/across the common/and the roots of trees/the earth of roads/and the water of rivers/longed my thoughts/to come home again.” As in many poems, Figueroa shows his respect and reverence for nature and that he is from a pastoral Puerto Rican land. Like much of original Nuyorican poetry, the images are full of desire, passion and som

Honoring Julia

Honoring Julia Originally uploaded by clarisel . Coming soon on PRSUN TV Recently E. 106 Street in East Harlem was co-named in honor of the late Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos. PRSUN TV was there for the community celebration.
Crime Weapons that fuel island's drug war often from Florida More than 200 Puerto Rico police officers and federal agents with assault rifles and sidearms swarm out of a station near San Juan in the middle of the night. For more,,0,4243914.story?track=rss
Velazquez tries to solve Puerto Rico status limbo By Julie Shapiro Congressmember Nydia Velazquez wants to put decisions about Puerto Rico’s future back in the hands of Puerto Ricans. A commonwealth — neither a state nor an independent country — Puerto Rico is often caught in the middle of a heated debate about its identity. At the end of last month, Velazquez introduced the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2007. The bill, with 25 co-sponsors, describes a process for Puerto Ricans to decide the status of their home. “Any proposal regarding the future of Puerto Rico must first come from Puerto Ricans,” said Velazquez, who was born on the island. “Self-determination needs to come from the people of the island — to do otherwise would be tampering with their free will.” A Democrat, Velazquez represents most of the Lower East Side, much of the East Village and parts of Brooklyn, including Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights and Gowanus. Her 12th Congressional District has a
In and Out in the Bronx By: CHRISTOPHER MURRAY José Orlando Serrano was born in Puerto Rico 41 years ago in a valley surrounded by mountains called Las Tetas des Cayey - the tits of Cayey- named for the little town that acted as a center of agricultural commerce for the region between San Juan and the south. The son of a mechanic and a devoutly religious mother who sewed in a factory, Serrano was young when his parents divorced. He became a Catholic priest and spent the last 20 years as part of the Church's efforts to help rural communities in the Dominican Republic. A significant commitment for someone who spent but a month as an altar boy, having been kicked out for making too many jokes with the other youths. In mid-2005, after much thought, Serrano insisted to his superiors in the Church that he be given a sabbatical to consider his vocation. He came to New York speaking only very limited English and lived in a rectory in the Bronx. This past October, he made the decis
Community Calendar Two Events Honoring Julia de Burgos in El Barrio Friday, March 16 Official Street Naming Ceremony in Honor of Julia de Burgos (Julia de Burgos Boulevard) 11 a.m. - South East corner of 106th Street and Lexington Avenue Born in 1914, de Burgos was one of the foremost poets to come out of Puerto Rico in the first half of the twentieth century. Modern critics have noted that her poetry anticipated the work of feminist writers and poets as well as that of other Hispanic authors. A resident of El Barrio, Julia de Burgos died here on July 6, 1953 at the age of 39, and she continues to represent the rich artistic and cultural contributions of Latinos in New York City. This ceremony also complements the newly installed mosaic portrait of the poet on the corner of 106th Street and Lexington Avenue by artist Manny Vega. The event is organized by NYC Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito and El Museo del Barrio, and co-sponsored by Hope Community and the East Harlem Preservat
Three Sisters By Samaris Ayala 3 sisters independence democracy commonwealth three sisters three kinds of Puerto Ricans Samaris contributes her writings to Puerto Rico Sun . She may be reached at c 2007 Samaris Ayala
Community calendar Celebrating its 40th Anniversary-- EL TEATRO RODANTE PUERTORRIQUEÑO/THE PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATRE PRESENTS LATINA POETS FESTIVAL Come and join some of the hottest, cutting edge Latina poets and performers in an exciting festival in the heart of Broadway with… Sandra María Esteves, Mariposa, La Bruja, Prisionera, Linda Nieves Powell, Patty Dukes, Carmen de Lucca, Dra. Myrna Nieves, Rhina Valentín, Carmen Valle and Lourdes Vazquez, with special performances by Soledad Romero and Jazmin Caratini MARCH 8TH to 18TH 2007 THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS at 8:00PM SUNDAYS at 3:00PM Directed and Produced by Miriam Colón Co-produced by Jack Ladrón Tickets: 212-354-1293 Tickets also available through www. telecharge .com Puerto Rican Traveling Theater is located at 304 West 47th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues New York, NY 10036