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Patty Dukes

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'I Love My Money'

'I Love My Money' Originally uploaded by Nuevo Latino Life .
Featured artist Patty Dukes Puts Up Her Dukes for Art By Robert Waddell A strong Latina poet and self-described "hip-hop head," Patty Dukes remembers she put up her dukes to get where she is today. Patty Dukes, whose real name is Patricia Marte, recalled a fist smashed into her right arm, shocking her with bone rattling pain. Feeling stunned and frustrated, she left El Puente in Brooklyn, but she then bumped into Lemmon, the guy who had just hit her, outside on the street. She came up behind him and smashed him on the head with a fist. According to Dukes, he said, “‘Who do you think you are Patty? Put up your Dukes.’” And, the name stuck. Patricia Marte became Patty Dukes. That was 10 years ago. Dukes said she later learned that Lemmon, a poet who became her mentor, hit her as a way of getting her out of her shy shell and it worked. While in high school, Dukes recalls meeting poets like Lemmon, who would win a Tony Award for Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, the group Uni
Community Calendar BRONXNET & Hostos Center for Arts & Culture Invite you to a free sneak preview screening of a docu-concert Featuring the BOMPLENAZO FEELING BOMBA Y PLENA (Puerto Rican coastal folk music and dance rooted in African Culture) *Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m. at Hostos' Repertoire Theater 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx *COME EXPERIENCE THE VIBRANT SONG, DANCE AND DRUMS OF AN ART FORM THAT TELLS THE STORIES OF PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES THROUGH PERFORMANCE* Admission with free ticket *Info & tickets: 718-518-4455* source: Bronxnet
Community Calendar The National Institute for Latino Policy invites you to a roundtable The State of Puerto Rican Politics in New York City A Conversation based on José Ramón Sánchez' new book, Boricua Power: A Political History of Puerto Ricans in the United States Tuesday, May 15, 2007 6:15pm NYUWagner The Puck Building 2nd Floor Conference Room 295 Lafayette Street (and Houston Street), New York, NY 10012-9604 (B,D,F,V to Broadway-Lafayette, N,R,W to Prince Street, 6 to Bleecker Street) Roundtable Participants Alicia Cardona Author, Rambling on Random Thoughts and New York Puerto Rican Women Achievers Arlene Davila Professor, Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis (American Studies), New York University: author, Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos and the Neoliberal City; Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People; and Sponsored Identities: Cultural Politics in Puerto Rico David Diaz Distinguished Lecturer in Media & Politics, City College (CUNY); forme
Film Watch trailer of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony in "El Cantante."
Featured story P.R. statehood debate gathers force By Jeff Patch The District of Columbia may be a step closer to statehood as the House voted last week to give D.C. a voting member in the House, but another battle over statehood -- one that has lingered for more than a century -- is emerging. Capitol Hill is debating two proposals to determine the status of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island that has been part of the United States since 1898. Although obscure, the issue could certainly affect perceptions among Puerto Rican voters, who represent a significant segment of the Hispanic vote. For more, go to
Community Calendar MACHETERO Thursday, May 3rd Taller Boricua, and Sery Colon present BarrioCinema with the upcoming film screening… MACHETERO Post 9/11 definitions, ideas and notions of terrorism are challenged in this highly controversial and experimental film. Machetero is an allegorical narrative that follows French journalist Jean Dumont played by Isaach de Bankolé (The Keeper, Ghost Dog, Coffee and Cigarettes, Manderlay) to a New York prison where he interviews Pedro Taino a so called "Puerto Rican Terrorist" played by Not4Prophet (lead singer of the Puerto Punk band RICANSTRUCTION). Pedro is a self-described Machetero fighting to free Puerto Rico from the yoke of United States colonialism. He is obsessed with freedom, freedom for his country, his people and for himself. Jean questions Pedro about his decisions to use violence as a means to achieve that freedom. As Jean and Pedro speak, another story unfolds. A ghetto youth played by Kelvin Fernande
'She's Like the Wind' Puerto Rico Sun received a courtesy copy of Lumidee's new CD. She teamed up with Tony Sunshine to sing one of my favorite songs from back in the day: "She's Like the Wind" from the "Dirty Dancing" days. Lumidee, a Puerto Rican R&B rapper and singer, gives this old song her special touch, making it her own. Here is an article "Spanglish Magazine" recently did on Lumidee. Buena suerte.
Community Calendar Havana Film Festival @ Centro April 24, 5 pm Ida K. Lang Recital Hall -Hunter College- North 4th Floor, NYC Film: "Ladrones y Mentirosos" Producer Poli Marichal will be present for Q & A moderated by Prof. Joelle Gonzalez-Laguer, (Film Department, Hunter College ) For more information on the Havana Film Festival: source: Centro
Featured story Community still divided by island, mainland origins Judy Wang Staff Reporter With her red hair and freckles, Elise Brau ’08 surprises many Yalies when she tells them she is Puerto Rican. “I look like an American kid,” she said. Hailing from San Juan, Brau is one member of the small group of Puerto Rican Yalies who grew up on the island. Students and alumni who attended last week’s 35th anniversary celebrations for Despierta Boricua, the Puerto Rican undergraduate student organization, used the occasion to reflect on the significant growth in size and diversity in their community since the first Puerto Rican students arrived on campus in the middle of the 20th century, students said. While several current members and alumni of DB said differences within the Puerto Rican community are often embraced as ways to spark dialogue about culture, others said the differences can divide groups within the larger community. But many said the past 35 years have seen efforts t


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Featured story San Juan struggles to save historic wall Built from 1539 to 1641, structure is symbol of pride for Puerto Rico By Ray Quintanilla Chicago Tribune SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico · The network of thick sandstone walls surrounding the second oldest city in the Americas has withstood the bombardment of warships from England, Holland and, most recently, the United States during the Spanish American War. But the structure, called La Muralla in Spanish, is no match for its latest enemy: erosion, neglect and the push of development into the oldest section of San Juan. For more, go to,0,3949768.story?track=rss

Elizabeth Marrero

Marrero Originally uploaded by Nuevo Latino Life . is known as Macha


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Profile: Elizabeth Marrero This Drag King is Sinfully Delicious By Robert Waddell Actress and comedian Elizabeth Marrero was once described by the New York Times as delicious. They got it wrong: she is sinfully delicious. In her various performances as the Bronx premiere Drag King, Marrero tackles issues of religion, sexuality, personal growth and personal responsibility. And she is hilarious on her takes on people from the hood trying to make it. Marrero makes her one-person show fresh with hilarity and frivolity to spare every time she brings back and breathes life into characters like Petronelia, who enjoys getting tipping the bottle and who has a heart of gold. “I keep coming back to these characters because I want to see them grow,” Marrero said. “They're real in my heart and part of my soul, part of the fabric of who I am.” With great material, Marrero's characters include Petronelia, a woman who is experienced in the ways of the world and like a drink once and a w

Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico

Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico Originally uploaded by Fernando Cuevas . By Fernando Cuevas Flamenco Beach, Culebra, Puerto Rico This particular beach was rated as one of the top ten in the world by The Travel Channel...
Community Calendar Save the Date and Pass the Word…April 19 “The American Dream: Puerto Ricans And Mexicans In New York ” This documentary examines two migrant experiences, one from the Caribbean and one from Latin America, which comprise an important part of the Hispanic experience in New York . It addresses issues of cultural identity, racism, discrimination, economic misery, legal vs. undocumented workers, and the political disenfranchisement of Mexicans. While the video discusses shared interests between the two communities, it also reveals tensions between the Caribbean and Latin American immigrants. Directed by Sonia Fritz 2003, color, 30 minutes “En El Vientre Del Monstro / In The Belly Of The Beast” In September of 2005, the president of the Bolivarian Society of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez Frias, did what only one other head of state has previously done, visit the South Bronx . The documentary is a chronicle of President Hugo Chavez' visit to the South Bronx, his
Community Calendar Latino Studies All Star Lineup to Discuss and Celebrate the Release of None of the Above Puerto Ricans in the Global Era, a volume edited by NALIP Executive Board member, filmmaker/writer Frances Negrón-Muntaner This coming April 11, New York University's Latino Studies Program and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund-Latin@ Scholar Chapter will host some of the best minds writing about Latinos to discuss Frances Negrón-Muntaner's latest book, the edited volume None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era (Palgrave). The book is already getting rave reviews. Literary and globalization scholar Bruce Robbins (Columbia University) has called the volume “a totally compelling collection” by “arguably the most brilliant among an impressive cohort of Puerto Rican cultural critics.” For New York University's Arlene Dávila, an anthropologist and key figure in Latino Studies, the book offers “some of the most important and original Puerto Rican studies scholars


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Opinion Puerto Rico's Rossello: Federal voting rights an unfinished business H.R. 900, the extremely promising Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2007, is the subject of hearings in the House. Pedro Rossello | Special to the Sentinel Little by little, over the course of many generations, the American people have achieved a broad consensus on a topic that arguably should never have divided them. Arduously (and entirely too gradually), our body politic has reached the conclusion that second-class citizenship is simply wrong. For more, go to,0,6066089.story?coll=orl-opinion-headlines
Community Calendar Art Exhibit - Through April 15 Mi Puerto Rico! Master Painters of the Island 1780-1952 The first major exhibition in the continental United States devoted to Puerto Rico’s three greatest masters: José Campeche, Francisco Oller, and Miguel Pou. 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. On the web go to website. source: newsletter