Showing posts from June, 2007
Activism UN Observer, Fri, 29 Jun 2007 VIEQUES AT THE UNITED STATES SOCIAL FORUM Puerto Rico is a Caribbean archipelago: the smallest of the Greater Antilles. Invaded by the United States in 1898 during the Spanish American War, Puerto Rico was put under US rule as war booty. Today, Puerto Rico is still a militarily occupied colony. For more, go to
don't want to be By Samaris Ayala don't want to be a piri thomas dont want to be a julia de burgos don't want to be a raul julia don't want to be a freddie prince don't want to be short eyes just want to be me we had a curse, and i believe it's being lifted Roberto Clemente may he rest in peace Samaris Ayala contributes her writings to Puerto Rico Sun. She may be reached at .

Old San Juan (48b)

Old San Juan (48b) Originally uploaded by Face-2-Face . Photo by Face-2-Face
Film Loisaida Cortos Seeks Entries Loisaida Cortos Latino Film Festival 2007 (LCLFF 2007) will take place on Sunday, September 16, 2007 at La Plaza Cultural, an outdoor community garden in New York’s historic Lower East Side, and organizers are seeking short-film and still-photography submissions for this festival. Films must be 30 minutes or less, made by, featuring and/or about Latino themes and/or Latino Filmmakers, and be in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or an indigenous language. For submission guidelines and an application, go to . Located at 9th Street and Avenue C (Loisaida Avenue) in the heart of “Alphabet City,” La Plaza Cultural has been the home of the festival since its 2002 inception. A reception and exhibit of inspired and fun-filled art and photography by Latino artists will also feature a live performance by a special musical guest, and of course—salsa dancing! There will also be an after-party at neighborhood bars and restaurants sponsoring
Community Calendar Upcoming event His passionate delivery made every word count." John Hoglund- Backstage GREG PURNHAGEN in BABALU-CY! The Art of Desi Arnaz featuring Georga Osborne Musical Director~ David Cook Bass~Yoshi Waki Drums~Chad Hochberg Johnny Durkin~ Percussion Ravi Best~ Trumpet Kurt Stockdale- Sax Ryan Kebberle~ Trombone Directed by Leonard Peters Wednesdays, July 11, 18 & 25, 7:00p.m. The Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd Street, NYC reservations 212.206.0440$25 cover/2 drink minimum $5 MAC/Cabaret Hotline discount


IMG_1278 Originally uploaded by clarisel . @ Rincon Criollo Photo -- on the set of Open, Bronxnet's morning interactive program, for a segment of the docu-concert premiere of Bomplenazo Host Rhina Valentin interviews Tato Torres of Yerbabuena as audience members listen.
Community Calendar Upcoming Event Friday, June 29 ENCUENTRO/ENCOUNTER A musical and spoken word performance Featuring poet Bobby González and musician Joe Falcón @ the new Cemi Underground store in East Harlem For more information, go to

cristo sagrado

cristo sagrado Originally uploaded by kua .
A note from Luis Pagan An Invite to the Yonkers Puerto Rican/Hispanic Parade & Artisan's Fair @ The Yonkers Riverfront Library Location: The Yonkers Riverfront Library 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers, NY When: Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. Phone: 718-684-3919 Hola Familia, This Saturday I'll be one of the vendors participating in the 1st Annual Puerto Rican Artisans Fair in Yonkers. If you have spare time, come check us out, eat food, listen to music (YERBABUENA & other bands are scheduled to perform) & buy some art. I'll be there all day. I hope to see you there.


Curious Originally uploaded by Melissa Meade . photo by Melissa Meade
Featured story Angus Reid, Mon, 18 Jun 2007 U.S Would Keep Puerto Rico's Status Quo (Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Many people in the United States believe Puerto Rico should continue to have the same ties it currently has with their country, according to a poll by Opinion Dynamics released by Fox News. For more, go to

The fallen of the war# 3

The fallen of the war# 3 Originally uploaded by ramon82 . The fallen of the war# 3 Boots of a fallen soldier from Puerto Rico. Photo by ramon82


IMG_1121 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Boxer Miguel Cotto speaks to TV reporter during the Puerto Rican Parade.
Commentary Cotto Wins But Why Fight on Eve of the Puerto Rican Parade? By Ismael Nunez Last weekend New York City was dedicated to Puerto Rican pride. June 8 to 10 was filled with many activities geared to the PR community. There was the annual 116th Street festival in El Barrio and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, which is one of the country's largest cultural parades. And on the eve of the parade, Miguel Cotto defended his welterweight crown in Madison Square Garden. Last Saturday night, Cotto entered the ring with 29-0 record with 24 by knockout, and in title matches he was 9-0 with 8 KO’s. That night he added one more win/KO by knocking his opponent Zab Judah from Brooklyn in 11 rounds. From the beginning of the fight, Cotto scored many punches to the body. By the 10th round, the hits started to show on Judah. By the 11th round, Cotto came in, landing punch after punch. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. had no choice but to stop the fight to save Judah from further punishment.
Featured story Sun-Sentinel, Thu, 14 June Citizens want political status defined More than 650,000 Puerto Ricans live in Florida, more than in any other state except New York. As the state and its communities continue to experience the growth of the Puerto Rican community, it is important to recognize that this growth is partly due to the island's undefined political status. Just last year, in the aftermath of Puerto Rico's government shut-down, many Puerto Ricans left the ... For more, go to,0,601743.story?track=rss

Spotlight: Marcia Parilla

Marcia Parilla Originally uploaded by prsuncom

Danza Organica

Danza Organica Originally uploaded by prsuncom
Dance New Company ‘Dances Organically’ onto the Urban Stage By Robert Waddell In the last year dancer Marcia Parilla has performed in garden and in open air fountains finding a connection between natural movement and nature. She allowed a friend to videotape her and she came up with the idea for her own dance company, “Danza Organica.” Today, Parilla, who was born and raised in Puerto Rico, brings modern to the most basic, the pastoral setting. In nature, she said, is where movement was perfected, Native Americans and Africans all danced outside. “While dancing outside,” said Parrilla, “I found it to be a very centering experience and all of my senses were activated and I found a lot of beautiful true movement.” With a recent performance in June and another one in August in New York City, Parilla’s ten-member dance company brings Martha Graham-type of interpretations to an organic natural setting. “The work that we do is from the inside out,” she said. “We let go of preconceive
Featured story New York Daily News Flight? What flight? Back in 1958 when the first Puerto Rican Day Parade set off up Fifth Ave., Boricuas were without question the dominant Latino group in New York City. And they would remain so for decades to come. For more, go to


IMG_1078 Originally uploaded by clarisel .
Community Calendar Bronx Week kicks off June 16 and runs until June 24. Among the activities is: Arts & Culture Day on June 21 BronxNet TV's Music & Film Screening Gala Live Latin music, festivities, and the screening of a powerful documentary on the history and culture of Puerto Ricans in the Bronx. LOCATION: Centro Cultural Rincon Criollo, 157th Street & Brook Avenue TIME: 12pm - 7pm ADMISSION: FREE INFO: 718-960-1181, For more events, go to .
Que Viva Puerto Rico Here's an e-zine article written (with photos) by Eliud Martinez (also known as DeLares) about the "Puerto Rican Day Parade, Remixed" exhibit reception in Manhattan: For photos depicting the parade, go to: "Puerto Rican Day Parade, Remixed" FLICKR group:
Film ¡Pálante, Siempre Pálante! The Young Lords Friday, June 8, 6:30 pm The Bronx Museum of the Arts 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street Free with Museum Admission By Iris Morales (1996). Followed by a panel discussion with the director. The story of the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican civil-rights organization formed in the early 1970s, which occupies a unique place in New York's history. RSVP AT (718) 681-6000,Ext. 102 or

a veces nadie viene a verme

a veces nadie viene a verme Originally uploaded by javier.izquierdo .

Postcard from San Juan

Postcard from San Juan Originally uploaded by .
Featured story 23 from Puerto Rico graduate as city police By Nicole Fuller (Baltimore) Sun reporter Originally published June 2, 2007 They left behind their homes near the beach. Their young children. The ease of speaking in the language of their homeland. Twenty-three men and women left behind their lives in Puerto Rico for the chance to work as police officers in a city many had never heard of - Baltimore. Yesterday, a class of graduates of the city's police academy - the first with a large group of Puerto Ricans since the department led a recruitment effort on the island last year - received their diplomas in a ceremony that not only acknowledged their service, but celebrated their diversity. For more,,0,1637634.story?track=rss