Showing posts from January, 2008
Commentary MLB Should Retire Clemente's #21 for Good By Ismael Nunez It is time for Major League Baseball to retire #21 in honor of one of baseball’s greats Roberto Clemente. It’s up to you Commissioner. You are at bat. The New York City Council’s Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries, and International Relations recently held a hearing on the resolution calling for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Sleigh to retire # 21 in honor of Clemente, a Hall of Famer and a humanitarian. Many grassroots activists and baseball fans have lobbied MLB to retire Clemente’s uniform number from all baseball teams. That’s an honor given only to one player: Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson. That January day advocates made their presentations before the City Council, saying why they support retiring the number. Two of them were judges from Connecticut: Carmen Lopez and Dale W. Radcliffe. “We honor a young Latino from Carolina, Puerto Rico, who came north to play baseball for the Pittsb

Roca en Isabela

Roca en Isabela Originally uploaded by EdVeguilla .


latino_art_now Originally uploaded by prsuncom For more info. on this conference, go to


IMG_8650 Originally uploaded by scragtop88 .

Coliseo de Puerto Rico

Coliseo de Puerto Rico Originally uploaded by luis munoz .
Featured story Bronx Boricua Princesas Wanted Bronx Puerto Rican Parade seeking candidates to march down on the Grand Concourse and celebrate their cultural pride in the spring. Organizers of the annual Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade - celebrating its 20th anniversary this year - are now looking to crown princesses and princes (ages 5 to 65+) to lead the parade. For more info, go to


Old-Man-Reading Originally uploaded by Moliniano .
Featured story 'Avenida Puerto Rico' leading into a very proud Perth Amboy PERTH AMBOY (NJ) -- A sign, proclaiming the honorary name "Avenida Puerto Rico" for Hall Avenue, was unveiled Thursday to the applause of residents and supporters who see the move as a tribute to the accomplishments Puerto Ricans have made in the community. source: Home News Tribune


IMG_6032 Originally uploaded by clarisel . America's Next Top Model Jaslene Gonzalez signs an autograph for Daisy at Urban Latino Magazine's In the Mix networking reception at Sofritos restaurant in Manhattan. Jaslene, a boricua, is the covergirl for the magazine's current edition.

RIP: Prof. Serrano

RIP: Prof. Serrano Originally uploaded by prsuncom Obit Boricua College Remembers Beloved Professor Alfredo Serrano By Robert Waddell Alfred Serrano, professor at Boricua College, often boasted that he had worked at almost any kind of job. He knew the American history behind the creation of blue jeans and he was a war veteran with a gentle soul. The Boricua College learning annex on East 147th Street in the South Bronx is a little too quiet without the academic facilitator who often offered students and colleagues a dish full of candy. Serrano died suddenly of a massive coronary on January 4. “He was a caring person and a humanitarian,” said Professor Julio Sanchez. “He believed in rejoicing and for people to come together making a better world through education.” Serrano had been a member of the Boricua College faculty since 1996. He had 27 years experience in the fields of elementary through post-secondary education. From 1965 to 1967, Captain Serrano, a Puerto Ric

Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián II

Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián II Originally uploaded by Jorge Rodriguez .

Thanks for 'Un Caribe en NY'

IMG_5935 Originally uploaded by clarisel . From left, artist Diogenes Ballester, me and filmmaker Judith Escalona at the Jan. 17 closing reception of the "Un Caribe en NY" photo exhibit Thanks to everyone who in one way or another supported the "Un Caribe en NY" photo exhibit at Cemi Underground, NYC. A special thanks to my fellow participating photographers Chris Lopez and Eliud Martinez. Another special thanks to Cemi Underground for the space. The exhibit ran from Jan. 4-18 at Cemi Underground. You can still check out our online "Un Caribe en NY" photo gallery. Just click on the "Photo Exhibit: Un Caribe en Nueva York" link posted right here in this blog. Saludos, Clarisel Gonzalez, curator

Montañas de Jayuya

Montañas de Jayuya Originally uploaded by Jorge Rodriguez .

Juanita Lanzo

Originally uploaded by prsuncom Boricua Named as the New Director of the Longwood Art Gallery in the Bronx The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is proud to announce that Juanita Lanzo has been named director/curator of its Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos after serving as acting director of the gallery since June 2007. Ms. Lanzo, Longwood’s fifth director since the gallery’s inception in 1981, has a strong studio and art history background with extensive and diverse experience in cultural, academic and community-based environments. Ms. Lanzo is a Puerto Rican born visual artist, curator and arts administrator who came to the Bronx in 1999 and began working as a Visitor Services Manager at the Bronx Museum of the Arts where she administered the museum's admissions, bookstore, and rentals program. After six years at the Bronx Museum, she came to the Longwood Art Gallery as Program Coordinator for the gallery’s exhibitions, public programs and the Digital Matrix Commissions Prog

Photographers and Friends

Photographers and Friends Originally uploaded by mamarazzi1 . Photo by Mamarazzi Check out her photo set on the opening reception of the "Un Caribe en NY" Photo Exhibit at

Puerto Rico Convention Center

Puerto Rico Convention Center Originally uploaded by chente922 .
Arts CSV Cultural Center Announces Luis R. Cancel to head San Francisco Arts Commission The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, announced yesterday his appointment of Luis R. Cancel as the head of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs for that city. "A large part of what makes San Francisco such a coveted place to live and visit is its position as a world class arts and culture destination," said Mayor Newsom. "Luis Cancel has done amazing work in New York, both inside and outside of government, to promote the value of the arts in everyday life, and he's going to do amazing work here in San Francisco." "I'm thrilled we were able to entice Luis to come to San Francisco. He's a serious artist, an experienced public servant, a committed advocate and an innovative arts administrator," said PJ Johnston, President of the Arts Commission. "In every way, Luis is the consummate arts professional and a dynamic leader." In 2005 Cancel was appo

Alumni Memoir

Alumni Memoir Originally uploaded by Priper .
In the Mailbox Show Your Support for Public Access in the Bronx On January 17, the City of New York will hold a public hearing to discuss upcoming cable franchise renewal in the Bronx. BronxNet is the public access TV station and media center, serving the borough's residents, students and public service organizations. Support BronxNet and community development through media. When: 3-7 p.m. January 17, Hostos Community College -- Repertory Theater, The East Academic Complex Building, 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx For more info, call (718) 960-1181.

Subpoenas' Rally

Rally Originally uploaded by prsuncom photo by Ismael Nunez Rally against Grand Jury of Puerto Rican Independence Activists Here's a link to a recent Daily News column by Juan Gonzalez on the issue:
FOOD NETWORK TO FILM PRIME TIME SHOW AT FB LOUNGE! AUDIENCE NEEDED! TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, Sign-in at 12:30pm FB LOUNGE, NYC 172 East 106th St. (bet 3rd and Lex) Come be a part of a live television audience, as the FB Lounge (in NYC's El Barrio) hosts Food Network for a program featuring restaurateur Jorge Ayala of La Fonda Boricua. Food Network is filming Jorge and for a new TV series Please join Latin food fans, and chicken and rice lovers for this one-of-a-kind event. RSVP:

Sunset in Old San Juan

Sunset in Old San Juan Originally uploaded by vergentino .

Punta Tuna

Punta Tuna Originally uploaded by Jorge Rodriguez .

The Caribbean

The Caribbean Originally uploaded by Lora Owens .


IMG_5629 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Luis Cordero, owner and co-founder of Cemi Underground, and moi at the January 4 opening reception of the Un Caribe en NY photo exhibit, a group show. Exhibit runs thru January 18. For more info. visit or P.S. You are invited to a closing reception from 6 to 8 p.m. January 17 at Cemi Underground.


IMG_5646 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Feliz Dia de Reyes. Happy Three Kings Day. Photo depicts a Three Kings display at Cemi Underground in NYC's El Barrio. For more info., go to

Un Caribe en NY Photo Exhibit

Un Caribe en NY Photo Exhibit Originally uploaded by clarisel . Post Updated on Jan.5: Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening reception last night. We appreciate your support. For those who couldn't make it, the exhibit runs until January 18. Just in: Cemi Underground will be having a closing party for our exhibit on January 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Eliud Martinez, one of the photographers featuring, is planning to provide us with music for the night. Boricuas represent. Clarisel

PR Surftour 07

PR Surftour 07 Originally uploaded by ejrfoto .