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Politics Featured story Presidential primary brings attention, frustration to Puerto Rico Tomorrow's presidential primary is bringing Puerto Ricans just the attention the struggling island has been clamoring for: visits by the candidates and a former president, and media attention that people hope will help their fellow US citizens on the mainland to understand their plight. But Puerto Ricans have too much experience of being taken for granted to believe it will make a difference. US politicians promise to help Puerto Rico every four years, then seem to forget about the island once the elections are over, residents here complain. To read more, go to: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/05/31/presidential_primary_brings_attention_frustration_to_puerto_rico/

Boricua Pride

From the archives of PRSUN TV Footage of the 2006 National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC This year's national parade is Sunday, June 8, on Fifth Avenue.
Community Calendar Sunday, June 15, 7:30-10 p.m. "In the Heights" Dinner Hispaniola Restaurant, 839 W. 181st St. at Cabrini Blvd., Manhattan Watch the Tony Awards live and count how many trophies the musical wins. "In the Heights" has been nominated for 13 Tony awards. Call NoMAA at 212-568-4396 to order tickets. This is part of the Uptown Arts Stroll activities. For more info., visit www.manhattantimesnews.com or www.artstroll.com . source: The Manhattan Times Editor's Note: See related "In the Heights" entry posted May 14 in this blog.
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Community Calendar Cemi Underground Turns One Cemi Underground in NYC's El Barrio celebrates its first anniversary as a small bookstore and cultural spot in East Harlem. In the last year, Cemi Undergound has had a parade of who's who in the Puerto Rican arts, cultural, literary and activist community. The fiesta kicks off at 5:30 p.m. June 5. Among its lineup of events this year was "Un Caribe en NY," a photo exhibit featuring the work of photographers Eliud Martinez, Chris Lopez and yours truly. Congratulations to Cemi Underground. For more information on the festivities, go to www.cemiunderground.com . Admission is free.

Fact Sheet on PR Voters

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Politics Pew Hispanic Center Releases a Fact Sheet on the Puerto Rican Electorate The Pew Hispanic Center today released a fact sheet on the demographics of eligible voters in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The fact sheet contains information on elections in Puerto Rico and data on the size and social and economic characteristics of the Puerto Rican eligible voter population. This fact sheet is based on the Center's tabulations of the Census Bureau's 2006 Puerto Rico Community Survey. All Hispanics in the 2008 Election fact sheets are available on the Center's website at www.pewhispanic.org . The Pew Hispanic Center, an initiative of the Pew Research Center, is a non-partisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. To go to the fact sheet, http://pewhispanic.org/files/factsheets/vote2008/PuertoRico.pdf source: release from the Pew Hispanic Center

that magical time

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that magical time Originally uploaded by davelightseer .
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IMG_8096 Originally uploaded by clarisel . @ Plaza Cultural Puerto Rico Sun recently visited NYC's Loisaida. This shot was taken at Plaza Cultural, a community garden. For more photos of my day at Loisaida, visit my site at www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel . By the way, La Plaza Cultural Armando Perez is among 10 "places that matter" that will be honored by Place Matters in June for enhancing community life. La Plaza and the other places will be honored as part of Place Matters' 10th anniversary celebration. City Lore and the Municipal Art Society founded the Place Matters project in 1998, and Place Matters' mission is to foster the conservation of New York City's historically and culturally significant places. According to Place Matters: "CHARAS and other community members and activists cleared and reclaimed La Plaza from a rubble-strewn lot in 1976. This is a storied place, known for its large and lovely garden (26,000 s.f.), and as a performa
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Boricua Juan Gonzalez to be Inducted into Hispanic Journalists' Hall of Fame New York Daily News columnist and former Young Lord Juan Gonzalez will be inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Hall of Fame during this summer’s UNITY ‘08 convention in Chicago. UNITY is the nation’s largest gathering of journalists of color. Throughout the years, Puerto Ricans have played an important role in the story of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and Gonzalez is one of those instrumental people. Gonzalez, co-host of Democracy Now!, is a former NAHJ president, co-founder of UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. and an advocate against media consolidation, which NAHJ believes hurts minority media ownership and the quality of journalism. "There were definitely some Puerto Ricans involved in the founding of NAHJ, Juan Gonzalez being the most active, involved and prominent at the time," Ivan Roman, NAHJ executive director, told Puerto
PSA The Center for Puerto Rican Studies invites the Hunter College community and the community at large to a series of open presentations by candidates for the Research Associate Position *** Raquel Z. Rivera, Ph.D. “ New York Bomba: Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and a Bridge Called Haiti ” Wednesday, May 28, 2008 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Hunter College- Solarium East Bldg 1413 **** Dr. Carlo A. Cubero “Puerto Rican Studies and Ethnographic Film in a Global World” Monday, June 2, 2008 11:00 pm – 12:00 pm Hunter College- Solarium East Bldg 1413 **** Mr. Hugo Viera "Singing Masculinities: Popular Music and Manhood in Puerto Rico, 1914-1915" Thursday, June 5, 2008 11:00 pm – 12:00 pm Hunter College- Solarium East Bldg 1413
Politics Featured story Who Is Puerto Rico? A Pre-Primary Tour Politics are a fundamental part of life for America's unofficial 51st state. But as one island-based reporter says, Puerto Ricans are growing weary of a situation in which they can vote in the presidential primary but have no official role in the actual election. For more on this report, go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90840218
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In the Mailbox Dear Friend, Enclosed is the invitation to my exhibition " Free Registry: Encounter, Mythology and Reality," which will open on June 5th through September 7th at the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico). I am also including the following addresses: http://www.diogenes-ballester.com/ http://freeregistry.blogspot.com/ A flat monitor embedded on the installation "Spirit of Slaves" 2007-2008 will display the "Free Registry Blog web page" with your comments and pictures, and an interactive web page showing the transcriptions and translations of fragments of the Registry of Slaves of The Village of Ponce of 1852 will be display next to it. Please take a few minutes to reflect on this topic and write some comments for this blog. Thank You, Diógenes Ballester Editor's Note: See related May 19 entry posted right here in the PRSUN blog.
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La Batalla de Cotto (From left, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito pose for a shot.) Boricua champ Miguel Cotto hopes to add another win to his record of 32-0 with 26 KOs when he faces el mejicano champ Antonio Margarito on the boxing ring. Margarito has a record of 36-5 with 26 KOs. Cotto is the WBA champion in the welterweight division and Margarito is the WBO/IBF champion in the same weight, said promoter Bob Arum at a recent press conference in Manhattan. The boxing match will be on July 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, live on pay-per-view. “What you see here are two of the best welterweights in boxing today,” Arum said. No welterweight championship fight has created so much excitement since the welterweight title fight between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns in September 1981. – Ismael Nunez Photo by Ismael Nunez
Featured Point of View Puerto Rico's Moment in the Sun The U.S. is overdue in re-engaging with Puerto Rico, which landed in our lap as a stepchild of imperialism in 1898, and which we have never seen clearly. For more of this opinion article by Michael Janeway, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/22/opinion/22janeway.html

Congrats to Mike Amadeo

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I recently spent some time at Casa Amadeo, the legendary Latin music shop of Mike Amadeo on Prospect Avenue in the Bronx. Amadeo, who has composed songs interpreted by some of Latin music's greats such as the late salsa singer Hector Lavoe, is this year's godfather or padrino for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan, which is one of the largest cultural parades in the country. And, he surely deserves this honor. He is a walking library of the Latin music scene of New York City. Felicidades. For more photos of my day at Casa Amadeo, go to www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel . For more information on the history behind Casa Amadeo, go to www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/hispanic/2001/amadeo.htm Or visit, Casa Amadeo's site at www.casaamadeo.com . -- Clarisel Gonzalez
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Theater Festival to Celebrate Latinas

Latino Flavored Productions, Inc. is hosting the first ever all Latina Theater Festival at the Bank Street Theater from June 4th – 29th. The Ultimate Latina Theater Festival features 7 empowering plays written, performed and directed by the very best up and coming and seasoned artists in the New York City theater scene. "This festival is about women's empowerment and it is an opportunity to tell our stories the way we need them told," says president and creator of the festival, Linda Nieves-Powell. For the entire month of June, audiences will have a choice of experiencing six humorous and thought provoking plays like the off-Broadway hit I AM LATINA!/YO SOY LATINA!, Dancing in the Mirror, Pink: The Chronicles of BC Jenny, Jose Can Speak, The Life of Me and Rum & Coke by Carmen Pelaez; all about Latina life, all humorous and all empowering. As well the Fantastic Experimental Latina Theater will be performing their version of the classic Moliere play “The Imaginary
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In the Mailbox The (one time) leading AIDS medical practitioner, Dr. Ramon Gabriel Torres, was the subject of a New York Magazine profile several weeks ago. The report, Another AIDS Casualty -- a poignant account of Dr. Torres’ significant contributions in the fight against AIDS and his tragic fall -- can be found on the New York Magazine website. Since publication, his representatives are happy to report his living situation has improved. The representatives of Dr. Torres, are seeking letters of support. If you wish to submit such a letter, please do so as soon as possible. It should note: 1. How you know Dr. Ramon Gabriel Torres. 2. How long you have known him. 3. Your affiliations with him, then and now. 4. How he contributed to the field of HIV/AIDS treatment and care. 5. Other positive things you know about him. Letters should be addressed, "To Whom it May Concern," and sent directly to Dr. Torres’ lawyer: Darius Wadia, Esq. Woolworth Building 233 Broadway, Suite 22

Viva Puerto Rico?

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Viva Puerto Rico? Originally uploaded by chromachord .

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Michelle Cruz

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(Michelle Cruz, left, promotes her East Harlem Café, serving coffee at an outdoor poetry event in El Barrio last summer.) Michelle Cruz Creates Business and Cultural Space at East Harlem Café Michelle Cruz’s East Harlem Café, with special Spanish Harlem coffee blends, holds back the tide of change and brings a taste of Latino coffee back home to the barrio. East Harlem Café has found a home at 104th street and Lexington Avenue, a storefront Cruz is renting in NYC's El Barrio. The new café opens Friday, June 6, with an opening event planned for 2 p.m. that day. "The idea originated because I love cafes, listening to Jazz, reading a book and hanging out," said Cruz, who grew up in El Barrio and wants to run a café that feels like home. She knows about brewing and serving a good cup of coffee. She has spent her lifetime studying the cozy quality of a café where patrons can drink coffee from fresh roasted beans, hear Miles Davis, read and enjoy an element of culture in

The Nuyorican Theatre Blues

Commentary Lack of theatre venues in El Barrio limit Nuyorican playwrights By Eugene Rodriguez A few months ago, I finally became a published and produced Puerto Rican playwright. This came after many years of rejections and of completely and deliberately being ignored! And that, my friend, gives me the Blues! I was lucky enough to find an Internet company interested in publishing my work. After jumping through many hoops, I now have a book to sell. Called “A Mambo Duet,” it contains two of my musical plays that were produced to critical acclaim in Off Broadway theatres, “Mambo Louie & The Dancing Machine,” (The first Mambo musical produced in an Off-Broadway Theatre) and “The Mambo Café,” (a delightful bar play). And, I am willing to bet that you have not even heard of either play. And, that gives me the Blues! As a respected Nuyorican playwright, I have been called to judge playwriting contests. Here’s how they go: Usually, they use five or six judges. Each of us gets 10-
In the Mailbox I came across your very interesting blog while I was searching the internet for how to move to Puerto Rico. I know this question is not directly related to your blog, but do you know anyone who would know how to ship household goods and car to move to Puerto Rico from New York? I'm trying to find an alternative to moving companies (too expensive), but I am not connected to the Puerto Rican community. (I'm relatively new in the area and I live in southern Westchester Co., NY) Any leads would be useful. Many thanks! Karen
Politics Featured story: Puerto Ricans Help Pick Nominee They Can't Vote for in November From San Juan's streets to muddy backroads that skirt Puerto Rico's coastal farmland, backers of U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are wooing voters with dueling salsa and reggaeton tunes, thousands of flags and placards, and convoys of loudspeaker trucks and honking cars. The tight Democratic race has made voters in this U.S. commonwealth more passionate -- and relevant -- than they have been in decades. The contest casts a spotlight on the question that's festered at the center of Puerto Rican politics for years -- U.S. statehood, independence or status quo? -- even as it cuts across the debate by uniting normally warring partisans. For more go to, http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg/20080520/pl_bloomberg/ao0mp6ntt_h8_1

La Perla

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La Perla Originally uploaded by Rigglord . La Perla in 1980 (Photo by Ricky Flores)

Free Registry

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MediaNoche presents Diógenes Ballester's Free Registry: Encounter, Mythology and Reality, an online preamble to his exhibition of the same title at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Visitors to this new media gallery in NYC's El Barrio will be able to see a projection of the Slave Registry of the Village of Ponce in Puerto Rico, a 19th Century text cataloguing African men, women and children as property to be sold on the auction block. The registry lists some of the ancestors of Puerto Ricans (white and black) by name and provides an eery entrance into a world that legitimized the sale of human beings. The exhibition in El Barrio runs until June 19. The artist talk is planned for Wednesday, June 18, 6 p.m. Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 3 – 7 p.m., and by appointment. As a counterpoint to the Slave Registry, the artist has created the Free Registry, allowing visitors to share in the historical process. According to Ballester, "We exp
In the Mailbox Saludos Clarisel, encontré su blog a traves de puertoblogs.com y me pareció tremendo. Soy un boricua residente de NJ. Yo también disfruto de la escritura y la pongo en practica para un blog que he llamado Corillo Gainesviliano, que entre otras cosas, trata el tema de la diáspora boricua. Comparto con usted el link y le deseo mucho éxito con Puerto Rico Sun Communications. http://www.corillogainesviliano.com/blog Wilfredo Editor's Note: This link will be available to Puerto Rico Sun readers under our "resource list" section.

The Bronx Says: 'Que Viva Puerto Rico'

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Despite today's rain, the Bronx celebrated its Puerto Rican Day Parade along the Grand Concourse. For more photos of parade, which this year marked its 20th anniversary, visit my photo page at www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel . !Que Viva!

Batutera en la Noche Puertorriqueña

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Batutera en la Noche Puertorriqueña Originally uploaded by roxy_olgui_09 .
Community Calendar Afrolatin@ Forum presents Black Latino Lineages and Linkages: Historical Ties that Bind Saturday, May 17, 1 to 4 p.m. Schomburg Center, 135th Street & Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem Public conversation on the historical and cultural connections between New York's African American and Caribbean communities with particular attention to the AfroLatino/a experience. This event is co-hosted by Schomburg Center & El Museo del Barrio.
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Community Calendar La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. y El Teatro del Mundo, Inc. Presentan Bautizo del libro "ANTOLOGIA" de Abdón Villamizar (Teatro, Monólogos y Cuentos) y Lectura dramatizada de su obra "Recuerdos del Ayer"

The East Harlem Arts Weekend is Here!

REMINDER * * * Symposium on Saturday at 1 p.m. Arts Festival on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The East Harlem Arts Symposium Saturday May 17th 1 to 4 p.m. Reece School, 25 E. 104th St. bet. Mad. and 5th Opening Plenary Session celebrating the historic role of the arts in defining the East Harlem we know today. Followed by break-out sessions for small arts organizations and individual/freelancing artists. Refreshments will be served. The 5th Annual East Harlem Arts Festival Sunday May 18th noon to 5 p.m. E. 106th St. / Julia de Burgos Blvd bet. 3rd and Park The East Harlem Arts Festival will feature art, food and live music. Zon Del Barrio will be performing on East 106th Street / Julia de Burgos Blvd. between Third and Park Avenues. Free to the public. Editor's Note: I will be there, representing Puerto Rico Sun Communications. See you there.

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In the Mailbox Senate Stands up to Big Media Just moments ago, by a near-unanimous vote, the Senate stood up to Big Media. They voted to throw out the FCC decision to let the largest media companies swallow up even more local media. This is simply an astounding victory, and it would not have happened without the massive grassroots effort by you and thousands of others who called their senators, sent more than a quarter million letters, posted thousands of pictures and stories on StopBigMedia.com, and testified at public hearings held by the FCC. It was your dedication that made today's Senate win possible. Today was a huge step forward, but there is still much to do. The fight against the FCC now moves to the House, where our elected representatives need to hear from us. President Bush has promised that he will try to veto this bill. But tonight the Senate and the American people have spoken with one voice. This historic vote sends a clear message that the only people who su
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Community Calendar Los Pleneros de la 21's 23RD ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF LAS FIESTAS DE CRUZ 8 p.m., Thursday May 15th – Saturday May 17th Julia de Burgos Cultural Center 1680 Lexington Avenue, El Barrio, NY Suggested Donation: $5 3 evenings of riveting music for your soul! ¡Mayo Florido ha llegado! We are proud to invite to you our 23rd Annual Celebration of Las Fiestas de Cruz. Join us for the celebration of this 200+ year old Puerto Rican tradition. With live music, food and beverages, you will be transported to an age-old celebration that is now embraced by Puerto Ricans and New Yorkers of all ages. These three consecutive evenings of celebrations bring to you two hours of chanted rosaries accompanied by LP21’s swinging musical style! The final evening climaxes with an electrifying LP21 performance. For more information, (212) 427-5221 / rioloizapr@yahoo.com Los Pleneros de la 21 1680 Lexington Avenue, Room 209 El Barrio, NY 10029 T: 212-427-5221 / F: 212-427-5339 riol

I wish...

Pensamientos I wish the Puerto Rican Day Parade was a cultural festival rather than a commercial one -- Samaris Ayala

NCPRR to Meet in Philadelphia

In the Mailbox Saludos Familia! You are cordially invited to attend the next meeting of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights (NCPRR) to be celebrated in Philadelphia. This meeting (at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community Bilingual Charter School, 4322 North 5th St. in Philadelphia) will center on the continuing process of reorganizing the group and is being hosted by the Philadelphia Committee of the NCPRR. Our meetings are open to the general public. Following the meeting, there will be a "Meet & Greet Reception" for those interested in the NCPRR. An agenda will be sent to all those who confirm their attendance. Also, anyone who did not receive the minutes from the March 29th meeting in New York can request a copy. If you are planning to attend and coming from out of town, there are some limited accomodations available. For that information, please contact Joe Garcia of the Philadelphia Committee at joegarcia1@verizon.net

Congrats to 'In the Heights' for Tony Nods

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"In the Heights," a new musical playing on Broadway inspired by NYC's largely Latino Washington Heights neighborhood, has been nominated for 13 Tony awards, more than any other show. Boricua Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical's writer and lead actor, was nominated for best performance by a leading actor in a musical. He is up against Daniel Evans, "Sunday in the Park with George," Stew, "Passing Strange," Paulo Szot, "South Pacific," and Tom Wopat, "A Catered Affair." "In the Heights" was nominated in a variety of categories, signaling good chances this musical will win and even sweep in the Tony awards. Here's the list of Tony nominations for "In the Heights": Best Musical Best Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda Best Featured Actress Olga Merediz Best Featured Actor Robin de Jesús Best Score Lin-Manuel Miranda Best Book Quiara Alegría Hudes Best Director Thomas Kail Best Choreography Andy Blankenbuehl

La Casa Azul Promotes Latino Culture

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Featured Entrepreneur: Aurora Anaya-Cerda From left, Former Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Dylcia Pagan and La Casa Azul's Aurora Anaya-Cerda pose for a photo at a recent La Casa Azul bookstore event. (Photo by Ismael Nunez) Cultural activist Aurora Anaya-Cerda is working to preserve the Latino voices of El Barrio through her labor of love: La Casa Azul, a new independent bookstore and café that will open in NYC’s El Barrio later this year. The shop, however, is up and running online at www.lacasaazulbookstore.com . The bookstore, Anaya-Cerda said, serves as an opportunity to share the Latino experience in writing, art, and history. When the store space in El Barrio finally opens, it will offer a collection of books, music, and history from the United States, Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. “We want to provide a place of knowledge to the community through contemporary bilingual literature, featuring works by Latino writers,” Anaya-Cerda said of her La Casa Azul

Bx PR Parade

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Bx PR Parade Originally uploaded by clarisel . The Grand Concourse will mimic the tropical beauty of San Juan Sunday, as Bronxites of all nationalities celebrate the 20th Annual Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. at 176th St., and marches down the Grand Concourse to 167th St. This year's grand marshal is Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion. For more, go to http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/bronx/2008/05/13/2008-05-13_puerto_rican_day_parade_struts_to_20.html ( Photo by Clarisel Gonzalez of the Bronx Puerto Rican Parade '06)
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Pizza and Salsa in El Barrio -- The salsa group “Ray Delgado y Su Grupo” performs at the May 3 grand opening of Tito’s Pizza Restaurant located at 2049 Second Avenue corner of East 104th Street in NYC’s El Barrio. There was free food, dancing, and live entertainment. (Photo by Ismael Nunez)

VIVA LOISAIDA USA!

Community Calendar The Annual Loisaida Festival... An Urban Mix of Salsa, Plena and Hip Hop Loisaida Inc. will host the Twenty-first Annual Loisaida Festival, along the Avenue C Commercial Corridor in NYC's East Village, from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25. Last year, more than 4,000 people attended the event. This year’s festival is jam packed with Latino artists and musicians with strong Loisaida bonds. The entertainment line-up includes Salsa Icon, Johnny Pacheco, and his band; Barrio-based Los Pleneros de la 21; the “Charanga” masters, Orquesta Broadway; the “Merengue” band Oro Sólido; and Hip Hop and Reggaeton performers. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will open the festivities, featuring Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán, a Loisaida native. This year’s festival will include special events for children, youth, and senior citizens. To honor neighborhood seniors, Loisaida, Inc. has partnered with the Institute for the Puerto Rican and Hispanic Elderly, Inc. to host “Serenata”, an

'In the Heights' at Times Square

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Performing tomorrow Live for Good Morning America! The smash hit Broadway musical IN THE HEIGHTS takes Times Square by storm Tuesday, May 13, in a premiere national television appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. Karen Olivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Robin De Jesus, Seth Stewart, Luis Salgado and Rickey Tripp will perform "It Won't Be Long" live in the middle of Times Square in the 8 a.m. hour. Mandy Gonzalez and Christopher Jackson will perform "When You're Home" at 9 a.m. exclusively for ABC News Now and the Good Morning America website. ABC's Good Morning America airs on WABC channel 7 in the tri-state area. source: "In the Heights" at MySpace

East Harlem Arts Festival

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Community Calendar Manhattan Community Board 11, State Senator Jose M. Serrano and Art for Change proudly present the 5th Annual East Harlem Arts Festival with Live Music by: Tato Torres & YERBABUENA, Aurora and Zon del Barrio, and more... YERBABUENA plays at 2 p.m. at East 106th Street and Park Avenue. Festival is from noon to 5 p.m. Editor's Note: I, representing Puerto Rico Sun Communications, will have a table at this arts festival. I will display some of my Puerto Rico-related images at the festival. So, drop by my table OK.

Wishing you...

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In the Mailbox A happy Mother's day to all the Moms, Moms to be, Mr. Moms and everyone who's stepped up to the plate in a child's life. Abrazos! Olga Ayala HANDICRAFTS (HECHO A MANO) Functional Art In Polymer http://www.olgaayala.zoomshare.com http://www.myspace.com/prpetite

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

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Crowning the Virgin 1 Originally uploaded by clarisel . !FELIZ DIA DE LAS MADRES! QUE DIOS TE BENDIGA. WITH LOVE, PUERTO RICO SUN
In the Mailbox Boricuation.com and The Boricuation Cultural Foundation is proud to announce that we have created a home for our internet radio show "Boricuation Sunday Afternoon". Our internet radio show will be based on The Lower East Side in New York City and will be aired on our very own 24/7 internet radio station which will be named Boricuation Internet Cultural Radio Network or "BRadio" for short. We are going to air our first internet radio broadcast on Sunday May 18th from 3-6 p.m. and will be hosted by Boricuation Cultural Foundation Founder Jose Medina. The show will have the same format of Classic Salsa - Cultural Vibe - Special Guests Interviews - Cultural Education and everything Boricuation. The web site and link is undergoing the testing phase and will be up and running in the next few days. The internet radio network will run 24/7 providing a steady stream of classic salsa - Boricua roots music - Special cultural presentations and reports. Ad spa

Q&A with Latino Sports’ Julio Pabon

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Roberto Clemente is prominent figure inside Latino Sports If you are in the South Bronx and are a Latino sports lover, a place that you must visit is Latino Sports, a small business located at 424 Grand Concourse. This haven has rare sports collectibles, Latino Sports’ branded merchandise, sports books about Latinos, and jerseys featuring Caribbean baseball teams. Latino Sports considers itself as the “Number 1 Roberto Clemente Memorabilia Store.” Latino Sports is not just a business. There is a small museum at the shop, which is free and open to the public. The store’s motto is: “It’s about us, it’s about time!” Julio Pabon, CEO and founder of Latino Sports, recently spoke with Bronx Latino about his shop. ( Julio Pabon, left, is pictured here with Senator Jose M. Serrano at the East Harlem Little League Parade. ) Q: Why did this business get started? A: It got started out of anger. It was a result of an award we presented to Ruben Sierra who at that time was playing basebal

Mesa con Bebidas

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Mesa con Bebidas Originally uploaded by Hector Melendez .

Boringken in the Bronx

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Town Hall Meeting for Our Artists

In the Mailbox THE CEG - Cultural Equity Group Present: SUSTAINING OUR ARTISTS, ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS OF COLOR DURING THE "RECESSION" Hunter College 68th & Lexington Avenue , 7th Floor Hall 714 West Building, Manhattan Friday, May 9 6 - 8 p.m. Moderated by: Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, Founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center Panelists: Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of NYSCA; Arana J. Hankins, Assistant Secretary for Cultural & Economic Development Office of the NYS Governor David A. Paterson; Kathleen Hughes, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs Assistant Commissioner; NYS Assemblyman Darryl C. Towns , 54th District, Chair, Black Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus; and Laurie Cumbo, Founder of MoCADA Dear Artists, Cultural Activists and People concerned about the community: We have certainly brought in 2008 with a burst of energy and excitement filled with opportunity and hope for the future! We applaud everyone for t
Politics With 55 delegates, Puerto Rico eager for primary limelight Now Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory for more than 100 years, has a place at the center of American political debate. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are competing for 55 delegates to be chosen in a June 1 Democratic primary. The island also has eight superdelegates. "We're going to enjoy every minute of the attention," the president of the Puerto Rican Senate, Kenneth D. McClintock, said during a recent visit to the nation's capital. To read the full news report, go to http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080508/NEWS01/80508023/1006

Boogie Down Flamenco Dancer

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Nelida Tirado to Perform at BADD! By Ismael Nunez Nelida Tirado began her formal training at age six at the Ballet Hispanico of NY where she trained in classical ballet, Spanish dance and flamenco. A talented salsa dancer, she has performed with notable Latin music greats such as the late Celia Cruz and the late Tito Puente. She has given workshops in England and Italy and has performed at the Copacabana Salsa Congress. This week Tirado will perform in her hometown. She is one of three Bronx Indie artists that will kick off BADD!'s (the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) BOOGIE DOWN DANCE SERIES at 8 p.m. on May 9. BAAD! is teaming up with the Bronx Council on the Arts to present performances by Tirado, Bradon McDonald, and Jessica Danser in what organizers are calling a “spectacular dance concert.” Tirado has danced with Noche Flamenca and Riverdance and the New York Times has called this Flamenco dancing Bronxite "magnificent." You ca

Spotlight: Author Abraham Rodriguez

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Abraham Rodriguez sports a Boriken T-Shirt at a recent book signing event in East Harlem. Tonight Rodriguez will deliver a reading of his latest novel "South by South Bronx" at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos in the Bronx. It is part of tonight's Bronx Culture Trolley activities. For more information, go to www.bronxarts.org. (Photo by Ismael Nunez)

Maunabo vs. Patillas

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Maunabo vs. Patillas Originally uploaded by EdVeguilla .
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Reading Corner
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Community Calendar Nuyoricans on the Move A panel discussion on new research on Puerto Ricans in New York and Northeast on May 7 at Hunter College (Click on image to see larger)

Artist Spotlight: Decimista Lourdes Perez

Lourdes Perez, born in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, is described as a prolific contemporary recording artist, songwriter, composer, arranger, poet, vocalist and guitarist. She is also one of few female decimistas (writers of décima, a specialized form of Spanish poetry). Lourdes’ music – often conjuring comparisons to the soulful world music genres of cante jondo, morna and fado –draws from her jíbara (Puerto Rican mountain) roots and a socially conscious genre of Spanish/pan-Latin American music called nueva trova or nueva canción. For more about Perez, go to: http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/Public/Interviews/2007/LourdesPrez/index.cfm. http://www.lourdesperez.com/home.html http://www.myspace.com/lourdesperezmusic

The Sunrise and the Tower

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The Sunrise and the Tower Originally uploaded by Luis Angel Molina Quiñones .

Nuyorican Poetry is 'ALOUD & ALIVE'

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The Town Hall presents 8 p.m. Tonight Nuyorican Poets Café Third Millennium Celebration: ALOUD & ALIVE AT 35! This special evening of spoken word and music hosted by Rosie Perez and Flaco Navaja is sure to be a wild and joyous evening featuring many of the leading voices in the poetry & spoken word movement, including: La Bruja, Sandra María Esteves, Reg E Gaines, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Tato Laviera, Mariposa, Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Nancy Mercado, Kirk Nugent, Willie Perdomo, Ishmael Reed, Ntozake Shange, Quincy Troupe, accompanied by the infectious Boricua Roots music of Yerba Buena. Come hear their powerful voices, dance to their music, and celebrate the 35th anniversary of a world-renowned literary movement! For prices and more information, go to http://www.the-townhall-nyc.org/pages/calendar/may.html
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Originally uploaded by Luis Angel Molina Quiñones .

Palacete Los Moreau

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Palacete Los Moreau Originally uploaded by Hector Melendez .
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Reading Corner South by South Bronx, a novel by Bronx native Abraham Rodriguez "When Puerto Rican ladies' man Alex awakes one morning to find a mysterious woman in his bed, he assumes he's suffered another embarrassing blackout. He soon learns, however, that Ava is no one-night stand--in fact, he's never met her before. As her story begins to unfold, and her reason for appearing in his bed emerges, it is not just Alex's life that she risks, nor her own, but the entire character of the South Bronx . . ." Abraham Rodriguez was born and raised in the South Bronx. His first book, The Boy without a Flag, was a 1993 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His novel Spidertown won a 1995 American Book Award and was optioned by Columbia Pictures. His next novel, The Buddha Book, was published by Picador in 2001. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Rodriguez is back in New York City promoting his newest book. You can meet the author at 6 p.m. tonight at Ce

Bronx PR Parade Celebrates 20th Year

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The Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade is this month and there is a lineup of activities leading up to the big day. This is the 20th anniversary of the Bronx parade, which will be celebrated on May 18 along the Grand Concourse. On May 9, the Crowning for Miss Puerto Rico will be held at 7 p.m. at Hostos Community College on E. 149th Street on the Grand Concourse. This event is open to the public. Entrance is $10. There will also be a festival on May 10 at White Plains Road between Lafayette and Story Avenues, starting at 12:30 p.m. The parade’s route is between 176th street and 167th streets. Ceremonies will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.bronxprparade.com or call (646) 401-4787. (photo by Milagros Gonzalez aka bajounpalmar ) Here's footage from the PRSUN TV archives of last year’s Bronx parade. -- Clarisel Gonzalez, producer

Show me the way!!!

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Show me the way!!! Originally uploaded by ΡπΙρΣπ .