Showing posts from July, 2008

Paso Fino

Today's featured footage from the PRSUN Video group is by Mr. Frankie.

'La Danza en Dos Tiempos'

Music La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. in collaboration with Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College Presents William Cepeda’s Puerto Rican Music Roots & Beyond “La Danza en Dos Tiempos” Traditional and Contemporary Danza Music La Danzante & Bronx Arts Ensemble, Pedro Rivera Toledo , Musical Director with special guests Carlos Aponte, tenor & Thelma Ithier Sterling, soprano and William Cepeda AfroRican Jazz, featuring Eric Figueroa 8 p.m., Saturday, August 9 Heckscher Theater at El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue, NYC's El Barrio La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña invites you to “La Danza en Dos Tiempos” a concert of traditional and contemporary Danza music. This event is part of a series of concerts, workshops and lecture-demonstrations of a monumental project called “Puerto Rican Music Roots and Beyond” organized by internationally renowned artist William Cepeda (composer, trombonist, educator, researcher and prod

August in Puerto Rico

Get ready for a busy month in Puerto Rico. Two big events are happening in San Juan, fiestas patronales, or patron saint festivals, are occurring all over the island...For more on this Puerto Rico Travel blog go to,
Film Pagan Images, Inc., in association with Anthology Film Archives, invites you to the NewLatino Filmmakers Screening Series - The best and only independent Latino “cinematheque” showcase in New York City -- now in its 6th year! -- is still ONLY $5! Docs, shorts & features. "Come early, stay late, pay one price." When: TONIGHT, 6-9:30 p.m. Where: Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, Manhattan Price: $5 admission ~ at the box office 6 p.m. - Documentary Shorts Program 7:15 p.m. - Narrative Shorts Program 8:15 p.m. - Narrative Feature "LATINAS IN CINEMA: FILMWORKS BEYOND THE GLASS CEILING" Curated by Edwin Pagan NewLatino Filmmakers puts the spotlight on creative Latinas working behind the cameras in both the independent film and Hollywood systems as image-makers. This emerging crop of dynamic filmmakers and producers are putting their unique mark on the industry with their own unique spin on the Latin Film New Wave, and blazing the trail as today&#


celestial Originally uploaded by mino. . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by mino. It was taken in Arecibo, P.R.

'The Death Event and The Puerto Rican Bloodline'

The Reading Life July 30 at 6:30 p.m., Cemi Underground, NYC's El Barrio Book Presentation by Angel L.Vega Marzan A guide to understanding the legal and administrative implications of the death event on the island of Puerto Rico and its impact upon you and your family bloodline. Free (Members of genealogy associations receive a 10% discount towards the purchase of the book with proof of group membership.) Go to for more information.

Cotto Loses, Margarito Cheers

Commentary When two of today's best Latino boxers below the Middleweight Division faced off on a Las Vegas ring last July 26, they put up a good and intense fight. In the end, Antonio Margarito from Mexico overpowered undefeated welterweight champion Miguel Cotto from Puerto Rico. Margarito score a Technical Knockout with 2:05 of the 11th round. The fight started slow at first. After the third round both Cotto and Margarito exchanged blows left and right, fighting toe to toe and fighting alongside the ring side ropes. Margarito, who is known as the Tornado, has said he got stronger after the 7th round. And, it surely became the Tornado’s night. In the start of the 11th round, Margarito scored a knockdown. When Cotto’s corner saw he was banged up pretty badly, they threw in the towel to stop the fight. But Cotto is no loser. Cotto fought like the fighter he is as his family members, including his little boy, watched and cried. With his eye nearly shut and his face bleeding,

Union Rincoena

IMG_9384 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Today's featured photo from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group by Clarisel Gonzalez La Union Rincoena in the Bronx is a social gathering place focusing on people who hail from Rincon, the westernmost town in Puerto Rico. Back in the day, there were social clubs in honor of different towns on the island in the Bronx and elsewhere in the city. There are fewer today. The Union Rincoena is still there.

Puerto Rico Convention Center Goes Green

On the Environment Following the recent pledge by Puerto Rico's government to convert several of its public properties into "green" buildings, the Puerto Rico Convention Center and the Coliseum of Puerto Rico are to become the first properties on the island to be modified into eco-friendly buildings. With an investment of $250,000, the Puerto Rico Convention Center and other developments within the 113-acre District will decrease the use of water by 30 percent and the use of electricity by 50 percent, for ongoing savings of $450,000 per year once the project is completed. After completely incorporating these initiatives, the buildings hope to receive the US Green Building Council's 'Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)' Certification, considered the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Key elements of the Puerto Rico Convention Center “green project” include: The i
Theater Featured story Jets? Yes! Sharks? ¡Sí! in Bilingual ‘West Side’ More than 50 years after the musical “West Side Story” had its original Broadway premiere, it is set to return in February in a darker, grittier, bilingual revival, the show’s producers said (recently). Arthur Laurents, who wrote the original book for "West Side Story," suggested the bilingual production and will direct. In an element that its director, Arthur Laurents, said would heighten the passion and authenticity of the show, much of the dialogue — both spoken and sung — will be in Spanish. For the complete New York Times report, Editor's Note: Gente, what do you think? Should "West Side Story" return as a bilingual production? What do you think of the idea of this m
Ay Bendito, Cotto lost! Featured story Margarito stops Cotto in 11th, takes crown LAS VEGAS (AP) — Antonio Margarito stopped Miguel Cotto in the 11th round Saturday night, blemishing Cotto's unbeaten record and claiming the WBA 147-pound title with one last incredible barrage of punches. Margarito, the Mexican star so often ducked by the division's best fighters in recent years, dropped the Puerto Rican champion twice in the 11th round to win his third title belt.

The mask

The mask Originally uploaded by haymaco . Today's featured photo from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by haymaco. It was taken at el Cafe el Punto in Old San Juan.

In Old San Juan

Today's featured footage from the PRSUN Video group is by the docman.

Artist Spotlight: Fascious

Fascious Brings Hip Hop Theater to El Barrio Anthony Martinez from the Bronx is a self-described “Hip-Hop Head” who is better known by his pseudonym Fascious. His mission is to promote Hip Hop Theater, telling and dramatizing what he calls the untold stories of the Hip Hop Generation. Tonight you can catch Fascious in action when he performs his one-man Hip Hop Theater show “Penumbra” at Cemi Underground in NYC’s El Barrio. Just like a poet, Fascious breaks down what every letter in his name represents. “Each letter symbolizes several words beginning with that same letter, which collectively defines the essence of its meaning,” he says. F is for the final fatal fights for freedom facing fickle fears frozen from finicky feelings forcefully fenced. A is for the anticipation of Armageddon, awaiting are agents, apostles and after-life arrangements. Allocating Anthony Alphabetic acrobatics ascending authenticity…admire an angel’s anatomy S is for the Schizophrenic suicidal side separ

Survey Says Hispanics Support Obama for Prez

Politics Hispanics Support Obama over McCain for President by Nearly Three-to-One, Pew Hispanic Center Survey Finds Hispanic registered voters support Democrat Barack Obama for president over Republican John McCain by 66% to 23%, according to a nationwide survey of 2,015 Latinos conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, from June 9 through July 13. The presumptive Democratic nominee's strong showing in this survey represents a sharp reversal in his fortunes from the primaries, when Obama lost the Latino vote to Hillary Clinton by a nearly two-to-one ratio, giving rise to speculation in some quarters that Hispanics were disinclined to vote for a black candidate. In this new survey, three times as many respondents said being black would help Obama (32%) with Latino voters than said it would hurt him (11%); the majority (53%) said his race would make no difference to Latino voters. In addition to their strong support for Obama, Latino vot

Flags in El Barrio

IMG_9320 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group I shot this photo earlier this week at a community garden in NYC's East Harlem. Visit my photostream at flickr ( ) for more recent photos of East Harlem.

the third dimension

the third dimension Originally uploaded by mino. . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by mino. It was taken in Arecibo.
Featured story Puerto Rico convention center goes green Following the recent pledge by Puerto Rico's government to convert several of its public properties into "green" buildings, the Puerto Rico Convention Center and the Coliseum of Puerto Rico have been tapped as the first properties on the island to be modified into eco-friendly buildings. For the complete report, go to Caribbean Net News at

New: PRSUN Video

Puerto Rico Sun's newest project is PRSUN Video at flickr. Like the Puerto Rico Sun photo group at flickr, there is now a video group too showcasing short videos about Puerto Rico or Puerto Rican-related themes. Today's featured video is by Luis Munoz. It is a true beauty of Old San Juan. Luis did a nice job. To check out the PRSUN Video, go to

The demise of newspapers is not overrated

Featured Commentary Late last year Entrepreneur magazine predicted that newspapers would be extinct within ten years. While this might be something you can't really see when you consider the Darth Vader-like death grip El Nuevo Dia has on the market here, elsewhere, however, this prediction is advancing quite nicely, thank you very much. The last two months have seen a bloodbath at some of America's largest newspaper publishers, with substantial job cuts hitting a number of papers, including a high proportion of newsroom positions. The layoffs have visited McClatchy, Media General, the Tribune Co., the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, among others. For those of you keeping score at home, here are how the layoffs stacked up: Media General got things started in late May with its announcement that it would cut 810 positions across its properties in the southeast. As part of the reductions, the Tampa Tribune (along with its sister broadcast station WFLA-Channel 8)
The Reading Life Father Luis Barrios reads from his book "Coquiando: Meditaciones subversivas para un mundo mejor" at a recent event at Cemi Underground in East Harlem. (photo by Ismael Nunez)

.Flamboyán flowers.

.Flamboyán flowers. Originally uploaded by Mi nombre no es cLaRa bOw . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Mi nombre no es cLaRa bOw.

here in the last colony

here in the last colony Originally uploaded by mino975 . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by mino975.

'Borinquen Lives in El Barrio' at City Parks

TeatroStageFest Goes Outdoors! Free Performances of "Borinquen Lives in El Barrio" August 10-17 in NYC Parks The Latino International Theater Festival of New York, Inc. (TeatroStageFest) and City Parks Foundation's CityParks Theater, Presented by Time Warner, have joined forces to present free outdoor performances of Borinquen Vive en El Barrio (Borinquen Lives in El Barrio), Tere Martinez's acclaimed political drama, this summer in local New York City Parks. Free performances will run August 10 through 17, marking the first time a TeatroStageFest production that was featured in the annual two-week festival of local and international theater transfers outdoors. "Last June Borinquen Vive en El Barrio captivated audiences when it played during the second annual TeatroStageFest at Hostos Center for the Arts. Now new audiences will get to experience this great production by Hostos Repertory Company, free and under the summer sky, thanks to our new partnersh
Community Calendar Stars to Light Up the Screen at the Ninth Annual New York International Latino Film Festival The New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF), presented by HBO, returns for its Ninth Annual Edition from July 22-27 and will have its biggest line-up yet with over 100 national and international films, documentaries and shorts. NYILFF also boasts more premieres than ever before including Opening Night's AMERICAN SON, directed by Neil Abramson and starring Nick Cannon, Melonie Diaz and Jay Hernandez, and Closing Night's THE MINISTERS, directed by Franc. Reyes and starring John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel. Other talent represented in this year's NYILFF include Daddy Yankee, Laurence Fishburne, Taye Diggs, Rosie Perez, Wilmer Valderrama, Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Tyson Beckford, skateboarding star Paul Rodriguez, Jr., Jesse Garcia, Emily Rios and David Banner, many of whom are confirmed to attend. For more information, visit Se

Guanina Ojos de Miel

Guanina Ojos de Miel Originally uploaded by Pacu007 . From the Puerto Rico Sun photo group, today's featured image is by Pacu007. This doggie waits to see a vet.

'La novela'

Pensamientos La novela makes life simple My mom understands her life through novelas -- Samaris Ayala

Gente @ Plaza de Luquillo

Gente @ Plaza de Luquillo Originally uploaded by Eduardo Veguilla . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Eduardo Veguilla.

A Father's quest for honor: a hero's journey

You know how we love to see movies or read books about people that inspire us? It's like when you see a movie about someone who struggles against all odds and even though they get hurt (physically or emotionally) they keep going. In the end they might not get exactly what they were shooting for, that is unless you are the director of the movie, and your goal was to move the viewer emotionally and reinforce in them that there is always hope. Who hasn't seen those movies? But have you ever had a friend who was like that? Someone that no matter what they do, they always seem to see beyond what you or I can perceive and divine out a larger truth that, when revealed, inspires us, makes us ask more of ourselves? Well I have one, his name is Francisco Martinez, or Paco for short. Briefly, I met Paco 13 years ago when we met at my first job in Puerto Rico. He later worked for me as I moved my way up in the company. In many ways, we were kindred spirits from the start as we were both
Featured story Green collar jobs in Puerto Rico: A well kept secret or are people simply misinformed Although “green collar jobs” have existed in Puerto Rico for over ten years many people don’t know what the job title means and don’t realize that the existing jobs on the island could possibly become the industry of the future. “Green Collar Jobs” have been around for a while, quietly tucked in Puerto Rican businesses, municipalities and non-profit sectors. The fact is that most Puerto Ricans, even those that are “green collar workers,” are unaware that they are in fact “green collar employees.” To read the complete article, go to
On Latino Policy The National Institute for Latino Policy recently provided some interesting information on Puerto Ricans stateside and how the stateside population continues to outnumber those living on the island. Here's an excerpt of an entry from the Institute July 14 bi-monthly newsletter, edited by Angelo Falcon: Puerto Rican Population Stateside Continues to Exceed that of Puerto Rico In 2004, the Atlas of Stateside Puerto Ricans documented for the first time the stateside Puerto Rican population exceeded that of Puerto Rico in 2003 by 163,246. The latest statistics from the Census Bureau, from the 2006 American Community Survey (ACS), estimates that this gap has grown: in 2006 there were 3,987,947 Puerto Ricans living stateside compared to 3,745,007 in Puerto Rico, meaning that there are 242,940 more Puerto Ricans stateside than in Puerto Rico. Does this development have implications for the politics and policy issues of the Puerto Rican community as a whole? In

Artesanias Puerto Rico

Artesanias Puerto Rico Originally uploaded by verodomica . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by verodomica. Photo was taken at an art fair earlier this year named Feria Internacional de Artesanias. This picture captures the work of artisan Puffay. Visit a set named "Puffay" at verodomica's photo site at flickr:

Boricua Hip-Hop Activist Rosa Clemente Runs for VP of the US in Green Party Ticket

The Green Party, which captured less than 1 percent of the vote in the last U.S. presidential election, has chosen the former Democratic Representative Cynthia McKinney. McKinney's running mate for the November election is vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente, a hip-hop artist and activist who is boricua. Here's an entry posted in : Cynthia McKinney Wins Green Party Presidential Nomination Cynthia McKinney won the Green Party of the United States presidential nomination at the July 12 GP-US Convention in Chicago. McKinney, a former Member of Congress from Georgia, received 313 of 532 first round votes to earn nomination by Greens delegates from across the country excited that she will be their standard bearer this year. Hip-hop activist and journalist Rosa Clemente was selected to be the vice-presidential candidate of the Greens. McKinney served six terms representing DeKalb County’s 4th Congressional District before moving to California and b
Featured story Puerto Rican vets shorted on benefits Unequal health plans come with overseas status Military widows and veterans in Puerto Rico receive fewer health benefits than their counterparts in the United States, even though Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens and serve shoulder-to-shoulder with their countrymen in Iraq and Afghanistan. That means that, like all island spouses whose soldier husbands or wives were killed in the latest U.S. wars, the widow of Army Sgt. Jeffrey Michael Rada Morales would get less than fully paid health insurance -- simply for living in Puerto Rico. For the complete report by Robert Friedman, go to,CST-NWS-Rican13.article Editor's Note: This is so unfair to Puerto Rican soldiers and their families. Again, this has to do with Puerto Rico's political status issue. Puerto Ricans fight the same battles, yet are not equally paid. Come on!

Pregones' Summer Tour

MIGRANTS! Cantata a los Emigrantes is a bilingual play with music celebrating the Puerto Rican men & women who first toiled to establish a thriving and diverse Latino community in New York and throughout the eastern United States. MIGRANTS! Cantata a los Emigrantes is a collective creation of Pregones Theater (in the Bronx) and it draws from written and oral histories, lore and legend, and the memory of landmark writers like Luisa Capetillo (Mi opinión), Julia de Burgos (Canción de la verdad sencilla, El mar y tú), René Marqués (La carreta, Los soles truncos) and Clemente Soto Vélez (Caballo de palo, La tierra prometida). Premiered in 1986 and heralded by critics & audiences alike, MIGRANTS! is now re-staged to commemorate 10 years of Pregones' free-admission Summer Stage Tour. Presented in Spanish & English. Click on image for larger text and full lineup of performance dates and venues. The tour runs from July 31-Aug. 12. For more information, go to www.pregone

Keeping the Stickball Tradition Alive

These are some of the faces of stickball players and enthusiasts who are keeping the old school NYC street tradition of playing stickball. Today is the 111TH STREET SALSA STREET PARTY AND OLD TIMER'S STICKBALL GAMES in NYC's El Barrio. For more information on this outdoor festival, check out this link at (photos from a stickball event last week by Ismael Nuñez)


Featured site Click here to check out The NYC Puerto Rican Culture Meetup! This Meetup group is dedicated to promoting and celebrating Puerto Rican culture in New York City. The group's next meetup is a CopaCabana dance cruise.

Esperen, muchachos!

Esperen, muchachos! Originally uploaded by Jorge Rodriguez . From the Puerto Rico Sun photo group, today's featured image is by Jorge Rodriguez.

Lee y Sueña Tour de Lectura

In the First Person When I first came to Puerto Rico, one of the first things I tried to find were the libraries. The first one I found was when I moved to Caguas when I discovered the location of the Caguas Municipal Library by accident. At the time the only book stores of any merit were Thekes in Plaza Las Americas and Bell , Book, and Candle. As someone who has spent most of his life with his nose in a book, this was, uhh, a big shock. I remember wondering to myself, how does everyone find a good book to read, or where can they find research materials to read for a project? I know know the truth of the situation. The reason why there aren't really any good public libraries (well which really isn't true there is the Bucapla Library and the Manati Library), the real reason is that the majority of the populace doesn't read anything deeper than the El Nuevo Dia, which is quickly being replaced by the photo-heavy Primera Hora. I'm sure I'm not the only one who be
Featured story Puerto Rico, The 51st State in the Union? Closer to Washington, by its own choice With 4 million Puerto Ricans on the island, and another 4 million in the United States, Puerto Rico is experiencing an unusual situation that many wish to change. Supporters of statehood and those affiliated with the Commonwealth are beginning to see a new tendency, which, while not exactly pushing for independence, leans toward Washington. To read the full report by Javier del Rey Morató, go to the Safe Democracy Foundation site at

La Perla

La Perla Originally uploaded by #(J) . From the Puerto Rico Sun photo group, this La Perla shot is by #(J).

'Political Animals' Film Fest

Film Handball Court Summer Film Series at White Park, NYC's El Barrio "Political Animals", this year's curatorial theme… MediaNoche presents the free Handball Court Summer Film Series at White Park beginning Saturday, July 12. The series at White Park (106th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues) will run Saturday nights at sunset (about 8 p.m.) until August 30. Curator Judith Escalona brings together a set of fictional films, dramas and comedies, examining the U.S. electoral process. The Candidate (1972), which looks at how a young politician slowly gives up his ideals to be elected, is as relevant today as when it premiered 36 years ago! In the more recent Head of State (2003), a young politician who knows the ropes finds his voice and a way to embrace his ideals. The last film in this set is actually a documentary entitled An Unreasonable Man, a moving portrait of America's greatest public advocate Ralph Nader that includes a critical view of the

Nubes con Prioridad

Nubes con Prioridad Originally uploaded by ΡπΙρΣπ . From the Puerto Rico Sun photo group, today's featured image is by ΡπΙρΣπ.
Things to do Destination: NYC's El Barrio. Free Walking Tours Every Saturday, through October 11, 3 – 5 p.m. Tour meets each Saturday at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 104th Street. Guides from Big Onion Walking Tours lead excursions highlighting the thriving scene of Latino arts, culture and cuisine native to El Barrio. This program has been developed for El Museo del Barrio and the East Harlem Board of Tourism through grants from the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Admission: Free. For advance registration, e-mail source: El Museo del Barrio (Photo courtesy of El Museo)

Puerto Rican Music Roots & Beyond Project

From left, Leticia Rodriguez, executive director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc., and Hector Ortega, a class participant, at a July 6 event in NYC's East Harlem that focused on Puerto Rican roots music. La Casa as well as El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College is working with William Cepeda, a renowned composer, trombonist, educator, producer and artist, on a project titled “Puerto Rican Music Roots and Beyond.” The New York State Music fund and the National Endowment for the Arts is helping to fund the project. The goal is to promote Puerto Rico’s musical heritage to a wide audience throughout New York State, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere. The project will document four genres (Bomba, Plena, Danza, and Musica Jibara) by recording the concerts and other project activities to be used in the creation of DVDs and CDs for educational and commercial release. La Casa is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue, Suite 458. It is a nonprofit, cultural and
In the Mailbox Hello Everyone! Thank you for your continued support of Latino Arts and all its many forms! We are truly grateful! We are proud to announce LOISAIDA CORTOS LATINO FILM FESTIVAL'S 7th year of bringing quality short films to our community (in New York City) and to cities in Europe such as Barcelona, Madrid and Antwerp since 2005. Also our first Mexico screening at THE LATIN AMERICAN FOOD SHOW ( ) in Cancun this September 2008 and for 2009 our first screenings in Brazil and China!!! This year our festival has moved up to Sunday, August 24 with pre-festival events (this Thursday!!!!) THURSDAYS JULY 10 & AUGUST 7 @ NUBLU ( ) with performances by "ROPA VIEJA" and NUBLU's resident DJ's plus FREE COCKTAILS FROM BUDWEISER & BACARDI for those of you who get there early!!!! With all this said...we want to remind you that our call for submissions is in full effect and our deadline is: AUGUST 8 ! So, please help us

'Coquiando' at Cemi

Community Calendar 6 p.m., Thursday, July 10 Book presentation: "Coquiando: Meditaciones subversivas para un mundo mejor" by Father Luis Barrios Admission: FREE! Cemi Underground, NYC's El Barrio For more information, or . (Click on image to see larger text.)


Decisions Originally uploaded by chente922 . Featured photo From the Puerto Rico Sun photo group pool, image by chente922 "Some retired gentlemen playing domino at the Plaza del Mercado in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. It's really interesting how well they are at this game, analyzing every move since the beginning." -- Chente922

Puerto Rican Film Series in Chicago

Film The Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (IPRAC) announces the Puerto Rican Film Series 2008, kicking off with FLAGS OF STEEL Saturday July 12 Bring blankets, folding chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy a film under the stars! Starting Saturday, July 12 and continuing every other Saturday, IPRAC presents the Puerto Rican Film Series, an outdoor film festival featuring the film work of new and established Puerto Rican directors, producers and actors. In its fifth year, the series has become in a Chicago summer favorite. The Puerto Rican Film Series is the only Puerto Rican/Latino film program in the park system gathering visitors from Chicago and the Midwest counting in average 300 attendants per screening. Families with their pets, couples and friends can bring their picnic baskets, folding chairs, blankets and enjoy a film under the stars at the beautiful grounds of the Humboldt Park Boat House. FREE parking, admission, popcorn, raffles and a night of culture and en

Puerto Rico American Idol Auditions

Despite my disdain for the show and it's evil twin Objetivo Fama, there is no denying that I'm in the minority, because both dominate the ratings. And so it is, that for the first time, American Idol will conduct auditions for the 8th season of the show here in our little corner of the ocean. On August 2nd, in the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, the production team from American Idol will conduct auditions. While the trio of judges, that I think everyone universally hates, but is strangely attracted to, will not be present at the auditions, it is rumored that they will be present when they begin to whittle the list of local contestants down. Or whatever it is they do during the course of the the show, because, I truthfully have never seen an episode of the program. Of course, since I've been doing the whole starving entrepreneur thing for a while now, cable is a distant memory. Anything I want to watch now has to come via BitTorrent, and believe me, my bandwidth is too preci
IMG_8624 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Featured photo from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group at flickr by Clarisel On a wall in New York City's gentrifying El Barrio

Puerto Rican Music Roots and Beyond

Community Calendar Concert featuring William Cepeda and his group Afro-Rican Jazz The “King of Plena,” Angel Luis Torruellas, salsero Michael Stuart and more This Brooklyn concert will focus on the Puerto Rican folkloric genre of Plena, both traditional and contemporary. Saturday, July 5 at 7 p.m. The concert is part of the All Celebrate Brooklyn series of summer performances at the Prospect Park Bandshell. The entrance to the Prospect Park Bandshell is located at Prospect Park West & 9th Street in Park Slope. Free though there is a $3 suggested donation at the gate. For more information,

Happy Fourth of July

Enjoy the beach, the barbecue, the baseball game, the traffic, the fireworks or whatever it is you will do to celebrate the day. Have a great day.


DSC_0234 Originally uploaded by Pacu007 . From the Puerto Rico Sun photo group pool Featured photo by Pacu007

Featured site: Sazon Boricua

If you are interested in recipes or information related to Puerto Rican food, here's a site for you: . I just visited Sazon Boricua for the first time today. Boricua Jeannette Quiñones (aka fruttadi on and a member of the Puerto Rico Sun photo group) runs Sazon Boricua. Her current entry features Puerto Rican-style sofrito. I am adding a link to the site in this blog as well. Apoya lo nuestro. Photo "Sofrito al estilo puertorriqueño" by fruttadi


pelican Originally uploaded by mino975 . from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group pool Featured photo taken in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, by mino975

Do You Believe Puerto Ricans are Happiest?

Did you know that Puerto Rico has been ranked among the top 10 happiest countries in the world? I'm wondering whether you agree that Puerto Rico is one of the happiest countries. Do you think people in Puerto Rico are really so happy and why? Anyway, the top most happiest country in the world title goes to Denmark. But boricuas on the island are happy too if you believe this report. Puerto Rico is supposedly the second happiest country. Featured story Denmark 'happiest' country in the world WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Denmark is the world's most content nation, according to a new study on global wellbeing, but the good news is, despite the credit crunch and rising fuel and food prices, all of us are getting happier. Denmark's prosperity and democratic systems are seen as key to its contentment. Researchers at the University of Michigan said Denmark's prosperity, stability and democratic government placed the country at the top of the rankings, with Colombia, Can

New: PRSUN Flags Line Stamp

Support PRSUN You can use this stamp to send your mail via the U.S. Postal Service. This is a way not only to support the Puerto Rico Sun project, but to show some boricua pride every time you send a letter. This Zazzle custom stamp features a photo by Clarisel Gonzalez titled "Flags Line." UPDATE: New customized designs have been added. I plan to offer a variety of postage designs, so visit my store at . Thanks.

A Latino Version of 'In Living Color'

Community Calendar Rhina Valentin as Iris Da Safacon in LOSE CONTROL Saturday July 5 Lose Control Comedy Troupe Live at The Broadway Comedy Club, NYC Latino flair with an urban edge. Pure hilarious kick ass fun!! Chulisi and the Lose Control Comedy Troupe grace the stage for a third season of laughs and good old fashion home feeling comedy. Bringing to you Iris De Safacon, Jocks and Espiritista with an all star cast that are sure to make you laugh and guffaw in your seats. Lose Control Comedy Troupe is the modern day Latino version of "In Living Color". It takes a light-hearted approach at live theater by mixing pop culture, family upbringing experiences and everyday people living a day in the life. Blending it with comedy, dance, poetry and music. Lose Control's themes are common with a predominately young cast who are bilingual, and who choose to identify with both their American and diverse cultural background. Lose Control celebrates this new generation
Featured story Puerto Rico archeological find mired in politics SAN JUAN -- The lady carved on the ancient rock is squatting, with frog-like legs sticking out to each side. Her decapitated head is dangling to the right. That's how she had been, perfectly preserved, for up to 800 years, until the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers came upon her last year while building a $375 million dam to control flooding in southern Puerto Rico. She was buried again last week with the hope that some day specialists will study her and Puerto Rican children will visit and learn about the lives of the Taino Indians who created her. But archaeologists and government officals first had to settle a raging debate about who should have control over her and other artifacts sent to Georgia for analysis. For more of this report, go to the Miami Herald site at


Y DE CAMINO Originally uploaded by Dr3d5 . from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group photo by Dr3d5 on flickr