Showing posts from December, 2008

Feliz 2009 from PRSUN

IMG_5483 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Puerto Rico Sun readers and supporters, I want to thank you. Thanks for advancing PRSUN's mission of empowering, informing and building community. I want to especially thank our PRSUN FRIENDS, FAMILY AND ANGEL CONTRIBUTORS (YOUR NAMES ARE IN PRSUN'S HONOR ROLL BECAUSE YOU DESERVE TO BE THERE). THANKS FOR BELIEVING AND INVESTING IN THIS COMMUNITY MEDIA PROJECT. Thanks to all those who have contributed to this project in one way or another, including Ismael Nunez, Jose "Boricuation" Medina, Samaris Ayala, the photographers in the Puerto Rico Sun group, and the members in the PRSUN Video group. Thanks to our members in the Puerto Rico Sun social network, the Puerto Rico Sun group at Facebook and the Puerto Rico Sun blog network at Facebook. Thanks to my followers at Thanks to PRSUN TV viewers and guests as well as PRSUN Radio listeners and guests. Thanks to those who have supported the PRSUN for the ASPCA
Navidad Criolla Have your kids outgrown toys that are in great condition? Do you have more toys than you actually need? Are you looking to contribute to a great cause? The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center in NYC's Lower East Side is currently collecting toys to donate to SEA, Society of the Educational Arts, on January 6 where they will distribute toys to children in celebration of Three Kings Day aka El Dia De Los Reyes Magos. We know that during these trying times, some are not able to contribute or purchase new toys, but if you are able to donate toys, please contact the CSV office at 212-260-4080, ext. 11 or email the Facilities Manager, Jasmine Rosario at Please make arrangements for delivery either before or on the morning of January 6. Thank you to all who have already made their donations. source: CSV

A King

Navidad Criolla A King Originally uploaded by clarisel . Nuyorican poet Jesus Papoleto Melendez plays one of the kings at the 2006 Three Kings Day Parade in East Harlem. This year's parade will be celebrated on Tuesday. Here are the details: Three Kings Day Parade 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 6 Join the Museo del Barrio's 32nd Annual Three Kings Day Parade. March through El Barrio along with our Kings, floats and lively music! Too shy to parade? Line up along the route! 8:30 a.m. Parade Check-In* 11 a.m. Parade begins Registration forms and more information can be found at *This year's parade check-in will be at P.S. 72, 131 East 104th Street at Lexington Avenue. For more information on the parade route and more, go to Meanwhile, the Three Kings Day Celebration will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, January 10. All are welcome to join El Museo's exciting Three Kings Day Celebration. This holiday presentation at El Museo's

Support PRSUN for the ASPCA

Update $55 has been raised so far in the PRSUN for the ASPCA drive at . Looking for something good to do to make a difference, why not contribute to support the work of the ASPCA, a leader in animal rights? You can donate as little as $10 to support this cause. Please think about it. PRSUN's goal is to raise $500 for the ASPCA. Thanks and Happy New Year. (Photo by Clarisel Gonzalez of Sol, the mascot of Puerto Rico Sun Communications)


Originally uploaded by Moliniano . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Moliniano. This shot was taken inside the Cathedral in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Mensaje de Aníbal

Mensaje del gobernador saliente de Puerto Rico Aníbal Acevedo Vilá. (Message in Spanish from Puerto Rico's outgoing governor Anibal Acevedo Vila.) (Source: anibalacevedopr)

Camuy Train

Camuy Train Originally uploaded by kikepic . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by kikepic .


DSC_0815.JPG Originally uploaded by patdebat . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by patdebat. This shot was taken at the festival in Hatillo in 2006. Puerto Rico Sun wishes you a Happy Holy Innocents Day/Feliz Dia de los Santos Inocentes . That is a big colorful celebration in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, every year. They hold the Festival of Mascaras .

PRSUN Poll: I am Puerto Rican

According to a PRSUN poll, 80 percent of Puerto Rico Sun blog readers identify themselves as Puerto Rican. Ten percent consider themselves Nuyorican while another 10 percent identify as American. None chose the Latino/Hispanic or the other options. The question posed for this poll was: How do you identify yourself? Thanks to readers who took part in the PRSUN poll.

Paseo la Princesa, Old San Juan Puerto Rico

Paseo la Princesa, Old San Juan Puerto Rico Originally uploaded by divaphoenix . Tonight's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by divaphoenix.
Navidad Criolla Saludos Just one of the going ons within the NYC Puerto Rican/Latino community this time of year. We are approaching 2009 and we continue to endure as a people, brought together by some of the simplest things. Prospero Año Nuevo! ASHE Francisco Reyes II MAMBOSO.NET To view Francisco's photos taken at a coquito tasting at the Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, go to

Control Tower - Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport

Control Tower - Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport Originally uploaded by kikepic . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by kikepic. Dramatic.
Navidad Criolla Three Kings Party at El Maestro EL MAESTRO, INC. Invite you to Celebrate El Dia De Los Tres Reyes Magos/Three Kings Day 2 p.m., Sunday, January 4 EL MAESTRO, INC. 1029 E. 167 St., the Bronx Admission: Bring a wrapped toy to donate to a boy or a girl. Entertainment: 5 En Plena D.J. Yukiyuboriken Las Princessas Del Caribe For info: (646) 337-6775

Feliz Navidad from Puerto Rico Sun

Merry Christmas and a blessed 2009 from the Puerto Rico Sun familia. Sol is the mascot of Puerto Rico Sun Communications. REMINDER: If you want to do something extra special this Christmas season, consider contributing to the PRSUN for the ASPCA drive online via . Just look for widget with Sol's photo posted in this blog or go to . You can donate as little as $10 to support this cause. Felicidades. (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

Q&A: The Mona Passage's Bonafide Rojas

Q: Please describe what the Mona Passage is, what it represents. A: The Mona Passage is a musical experiment by painter/illustrator Vincent Ramirez and myself. Our love for 60’s psychedelia and the 90’s Seattle music scene was our first initial admiration. The longer we’ve played together is the more “experimental.” We want to make the music in the overall presentation of The Mona Passage. The Mona Passage represents an outlet for two artists who are multi-disciplined to make their art their music. Q: Why Mona Passage? How and why is the group named this way? A: If the reader doesn’t know what The Mona Passage is, then they should research right now. I chose The Mona Passage as the name for the band as a sign of solidarity between two musicians, one Puerto Rican, one Dominican. We are not overtly political with our music, but we are proud of our heritage and how it plays a role in music. We will probably never play a salsa/merengue/bomba/bachata song, but that doesn’t mean it didn’

Last minute gift ideas

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Merry Christmas and Thanks for your Support

Dear Readers and Supporters of Puerto Rico Sun Communications, On behalf of Puerto Rico Sun Communications, which publishes the Puerto Rico Sun cultural news and photoblog at and the Bronx Latino lifestyle blog at , I thank you for being a loyal reader and supporter and wish you a Merry Christmas. Puerto Rico Sun Communications is a boricua-owned social entrepreneurship community media entity aimed at empowering, informing and building community. I write to ask you to help support the Puerto Rico Sun and Bronx Latino independent community multimedia projects. Visit the blogs and see what we have done so far in community. There are several ways you can help. These include becoming an official PRSUN Friend, Family or Angel and having your name publicly listed in our contributor's honor roll, making an individual contribution online or by mail, and shopping at the various PRSUN/Bronx Latino stores. Check out the blogs for the links

The Musician

The Musician Originally uploaded by Moliniano . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Moliniano of The Musician at the Universidad de Puerto Rico. Moliniano recommends viewing this photo on black. Click on image to go to his flickr site.

My recent visit to Avenue of Puerto Rico

IMG_2356 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Avenida de Puerto Rico is in Brooklyn, NY. I am wondering why East Harlem or the Bronx do not have an Avenue of Puerto Rico. Bueno , Brooklyn has one. Go visit.


.Christmas. Originally uploaded by Mi nombre no es cLaRa bOw . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is a photo collage by Mi nombre es cLaRa bOw of Christmas in Calle San Francisco in Old San Juan, PR .

Happy Holidays to All!!!

Happy Holidays to All!!! Originally uploaded by Carlos N. Molina - Paper Art . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is a Christmas greeting from artist and designer Carlos N. Molina. Check out his site at He has some interesting paper artwork . He does everything from shoes to nativity scenes.

Bomba para las Navidades

Navidad Criolla Bombazo @ el Puente in Brooklyn tomorrow Free (Click on image to see larger text.)
In the Mailbox Christmas greetings from our friends at Pregones Theater in the Bronx. Cast of Migrants during the 2008 Summer Tour. (Photo by Erika Rojas)
Navidad Criolla Cultura, Salud, Y Prosperidad Concert Mario Torres Productions & Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture present Cultura, Salud, Y Prosperidad Concert celebrating Three Kings Day - Annual Toy Drive featuring: Tato Torres & Yerbabuena, Bomba Yo & Kips Bay Dance Company. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 3 Admission: $35, $25, $20 Main Theater Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture Hostos Community College, the Bronx Please bring and donate a gift/toy for a needy child ages 1- 16. Toys collected will be distributed to Bronx based organizations helping families and children. For more info.,

Help PRSUN do Good this Holiday Season

In this time of holiday giving, consider donating to the PRSUN for the ASPCA drive. In these tough times, many animals are being abandoned. Thanks to those who have donated to this cause so far. Help PRSUN do good. (photo of Sol by Clarisel Gonzalez)

Mira como va...

Mira como va... Originally uploaded by Moliniano . Tonight's featured images from the Puerto Rico Sun photo is a collage by Moliniano .
Education Centro's latest Policy Brief is now available on the website at . "The Economic Consequences of Inadequate Education for the Puerto Rican Population in the United States" was conducted by Dr. Clive R. Belfield of the Economics Department of Queens College, CUNY. Belfield uses demographic data to calculate the economic costs to the individual, state, and community of each Puerto Rican in the United States who does not graduate from high school. He shows that increasing funding for programs that would increase high school graduation rates in Puerto Rican communities would be far cheaper and more efficient than allowing so many young people to leave high school early. The report is available for downloading. Check it out. source: Centro

On the Puerto Rico Quarter

Que cool . La Isla del Encanto will soon have a U.S. Mint commemorative quarter. The U.S. Treasury earlier this week approved the design of the coin, which will be part of the popular U.S. states' series and will feature a little Spanish. I like that! I can't wait to get my peseta , which also will feature a garita looking out to the sea and Puerto Rico's official "state" flower, the hibiscus. The coin will begin circulating in March. One of the biggest movers and shakers to get the Puerto Rico quarter approved was boricua Congressman Jose Serrano who represents the South Bronx. At his Facebook site, Serrano states that he is "happy that, as a result of his law, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and all the territories will now be included in the quarters program." For more information about the Puerto Rico quarter, go to -- Clarisel Gonzalez Editor's Note: Here's a link to a report I wrote

Cemi Cinema kicks off with Corretjer film

Cemi Underground, the boricua/Latino shop in NYC's El Barrio, is launching its Cemi Cinema with Yo, Juan Antonio Corretjer Montes , a short Spanish film about Puerto Rico's national poet. Cemi Cinema will showcase independent films. 3 p.m., Saturday, December 20 Admission: $7 For more information on this and other events going on at Cemi Underground, go to .

Welcome to PR

Welcome to PR Originally uploaded by cintron22 . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by cintron22 .
In the Mailbox Saludos from our friends at the National Institute for Latino Policy

Why I Cherish the Parranda en El Barrio

Navidad Criolla Last weekend I went to the Parranda en El Barrio and had a great time. For those that missed this year's Traditional Puerto Rican Christmas celebration in East Harlem, mark your calendars for next year. Once again the Parranda met and exceeded my expectations. The place was beautiful, the food was plentiful (and good!!) and the songs timeless! The band Cholo Rivera y Salsa typica (which sometimes goes by the name Charanga Blues) was exceptional. We were greeted with coquito and bowls of candy from Puerto Rico. The host, Dr. Anna Villafane, made everyone feel at home. This year guests were also given beautiful maracas, which I will cherish forever! Because of the Parranda's growing popularity, organizers might have to move the event next year to accommodate the increasing crowds. It will be great to keep the Parranda in El Barrio though. Despite the Parranda's growth, the key ingredient that must remain the same is the welcoming and giving env

Boricuation Honors PRSUN Communications

IMG_2350 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Boricuation honors me with a certificate of appreciation for my work with the Puerto Rican community as part of Puerto Rico Sun Communications. I was a guest on Boricuation's Cultural Afternoon radio show last Sunday and was given this nice surprise. I was interviewed as part of Boricuation's Boricua Entrepreneur Series at the radio station located on Avenida Puerto Rico (aka Graham Avenue) in Brooklyn. Boricuation says I am the first guest they have honored with this certificate. Que honor . Gracias . From left, Jose Medina, founder and CEO, Boricuation Cultural Foundation and , me, and painter and Boricuation radio co-host Aguilar Marrero. Thank you Boricuation for your support of Puerto Rico Sun Communications, a community-minded independent multimedia social entrepreneurship. -- Clarisel (photo by G-Positive)

Featured PRSUN Video: A day at the beach

Today's featured video is by NeitherFanBoy of the PRSUN Video group at flickr. This was shot at a beach in Manati, Puerto Rico.


IMG_2338 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Yomo Toro plays the cuatro @ the Mis Banderas (Puerto Rico and Cuba) concert, Hostos Community College. For more photos of Saturday's concert, go to . Click on the Bronx '08 set.

Michael Reyes of 'Crime Against Humanity'

IMG_2239 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Michael Reyes, who co-wrote and acts in "Crime Against Humanity" at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, talks with audience members after the New York premiere of his play about Puerto Rico's political prisoners last Friday. Check out an interview with Michael Reyes right here at . (December 10 entry) Reyes says he hopes to add more NY performances at smaller, more intimate venues. For more photos from the New York premiere of "Crime Against Humanity," go to . Click on the Bronx '08 set.

Cerro de Punta

Cerro de Punta Originally uploaded by brendon.m . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by brendon.m.

PRSUN @ Boricuation Radio

PRSUN @ Boricuation Radio Originally uploaded by clarisel . I will be a guest on Boricuation Cultural Afternoon Internet Radio Show at 4 p.m. tomorrow. I will be speaking about Puerto Rico Sun Communications, a community-minded independent multimedia social entrepreneurship. This is part of Boricuation's Boricua Entrepreneur Series. Tune or call in. For more information, go to or . Support community media.

Noches de Invierno Caribeño

Noches de Invierno Caribeño Originally uploaded by haymaco . Today's featured shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by haymaco. Photo depicts a winter night on the island.

A Special Tribute to Corretjer Tonight

A Special Tribute to Corretjer Originally uploaded by prsuncom Community calendar 'A Special Tribute to Poet and Puerto Rican Patriot Juan Antonio Corretjer' Artist Mia Hernandez "Art by Mia" will be collaborating with poets & dancers Myrna Nieves , Nancy Mercado , Jose Angel Figueroa , Rafael Landron & Hilda Pantoja-Rivera , founder of Danza Fiesta. Hilda will do a dance interpretation of "Oubao-Moin". Profs. Jose R. Hernandez (Assoc. Dean) and Jose Irizzary , who knew Corretjer personally will be doing the "Personal Testimonials." This event will be at Boricua College (3755 Broadway, bet. West 155th & 156th Streets in Manhattan), on Thursday, December 11th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free.

Q&A with Michael Reyes of 'Crime Against Humanity'

Crime Against Humanity NY Premiere Originally uploaded by prsuncom "Crime against Humanity" is a play based on the real life experiences of 14 Puerto Rican political prisoners who spent more than two decades in prisons for seditious conspiracy -- two of whom are still incarcerated. Written by poet and activist, Michael Anthony Reyes Benavides and former Puerto Rican political prisoner Luis Rosa, the play brings us into the U.S. prison system and the experiences of these prisoners for more than 27 years. The New York Premiere of the play is this Friday at Hostos Community College in the Bronx. PRSUN contributing writer Ismael Nunez talks to Michael Reyes. Q. How did you come up with the name “Crime Against Humanity”? A. “Crime Against Humanity” has two meanings. The first is that the United Nations states its a crime against humanity to have a colony, and Puerto Rico is still a colony of the United States. Also, prison is a crime against a person’s humanity. All of the pr

A Reflection of El Pueblo

Pensamientos Puerto Rican traveling theater is having an anniversary party today the theater is a reflection of el pueblo we need to teach fine arts to our hispanic children -- Samaris Ayala


Tag Originally uploaded by haymaco . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by haymaco.

Catedral De Ponce

Catedral De Ponce Originally uploaded by kikepic . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by kikepic.
Community calendar The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre in New York City celebrates its 40 years of artistic excellence with a fundraising party this Wednesday. Proceeds will help finance the costs for the theater's Training Unit for young people and its free of charge summer tour. To view details, click on image.

Clemente's Memories of El Barrio

IMG_1943 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Watercolor artist Clemente Flores at his opening reception at the East Harlem Cafe. His paintings capture the Barrio of his Memories. This Nuyorican says he envisions images from his youth and paints them. He doesn't use photographs. He says he remembers the pictures from his mind and memories. Check out his work currently on exhibit at the cafe. Also, tune in to my most recent PRSUN Radio show in which I speak about Clemente Flores' exhibit at . 

Segun baja el sol en la calle Noragazy

Segun baja el sol en la calle Noragazy Originally uploaded by haymaco . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by haymaco. Feliz Navidad .

Bayamon Sunset

Bayamon Sunset Originally uploaded by brendon.m . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by brendon.m.

The Legacy of Ramon Velez and the Social Amnesia of a Community

Viewpoint The news of the death of South Bronx power broker Ramon S. Velez this past week left me a bit divided in my feelings. He was such a huge figure in stateside Puerto Rican politics, leaving behind a major institution he built in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, that he is hard to ignore. However, the amnesia about how controversial he was by the likes of what were his mortal enemies at the time, such as Herman Badillo, Ed Koch, Juan Gonzalez, Wayne Barrett and others (are they all getting too sentimental in their old age?), took me aback. Velez was genuinely proud of his Puerto Rican heritage and his homeland, Puerto Rico, but his legacy, represented in the sorry state of Puerto Rican politics in the South Bronx today, needs to be examined much more critically. Whether you liked him or not, he had a major influence on the shape of Puerto Rican politics today, and his death, after battling Alzheimer's for so long, should be a time of reflection of the man and his impac

Pasteles and Rice

Pensamientos Pasteles are our pastry We even have  rice on holidays -- Samaris Ayala

One-on-One with Broadway’s Natalie Toro

B roadway actress and singer Natalie Toro reflects on growing up in the Bronx and her professional journey. During Puerto Rican Heritage Month in November, I had the pleasure of listening to Toro sing and to hear a little of her story at an event in the Bronx. Toro recently spoke with Puerto Rico Sun about her mom, her Broadway career and her new CD. Q: Please tell me a little about you. Where do you live? A: I live in Manhattan on the Upper West Side. Q: You recently were honored during the Bronx Puerto Rican Heritage Month celebration. What does having that honor mean to you? A: Being in this business, being a woman and being a Latina, makes it difficult to achieve certain things because you are always judged by the color of your skin and ethnicity. But in the theater, you can go beyond the color of your skin. You have to think outside the box, but I never forget where I come from and what my family (especially my mom) had to go through to help me realize my dream. And being honored
Community calendar December events at Cemi Underground in NYC's El Barrio: 7 p.m., Thursday, December 4 Book Presentation - The Accidental Santera by Irete Lazo Free 7 p.m., Friday, December 12 Taino Open Mic Poetry Hosted by La Bruja $7 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13 Book Presentation - Friends 'Til The End by Julie Ojeda Nin Free noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, December 14 Olga Ayala's Polymer Clay Workshop for Beginners- Workshop Fee: $60 includes materials 7 p.m. Friday, December 19 Open Mic Poetry Hosted by Raul 'Kahayarix' Rios $7 For more information or to purchase books, . Editor's Note: The following titles are also available online at the Puerto Rico Sun aStore. Just click on these links: Remember that shopping at the PRSUN aStore is a way of supporting the Puerto Rico Sun project. Shop PRSUN.
Navidad Criolla Capicu Poetry Hosts Second Annual Holiday Toy Drive To Benefit Headstart School In Brooklyn PA'L PUEBLO II Capicu Poetry in association with Notice Lounge have partnered to host our second annual "Pa'L Pueblo" holiday celebration and community toy drive in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Toy donations and 100% of the proceeds from the door will benefit children of the Brooklyn's Bushwick United "Toys For Head Start" program, located at 153 Johnson Avenue. This special event will be hosted by co-founder PaPo Swiggity and will feature live "Parranda" style music, Nuyorican / Urban poetry, comedy and community. Sponsorship development is currently underway, so contact if you are interested in being a part of this event. Event Details 7-11 p.m., Friday, December 12 Notice Lounge & Cafe, 198 Union Ave (between Broadway & Montrose) Brooklyn, NY Admission: $10 The organizers will also collect unwr


Garita Originally uploaded by carlos aviles . Today's featured Old San Juan shot from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Carlos Aviles .

RIP Ramon Velez, a South Bronx legacy

Featured story A South Bronx Story Ends

@ Framing AIDS

@ Framing AIDS Originally uploaded by clarisel . Spoken word poets Emanuel Xavier and La Bruja strike a pose before a piece of artwork at the opening reception of the Framing AIDS exhibit program at the Queens Museum of Art. Framing AIDS is a multimedia exhibit program in honor of World AIDS Day. Framing AIDS continues this month. For more information, go to or .

Today is Cyber Monday

Consider shopping at the PRSUN online stores. Support independent community media pa' ti . Go to the PRSUN Stores listed in this blog and click on the links. Remember that shopping at these stores is a way of supporting this social entrepreneurship project aimed at empowering, informing and building community. Shop PRSUN.