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Building community

A significant part of Puerto Rico Sun's mission is building community. The social networks have been instrumental in helping us fulfill our mission. I want to thank everyone who is part of the PRSUN familia in one way or another. Looking forward to a prosperous new year. Here's a glance: PRSUN on Twitter, 895 followers Clarisel Gonzalez on Facebook, 1,486 friends Puerto Rico Sun Communications' Facebook page (open): 259 fans Puerto Rico Sun's Facebook group (closed/by invite): 162 members Clarisel's Photo Place page at Facebook, 42 fans Puerto Rico Sun's very own social network at : 68 members PRSUN at MySpace: 386 friends New: Puerto Rico Sun Communications' LinkedIn group: 29 members Happy new year from Puerto Rico Sun Communications. PRSUN hopes to grow as a community media and art business in the new year. One way you can help support our efforts is by leaving a tip via PayPal.

Merry Christmas from PRSUN

Hi Puerto Rico Sun readers and visitors, Christmas greetings for you: -- Clarisel

PRSUN TV: Parranda!!!! in the Bronx

Get a taste of Parranda!!!! at Coqui Mexicano, a small fusion shop in the South Bronx. The community parranda was held in celebration of Coqui Mexicano's first anniversary as a business in the Melrose section. It was held on the day after Thanksgiving as a way of thanking the community for the support and kicking off the Christmas season. Parranda!!! @ Coqui Mexicano from Clarisel Gonzalez on Vimeo . Felicidades from PRSUN.

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The Puerto Rico Tourism Company Launches Innovative Advertising Campaign Through the Eyes of Artist Elliott Erwitt

A Celebration of Puerto Rico's History, the Campaign Takes You on a Photographic Journey of the Islands, Its People and Culture SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Puerto Rico Tourism Company will unveil a new integrated marketing campaign designed to increase awareness and make Puerto Rico a top of mind destination. The $10 million advertising campaign will run locally on networks like Bravo, Food Network, Fine Living, Travel Channel, CNN and CNBC. Print will run in titles like Vanity Fair, Architectural Digest, Food & Wine, In Style, Town & Country, and Travel & Leisure. Digital and out-of-home advertising also supports the campaign. The campaign is scheduled to launch in December 2009 and run through June 2010. At the center of the initiative is a series of Elliott Erwitt photographs taken during a return trip to Puerto Rico this spring where the world-renowned Magnum photographer re-discovered the Islands' essence: romantic, rich in culture and

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Follow me at Twitter. Lately, I have been tweeting more, blogging less. I'll be updating there. Thanks for your continued support.

WNYC - WNYC News Blog » Puerto Ricans in New York Struggling…Still

WNYC - WNYC News Blog » Puerto Ricans in New York Struggling…Still Interesting article on Puerto Ricans in New York

Puerto Rican Artisan and Health Fair in the Bronx

Community calendar The Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture at Hostos Community College will be transformed into a typical Puerto Rican plaza this weekend, with fountains, palm trees, piragua and coquito carts and artists, sculptors, vejigante mask makers and artisans selling traditional wares. The transformation will take place tomorrow for Comité Noviembre’s fourth annual artisans fair. Over 30 artesanos puertorriqueños from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico will showcase their unique and traditional art at the fair. Musical and cultural acts will entertain throughout the day, and children and adults will have the opportunity to take part in workshops on mask-making, the history of the Three Kings Celebration, and the music of Puerto Rico and the Taíno Indigenous People. This year’s event also features a health fair to educate people about the chronic diseases that have a disparate affect on our community, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obe

LLADRÓ Celebrates Puerto Rican Day with launch of Our Lady of Providence

As a photographer, one of my favorite subjects to shoot are religious icons. The Virgin Mary is on top of my list. Our Lady of Providence, the patroness of Puerto Rico , is, of course, one of my favorite images to photograph. Actually, I have introduced several people in New York City to Our Lady of Providence through my photography. One of my most popular photographs is an image I shot of Our Lady of Providence at St. Jerome's Church in the South Bronx, and one of my photos will be published in an upcoming religious book (TBA) and is currently on display at an art exhibit at the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project in the Bronx. As you could imagine, I was so happy to learn that Lladró will launch a sculpture in her likeness at an event in New York City during Puerto Rican Heritage Month. I hope to be there. Here's the press release: Lladró, the world renowned Spanish producer of exquisite porcelain works of art, will launch a sculpture in tribute to the patroness of Puerto Rico,

The 2010 Census and Puerto Ricans

Community calendar Research Seminar The 2010 Census and Puerto Ricans: Statistical Policy Issues and Politics Presenter: Angelo Falcon, President, National Institute for Latino Policy Refreshments will be served 6 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 12 Centro Conference Room 1437 East Bldg. at Hunter College in Manhattan For more information,

PRSUN Radio chats with Comite Noviembre's Teresa Santiago

PRSUN Radio puts a spotlight on Comite Noviembre, an organization that celebrates a host of activities in New York City for Puerto Rican Heritage Month. I chat with CN's Teresa Santiago tomorrow at . November is Puerto Rican Heritage Month in NYC and a key woman behind many of the cultural, civic and artistic celebrations going on is Teresa Santiago. For more information about the nonprofit Comite Noviembre, go to To listen live, the interview is at 9 p.m. tomorrow. After it airs, the show will be archived and available online. UPDATE: Listen to my interview with Teresa Santiago at .

Puerto Rican-related opportunites at Centro

Centro - Request for Proposals Submission Deadlines: November 15th - for Spring semester The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) seeks proposals for cultural and educational activities that contribute to the study and interpretation of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Proposals must address Centro's core mission of advancing knowledge about the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. LIBRARY & ARCHIVES Request for Historical Preservation & Research Partnership Proposals Application deadline for Spring 2010 Grants: Nov. 18, 2009 Application deadline for 2010-11 Grants: Jul. 1, 2010 The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) seeks partners to collect archival material, conduct research and disseminate knowledge about the history of Puerto Rican communities and individuals in the United States. Centro will provide limited funding on competitive bases to awardees for initiating projects for the

Thanks comunidad

Image by clarisel via Flickr Tonight I will be honored with a 2009 Comite Noviembre "Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad" award at a reception at El Museo del Barrio in NYC's East Harlem. Comite Noviembre is dedicated to preserving Puerto Rican heritage and culture and organizes several cultural and community events in November for Puerto Rican Heritage Month in New York City. Tonight is the kick-off event of the wonderful lineup of activities coming up in the city, which includes the annual Puerto Rican artisans fair. I am honored to receive this "Lo Mejor" award with a wonderful lineup of fellow boricua movers and shakers. Several of them belong to the Puerto Rico Sun online community and are supportive of our mission. The other recipients are Nydia Edgecombe, Director, Alumni Relations, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, Ibrahim González, host of WBAI -99.5, Melinda González, folk lyric historian and Bombera for Bomba Yo!, Rev. Carmen Hernandez, Pas

History of Puerto Rican Art Movement in New York City seminar

Community calendar Research Seminar "An illustrated History of the Puerto Rican Art Movement in New York City" Presenter: Yasmin Ramirez, Centro Researcher 6 p.m. Tonight Centro Conference Room, Hunter College, 1437 East Bldg., Manhattan Refreshments will be served

Celebrate Puerto Rican Heritage Month in NYC


PRSUN Radio chats with County of Kings' Lemon Andersen

Lemon Andersen is my guest Wednesday at 11 a.m. on PRSUN Radio at . County of Kings is playing now in NYC. About Lemon and his County of Kings: Half Puerto Rican. Half Norwegian. Two-time felon. One hell of a show. Featured earlier this year as part of The Public Theater's Under The Radar Festival,Lemon Andersen's County of Kings gives a tough, yet poignant biographical account of a good kid growing up in an unforgiving environment. Lemon, whose parents met at a methadone clinic and passed away from AIDS, served two prison sentences before he was 21 and won a Tony before he turned 30. His on-stage memoir touches on young love, the birth of hip hop, slinging crack, ballet, stealing car parts, prison, and poetry as he takes the audience on an astonishing and surprising one-man journey toward self-discovery. Weaving hard-edged drama with urban poetry, the Brooklyn born and bred performer tells his coming-of-age story with profound honesty, c

NYC to show its solidarity with Puerto Rico's National Strike

There will be a rally tomorrow at 5 p.m. in New York City in support of the national strike in Puerto Rico . This comes after Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño laid off thousands of government workers earlier this month, citing the island's poor economy as the culprit that has led him to make some tough decisions in this difficult financial time. But the layoffs have led different sectors on the island to engage in civil disobedience . The national strike on the island is also tomorrow. To participate in NYC's rally: 5 p.m. Thursday, October 15th PRFAA, 135 West 50th street (between 6th & 7th Avenues), Manhattan The NYC Chapter of National Congress of Puerto Rican Rights is a sponsor. Puerto Rico Sun is in solidarity. While it is true that the governor did need to cut workers from the government payroll because it is too big, the sudden number of layoffs are just too drastic and negatively impact too many poor and working class families on the island. These

Luis Muñoz Marín: The New York Years

Community calendar Research Seminar & Exhibit Luis Muñoz Marín : The New York Years Presenter: Mario Pérez Miranda, Centro Dissertation Fellow Exhibition launch, reception to follow Thursday, October 15, 6:00 pm Centro Library (at Hunter College) East Bldg. 3rd Floor, Main Library Entrance, Manhattan

PRSUN Radio chats with Pepper Negron

My upcoming guest is Pepper Negron, director , screenwriter , filmmaker, photographer , dreamer... Go to my entry at . The show will air at 9 p.m. Wednesday. UPDATE: To listen to my interview with Pepper Negron, go to my archives at .

NYC cultural act to protest book ban in Puerto Rico

In the mailbox Hola Familia As many of you know several literary works - including "El Entierro de Cortijo/Cortijo's Wake" by Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá and Aura by Carlos Fuentes - have been banned in Puerto Rico by the conservative right party currently in power. This is an act of devolution that sets our society back by hundreds of years and its an action usually associated with intolerant and totalitarian governments. This is why El Puerto Rican Embassy is calling for all Puerto Rican/Nuyorican artists, writers and educators to join us on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 2 p.m. in front of Rev. Pedro Pietri's mural on 104th Street for a Cultural Act that will be photographed and videotaped in order to support writers and artists in Puerto Rico and show solidarity with this new struggle they are now facing. Below I have included an Embassy press release and I have also attached a more creative version I've designed to reference official documents that have been

One sato at a time...Un sato a la vez: New York, New York

One sato at a time...Un sato a la vez: New York, New York I am hoping to interview the folks of Save a Sato for a future PRSUN Radio show. For more information on the good work of Save a Sato, visit


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PRSUN Radio chats with Urban Jibaro George Torres

My upcoming guest on PRSUN Radio is Urban Jibaro George Torres of Sofrito for your Soul. The show airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday at . George Torres is a social media consultant, cultural activist, radio personality and founder of cultural online magazine . Read a brief bio at my blog at . UPDATE: To listen to the interview, go to my archived show at

PRSUN Radio chats with writer Alexandra Roman Hernandez

My upcoming guest on PRSUN Radio is Puerto Rico-based novelist Alexandra Roman Hernandez who is currently promoting her new book "The Valley of Inspiration." My interview with Alexandra is 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at . Here's the press release about the book: THE VALLEY OF INSPIRATION (in Spanish) is a fantasy-adventure novel for young adults written by Alexandra Román de Hernández. In this novel, A.R. de Hernandez, leads the reader to explore the mythological Egyptian world through the eyes of Nailah, a young forger of words, which after the death of her father, a famous author and inspiration, enters a depression that inhibited her writing. The recent discovery of a tomb in the Valley of the Queens, gives hope to Nailah, for the hieroglyphics narrates the journey of a young prince poet, who became one of the most acclaimed poets of his era. Accompanied by her best friend and an Egyptologist, she travels to Egypt to find the Valley

Making the everyday exceptional with food

Here is an interesting community event for those of you who love to cook with a twist. Daisy Martinez has a Food Network show called “Viva Daisy!”, Harumi Kurihara , often times referred as Japan’s Martha and celebrity event planner Karen Bussen will speak at the Japan Society on how once thought “exotic” food or culture is now influencing regular American kitchen.  Both Latin or Japanese food aren’t “go-to” food when cooking at home, but both Harumi and Daisy are trying to change this myth. Click on the image for details. For more information on this event at the Japan Society in Manhattan, go to

PRSUN: Take part in Hispanic Heritage Month book giveaway

Puerto Rico Sun is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month book giveaway on behalf of Hachette Book Group . Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 th through October 15 th .     Zumba® By Beto Perez , Maggie Greenwood-Robinson ISBN: 0446546127 Evenings at the Argentine Club By Julia Amante ISBN: 0446581623 Damas, Dramas, and Ana Ruiz By Belinda Acosta ISBN: 044654051X Tell Me Something True By Leila Cobo ISBN: 0446519367 Amigoland By Oscar Casares ISBN: 0316159697   Each winner will receive one whole set of books (5 books) for the giveaway.   If you are interested in receiving the book giveaway, please send me your name and address to clarisel (at) Only five winners will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Giveaway is only open to US and Canadian residents. No PO Boxes please.   Good luck, and Happy Hispanic Heritage Month. UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS. Giveaway is now closed.  

Add your voice to the Library of Congress

Opportunity Take home a free CD of your oral history StoryCorps  Historias, an initiative to gather and preserve in sound the life stories of Latinos across the country, will be in  New York City  to record your story of endurance, resilience, achievement and hope. Working in partnership with the Center for  Puerto Rican Studies , StoryCorps Historias will document the history of your loved ones for generations to come. A StoryCorps interview is a 45-minute conversation between two people who know each other. A trained facilitator will be present with you and your partner throughout the interview process to help you have a comfortable and meaningful experience, and to handle all technical aspects of the recording. You'll take home a broadcast-quality audio CD, and with your permission, copies will go to the  American Folklife Center  at the  Library of Congress . Segments of interviews may also air on  National Public Radio . Visit  to see samp

Q&A: Lillian Jimenez, Producer/Director, Antonia Pantoja: Presente!

“Antonia Pantoja: Presente!” is in the lineup of this season’s VOCES series, which also features films about music legends Celia Cruz and Tito Puente. The signature series airs this month on WNET (Channel 13 in NYC) and is a showcase of documentaries celebrating the rich diversity of Latino life. It will be presented on national public television in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. New York Latino Community Examiner interviewed the director/producer Lillian Jimenez on her project about the late Puerto Rican visionary. Go to my site at Examiner for more Here's a short video courtesy of VOCESMedia at YouTube:

The spirit of the Young Lords lives on

Commentary It was 1969, the year remembered by many as when the New York Mets won the World Series. It was also the year that a group of Puerto Rican activists formed the New York chapter of the Young Lords. The revolutionary Young Lords Party, which led protests against conditions faced by Puerto Ricans and led to the takeover of the First Spanish Methodist “The People’s” Church in East Harlem in December 1969, definitely has its place in history for their activism to bring change in the Puerto Rican community in New York and elsewhere. Last month, the former Young Lords came together to celebrate the 40th anniversary at the old East Harlem church. While the group doesn’t exist today, the legacy of the Young Lords continues.  On that hot August Sunday, more than 20 former members of the Lords gathered at the church to share their experiences, inspiring a current and future generation of young activists to take action against injustices affecting their community.  The church in

Comite Noviembre seeks boricuas making a difference in their communities

Lo mejor de nuestra comunidad awards Through Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad award, Comité Noviembre in New York City recognizes outstanding individuals who are the unsung heroes of our community and who are making a difference in the Puerto Rican communities of this country. Puerto Ricans whose pride in their heritage and strength of character have empowered themselves and inspired others to make significant impact on the community are recognized. The recipients of this award are chosen by Comité Noviembre from nominations submitted by the community. These individuals are honored at the kick-off celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage Month. The nomination criteria and form for Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad award is now available at Comite Noviembre's website. The deadline for nominations to be received by CN is Wednesday, September 23rd. Recipients of the award will be informed by Monday, September 28th. The Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly spearheads the awards proce

A celebration of Puerto Rican culture in Central Park

Visit my site at flickr for photos taken at the Fiesta Folklorica last Sunday. Go to . Click on my Puerto Ricans in NYC events '09 photo set. The Puerto Rican Folkloric Festival is definitely a celebration of Puerto Rican culture, tradition and heritage in New York City. Check out my PRSUN TV site at YouTube for scenes of the Bronx-based Danza Fiesta performing at the festival. Click on "@ Fiesta Folklorica PR" at (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

Featured event: La Fiesta Folklorica PR

This Puerto Rican festival is tomorrow at Central Park in Manhattan. It is the 43rd anniversary. Support our cultural events. They matter. Free admission.

Save El Maestro

In the mailbox: EL MAESTRO, INC. JUAN LAPORTE'S BOXING GYM 1029 EAST 167 TH  STREET BRONX, NEW YORK 10459 TEL.: (646) 337-6775                                                          LAST TIME OPORTUNITY TO SAVE EL MAESTRO, INC.   To: All our Friends, Family and Comrades From: Ponce Laspina We are reaching to you to request your support in helping an important institution stay alive: El Maestro, Inc. is a 501-C 3 non profit organization founded in 2003 whose mission is to improve the quality of life of the people in the community through social activities such as; sports, cultural and educational programs. At this time we do not have or receive any funding. We are reaching out to you to request your assistance in order to continue providing these services to the youth in our community. El Maestro, Inc.    is a sports, cultural and educational oasis in the heart of the South Bronx named in honor Puerto Rican Patriot, Don Pedro Albizu Campos  "El Maestro" , where all