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PRSUN Radio: A PRdream with Judith Escalona

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Tomorrow night's guest at PRSUN Radio is Judith Escalona, executive director of PRdream and MediaNoche in NYC's El Barrio. PRdream (Puerto Rico and the American Dream) is the award-winning website on the history, culture and politics of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora. The mission of PRdream is to empower community through technology. As part of that mission, PRdream launched MediaNoche, a new media project and digital gallery. MediaNoche offers residencies and exhibition space for artists working in new media. The Digital Film Studio at MediaNoche is a space for independent filmmakers to converge. Works-in-progress screenings, screenplay readings and a variety of workshops are offered. Escalona is also a filmmaker. To read Escalona's bio, go to my blog at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio . The show will be at 9 p.m. at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio . UPDATE To listen to PRSUN Radio's chat with Judith Escalona: RELATED OPPORTUNITY FINAL CUT PR

STS 119 Post Landing Crew News Conference

Excerpts from a news conference held March 28 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center with members of the STS-119 crew, which included boricua astronaut Joseph Acaba, following their successful landing of space shuttle Discovery. courtesy of NASA TV

Tribute to the late salsero Manny Oquendo on Barrio Block

In the Mailbox Please listen tbo Barrio Block 99.5 FM (in New York City) today 2 to 4 p.m. Special guest Andy Gonzalez and others talking about the late Manny Oquendo the six decades of music is created and help create. Vaya! -- Americo Casiano Jr. Editor's Note: Manny Oquendo's music is available at the PRSUN aStore. Here's a link.

El Maestro is more than a gym

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I board the #6 train to the Bronx and get off at the Whitlock Avenue stop. As I walk to my destination, I listen to the busy car traffic and the sounds of people working in garages and businesses in the area. Within minutes, I’m in another world. I’m inside a community treasure: El Maestro. Some refer to this place as “Juan Laporte’s Boxing Gym,” named after Laporte who was a boxing champion in the early 1980’s. But the gym located at 1029 East 167th Street doesn’t serve only as a gym. It’s also a cultural and educational oasis for those with an interest in Puerto Rican and Latino themes. The center is an endeavor aimed at transforming a social void into a valuable community space. It serves as a social and cultural center for the entire community. It’s a place for community members to socialize and participate in ongoing programs and activities for children, teenagers and adults. Among the cultural programs that take place at El Maestro are: “Puerto Rican Roots Music performances

Turn off your lights tonight for Earth Hour

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Puerto Rico Sun supports Earth Hour. TONIGHT at 8:30 p.m. you can send your statement about conserving energy by switching off your lights for one hour, Earth Hour. For more information, http://www.earthhour.org/home/ .

'Powerful Womyn Powerful Words' Tonight in El Barrio

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Navy Assures Serrano: We Have No Intention of Returning to Vieques

Last Thursday during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Inhofe (R-Okla.) asked the Navy whether it had plans to return to Vieques, since it seemed well placed to respond to a variety of needs in Latin America. Although the Navy was non-committal in its response, Congressman Serrano immediately asked the Navy to clarify its position on Vieques and sought assurances that it had no intention of returning to Vieques. On Friday, Serrano received confirmation from the Navy’s Congressional Relations office that the Navy has no intention of reopening Vieques as a training range. “I am pleased to hear that the Navy has no plans to return to Vieques,” said Serrano. “The people of Vieques have suffered enough. I am glad that the Navy now realizes the harm that has been caused, and agrees that this painful chapter in the history of Puerto Rico must remain closed.” Source: Congressman Jose Serrano's statement on Vieques in The Serrano Report

Empire of Desire at MediaNoche

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Featured exhibition Empire of Desire A multi-screen installation by Ted Ciesielski March 28 – May 2 Gallery hours: 1 to 7 p.m. and by appointment, Wednesday through Saturday Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Saturday March 28 Artist's talk: 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 16 MediaNoche, Manhattan’s Uptown gallery devoted to new media, presents Empire of Desire, a multiscreen installation by Ted Ciesielski. The phallic cliché of the Empire State Building returns as a modern-day totem privileging women through its projections. A woman's body becomes a pliable and supple surface for viewing not so much the classic nude but images of the Empire State Building that conceal her. Ciesielski creates an elusive metaphor of power that weds steel and brick to flesh, resolving the public and private spheres in a manner closer to pornography than art and rendering such distinctions senseless by the brute force of the imaging. Think Abu Ghraib. For Ciesielski the "installation is a visual bri

The NYC Collective of the Puerto Rican Photographic Society to meet in El Barrio

We are still organizing a local photo collective of the Puerto Rican Photographic Society, a global group especially aimed at highlighting the work of boricua photographers. Our next meeting in NYC is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, Cemi Underground, 1799 Lexington Ave. @ E. 112th Street, East Harlem. You are invited to join us if you are interested in being part of the photo collective. We are a grassroots group.

PRSUN Radio talks with financial pro Xavier Serbia on building wealth

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Xavier Serbia, a former Menudo, is now a financial expert and he is the author of a new Spanish guide titled "La riqueza en cu4tro pisos." It's a guide providing readers steps on how to strategize and build financial independence. Serbia has become a leading financial voice, especially within the U.S. Hispanic media. Listen to my interview with Serbia in English about his guide and what he has to say about building wealth. Xavier breaks down the steps he thinks people should take to work on achieving financial independence. Xavier Serbia will be in the Bronx for a book presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza in Coop City. Serbia says he hopes to interact with people and discuss his book, which he describes as a "roadmap" to wealth. For more information about the writer, go to his website at www.xavierserbia.com . -- Clarisel Gonzalez Xavier Serbia's book is also available at the PRSUN aStore.

Poetry: 'Her Food for Thought'

Community calendar “Her Food for Thought” Celebrating Latina Women in Poetry will showcase talents of published and emerging poets of Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Spain and of Taino Decent. With topics that broad in range. Voices that are passionate and experiences that are personal and sometimes painful. Each artist brings a unique style and vision to the stage. The listeners will relate to the challenges that some have faced and recognize the accomplishments that others have achieved. The poetry will evoke dialogue and discussion. They will convey a deep sense of spirituality and culture, an understanding of the power of “Woman” and the Magic she creates. “Her Food for Thought” Latina Poetry Review 7-9:30 p.m., March 26 FREE Admission / Cash Bar Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, Inc. 107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan For more information, Mia Roman Hernandez at artbymamamia@yahoo.com or call (646)366-6448.

Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The Nuyoricans

Commentary By Manuel Hernández Carmona New York Puerto Rican writer, Miguel Algarin (Puerto Rican Voices in English, p.39) came to Puerto Rico with colleague Miguel Piñero in the early 1970's. They were speaking in English, Spanish, Spanglish and a variety of sorts when they heard someone calling them Nuyoricans. Algarin thought they were using the term in a humiliating way. When my parents moved back to the island in 1974, I was immediately referred to as "el nuyorican" by classmates, relatives and friends. I was confused because I had never been called like that before. Nuyorican is a combination of the words New York and Puerto Rican. It was and still is used to identify Puerto Ricans born and raised in the United States and to differentiate them from island Puerto Ricans ("Adios Borinquen Querida", p.90). Puerto Ricans born in other US cities resent the term because they were not born in New York City. For some New York Puerto Ricans, it is a label they p

Nuyorican poet Sandra Maria Esteves to lead Bronx writing workshop tomorrow

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Acentos Writers Workshops Welcomes Sandra Maria Esteves Acentos is doing something special every Sunday at Hostos Community college to promote writing and poetry. Acentos is offering dynamic workshops in the Bronx for free. Acentos offers participants the opportunity to work with some of the most well respected writers of our time. Writers like Sandra Maria Esteves who has blazed trails so wide and thick it made it just a little bit easier for Acentos to exist. This coming Sunday is not a day to miss. Sandra Maria Esteves Poet Sandra María Esteves is a "Puerto Rican-Dominican-Boriqueña- Quisqueyana-Taino-African-American," born and raised in the Bronx. One of the founders of the Nuyorican poetry movement, she has published six collections of poetry including Finding Your Way (2001); Contrapunto In The Open Field (1998); Undelivered Love Poems (1997); Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo (1990); Tropical Rain: A Bilingual Downpour (1984); and Yerba Buena (1981) which was select

Anibal Acevedo Vila is Innocent

Former Puerto Rico Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila is not guilty on all counts in his corruption trial. The verdict by a jury at the federal court concluded his month long trial earlier today in Puerto Rico. "I hope Puerto Rico learns from this lesson," said Acevedo Vila after the verdict. "You defend the truth no matter what." I'm glad because federal authorities didn't have enough proof against the former governor, judging by media reports I heard during the trial. To read today's report on Acevedo Vila's verdict, http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ap/20090321/twl-cb-puerto-rico-governor-s-trial-1be00ca.html Share your thoughts. Feel free to leave your comments.

Research Seminar: Welfare reform in NYC

Community calendar Welfare Reform in NYC: From Slums to the Projects Presenters: Cordelia Reimers and Howard Chernick , Hunter College with Marygrace Tyrell , Northwestern University 6 p.m., Thursday, March 26 Centro Conference Room 1437 East Bldg. Hunter College 68th & Lexington Avenue, Manhattan For more information, www.centropr.org .

Free Stylin' in El Barrio

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Community calendar 90’s Diva Judy Torres is expected to attend. TONIGHT is Freestyle night at Cemi Underground in NYC's El Barrio. For more information, www.cemiunderground.com . Editor's note: Nieves-Powell's book "Free Style" is also available at the PRSUN aStore.

Riches in 4 Steps with Xavier Serbia

Financial expert and former Menudo Xavier Serbia is the scheduled guest on PRSUN Radio Monday night. He is currently promoting his new book "La riqueza en cuatro pisos," and will be sharing some helpful financial tips with listeners. The talk show is planned for 9-9:15 p.m. at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio . If you can't listen to the show live, it will be archived at PRSUN Radio. "La riqueza en cuatro pisos" is a survival manual. Having sufficient wealth in the future, and achieving financial independence are two of the primary goals for Hispanics; this book is the first step. For more information, go to my blog at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio . Editor's Note: Serbia's book is available at the PRSUN aStore at:

‘The Show Still Goes On’

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In one of their first events honoring Women’s History Month at the Centro (The Center for Puerto Rican Studies) library at Hunter College in Manhattan, organizers put together a talk entitled “The Show Still Goes On.” Professor and historian Virginia Sanchez-Korrol moderated the conversation with actresses Miriam Colon (the founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre) and Eva Vasquez. The actresses offered a history lesson and conversation full of theatre, especially focusing on the Latino New York theatre scene, and they shared their success stories. Both actresses said their inspiration came from family. –- Ismael Nunez (photo by Ismael Nunez)

It's time to change

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It's time to get another Puerto Rican flag. This flag decorates a community garden in NYC's El Barrio. (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

My day of dreams at the Nuyorican Poets Café

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In the first person If you’ve ever been to the Nuyorican Poets Café in lower Manhattan than you can understand why it would be such an honor for my first public performance outside of school to be at this historical Café. It was a Sunday in the middle of the afternoon and I was seemingly relaxed. I was coming above ground from the 6 train, probably the most eager as I’ve ever been. My older sister Lisa and I strolled the streets of the L.E.S. searching for this landmark. My blood was boiling with excitement. I was headed to the Urban Word’s 11th Annual Teen Poetry Preliminary Round at the Nuyorican! Life couldn’t get better. I spent countless hours practicing the poem, so I wasn’t nervous about my memorization of my piece. I remember the names were placed in a raffle envelope as everyone took a seat for a chance to spill their guts into the mic for the judges. “This rug is a very famous one, one that Saul Williams and other famous poets have stood on; you should be honored to re

Entrepreneur Night in El Barrio

Join La Casa Azul Bookstore on Entrepreneur Night 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 17 East Harlem Cafe 1651 Lexington Ave., NYC's El Barrio Local businesses will feature their products and services. Some examples of what you will find: fashion, accessories, catering, life coach and books. Support the small businesses in your community. Aurora Anaya-Cerda, a contributing writer to this blog, is owner of La Casa Azul Bookstore. I, representing Puerto Rico Sun Communications, a community-minded independent multimedia social entrepreneurship, will be there. I'll be mingling.

ProLibertad to honor Latinas for contributions to independence movement

Community calendar This Women's History Month, The ProLibertad Freedom Campaign honors the contributions of Boricua/Latina women to the Puerto Rican Independence Movement. Recipients of the Doña Adelfa Vera Award for 2009: Yasmin Hernandez, Artist/Activist/Educator Teresita "Lah Tere" Ayala, Poet/Activist/Rebel Diaz Claudia de la Cruz, Pastor of La Iglesia San Romero de Las Americas/UCC Mistress of Ceremony: Haydee Morales, Casa Atabex Ache Co-Founder Keynote Speaker: Prisionera, Poet/Activist/Partido Nacionalista de Puerto Rico Sample Work Presentation: "Our Women, Our Struggle" (working title) is a 70-minute long documentary that chronicles the life of Puerto Rican revolutionary Isabel Rosado who dedicated her life to the Puerto Rican Independence movement and has become a symbol of the island's patriotism. Other women such as Lolita Lebron and Dylcia Pagan will also be highlighted. All three women were subjected to FBI surveillance and each spent man

Following the News: A boricua is in space now for real

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The Discovery has launched. It is so cool to know that a boricua astronaut is in space right now. Joseph Acaba is part of the crew of seven. He is making history as the first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage in space. Here's a report on tonight's launch: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h1W8dcUP9H70AmlSfDSenPteDT9gD96UPFL00 To read Acaba's bio, go to http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/acaba-jm.html or click on this entry's headline. Here are some photos I took between yesterday and tonight on news coverage of our boricua going to space. For more photos, visit my photo page at http://flickr.com/photos/clarisel . (photos by Clarisel Gonzalez of some of the TV coverage)

Pianist Jose Ramos Santana performs at Pregones

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Community calendar March is for music at Pregones theater in the Bronx. This month has been full of concerts. Today's afternoon show features classical music with Puerto Rican concert pianist Jose Ramos Santana. For ticket info. on today's show, go to www.pregones.org . (photo courtesy of Pregones)

Featured PRSUN Video: San Sebastian, PR

Video by Brave Little Soul, a member of the PRSUN Video group. To check out more videos from the PRSUN Video group at flickr, go to http://www.flickr.com/groups/prsunvideo

Reminder: Cyber Boricua Chicas chat is today in El Barrio

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Come join us at 5 p.m. today at Cemi Underground, East Harlem, for a chat titled "Cyber Boricua Chicas." Listen to my voice blog at http://www.snapvine.com/blog/show/20e0ee360d1a11de9ade0030485b0f88 Also tune in to a show I did with Lenina Nadal of performingprofound.com and Iris Morales of us-puertoricans.org for PRSUN Radio at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio .

Standup Comic Cindy SugaRush to chat with PRSUN Radio

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Cindy Casado of the SugaRush Comedy Show will be my guest on PRSUN Radio next week. Cindy, a standup comic, hails from the Bronx. Cindy doesn't just say jokes. It is the people, her life experiences and even her dogs that inspire her sense of humor, which she brings to her comedy act. As an example of her humor, check out her jibara picture on her Facebook page. Cindy jokes about her Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage, calling herself a "Domrican." So, tune in from 9-9:15 p.m. www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio on March 18, Wednesday night. Cindy will share information on her upcoming shows and projects. To read her bio, go to my blog at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio . (photo courtesy of Cindy SugaRush/photo by Elena "Mamarazzi" Marrero) UPDATE

Hey what about us!

It's about time to create an Uptown Theatre District in Spanish Harlem Commentary By Eugene Rodriguez Hey Mr. Mayor, what about us? While everybody is talking about saving the economy of the nation let us not forget (NYC's) El Barrio! As the president has said, “We should work to turn this national disaster into an opportunity to fix our economy.” And the economy of East Harlem, Spanish Harlem, El Barrio surely needs fixing. Hard times are upon us again, but truth be told, hard times never left El Barrio. Good jobs have always been few and far between in East Harlem. Businesses have always lived on the edge of disaster, and families have always struggled to survive here. The fact of the matter is that the last recession never left Spanish Harlem, and now we are faced with “Great Depression.” And, as a long term resident of EL Barrio, I can tell you that nobody is coming to El Barrio to build wind mills, or solar panels, or fuel efficient cars. So, what’s left for us to do

Reminder: Latinas En Foco photography exhibit opens tomorrow

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Curator Mia Roman Hernandez says: “Latinas En Foco Celebrating Women in Photography will include more than fifty works by emerging and established artists from Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Mexico, and of Taino Decent. Each artist brings a unique style and vision. These artists have discovered their beauty, their tales and their history in which has been incorporated into their craft of photography. Some of the pieces will depict Latino Cultures, Community, Urban settings, Family, Spirituality and will embrace the feminine empowerment of today’s woman. The viewers will be able to connect to some of the challenges and the ordinary lives of some of the photographs. The photos will evoke emotion, feeling and discussion. They will convey something deeper about how the subjects confront the place where they live and the situation in which they find themselves. Each portrait also provides a broader opportunity to reflect on our shared humanity. Art is an expression of the unconscious and is

RIP Ralph Mercado

Ralph Mercado, who for more than 30 years produced legendary concerts in the Latin music world, died today. Mercado was a key player in the career of many stars such as Marc Anthony and the late Celia Cruz. Here's a related link: http://www.philly.com/philly/wires/ap/news/state/new_jersey/20090310_ap_salsapromoterralphmercadodeadat57.html

NEW: PRSUN Voice Blog

Hi gente, I now have a PRSUN Voice blog. Feel free to leave me your voice blogs at www.snapvine.com/prsun

Cyber Boricua Chat at PRSUN Radio

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Iris Morales of us-puertoricans.org and Lenina Nadal of performingprofound.com will be my guests at PRSUN Radio and we will be talking a little about Web 2.0 and Puerto Rican experience. This chat is in advance of our upcoming presentation entitled "Cyber Boricua Chicas" for Women's History Month on March 14 at Cemi Underground in NYC's El Barrio. I will also share information on PRSUN Radio on valuable Puerto Rican-related blogs and sites. Gente, feel free to send me links of resources you think I should consider mentioning. Leave your comments here or send me an e-mail. To read more about Iris Morales and Nadal, go to my blog at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/PRSUNRADIO/blog/2009/03/10/Cyber-Boricua-Chat The show airs tomorrow at 9 p.m. at www.blogtalkradio/prsunradio . It will also later be available in our archives. Also don't miss our presentation Saturday at Cemi: (Click on image for larger text.)

Time to Revive Puerto Rican Voting Rights

Community calendar Research Seminar: Time to Revive Puerto Rican Voting Rights 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12 Presenter: Katherine Culliton-González , Esq. J.D. 1993, American University, Washington College of Law (Valedictorian); 1993-1994 Fulbright (Law Lecturer in Chile); Author of a series of publications in English & Spanish used to develop anti-discrimination law in the Americas; Attorney, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice. Centro Conference Room 1437 East Bldg. Hunter College 68th & Lexington Avenue, Manhattan For more information: http://www.centropr.org/events.html?event=36

A Night of Comedy with Bill Santiago

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La Casa Azul Bookstore and East Harlem Cafe present a night of comedy with Bill Santiago, author of "Pardon My Spanglish" Stand-up comedian Bill Santiago will bring his humor to El Barrio on Thursday, March 12, starting at 7 p.m. The best part is that this night of comedy at the East Harlem Cafe, 1651 Lexington Ave. @ 104th St. is free and open to the public. Santiago chronicles the quintessentially American alegrías of his mother tongue: the quirky, hilariously improvisational fusion of inglés and español spoken by millions (even if they don't know or admit que están doing it). With crash-course efficiency, cada página de este libro empowers your every step toward Spanglish mastery. How can you not love Spanglish? Twice the vocabulary, half the grammar! And if you don't speak any Spanish, no problemo! Pardon My Spanglish is essential reading for Latinos-and the Latino-curious. RSVP suggested: lacasaazulbookstore@gmail.com Book signing to follow the show. -- Aur

Viva Loisaida @ Centro

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Community calendar Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños Hunter College, CUNY Presents Viva Loisaida 6-9 p.m., Thursday, March 19 I. VIVA LOISAIDA the 1978 Documentary Film conceived and produced by photographer MARLIS MOMBER II. Discussion of the Socio-Economical Transition to follow Screening. Also on view is the Inaugural Archive Exhibit III. "On and Off the AVENUE" until May 1 Hunter College Centro Library East Bldg. 3rd Floor, Main Library Entrance 68th & Lexington Avenue, Manhattan For more information, http://www.centropr.org/events.html?event=47

Happy Day of La Mujer

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The International Women's Day is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. I am a proud member of Bloggers Unite. Go to http://www.bloggersunite.org/event/international-womens-day Check out the wonderful array of articles in celebration of la mujer. Felicidades mujeres trabajadoras y luchadoras.

Picture Puerto Rico in the South Bronx

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This series was shot on East 142nd between Brook and St. Ann's avenues. The yellow casita is Villa Puerto Rico. (photos by Clarisel Gonzalez)

Community calendar: Inspiring women

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(To view larger text, click on image.) For more information on this or other Women's History events at Cemi Underground, go to www.cemiunderground.com .

Q&A: Writer Sofia Quintero

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On the reading corner This month you can meet and greet Sofia Quintero, author of the novel "Divas Don't Yield." Quintero will discuss and sign copies of her "Divas Don't Yield" from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th Street, El Taller, 3rd Floor, East Harlem. 3 Questions for Sofia Quintero 1. What was the inspiration behind your book? The novel "Divas Don't Yield" was based on a screenplay I wrote almost 10 years ago in response to the so-called Latin pop explosion or as I prefer to describe it - the six months in 1999 when Latinos were "in" again. It was difficult for me to celebrate our popularity because one, I suspected it would be fleeting, and two, the few Latinos handpicked for stardom were not very diverse. I decided to write a screenplay that would break out not just one but four different Latina stars including an Afro-Latina and hopefully an out lesbian. It is much easier

Concert of art songs by classical composers from Puerto Rico

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Music La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. invites you to a concert of art songs by classical composers from Puerto Rico Mezzo soprano Anna Tonna and pianist Daniel Daroca will present a recital of art songs by composers from Puerto Rico at 3 p.m. TOMORROW at La Casa, 1230 Fifth Avenue, Suite 458 (between Fifth and Madison Avenue) in Manhattan. Dominican-American mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna and Cuban pianist Daniel Daroca will showcase songs by Puerto Rican composers from the past and present. Tonna and Daroca will highlight the various compositional styles of Puerto Rico's most important classical composers in the genre of art song and their song settings of Puerto Rico's national poets. This same concert will be presented at The Casals Festival of Puerto Rico by these artists on March 19. La Casa’s performance will be the New York premiere of several of the pieces to be performed, including the “Tres Canciones de Luis Palés Matos” by Luis Prado. This conce

Study of our soul

Pensamientos Puerto Rican studies is the study of our soul. It has kept our identity safe from assimiliation suicide. -- Samaris Ayala

Women of El Barrio Wanted

Activism Women of El Barrio (WOEB) promotes the leadership of Puerto Rican women regardless of age, sexual orientation, religious preferences, political affiliations or socio-economic status. Through the annual Women’s History Month celebration, WOEB has the opportunity to recognize women who have contributed to enhancing the quality of life in El Barrio/East Harlem according to the criteria stated below: Required Criteria: All nominees must have the following attributes for this award: *Must be a woman of Puerto Rican descent *Must be a resident of El Barrio/East Harlem *Must be active in the cultural, social, political efforts, enhancing quality of life in El Barrio, demonstrating leadership, mentorship and/or creativity. If nominating a young woman, the candidate should be aspiring, mature, active, creative and be seen as an emerging leader. Nominations are due by MARCH 12. Here's the link for the nomination form: http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p231/alyssa2178/WOE

Former Menudo turned financial expert Xavier Serbia to visit the Bronx

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Community calendar Xavier Serbiá, ex-integrante del grupo Menudo, lanza en Nueva York su primer libro LA RIQUEZA EN CU4TRO PISOS, CÓMO CONSTRUIR LA INDEPENDENCIA FINANCIERA 7 p.m. jueves 26 de marzo Barnes & Noble Booksellers Bay Plaza 290 Baychester Ave. Xavier Serbia, a former member of Menudo, will be in the Bronx promoting his first book LA RIQUEZA EN CU4TRO PISOS, CÓMO CONSTRUIR LA INDEPENDENCIA FINANCIERA at 7 p.m. March 26, Barnes & Noble, Bay Plaza. The book is about building financial independence. Editor's note: Serbia's book is also available at the PRSUN aStore.

PR to slash thousands of government jobs

Yesterday's big story from Puerto Rico is that the governor plans to cut 30,000 government jobs. The government is one of the biggest employers on the island and this is devastating news to the island's economy. This new wave of cuts will also probably lead to new migration to the United States. Featured story Puerto Rico plans to slash 30,000 government jobs SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 3 (Reuters) - Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno said on Tuesday he would slash 30,000 jobs, freeze salaries of government workers and raise some taxes, as he warned the U.S. Caribbean territory must confront "the reality of a bankrupt government." For the complete report, go to http://www.reuters.com/article/bondsNews/idUSN0350631020090303 .

Artist spotlight: Mia Roman Hernandez

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For Women's History Month, PRSUN talks to boricua multimedia artist Mia Roman Hernandez about her many loves: art, life, culture, family and the month of March. This month is a busy one for Mia. She's organizing and taking part in a lineup of Women's History Month events in New York City aimed at celebrating and highlighting the work of Latina artists. She is participating in a group art exhibit, curating and showcasing her photography in a group exhibit titled "Latinas En Foco/Celebrating Women in Photography" and performing in a poetry show titled in "Her Food For Thought/Celebrating Latina Women in Poetry." For Mia, March is an important time to celebrate sisterhood. The Interview 1. What kind of artist are you and what is your mission? I would say that I am a multimedia artist. I enjoy painting, poetry and photography. I love to sample all types of mediums and touch on various subjects. My mission is to produce art whenever possible. As an a
Opportunity Request for Partnership Proposals for Centro Voices Application deadline: March 15 The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) at Hunter College in NYC seeks partners to launch Centro Voices, a new peer-reviewed, online magazine devoted to Puerto Rican studies. Centro Voices will be a web-based outlet for the exchange of ideas and scholarship not regularly covered by traditional academic journals. Within this new framework, we propose to support a number of specific community-based and CUNY academic groups that will be able to create online content in their areas of expertise for the public and for the university community. For more information, www.centropr.org . source: Centro
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Community calendar Cemi Underground's annual Latina Women's History Month celebration Cemi in East Harlem is planning a monthlong of events, including art exhibitions, comedy, poetry, freestyle night, music, books and more. Just in: I have been invited to be part of a panel with Iris Morales and Lenina Nadal about the "Cyber Boricua Chicas-Web 2.0 and the Puerto Rican Experience" on March 12. Details to come. The events kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 with an art exhibition and comedy show, featuring artists Mia Hernandez, Amy Ponce, Reina Miranda, Elena "Mamarazzi" Marrero and Cindy SugaRush. For more information, www.cemiunderground.com . (Click on image for larger text.)