Showing posts from April, 2009

Latino bilingual website for teachers to debut at Hunter College

Education Albany, NY---Officials of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños/Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) at Hunter College (in Manhattan) will debut a first-of- its-kind bilingual website designed to showcase Hispanic contributions to New York State history Tuesday, May 5 at 11 a.m. at Hunter College’s Centro. Known as La Escuela Electrónica (the Electronic Schoolhouse), the new web resource will be available in English and Spanish. La Escuela Electrónica examines the Latino experience in New York through photographs, letters, broadsides, flyers, and more dating from 1861 to the present. Bilingual introductory videos explain how teachers can use such primary sources in their classrooms and the kinds of institutions that care for these one-of-a-kind materials. Within the website, documents are organized by topics selected to correlate to New York’s learning standards: immigration, labor unions, biography, civil rights, cul

Dramatizing Eugenio Maria de Hostos: 'El Juicio'

Community calendar Dramatization of a Stage Reading...Eugenio Mario de Hostos "El Juicio" noon to 2 p.m. TODAY Hostos Community College 500 Grand Concourse Avenue Stage Reading of Eugenio Maria de Hostos at Hostos Community College This performance is in Spanish. A principios del Siglo XIX es juzgado Eugenio María de Hostos y Bonilla. ¿Cuál fue el veredicto final? Usted lo sabrá cuando asista este Jueves a las 12:30 p.m. a la Corte Especial preparada en la Sala 151 del Edificio C en el Colegio Comunitario de Hostos. Participan: Yahaziel Acevedo, Dewin Andujar, Patricia Bonilla, Hugo Cáceres, Ricardo J. Salazar, Ediberto Saldaña, Maitreyi Villamán Matos. Dirección de Miguel J. Concepción Blanco. Free. Space is limited.

Behind The Roots: Yerbabuena

PRSUN Radio chats with Tato Torres of YERBABUENA at 9 p.m. tonight at . Here's a video by Barrio Media featuring interviews and the music of YERBABUENA, a group dedicated to the musical traditions of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. This group was born in the South Bronx. source: Barrio Media at You Tube See related April 27 entry in this blog. UPDATE: To listen to PRSUN Radio's interview with Tato Torres:

Keep Your Eye on Lopez

On the sports corner In front of the home crowd in Puerto Rico, World Boxing Organization Super-Bantamweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez defended his title against Gerry Penalosa last weekend. Lopez entered the ring with an impressive record of 24 victories, 22 by knockout. Lopez did not lose a single round. Penalosa’s heart is most likely what kept him going throughout his fight with Lopez. But by the ninth round, Penalosa’s trainer Freddie Roach had seen enough and threw in the towel to stop the fight. Harold Lederman, judge for HBO Boxing, said: “It’s hard to believe that they didn’t stop the fight a whole lot sooner; it’s Lopez’s fight from the opening bell.” Freddie Roach said, “He was way to strong, my fighter’s face was banged up, he was too good.” And Max Kellerman, boxing commentator, described Lopez as tough. While Lopez’s win is definitely good news for Puerto Rico, the question now is whether he will move up in weight class. Since he’s beaten up everyone in his divisio

PRSUN Radio chats with Tato Torres of YERBABUENA

Tato Torres chats with PRSUN Radio at 9 p.m. Wednesday at . He is spending his birthday with us. Happy birthday Tato! Torres who now lives in Puerto Rico will be chatting with PRSUN Radio on boricua roots music, YERBABUENA, his newest project ChivoLoco and more. To read Tato's bio, check out my blog at .

Jacobo and Denise

Photo op Puerto Rican filmmaker (el maestro) Jacobo Morales and actress and former Miss Universe Denise Quinones pose for a photo after an event at Hunter College April 21. Morales was among the panelists on a talk focusing on Puerto Rican cinema and the challenges of rising cinema as part of the Havana Film Festival in New York City. Morales' movie "Dios Los Crio II" (2004) had its NY premiere at this year's festival. (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez) For more of my photos, go to . Click on my Puerto Rican in NYC events photo set.

Feliz Cumpleaños a La Casa Azul Bookstore

On the reading corner La Casa Azul celebrates one year anniversary as online store today So much has happened since the website launched in 2008; we've had book readings, signings, and book clubs in local venues. Incredible collaborations have been created with organizations and writers who believe in La Casa Azul Bookstore, in its mission and purpose. I want to thank the bookstore supporters who read the newsletter, attend events and buy books online. Here are 10 ways to continue supporting La Casa Azul Bookstore: 1. Buy your books online, . 2. Join the Barrio Book Club. 3. Attend our local events. 4. Volunteer at an event. 5. Be a part of the Founding Familia, be a bookstore investor! 6. Be our friend on Facebook. 7. Follow La Casa Azul Bookstore on Twitter. 8. Forward this entry to 10 friends! 9. Host a book reading at your school/class/club/organization. 10. Buy your books online, Once La Casa Azul Booksto

Miss Puerto Rico will be represented in 2010 Miss America

There she is...Miss Puerto Rico. Que bueno that Miss Puerto Rico will be part of the lineup in the 2010 Miss America pageant. After all, Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States. With Puerto Rico's great track record in the Miss Universe pageant, who knows we may have a Miss America soon. Here's a press release: LINWOOD, N.J., April 22 /PRNewswire/-- For the first time since 1961, Miss Puerto Rico will be competing in the Miss America Pageant in January 2010. The 2010 Miss America Pageant will now showcase 53 incredibly talented, intelligent and beautiful young women live on TLC from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (Pageant date TBA.) "We are truly excited to welcome Puerto Rico back to the Miss America Organization and are thrilled to have Miss Puerto Rico competing this year," said Art McMaster, President and CEO of the Miss America Organization. "The Miss Puerto Rico Organization has a tremendous amount of pageant expertise and

Cemi Underground to close shop

I am sad to learn about the closing of Cemi Underground, a cultural haven in El Barrio in its short yet rich history. Luis Cordero led a store with nonstop events aimed at highlighting Puerto Rican writers, artists and cultural workers. The good news is that Cordero says the store is closing down, but that the mission of Cemi Underground to support boricua talent will continue. This is the latest treasure catering to the Latino arts scene that closes in East Harlem. This is yet another setback and something has to be done to preserve EL BARRIO, SPANISH HARLEM! Here is a letter from Luis Cordero on Cemi's closing: To our many friends and supporters: Unfortunately, after two years we are forced to close our doors at the end of April. Cemí Underground has hosted more that 150 cultural events and we have prided ourselves in being able to have added our voice and efforts to those entities engaged in maintaining the Boricua cultural identity and heritage alive and well in New York

For a Better Bronx to honor Vicente 'Panama' Alba

Tribute to honor this boricua activist for his tireless work of four decades For a Better Bronx, a community-based organization in the South Bronx dedicated to achieving environmental, social and food justice, will honor its board president this Friday. Among other things, Panama has been a voice in the struggle for independence for Puerto Rico, freedom of political prisoners, justice for workers and immigrants as well as the quality of life of the Bronx. (Click on the image for larger text.)

Manny's Mosaics @ the East Harlem Cafe

Community calendar Meet mosaic artist Manny Vega. To check out some of his mosaic work online, go to .

Buscando nuestras raices trip to la isla

Our raices Comité Noviembre Mes de la Herencia Puertorriqueña Third Annual Trip to Puerto Rico "Buscando Nuestras Raíces" August 6-13 8 days/7 nights Exclusive Package Includes: * Roundtrip Airfare with American Airlines * Airport pick-up & drop-off in Puerto Rico * Hotel accommodations at the beautiful Embassy Suites Hotel & Casino, Isla Verde * Cook to order & buffet breakfast each day * Luxury Coach Bus Transportation for planned excursions and events * Guided tours of historical & cultural landmarks * Receptions and live entertainment * Workshops by renowned Puerto Rican artists, musicians, historians and anthropologists Space is limited. For price and other information source: Centro

NCPRR to meet in New Jersey

Community calendar Board meeting, The National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights (NCPRR) Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 25 FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development, Inc. 441-43 Broad Street Newark, NJ · Hear updates on the upcoming National Puerto Rican Convention to be held on October 9-11, 2009. · Get involved with the NCPRR North Jersey Chapter Hosted by the NCPRR North Jersey Chapter For more information, contact José Velázquez at Jevche (at) or call (973) 748-5007. For more information on the NCPRR, go to .

Bronx PR Parade is May 17

Community calendar Bronx Puerto Rican Parade Inc. 1-4 p.m., Sunday, May 17 Grand Concourse from 176th street to 167th street Theme: "The Islands of the Caribbean" Dedicated to the Bronx American Legion Post And the Press Applications are being accepted for every country and every island that wants to be a part of the parade. For more information, (Photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)


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Marcy Place is in the running for a Billboard’s Latin Music award

The Bronx’s own Marcy Place, an urban bachata group discovered by reggaeton star Don Omar, is competing for tropical airplay song of the year for a duo or group for the Billboard’s Latin Music Awards next week. Marcy Place, the latest in a new crop of urban bachata artists, is made up of Juan Carlos Cabrera who is known as JC and brothers Billy Pabón and Joey Pabón. Marcy Place is nominated for its hit “Todo Lo Que Soy” featuring Don Omar, and the bacheteros are definitely planning to attend the ceremony in Coral Gables, Florida. “I’m excited; I can't believe we are actually nominated,” says JC of the Bronx. Marcy Place faces tough competition. They are running against “El Aquel Lugar” (Adolescent’s Orchestra), “El Perdedor” (Aventura) and “Ahora Es” (Wisin y Yandel). JC says he is amazed to see his group running in the same category as the likes of bachata kings Aventura and reggaeton stars Wisin y Yandel. JC says it's “weird to be fans of these people” and to be running in

B as in Beauty

Trailer for "B as in Beauty," the new novel by Alberto Ferreras. Produced by CRAFTV and Latino Media Works. Puerto Rico Sun is participating in a book giveaway. The first five PRSUN readers who send me an e-mail requesting the "B as in Beauty" book at prsuncom (at) will be entered for the giveaway. What you need to do: Please send your name and complete mailing address and Hachette Books will mail you a copy. First-come, first-served. About the author: Alberto Ferreras is a New York City based writer, filmmaker and performance artist. About the book: Everyone in the world, it seems, is either prettier or thinner (or both) than Beauty Marie Zavala. And the only thing "B" resents more than her name is the way others judge her for the extra 40 pounds she can't lose. At least she has her career. Or did, until she overhears her boss criticizing her weight and devising a scheme to keep her from being promoted. Enter

Cinema of Puerto Rico: Challenges/Implications of a Rising Cinema

Community calendar The Havana Film Festival New York 2009 & Centro for Puerto Rican Studies presents Cinema of Puerto Rico: Challenges and Implications of a Rising Cinema 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 IDA K. LANG RECITAL HALL @ HUNTER COLLEGE: 424 Hunter North, 68 Street (Between Lex & Park Aves), Manhattan DIOS LOS CRIA II/GOD CREATED THEM. NY Premiere Jacobo Morales . Puerto Rico. 2004. MiniDV. Fiction.135 min. Legendary director, Jacobo Morales once again combines drama and comedy with satire and unexpected endings. Corruption, ethical conflicts, human solidarity, and machismo are among the film's central themes. Jacobo Morales vuelve a combinar el drama y la comedia con la sátira y los finales inesperados. La corrupción, los conflictos de orden ético, la solidaridad humana y el machismo son algunos de los temas tratados en las tres historias de este filme. Director present for Q&A. 7:30 p.m. -- Panel Cinema of Puerto Rico: Challenges and Implications of a Risin

PRSUN continues its online drive for ASPCA

Puerto Rico Sun has gone orange in support of the ASPCA's Go Orange for Animals month or Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. This is a friendly reminder to contribute to the PRSUN for the ASPCA drive at . PRSUN's goal is to raise $500 for the ASPCA's general fund. Donations have been slow, but PRSUN hopes to reach its goal with your generous contribution for a good cause. Thanks so much for your support - and please don't forget to forward this page to any friends you think might be interested. Here's the link:

El Principio del Camino

The reading corner 6:30 p.m., April 16, book signing Luis Aórokobori author of "EL PRINCIPIO DEL CAMINO" Admission: Free Cemi Underground in NYC's El Barrio For more information about this and other events at Cemi, go to .

Taino art and brunch

Community calendar There's an old saying in Puerto Rico that says: Donde come uno, comen dos! Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26 enjoy an art show by some of NYC's Latino artists and a two course Taino brunch meal Confirmed visual artists include Ivy Rivera, Reina Miranda, Olga Ayala, Aguilar Marrero, photography by Ramon Martinez. There will be special Taino history presentations and poetry performances by Taino Spirit. Admission is Free **Optional two course brunch is $16 and includes a Mimosa drink. This event is family friendly. There will be original art for sale and raffles. Capicu Cultural Showcase @ Taino Soleil Restaurant 121 Livingston St (between Boerum Pl & Court Sq) Downtown Brooklyn

Good Friday in the Bronx

St. Pius V Good Friday outdoor procession in the streets of the South Bronx To view more of my Holy Week photos, go to my photo page at . Click on the Holy Week '09 photo set.

'Confessions of a Rogue Teacher'

New novel highlights issues in inner-city schools There have been many movies and T.V. shows that attempt to highlight, through drama or comedy, the issues that exist in America’s inner-city schools. But what is it like, really? "Confessions of a Rogue Teacher" (published by iUniverse) by novelist and retired teacher George Colon, employs plot as a vehicle to communicate the realities of life for an inner-city teacher. "Confessions of a Rogue Teacher" opens with English teacher Manny Quesada hurrying back to his classroom from the restroom. He has just had what the reader finds out in Chapter 2, an altercation with one of his students, Wilson Contreras. In the course of this altercation, things turned physical and Manny hit Wilson in self defense. This fateful event will drive the entire plot of Confessions of a Rogue Teacher, not only for Manny but for the people around him as well. As a result of Manny’s altercation, there is an inquiry. Manny is removed f

PRSUN Radio interviews la Mamarazzi

Elena Marrero is a Bronx-based photojournalist who regularly documents the boricua/Latino community life in New York City. She is known as "Mamarazzi" of the community, documenting the people and the events that many of the mainstream media outlets overlook. After retiring from the NYC Board of Education in 2005, she has focused on her photography and is passionate about what she does. She says it's a passion she inherited from her mother Helen. For Marrero's bio, visit my blog at . The show is 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, . UPDATE: HERE IS THE ARCHIVED SHOW (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

NCPRR NYC chapter to meet April 30 in Manhattan

Community calendar National Congress for Puerto Rights (NCPRR) meeting 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30 Community Service Society, 105 E. 22nd Street, 4th floor conference room 4B Manhattan AGENDA ITEMS: NYC CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP NATIONAL CONVENTION UPDATES AND COMMITTEES DISCUSSION ON NYC CHAPTER GOING FORWARD For more information on the NCPRR, go to .

Art songs at La Casa

Photo op La Casa -- La Casa De La Herencia Cultural Puertorriquena, Inc. (The Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House, Inc.) in East Harlem at 1230 Fifth Avenue is a not-for-profit cultural and educational institution founded in 1981. The cultural heritage of Puerto Ricans/Latin Americans is archived for all to share. La Casa also holds cultural events. In late March, “Art Songs by Classical Composers from Puerto Rico” was showcased. In this photo, director Leticia Rodriguez, at center, poses for a photo with the artists. That day audience members were treated to a live performance by Dominican-American mezzo soprano Anna Tonna and Cuban pianist Daniel Daroca performed songs by Puerto Rican composers from the past and present. – Ismael Nunez

PRSUN is going orange for animals

April is the ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month One of the ASPCA's most important events is the celebration of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Each year, the ASPCA urges supporters across the country to “Go Orange for Animals” throughout the month of April—when the ASPCA’s charter was signed in 1866—to raise awareness for our cause. Going orange is a tribute to the work of the ASPCA and a celebration of compassion and kindness for all living things everywhere. How Is the ASPCA “Going Orange” for Animals? The ASPCA will kick off Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month on April 7, when iconic buildings and landmarks across the country will light up orange. Puerto Rico Sun is going orange this month in support of the ASPCA as you can see. Please consider making a donation to the PRSUN for the ASPCA drive via too. For more information on things you could do in your community, go to .

The Enchanted Island Says 'Bienvenidos' to New Commemorative Quarter

United States Mint Releases Second Coin in District of Columbia & U.S. Territories Quarters Program Honoring the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheers rang out today in Old San Juan's La Arcada in Paseo La Princesa as United States Mint Director Ed Moy and Governor Luis Fortuno placed a mockup of the Puerto Rico commemorative quarter on a giant map, signaling the ceremonial launch of the United States Mint's latest coin release. "Puerto Rico's striking quarter design evokes its tropical beauty, rich history and culture," Moy said. "With San Juan Bay as the background of the coin, the hibiscus flower and 16th century sentry box remind us that Puerto Rico stands for 'rich port.'" Joining in the celebration of Puerto Rico's quarter-dollar were Puerto Rico's first lady Luce Vela and Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock who, along with Director Moy and Governor Fortuno, handed out the shiny new

Lin Manuel Miranda -A year after- (New Interview)

Luis Salgado (Director of R.Evolucion Latina) interviews the Tony Award and Grammy Winner Lin Manuel Miranda weeks before his last performance at In The Heights On Broadway. Lin-Manuel Miranda (born January 16, 1980) is an American actor (of boricua and Mexican roots), as well as a Tony Award winning composer and lyricist. He is most famous for writing and starring in the Broadway musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2008. R.Evolucion Latina: We are a collective of artists and activists committed to empower the artistic community in order to inspire growth within the Latino Community through collaboration, productions and educational support programs. Founder/Director: Luis Salgado Directors: Michael Balderrama Co-Director: Gabriela Garcia source: RevolucionLatina @ YouTube