Showing posts from May, 2009

PRSUN Radio chats with boricua actress Jazmin Caratini

Actress Jazmin Caratini is my guest at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at She is currently based in Puerto Rico. We'll talk on her acting career, her time in New York City and her transition back to Puerto Rico. We'll also chat on her current and future projects. Jazmin is an ACE-nominated actress. She was nominated for Best Actress in Classical Theater 2006 (NY) and for Best Actress in Drama 2007 (NY). For more, go to my blog at . UPDATE: Listen to my interview with Jazmin at

Don Juan Mari Bras to visit El Maestro

Community calendar Puerto Rican citizen DON JUAN MARI BRAS “La Ciudadania Puertorriquena de los Boricuas en E.U.” 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11 EL MAESTRO, INC. 1029 E. 167th St. For more info, (646) 337-67775 Sponsors: EL MAESTRO, PARTIDO NACIONALISTA-JUNTA DE N.Y., COMITE 27 DE OCTUBRE, FUNDACION ANDRES FIGUEROA CORDERO,N.Y. FRIENDS OF PUERTO RICO AT THE ONU *There will be a bomba and plena cultural performance as part of this event featuring Don Juan Mari Bras.

My new exhibit: Visions of Puerto Rico

Exhibition: Visions of Puerto Rico & Puerto Rican Pride June 12th – 28th – Opening Show 7-10 p.m. on June 12th Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, Inc. 107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan Contact: Mia Roman Hernandez - / 646-361-6448 About the show: “Visions of Puerto Rico & Puerto Rican Pride” Celebrates Puerto Rican culture through Photography. The show will include more than fifty works by emerging and established artists from Puerto Rico, Miami Fl. and New York City. Each artist brings a unique style and vision. These artists have discovered the beauty, tales and the history to their culture in which has been incorporated into their craft of photography. Some of the pieces will depict Community, Urban settings, Music, Nature, Family, Politics and Spirituality. The photos will embrace the cultural empowerment of the Puerto Ricans and their pride. The photos will evoke emotion, feeling and discussion. We have bridged a gap between

In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams on PBS Trailer

Premieres at 8 p.m. May 27 (ET on "Great Performances." See local listings. For more info., source: InTheHeightsBroadway @ YouTube

Cemi Underground's All-Star Extravaganza is more than a fundraiser

Hi gente, I am a NY Latino Community Examiner at . Check out my article today titled "Cemi Underground's All-Star Extravaganza is more than a fundraiser."

Prez chooses boricua for Supreme Court Justice

BRONX BORICUA for the high court. Way to go. President Barack Obama chose federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday. Check out this blog entry in the New York Times' blog about this "Kid From the Bronx."

Spanish Fly's Elstabo chats with PRSUN Radio

My upcoming guest on PRSUN Radio is artist Alexander Aviles aka Elstabo who has self published a book titled Elstabo's Spanish Fly series, a collection of portrait paintings depicting women of Puerto Rican heritage. We'll chat on his art, why he self published a book and more. Tune in at 9 p.m. Wednesday at . Here's some of his artwork: To view more of his artwork, go to his site at . To read his bio, go to my blog at . (images courtesy of Alexander Aviles) UPDATE: My interview with Elstabo

NYC Grassroots Media Conference: HOPE TO ACTION

I am serving as a panelist at The Sixth Annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference. Here's the press release about the conference: The Sixth Annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference: HOPE TO ACTION Co-Sponsored by the Film and Media Department at Hunter College, CUNY 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 30 Hunter College, 68th Street & Lexington Avenue, Manhattan On May 30th, the New York City Grassroots Media Coalition (NYCGMC) will host its sixth annual conference at Hunter College. The conference theme Hope to Action invites participants to consider how we can build a media network that ensures the visibility of our communities' voices, images and stories. Conference workshops will explore how we can use the media tools at our disposal to turn HOPE for social justice into ACTION in our communities. The conference first convened in 2004 by a volunteer collective of media activists and organizations responding to the FCC’s moves to further deregulate media control and diversi

Poverty in the barrio

Pensamientos poverty sometimes blinds us, there are many artists in the barrio just too poor to know -- coconut brujita Coconut Brujita contributes her writings to Puerto Rico Sun.

The Loisaida Festival

Community calendar The Loisaida Festival is coming up. It's this Sunday. Click on image for larger text.

Pierluisi introduces the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009

Oh God. When will the issue of political status on the island be resolved? Bueno, here's yet another step. It will probably not lead to a real change in the island's political status, but it is a step at least. Today, Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi for Puerto Rico introduced the Puerto Rico Democracy Act of 2009. Here's an excerpt from Pierluisi's speech today: "The bill I have introduced today is simple and it is fair. It first authorizes the government of Puerto Rico to conduct a plebiscite. Voters will be asked whether they wish to maintain Puerto Rico’s present form of political status or whether they wish to have a different political status. If a majority of voters cast their ballots in favor of a different political status, the government of Puerto Rico will be authorized to conduct a second plebiscite among three options: independence, statehood, and sovereignty in association with the United States. The bill does not exclude any status option,

PRSUN's Featured Video: 'Apariencias' by Navegante

"Apariencias" Official video! from Navegante on Vimeo . NAVEGANTE delivers a fresh urban blend of Electro Latin Funk with deep synth-bass lines and hard hitting beats layered with the melodic tapestry of the the Puerto Rican Cuatro. For more info., visit . source: Navegante

Boricuas writing their own history

Boricuas writing their own history. That's what this period in history will be known as. Everytime a poet writes a stanza, everytime an author writes a chapter, everytime a comic tells a joke about growing up in an Hispanic home, everytime a photographer documents an event, everytime we tell our story we are writing our own history. This is really what Cemi Underground was all about. -- Luis Cordero, Cemi Underground Support Cemi's All-Star Extravaganza featuring Los Pleneros de la 21, poets like La Bruja and Mariposa and more. (Click on image for larger text.) For more information about Cemi Underground and the Extravaganza event, go to .

Serrano Presents Purple Heart to Jose Velez-Valentin

Congressman Jose Serrano (at right) recently presented the Purple Heart to Jose Velez-Valentin, a Bronx veteran wounded in the Korean War. Mr. Velez-Valentin had been working to get appropriate recognition for his combat-related injuries from the Defense Department, and ultimately came to Serrano’s office for help. The ceremony last week was the culmination of that work, and a long-overdue acknowledgment of Velez-Valentin’s sacrifice in Korea. “I was pleased to have been able to help Mr. Velez-Valentin to gain recognition for his service to our country—and the wounds that he suffered as a result,” said Serrano. “Our nation makes a pact with those who serve in the Armed Forces, and part of that pact is making sure that their sacrifices do not go unnoticed. Today we are honoring the heroic service of a Bronx resident and thanking him for what he did for our nation more than 50 years ago in Korea. On behalf of the Bronx and as a representative of our federal government, I thank him for

Hispanic Panic's Charlie Vazquez talks to PRSUN Radio

Charlie Vazquez is my guest at 9 p.m. Wednesday on PRSUN Radio at . Charlie Vazquez is NYC-based writer and blogger. He hosts a monthly reading series called PANIC! (in the East Village), which focuses on unusual and original writing—from erotica to poetry to horror. He is now working on Hispanic PANIC, which willl be held in NYC on May 27. Hispanic Panic is described as "New York City’s only running monthly queer reading series." Host Charlie Vazquez has gathered a roster of Latino literary talent, with an LGBT/feminist slant. For more, go to my blog at . (photo courtesy of Charlie Vazquez) UPDATE To listen to my interview with Charlie

Boricua pride in the Bronx

Here are some images from today's 21st Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade in the Bronx. For more of my photos, go to my photo page at . Click on the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade set. Puerto Rico Sun was there.

A Bronx boricua window

This big Puerto Rican flag is displayed at a window of a South Bronx apartment building. You see it is Puerto Rican parade time in New York City. The Bronx celebrates its Puerto Rican Day Parade today along the Grand Concourse, and the big Puerto Rican Parade in Manhattan is coming up too. (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

PRSUN Radio is a place for boricua movers and shakers

I am the host of a live Internet broadcast show called “PRSUN Radio” on BlogTalkRadio focusing on themes related to Puerto Ricans and the diaspora. My 30-minute talk show brings boricua movers and shakers “on air” to talk about their new books, shows, projects and more. The mission of PRSUN Radio, a project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications, is about informing, empowering and building community. I am the producer of PRSUN Radio. BlogTalkRadio is a social talk-radio network that hosts thousands of shows across all topics, including politics, sports, books, business, entertainment, health, paranormal, comedy and religion. Archives of my show are found on my profile page along with a call-in number, blog and text chat room. Archives of my show can also be heard on MySpace page ( ), blog ( ) and Puerto Rico Sun social network at ( ). Feel free to visit my profile page to learn more ab

'When the Spirits Dance Mambo' in El Barrio

On the reading corner A coming of age memoir by Marta Moreno Vega about growing up Nuyorican in NYC's El Barrio. Meet the author. (Click on the image to view larger text.) Editor's Note: "When the Spirits Dance Mambo" is available at the PRSUN aStore, go to

Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery

On the reading corner BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery This first-ever collection of short mystery fiction by Latino authors This first-ever collection of short mystery fiction by Latino authors features an intriguing and unpredictable cast of sleuths, murderers and crime victims. Reflecting the authors’—and society’s—preoccupation with identity, self, and territory, the stories run the gamut of the mystery genre, from traditional to noir, from the private investigator to the police procedural, and even a “chick lit” mystery. New York area contributors include Carlos Hernandez, Ritchie Narvaez, A. E. Roman, Sergio Troncoso, and Steven Torres who will present and sign copies of Hit List. Edited by Sarah Cortez, Hit List collects for the first time short fiction by many of the Latino authors who have been pioneers in the mystery genre, using it to showcase their unique cultures, neighborhoods and realities. Other contributors include award-winning writers suc

Que viva Puerto Rico in the Bronx

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. today issues a proclamation commemorating Puerto Rican heritage. The Bronx celebrates its 21st annual Puerto Rican Day Parade along the Grand Concourse this Sunday. Diaz is the parade's Grand Marshal. For photos of today's events at the Bronx County Building as well as images taken at the parade's festival on Mother's Day, go to my photo site at . Click on my Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade photo set. (photos by Clarisel Gonzalez)

Resistance in El Barrio

Community calendar Resistance in El Barrio: Preserving and Building Community' on East Harlem Preservation! Historic event sponsored by Picture the Homeless this Friday featuring presentation of "Palante, Siempre Palante" by Iris Morales and performance by the Welfare Poets! Check it out! Time: May 15, 7 to 10 p.m. Location: Taino Towers, NYC's East Harlem Organized By: Picture the Homeless/The Welfare Poets Event Description: Picture the Homeless and the Welfare Poets will sponsor an evening of documentary film, music, discussion and celebration about the history and current possibilities of resistance to economic and social injustice in El Barrio. ¡PALANTE, SIEMPRE PALANTE! is a documetary film by Iris Morales, about the activities of the Young Lords Party in New York City. In the midst of the African American civil rights struggle, protests to end the Vietnam War and the women’s movement for equality, Puerto Rican and Latino communities fought for the empow


Poetry of Antonio Camacho Jr. Touching the sea essence with their noses old men by the seashore sails up ... Flags waving good-bye gulls laughing Don Coto's face brown and wrinkled smiles from here to ear,prepares for the voyage To gather bounty...From the land the sea to see The coconut trees...leaves rubbing against each other Waiting for their daily drinks to arrive The sun plays peek-a-boo with the rolling clouds of white and blue Men loading their cargo Their wives saddened ,tears flowing,nearby laughter Joselito, Negrita and Tony...chasing down fiddlers by the Mangrooves,oblivious they is just fun and games Atop the hill...the river flows endlessly Mi Madre Maria at the river bed Washing clothes under the Firey Flamboyan She's beautiful radiant, black hair, green eyes, strong yet ... Loving she was... i miss her My family, Mi familia, My people, me gente, My culture, mi cultura, mi india Borincana with your music of... love,lif

Happy Mother's Day/Feliz dia de las madres

A special greeting to PRSUN readers and visitors on this Mother's Day. Felicidades. A shout-out to mi mama Milagros My biggest fan and critic I love you mami. (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)

NEW: PRSUN RADIO is now half hour show

By popular demand, PRSUN Radio is now a half hour show, beginning with our May 13 segment. Our upcoming guest is writer, producer, entrepreneur Linda Nieves-Powell. To read her bio, go to my blog at . SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT PRSUN RADIO: For more information on how you can become a sponsor on PRSUN Radio, e-mail me at clarisel (at) PRSUN Radio is an online show that focuses on themes related to Puerto Ricans and the diaspora. Our mission continues to be to inform, empower and build community. I am the host. If you missed my interview last night with Victor Vazquez of the National Congress for Puerto Rights, it is now available at . PRSUN Radio is another project of Puerto Rico Sun Communications, an independent community-minded multimedia social entrepreneurship. UPDATE: To listen to my interview with Linda:

From Conflict to Discovery

On the reading corner A poetry reading with Javier Campos , Martin Espada and Jessica Treat 7 p.m. TONIGHT Americas Society 680 Park Avenue, Manhattan Celebrated poets, respectively of Chilean, Puerto Rican, and Mexican heritage, will recite their poems in this dynamic program. Javier Campos is the author of three books of poetry, including Las cartas olvidadas del astronauta (recipient of the 1990 Letras de Oro prize) as well as works of prose—most recently, The Woman Who Looks Like Sharon Stone. Martín Espada is an acclaimed poet whose recent collections include Alabanza: New and Selected Poems 1982-2002 (Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement; ALA Notable Book of the Year) and The Republic of Poetry, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Demetria Martínez’s award-winning books include the poetry collections Breathing Between the Lines and The Devil’s Workshop, the novel Mother Tongue, and the essay collection Co

'Reggaeton' book party

On the reading corner Meet the Author: Book Party "Reggaeton" An Anthology by Raquel Z. Rivera , Wayne Marshall and Deborah Pacini Hernández Featured Speaker: Juan Flores , NYU Presenters: Miguel Luciano , Visual Artist, Alexandra T. Vazquez , Princeton University and Frances Negrón Muntaner , Columbia University. Music by DJ Mellow G . 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 7 Faculty Dining Room 8th Floor West Bldg. Hunter College 68th & Lexington Avenue, Manhattan For more information, NOTE: "Reggaeton" is now available at the PRSUN aStore:

Bernie Williams - Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Williams is 'Moving Forward' with his new CD Critically acclaimed guitarist/songwriter and famed NY Yankees star Bernie Williams released his second CD titled "Moving Forward" in mid April. Williams kicks off his CD with "Moving Forward," a song inspired by his transition from baseball to music. The Puerto Rico native and five-time All Star is a classically-trained musician who developed his love for playing guitar alongside baseball, while listening to salsa, merengue and 80’s rock. "Moving Forward" embraces those early influences, while also reflecting a unique mixture of classical and jazz guitar with a touch of Latin rhythms. I felt at peace as I listened to the sounds of Williams' guitar. The CD consists of 14 songs, many of them that Williams wrote. You get a sense of things that are important to Williams. These include "Lullabye for Beatriz," a song he wrote for his daughter and "Songo," a song inspired by

NCPRR's Victor Vazquez to chat with PRSUN Radio

Victor Vazquez is president of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights (NCPRR), and he will chat with PRSUN Radio at 9 p.m. Wednesday at . Vazquez will talk about the NCPRR's goals and plans, including its upcoming convention in Philadelphia. For more information, visit my blog at . UPDATE To listen to my interview with Vazquez:

Making Census?

Commentary by Angelo Falcón The campaign to unveil plans for Census 2010 has produced the first official sign that it is now serious: the Census 2010 mug. Once the mug is out it is clear that it is show time for the crew out in Suitland, Maryland. It is, the mug announces, "in our hands" (whether this means that it is the Census or the mug that is in our hands is not all that clear, however). Planning for Census 2010 has been plagued by more drama than a reality TV show. There were the management problems last year with the handheld computers' contract, there were the untimely withdrawals of Governor Richardson and then Senator Gregg from the Commerce Secretary nomination process, then there was the pullout of Ken Prewitt from his nomination as Census Director (he's now, however, a consultant with the Bureau), and, well, it just goes on and on. With all this going on, it made making sure that Latino community concerns were being addressed somewhat of a challen

The launching of a Nuyorican time capsule

Community calendar Here is an excerpt from an entry at : "Blueprints for a Nation is an installation of artifacts created by Adál for El Puerto Rican Embassy Project and its parent state El Spirit Republic de Puerto Rico. El Spirit Republic de Puerto Rico is a mythological nation/state or mundus imaginales founded by Eduardo Figueroa in 1976 and established in 1994 by Adál Maldonado and Rev. Pedro Pietri in the world of hard objects as a space of cultural resistance and political and social affirmation. In Adál’s installation, Blueprints for a Nation, it is also an artistic expression rooted on linguistic traditions as well as photographic and interdisciplinary practices, and a spiritual sanctuary where its citizens are empowered through their own creative intentions." To read more about the installation and to learn about the Nuyorican time capsule that will be remained sealed for 100 years and opened on May 14, 2109, go to www.lostidentiti

"LA BORINQUEÑA" festival is tomorrow in the Bronx

Community calendar The Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. "LA BORINQUEÑA" festival 2-6 p.m. TOMORROW Lafayette Avenue Between Pugsley Avenue and White Plains Road Rain Date: May 10 (The parade is May 17 along the Grand Concourse. See April 18 entry.)

A boricua is being considered for U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Activism I just joined a Facebook group in support of Sonia Sotomayor for U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Sotomayor is reportedly on the Obama Administration's short-list for U.S. Supreme Court Justice. If nominated and confirmed, she will become the first Hispanic and third woman to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Sotomayor hails from the Bronx and is of boricua roots. It is about time to bring in a younger and more diverse group of judges to the U.S. Supreme Court y porque no bring in some change with a boricua with South Bronx roots. Obama was elected to office on a ticket of change. Many Latinos and women voted for him. I hope and believe he has the same vision of change for the U.S. Supreme Court. Supposedly, this seat is going to be filled by a woman. I do hope it is a Latina. Biography: Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954 in New York City. She was raised in the South Bronx by working class parents of Puerto Rican descent. She attended college at Princeton