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Featured event: La Fiesta Folklorica PR

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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

Efrain's Corner: Exclusive Interview with Writer, Producer and Director, Vagabond Beaumont on his Film 'Machetero'

Efrain's Corner: Exclusive Interview with Writer, Producer and Director, Vagabond Beaumont on his Film 'Machetero' Check out this interview by Efrain Ortiz Jr.

Q&A with activist Vicente "Panama" Alba

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The organization “For a Better Bronx,” a community-based organization in the South Bronx, which fights to achieve environmental, social and food justice through education, community organizing, and empowerment held a special event earlier this year at St. Luke’s Church in the Bronx. That day, long-time activist Vicente “Panama” Alba was honored for many years of service to the organization and his commitment to people. Vicente has done it all in his many years of activism, including being a member of the influential Young Lords Party, which this weekend celebrates its 40th anniversary, and being a member of the underground group the F.A.L.N. (Fuerzas Armadas Liberacion Nationalista). He has fought against police brutality and against the war. He is an environmentalist. He was also active in the movement to get the Navy out of the Puerto Rican town of Vieques. With the anniversary and reunion of the Young Lords, Alba reflects on his time with the organization and says it continues t

PRSUN Radio chats with the folks behind Coqui Mexicano

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Coqui Mexicano is a new bodega/cafe on Brook Avenue in the South Bronx. It is also a cultural spot, featuring art and books. It is named Coqui Mexicano representing the mix of the owners, Danisha (el Coqui) and Alfredo (el mexicano from Acalpulco). The shop features Puerto Rican and Mexican food.  PRSUN Radio talks to the entrepreneurs at 9 p.m. tomorrow at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio . To learn more, go to my blog at  www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio . (photo courtesy of Coqui Mexicano) Support this Latino-owned community-minded business in the Bronx. Update: To listen to the archived version of the show, click on the PRSUN Radio widget box in this blog or go directly to BTR. Thanks.

NCPRR NYC to meet August 27

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Community calendar Chapter meeting 6:30 p.m., Thursday, August 27 CSS BUILDING,  105 East 22nd Street,  4th Floor conference Room 4A, Manhattan For more information on the NCPRR, go to www.ncprr.us .

A Q&A with Whose Barrio's Ed Morales

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Ed Morales and Laura Rivera are both journalists who were inspired to do the “Whose Barrio?" documentary, which focuses on the gentrification or the selling of NYC’s Spanish Harlem, El Barrio. East Harlem is one of the hardest hit Latino strongholds in the city impacted. Many Latinos have fallen victim to raising rents, new buildings not suitable for the working class, and small businesses forced to close or relocate. In this documentary, you will hear from activists, artists, elected officials, and groups who are combating this sensitive issue and get a picture of the rapidly changing barrio. Q: Why East Harlem? What was it about the community that got you into doing the movie? A: First of all, my parents came to New York from Puerto Rico and they met while living in East Harlem. I have had several relatives who have lived there, and I still have an aunt who lives there. In 2002, I wrote a story for the New York Times about gentrification of East Harlem because I’d heard fr

Happy birthday to Sol

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Sol, the mascot of Puerto Rico Sun Communications and the face of the PRSUN for the ASPCA campaign, turns 6. She is my beautiful feisty boricua cat. She is a rescue from the island. To celebrate, support the PRSUN for the ASPCA campaign. Go to http://www.change.org/actions/view/prsun_for_the_aspca (photo by Clarisel Gonzalez of Sol's birthday 2008)

Senator reacts to city's plans to create commercial kitchen space at La Marqueta

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Here are a few photos I shot inside La Marqueta during a visit earlier this summer with the NYC Collective of the Puerto Rican Photographic Society: I recently went to La Marqueta and hope not to return until there is new life there. It is a depressing place to visit and something must be done and very soon to revitalize La Marqueta in NYC's El Barrio, which at one time was a happening place. The place feels like a ghost town. It is sadly not worth visiting. On the day I went, there was an outdoor festival at La Marqueta, but the community festivals don't change the fact that La Marqueta is an empty place on most days of the week. It's really sad. There are a few and I mean a few vendors still there. One said he is counting the days for his lease to be up to go out of business for good. The city now wants to create a commercial kitchen space at La Marqueta, but whatever happens there should include the needs of community residents, and it should live up to its name &quo

Puerto Rican crime film as protest

Film This year PRdream’s Summer Film Fest in East Harlem kicks off tonight with La Venganza de Correa Cotto . PRdream presents two Puerto Rican crime films La Venganza de Correa Cotto , directed by Jeronimo Mitchel; and La Palomilla (tomorrow night), directed by Efrain Lopez Neris, as an exploration of crime as a form of protest. Classics in their own right, they were produced in Puerto Rico in the seventies and reflected an earlier period of transformation and transvaluation of island society brought on by U.S. investment policies known as Operation Bootstrap. These films portray the law as an external imposition, foreign to the values of the common folk, and the outlaw as the unconscious expression of revolt. Both Correa Cotto and Jose Anibal Gerena Lafontaine ( La Palomilla ) were simple men, thrust by circumstances into extraordinary acts of transgression that challenged the colonial status quo. Correa and Gerena were men of their times, embodying the passions of a people experien

Puerto Rican Obituary and the Meaning of Sotomayor's Accomplishment

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by Angelo Falcón Whenever there is a momentous occasion in the Puerto Rican community, like the swearing-in (Saturday) of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, I always try to get some perspective by revisiting the late Pedro Pietri 's epic verse, Puerto Rican Obituary . While some have commented on the historic vote confirming Judge Sotomayor this past week being on the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the also historic federal Voting Rights Act (VRA), I also like to acknowledge that this is the 40th anniversary of Pedro's first reading of Puerto Rican Obituary in El Barrio . Puerto Rican Obituary reminds us how far we have come as a people, and how far we have yet to go. It is also a reminder of how the Puerto Rican experience, although not technically one of immigrants, parallels many of the realities that Latino and other immigrants face today. We have acknowledged and celebrated our collective accomplishment with

"Puerto Rican Obituary," by Pedro Pietri (1973)

source: peaceonearthforu/YouTube

Judge Sonia Sotomayor Sworn In As Supreme Court Justice

Coverage of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as she is officially sworn is as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts in Washington, D.C. Her mother and brother are with her. Felicidades to this boricua who hails from the Bronx. source: PoliticsNewsPolitics, YouTube

Salsa in the Park at Crotona

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Community calendar Salsa in the Park Crotona Park, Claremont Avenue and Crotona Park East noon to 6 p.m., August 8 Free This is an event of the Bronx Puerto Rican Parade. For more information,  www.bronxprparade.com . (photo of a little girl participating in the Bronx Puerto Rican Parade earlier this year by Clarisel Gonzalez)

Manny Hernandez Jr. chats with PRSUN Radio

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Manuel Hernandez Jr., writer and educator, is my guest Wednesday on PRSUN Radio at www.blogtalkradio.com/prsunradio . Hernandez has presented workshops, coordinated symposiums, conducted television interviews and moderated panels on the literature written by United States based Latino writers in Puerto Rico, the United States and  Mexico . He also writes commentary essays on education for several websites and newspapers in Puerto Rico and The United States. He published a textbook titled, Latino/a  Literature  in The English Classroom (Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2003). The book was nominated for Latino Book of The Year 2004. He also published a semi-auto-bio titled, The Birth of a Rican. The self-published narrative is in the index catalogs at  Latino Studies  at   Michigan State University  and El Centro at Hunter College, CUNY, NY. His vision is to promote Latino Literature to motivate teens to read and write. Having an encounter with Latino Literature will help teens (especially Latino

Bronx News Network: Protest Over Controversial Art Piece Fizzles

Bronx News Network: Protest Over Controversial Art Piece Fizzles While the so-called protest fizzles, the Bronx News Network wants to know what are your thoughts in the use of the word "Spic" in art. Check out this entry.