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#prsun is an independent digital media and social marketing business with a mission of informing, empowering and building community.

PRSUN Network: Let's Get Social

Updates are being made on our social media pages. Like our official Facebook page at facebook.com/prsun , our PRSUN Facebook closed group (request an invite) or follow @prsun on Twitter. Thanks. #prsun

Ways to help the People of PR Now

#prsun is in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Updates on what you can do to help are being made on our PRSUN group Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/prsun .

PRSUN 15th Anniversary Celebration a Success

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PRSUN celebrated its 15th anniversary on Saturday, July 22, at the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. More than 50 people attended the three-hour outdoor reception. . Here is a collection of photos from the hot summer day. Thank you to all who attended.  Congratulations to the 10 Puerto Rico Sun award winners who exemplify PRSUN's mission of informing, empowering and building community in their own way: Apryl Cadabra Entertainment Agency, INC. Elijah Cruz/Things by Eli Milagros Gonzalez/PRSUN Adviser Zoraida Graciani/Zoraida's Coquito Aixa Rodriguez/Teacher and Activist Sol/PRSUN Mascot Tanya Perez/Business Owner at Sweet Qzine and at TMN Skincare and Wellness Tanya Torres/Artist Dhylles Victoria/The Sip & Chat Movement The team of the Willis Avenue Community Garden Congratulations to all. Love you all. To view more photos, visit my photo

PRSUN's 15th: You are invited

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Happy New Year Puerto Rico Sun Network

Welcome back to PRSUN. This is a milestone year for #prsun. This summer we celebrate 15 years of informing, empowering and building community via media. Thank you for your ongoing support of this digital media platform.This year we will be blogging more. Like our Facebook page: facebook.com/prsun . Follow us at Twitter: @prsun.  Let's connect on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/clariselmedia .

Latino Stats American Hispanics by the Numbers

The Reading Corner Last Christmas I received in the mail a new book titled Latino Stats by Idelisse Malave and Esti Giordani, a Puerto Rican mother-daughter team who take a closer look at Hispanics in this country. The recently released paperback book (published by The New Press) is now part of my Puerto Rican/Latino library collection, and it is expected to become a go to guidebook for anyone who wants to better understand the new reality of our nation's widely diverse Latino population. It has been described as the go-to book for anyone who wants to understand the future of America. This book serves as an important resource for advocates, educators, journalists and policy makers because it cuts through the rhetoric and sensationalism in the mainstream media and highlights with actual numbers the reality of Latino life in the U.S. Latinos are both the largest and fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the country while many continue to fight for status as Americans. There a

Memories of Puerto Rican Heritage Month '14

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For Puerto Rican Heritage Month I attended a series of cultural and social events in New York, including Mayor Bill De Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito's reception at Gracie Mansion, Mark-Viverito's celebration at the City Council Chambers, the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.'s luncheon at Don Coqui in the Bronx, and a jibaro Mass in honor of Our Lady of Providence, patroness of Puerto Rico, at St. Luke's Church in the South Bronx. November is always a great Puerto Rican time in New York City. It ushers in the holiday season for sure. (At the Puerto Rican celebration at City Council Chambers on Nov. 5, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito honored actress and TV personality Rosie Perez.) Here is an album dedicated to Puerto Rican Heritage Month that I created with more photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel/sets/72157647098400453/ -- Clarisel

Like NEW Puerto Rico Sun FB Page

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Hi, Puerto Rico Sun Communications is back. I have decided to create a new Puerto Rico Sun FB page, which is an extension of this blog. facebook.com/prsun Thank you.

Q&A with Rocky on Broadway's Luis Salgado

The actor plays Kid Rizzo in the new production By Ismael Nuñez Here is the story of Rocky on Broadway , which is currently playing at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Yes, it is that familiar Rocky story from the movies: "Somewhere in downtown Philadelphia, a down-and-out fighter named Rocky Balboa struggles to stay on his feet. But when the chance of a lifetime comes along, he takes his best shot at becoming a champion… and his last shot at finding first love." The iconic underdog story Rocky has inspired an innovative new stage production, brought to life by a five-time Tony Award-winning creative team, including director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), and book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, the Oscar-winning Best Picture). Rocky is a heart-stopping theatrical experience for everyone brave enough to follow their dream such as Puerto Rican actor

PRSUN Photo Team's Eileen McNamee at the PR Day Parade

This was the second year Eileen McNamee covered the National Puerto Rican Day Parade as part of the PRSUN photo team. Our team was working on a photo project to document the 2012 parade through the lens of a diverse team of photographers and photojournalists. This was the third year PRSUN curated an online group exhibit. All team members received official press passes from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade to cover the June 10 parade from their perspective for PRSUN. Eileen is a science teacher. She says she has found creativity between the arts and sciences. Her photography is mostly from the Bronx where she lives. She especially enjoys concentrating on the nature and history of the Bronx. But from time to time, she likes to go out to document a colorful parade. View Eileen's beautiful photos from the parade here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/emmcnamee/sets/72157630068897849/with/7359927392/ To view the PRSUN photo team's exhibit from this year's parade, go to ht

From Menudo to Evita, Ricky Martin Shines

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By Rita J. Egan I was in the sixth grade when friends and I prepared a skit around the music of the Broadway play Evita . I'm not quite sure how we came up with the idea, but I do remember the commercials and how badly I wanted to go to New York City and see the play. I never did get a chance to see the original, and grew up to be a teenager who was a huge fan of the group Menudo. Through the years, I also became a great admirer of Ricky Martin . Imagine how excited I was when rumors began circulating in 2010 that Martin was up for the part of Che in the Broadway revival. I waited in anticipation for the day I would finally see Evita . Finally on March 24, my friend Silvia and I had the opportunity to catch one of the preview performances. It was the matinee and unfortunately Elena Roger (Eva Peron) doesn't perform Saturday matinees, but the show was a good one just the same. The scenery was breathtaking, and the ensemble numbers were exhilarating. Christina DeCicco did a

Iguanas belong ‘au naturel,’ even in Puerto Rico

Commentary By Luis Chaluisan Iguanas: they’re not common pets in New Jersey, thank the power, even though people occasionally decide this exotic (as in non-native) animal would make a great pet. It’s not so. Iguanas belong in their native habitat, where they have the company of other iguanas, the right temperature and food, and the chance to be an iguana “au naturel.” Caribbean tourist attraction During a recent vacation in the Caribbean, I saw lots of iguanas, which made it easy for me to continue to be fascinated by them – their myriad colors, especially the bright green of young ones; their long ring-tails; their front feet, especially, with long, curving finger-like appendages; their casual ability to “go out on a limb,” seeking a flower or a tender green leaf at the end of a branch that looks incapable of holding them. And, these kids can travel too! If they need to get away, they can do it. They’re not graceful, but they’re fast. Far from eating red

Thank you for being part of the PRSUN journey

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Ten years ago, in the summer of 2002, I started the Puerto Rico Sun e-magazine when I lived in San Juan. I wanted it to be a publication that covered themes related to the Puerto Rican diaspora and that connected Puerto Ricans no matter where they lived. An online magazine made sense even though I first envisioned PRSUN as a newspaper since I was a print journalist. I didn't know at the time how much newspaper journalism was going to be transformed. It is a little heartbreaking, but then again I love a free and open Internet and will continue to defend it. I have been engaged in online media for 10 years now -- making too little for all the time, work and money I have put into this media project, which has been more of a labor of love. I have mostly bootstrapped this business, which is registered in the Bronx, NY. This summer I celebrate 10 years. I'm not sure how much more time I will dedicate to PRSUN, but I know this project has been part of my journey from my time in Pu

Please vote PRSUN for chance to win $10K

Update: Thank you to everyone who voted for PRSUN. Your suppport was not enough to win this one, but PRSUN is moving forward. Continuing to inform, empower and build community.

Flags in El Barrio

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IMG_9320 Originally uploaded by clarisel . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group I shot this photo earlier this week at a community garden in NYC's East Harlem. Visit my photostream at flickr ( www.flickr.com/photos/clarisel ) for more recent photos of East Harlem.

New: PRSUN Video

Puerto Rico Sun's newest project is PRSUN Video at flickr. Like the Puerto Rico Sun photo group at flickr, there is now a video group too showcasing short videos about Puerto Rico or Puerto Rican-related themes. Today's featured video is by Luis Munoz. It is a true beauty of Old San Juan. Luis did a nice job. To check out the PRSUN Video, go to http://www.flickr.com/groups/prsunvideo/

.Flamboyán flowers.

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.Flamboyán flowers. Originally uploaded by Mi nombre no es cLaRa bOw . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by Mi nombre no es cLaRa bOw.

here in the last colony

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here in the last colony Originally uploaded by mino975 . Today's featured image from the Puerto Rico Sun photo group is by mino975.

Guanina Ojos de Miel

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Guanina Ojos de Miel Originally uploaded by Pacu007 . From the Puerto Rico Sun photo group, today's featured image is by Pacu007. This doggie waits to see a vet.