Thursday, August 31, 2006

"Migration-The Puerto Rican Experience"


BRONXNET’s documentary “Migration-The Puerto Rican Experience” is the first show of the four-part series to take a closer look into the origins and success stories of the Puerto Rican community in the Bronx. From the first arrival of the Pioneros through present-day elected public office holders, Puerto Ricans have played a prominent role in the development of the Bronx community.
Producer and EMMY® Award Winner Walter Garaicoa takes you back in time to
discover never-before-seen images of the life of puertorriqueños during the 1940s through the 1970s. The documentary browses through breathtaking photographs and footage from the past century.
Mike Amadeo-Owner of Casa Amadeo, Hon. Adolfo Carrión-Bronx Borough President, David Gonzalez-Writer for the New York Times, Lorraine Montenegro-Executive Director of United Bronx Parents, Inc., Hon. José Rivera-NYS Assemblyman, Rossana Rosado-Publisher & CEO of El Diario La Prensa, Bobby Sanabria-Grammy Nominated percussionist, Alma Torres-Warner, Austin Torres-Daughter and Son of Hon. Judge Felipe Torres, open their hearts and tell us about the difficulties faced and often rewarding times of growing up in the Bronx.
The documentary features New York City’s renowned historians and experts;
Dr. Clara Rodriguez, Professor of Sociology at Fordham University, Lloyd Ultan, Borough Historian of the Bronx and Brian Andersson, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Records.
MIGRATION-THE PUERTO RICAN EXPERIENCE will air this autumn exclusively on BRONXNET Television. Airdates coming soon!
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Artwork by Oscar Lopez Rivera and Carlos Alberto Torres
An Exhibition Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Their Imprisonment

The National Boricua Human Rights Network presents Not Enough Space, an
exhibition of artwork by two Puerto Rican political prisoners, Carlos Alberto Torres and Oscar Lopez Rivera, who have endured 25 years of incarceration for their actions on behalf of Puerto Rican independence.
The exhibition, at The Taller Boricua from September 22nd through November
4th, includes paintings, vibrant pieces of ceramic work and a simulated jail
cell installation.

With Guests of Honor Dylcia Pagán, former political prisoner, and Jose
Lopez, Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago and
brother of Oscar Lopez Rivera. This exhibition is sponsored by the National
Boricua Human Rights Network, and is hosted locally by The Taller Boricua at
The Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center.

For more information, contact the National Boricua Human Rights Network:

What: "Not Enough Space" Exhibition
When: Friday, September 22nd through
Saturday, November 4th, 2006
Where: The Taller Boricua at The Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center
1680 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12 - 6 PM, Thursday 1 - 7 PM
Opening: Friday, September 22nd, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

#6 train to 103rd Street. The Taller Boricua is located at The Julia de
Burgos Latino Cultural Center on Lexington Ave. between 105 and 106
Streets on the first floor.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Executive Director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña Remembered

Don Otilio Díaz, executive director of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña in New York City, died Monday, August 21. He was 75. Díaz had no children, but is survived here in New York by a sister and several nieces.

A public memorial will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 30 and Thursday, August 31 in Room 103 of the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center, located at 1680 Lexington Avenue near 106 Street in El Barrio. Religious services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 1 at Saint Cecilia's Church, located on East 106th Street between Lexington and Park avenues. Diaz will then be buried in his hometown of Guayama, Puerto Rico.


Otilio Díaz was born in Guayama, near the southern coast of Puerto Rico. He earned a B. A. from the University of Puerto Rico and an M.S. in Educational Administration from Fordham University.

In 1981, Mr. Díaz joined La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. as its Executive Director. Over the next 25 years, he worked diligently to promote traditional Puerto Rican arts and culture, including folkloric dancing and music - and to welcome frequent visitors from Puerto Rico and other Latin American nations. Intensely proud of his heritage, Mr. Díaz was also instrumental in the agency's acquisition of thousands of books and artifacts from and about Puerto Rico. As a result, La Casa was greatly appreciated by many in the Puerto Rican and Latino community.

The board of directors of La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. has held several meetings to discuss the agency’s future, and will now begin moving forward to implement their Strategic Plan. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to La Casa’s “Otilio Diaz Memorial Fund.” For more information, visit: