December 2014

Thu
18
Dec
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Esta Navidad Centro Helps You Give the Gift of Culture

By Centro Staff

December 24 th looms near and Three Kings Day will be here before we know it. Yes, Christmas to us is more about celebrating en familia, sharing in some of our beloved traditions, and having some delicious food. But let’s be...

Wed
17
Dec
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The Endless Sound of Yomo’s Cuatro: A Daughter’s Love

A Fania All-Star line-up was queued-up around the hospital hall intermixed with family and friends of an ailing Yomo Toro, the iconic guitarist who took Puerto Rico’s national instrument, the cuatro around the world. A round...

Wed
17
Dec
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Herman Badillo's Biggest Contribution

On December 3 in the middle of supporting the 43-city mobilization to stop U.S. foreign aid that fuels a vicious, inhumane drug war in Mexico and preparing for the press onslaught on the verdict of the killing of Eric Garner...

Wed
17
Dec
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I’m Dreaming of a Coquito Christmas

My feverish obsession with making the best coquito took off 4 years ago. I had settled back in Nuyorico after a one year research stint in Puerto Rico. New (once more) to my Puerto Rican community in New York, I set to perfect...

Wed
17
Dec
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A Playlist of Clásicos Navideños

The fact that we share a body of songs that are especially played to enliven the holiday festivities tells plenty about the role of music in our cultural context and the strong ties between music and people, cultural values and...

Wed
17
Dec
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Essential Boricua Reading for the Holiday Season

The Center for Puerto Ricans Studies (Centro) is the premier think tank on Puerto Ricans in the United States. Centro carries cutting-edge academic research, publishes CENTRO Journal —the leading academic journal on the Puerto...

Wed
17
Dec
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Hot Off the Press! Puerto Rican Folktales/Cuentos folclóricos puertorriqueños: A Note from the Author

My research and recovery work on Pura Belpré, which has spawned so much interest in the past couple of years, obviously had something to do with inspiring my new book,...

Wed
17
Dec
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Reyando Across the Nation

The holiday season lasts a little longer for Boricuas. After the New Year’s celebration and before the octavitas is Día de Reyes or Three Kings Day, which traditionally falls on January 6 th . Back on the island, it is an...

Tue
16
Dec
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Celebrating las Navidades Boricuas Around the World

Puerto Ricans are on every corner of the globe, from Santo Domingo to San Diego to Shanghai. It is well known that more of us live away from the island than on it. And as we disperse throughout the globe we have adapted our “...

Wed
10
Dec
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Juan Flores: In Memoriam

Centro Voices Staff

Juan Flores (1943-2014)

Eminent ethnic and cultural studies scholar, author and former Centro director Juan Flores has died at the age of 71. From his beginnings as an...

Wed
10
Dec
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Eulogies for Juan Flores

Centro Voices Staff

The recent loss of Juan Flores has been felt by all who knew him personally or thorugh his work. His intellectual presence left a deep imprint in many academic fields, but most specially in Puerto Rican studies. Juan's...

Tue
09
Dec
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An interview with Juan Flores

By: Centro Voices Staff

The history of our institutions still remains, in many ways, unknown. On March 14, 2011 Juan came to Centro and graciously spoke about his involvement during the early years of Centro, as it changed from an idea to reality. In...

Tue
02
Dec
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My Family Pastelada in Brooklyn: Story, tutorial and recipe

Winter is a challenging time for this Boricua living in New York. The harsh weather keep me indoors and dreaming about warm, comfort food. It also makes me want to have friends and family close. So when Christmas time comes, I...

Tue
02
Dec
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Caras en Moore

On a hot New York City summer afternoon, I decided to hunt for my favorite Puerto Rican coffee, Yaucono. For months it had been on my wish list, but I had found it impossible to buy it in New York. I had searched all over but...

Tue
02
Dec
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Bomba and plena: old steps, new paths

At the pace of “Bambulaé sea allá, bambulaé…,” a group of children danced bomba y plena alongside Big Bird. It was the late 80s and the TV show Sesame...

Tue
02
Dec
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Soñando con…: Remembering the "Great" Bobby Capó

Félix Manuel Rodríguez Capó, better known simply as Bobby Capó, was born in 1922 on New Year’s Day in Coamo, Puerto Rico. His career as a vocalist made him popular throughout Latin America, but he was also known as a composer—...

Tue
02
Dec
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A New Look at the Puerto Rican Civil Rights Movement

Scholarly books about “identity” present a number of risks. How does one measure identity when individual identity, let alone group identity, is in a constant state of transformation? Do we privilege one “identity” over another...

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