February 2015

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La Madrina’s Music Store: Victoria Hernández and the Beginnings of Puerto Rican Music in New York

Victoria Hernández was an amazing woman, a pionera . Some may know her as Rafael Hernández’s sister. And Rafael, of course, is one of Latin America’s most celebrated musical composers. But what about Victoria? Well, this...

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25
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To Be Or Not To Be Grifa: Boricua Women's Observations on Hair

The question is still relevant. Many Boricua women still wake up in the morning, stand in front of the mirror and ask the Shakespearian question: To be or not to be grifa? Do we really look better with straight hair? That’s...

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25
Feb
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Yale Ciencia: An interview with one of the boricuas who made it happen

When I learned that Yale University recently launched Yale Ciencia , an initiative with...

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25
Feb
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Honoring Villa Victoria

There I was, walking through the South End of Boston. It was a sunny summer day and my spirit was filled with a triumphant joy. It was the joy of a homecoming. As I neared my destination, the street sign announced the entrance...

Wed
04
Feb
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Marching with Martin Luther King

“In 1963, several black leaders of the civil rights struggle, among them Rev. King, decided to lead a march for work and equality on Washington, D.C.… On August 28, over 250,000 men and women from all parts of the United...

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04
Feb
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Meet Felicita "La Prieta" Mendez: Pioneer in the Struggles for Desegregation

Sylvia Mendez was beside herself on that first day of school. She was finally going to what she described in an interview given to Centro on December of...

Wed
04
Feb
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HOMENAJE: The Traveling Exhibit and a Tribute to Miguel Algarin

The Story Behind Homenaje

There are roughly 8.5 million people who can claim Puerto Rican heritage and ancestry in the world. Nearly three out of every five live on the...

Wed
04
Feb
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From Chicago to New York: Two Afro-Boricuas With Sazón and Hope

Growing up in Puerto Rico, I learned from a very young age that my roots go back to the Taínos who lived on the island, the Spaniards that came later and the Africans they as slaves. I never doubted that. I look in the...

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04
Feb
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The Greatest Jibarito: Afro-Boricua Rafael Hernández

Rafael Hernández was a prolific composer of the popular music of his day, Cuban boleros and guarachas . He is considered not just the greatest Puerto Rican composer but one of the best in Latin America because his songs, such...

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