June 2015

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Memories of Sylvia Rivera: A Pioneer in the LGBT Rights Movements

By: Sylvia Rivera

When listing the names of those who in the 1960s fought in the U.S. for our civil rights, we generally include people of the standing of...

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Jun
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Looking for Maelo in New York

Ismael Rivera, the Sonero Mayor, lived in New York City for a decade. At first glance, however, Ismael left little to no record of his life in the city. There are neither streets nor buildings with his name, nor statues that...

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Jun
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The Educator Loses Her Self and Finds Her Self in History: Recovering the Inner Resources of Good Teaching

“Teaching holds a mirror to the soul. If I am willing to look in that mirror and not run away from what I see, I have a chance to gain self knowledge and knowing myself iscrucial to good teaching, as knowing my students and my...

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Tracking the South Bronx: Photos by Carlos Ortiz

By Centro Staff

Photographer, documentary filmmaker and long-time South Bronx resident Carlos Ortiz (1947-2008) captured life in the Bronx and documented the evolution of Latin jazz and salsa music by showcasing its greatest stars. Ortiz was...

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04
Jun
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Honoring Afro-Puerto Ricans: P.R. Day Parade Edition

The 2015 edition of the Puerto Rican Day parade is fast approaching, and we tip our hats to their efforts to educate and showcase the experience of Puerto Ricans in the United States and the island. One of the greatest proofs...

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04
Jun
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East Harlem "Got a Hold on Me": The Musical History of Johnny Colón

In a scene from the 1985 film Crossover Dreams , the main character, Rudy Veloz, a frustrated salsa singer with...

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Jun
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Homenaje: Johnny Colón

“You should always have a song to turn to,” says musician, Johnny Colón. “Music was the common bond in my family. Everybody in the family—we all sang or played.” In fact, Johnny is the nephew of one of Puerto Rico’s more...

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Jun
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Puerto Rican Soldiers: A Review of "Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military"

Since President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 on July 26, 1948, ordering the armed forces to provide equal treatment and opportunity for servicemen without regard to color, race, national origin or religion (in...

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Jun
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Bombacation Summer: Bomba & Plena Classes and Events for Families

“El que dice que es Borinqueño por allá por lejanas tierras, lo tiene que demostrar bailando bueno la plena” ( Plena Borinqueña ,...

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