October 2015

Fri
30
Oct
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PR Voices S1E8: An Unexpected Turn

It’s impossible to anticipate the ways in which the Puerto Rican experience will take hold here in the United States…or anywhere else for that matter. It may come down to a nostalgic connection to a certain aspect of...

Fri
30
Oct
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The Original Million: Puerto Ricans in New York

By Centro Staff

When data released by the American Community Survey (ACS) last month confirmed that the population of Puerto Ricans in Florida had exceeded one million, becoming only the second US state to do so, New York took an...

Thu
29
Oct
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Kill The Boricua, and Save The Man

Learn English. Study medicine, law, or architecture. Find work as a professional. That’s probably what motivated Puerto Ricans families on the island to send their children away to a school in Pennsylvania at the turn of the...

Fri
23
Oct
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PR Voices S1E7: Intergenerational Connections, Puerto Rican-Style

One of the distinct characteristics of Puerto Rican, and other Latino groups, in the United States are the strong ties forged between generations. Even amongst some of our youngest cohorts, Millennials, connecting to...

Fri
23
Oct
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Touching Up My Roots

It was the day before the Puerto Rican day parade and I needed a new pair of clave sticks. My old ones had seen better days when splinters hadn’t yet struck up from the middle where one wooden stick struck the other in a two...

Fri
23
Oct
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On the YMCA and Puerto Rican Fathers

“Before I went to college,” Vazquez says on reflecting on nearing the end of high school, “I really wanted to go work because I wanted to buy nice things, I saw other people with nice things.” And while his father attempted to...

Fri
23
Oct
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Almost 100 years: the Jones Act and U.S. citizenship for Puerto Ricans

By Centro Staff

Last Thursday and Friday, October 15th and 16th, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies held a symposium in anticipation of the centennial of the Jones Act, and the granting of U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans. The symposium...

Fri
16
Oct

PR Voices S1E6: Yo sería borincano hasta en…

If anything has become increasingly clear as we share our stories online, as we pay attention to the waves of Puerto Ricans coming and going between the island and the U.S., is the nomadic nature of our people. If...

Fri
16
Oct

HOMENAJE: A Tribute to Orlando Marín

Orlando Marín is 80 years old and he and his timbales still speak with the gods.

The language Orlando speaks is mambo, a word originally from the Kikongo language of the Bakongo and Bandundu people of...

Fri
16
Oct

Floriricans versus other Puerto Ricans: A comparison

By Centro Staff

The shift of the epi-center of all things Puerto Rican to Florida has been in the making for some time. The numbers recently, and increasingly, confirmed as much. In our last issue, scholars weighed in on what this may mean for...

Fri
16
Oct

Puerto Ricans: The New Nomads

By Centro Staff

For the first time in recent history major newspapers across the nation report daily on Puerto Rico. The island’s economic and fiscal crisis, as well as the exodus of Puerto Ricans from the island, has taken prime real estate...

Fri
09
Oct
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PR Voices S1E5: Rediscovering One's Roots The Nontraditional Way

Generally, when one thinks of rediscovering roots, it’s inevitable to conjure up images of tostones and Puerto Rican flags dancing around a pandero. As wonderful and symbolic as these images are, Puerto Rican roots and...

Fri
09
Oct
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The dance of the million: What it means for Florida and US Puerto Ricans

2014 marked a watershed moment in the history of Puerto Ricans in the United States. Florida became the second state in the nation with a million Puerto Ricans, right behind New York. The current migratory wave, which is as...

Fri
09
Oct
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Mambo! Cha-cha-chá! Pachanga! The Palladium!: Video interview with Carlos Arroyo

Previously in Centro Voices you read about Carlos Arroyo , one of the greatest dancers on the...

Fri
02
Oct
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PR Voices S1E4: Making Puerto Rican Voices Visible

The reality is that Puerto Ricans have been contributing and elevating the historical and cultural fabric of the United States for quite some time. Yet, their stories, until now, have remained untold in a way that does...

Fri
02
Oct
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The Death and Resurrection of my Puerto Rican Name

As I sat in the courtroom with my Puerto Rican mother and Jewish stepfather, my Boricua heart was broken. I was about to be legally adopted out of my culture. I’d be forced to surrender my Spanish surname and, thus, put further...

Fri
02
Oct

HOMENAJE: A Tribute to Eva de la O

“We, as a Puerto Rican people, we want to move up,” states internationally-lauded soprano, Eva de la O.

Eva spreads her arms and looks around her.

“Why should we be limited...

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