January 2016

Fri
29
Jan
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Claiming a History, Creating a Story: An Interview with Eleanor Parker Sapia

There are stories that spread from parent to child; from mouth to ear; and from hand to paper. And then there are those stories that connect us beyond borders. These stories make up a narrative, which we keep like muscle memory...

Fri
29
Jan
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Failed Migrant Dreams: The Unknown Story of Operation Airlift

Eileen Findlay’s newest book We Are Left Without a Father Here: Masculinity, Domesticity, and Migration in Postwar Puerto Rico tells a tale few know but that may resonate with many. In its simplest form, hers is a book about a...

Fri
29
Jan
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HOMENAJE: A Tribute to Carlos “Charlie” Díaz

“I’m just a simple community activist,” says Carlos “Charlie” Díaz. “I just want to show that we, as Puerto Ricans, contributed in a great way to life here.”

Charlie may not give himself enough credit...

Fri
22
Jan
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Tiple Fever: Building a Forgotten Jíbaro Instrument

As I stare at the tiple and examine closely all of its details, its smooth wooden contour, a perfectly carved neck, the firm placement of its metal frets...I can’t believe I made it. The instrument has been with me a little...

Fri
22
Jan
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Así Somos: Through A Puerto Rican Lens

Photography and storytelling go well together. Of course, we know an image can speak for itself, but sometimes a few words can go a long way to providing additional context. Projects like Humans of New York and the Everyday...

Fri
22
Jan
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In Chicago, A Village Takes Over the Education of the Puerto Rican Community

In May 2013, the Chicago Board of Education decided to close more than 50 under-enrolled and underperforming Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Four of the schools closed were located in Humboldt Park, a predominantly Puerto Rican...

Fri
15
Jan
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Assembling Juan Sánchez: Profile of the Artist

As I leave the office, my bag is heavier than when I arrived. Besides my things, it now contains several exhibition booklets, a film on the life of Piri Thomas, and other memorabilia. In short, homework. After 25...

Fri
15
Jan
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HOMENAJE: A Tribute to Nitza Tufiño

“In many ways, I was privileged growing up. I was always surrounded by artists,” begins Nitza Tufiño.

Nitza’s father was the great Puerto Rican visual artist Rafael Tufiño, and her mother was a...

Fri
15
Jan
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Writing the Biography of Ismael Rivera among Mythologies and Archives

Among the pantheon of transformational musicians in the Caribbean is Ismael Rivera: the front man for El Combo de Cortijo, with whom he earned the moniker "el sonero mayor" in honor of his prowess as an improviser. Rivera is...

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