February 2016

Fri
26
Feb
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A True Hero of the Puerto Rican Diaspora: Celebrating Gilberto Gerena Valentín

“Gilberto Gerena Valentin was a trailblazer and relentless fighter for the civil rights of Puerto Ricans, an unwavering defender of all workers, and he forged bridges between African Americans and Boricuas around our common...

Fri
26
Feb
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Gilberto Gerena Valentín Remembered

Among Puerto Rican political elites in New York City, Gilberto Gerena Valentín was one of a kind. He was driven, committed and charismatic. In the politics of the Puerto Rican community he was one of the most visible, enduring...

Fri
26
Feb
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Student Soldiers: Puerto Rican Youth in High School Military Programs

Last year (2015), I attended the American Historical Association Convention in New York City. Their welcoming package included a report on “...

Fri
26
Feb
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PR Voices S2E3: It Takes One

By Centro Staff

There are many ways to make a difference in our Puerto Rican communities stateside. From institutions to organizations, to festivals and big celebrations. Beyond the collective, are individuals that, be it in group or as one,...

Fri
19
Feb
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Puerto Rican Millennials Join The Diaspora

This idea of “Los Que Se Fueron” can be a difficult subject for some. It translates to ‘those who left’, with emphasis on the past tense. And for those who do leave Puerto Rico, especially now, it is a question of navigating...

Fri
19
Feb
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PR Voices S2E2: The Beaten Path

By Centro Staff

By now, it's old news that Puerto Ricans are moving stateside in droves. However, the emphasis on the current migration almost makes it seem as if it were a new and exciting phenomena. And while the movement of Puerto Ricans...

Fri
19
Feb
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HOMENAJE: A Tribute to Victor Hernández Cruz

I get an urgent message from poet Dr. Nancy Mercado that she is having dinner with the great American, Neo-Rican and Nuyorican poet Victor Hernández Cruz at Casa Adela in Loisaida with two other literary icons and that I better...

Thu
11
Feb
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Premiere: Puerto Rican Voices Season 2

Centro Staff

We are back for a new season of Puerto Rican Voices , sharing new experiences and places where the voice of the Puerto Rican community resonates. From Central Florida to Philadelphia, to Chicago and to New York, our stories...

Thu
11
Feb
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Beyond Walls: A Portrait of Muralist Maria Dominguez

New York City is often called one of the art capitals of the world, and it even shows on its very walls. Throughout the city, it is rare not to find a wall marker, sprayed, or painted upon. While one readily sees the illegible...

Thu
11
Feb
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La Diaspora: Puerto Rican Artists in Central Florida

Founded in 2015, Fine Artists of the Puerto Rican Diaspora” is a collective of artists living in Central Florida, whose work reflects a shared appreciation of their diasporic roots. In fact, the primary objective of the group...

Fri
05
Feb
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The Case for Carlos Bernier: Baseball's Historic Omission

Carlos Bernier ended the Pittsburgh Pirates era of racial segregation when he joined the team for the 1953 season. Bernier didn’t have a consistent year with the Pirates, and though he became a minor league star, he would never...

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Feb
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Growing Up With a Boricua Comic Book Legend

In the storied list of accomplished Puerto Ricans, there’s one Boricua who has earned his fame in a field that is, perhaps, not as widely appreciated as, say, film or medicine. His name: George Pérez. His field: Comic book...

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05
Feb
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A History of Puerto Rican/Black Coalitions in New York City

By Rose Muzio

In the middle decades of the twentieth century, New York City’s Black and Latino population increased dramatically. Thousands of Blacks fled from poverty in the Deep South and tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans sought job...

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