Arts & Culture

Thu
17
Dec
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Aires navideños: A 2015 playlist to get the parranda started

It’s that time of the year. Family and friends gather to talk, eat and share some drinks. At many family events the holiday music playlist is mandatory. In my family gatherings, the holiday playlist serves as a soundtrack to...

Fri
04
Dec
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“That Distinguished Negro Star”: Juano Hernandez in Hollywood Cinema

“Hernandez is the ‘new Negro’ in our movies. No longer do we have janitor and shoe shine boys. Now, we have a dignified, intelligent black man.” – Michael Curtiz, director of The Breaking Point (1950)...

Fri
04
Dec
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HOMENAJE: Carlos Ortiz

Puerto Rico has an extensive history with the sport of boxing from the underground matches secretly organized during Spanish colonial times to the popular but clandestine rooftop matches that involved even US military personnel...

Fri
06
Nov
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Angélica Negrón: Redefining Puerto Rican Music

From Edgar Varèse to Pierre Schaeffer to John Cage, many composers throughout the 20th century had a tendency to search for unconventional sounds and non-traditional instruments that could be incorporated into their musical...

Fri
06
Nov
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HOMENAJE: A Tribute to Bill Aguado

In Catholic-based religions, there exists a select group of people recognized as special protectors, guardians and heavenly advocates over areas of life including occupations, crafts, causes and illnesses. Although they have...

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
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

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...

Fri
18
Sep
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Carlos Arroyo: The man with the fastest feet at the Palladium

By Pedro Juan Hernández

The Palladium Ballroom, along with the mambo and other Latin-style dancers, have reached an almost mythical and legendary status. The names “Cuban Pete” (Pedro Aguilar), Millie Donay, Augie y Margo, Andy Jerrick, Marilyn...

Wed
16
Sep
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HOMENAJE: A Tribute to Malín Falú

Malín Falú is a much-loved Spanish-language journalist whose trailblazing work for Spanish-speaking women of color has drawn affectionate comparisons to Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters.

“My decision...

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Centro Voices (ISSN: 2379-3864).
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