Arts & Culture

Thu
27
Aug

Homenaje: Sery Colón

In the Christian faith, St. Peter stands guard at the gates of heaven. His job is to read the great book of God to see if those seeking refuge in the afterlife are listed and welcome to enter. In parts of West Africa and...

Tue
21
Jul
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Humboldt Park’s Summer of LGBTQ Solidarity

When sifting through June pictures of this Chicago summer, it takes a minute to place where they were taken. The evidence of rainbow flags tells a story too important not to share. Like when talking about being back working in...

Tue
21
Jul
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Homenaje: Jesús Papoleto Meléndez

Every Caribbean Latino neighborhood in New York—whether it be Puerto Rican, Dominican or Cuban—can boast that it has three specific things: a woman named María who may or may not have been good-looking back in the day depending...

Thu
25
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...

Thu
25
Jun
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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...

Thu
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...

Thu
04
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...

Thu
04
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 ,...

Fri
08
May
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How an Artsy Girl from the Bronx Became a Transnational Reina

Stereotypes. They are everywhere. They lurk in TV shows and permeate even within next door neighbors. Be a Puerto Rican woman in an inner city community who reads and is interested in the arts and, according to Wanda Raimundi-...

Fri
08
May
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Homenaje: María Cruz

“Don’t point to blame,” espouses María Cruz from the roof of Taíno Towers. “Instead of pointing fingers and saying this is your problem,” she points to an unnamed building in the distance. “This is your problem,” she points to...

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