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Mar
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#8 Carla Cortijo: Boricua Floor General

Nestor David Pastor

This year the WNBA will celebrate its 20th season despite enduring years of financial insecurity, teams folding, and low numbers in attendance. Much like the league itself, basketball player Carla Cortijo has faced a unique set of challenges....

Fri
11
Mar
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Mujeres Valientes: Leaving Puerto Rico Later in Life

By Andrea González Ramírez

“I won’t leave if you don’t leave with me,” Sussette Pérez Moll’s partner told her five years ago. Her answer was certain: “Nos vamos.” We’re leaving.

He had found a job in Houston, Texas after...

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04
Mar
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Manny Santiago: The Patron Saint of Puerto Rican Skateboarding

With his signature missing front tooth, endlessly positive demeanor, and uniquely disciplined approach to his craft, Manny Santiago has quickly become an international ambassador and unofficial patron saint of the burgeoning...

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...

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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
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...

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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...

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17
Dec
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Lost in Translation: The FBI’s File on Julia de Burgos

Depending on how paranoid you are about government surveillance, it may or may not come as a surprise to learn that the first translations of Julia de Burgos’ poetry into English were done by an anonymous FBI agent working at...

Thu
17
Dec
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Well Researched Pasteladas

Between the research, data, and cultural practices we read, write, tell you about, we are always amazed by the strong presence of Puerto Rican culture stateside. From bomba classes and street festivals to parades and coquito...

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11
Dec
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Essential Boricua Reading for the 2015 Holiday Season

With the holiday season approaching, and after the success of our 2014 book list , we have put...

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