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Live Music: Larry Harlow’s “La Raza Latina: A Salsa Suite,” at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

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« Reply #320 on: January 29, 2012, 04:57:15 PM »
PUERTO RICO 1924

1924 Baseball Game between the San Juan BBC and Porto Rico Stars in New York
— with Yumet Anthony Reyes, Leslie Segarra, Sammy Elchefsabroso Diaz and Noel Tuly Diaz.


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« Reply #323 on: February 03, 2012, 07:45:12 PM »
YO SOY AFRO-BORICUA

By ARCHIVO HISTORICO Y FOTOGRAFICO DE PUERTO RICO
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« Reply #324 on: February 03, 2012, 07:54:12 PM »
Art by Samuel Garcia

Ponce Massacre took place in 1937. A dark moment in P.R.'s history. A similar incident occurred in Kent State University in 1970 when National Guardsmen fired on unarmed student protesters. oils, 48" x 30", sold.
— with Samuel Garcia.

Biografia

Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Samuel Garcia had already taken sketchpad in hand by the time he moved to New York City in the 50’s.

Although his parents owned a ‘finca’ on which they earned a moderate profit from sugar cane and coffee production, it was exhausting work and agriculture was on the decline on the island. Borinquen was warm and beautiful but New York appeared wide open with prosperity for those families willing to work for it. For now Borinquen would become a fond memory in a young boy’s memory.

The reality of the move to the United States did not set in, Sam remembers, until he awoke in his grandparent’s apartment the morning after the flight. From the window facing the street he could hear voices speaking in a strange foreign language. As he gazed out to investigate, he saw a wonderland of three-foot-deep white stuff he had only heard of but had never seen. Welcome to the New World.

For Sam, aged 9, and his younger brother Raul, aged 7, adjusting to the new culture was as easy as picking up a stickball bat, and their upper Manhattan neighborhood, Washington Heights, always seemed to provide a good game on every block. In school Sam discovered that a little illustration thrown in with his homework always earned him some extra credit. Drawing always seemed to come natural.

He pursued his artistic interest by attending the High School of Art and Design and George Washington High School where he met his future wife, Carmen. The couple had many things in common. She was born in Anasco a neighboring town of Mayaguez. Her aunt and Sam’s father had once dated and their families had known each other back home…small world! While the sounds of “doo-wop” music and street corner harmony echoed from every street corner, the young couple dated making their teenage years more memorable.
Young romance was interrupted, however, by military service. The armed forces offered the artist an opportunity to see the world. While in the Army he pursued his artistic endeavors with several illustration projects including designing a playground for military and German civilian use. Tour of duty in Europe proved to be a great learning experience. It was a wonderful chance to mingle with other cultures and new people. France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Holland and Austria were all a university. Sketch books and photo albums helped to record the adventure. The interaction of people always caught the artist’s eye and it would reflect in his work in later years.

Upon returning home the artist was reunited with Carmen and they tied the knot. The birth of their two daughters, Sandra and Kristine soon followed. Sam continued his art education at the School for Visual Arts and he has been painting ever since.

Garcia’s technique vividly explores images ranging from urban street scenes, landscapes, and portraits, to fantasy illustrations from classic novels. His art is full of color, movement and meticulous detail. The scenes are so realistic the spectator can place himself inside the paintings. He uses photographs, sketches, live models and his memory in an effort to be as realistic as possible. At closer look the figures reveal themselves to be friends and family members of the artist.

The memories of his childhood in the mountains of Barrio Leguisamo in Mayaguez and the beaches of Barrio Islote in Arecibo have begun to surface and manifest themselves in his most recent canvases. Sam is grateful to have gained knowledge from two great cultures. He’s been inspired by both. Although he has lived in New York City most of his life, it seems his heart has never left the island of enchantment.

Sam and Carmen are now living in Arecibo, Puerto Rico .

Nacido en Mayagüez, Samuel García Román ya habia tomado su libreta de dibujos entre manos cuando en el año 1953, a la edad de ocho años, junto con sus padres y hermano, se trasladaron a Nueva York en busca de prosperidad. El joven ya tenía grabado en su mente aquellas pintorescas imágenes de los campos del barrio Leguísamo de Mayagüez donde vivió sus primeros años, como también, de las playas del barrio Islote de Arecibo donde visitaba frecuentemente a sus abuelos maternos. En la Isla, sus padres tenían una finca de la cuál ellos ganaban suficiente para vivir, pero la cosecha de caña y café era un trabajo exhaustivo y la agricultura estaba en estado de declinación. Para el artista, todavía existen inolvidables recuerdos de aquella época. Son estos sentimientos del ayer que han servido de inspiración para varias de sus obras.

La realidad de la mudanza a los Estados Unidos no parecía verdad, Samuel recuerda, hasta que el despertó en el apartamento de sus abuelos la mañana después de su viaje. Desde la ventana mirando hacia la calle el pudo escuchar voces hablando en un idioma diferente. Cuando miró hacia afuera para investigar, el vió un paisaje maravilloso blanco que el nunca habia visto antes...nieve. ¡Bienvenido al Nuevo Mundo!

Para Samuel, de nueve años, y su hermano menor Raúl, de siete años, ajustarse a la nueva cultura fue tan fácil como coger un bate de béisbol. Su nuevo vecindario de Washington Heights, en el alto Manhattan, siempre ofrecía un buen juego de "stickball" en cada cuadra. En la escuela Samuel descubrió que una pequeña ilustración incluida con su tarea siempre le ganaba mas puntuación. Dibujar siempre le parecía ser tan natural.

Fue en la cuidad de Nueva York donde Samuel se crió y recibióinstrucción.
Persiguió su educación en artes plasticas en las escuelas "High School of Art and Design" y "George Washington High School" donde conoció su futura esposa, Carmen.
Ella nació en Añasco. Ellos tenían muchas cosas en común. Sus familias se conocian. Una tía de Carmen y el padre de Samuel habian sido novios...¡que peque–o mundo! Durante esa época, las melodías de la mísica "rock 'n' roll" sonaban de esquina a esquina en la ciudad. Los jovenes fueron novios haciendo estos años mas memorables.

El romance se interrumpió debido al servico militar en el año 1963. Sin embargo, las fuerzas armadas le ofreciéron al artista la oportunidad de ver el mundo. Durante su estadía en el ejército, estuvo destacado en Alemania donde tuvo la oportunidad de obrar en proyectos de ilustración. Uno de estos proyectos incluyó el diseño de un parque de recreación para el uso de militares y civiles. Su visita a Europa resultó ser una gran oportunidad para conocer y aprender de otras culturas. Francia, España, Suiza, Alemania, Holanda y Austria eran todas universidades. Las libretas de dibujos y colección de fotos le ayudaron a recordar las aventuras. La interacción de la gente capto el ojo del artista y esto se refleja en sus obras. Al licenciarse del ejército, el artista se unió en matrimonio con la joven que conoció desde su niñez. De este matrimonio nacen sus hijas Sandra y Kristine. Su educación en el campo de arte continuóen "School of Visual Arts," en la ciudad de Nueva York, y ha estado pintando desde entonces.

La técnica de Samuel explora vivamente imágenes que recorren desde paisajes de las calles de Nueva York hasta los campos de Puerto Rico, e ilustraciones de fantasías de novela clásicas. Su arte está lleno de color, movimiento y detalles minuciosos. Las escenas son tan reales que el espectador fácilmente puede trasladarse dentro de la escena que el cuadro proyecta. Utiliza fotografias, dibujos, modelos y su memoria en un esfuerzo de representar un paisaje lo más real posible. Al observar sus obras atentamente, las figuras revelan ser amigos y parientes del artista.

Samuel está agradecido de haber recibido la educación de dos grandes culturas. Aunque el ha vivido en la ciudad de Nueva York casi toda su vida, parece que su corazón nunca ha dejado la Isla del encanto. En el 2002 el artista realizo su sueño de regresar a borinquén. Ahora vive en Arecibo donde persigue su carrera artistica.

Partial List of Collectors: Museo de Arte e Historia de Arecibo, PR; Coogan’s Restaurant, NYC; Columbia University, NYC; New York Presbyterian Hospital, NYC; Observatorio de Arecibo, PR; U.S. Treasury Dept., NYC; Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY; New York Neurological Institute, NYC; Bronx Terminal Market, Bronx, NY; Dr. Jon Rich, Phd; Capital National Bank, Brooklyn, NY, Chief of Dept of Corrections, PR

Select Awards & Medals: Grumbacher Gold & Silver Medals for Excellence in Painting; Hispanic Heritage Award - N.Y.P.D., Excellence & Service; Museo de Arte e Historia de Arecibo, PR; Certificate of Excellence, SOHO Art Competition; Certificate of Excellence, NYC International Art Competition; Certificate of Excellence, Scarsdale Art Society; Artfolio International Competition New York; Arts Interaction Gallery 12 – numerous awards & medals


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« Reply #325 on: February 04, 2012, 04:26:57 PM »
Julia De Burgos
(1917-1953)

Ay ay ay de la grifa negra
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Ay ay ay, que soy grifa y pura negra;
grifería en mi pelo, cafrería en mis labios;
y mi chata nariz mozambiquea.

Negra de intacto tinte, lloro y río
la vibración de ser estatua negra;
de ser trozo de noche,
en que mis blancos dientes relampaguean;
y ser negro bejuco
que a lo negro se enreda
y comba el negro nido
en que el cuervo se acuesta.
Negro trozo de negro en que me esculpo,
ay ay ay, que mi estatua es toda negra.

Dícenme que mi abuelo fue el esclavo
por quien el amo dio treinta monedas.
Ay ay ay, que el esclavo fue mi abuelo
es mi pena, es mi pena.
Si hubiera sido el amo,
sería mi vergüenza;
que en los hombres, igual que en las naciones,
si el ser el siervo es no tener derechos,
el ser el amo es no tener conciencia.

Ay ay ay, los pecados del rey blanco
lávelos en perdón la reina negra.
Ay ay ay, que la raza se me fuga
y hacia la raza blanca zumba y vuela
hundirse en su agua clara;
tal vez si la blanca se ensombrará en la negra.

Ay ay ay, que mi negra raza huye
y con la blanca corre a ser trigueña;
¡a ser la del futuro,
fraternidad de América!



Ay, Ay, Ay de la Grifa Negra
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Ay, ay, ay, that am kinky-haired and pure black
kinks in my hair, Kafir in my lips;
and my flat nose Mozambiques.

Black of pure tint, I cry and laugh
the vibration of being a black statue;
a chunk of night, in which my white
teeth are lightning;
and to be a black vine
which entwines in the black
and curves the black nest
in which the raven lies.
Black chunk of black in which I sculpt myself,
ay, ay, ay, my statue is all black.

They tell me that my grandfather was the slave
for whom the master paid thirty coins.
Ay, ay, ay, that the slave was my grandfather
is my sadness, is my sadness.
If he had been the master
it would be my shame:
that in men, as in nations,
if being the slave is having no rights
being the master is having no conscience.

Ay, ay, ay wash the sins of the white King
in forgiveness black Queen.
Ay, ay, ay, the race escapes me
and buzzes and flies toward the white race,
to sink in its clear water;
or perhaps the white will be shadowed in the black.

Ay, ay, ay my black race flees
and with the white runs to become bronzed;
to be one for the future,
fraternity of America!

Source:
http://www.arlindo-correia.com/120205.html#Ay,_Ay,_Ay


A much-loved icon in Puerto Rican/Hispanic literature, Julia de Burgos' life and work continues to inspire readers 50 years after her death. De Burgos' impoverished upbringing and deep sensitivity to social injustice formed the basis of her lyrical and revolutionary poetry.

De Burgos overcame numerous obstacles during her lifetime, not the least of which was the prevailing standard of behavior for women. Hers was a clear and audible voice that transcended the norm for women. According to Publishers Weekly, "Writing in the 1930s through the 1950s, de Burgos was ahead of her time in grasping connections between history, the body, politics, love, self-negation and feminism that would later prove to be the foundations for writers like [Adrienne] Rich and [Sylvia] Plath."

De Burgos joined a literary protest against European colonialism and its denigration of African culture, and was an ardent supporter of Puerto Rican independence. De Burgos died in a Harlem hospital in 1953. Almost immediately after her death, de Burgos was honored by esteemed Hispanic writers and political figures, and her final collection of original poems, El mar y tu y otros peomas, was published in 1954.

Text source: Notable Hispanic American Women, Gale, 1998; Biography Resource Center, Gale, 1999. Photo source: Curbstone Press.
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« Reply #326 on: February 06, 2012, 05:38:04 PM »
Orgullo Boricua

Super Bowl Champion Victor Cruz with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17.

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« Reply #328 on: February 12, 2012, 05:57:26 PM »
Puerto Rican Migration Continues at Record Pace

http://newamericamedia.org/2012/01/puerto-rican-migration-continues-at-record-pace.php

Puerto Rico residents continued their exodus from the island over the past year during tough economic times, with the local population shrinking by 19,099 residents, or 0.51 percent, the biggest percentage loss by far of any U.S. jurisdiction, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The population loss was due to migration to the U.S., with a net 35,469 residents lost to out-migration, while island births outpaced deaths by 16,370 during the 15-month period covered by the new Census data, which runs April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011.

The drop-more than double the average annual population loss reflected in the 2010 Census for the previous decade- is part of the first new U.S. population estimate released by the bureau since the 2010 Census, which showed the island's population had declined by 82,821 people, or 2.2 percent, over the past decade.

The population dive is bad news for Puerto Rico for several reasons. The island will receive less federal funding in many programs, and it means less demand for housing, cars and a wide range of services, which will only add to the challenge of trying to lift Puerto Rico's economy from its prolonged economic downturn.

The wide-scale migration, moreover, will add to the aging of the island's population, and many observers worry Puerto Rico is losing among its brightest and best-trained professionals, who are leaving to seek better opportunities stateside.

"A decrease in population is the hallmark of a sick society, where people do not have enough faith in the future to increase family size or to commit to live for the long term," said Sergio Marxuach, policy director at the Center for the New Economy. "It is also negative for economic growth, since there will be fewer people working, earning money, investing, saving and consuming."

Back in October, an Ipsos poll commissioned by WAPA-TV found 45 percent of islanders have considered leaving Puerto Rico in search of a better quality of life, with the majority of those setting their sights on the States. One-quarter (25 percent) of those who have considered a move from the island have taken concrete steps to do so, the poll found.

Projected over the entire population, the poll results indicate some 1.5 million people would consider leaving the island, while 419,000 of those have at least started a plan to move.

Marxuach noted that the latest data is based on a sample, which has a significantly larger margin of error than the decennial Census.

However, he said the finding that the island continues to lose population at a significant rate is a worrisome trend.

A few years ago, Puerto Rico had more population than 24 states but is now estimated to have more population than 21. At one time, statehood would have meant six representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives; at current population levels, Puerto Rico would get five.

Puerto Rico's population was pegged at 3,725,789 in the 2010 Census, down from the 3,808,610 registered in the 2000 Census. It marked the first time the local population had declined between census counts.

The 2010 Census also showed there were 4.7 million Puerto Ricans living in the States, which was the first time more Puerto Ricans lived stateside than on the island. Only one state, Michigan, registered a drop in population in the 2010 Census, dipping 0.6 percent.

While the 19,099 drop over the 15-month period ending July 2011 is more than double the average annual population loss reflected in the 2010 Census, most observers believe migration really began to pick up in 2006 with the onset of Puerto Rico's prolonged economic recession. Besides Puerto Rico, three other states lost population during that period: Rhode Island, which lost 1,300 residents, or 0.12 percent of its population; Michigan, which lost 7,400 residents or 0.08%; and Maine, which lost 200 or 0.01 percent.

The new Census estimates show the lowest U.S. growth rate since the mid-1940s, with the nation's population increasing by 2.8 million, or 0.92 percent, over the 15-month period. Texas gained more people than any other state between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011 (529,000), followed by California (438,000), Florida (256,000), Georgia (128,000) and North Carolina (121,000), according to the Census. Combined, these five states accounted for slightly more than half the nation's total population growth.

"The nation's overall growth rate is now at its lowest point since before the baby boom," said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. "Our nation is constantly changing, and these estimates provide us with our first measure of how much each state has grown or declined in total population since Census Day 2010."

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« Reply #329 on: February 16, 2012, 08:10:58 PM »
Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls breaks down color barriers, one runway at a time

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/16/living/joan-smalls-fashion-week/index.html

(CNN) -- Joan Smalls was 19 years old when she left her family's home in the countryside of northern Puerto Rico to pursue dreams of walking the runway.

In just four busy years, she has risen from department store catalog model to the ranks of fashion's most-sought-after models, walking for the likes of Jason Wu, Donna Karan and Tory Burch at New York's 2012 Fall Fashion Week.

Along the way, she has broken barriers by becoming the first Latina face of Estee Lauder's global marketing campaigns in 2011. She has done runway shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris and graced the pages of British, French, Spanish and U.S. versions of Vogue several times over.

"Joan is a modern beauty with elegance, style and confidence," said Aerin Lauder, former senior vice president, and current style and image director, of Estee Lauder. "She is the perfect addition to Estee Lauder's global faces."

Not bad for someone who used to wear combat boots to casting calls so she could make the trek from Queens to Manhattan.

"I had to take a bus to then take the subway to then go in the city, so I wanted to be as comfortable as possible," she said. "I think that had a lot to do with it, and especially at the beginning, having to go to 10, 15 castings a day, you want to be as comfortable as possible."

She began wearing heels full-time when she switched agencies in 2009 and began working with IMG's Kyle Hager. Within a year, she landed her breakthrough gig in high fashion as the exclusive model for Ricardo Tischi's Givenchy 2010 Couture Show in January 2010.

"When you want something so bad and when something great happens, I think it's instinct that you say, this is gonna be the moment that's gonna change everything. Everybody is gonna see me a different way," she said. "I thank Kyle every day because he made such a big difference in my career and in my life."

She's come a long way before her 23rd birthday, and there's more on the horizon: She's the face of the spring/summer 2012 campaigns for Chanel, Lacoste and Calvin Klein Jeans, and work keeps coming in. Amid the glitz and glamour, she counts among her greatest achievements helping change perceptions of beauty in fashion and modeling.

"I just want to continue to break barriers and to show the industry and the world that beauty is diverse, and you don't have to be a certain stereotype to be beautiful," she said. "When you look at the world, the world isn't just one palette. It's a beautiful rainbow, and why not have someone to represent that rainbow?"

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