Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Raul Jaurena and Marga Mitchell have appeared at Tango Fest on Broadway, International Tango Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tango & Tango at , Lincoln Center and at New York’s , as well as the Ravinia Festival in Chicago and the International Tango Festival in .
Van Cortlandt Park is providing limited seating so be sure to bring a folding chair to guarantee your comfort. In case of rain, the first program will be moved to Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated Houses, Hillman Avenue and . Please call the office after 11 am at if the weather is questionable.
For further information/travel directions: 718 601-7399 or bronxartsensemble.org.
“Olga Mendez was a great role model not only for the residents of her Bronx and Manhattan district, but across the United States. As the first woman elected to the New York State legislature, she opened doors for all who came after her, myself included. She was a tireless advocate for the concerns of her constituents, and she will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers, as well as those of all Bronxites, are with her family as they mourn her loss.” -- Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
From the lens of Ismael Nunez @ the Bronx Dominican Parade last Sunday.
Ismael Nunez is a member of the Bronx Latino photo group at flickr.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Wise Bronx Latina Sonia Sotomayor is a step closer to serving on the US Supreme Court.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-6 today to clear the way for Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation as the first Puerto Rican and Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. She grew up in the Bronx.
Check out this video posted on YouTube to see the vote. The video, which is coverage from C-Span, is not exciting, but I thought I'd share anyway because it is an important historic vote. It looks as though we will have a Latina on the US Supreme Court after all.
The vote split along partisan lines of course. Her nomination process now moves on to the full Senate. A vote for this lifetime post is expected next week.
source: NewsPoliticsNews at YouTube
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Monday, July 27, 2009
Ray Viera y Trombao is the latest Bx Indie performance to be featured at this celebrated local community park named after the advocacy group 52 People for Progress, Inc. that has helped successfully maintain this amazing public property since 1980.
Wednesday / July 29 / 7:30pm & 9:30pm / Free Concert
Friday, July 24, 2009
The Bronx parade this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday from East Tremont down to E. 167th Street. The route is along the Grand Concourse. For more information, http://galoscorp.com/index.php?option=com_easycalendar&task=view&id=17&Itemid=36
(photo by Clarisel Gonzalez)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
This public service announcement by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist, Lin-Manuel Miranda, famous for writing and starring in the Broadway musical "In the Heights," is part of a series of PSA's, in both English and Spanish, were developed by a team of independent, New York-based Latina producers in support of Judge Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination. The creators hope to raise awareness among an increasingly diverse U.S. Latino constituency about Judge Sotomayor's experience, credentials and qualifications. They also seek to motivate people from all walks of life to learn more about the nomination process and to contact their local Senator in support of Judge Sotomayor. The spots, which will primarily be seen on the internet, offer striking insights into how Latinos in America see themselves.
About LEMC: The Mission of the Latino Educational Media Center is to produce and distribute educational media materials in all technology and promote Latino media arts in order to represent the full spectrum and dynamic reality of Latinos in the United States, and to offer Latinos opportunities in media through a wide array of programs. The PSA's will be archived at LEMC for future historical review. www.lemctr.org
In addition to those mentioned above, the following professionals and companies have donated their services, time and equipment towards the success of this campaign.
source: LEMC at YouTube
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sonia Sotomayor who hails from the Bronx pledges Monday to serve as an impartial justice if she is confirmed for a post on the U.S. Supreme Court. She would become the first Hispanic if she is named. Listen to what she has to say.
source: AP at YouTube
Saturday, July 11, 2009
By Francisco Reyes II
(July 9, 2009) Deja Vu all over again at the 2009 Jams where Hip Hop has come home to roost till the end of the month. Is it still here or is it an illusion -- speaking of the beat that inspired it all. The hundreds who came proved that the movement has not gone away, and the cry of a generation has been heard around the world. However, the celebrated park jam was not all about fun and play. The Headline DJs came to stake their claims. Oh yeah, the list... where do I begin.
At the top of the set was the reigning DMC Champion DJ SUPREME wiping down the asphalt with Bboy sweat. The jam got serious with the arrival of Bronx-born and raised DJ KID CAPRI of Studio 54 and Def Comedy Jam fame. That's right, DJ KID CAPRI. He was all charm and suave with the public image. But when it came to the wheels of steel, on came the game face and move back y'all... somebody was bound to get crooked from the funk jumping off the Friends of Crotona platform.
But the sons of Harlem would not be silent. No, they would not shed a tear with Rapper, comedian, beat-boxer extraordinaire, The Diabolical BIZ MARKIE joining the mix. The sing-a-longs brought the dark, for doing in the park with the scratch inventor himself Mr. "I Got Me A Star on the Bronx Walk of Fame" GRANDWIZZARD THEODORE. RESPECT! That's what that's all about. Joining the GRANDWIZZARD was RAHIEM (Furious Five) who added his flava of rhymes to the beats. Of course, GRANDMASTER CAZ threw a few rhymes of his own out there while MCing during the weather perfect evening.
In the house were POPMASTER FABEL, MC PEBBLEE POO, DANNY DAN the BEATMAN, and DJ DISCO WIZ who was signing copies of "IT's JUST BEGUN" -- the book based on the story of his life. Also in the house were graffiti artists ERIC ORR, JINX and LAVA I & II. Shout out to the BBoys who made the scene because Hip Hop is a 360 degree living thing. There are three more scheduled jams at Crotona Park before the series moves on to Harlem.
The series is free at the Crotona Park Amphitheater at Charlotte Street and Crotona Park East from 5-9 p.m. The next one is July 16th featuring Afrika Bambaataa, Kool DJ Alert & DJ Jazzy Jay. DJ Jazzy Joyce and DJ Scratch + perform July 23rd, and DJ Cash Money, DJ Lord Finess & GrandMaster Caz take the stage July 30th. The host for the series is GrandMaster Caz.
Photo and text courtesy of www.mamboso.net.
Photo: The Original DJ JAZZY JAZ (left), BIZ MARKIE (center) and DJ (right)
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Listen to what I have to say about PRSUN, Bronx Latino and more in my latest PRSUN Radio episode.
Happy blogosversary to PRSUN and to all my readers, visitors, fans, supporters, advertisers. You all are helping to build community. Thank you.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
The mix of flags (usually they are all Puerto Rican flags) and the hanging sneakers definitely caught my eye as I drove on this South Bronx street. I mainly took the photo because of the flags. I love shooting flags, but the hanging sneakers is a good plus. (photos by Clarisel Gonzalez)
Wednesday, July 1, 2009