Puerto Rican

The never-ending debate over the status of Puerto Rico persists as the first 100 years of the Jones Act are commemorated. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Puerto Ricans in NYC Reflect on 100 Years of U.S. Citizenship

History, Puerto Rican March 2, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Puerto Ricans in New York are divided over the commemoration of 100 years since the island’s residents got U.S. citizenship, and a proposed new referendum on Puerto Rico’s status, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Oscar López-Rivera spent 35 years behind bars. (Photo via El Diario)

Oscar López Rivera’s Commuted Sentence Celebrated in NY

Puerto Rican January 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm

New York Puerto Rican leaders, activists and artists reacted joyfully to President Obama’s commutation of FALN member Oscar López Rivera’s sentence after 35 years in prison, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Competition Elects Best Puerto Rican Coquito in New Jersey

Food, Metro Area, Puerto Rican January 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Newark hosted its annual New Jersey Coquito Masters Competition, which awarded the best locally-made coquito, a rum and coconut milk beverage considered Puerto Rico’s national drink, Reporte Hispano reports.

(Image courtesy of Little, Brown Young Readers)

A New Book on Basquiat as a Young Artist

African American, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Puerto Rican December 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm

A new book tells the story of the “radiant child,” the young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who died in 1988 at the age of 27. Brooklyn Daily Eagle interviews the book’s author and illustrator, Javaka Steptoe.

Romanee Kalicharran in traditional dance attire for Kathak, a classical North Indian dance. Kalicharran is of Puerto Rican and Indo-Guyanese descent and will be teaching a workshop series for both of her cultures dances. (Photo from Renee K. Productions via Caribbean Life)

Indo-Guyanese and Puerto Rican Dancing Meet in Multiborough Series

Culture, New York, Puerto Rican, South American, Video November 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm

“Where Kathak and Bomba Meets in Me” is a two-week event that will present and teach dances from the two cultures founder Romanee Kalicharran has roots in, reports Caribbean Life.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles illustrations by Emilio Lopez

Boricua Panel on Comics Books, Diversity and Superheroes

Puerto Rican comic book artists and creators talked about their craft to a packed audience in East Harlem.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Puerto Ricans in Paterson: Exercising Power?

Metro Area, Politics, Puerto Rican August 29, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Puerto Ricans in Paterson, NJ celebrate their 44th national parade boasting more political power than ever but with clouds on the horizon, Reporte Hispano reports.

From last year's Boricua Festival (Photo via Brooklyn Reporter)

Salsa at the Sunset Park Waterfront

Brooklyn, Culture, Puerto Rican June 23, 2016 at 10:52 am

Thousands are expected for the Boricua Festival “Salsa at the Waterfront” in Sunset Park on June 25, reports Brooklyn Reporter.

Eric Dominique-Pérez in the play "Crusade in Wonderland: Rise of the Drumpf." (Photo via El Diario)

Puerto Rican Theater and the Magic of Keeping Tradition Alive

Culture, Elections 2016, Politics, Puerto Rican, Youth June 16, 2016 at 10:38 am

El Diario/La Prensa takes a look at the state of Puerto Rican theater in New York, from up-and-coming acts to veteran companies such as Pregones.

A mural portraying poet Julia de Burgos (Photo via El Diario)

Renewed Julia de Burgos Center Champions Latino Culture

Culture, Manhattan, Puerto Rican June 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Under new management since 2013, the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center is a mainstay of Latino culture in El Barrio with a host of free events, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Enrique Ríos traveled to Orlando to join a friend celebrating his birthday. (Photo from Facebook via El Diario)

Orlando Tragedy Hits Home in New York

Brooklyn, Crime, Puerto Rican June 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm

One of the Hispanic victims of the Orlando massacre lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Puerto Ricans took over Fifth Avenue during their annual parade. (Photo by Víctor M. Matos via El Diario)

Celebration and Political Protests at Puerto Rican Day Parade

Culture, Manhattan, Puerto Rican June 13, 2016 at 3:27 pm

The 59th National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday was a celebration of the island’s culture, while many protested the recent federal legislation to address its fiscal crisis, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

An example of what Pinatas by Martinez offers. (Photo from Facebook page via El Diario)

Meet Mr. Piñata Guy

Business, Central American, Culture, Mexican, Puerto Rican June 13, 2016 at 2:06 pm

Puerto Rican lawyer David Martínez has started a piñata business and has published a children’s book dedicated to Hispanic kids, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez's comic book seeks to educate people about Puerto Rico's economic crisis. (Photo by William Alatriste, provided to El Diario)

La Borinqueña: A Superheroine for All Puerto Ricans

Bronx, Puerto Rican, Women June 10, 2016 at 5:55 pm

New York artist Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez will unveil female superhero “La Borinqueña” at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The public danced and enjoyed the event. (Photo via Impacto New York)

Puerto Ricans Kick Off Parade Festivities at Bronx Festival

Bronx, Culture, Puerto Rican June 6, 2016 at 4:31 pm

Thousands gathered at the traditional 152nd Street Cultural Festival in the Bronx to dance to the Puerto Rican rhythms of bomba, plena, salsa and reggaetón, Impacto New York reports.