Saturday, January 3, 2009

New website -

I am combining both my blogs, this one and Lamento Borincano project. The new website is

Please visit the website and give me feedback. It is a work in progress but I find I can provide more information by consolidating.

Thanks to all the visitors. This blog will still be active but to see any current content please go to my other site.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Feliz Navidad: Puerto Rican tradition says Christmas isn't over yet

Growing up in Puerto Rico, I have fond memories of the holidays. Christmas, was just the beginning and we would receive one gift. The real holiday came on January 6, El Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day).  I remember the day before and going in the fields with the other children in the neighborhood to gather grass. We would put the grass in a shoebox and leave it out for the camels. 

After waking up and receiving our presents our family would get in the car and visit relatives who live in the mountains for the real celebration.  Lots of relatives, lots of children and the food, arroz con gandules, lechon, all made for an experience I still long for today. Unfortunately, times have changed and that tradition is being forgotten. 

Reading the article below brought back all these fond memories. 

Feliz Navidad: Puerto Rican tradition says Christmas isn't over yet

A doctorate from the school of life - Los Angeles Times

An inspiring story that shows that you are never too old to make a difference.

Rueben Martinez is known for his many callings: Barber. Longtime bookstore owner. MacArthur award winner. Speaker at high schools, colleges and universities across the country. Holder of more honorary degrees than he can count.

And now Martinez, 68, is a college professor. A presidential fellow, to be exact.

Starting next month, Martinez will be responsible for Chapman University's efforts to recruit first-generation students, especially Latinos, into science and math programs. 

For the complete story follow the link below. 

A doctorate from the school of life - Los Angeles Times

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt, a Seductive Talent, Dies at 81 -

Sad to hear about Eartha Kitt dying but she lead a very interesting life. She was most known to audiences as Catwoman in the Batman series from the 1960's. 

Eartha Kitt, a Seductive Talent, Dies at 81 -

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Latinoteca - A Portal for Learning About Latino History and Culture

I just came across this very informative and comprehensive website for Latino culture and history in the United States. The site is run by the University of Houston and its publishing firm Arte Public Press. They break down the site into different components, information for teachers and students, authors and artists and for scholars and researchers.
You can find free content as well as content that can be licensed for publication. They provide articles, chapters from their publications, music and art. 
It is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to know more about Latino culture and history or for anyone needing to do research for papers or publications. 

Saturday, December 6, 2008

In The Heights . . . Dreams Come True

It's videos like this that warm the heart. A ten year old fan of the Broadway show "In the Heights" got more than he imagined when he wrote Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and writer of the show asking to meet him backstage. Lin-Manuel orchestrated for the boy to perform the finale of the show in an after show performance. The boy had been posting videos on You Tube singing songs from the show. The look on Lin-Manuel as he watches the boy get his dream is priceless.

You can head an interview with the boy and his mother as well as a video of Lin-Manuel speaking about the experience and how it came about at Broadway World.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Help our children

In this time of giving, I have chosen to support our children's education. There is a great site called Donors Choose, where teachers can post projects that they are trying to fund. You can see a link on the left column of this page.

Most of the projects are very low cost, sometimes less than $100.00 can provide classroom supplies that should be a right for any student.

Here in the U.S. education seems to be left behind when budget cuts are considered. It is a testament to the true heroes in our society, the teachers that commit themselves in spite of the lack of support.

I have created a donors page that can be accessed through the link above. In here I have posted some projects that will be expiring soon and need very little money to complete.

Please help in any way you can and be proud of the fact that you are doing some good in a child's life.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Annie Lennox - Sing for World AIDS Day

In this holiday of Thanksgiving, let's not forget about others here in the U.S.A. and around the world dealing with AIDS. This is a song recorded by Annie Lennox to raise money for those suffering with AIDS in South Africa.

To learn more about her charity go to

Let's not forget those we have lost in our lives to this disease and let's do whatever we can to help the spread of it.

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Teatro La Tea "Asi Somos" Bi-lingual Playwrights Festival

You can click on the images for a larger view.

The festival runs from December 5th- December 14th. All plays will be performed first in English, then in Spanish. The theater is located at 107 Suffolk St. New York, NY 10002. Tickets can be bought at

I conducted an interview with one of the playwrights, A.B. Lugo, writer of Geneva. You can listen to the interview here Cumba Media Presents Podcast Episode 1 - A.B. Lugo

In the meantime, support Latino theater!

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Nothing Like The Holidays Trailer

Opening December 12 in wide release in the U.S. "Nothing Like the Holidays" boasts a great Latino cast. The movie stars Luis Guzman, John Leguizamo, Alfred Molina, Jay Hernandez and Freddy Rodriguez (who also produced the film) and directed by Alfredo de Villa (Washington Heights, Adrift in Manhattan). 

Here is the trailer: