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¡Pa’lante, Siempre Pa’lante! The Young Lords

¡Pa’lante, Siempre Pa’lante! The Young Lords

Iris Morales, 1996, 48 min In the midst of the African Amer­i­can lib­er­a­tion strug­gle, protests to end the Viet­nam War and the women’s move­ment for equal­i­ty, the Young Lords Par­ty emerged, rais­ing a mil­i­tant voice for the empow­er­ment of Puer­to Ricans and oth­er Latino/as…

What Is Salsa Music?

What Is Salsa Music?

Every­body con­sid­ers that music is the uni­ver­sal lan­guage. For one, each coun­try has its own dis­tinct taste for music. Their music is so diverse that each has its own unique style and char­ac­ter­is­tics that clear­ly sep­a­rate them from oth­er gen­res. What makes music…

Basic Salsa Dance Steps

Basic Salsa Dance Steps

Mas­ter­ing the basic step will be the first key step to devel­op­ing prop­er tech­nique and tim­ing in sal­sa. Your spins and part­ner-work tech­niques will be exe­cut­ed in sync with the rhythm of the music once you have mas­tered your basic. Think of the basic step as the…

Bongos And Congas — Drums With A Difference

Bongos And Congas — Drums With A Difference

  If you are inter­est­ed in beats, then you are sure to be inter­est­ed in oth­er instru­ments besides the usu­al drums that can give you the right beats. Well then let us dis­cuss bon­gos and con­gas from the fam­i­ly of drums. Bon­go is a small ver­sion of drums. Actu­al­ly…

10 Reasons To Dance Salsa

10 Reasons To Dance Salsa

  By now, the Sal­sa craze seems to have hit every city, with clubs and dance stu­dios pop­ping every­where. Pop­u­lar tele­vi­sion shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Danc­ing With the Stars have sparked inter­est in an entire­ly new audi­ence that, oth­er­wise,…

‘El Coqui Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom’

‘El Coqui Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom’

The com­ic book play looks at the soci­etal expec­ta­tions of Lati­no cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty through super­hero fan­ta­sy and lots of com­e­dy. BY Moni­ka Fabi­an | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS For Lati­nos, cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty can be a mine­field. They can gain or lose jobs for being deemed “too…

Get Ready for a Taste of Rum

Get Ready for a Taste of Rum

By Zain Deane March 2014 kicks off in grand style with the Taste of Rum Fes­ti­val. One of the biggest food and drink events on the island, Taste of Rum is the offi­cial rum fes­ti­val of Puer­to Rico, and takes place on March 1 along the Paseo de la Prince­sa Boule­vard that…

Puerto Ricans Honor Paul Walker, Cause Chaos

Puerto Ricans Honor Paul Walker, Cause Chaos

SAN JUAN, Puer­to Rico) — Puer­to Rico police have issued more than 100 tick­ets to dri­vers who orga­nized a car­a­van to hon­or “Fast & Furi­ous” actor Paul Walk­er and cre­at­ed mas­sive traf­fic jams across the island’s cap­i­tal. Walk­er had trav­eled to Puer­to Rico in…

Musica Jibara de Puerto Rico

Musica Jibara de Puerto Rico

Jíbaro is a term com­mon­ly used in Puer­to Rico to refer to moun­tain-dwelling peas­ants, but in mod­ern times it has gained a broad­er and, specif­i­cal­ly, a nobler, cul­tur­al mean­ing. In Puer­to Rico, the Jíbaro cul­ture has its ori­gins in the Native Taino cul­ture and the term…

Preciosa  (Marc Anthony)

Preciosa (Marc Anthony)

Mar­co Anto­nio Muñiz (born Sep­tem­ber 16, 1968), known pro­fes­sion­al­ly as Marc Antho­ny, is an Amer­i­can actor, record pro­duc­er, singer-song­writer, and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­er. Antho­ny is also the top sell­ing trop­i­cal sal­sa artist of all time. The two-time Gram­my and…

Rita Moreno at Sofrito

Rita Moreno at Sofrito

An award for per­form­ing doesn’t exist, that Rita Moreno hasn’t already won.  Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Gram­my and even the Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom from Pres­i­dent George W. Bush, reflect her achieve­ments, tal­ent and hard work.  She’s been in movies and tele­vi­sion shows…

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