Author: Alex

‘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 Lati­no” or not Lati­no enough. The com­ic book play “El Coquí Espec­tac­u­lar and the Bot­tle of Doom” exam­ines these soci­etal expec­ta­tions and turns them on their head with some super­hero fan­ta­sy and lots of com­e­dy. In “El Coquí,” a Nuy­or­i­can com­ic book artist strug­gles with claims that his work is “too Puer­to Rican,”...

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Outcry as Oscars rule P.R. films ineligible for best foreign flick

A deci­sion by the Acad­e­my of Motion Pic­tures, Arts and Sci­ences to exclude movies made in Puer­to Rico from com­pet­ing in the cat­e­go­ry of Best For­eign Lan­guage Film Oscar has trig­gered a protest by some of the industry’s lead­ing Lati­no mem­bers. An online peti­tion on change.org has the sup­port of actors such as Oscar win­ner Beni­cio del Toro, Edward James Olmos, Miri­am Colón and a host of Lati­no orga­ni­za­tions. The peti­tion, signed by more than 1,500 peo­ple, was orga­nized by Frances Lausell, pro­duc­er of the new Puer­to Rican film Améri­ca The con­tro­ver­sy arose when the movie, based on the nov­el “America’s Dream” by Esmer­al­da San­ti­a­go, was not allowed to be con­sid­ered as a pos­si­ble nom­i­nee for Best For­eign Lan­guage Film for the 2012 Oscars. The Oscars reject­ed it, say­ing that Puer­to Rico, a U.S. ter­ri­to­ry, is part of the U.S. and there­fore inel­i­gi­ble. “We lose the world’s largest stage to show­case films,” said Sonia Fritz, direc­tor of “Améri­ca” READ FULL STORY...

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Ricky Martin Gets Dual Citizenship

From GayC­i­ty Blogs Gay pop singer Ricky Mar­tin, who hails from Puer­to Rico, was grant­ed Span­ish cit­i­zen­ship today, accord­ing to El Pais.He had request­ed a spe­cial “let­ter of nat­u­ral­iza­tion” of the Span­ish government—which would enable him to bypass the usu­al steps to citizenship—in order to take advan­tage of the country’s same-sex mar­riage laws and mar­ry boyfriend Car­los Gon­za­lez Abel­la. The two are rais­ing twin 3-year-olds. “Yes, we could go to Spain and get mar­ried,” Mar­tin told Lar­ry King in 2010. “We can go to Argenti­na and get mar­ried. But why do we have to go some­where else? Why can’t...

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J.Lo and Marc Dine with Obama and Sotomayor

A few days ago, celebri­ty singers, Jen­nifer Lopez and Marc Antho­ny attend­ed a cou­ple of polit­i­cal events in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. They went to see Nan­cy Pelosi at Capi­tol Hill to dis­cuss the edu­ca­tion of Lati­no youth and then lat­er that same day, they met with Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma and his wife, Michelle, at the White House. They also addressed the media on the upcom­ing edu­ca­tion­al leg­is­la­tion on Sep­tem­ber 16, 2009. At the Con­gres­sion­al His­pan­ic Cau­cus Institute’s 32nd Annu­al Awards Gala at the Wal­ter E. Wash­ing­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, they were seat­ed with appoint­ed Supreme Court Jus­tice Sonia Sotomay­or. At the event, Pres­i­dent Oba­ma expressed to the audi­ence dur­ing his speech, “She’s some­one who we adore and who will make us real­ly, real­ly proud in the upcom­ing years”. They even took the twins along, Max and Emme. Speak­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Post, Marc con­fessed, laugh­ing: “Max was tear­ing apart the White House”. That night, the Lati­no celebs went to the 32nd Annu­al Gala cel­e­brat­ing Lati­nos and par­tic­u­lar­ly, Marc him­self, who received a spe­cial Life­time Achieve­ment Award. Antho­ny also announced the cre­ation of his Marc Antho­ny Schol­ar­ship Fund, which will help Lati­no stu­dents inter­est­ed in the arts to ful­fill their dreams of attend­ing...

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