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‘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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