AFRO-LATINO FEST NYC is here! July 8th – July 10th. Lineup is fire, says Junot Diaz

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At a time where Latinos and Afro-descendants seek spaces that empower and elevate our communities, the Afro-Latino Festival of New York stands out as one of those alternative spaces you immediately love once you learn of it. Don’t believe me? Ask Junot Díaz, who recently said, “I got to make it down for this one; this line-up is fire.” More...

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By Urban Jibaro On Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
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The Poetry of Mario Ponce Pagan: Receta

Receta   I want to die en Borinken! With abuela’s pasteles Receta tattooed under my tongue.   For the Angels to understand why I call upon papa dios every time I had them.   That her pasteles where More...

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By Suset Laboy On Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
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Boogaloo Legend Johnny Colon to play at #LoisaidaFest

Everyone will want to dance to the music of Johnny Colón and his Orchestra (Boogaloo) at this year’s Loisaida Festival in NYC on Sunday, May 29, 2016. The son of Puerto Rican parents, born in New York City, More...

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By Suset Laboy On Monday, May 23rd, 2016
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Loisaida Festival Announces 2016 Lineup. Guess who’s coming?

The iconic Loisaida Festival is back with a vengeance this year. Mark your calendars: May 29th, 2016 from 12:00 to 5:30 on Avenue C from 5th to 12th Street. Now that all the details are out of the way, we can jump More...

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By Urban Jibaro On Saturday, June 20th, 2015
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Rich Villar – 5 Books I Must Pack For My Trip To VONA #LatinoLit

By Rich Villar I’m flying to Miami this Saturday, after I lead my final session for this cycle at #LaSopaNYC: The School of Poetic Arts. I’m actually going to be in workshop as a student. I haven’t More...

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By Suset Laboy On Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
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5 Questions about the 28th Loisaida Festival Answered

The weekend has arrived and that can only mean one thing–time for great family fun, gratis, at the 28th Loisaida Festival. Get ready for the festivities with a few top questions: What is this Festival Anyways? Since More...

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By Suset Laboy On Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Upcoming: Theater, Music Poetry, and More at the 28th Loisaida Festival

The Loisaida Festival is nearing, and this means a host of activities for all who are remotely attracted to the vibrant and exciting spirit of NYC’s Lower East Side community. It also helps if you are a love More...

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By Libertad Guerra On Monday, May 4th, 2015
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Get ready for Salsa, Plena and Rock & Soul!

Happening Now! The Loisaida Center is preparing for the 2015 Loisaida Festival on Sunday, May 24th 2015. This year’s festival promises to maintain and re-enforce that re-invigorated relevance and distinct character More...

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By Urban Jibaro On Monday, October 21st, 2013
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Boricua Profiles: Margarita Maria Morales Kearns

The first of my Boricua profiles will be of my mom, Margarita Maria Morales Kearns who passed away this year at the age of 80.  Margarita, or Daisy as she was known, was born in 1932 in San German, Puerto Rico. More...

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By Urban Jibaro On Monday, December 31st, 2012
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I Cannot Thank You Enough…

As many of you are out celebrating the end of the year and new beginnings… I have decided to spend this time in quiet reflection at home mentally recapping all the amazing things we have done together this More...