Published On: Sun, Oct 7th, 2012

Sunday Sofrito: The Week In Review


Before I start my weekly recap, I want to send my heartfelt condolences to one of our own,  Lisa aka  “Boricua Goddess” who is currently in Caguas, Puerto Rico for the first time in many years, mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother. We want to send our love and prayers to everyone who was touched by this woman’s long life full of love.

The following was a message from Lisa’s best friend Isabel on Facebook…

My dear friend La Boricua-Goddess has had to say goodbye to the physical presence of her beloved grandmother, Rosa Maria Cruz Castro. This wonderful woman is now an ancestor to her beloved children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, siblings, family and friends. Rejoice In Paradise ♥ No more pain, no more sorrow for you! Guide, love and protect your beloved family that mourn you so deeply! Please join me in sending your memories and condolences ♥ One Love, Safe journey ♥

Rest in Paradise,  6/21/1931 – 10/03/2012 

We dedicate the following video to Lisa, it is Trio Borinquen con Johnny Albino- Canciones a las Madres

Make sure if your mom, tia or abuela is around you today… that you give her a hug and tell her that you love her.



Back to the recap…

The month of October for those that do not know is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I researched a few websites and found the Susan G. Komen For The Cure to be the most complete resource for info on Breast Cancer. Please visit them today to find out how you can become educated and help someone you love.

October is also National Anti-Bullying Month and that was pushed into the limelight in a huge way when a TV Anchor Jennifer Livingston responded on air to what she perceived to be an act of bullying… and it went viral.

To learn more about bullying visit

Learn the signs of bullying | Understand why kids bully | What parents can do about bullying | What kids can do if they are being bullied |SUBSCRIBE above to receive email alerts about parenting issues.

Speaking of social expression… We would like congratulate Raul K. Rios, founder of one of the NYC poetry houses / social good collectives has just celebrated their 5 year anniversary with MAGDALENA & THE BRASS KINGS, Advocate of Wordz, Autunm Ashante, Chilo,BABA Ngoma Hill, Rainmaker,Storm, True and many more…

LatinosNYC is dedicated to servicing others to enrich the lives of people we touch by providing food, slightly used clothes, books and any other material we can provide to make someone or families’ life just a bit easier. LatinosNYC,Inc. hopes to impact the lives of all communities we come across by evaluating, planning and acting upon the needs of community we serve. Our vision is a community where no one goes hungry or without clothes where all are educated and where a family can remain intact as a family.

For more info on LatinosNYC visit their website.

(Raising my glass of Coquito and wishing them 5 more years of  serving the needs of the Latino community in NYC)

Another up and coming show that is buzzing around NYC is CLASICOS LIVE! Written and produced by Rafael Preza is a story of the life journey of a first generation Latino living in the inner city. He will walk us through all of his experiences through his words and the dancing of the classics – Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Tango and Palos music which make up the “SOUNDTRACK” of his life. There are only two shows in October so make sure you visit and get yours today!

What is coming up?

Ever wonder what does it take to be a “Confident Caballero”?

Tomorrow on Radio Capicu, I will be talking to Lisa Velazquez M.A., Sex Educator/Therapist, Lovestyle Coach™ & Motivational Speaker. Now normally, Lisa does personal development for women that focus on the positive aspects of sexuality and their influence on identity, self-esteem, body image, relationships, career ambition, lifestyle choices, physical and mental health. Today’s conversation will be different, it is all  about Lisa’s new venture, the Confident Caballero, and Lisa will answer your burning questions live on air about what Latina’s want and desire in a man.

Tune in at 9pm Eastern Standard Time or download it on Itunes!


Our friend Charlie Vazquez has been promoting a huge literary event that is starting this week in NYC called El Festival De La Palabra… NBCLatinos’s Sandra Lilley did a article giving you the 411 on thise festive Tertulia. Check her piece out here and see the whole schedule for the festival here.  Congrats to all of the  lineup of writers from the US, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Last but not least… Join us for the October edition of Capicu Featuring Nuyorican poet ★ Anthony Morales, & visual art by the amazing ★ Mia Roman! Along with our signature Peoples Open Mic- hosted by your friendly neighborhood chupacabra PaPo Swiggity and his lovely cohost La Sensacion! We’ll also celebrate the birthday of our very own International ambassador of great music ♫ DJ Sambarella ♪

Adonde? When?
Saturday October 27th
@ LP & Harmony
683 Grand St (between Manhattan Ave & Graham Ave)
Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211Doors open at 7 PM- Open Mic list closes at 8pm
**SHOWTIME at 8PM!**
21 & Over


By Subway:
L to Grand St. (2 blocks)
G to Metropolitan

About our featured Poet:
★Anthony Morales is a writer/educator from the Bronx who has appeared on HBO’s Def Poetry and toured the United States and Puerto Rico. He received his BA in English and Latino Studies from Columbia University in 2002. In 2003, he received his M.ED from Columbia’s University Teachers’ College.

Anthony Morales is in the tradition of Nuyorican poetry and literature. This poet began writing and performing at the age of 14 while attending Phillips Academy on Andover, Massachusetts. To date, his work has garnered widespread acclaim from his peers as well as distinguished writers. He has shard the stage with such notables as Martin Espada, Gayle Danley, Roger Bonair Agard, Kenneth Koch, Suheir Hammad, Willie Perdomo, Flaco Navaja, Dilated Peoples, and Immortal Thought. He has appeared on National Public Radio as par of a panel discussion of the film, Pinero. He currently is an English facilitator at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Brooklyn, NY. He has published three books, Story Avenue (2004), Chevere Cafre (2009), and Dice Queso (2010)About our featured Visual Artist:
★ Mia Roman is a Brooklyn born Youth Art instructor, Community & Youth Advocate, Event Promoter, Curator, Photographer, Painter, Poet, Activist, FEMINIST! Being surrounded by so many creative people provided Mia with a nurturing artistic environment that encouraged her to explore and learn without boundaries.
Mias family and life experience is what leads her hand and nourishes her creativity. The themes and concerns of the urban Latino and African population have been a primary inspiration to Mia and are reflected in many of her sketches and paintings.

Special thanks to this week’s advertisers and partners for enabling us to bring you your #DailySofrito. We strive to partner with people and companies that love Latino culture as much as our readers.  This week’s sponsors are Flaco Coquito, Art by Mia, Hispanic Kitchen, Rice and Beanz, Voto Latino, One Travel and Capicu Cultural Showcase. 

Find out how you too can partner with Sofrito For Your Soul by emailing us here!

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See you next Sunday with a review of what is happening with nuestra cultura.


Buen Provecho…

George Torres
The Urban Jibaro

Cultivando Cultura since 1997…
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Sunday Sofrito: The Week In Review