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Being a fan of film, often has me looking in places outside theaters that only put out the cinematic releases. I learned long ago by attending film festivals like NYLIFF that you can enjoy quality films that may not be products of the Hollywood machine.  There also is a serious conversation regarding our Latino stories not getting enough More...

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By Urban Jibaro On Saturday, December 11th, 2021
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Sights & Sounds of Heritage: Bomba!

“The book of our struggles is actually not a book at all, it is a musical genre that tells a story in the oral traditions to a beat gifted to us by the ancestors. The dance that accompanies this rhythm tell More...

By Urban Jibaro On Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
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A Latinx Guide to Surviving a Parrandaless Pandemic Holiday Season

By Maria Rodriguez-Morales This time last year many familias across the country were finalizing fiestas, cleaning their fine dinnerware from the chinero, sazonando pavochones, deboning the pernil, boiling pasteles More...

By Urban Jibaro On Monday, October 8th, 2018
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Puerto Rico Is Open For Business

So… on September 20th, I spent the evening with our friends of NYDIS & Why Not Care at St Barts Church in NYC for a memorial service for the over 3,000 lives lost during Hurricane Maria. The ceremony More...

By Urban Jibaro On Monday, June 18th, 2018
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#EstamosAqui: The Pride & Pain of This Year’s Parade

By Nancy A. Ruffin Puerto Rican flags waved proudly along Fifth Avenue this past Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the 61st National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Despite the devastation that Puerto Rico has endured this past More...

By Urban Jibaro On Monday, January 29th, 2018
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NYC Event: Que Bola Acere? (The Workshop)

Dr William Q. Ross, founder of Ashé Internacional, Inc., first visited Cuba in 1997 as a member of the Venceremos Brigade. Join us as he shares his history of travel to Cuba over the last two decades with More...

By Urban Jibaro On Friday, September 15th, 2017
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Latino Heritage Month Is Here… and I Have Had A Change Of Heart

I preface this post by saying… the links expand to dope info on each topic highlighted. Feel free to explore. Soooo I struggled with this every year since I started the website. Latino Heritage Month sounds More...

By Rich Villar On Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
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La Gente Unida: At the 2017 Puerto Rican Day Parade

Photo credit: Angie MV Photography Usually, the adrenalin pumps quickly when you enter the block. The way I do it, I unfurl my Obnoxiously Large Puerto Rican Flag ™ as soon as I leave the checkpoint, and More...

By Urban Jibaro On Sunday, December 11th, 2016
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Banco Popular Dedicates Puerto Rican Christmas Special To The Boricua Diaspora.

There is simply nothing I can write here that can express how I feel right now. For years, Nuyoricans (as well as others in the Diaspora) struggled with what we can do to help with any of the issues facing the island. More...

By Urban Jibaro On Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
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“I Like It Like That” Is How NYC Theater Got It’s Mambo Back!

… in my personal opinion… it has been a while since I saw something so good I want to go again.   That said, here is a little #SundaySofrito for you. I want to preface this post by saying I have More...