This last Saturday, November 18 I participated in the annual, Comité Noviembre Artisans & Authors Event held at Hostos Community. There is no better place to host a Puerto Rican event such as this than in Eugenio Maria De Hostos Community College in the heart of the South Bronx, El Condado de la Salsa.
It’s no longer a secret that New York State has one of the most conservative laws in the criminal justice system. Ask many New York City residents and you will find that in most cases you will hear the same story. You will hear about someone arrested and doing (or did) time for a crime they never committed. How is …
Ramón Jimenez, an activist that I have known and had worked with for close to forty years here in the South Bronx has passed on. He stopped breathing yesterday May 10th, 2016.
On Saturday December 5, 2015 the South Bronx was host to yet another historic event of sorts. It was not a Latin concert in el Condado de la Salsa in the borough that has had some of the best salseros perform, or a Hip Hop extravaganza in the borough that gave birth to that genre. It was not a visit …
If you’re a Bronxite and you are concerned with the issues affecting your borough you need to make time and attend this important community forum taking place this Saturday. A few hours of your time can contribute to a lifetime of positive change for a community that has been screaming for change.
I was never ashamed to say I was from the South Bronx. I have been bragging about the Bronx for as long as I can remember. Those of us who have been living in the South Bronx have known, what many are now, finding out. The South Bronx is one of the best places to live in N.Y.C.!
The issue of gentrification in the South Bronx has been a hot issue recently. Those of us who live here and have been living here for a long time have been seeing our community changing right before our eyes.
It seems that people with a lot of money who want to develop areas of the city like the hot real estate in the South Bronx are in total denial of our reality.
The lack of Puerto Ricans and Latinos in the New York City mayor’s administration continues to come up as an issue. Unfortunately, it seems that no matter what mayor gets into office Latinos are always shortchanged when it comes to appointments and jobs. Perhaps many were expecting more because Latino’s voted overwhelmingly to elect progressive Bill de Blasio mayor.
As a New York raised Puerto Rican I began to appreciate Puerto Rico’s abundant land that gave so many fruits and food items that I only saw in supermarkets back in the Bronx when I first visited my home island at the age of 16.