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Amy Ramirez Rodriguez

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I was born and bred in Washington Heights, a stone’s throw from the George Washington Bridge. My family migrated to NYC on Christmas Eve in 1965. Since then, my family has gone to great lengths to re-enforce the bonds between …

Francisco Roldan

Francisco Roldan

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I am originally from Medellin, Colombia. I came here with my family when I was 9 years-old, one of 5 children. I grew up in Queens, NY, and went to public school. When I came here, and in the neighborhood …

Polly Ferman

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I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1982 I moved to NYC, searching to grow my piano career. Until then I was a classical pianist, but once I settled in New York, I decided to focus my career on the Latin …

Edwin Lugo

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Songwriter and vocalist on the Grammy Award-winning “Just Chillin” by Norman Brown, Edwin Lugo a.k.a Lugo has enjoyed a stellar career since winning Amateur Night Live at the Apollo Theater years ago. Lugo starred on Broadway with Marc Anthony and …

Jose Vilson

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The Afrolatin@ Project sits with Mr. Jose Vilson, a New York City Public School math teacher and education advocate of Dominican and Haitian heritage, to discuss his work and his thoughts on the scholar Arturo Schomburg (1874-1938). Shomburg’s collections make …

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Mauricio Beltre

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This is the story about my mother Mercedes A. Reyes. It is not a dramatic or sensational story, It is a simple account of who I believe is one of those heroes and heroines who go unrecognized in the world …

Pedrito Martínez

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I grew up playing my main instrument, the Bata drum. I used to play a lot of religious ceremonies in Cuba that are still practiced in Cuba and here too (called “Santería” in Cuba and “Yoruba” in Africa). Here in …

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Leslie Jimenez

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I still remember the first time I rode the train. It was the 4, which is still not one of my favorites. I was new to the city, didn’t speak much English and wasn’t used to the awkwardness of the subway …

zarela martinez

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I was born in Sonora, Mexico, and grew up on a cattle ranch. I was raised to triumph. When I was 8 years old my mother told me that she had named me Zarela because it would look good in …

Robert J. Rodriguez

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Robert J. Rodriguez is the New York State Assemblyman for the 68th District, based in East Harlem, where he was born and raised.  He spoke with Proyecto Afrolatin@ / The Afrolatin@ Project about what it means to be Afrolatino/a.

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