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Yolanda Daliz

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My parents always encouraged me to remain connected to my culture and heritage. As a child, it didn’t make much sense to me, but over the years, I’ve come to understand. Where I live now, far from Brooklyn’s Prospect Park …

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Felipe Neri Torres

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My name is Alma Torres-Warner and this is about my late father Felipe Neri Torres, who arrived in New York City from Puerto Rico in 1919, became an attorney in 1927, was elected the first Puerto Rican New York State …

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 …

SoundBoy Cartagena

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SoundBoy Cartagena and his 16-piece Spanglish Salsa HipHop Orchestra come out of Brooklyn — Bushwick, NY. Raised in his father’s passion for Salsa music and in the New York City streets of Hip-Hop, Sound mastered the art of mixing his …

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Henry Ordosgoitia

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My name is Henry and I was born in the Bronx. My parents were from Colombia and Brooklyn via Puerto Rico. I grew up in the Bronx went to elementary and high school there and then graduated from St. John’s …

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En Foco, Inc.

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En Foco was created in 1974 by a group of Puerto Rican photographers living in NYC, in response to the lack of representation of Latinos in the creation of their own imagery: they were concerned that the negative representation of …

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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Louis Queralt

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As a Nuyorican, I was always proud of my tropical background from my mother’s side, as she was born in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was surprised when I went to Spain and especially Valencia, Spain, where my father …

Luis Carle

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New York-based artist-photographer Luis Carle, was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moved to New York City in 1984. Carle first studied photography at Parsons School of Design and worked as artist and photographer’s assistant to various well-known photographers. …

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Orlando Morales

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Portrait of a Puerto Rican Family- Bendicion! In Spanish it means to ask for a blessing. Bendicion! is what I would ask my grandparents everytime I saw them from the moment I could speak words. It is a sign of …

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