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Justice Frank Torres

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My name is Alma Torres-Warner. This is about my oldest brother, Retired Justice Frank Torres, born in New York City of Puerto Rican parents. Frank became a Boy Scout, Troop 680; attorney, 1957; Assistant District Attorney, Bronx County 1958-1962; Administrator …

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Maria Jose Penaherrera

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We meet at a museum in Quito, Ecuador. Jorge is a long time NY resident, he has lived here longer than in his native Guayaquil. I was a city girl from Quito who never consider to live anywhere else but surrounded …

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Ramon Rodriguez

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Dominoes, vamos a jugar! It’s a rallying cry – Let’s play dominoes! The game of dominoes is one of Puerto Rico’s favorite pastimes. You can hear the click-clack of the resin tiles being shuffled as you pass any home, street …

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Carmen Rodriguez

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Generosity is an intrinsic value in the Puerto Rican culture. In poor Latino families, the most common way to express generosity, neighborliness, love, gratitude and warmth is the sharing of food. In that respect my mom, Carmen Rodriguez, is queen …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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