Stories about Puerto Rico (U.S.) from January, 2012
Puerto Rico: The Art of Sound
Julieta Muñoz interviews artist Carola Cintrón Moscoso for Revista Cruce [es] on the art of sound: “There was light, but something was missing: sound!,” says Carola who works with audio in her pieces. Please check out the video in which Carola talks about her art, and herself, in an interview...
Puerto Rico: Waste of Money
Dondequiera says of a US $20 million ad campaign to promote tourism: “If we could only use 1/4 of that money to police and clean our beaches, maintain the bathrooms…. I just thought you'd like to know how your hard earned tax dollars were being spent. The whole thing just...
Puerto Rico: Debating Maripily
In 80 Grados [es], Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia responds to a controversial column written by Nelson Rivera in the same digital publication on the supposed virtues and failings of the model Maripily.
Puerto Rico: Fear or Loathing?
Blogger Ed Morales reacts to the column published in Huffington Post Latino titled “Fear and Loathing in the Island that Doesn't Exist,” by Mónica Gutiérrez, which has stirred controversy on how Puerto Rico is depicted, imagined, and constructed.
Caribbean: TEDx Shows “Ideas Worth Spreading”
“Ideas worth spreading.” With this simple slogan, TED.com, which began in 1984 as an annual conference devoted to technology, entertainment and design, has infiltrated the Internet and empowered people in various countries to spark discussions in local, self-organised TED-branded events, dubbed TEDx. This sharing of ideas has found its way to the Caribbean - in 2011, five TEDx events were held: two in Jamaica, two in Trinidad and one in Puerto Rico. Here's a look back on the events that helped change the region...
Puerto Rico: Vigilance over SOPA & PIPA
Dondequiera says of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA): “Mark my word, this issue is not dead. More like the living dead, a zombie issue, if you like. Many companies…believe that the only way to kill the intellectual property rights legislation is to...
Latin America: Museum Releases Digital Archive of 20th-Century Art
The International Center for Arts of the Americas (ICCA) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has released a digital archive of 20th-century Latin American and Latino art, which, “is now available, free of charge, to the research and teaching community as well as to the public at large.” Culture...
Puerto Rico: The 365 Project
The online edition of the magazine Cruce has published some of the photographs the photojournalist José Rodrigo Madera [es] shot as part of his 365 project: a photo for every day of the year 2011. (All of the photos were originally posted on his Facebook account)
Puerto Rico: The Latest in High School Sports
The website Activao [es] offers the most complete and best news and pictures on high school sports in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico: Levels of Crime?
In response to an editorial suggesting that the citizenry “may have been complicit in the senseless murder of Karla Negrón, the latest victim of a stray bullet on New Year's Eve”, Dondequiera says: “It is pure hypocrisy for anyone to accuse Karla's murderer of breaking by the law by anyone...
Puerto Rico: Economic Reality
Gil the Jenius shares “a bitter pill of economic information”, asking: “How screwed are We? On a scale of 1 to 10, about a 9.5.”
Caribbean: Solidarity with SOPA Protest
A few regional bloggers have joined “the largest online protest in history”, against the proposed PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), here, here, here and here.
Puerto Rico: Reflection on Violence
Angel Javier reflects on the year 2011, the most violent year in Puerto Rico's history [es] with over 1,100 murders.
Puerto Rico: #Esoez Awards
The deadline to vote for the best blogs in Puerto Rico at Esoez [es] is January 17.
Puerto Rico: Controversial “Joke” about Puerto Ricans
Ed Morales analyzes the recent outrage after the character played by Puerto Rican actor Amaury Nolasco in the ABC program “Work It” said: “I’m Puerto Rican. I’ll be great at selling drugs.”
Puerto Rico: Bloggers Make It to the Supreme Court
Controversy has ensued after a Supreme Court judge cited posts written by legal scholars Erika Fontánez and Esther Vicente [es] in a dissident opinion of a ruling that left a victim of domestic violence without legal protection.
Puerto Rico: Mima and Balún in Concert
Music blog Puerto Rico Indie reviews the concert held by two of the most beloved independent artists [es] of the Island: Mima and Balún.
Puerto Rico: Beautiful Old San Juan
Blogger Yésica Isabel offers her readers another beautiful photo-essay of her neighborhood: Old San Juan.
Puerto Rico: A Legendary Bar
The music blog Mala Vida, Buena Música publishes an ode to the legendary bari El Batey [es] in Old San Juan.
Puerto Rico: A Shift in the Dialogue
Gil the Jenius is heartbroken by the fact that his inner voice is changing: “When Our inner voice changes, everything else changes as well. Mine is going from ‘adventure’ to ‘caution,’ while that of many of My Brethren is going from ‘I don't care’ to ‘I'm getting out of here.’...
Puerto Rico: Emigration Nation?
“Over a 6-year period, covering 2005 to 2010, more than 178,000 of My Brethren left Our Island, a reported 28,000 in 2010 alone”: Gil the Jenius wonders “what…this historic reversal of Our population dynamic mean[s].”