Stories about Puerto Rico (U.S.) from August, 2012
Puerto Rico: Dancing through the Lens of Heriberto Castro
Photographer and blogger Heriberto Castro talks about his blog En la punta del pie, a site dedicated to the world of body movement. He hopes to provide a place to collaborate news and photographs about all dance-related activities in Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico: Film “Under My Nails” Wins Award
The film “Under My Nails” directed by the Puerto Rican Arí Maniel Cruz, and starred by Kishina Tikina Burgos (Puerto Rico) and Iván Camilo (Dominican Republic), received the best film award [es] at the International Latino Film Festival of New York.
Puerto Rico: Beautiful Music by “Los Cerezos”
The alternative music blog Puerto Rico Indie has a post on the band from Puerto Rico, Los Cerezos, who have just launched their first EP titled “Dejad que los hipsters vengan a mi” [Let the Hipsters Come To Me]: With a very genuine musical proposal, without pretensions or weaknesses, Los...
Puerto Rico: Social Media's ‘No’ Campaign Wins Big in Referendum
"140 characters focused so hard on raising awareness among people that today they broke the machinery put together by money. The NO won!!!" - A netizen reacts to the campaign's success in a referendum to amend the country's constitution.
Puerto Rico: In Conversation with Calle 13's “Residente” René Pérez
It's hard to imagine anyone betting on Calle 13‘s success back in 2005, as the popular Puerto Rican group prepared to release their eponymous debut. Back then, reggaeton was still very much the rage on – and off – the island, and René Pérez Joglar (“Residente” – the group's lyricist...
Puerto Rico: What's at Stake in the August 19 Referendum
Puerto Ricans have voted on a referendum to amend the Constitution. The are two proposed amendments: one to limit the right to bail and one that to reduce the number of legislators. The implications of limiting the right to bail and the campaign organized to oppose the referendum was marked by a heightened activity on social network sites.
Puerto Rico: An “Activated” Space for School Athletics
Photojournalist José Jiménez talks about his project, Activao, an online space dedicated exclusively to covering school athletics in Puerto Rico. Going beyond being a specialized medium for sports, the project is, above all, a space with a social mission for young people.
Puerto Rico: Digital “No” Campaign Takes Off
The campaign in favour of voting “no” to the limitation on the right of bail in Puerto Rico's coming referendum on August 19 has taken off on the Internet. The feminist blog Mujeres en Puerto Rico [es] (“Women in Puerto Rico”) and the Facebook page No es lo mismo [es] (“It's not the same”) are...
Puerto Rico: Jaime Espinal's Silver Medal Makes History
Puerto Rico celebrates Jaime Espinal's Olympic silver medal, the first to be won for the country in the freestyle wrestling. This is the second medal won for Puerto Rico in the London 2012 Olympics and only the second silver medal to be won in the country's history.
Puerto Rico: Urban Artists “La Pandilla”
El Punto features [es] the amazing urban street art by Alexis Díaz and Juan Fernández from Puerto Rico, AKA “La Pandilla.”
Puerto Rico: Festival of the Hammock
Auralís Herrero-Lugo writes about her trip [es] with a group of friends to the town of San Sebastián, Puerto Rico, to go to the famous 32nd Festival of the Hammock, a traditional event where artisans show their amazing craft of making hammocks.
Puerto Rico: Penal Code and Freedom of Expression
On the e-zine 80 grados, lawyer and law scholar Hiram Meléndez analyzes the impact [es] on freedom of expression contained in the amendments to Puerto Rico's Penal Code.
Puerto Rico: “Ateorizar” Takes Atheism Online
Finding an absence of online projects in Spanish about atheism, Puerto Rican blogger Manolo Matos started "Ateorizar." The podcast will be going to its third season next October, and the blog has received over 150,000 visits. Matos talks to Global Voices about his project.
Puerto Rico: Racist Tweets Against Obama Cause Outrage
Heidi Wys Toro, one of the advisors of the current speaker of Puerto Rico's House of Representatives Jennifer González, posted some racist comments about the president of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle on Twitter. This is not the first time that Wys, who favors that Puerto Rico becomes a state of the United States, used this network to insult president Obama.
Puerto Rico: Javier Culson Wins Historic Bronze Medal
The athlete Javier Culson won Puerto Rico's first ever medal in athletics. This medal takes the count to 7 medals in the country's history: 5 bronze and 1 silver in boxing, and 1 bronze in athletics. This is the first Olympic medal for the country since 1996. Puerto Rican netizens celebrated this historic achievement.
Puerto Rico: Celebrating Javier Culson's Success in London 2012 Olympics
Puerto Rican netizens are brimming with pride and support after the athlete, Javier Culson, reached the semifinals in the 400m hurdles. Culson is considered to have a strong chance of bringing home Puerto Rico's first Olympic gold medal in its history.
Puerto Rico: Blogger's Book Doesn't Shy Away From a Good Brawl
"Reyerta TV" (Brawl TV) is a short story collection written by Puerto Rican writer and blogger Juanluis Ramos. It is a wonderful collection of grainy, technicolored, pop-culture inspired windows into fully realized worlds that revel in television's classic tropes.