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Please Join Us for the Unveiling of the “Remembering Julia” Mosaic


On Friday, October 27, 2006, Hope Community, Inc. will host a press conference and unveiling of an historic mosaic by artist Manny Vega honoring the late Puerto Rican poet, Julia de Burgos. The 11:00 AM ceremony will take place in the heart of East Harlem’s “Cultural Corridor” – in front of a Hope building located on the northeast corner of Lexington Avenue and East 106th Street. The momentous unveiling will be followed by a community reception hosted by El Taller Boricua in the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center at 1680 Lexington Avenue. For more information, call (212) 860-8821, Ext 111.

Un Dia en El Barrio/A day in El Barrio

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 • 2:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month in El Barrio with these events:

2PM: Meet the Author: Carolina Gonzalez and Seth Kugel talk about their new book on Latin New York called Nueva York. Maite Junco moderates.

161 East 106th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues)

2:30 PM: Poetas con Café – season finale,
featuring a tribute to the Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos

Modesto Flores Garden of Hope Community
Lexington Avenue, between 104th and 105th Streets

3 PM: Destination: El Barrio Walking Tour
Meet at Southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 104th Street

East Harlem Board of Tourism
164 East 116th Street

5 PM: Community reception and “meet and greet” the authors
Camaradas del Barrio Bar & Restaurant
2241 First Avenue at 115th Street

7 PM: Film screening, “Hangin’ with the Homeboys
Directed by Joseph Vasquez
In English, Color, 35mm, 89 minutes, 1991
The Nuyorican film classic that launched John Leguizamo’s career and put da Bronx back on the map!

161 East 106th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues)
212 828 0401

10 PM: Live music at Camaradas NO Cover
Camaradas del Barrio Bar & Restaurant
2241 First Avenue at 115th Street


Hosted by the East Harlem Board of Tourism. For more information, call212.876.1242
or visit www.eastharlemtourism.org or www.nuevayorkguide.com

The International Poetic Short Film Festival 2009


The International Poetic Short Film Festival 2009
formerly known as the Latino American Poetic Short Film Festival is dedicated to Bimbo Rivas, Poet, Actor, Playwright, Teacher and Humanitarian…

IPSFF will be held Monday October 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2009
at The NUYORICAN Poets Café
located at 236 East 3rd Street New York, NY 10009
To submit a Poetic Short for consideration visit www.ipsff.com
Visions have no boundaries,

José Antonio, Director/Curator

A Rose in Spanish Harlem

A Rose in Spanish Harlem
Three Characters in One:
East Harlem – Spanish Harlem – El Barrio
© By Alberto O. Cappas

There is a Rose in Spanish Harlem
Hiding in exile until it becomes all clear
A community
Divided unto itself by itself with itself
While other cultures make themselves at home
We stay inside
Like Lobsters in a barrow
Managed by a social service over-dosed mindset
Cultural Centers keeping Boricua in the past
Preaching a strategy of outdated liberated emotions
Perpetuated by poets with words that erase
Possibilities of moving a new generation forward
Colonial chains still in full operation
A living electronic field of rappers and poets
Adding confusion to the meaning
A community consuming, not providing
Electing misguided egos into public policy positions
Cementing the fate with physical evidence:
Babies coming from babies
The young echoing the “N” word as a daily sweet diet
Tattoos carved on human bodies transformed into walking billboards
And slacks placed below the waist line as something very cool

As the poet
Pedro Pietri said,
It is time to visit
“Sister Lopez” again
“The number one healer”
And pray that the spirits
Would heal and guide us out of
Ignorance and bondage
Giving us the wisdom to build
A new Spanish Harlem
And Liberate the Rose

Rise Puerto Ricans
Rise Puerto Ricans