Archive for January, 2009

Puerto Rico – early 1900’s Slideshow

Icon Written by Cumba on January 31, 2009 – 2:07 pm

These images are from the Library of Congress website. Most of the images were stereo view cards that were popular from the late 1800’s until the 1930’s. They were the predecessors of view masters. Stereo cards were comprised of two images that when viewed through the viewer gave a sense of seeing the images in [...]

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Tato Torres & YERBABUENA perform “Campo”

Icon Written by Cumba on January 31, 2009 – 12:22 pm

YERBABUENA (one word) is a group of individuals who come together to play the music that they love under the musical direction of singer-composer-musician Tato Torres. It is composed of musicians, singers and dancers from the New York City area, who share an intense passion for the musical traditions of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. [...]

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A Photographic Trip Through Puerto Rico in 1921

Icon Written by Cumba on January 28, 2009 – 8:27 pm

In my search for materials regarding Puerto Ricans, I sometimes come across old magazines with articles that give a glimpse into how the island and its people were perceived by outsiders. One of my purchases was a magazine from 1921 called “The Mentor,” a magazine of ‘intellectual appeal.’ They covered different topics and one of [...]

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Puerto Rican Laborers During WWI

Icon Written by Cumba on January 24, 2009 – 2:22 pm

The popular notion is that Puerto Ricans arrived in the mainland United States after WWII, and it is true that the majority did come at that time. However, Puerto Ricans have been migrating to the U.S. since the late 1800′s. After the Spanish-American War, when the United States took Puerto Rico from Spain, this migration [...]

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The Puerto Ricans at Carlisle Indian School

Icon Written by Cumba on January 18, 2009 – 12:53 pm

In creating this blog, my main interest is exploring history that has been overlooked or lost. While looking for material I came across this article by Sonia M. Rosa in Kacike (Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology). The very well-researched and written article relates the story of “Porto Rican” children sent to be Americanized [...]

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Today’s Birthday January 17 – Freddy Rodriguez

Icon Written by Cumba on January 17, 2009 – 6:28 pm

Freddy Rodriguez was born on January 17, 1975 in Chicago, IL to Puerto Rican parents. Freddy has been acting since he was 13 years old with a small role in a movie called “The Undertaker” but he came to fame playing Federico ‘Rico’ Diaz in the HBO series, “Six Feet Under.” Since the series, he [...]

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Review: Lemon’s County of Kings: The Beautiful Struggle

Icon Written by Cumba on January 12, 2009 – 11:32 pm

Performing a solo act is a very difficult thing to do, an autobiographical one is even more so. Baring your soul and letting the audience experience very obviously painful incidents in your life takes a special talent. To bring something new to the medium is not easy, but Lemon does just that in his one-man [...]

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Marga Gomez – Comedian

Icon Written by Cumba on January 11, 2009 – 4:04 pm

Marga Gomez – Long Island Iced Latina Marga Gomez is the daughter of a Cuban Comedian and a Puerto Rican dancer who formed the basis of her previous one woman show “Los Big Ones.” She now has another show that I hope will come to New York, “Long Island Iced Latina.” The show is currently [...]

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Plagiarism on the Web

Icon Written by Cumba on January 10, 2009 – 8:04 pm

There is nothing wrong with gathering information from different sources and creating your own content. What is wrong is outright stealing the content from someone’s site and then putting your own copyright warning on that content. The purpose of this site is to share information and make people aware of people, places and historical events [...]

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Olga San Juan: Actress, Dancer from the 1940′s dies.

Icon Written by Cumba on January 10, 2009 – 6:58 pm

Olga San Juan, 81, the actress dubbed the “Puerto Rican Pepperpot” who sang and danced in Hollywood films alongside Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby and other top entertainers, died Jan. 3at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. Ms. San Juan, who was of Puerto Rican descent, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She started dancing [...]

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