August 13, 2009 |
The first Latino Supreme Court justice was introduced Wednesday by the first African American president of the United States at a White House that has seen so many firsts in the last few months that historians may someday marvel at the speed of change. Both of them teared up. At a reception in the East Room honoring Sonia Sotomayor, the newest Supreme Court justice, President Obama said, "We're here not just to celebrate our extraordinary new Supreme Court justice. We're here to celebrate an extraordinary moment for our nation.
June 15, 2009 |
When Sonia Sotomayor goes before the Senate next month for her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, the questioning is likely to focus on her work as a civil rights advocate in the 1980s as much as on her nearly two decades on the federal bench. That is because she was a board member of a Puerto Rican advocacy group that sued to overturn New York City's civil service exams and to win more police and firefighter jobs for Latinos.
May 30, 2009 |
Thanks to Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Americans may have to start wrapping their tongues and minds around a word that has nothing to do with abortion rights or the 2nd Amendment, but a lot to do with the country's evolving ethnic and cultural profile: Nuyorican. Referring to a person of Puerto Rican parentage or heritage born and (usually) raised in New York City, or to the culture of that group, it's a term that the Bronx-born judge embraces proudly.
March 13, 2009 |
At New York's Jazz Gallery in December, Puerto Rican-born saxophonist Miguel Zenon had a roomful of normally laid-back hard-core jazz fans standing up and stomping. They were grooving to "Despedida," a rustic folk song about a Christmas party in Zenon's hometown of San Juan, which he sang with a trio of pleneros, percussion-playing troubadours who accompanied his regular jazz quartet.
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January 9, 2009 |
Olga San Juan, the actress dubbed the "Puerto Rican Pepperpot" for singing and dancing roles alongside stars that included Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, has died. She was 81. San Juan died late Saturday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of kidney failure stemming from a long-term illness, said her son-in-law Barry Adelman, executive producer of the Golden Globe Awards. San Juan was born March 16, 1927, and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y.
January 9, 2009 |
Attorney general nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. repeatedly pushed some of his subordinates at the Clinton Justice Department to drop their opposition to a controversial 1999 grant of clemency to 16 members of two violent Puerto Rican nationalist organizations, according to interviews and documents. Details of the role played by Holder, who was deputy attorney general at the time, had not been publicly known until now.
December 10, 2007 |
First to go was a factory that produced generic drugs. Next, a pharmaceutical supply company said it would close. Then, GlaxoSmithKline said last month it would shut its plant in this central Puerto Rican city. Many people in Cidra now fear their hillside city, which has depended on pharmaceutical manufacturing for more than 30 years, is terminally ill.
May 31, 2007 |
THE first track on Calle 13's new album sounds like a lovely Baroque chorale -- unless one speaks Spanish, in which case it becomes immediately evident that it's an ornate canon of the filthiest words in Puerto Rican street slang. That segues into a blend of hip-hop beats and Argentine tango, with the catchy chorus, "Turn up the satanic music!"
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August 30, 2006 |
Jorge Farinacci, 56, a former leader of a Puerto Rican pro-independence militant group who served three years in a U.S. prison in the 1983 robbery of an armored truck depot in Connecticut, died Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of a brain tumor, his doctor said.