Want to see what I’m working on for the Plantando Banderas Project? Play the video, see pictures of my ancestors, laugh at my baby pictures and listen to me honor Latinos! Dale! Want a sneak peek at The Plantando Banderas Show coming this November? Play the video and witness Orlando Ferrand at his best!
On October 11th Bonafide Rojas and I were the featured poets at Capicu’s Cultural Showcase as part of NYU’s celebration of Latino Heritage Month hosted by Papo Swiggity and coordinated by the one and only George Urban Jibaro Torres.
Albert Taino Image Areizaga painted live! His portrait of Don Pedro Albizu Campos hovering over El Morro as if appearing in a sunset sky was beautiful. I know Albert as a photographer, visual artist, and poet. He is a true gentleman who never fails to tell me how proud he is of my accomplishments.
Puerto Rican Bomba filled the auditorium as the group Bombayo lead by Jose Ortiz invited the audience to dance.
Kyle Matthews accented Cynthia Pilar Renta-Carrera and Cristal Reyes as they lit the floor on fire with each piquete.
The rhythm of Bomba is intoxicating. It calls on a part of my spirit that rejects embarrassment, exhaustion or shame. It summons me to dance even if my steps aren’t polished or perfected. It grounds me to the Ciales land of my Abuelo Pedro Robles Miranda and my Abuela Dolores Ocasio Ortega. The drum stimulates my heartbeat and before I can say no, I greet the drummer and spiral into the natural movement, honoring the flow of ancestral blood pumping to the beat of the drum.
Thank you Capicu, NYU, Bombayo, Abuelo and Abuela for a wonderful night!
On this beautiful Monday morning I worked with Linda Nieves-Powell, founder of Latino Flavored Productions, filming scenes with Orlando Ferrand for the upcoming Plantando Banderas Project to debut in November. Jovanny Ramos stepped up as production assistant while Orlando and I were directed by Linda. After scouting a few areas, unpacking equipment, setting up tripods,
September 18th I had the pleasure of participating in the Brooklyn Book festival thanks to Nora Comstock from Las Comadres Para Las Americas (lascomadres.org) and Aurora Anaya-Cerda from La Casa Azul Bookstore (lacasaazulbookstore.com). I sat with accomplished authors as well as new voices in the literary word and was humbled and excited. Carmen Mojica Fabian (thesewatersrundeep.com),
I will be performing original pieces created for this production of Plantando Banderas!
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“Farm FRESH at La Finca Del Sur” presents Earth Mother Voices – All Women’s Open Mic Hosted by Maria Aponte-Gonzalez Featured Author: Peggy Robles-Alvarado Friday, Sept 30th 2011 6:30pm to 8:30pm Ladies – Bring your Poetry, Stories, Songs & Dance! Family & Friends welcomed! Refreshments will be served. La Finca Del Su r is located
My book CONVERSATIONS WITH MY SKIN will be part of the Brooklyn Book Festival this year! When: Sunday, September 18th Time: 11:30am – 5:30pm I will be reading and signing books from 3:30pm to 5:00pm Las Comadres Para Las Americas and La Casa Azul Bookstore are joining forces to elebrate Hispanic/Latino authors at the Brooklyn Book Festival