NYU Performance with Capicu

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.

Bonafide and his Pedro Pietri inspired BOX spoke out against the gentrification of Brooklyn and the power of creative writing.

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!

Behind the scenes with Plantando Banderas

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,

Reflections for the month of September 2011

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),