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Results of the Puerto Rico Vote Leaves Many With More Questions Than Answers

The political future of Puerto Rico remains unclear more than two weeks after residents cast their votes in high numbers. Close to 80 percent of Puerto Ricans voted in a referendum on Nov. 6th that aimed to re-evaluate Puerto Rico’s status with the United States. Many media outlets announced the results of the recent vote […]

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The People of Puerto Rico Vote Again to Define Their Status

Once again, the destiny of a people is in their hands at the ballet box. On November 6, 2012 when all of America will be casting votes for the U.S. presidency, Puerto Rican residents (who are U.S. citizens but cannot vote for its president) will vote to decide to remain a commonwealth, become a state, […]

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Puerto Ricans in the NBA

I’ve been following the NBA Finals closely and cheering for the Dallas Mavericks, even though most basketball experts predict the Miami Heat will win the championship. I’m rooting for the Mavericks mainly because of José Juan Barea. JJ Barea is the seventh Puerto Rican-born player to be in the NBA and the third ever to […]

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Crime in Puerto Rico

Crime in Puerto Rico has always been a problem. However within the last two decades, the United States territory has seen the highest crime rates ever recorded. Drug trafficking, severe unemployment, and other social issues on the island indicate there may be no end in sight to the increase in troubling crime statistics. Police data […]

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Boricua Art at Boricua College

Boricua art is coming to Boricua College in New York City with an exhibition curated by Joseph A. Burgos Jr. The art show, beginning on March 25th and running through April 15th, will include work from Mr. Burgos and Phyllis Sanfiorenzo. The venue for this Puerto Rican exhibit is the Washington Heights campus of an […]

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Education in Puerto Rico: A Need for Major Improvement

Recent demonstrations in Puerto Rico have highlighted a desperate need to overhaul the island’s entire educational system. Students and teachers have been unsatisfied with the government’s lack of leadership and outraged by layoffs, budget cuts, tuition hikes, and attempts to privatize the system. A one-day teachers strike nearly paralyzed public education in Puerto Rico last […]

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Puerto Rican Film Review: Maldeamores

This coming Sunday Boricuas will celebrate the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. I thought I would commemorate the event with my very first film review. I recently saw on DVD a great Puerto Rican movie entitled Maldeamores (lovesickness.) The 2007 film was directed and co-written by Carlitos Ruiz Ruiz and was […]

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