Bomba has evolved through centuries, it was originally created by the merging of Taino/Arawak Native peoples of the island, enslaved Africans brought to the island, and the Spanish that sailed there during the 16th and 17th Century.
Join ‘Raíces Borikén Collective’ on Sunday, December 17th at 1:00 P.M., to continue the movement to decolonize Puerto Rico. We will start in Betances Plaza, located in South End’s Villa Victoria neighborhood, to share stories, healing, art, and education before marching (con political paranda y mas) to Copley Square. We are hoping to end with … Continue reading Event: Raíces Borikén Collective: Decolonize Puerto Rico March & Rally
Independent journalist Micaela Kimball invited me to the Podcast Garage, a community space in Allston, M.A. for budding multimedia journalists and all things podcast oriented. Here's the scoop from Micaela herself: "Today I did my first podcast with my friend and indie journalist, Cassandra from Café con Cass. We talked about intersections between the journalism … Continue reading Café Con Cass Podcast: 2 Mediamakers Connect Journalism & Therapy
NPR's Latino USA and Rest for Resistance by: QTPoC Mental Health have published my latest, "The Puerto Rican Diaspora is Flooded," on their online platforms. QTPoC Mental Health empowers the community through knowledge and compassion, with the ultimate goals of creating online & offline spaces for LGBTQ2IA people of color to be comfortably, unapologetically their … Continue reading My Latest: The Puerto Rican Diaspora is Flooded
To view full feature, "Invisible No Longer," at the Harvard Gazette click here. Excerpt: “You're going to see a lot of diversity in the room,” Cassandra Fradera, A.L.M. ’17, co-president of the Harvard Latinx Student Alliance (HLSA), said on the phone last week. She was explaining what to expect on Tuesday at the third annual HLSA-sponsored … Continue reading Speaking to the Harvard Gazette about the 3rd Annual Latinx Graduation and my experience as Harvard’s Co-Presidenta of the HLSA.
When Bomba began as tradition in Puerto Rico, it was a way for enslaved Africans from central and west Africa to communicate through music and dance. Acknowledging Bomba as a history coming from multiple traditions helps both dancers and instructor Lío Villahermosa cope with the changing present. Today is Christopher Columbus Day and students gather … Continue reading My Latest: Lío Villahermosa Finds Bomba Searching for the History of His Late Father
The Harvard Kennedy Center for Public Leadership invited The Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy to conduct video interviews for the first American Adelante Conference at the Harvard Kennedy School. I sat with Lisa García Quiroz, President of the Time Warner Foundation and Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Office of Time Warner, Inc. at America Adelante: … Continue reading Interview with Lisa García Quiroz, Chief Diversity Officer of Time Warner, Inc. at Harvard’s Inaugural American Adelante Conference.
Tonight was the Somerville Women's Comission Women's History Month Annual Reception. In the presence of State Representative Barber, fellow commissioners, and peers I represented the anti-violence committee and spoke about teen dating abuse efforts and my own experience as a survivor. Thankful to be healthy in mind, body and spirit to enjoy this time and … Continue reading Serving as a Commissioner for the City of Somerville.
Lewis Morris, 26 of Providence, R.I. and a resident of Boston, Mass. wrote his first poem at the age of 11. He is now a multi-talented performing artist with a gift for activating the creative spark in people. He describes himself as a "poet first, beatmaker/producer second, and an MC last." His work has … Continue reading Café con Cass Portrait: Lewis Morris, poet, educator and MC in Boston, Mass.
Café con Cass is a live show that is taped on Sunday nights at 8 PM bringing dialogue alive on healing, arts, and diversity with occasional guests with a cup of coffee. In today's episode I do our weekly emotional check-in and feature rising global star, Stromae.