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Why Draco Rosa Is Beyond Rock and Pop

The day after Reyes I found myself in la alacaldía de San Juan interviewing Draco Rosa, the genre-bending rock-pop singer-songwriter whose career began as a key member of the boy band Menudo, lurched forward into the rock en Español classic  122 more words

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Why New Theories About Latino Political Power Need to Emerge

This essay was originally published on January 13th by the National Institute of Latino Policy newsletter, which  asked a number of Latino opinion leaders across the United States to respond to the issues raised by journalist Roberto Suro in his January 2nd New York Times opinion piece, “Whatever Happened to Latino Political Power?” 2,030 more words

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A Look Back on 2015

2015 was not an easy year to get through in many ways. A lot of troubling signs have appeared on the landscape: Continuing injustice toward people of color in the form of extra-judicial police killings of unarmed civilians, increasing wealth inequality, the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis, the continued threat of gentrification, out of control gun violence, and the unsolved problems of the continuing marginalization of non-mainstream races, ethnicities, gender preferences and gender identities are still present in unsettling ways. 362 more words

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Just before Thanksgiving this year my four-part investigative series about whether or not Rikers Island prison complex could be saved by reforms or should be closed and replaced by small community justice centers was cross-published by… 140 more words

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JustLeadershipUSA's Glenn Martin on Living in Spanglish radio

Glenn Martin, head of JustLeadershipUSA, an organization that advocates for prison and criminal justice reform, appeared on the November edition of Living in Spanglish Radio to talk about Rikers Island. 65 more words

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Living in Spanglish Radio, Final Episode 2015

On this last show of 2015, I spin tunes from Benjamin Clementine, Liam Bailey, Monsieur Periné, Natalia La Fourcade, Bomba Estereo, Helado Negro, Digitaria, J Balvin, Héctor Lavoe and the weekly salsa segment. 23 more words

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Granada Singer Lara Bello on Living in Spanglish

Lara Bello, a singer-composer from Granada Spain, joined me on Living in Spanglish radio to talk about her past work and upcoming album. While she is grounded by her training in flamenco, she is strongly influenced by jazz and African and Middle-Eastern music. 52 more words

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