All Eyes on ‘Floriricans’

  This week’s Encuentro Nacional of the Puerto Rican diaspora was a gathering of historic proportions for the local and national Puerto Rican community. For the first time ever Puerto Rican elected leaders from about eight states – including  congressional representatives Nydia Velázquez of New York, Luis Gutiérrez of Chicago, […]


Puerto Ricans in Florida – Now What?

Here’s an analysis about 1 million Puerto Ricans in Florida just published by Suset Laboy of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies in New York for which I was interviewed – Maria Padilla, Editor.  By Suset Laboy 2014 marked a watershed moment in the history of Puerto Ricans in the […]


Hispanic Federation Opens Doors in Orlando 1 comment

    A new Latino-based organization opened its doors in Orlando this week to much community fanfare. The Hispanic Federation, a 25-year old New York group, is a new nonprofit in town that is expected to tap the local fund-raising vein to disburse monies to other Latino nonprofits, in much […]


Patatín y Patatán

Marc Anthony endorsed Hillary Clinton during his Miami Arena concert. / photo from Marc Anthony Facebook page This column is about this and that, and so on, etcetera. Many Spanish speakers – at least in Puerto Rico – use patatín and patatán as a substitute for the catch-all this and […]