Urban/Global Politics

Puerto Rico Political Discourse Dictated by “La Comay”

La Comay is a female marionette assuming the role of middle-aged town gossip. But she is voiced by a comedian named Kobbo Santarrosa, who has built his show, Super Xclusivo, into the highest-rated program in Puerto Rico by mixing tabloid gossip, sensationalism and a speculative form of investigative nation into a highly influential source of the island territory’s political discourse.

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Urban/Global Politics

No Means No: A People’s Victory in Puerto Rico

All month long the people of Puerto Rico have been assaulted by a barrage of advertising on television, radio, and billboards urging them to vote for two constitutional amendments that would eliminate the absolute right to bail for the accused and decrease the size of the legislature by 30 per cent. They were told these […]

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Latin Music, Urban/Global Politics

Eddie Palmieri and the Future of Salsa

When you think of 75-year-old Eddie Palmieri, legendary Nuyorican pianist, you think about his classic salsa hits like “Azúcar,” “Justicia,” or “La Malanga.” Or maybe you remember his extensive series of Latin jazz recordings post-1980. But the enigmatic truth about Palmieri is that while he will deny being a salsero or a jazz musician, he is […]

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Urban/Global Politics

Tito Kayak’s Repeating Islands

The last couple of weeks, legendary Puerto Rican activist Tito Kayak has been re-creating the centuries-old migratory voyage made by indigenous people from Venezuela to the Greater Antilles to draw attention to the imprisonment of Puerto Rican Independence activist Oscar López Rivera. Imprisoned for “seditious conspiracy” López Rivera has been behind bars for over 30 […]

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Urban/Global Politics

DEPORTES: MELO’S BONITA BANDERA

While it’s been written about or alluded to here and there, Carmelo Anthony’s Puerto Rican identity is not one of his most celebrated aspects. In fact he has been more recently been saddled with the tag of “selfish ball-stopper,” the anti-hero of a racially tinged drama called “Pass First vs. Iso-Melo.” The jury is still […]

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