Archive | February, 2012
Susana Baca

Susana Baca: The Queen of Afro-Peruvian Music

By Efrain Nieves, Victoria Cepeda Susana Baca is a singer of traditional Afro-Peruvian music. She was born in Chorrillos,  Peru where descendants of African slaves lived since the Spanish Empire. She became “a key figure in reviving a culture that had been largely ignored within its country.” Most of us may know her for providing additional vocals to the […]

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At La Pola

The Best Cuban Sandwich At La Pola

By Victoria Cepeda After a long day running about we decided to indulge and treat ourselves to a Sandwich cubano, croquetas de jamon (ham croquettes), empanadas de carne (ground beef patties) and a steamy cafe con leche. The choice of location was simple. We headed straight to La Pola located at 5400 Palisade Avenue in West New York, NJ. It’s the […]

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La escuela del Maestro Cordero de Francisco Oller

Rafael Cordero, The Father of Public Education in Puerto Rico

by Efrain Nieves & Victoria Cepeda Altruist Rafael Cordero, known as “el maestro Rafael”,  was born on October 24th, 1790 in  San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cordero’s parents were free blacks who were artisans and devoted Catholics. He was unable to attend school because, at that time, schools did not allow Blacks  to enroll. Nevertheless, Cordero’s parents […]

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