We here at Latino Rebels were saddened to hear the news that Dolores Prida—an accomplished columnist, playwright, and Latina leader—died this weekend at the age of 69.
Prida was a featured columnist for both the New York Daily News and El Diario La Prensa. She was also one of the smartest and most prolific people we have ever met. We always LOVED when Dolores engaged us with her charm, wit, opinions, and humor.
According to CNN Español, Prida died of a heart attack. Last night, Prida was at an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of LIPS, a group of Latina professionals whose goal is to support the advancement of Latinas.
CNN Español also reported that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor attended the LIPS event and had thanked Prida and other members for their achievements. After hearing of Prida’s death, the article said that Sotomayor wrote the following to the group: “My heart is broken.”
Prida was cool. Prida was smart. She was loved and respected by many, and whenever she took the time to give us advice and feedback about our stories, she made us smile. Originally from Cuba, Prida left her homeland after the Cuban Revolution in 1959 and moved to New York. Her columns provided a real-world slice of Latino New York City. And her “Dolores Dice” column for Latina magazine made us smile as well.
Dolores, we will you miss you dearly, but we will never forgot what you have accomplished or how you have helped so many young Latin@ writers and journalists. Our hearts are heavy today, but your voice lives on. We plan to read you a lot this week. You were one of the best.