Charlie Vázquez

How the Arts and Fame Drive Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief

These initiatives all demonstrate the combined power of local and global stakeholders who chose to make a difference in the wake of devastation.

  • Sep 28, 2018
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Anthology of #LatinoLit Science Fiction/Fantasy to Take Off!

A new anthology featuring 21st-century Latino and Latina writers and artists helps imagine a our past, present and future.

  • Nov 18, 2016
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Kiki Melendez: Revolutionizing Latino Television

“It’s exciting and very timely for us to tell our stories.”

  • Oct 4, 2016
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Radiance: Gay Poet Emanuel Xavier on Living Life Raw and Pushing Back

Radiance is dedicated to survivors everywhere, bringing urgent attention to the perils of the marginalized in the wake of the Pulse Orlando Massacre and the challenges of the Black Lives Matter movement.

  • Jul 25, 2016
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Can We Stop Erasing Latinos from the Orlando Massacre Narrative?

This inexcusable omission is on par with erasure, which does nothing to address the underlying issues that drove the gunman to action.

  • Jun 17, 2016
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Who Should Be Held Accountable for the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy?

People have the right to practice religion, but we need to push harder against extremist fanaticism of all kinds, from all hate-based organizations wishing to do harm.

  • Jun 13, 2016
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#LatinoLit Review – The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band by Michelle Cruz González

The Spitboy Rule follows the difficult and courageous journey of a young woman who wasn’t afraid to venture into a mostly white underground scene.

  • Apr 1, 2016
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David Bowie Will Always Matter to Me as a Latino Artist

A tribute to the groundbreaking and gender-bending English musician, who died on Sunday at the age of 69 after a brief battle with cancer.

  • Jan 11, 2016
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Annual Comadres and Compadres Writers Conference Fosters Latino Literature

Organizers Nora Comstock, Adriana Domínguez and Marcela Landres speak with Latino Rebels ahead of the annual conference in October in New York City.

  • Sep 25, 2015
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Eleanor Parker Sapia’s Feminist Historical Breakthrough and the Future of #BoricuaLit

Originally published by the author on his page. As the New York City coordinator for Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra, I have the unique fortune of working with authors and poets on both sides of the bilingual Puerto Rican divide. Someone once asked me why I expend so much energy in doing so and […]

  • Jun 3, 2015
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#LoisaidaFest2015 Kicks off in Nueva York!

Big props to Loisaida Inc. and its steering of the legendary Loisaida Festival, which kicks off this Sunday on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Continuing its commitment to showcase the Lower East Side’s independent and diverse spirit, Loisaida Inc. announced its lineup for the 2015 Loisaida Festival, which will include Chicano Batman, Calma Carmona,Herencia de Plena, and Papote Jimenez y […]

  • May 22, 2015
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Documenting Our Oral Traditions Before They’re Gone

I’d just returned to New York from a trip to Puerto Rico in 2011, when my mother recounted a family tale to me that her paternal grandfather had told her many times when she was little, one that even I had heard throughout the years. (Photo by Bella Vida Letty.) I’d invented characters and worlds […]

  • Dec 17, 2014
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Discussing the Spirit World and White Supremacy in Publishing with Daniel José Older

Bronx Writers Center director and Rebelde Charlie Vázquez sat with Daniel José Older at a Brooklyn restaurant to discuss —among other things— the spirit world in storytelling, the importance of building community and how the publishing industry needs to restructure its acquisitions and marketing strategies if it wishes to engage more Latino readers.   CV: […]

  • Jun 3, 2014
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La Respuesta’s Latin American Mural Celebration in NYC

Los Muros Hablan August 19, 2013 – August 25, 2013 Los Muros Hablan, a street-art traveling initiative arrives at NYC’s own El Barrio and the South Bronx. Beginning on August 19, artists from Latin America and the Caribbean arrive to the island of Manhattan to rescue and transform abandoned spaces in and around el Barrio, New York’s iconic […]

  • Aug 22, 2013
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Remezcla Event Crowns the Open Canvas Emerging Artist Campaign in NYC

In an effort to support new and emerging artists, the streets around the popular Williamsburg, Brooklyn eatery Cubana Social were transformed this past Saturday into a landscape of flickering images and experimental, multimedia movie reels projected onto buildings, into abandoned alleyways and onto construction sites by Absolut vodka’s Open Canvas project. Open Canvas will move […]

  • Jul 2, 2013
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#NaPoMo: Celebrando la poesía de Nicolás Guillén

Un poco de poesía para hoy. La sangre es un mar inmenso por Nicolás Guillén La sangre es un mar inmenso que baña todas las playas… Sobre sangre van los hombres, navegando en sus barcazas: reman, que reman, que reman, ¡nunca de remar descansan! Al negro de negra piel la sangre el cuerpo le baña; […]

  • Apr 3, 2013
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#NaPoMo: Celebrating National Poetry Month with Xánath Caraza’s “Hoy mujeres y hombres/Today Women and Men”

It is National Poetry Month. Here is the first of many poems we will be sharing this month.   Hoy mujeres y hombres por Xánath Caraza Ciudad con campos de flores rojas. Cada pétalo lleva El nombre de estudiantes que conocí.   Hoy mujeres y hombres. Ya no niños inocentes, Ni adolescentes rebeldes. No hubo tiempo. […]

  • Apr 2, 2013
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#LatinoLit: The Cruel World of Luis Negrón

Mundo Cruel (Seven Stories Press, 2013) by Luis Negrón: Available February 26, 2013 A recent spike in publishing projects by avant-garde Puerto Rican writers and presses has caught the attention of some stateside industry professionals and Luis Negrón’s “Mundo Cruel” may just be the icebreaker that will hopefully reveal a largely unknown community of excellent writers […]

  • Feb 20, 2013
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Seis del Sur: Resurrecting the Bronx’s Fiery Past

Seis del Sur is a photography exhibit running through March 8th, 2013 at the Bronx Documentary Center. The Bronx of the 1970s through the early 1990s comes back to life in this rare and emotional exhibit that showcases the work of six talented Puerto Rican photographers who were working side-by-side (often not even knowing so) […]

  • Jan 22, 2013
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#LatinoLit: Cristy C. Road’s “Spit and Passion” Revisits Latina Punk Identity and More

Beware: the front cover boasts a blurb line courtesy of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong—”Cristy C. Road is a badass.” This six-chapter graphic novela takes a curious look back at the often painful crossroads of the US-born Latino bicultural experience and the awkward gelling of artistic and sexual identity. Cristy C. Road’s Miami childhood, commandeered by powerful matriarchs and the […]

  • Dec 30, 2012
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#Latinolit Banned Book Review: “The Devil’s Highway” by Luis Alberto Urrea

Based on a true story that unfolded in the deserts and mountains of the Devil’s Highway region—a landscape so harsh and brutal that it even claims the lives of people born in adjacent deserts, and one that became the preferred “crossing” route for Coyotes (guides that lead crossers from Mexico to the US) once the […]

  • Dec 12, 2012
  • 7:56 am