TITO PUENTE pioneered an original sound that mixed mambo and Latin jazz, spanning a 50 year music career. The son of Puerto Rican immigrants, he grew up in New York City. For Hispanic Heritage Month it’s time to pay tribute to the King of Latin Music. I count myself lucky to have seen him perform with unforgettable style on the streets of San Diego.read more
This post is about a writer, performer and librarian who impacted my own life, Pura Belpré. For Hispanic Heritage month I want to recount the stories of incredible dreamers and doers who made a difference.read more
In solidarity with the people of Mexico City after the quake. Stay strong and safe.read more
Born in Spain in 1713, JUAN DE MIRALLES moved with his family as a young boy to Cuba. This prominent businessman was also a passionate champion of independence. During the Revolutionary War, American Colonists were struggling for independence and needed military and financial support.read more
School Library Journal has put together a list of great titles to inspire Young Adults and Middle Grade students this Hispanic Heritage Month. Here’s to the librarians and educators putting books in the hands of young people during this celebration.read more
“I send to Cuba my voice, from this distant beach.” This is a line from a song sung by Celia Cruz in the early days of her exile from her native country.
CELIA CRUZ stood out as the most influential female figure in Afro-Cuban music. Her flamboyant style, powerful projection and the warmth of her voice resonates. In dazzling costumes, crazy wigs and soaring platform heels she wowed fans with her dynamic, one of kind style.read more