Adolfo Carrión Jr: America's Czar for Cities

President Barack Obama named Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. as his Director of Urban Affairs to oversee federal investments in America's cities. The appointment is a key part of Obama's strategy to lift the American economy through targeted investments in education and infrastructure.

Carrión's appointment "will bring long overdue attention to the urban areas where 80 percent of the American people live and work," Obama said in announcing the selection.

"Vibrant cities spawn innovation, economic growth and cultural enrichment. The urban affairs office will focus on wise investments and development in our urban areas that will create employment and housing opportunities and make our country more competitive, prosperous and strong," the president said.

Carrión earned a master's degree in urban planning from Hunter College in 1990. He also served on New York's City Council, as an urban planner for the city, and as a public school teacher. He currently is president of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

Carrión will report directly to Obama and coordinate all federal urban programs.

Adolfo Carrión Jr.: The Most Powerful?
Carrión Jr. - Bronx Borough President's website
Adolfo Carrión Jr. - Wikipedia

Joel Rivera v. Ruben Diaz, Jr. for Bronx Boro Prez?


Gilberto Miguel Calderón (aka Joe Cuba) has Passed: R.I.P.

The "Father of Boogaloo," Joe Cuba, passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. He was 77 years old.

Joe Cuba was the most popular exponent of the boogaloo, a fused Latino and R&B rhythm that exploded onto the American top 40s charts during the turbulent 1960s & ‘70s. Hits such as “Bang Bang,” “Push Push,” “El Pito,” “Ariñañara,” and “Sock It To Me Baby,” rocked the hit parades establishing Joe Cuba and his Sextet as the definitive sound of Latin New York during the ‘60s & ‘70s

His music was at the forefront of the Nuyroican movement of New York.

Joe Cuba will be viewed at the R&G Ortiz Funeral Home (204 E. 116th Street, Manhattan between 3rd & 2nd Avenues; 212.722.3512) Wednesday & Thursday, February 18/19, 2:00 to 10:00 p.m.



Bocafloja's Soul Rebel

Mexicans are the fastest growing Latino community in New York City -- and they'll likely surpass their Puerto Rican and Dominican counterparts within the next decade.

Musician, rapper, urban poet and Mexicano, Bocafloja presents Soul Rebel from el Bronx, Nueva York.


'Phoenix the Rapper' on The Late Show with David Letterman

Phoenix was definitely acting weird in his appearance on The Late Show, which seemed to unnerve Letterman. Q: Was Letterman punked?

I'm also starting to think that Joaquin Rafael Phoenix -- who in my opinion is one of today's greatest actors -- has taken his artcraft up a notch and is now producer, writer, actor of a performance that merges reality and fiction, happens across all media forms and venues, and obliterates the 90 minute timeframe.

In the process, is he careening to the edge of madness?

Joaquin Phoenix the Oscar Nominee vs Phoenix the Rapper

Joaquin the Actor in 'Walk The Line' 2005
Joaquin earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Johnny Cash and he won a Grammy for his performance in the soundtrack.

Joaquin Phoenix Quits Acting - October 31, 2008
"This is not a joke. Might I be ridiculous? Might my career in music be laughable? Yeah, that's possible, but that's certainly not my intention."

Phoenix the Rapper debutes- January 16, 2009
A bearded Phoenix drops three rhymes at Lavo inside The Palazzo, Las Vegas, NV.

Maybe Joaquin never really quit acting.

Related: Joaquin Phoenix Quits Hollywood for the Guitar
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix - Wikipedia


A Stimulus for Julio Osegueda

Julio Osegueda, 19, was a big hit at President Obama's Town Hall in Ft. Myers, Florida. A pimpled faced Edison College student and MacDonald's employee, the hyper-enthusiastic Julio and Obama fan was called by the president to ask a question. Hardly able to contain his excitement, Julio asked the president if his economic recovery plan could help get more benefits to workers like himself.

The answer is a resounding Yes!

Almost immediately, Julio--a broadcasting major--was invited to call a local baseball game and offered an internship with a local radio station.

Way to go, Julio!


Jon Stewart on Blago's Hair and Geraldo's Mustache

Jon Stewart pokes fun at Geraldo Rivera for his weird interview of impeached Governor Blagojevich. Geraldo, defending Latinos immigrants against the FOX jackals is good. But chasing Blagojevich for an interview and then breathlessly defending the ethically challenged Chicago pol is, well, tacky.


Puerto Rico 's Taino Roots on Native America Calling -Thursday, 2.5.09

Before it was Puerto Rico, it was known to the Taino people as Borinquen – “land of the brave noble lord.” Many of today’s Puerto Ricans, both those born on the island and in the states, trace their indigenous roots to Taino ancestors.

One geneticist discovered 3 out of 5 native Puerto Ricans have remnants of Taino DNA streaming through their blood. As the legacy of the Taino people of the Caribbean is rediscovered, what is turning Puerto Ricans back to their Borinquen roots?

Native America Calling's Special Guest: Roberto Mukaro Agueibana Borrero, President and Chairman of the United Confederation of Taino People.

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 1-2pm EST

To participate: call 1-800-996-2848, that's 1-800-99-NATIVE


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