Did Someone Say Culture? Nope - Episode 4

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Joseph Rodríguez and I, circa 2015.

Puerto Rico goes into overdrive. Privatized PREPA. Ed system is overhauled. And bitcoin zillionaires move to PR. But where are culture and arts mentioned in our recovery? Also, the second half of photog Joseph Rodríguez's interview.

Interview with Photog. Joseph Rodriguez - Episode 3

 Photographer and personal hero Joseph Rodriguez 

Photographer and personal hero Joseph Rodriguez 

From Spanish Harlem to Los Angeles, and from Pakistan to Zambia, Joseph Rodriguez's camera gives voice to societies in conflict. He now trails the mountains of Puerto Rico to lead the island's visual photographic history as Jack Delano once did seven decades ago.

In this episode of Catatonia, he treks through the island to my home town of Caguas where he switches the dominant visual narrative from catastrophe to agency. 

This is part 1. Also: Women's March. My mom departs to Puerto Rico on sad Tuesday morning. 

Puerto Rico's Afterparty - Episode 2

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Party’s over, people! We pulled through the holidays with coquito and parrandas. Now, let’s get back to business

On our second episode: a follow up to my mom’s story. Spoiler: she adopted a NY pigeon! We look into Puerto Rico’s First Lady, Beatriz Roselló’s failed parks rehab initiative and discuss Puerto Rico’s only suicide hot line center (@NYTimes). Finally, what is a parranda but a light in the darkness of our plight? But, are we ALL celebrating? 

 

 

 

The Mother Storm - Episode 1

My mom on the first day of winter in Harlem, New York, December 2017. 

I made a huge mistake. My mom came to New York from Puerto Rico on October 5, 2017 and I thought it would be a good idea to Facebook- live our encounter. Flop! She collapsed, cried and proceeded to mourn for Puerto Rico, her town of Caguas, which was badly hit, and for the birds and the bees. Yes, she mourned for creatures that couldn’t fend for themselves perhaps because now, as a refugee, she felt the same way. In this, our very first episode, we talk about Puerto Ricans relocating with family in Continental U.S. or elsewhere, their anxieties and fears, but also their anecdotes and humorous stories. Do you have family from Puerto Rico living with you? Share your toughest challenges and victories! Comment here on this page or on Facebook. Subscribe to get Catatonia via email or on iTunes