New York Puerto Ricans

Silences: A Funeral and a National Strike

On May 1, 2018 Puerto Rico's National Strike brought workers, families and students from all sectors to manifest against the austerity measures imposed by the Fiscal Board. I went to Puerto Rico to bury my grandmother. There I found the national strike. This episode is about pausing, thinking and the silences we face during trauma. It also about images and surveillance, and how social and traditional media might evolve to become Puerto Rico's next "carpeteo" or surveillance program.

Abuela María by Omar Z. Robles

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?