Race Relations


Screenshot from Interview with Ty Thompson, August 31, 2021
by Natalie Saldarriaga ENGLISH Something that has always intrigued me about history are the small moments that change the trajectories of our lives and lineage. It’s the moments that don’t always feel all that significant, but can actually alter our lives. I was reminded of this when I interviewed Ty […]

Family Ties Interview with Ty Thompson: A Reflection


by Francisco G. Gómez August of 2007: my excitement was on overload as my friend D ( Dean Warren Schomburg ) and I caught a flight to Cancun and then another ride to Habana. It had been fifty plus years since I had visited the island when it was still […]

A Taste of Racism in Old Habana – 2007


by Francisco G. Gómez Interested in boricua history, especially legends? Here’s a story that’s rather interesting. It’s the legend of Yuiza and her possible connection to the Afro/Taíno people of Loíza. On our first relief  assistance trip to Puerto Rico, four months after hurricane María reeked havoc on the island, […]

Of Taíno Queens and the Legend of Yuiza



by Francisco G. Gómez Since the Republicans took power a little over a month ago, the issues of illegal immigration have dominated the political landscape in an unprecedented way. Even if you attempt to turn a blind eye  to the constant media reports because you’re so sick of hearing, seeing and […]

LIVING IN THE SHADOWS: UNDERGROUND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES


by Francisco G. Gómez As a non believer in any heritage month celebration,  it is imperative that I share this with our readers. It’s only during these periods that the achievements and accomplishments of outstanding and extraordinary visionaries emerge on the cultural landscape. This reality has always been rather disturbing […]

Hidden Figures