Puerto Ricans have had a long shared history in the voice of Latinos and other immigrant communities in New York City and throughout the entire United States.
As the popular “refran” says: Al Jibaro, nunca se le quita la mancha de platano” despite the many years and generations of Puerto Ricans living in the states, what defines us and who we are as Boricuas should always be uncontested….
What is it that defines “being” Boricua…yes, a controversial topic to some, for us, the answer is simple…it’s just “being”, its that feeling and awareness that you identify yourself, your familia and your community as Boricua…
We say it loud “No Te Confundas…Somos Boricuas, de aqui a la luna”... Being Boricua has nothing to do with where you are at physically, rather where you are at emotionally! Wanna sing along to it? Listen to Somos Boricuas now!
How have we, or how can we stay connected to this “feeling”? Living surrounded by the hustle and bustle of NYC’s skyscrappers and “ajetreo”, it’s hard sometimes…PERO our Master Literary contributor Jose Luis Gonzalez graciously gives us a hint in this, his classic Puerto Rican Short Story, “La Noche Que Volvimos Ser Gente”. Read the story, AQUI!
OR tap into Pregones Theater’s masterful adaptation of this story in El Apagon!
Enjoy Boricua, de piel, sangre y sentimiento, and remember —SOMOS BORICUAS ahora y pa siempre!