Friday, June 17, 2011

Puerto Ricans of the 1970s

From Bacalaitos and Fireworks by Arlene Gottfried, published by powerHouse Books.

Imagine Puerto Rico in New York the 1950s. Not something you can witness today huh. Bacalaitos & Fireworks, by Arlene Gottfried, celebrates the rise of the Puerto Rican culture in NY's neighborhoods. Gottfried's photography depicts the integration of rhythm, style, flavor, art, language and delicious Latino cuisine from the 70s to present day. Good timing since just a week ago NY held its annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Granted I'm not sure if Gottfried is Latina but it shouldn't matter. These pictures depict the pure cultural history of Puerto Ricans in NY. Instead of fighting about preserving our culture in a museum or through a festival, these poetic writings and photographs inspire others to strive for more. I wish more people like Gottfried found interest in other cultures. Remember, there's more to us than just "us." Poetry is written by Lois Elaine Griffith and Miguel PiƱero. Bacalaitos & Fireworks will hit bookstores in late June early July.

Bacalaitos & Fireworks Book Flip from powerHouse Books on Vimeo.

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