• Tribute

    to the Salvadoran Icon Roque Dalton

    Tribute

    The Embassy of El Salvador, 'Casa de la Cultura El Salvador' of Washington DC and Professor, Ana Patricia Rodriguez of the University of Maryland came together at the Salvadoran Embassy on Thursday evening January 21 to present a tribute to the most celebrated modern poet of El Salvador, Roque Dalton titled "Roque Dalton, Readings from Washington DC". Dalton, assassinated in 1975 was the most accomplished Central American writer of his day having won poetry prizes in the 1950s and the Casa de Las Americas award, one of the most prestigious literary awards in Latin America, in 1968. He excelled as a published writer of poetry, a novelist and wrote 3 theatre pieces and short stories as well as literary and political essays. He was a communist who later rejected the party but continued to be a committed revolutionary who was incarcerated and escaped death on numerous occasions only to fall victim of an assassination ordered by his own comrades in arms. After his death Dalton went on to become a literary icon and admired intellectual figure among his countrymen comparable to the great Ruben Dario of Nicaragua.

Jan25

Stories, Anecdotes & Oral Histories:

Jose Sueiro on DC's Latino community

    The 70 minutes video you can visit here on Metrodiversity.com of my monologue with Steve Kolb is part of the documentarian's project called, "Who cares about DC". Steve is an independent documentary film producer who is passionate about the situation the District finds itself and is a steadfast proponent of Statehood for DC. These interviews all form part of the film he intends to produce. You can see his work here: http://www.whocaresaboutdc.com/page22222.html

Jan15

Local Architect Featured

for Work on Paul Public Charter School

Local Architect Featured

The work of prominent local architect Salo Levinas, principal at Shinberg Levinas and member of DC's Hispanic Contractor's Association, was recently featured in a profile in his native Argentina for the design of Paul Public Charter School here in the nation's capital. It was highlighted because of its unique design but above all for its functionality and social significance in the revitalization of a depressed urban area. A veteran of inner city projects such as the Sonia Gutierrez campus in Northeast and a number of other public buildings, Shinberg Levinas is a local leader in creating public spaces for educational and charitable purposes, having designed various synagogues and non-profit spaces as well.

Jan11

NAHP (Hispanic Press) & NNPA (@BlackPressUSA)

Organize Historic Legislative Summit

NAHP (Hispanic Press) & NNPA (@BlackPressUSA)

Written by // Jose Sueiro

            Two major minority press associations, representing hundreds of local and community newspapers across the country have banded together to carry out an unprecedented 3 day legislative summit in Washington DC aimed at increasing the visibility and viability of African American and Spanish language press in the United States during this 2016 election year.

            Leaders from the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) along with dozens of publishers from across the United States will meet in DC on Capitol Hill and at the National Press Club to reinforce the assets and power of member publications and hear from national political leaders on the 2016 elections and beyond.

            The Alliance of the NNPA and NAHP is the work of two outstanding leaders and their respective teams, the publisher of local DC newspaper The Washington Informer, Denise Rolark Barnes, (Chairperson of the NNPA) and El Mundo of Washington State publisher, Martha Montoya, (President of the NAHP). These two visionary activists have been able to join forces to provide a coalition that will maximize the strength and advantages of their respective associations and provide minority publishers with additional financial and editorial support. The event will create a powerful message of unity.

Jun22

In the South:

In the South:

Written by // Jose Sueiro

When you watch Patrick Murphy live you're immediately struck by how cool, how young, how self assured he is, the classic Irish 'pol' with an aura of self confidence and grace; the polished nature of his appearances, the well orchestrated operation as if he'd been born to the political life. Indeed, he has already been compared to a Kennedy by none other than Bill Clinton who predicted he would one day become President. 

Jan18

"Humanitini" Events;

Retracing Local History One Event at a Time

On Thursday evening, January 7th, 6 pm at the Brookland branch of the Busboys & Poets franchise, historians, humanity scholars and community story tellers got together to talk about the recent past and origins of our fair District! Fortuitously and without prior notice, ex-Mayor Vince Gray happened to be present and by serendipity actually launched the discussion.

            The event was titled "Humanitini; A Tapestry of Regional Cultures", a series of monthly events to be presented throughout 2016 developed by the DC Humanities Council and designed to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the founding of Washington DC. It was an appropriately odd session for a decidedly eclectic audience of more than 65 folks who crowded into the room. It began with a brief recounting of the origins of Washington DC by local historian Matt Gilmore, followed by a video that highlighted the physical contours of the District as envisioned by revolutionary leaders and cartographers at the end of the 18th century. The discussion eventually devolved into a review of the past 50 years of the District from 3 disparate and distinct viewpoints.

Jan11

From Tumacácori to Porciúnula

#TravelSpanishMissions

From Tumacácori to Porciúnula

From the halls of Jose Rafael Moneo's architectural masterpiece, the Spanish Ambassador's residence on Foxhall Road in Washington DC, H.E. Ramon Gil Casares and National Park Service (NPS) Director, Jonathan Jarvis recently celebrated the collaboration of the NPS with the Embassy of Spain to create the "Travel Itinerary for the Colonial Missions of the Southwest" (http://www.nps.gov/subjects/travelspanishmissions/index.htm).

The reception highlighted the Spanish presence in the Southwest through the existence of numerous Spanish Missions dating from the 1700s and the combined attempt to turn these archeological jewels into tourist destinations complete with a bilingual guide to the history and beauty of the sites. As the Spanish Ambassador pointed out, "Two and a half years ago, Spain concluded an agreement with the National Park Service. Today we are proud to announce its first substantial results: the Bilingual Itinerary of the Spanish Missions in the Southwest..."

Sep30

NNPA and NAHP Join Forces

to Create National Advertising Task Force

NNPA and NAHP Join Forces

Written by // Jose Sueiro

Refuel Agency, a leader in youth, military and multicultural marketing and media placement, along with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) has announced the formation of a National Advertising Task Force to educate marketers on the benefits and importance of the African American and Hispanic newspaper market. Both boards of directors unanimously agreed to this historic alliance.
 

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