Reblogged from Latin Culture Today: Here are the highlights of “CARAS 2012: Los grandes protagonistas de Puerto Rico“. Patricia de la Torre, Editorial Director. Jaime RIvera, Photography Director .
Topping the List of the Most Influential and Exciting Puerto Ricans Today are…
Turning heads with their own eclectic spin on reggaeton, CALLE 13 is the hottest band to emerge from Puerto Rico in decades, with 19 Latin Grammy Awards and 2 Grammy Awards. As hot as their sound is their political fire; these musicians are avid supporters of the Puerto Rican independence movement, both a source of controversy and a musical inspiration.
GIANNINA BRASCHI, one of the most imaginative and funny writers to emerge from Latin America in the past 25 years, is the radical author of the new book UNITED STATES OF BANANA and the best-selling Spanglish novel YO-YO BOING! The Associated Press calls Braschi’s writing “fearless” and her imagination “limitless”. Whether her award-winning books are written in Spanish, Spanglish or English, Braschi is a festival favorite at headlining events such as the National Book Festival, The Modern Language Association Convention, and the PEN World Voices Festival.
JENNIFER LOPEZ, the global performing arts sensation, is one of the most multi-talented artists and entrepeneurs today. J Lo is an actress, dancer, film producer, philanthropist, and singer. In 2012, she was ranked at number one on business magazine Forbes‘s Celebrity 100 list, which named her the most powerful celebrity, with earnings of $52 million that year.
ALEJANDRO GARCIA PADILLA is the new GOVERNOR OF PUERTO RICO as of January 2013. Prior, he was a member of the 24th Senate of Puerto Rico and President of the Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico.
CARLOS BELTRAN plays outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. Beltrán is known for being one of the best all-time statistical hitters in Major League Baseball postseason games, which has earned him nicknames such as “Señor Octubre” and “the real Mr.October” .
JOSEPH ACABA, PUERTO RICAN ASTRONAUT
RICKY MARTIN currently stars as Che in the Broadway revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita. In addition to being a POP SINGER AND BROADWAY ACTOR, he is a philanthropist whose foundation is dedicated to eliminating human trafficking.
RICHARD CARRION is not only the CEO and Chairman of BANCO POPULAR, but he also runs the Finance Committee for the International Olympics. He is one of Puerto Rico’s most successful businessmen in addition to being a philanthropist dedicated to providing underprivileged children with education and sports opportunities.
- White House: Puerto Rican vote wasn’t ‘clear’ mandate for statehood (politico.com)
- White House Now Changes Position on Puerto Rican Status and Vote Results (juliorvarela.com)
- Jay Carney Reiterates White House’s Position on Puerto Rico’s Political Status (juliorvarela.com)
- Parranda: New Social Network Seeks To Connect Puerto Ricans In The United States (repeatingislands.com)
- Zoo tadpoles released in Puerto Rico (newsnet5.com)
- Puerto Rico beauty queen faints, uses crutches (miamiherald.com)