YOU KNOW You're
Puerto Rican IF. . .
It gives us the "good" pride... but, have you measured up
lately to see if you walk the walk? Let's see...
You have been spanked with "chancletas"
You know your mom is sneaking up on you cause you can hear
her "chancletas" flapping on the linoleum floor.
Your mother yells at the top of her lungs to summon you to
dinner and you only live in a one bedroom apartment.
You have ever called linoleum floor a "rug"
You can get to your house blindfolded by the smell of the "chuletas"
You say "Vamo' pa' encima" instead of "Let's get started"
You get scared whenever someone mentions "el CUUUCO"!!!
You remember every Christmas those "aguinaldos" that abuela
used to sing for you.
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The Boricua Black
by Don Jíbaro Wackytee
The Black Eye Syndrome is simple.... Say, you have an uncle who's in
jail for burglary, that's a "black eye" to the family. You have a sister
who wears red and works the street corners... that's a "black eye" to
the family. If any of the above is caught on T.V., Radio or
Newspapers... that's a BIG "black eye" to the family. If they're on the
Internet, that's a HUGE "black eye". Get the idea?"
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Analysis of the Conga Drum
Purloined by Don Jibaro
The conga is a tall, narrow, single-headed Cuban drum of
African origin, probably derived from the Congolese
Makuta drums or Sikulu drums commonly played in Mbanza
Ngungu, Congo. A person who plays conga is called a "conguero".
Although ultimately derived from African drums made from
hollowed logs, the Cuban conga is staved, like a barrel.
These drums were probably made from salvaged barrels
originally. They were used both in Afro-Caribbean...
religious music and as the principal instrument in
Rumba. Congas are now very common in Latin music,
including salsa music, as well as many other forms of
American popular music.
is a freelance writer, covering New York-Puerto Rico-Cuba style salsa/mambo music, and the sport of boxing.
Who Is Don Jibaro?
by Les Rivera
One of his quotes from
jibaros.com reads: “A Puerto Rican shall not be boring.” so,
to describe Don Jibaro as anything less than riveting would be
an understatement of his own philosophy.
Don Jibaro is the owner/operator of some of the world’s busiest
Puerto Rican websites, Over the years, Orlando (his real name)
has also left a legacy of volunteer work in the Los Angeles
community. Among those...
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LECHON ASAO a la vara ►SEE RECIPE HERE◄
According to The Scriptures
Luke 2:1-16; Matthew 2:1-15
Formatted for print and family reading.
—Ejpanglishiao by Don Jibaro—
the Night Before Crijmas y en to'ita la casa,
chango was stirring —¡Caramba! ¿Qué pasa?
The nenes were
tuck’d... away in their camas,
Some in calzoncillos and
some in pijamas,
The Murder of The Innocents
A particularly nasty tyrant. Ruler from 37BC to 4BC of the kingdom of Judea (consisting mostly of Jerusalem and present-day southern Israel, Herod's paranoia about keeping power and his ruthless suppression of dissent earns him a well deserved place alongside the great dictators of history.
Brutal Bastard: Herod killed many of his people. He trusted no one, not even his wives (of which he had ten) or his many sons. One spouse and three of his boys were all executed because he feared they were plotting against him. Any threat of an uprising was put down with brutal and bloody ferocity. Encouraged by his Roman masters, Herod believed in singling out individuals for public execution as well as the mass slaughter of opponents.
But his most brutal act of genocide - the so-called Murder of the Innocents, recorded in St Matthew's Gospel - was to order the killing of every single male child under two in his kingdom in an effort to destroy the infant Jesus, lest he grow into another threat to Herod's rule. It has inspired some of the most lurid scenes in recent Hollywood biblical epics, with Herod's soldiers beating out the brains of babies and running others through with their swords. Simply being a member of Herod's family did not guarantee safety.
He married Mariamne, a princess of the deposed Hasmonean
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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE DEPT.
For The Lost Boricua Diáspora
you've heard me declare many times that an Englishman born in the North Pole is not an
Eskimo, thus a Puerto Rican is a Puerto Rican no matter where he's
Some of us may happen to find ourselves, not only far from the
ones we love, but also far away from the Borinquen we love. I
don't have to describe the ambiance of the Puerto Rican
countryside at Christmas for you to visualize it. You think of
it and... pop!... you're there!
That's why, as part of the Puerto Rican Diáspora, we take the
Christmas season so deep to heart. Our rich cultural traditions
dominate the essence of our thinking... a cuatro... guiros...
asaltos... pasteles!!! Ah... We can't help but to have a "pastel
with guineitos" and a cup of "coquito" in the back of our minds.
For many of us, Christmas is a time of reflection in which we
come to terms with ourselves and the reality around us. We
laugh... we cry. We know the new year will bring a resolution or
two, even as we reluctantly entertain them.