by Don Jíbaro
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?"
YOU KNOW You're
Puerto Rican IF. . . Represent?
It gives us the "good" pride... but, have you measured up
lately to see if you walk the walk? Let's see... READ MORE HERE
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...
HOLD ALT and enter codes in the number pad right of keyboard... then
WISDOM... “Worry about nothing;
but in every thing by prayer and supplication with
thanks let your requests be made known unto God.” -
Philippians 4:6 ---- Worry
is thoughts, images and emotions of a negative nature in
which mental attempts are made to avoid anticipated
potential threats. As an emotion it is experienced as
anxiety or concern about a real or imagined issue,
usually personal issues such as health or finances or
broader ones such as environmental pollution and social
or technological change. Excessive worry is the
main component of generalized anxiety disorder.
--- DO NOT WORRY!
of Puerto Rico… The Jíbaro! By Les Rivera
“A Puerto Rican shall not be boring! To describe Don
Jíbaro as anything less than riveting would be an
understatement of his own philosophy”.
When I wrote an article on Don Jíbaro a long time ago, I
felt that his comment was perhaps the greatest way to
describe what a Jíbaro was all about. And as far as Don
Jíbaro himself is concerned, he is a native Puerto
Rican, complete with all the humble peasantry and simple
lifestyle, which surrounds someone who lives like a true
Jíbaro! And, for the uninitiated, the term “Don” in
Spanish can be translated as the English “Sir”.
TOMATO SALSA DEPT. Two of the most remarkable classical
pieces in music history have been converted into salsa
by the genius of Sverre Indris Joner...
Wait! These are the Symphonies like you never heard them
before. Pay attention to the syncopation and the
relationship between two or more melodies that are
independent in contour and rhythm and are harmonically
Air in G - Air
Beto's Fifth (not Don Q Gold)
We call each other Boricuas but others
don't call us that... they call us Puertorriqueños. I
believe the Taino blood has been so diluted thru the
centuries that it is hard to tell by inherent (not adopted)
A study funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation years
back, shows (averages) that 61 percent of all Puerto Ricans
have Amerindian mitochondrial DNA, 27 percent have African
and 12 percent Caucasian. (Nuclear DNA, or the genetic
material present in a gene's nucleus, is inherited in equal
parts from one's father and mother. Mitochondrial DNA is
inherited only from one's mother and does not change or
blend with other materials over time.)
So we have Taino blood but we don't go around dancing around
the fire; We drive SUVs. In our minds we call ourselves
Tainos and Boricuas because the HONOR that it carries. Borinquen
is a POETIC name, not a Political one. What happened to our Tainos
was a tragedy, a cruel and not uncommon tragedy.
Let's live, therefore, to lift up the reputation of our
culture through GOOD deeds... The culture that others sadly
continue to defile. It's up to US to thrive and bring back
the honor. Think about it... HONOR.
Watch this Puerto Rico Historical video
Only if you have an extra 90 min to spare
The Ponce Massacre of 1937
a police slaughtering over a peaceful civilian march, taking place in 21 March
1937 at 3:15 pm, in Palm Sunday, Ponce, Puerto Rico, that killed 19 people and
wounded over 200 others. It is the largest massacre in Puerto Rican history. The
march had been organized by the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party to commemorate
the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico by the governing Spanish National
Assembly in 1873. The march was also protesting the U.S. government's
imprisonment of the party's leader, Pedro Albizu Campos, on alleged sedition
An investigation by the Hays Commission put the blame squarely on the
U.S.-appointed Governor of Puerto Rico, Blanton Winship. Further criticism by
members of the U.S. Congress led President Franklin D. Roosevelt to remove
Winship in 1939 as governor. Governor Winship was never prosecuted for the
massacre. No one under his chain of command - including the police who took part
in the event, and admitted to the mass shooting - was ever prosecuted or
Rico National Guard begins cleanup work on Vieques
FINALLY... A group of 30 experienced Puerto Rico National
Guard engineers has launched a cleanup effort focused on
areas of ecological and tourist interest on the island of Vieques, which the U.S. Navy used as a bombing range for
more than 40 years.
Lt. Col. Ruth Diaz Calderon, spokeswoman for that military
force, a component of the U.S. National Guard, told Efe that
the group of experts began working Tuesday on the project
and that their goal is to establish an eco-tourism project
in a 393-hectare (970-acre) area of the island-municipality.
"Our goal is to improve quality of life and help with this
project. We want the residents of that island to know that
we want to restore its splendor" as a tourist attraction,
Diaz said of the small island, located just east of the
mainland of the U.S. commonwealth. Brig. Gen. Juan Medina
Lamela hailed the cleanup effort, saying that Vieques'
residents "deserve the best quality of life" and that the
National Guard's support would help restore an area with
great eco-tourism potential.
The U.S. Navy used much of Vieques and the nearby island of
Culebra as a bombing range for nearly 40 years until May
2003, and it also leased those areas to other countries for
their own military live-fire training exercises. The four
decades of military maneuvers left munitions debris in
waters off the island, an area of great ecological value.
Local groups say the high incidence of diseases and
conditions such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and
respiratory ailments on Vieques relative to mainland Puerto
Rico is attributable to the U.S. military activity. The U.S.
Navy, however, says there is a lack of objective studies to
link the health problems to the military exercises. EFE
The Arecibo Observatory to
San Juan, Jan 19 (EFE).- The Arecibo Observatory, located on
Puerto Rico's north coast and the site of one of the world's
largest radio telescopes, will reopen this week after a
review undertaken as a result of the earthquake that hit the
northern part of the Caribbean island last week, officials
"What we're inspecting is a cable that suffered some kind of
damage. The cable is one of the ones that supports the
telescope ... which is very heavy," Carlos Padin, chancellor
of the island's Metropolitan University, told Efe.
The radio telescope's facilities were closed last Thursday
after inspectors from New York's Ammann & Whitney Bridge
Construction, who have been tasked with inspecting the
Arecibo observatory site since 1972, took a close look at
The magnitude-6.4 earthquake occurred at 12:01 a.m. on Jan.
13 and its epicenter was located under the ocean 60
kilometers (37 miles) northwest of Arecibo and 98 kilometers
(61 miles) northwest San Juan.
The observatory is administered by the Metropolitan
University, which forms part of the Ana G. Mendez University
System, or SUAGM, in conjunction with SRI International and
the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).
"The inspectors found that the cable did not suffer in any
significant way, but as a preventive and safety measure the
test will be performed. Tomorrow they will do a test to
determine if the the damage is superficial and on Wednesday
the observatory will reopen," Padin said, adding that this
type of inspection is also conducted after hurricanes hit
With a single curved dish with a diameter of 305 meters
(about 1,000 feet), the radio telescope is visited annually
by thousands of tourists and its facilities are used by
hundreds of scientists, especially on projects connected
with planetary astronomy and atmospheric studies.
The radio waves collected by the gigantic dish are captured
by 12 antennae that are attached to a 900-ton platform
suspended by heavy steel cables some 150 meters (about 500
feet) above the dish.
JUST CULTURE DEPT.
Who in The World
Was Juan Tizol? Juan Tizol, The
Puerto Rican Trombonist
that Made up Duke Ellington's
Duke Ellington - piano, composer - Fred Guy - banjo -
Wellman Braud - double bass - Sonny Greer - drums -
Arthur Whetsol, Cootie Williams, Freddy Jenkins -
trumpets - Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton - trombone,
Juan Tizol - valve trombone
(behind the bass) - Johnny Hodges, Harry
Carney, Barney Bigard - reeds - Freddie Washington -
dancer READ Juan Tizol Story
good and being positive isn’t about saying your affirmations
or looking at cute animal pics on the internet for 10
minutes—especially when your intent is to shift your
dominant vibration (although that’s certainly a good start).
It’s really about what you’re thinking and feeling, how
you’re responding to your Now experience in the other 23
hours and 50 minutes of your day. It’s a lifestyle. READ
of Jesus Christ by Don Jíbaro Is Jesus Christ really part of our lives or is He just an Icon at Easter and Christmas?
We "talk the talk" and
more often than not, we "walk the walk." It's consequently and
imperative that we get to know that part of our culture that our ancestors
staked the essence of their existence on... their faith in The Lord Jesus!
The Biggest Cuatro in the World (video is in Spanish)
The Empty Bed
or The Fallacy of Friendship
few years ago I was playing my guitar at
home. I came upon this old tango my Dad used to quote...
La Cama Vacía" (The Empty Bed). I remembered the lyrics
and went on to sing it as I played. Half way
through the song I began to weep. I didn't stop playing,
and my singing became a cry of sadness.
With tears in my
eyes, I stopped! The words were
too sad, so sad that I had the image flashing in my head
while my heart was pounding in my chest. I was "living"
the story... the empty bed... I was so brokenhearted
that I had to translate this tango into English and share it in my
website. The sadness lies in
"the fallacy of friendship"
and the fact that the words of the song are so true... so
moving that you can't avoid "living" the story. ►Read
"It's better dry bread in peace, than a feast
in a house
full of fighting." Prov.17:1
Revisited: Why Do
Puerto Ricans Hate Phonies? by Don Jibaro • Pho·ny/fōnē/ Adjective: Not genuine; fraudulent.
Noun: A fraudulent person or thing.
• Synonyms: adjective. phoney - false
- spurious - sham - counterfeit - bogus -- noun. phoney - fake - sham -
any Puerto Ricans who are born outside of Puerto Rico get a
real thrill when they finally get to visit the island for the
first time. It's like "seeing the bride that you've been
betrothed to all your life."
The history of a country. . is generally written by the
conquerors. The "conquered" seldom writes a thing. Many
things contribute to the correct and accurate depiction of
historical data. Sponsorship by the wealthy was one of the
favorite incentives. Such history tends to carry a partial
or one-sided view of the facts.
It is, consequently, up to the passionate historian to do
his or her own research to verify the facts. This leads to
documentation which will totally eradicate any pre-conceived
notion acquired during the student's
whippersnapper elementary history education. Puerto Rico, more
than perhaps any other nation, may fall victim to this
phenomenon due to the simple fact that Puerto Rico is the
oldest colony in the world today! Over 500 years, compadre!
... Yikes, sez me!
When I was a kid in the 50s, street funerals were
common. Hearses were used by the
wealthy. People walked all the way from the Funeral Home
to the cemetery, men often taking turns carrying the
coffin. This one is a smaller casket, probably a child. See Photo History
DJ's GIMME SOME O' DAT
What Is Love?
We all make mistakes and then we HURT inside; pain
that we cause ourselves by not knowing how to LOVE one
another. YES, not knowing. You might say, "Nonsense".... but
what I might not know in practice, I do know in theory. Love
is the gracious (unmerited to others) self-giving of
ourselves as unselfish human care. NO debate needed.
Love is not sex, friendship, nor displays of affection...
love is giving without expecting anything in return... and
that's not easy, not for you, me or anybody. That's what
makes it so volatile and fragile. We expect, we don't get,
we get mad and hold grudges because of it. We all have
failed to be patient and kind; we all have become jealous,
conceited and proud to the point of being ill-mannered,
selfish, irritable, and often-times curse at each other.
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“Let's live in such a way that no one blames the rest of
finds fault with our work.” --(2 Corinthians 6:3)
Don Jibaro's Daughter
Trip to Cuba (Update
by Don Jíbaro)
my daughter Frances told me that she was going to be part of a
Missionary Trip to Cuba, I though of the sinister dangers and urban
legends that has turned Cuba into the "don't go there" place. The case
of the Cuban people is a most impacting one... as we have all seen and
read what goes on there... how the arrogant pride of the affluent
Executive leadership keep the populace virtually in squalor poverty. Enter
Frances' Team from the Light and Life church of Downey,
in USAricans By Irene Frances. Vázquez
hen I saw the movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, I realized how
other cultures can identify with it. A group of people can
immigrate to another country and still bring their culture
with them, bring up the next generation, their kids to be
like them… loving the food, the language and marrying into
their own race.
Now, those who’ve seen the movie, know that the parents
seemed to overdo their culture by ignoring the ways of the
land that they live in or looking at the other ethnic groups
in a negative way. The heroine of the movie seemed to look
into the American way of life wistfully rather than into her
Greek’s family’s. Yet, she recognized and understood the
traditions … she spoke the language and ate the food. She
knew the folkloric ways that identified them. She marries a
non-Greek who embraces her culture, seeing the uniqueness of
it and makes it his own. READ MORE
The Best on What's Next in the World
de Historia Book Review by Don Jíbaro About 10 yrs
ago I visited La Universidad de Puerto Rico. At their
bookstore I asked for the BEST book in Puerto Rican history
they had. "Cinco Siglos de Historia" inSpanish, by
Francisco Scarano from Fajardo now teaching at the Univ. of
Wiconsin-Madison)...I own it... I READ IT, loved it, now
my brother in law asks me "What's good in PR Hist? "HEY,
LUIS... DON'T LET THE PRICE FOOL YOU, there's none BETTER,
in real Academic SPANISH" Read for yourself
Compact at 11" high... ►Buy
by Raquel M. Vázquez — February 2011
Don Jibaro's Note:
eldest daughter Raquel, a student of the University Of Maryland,
is a very independent person... She's a leader, not a follower;
a strong-willed gal that earns peer respect by who she is; not
by what she appears to be. She has always maintained a certain
degree of admiration for me because she likes our intellectual
exchange. What she wrote below, however, blew my mind to Alpha
Centauri, because how she expressed things I never knew existed.
I am deeply honored to receive this form of mesmerizing
accolade... it's like a Grand Birthday Gift. READ Ode Here