These words by poets Aurora and Rosario Morales, Puerto Rican Americans, reveal the struggle of the average Puerto Rican. For example, most islanders do not fully understand who they are or how to present themselves when someone asks, “What is your family’s ancestry like?” or, “Where does Puerto Rico get its unique culture?” These questions spark the idea of a questioning identity. This is because the island of Puerto Rico was formed with the help of many different cultures. Are the people of this island African? Taino? European? The speaker in “Ending Poem” struggles to find her Puerto Rican voice which reveals the same struggle of Puerto Rico to define its own identity as an independent nation.
When I was little my mom introduced me to bands like Mana, artists like Romeo Santos, or Selena Quintanilla she would listen to, when she was growing up. All I can remember is I liked the beat even though I could not understand it. Though none that meant anything to me as long as my mom was pleased with me listening to the music. Though as I grew saw the impact the music had on American culture and it made me happy. Zachary Stieber states that, “Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates a growing segment of the American population and culture. Today, there is more Hispanics in the United States than there is in Spain. Mexico and Colombia are the only nations with larger Hispanic populations than the U.S (Stieber).” When looking back at this quote
In the 1960’s, the United States went through a period of clarity and diversity in thought, analysis and action for people from Mexico or those who practiced the Mexican culture. Issues of deep resonance and problems both Mexican and American communities faced were brought to light through different platforms that include multiple socio-political mobilizations, art, and music all throughout the country (Cockcroft, 1993). This later ensued into battles of cultural reclamation and self-determination that combined into a national consciousness called the Chicano Movement. The Chicano Art Movement represents the attempts made by Mexican-American artists in establishing a unique artistic identity in the United States. Most of the Chicanos belonged
Wright continues the telling of this historical event, under the topic of Fidelismo and the radicalization of Latin American politics. The combination of Castro’s actions and Che Guevara’s calls for revolution in the western hemisphere had a direct and profound effect on Latin American politics. This powerful force came to be known as Fidelismo and broken down to its core “it was simply the attitude that revolution should be pursued immediately” (Wright p. 39). On of the most noticeable symptoms of Fidelismo was an intense growth of demands for change. Wright notes that during this time, the intensity of political activities in many other Latin American countries increased, especially after Castro’s victory. This dynamic came about as new
Today, when one turns on the radio, Pandora, or any type music streaming company, we will most likely hear artists singing songs that do not sound like their ‘usual sound.’ Today they are known as crossover artists, and some of the most widely know to this day are Taylor Swift from country to pop, Enrique Iglesias and Gloria Estefan both coming from Latin fan bases to the American pop culture.
From 1811 to 1830, Latin American colonies began to announce their independence from Spain. A group called the Creoles, who were Spanish blood born in the Americas, led this fight for independence. They were the second highest social class. Creoles led the fight for independence so they could gain power. They did this by striving to improve the economic and political situation.
In Latin American Revolution before the revolution there were four main social classes; on the bottom there were the slaves and the Indians, then there were the Mulattoes (who were of African and Spanish descent) and the Mestizos (who were of Spanish and Native American descent), then the Creoles (who were of pure Spanish blood, but were born in America), and at the very top there were the Peninsulares (they were of pure Spanish descent and were born in Spain). The Creoles lead the fight against Spain because they wanted higher social status within their own lives, more political control over their own lives, and they were tired of Spain having total control over their economy.
One of my favorite songs is “La Gozadera” by Gente de Zona and Marc Anthony; this rhythmic song is sung in Spanish. I. Love. This. Song. The title of this song means enjoyment or party; the song talks about a party where many people from different Spanish-speaking countries come
Costa Rica is such a diverse country. With an array of different ecosystems and a mixture of people with roots from all over, it is no surprise that the music has just as much diversity. Costa Rica has plenty of influences on their music: Indigenous, European, African, Western, and other Latin American countries. Therefore, music in Costa Rica stems from various genres because of the many influences from other cultures.
If you don?t know about Mexican culture then I will tell you. I?m going to talk about my culture and that is Mexican culture.Yes,I?m Mexican. I am proud to be Mexican.What I am going to tell you about my culture is my religion,food,events,
Samba, written by Alma Guillermoprielo, is a fascinating account of the experiences Guillermoprielo went through during Carnival season in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For one year, Alma Guillermoprieto lived in Manguiera, a village near Rio de Janeiro, to experience the samba lifestyle. Her exploration was to find the meaning, history, and spirituality that drives samba. In order to explore this new culture, Guillermoprieto joins a local samba school, Mangueira, to see first hand what samba is. After gaining the trust from the locals, Guillermoprieto is able to get first hand accounts of how samba started, the beliefs that drive samba, and the process behind Carnival. Perhaps one of the most popular music and dance styles ever to emerge from Brazil,
The essay: “Silent Dancing” By Judith Ortiz Cofer reflects on the transitional period in her life where herself and her immediate family made the move from Puerto Rico to the Big Apple, otherwise known as New York city. The timeline for the essay was set in the 1950’s where cultural fusion and blatant racism ran rampant in the streets. A melting pot slowly getting more and more diverse. It describes the struggle which is being foreign in a new land that wants you to assimilate to its lifestyle and habits while on the inside trying to maintain cultural purity.
What is Reggaeton Music? Many people may not know what Reggaeton is, but for Latin American people is easy to know that this is a popular and unique style of music. Reggaeton is a form of Urban Latin Music, this music has a mix of many rhythms that includes drum machines, "rapping in spanglish" and fast─paced beats. This kind of music has an interesting history of its origins, even is considered a culture, also this music has caused controversy and has become very popular in Latin American and has cross over the world.
When thinking of the Spanish Conquest, two groups often come to mind: the Spaniards and the Native Americans. The roles of each of these groups and their encounters have been so heavily studied that often the role of Africans is undermined. As Matthew Restall states in his article Black Conquistadors, the justifications for African contribution are often “inadequately substantiated if not marginalized [as the] Africans were a ubiquitous and pivotal part of the Spanish conquest campaigns in the Americas […]” (Restall 172). Early on in his article, Restall characterizes three categories of Africans present during the Conquest – mass slaves, unarmed servants of the Spanish, and armed auxillaries (Restall 175). Estebanico, the protagonist of The
The Spanish exploration and colonisation made both a positive and negative impact on Latin America. The arrival of the Spanish explorers to the new world made a big change and they are the reason Latin America looks the way it does today. However these people were ruthless and were the tyrants of the new world. One of Spain’s major foreign policy objectives since the advent of democracy has been to increase its influence in Latin America. Spain has had interest in this area due to historical ties and a common linguistic, cultural and religious heritage (Countrystudies.us, 2017).