Sunday, June 14, 2015

New York Daily News Editorial: A Proud Community

We acknowledge the New York Daily News for providing the editorial space to correct the inaccurate reporting, and misrepresentation of our Parade and our people. It is a strong and honest step to rectify a mistake, recognize the community’s reaction, and respond in a kind, fair and appropriate manner. The Daily News’ editorial is proof that the community has been heard, and a reminder of the need for accurate, serious and responsible news reporting.

– National Puerto Rican Day Parade


 

Excerpt from New York Daily News Editorial – June 20, 2015

Pride. It’s an emotion that we carry in abundance as we cover this great city and its vibrant, diverse communities.

In the past week, however, we’ve heard from many of you that we have recently offended one of those communities.

On Monday, our coverage of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade — an event that the Daily News has proudly co-sponsored for 25 years — included a photo, shot from behind, of two topless women dressed in G-string bikinis, carrying a Puerto Rican flag.

Due to misleading information provided to our editors by a wire photo service, we described these women as paradegoers. They were not. They were, in fact, “performers” trying to make a buck from tourists in Times Square.

As a result, we negatively mischaracterized what the Puerto Rican community represents. Its nearly 1 million members have been, and will continue to be, one of the cornerstones of New York and an irreplaceable thread in its unique fabric.

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Cucco Peña Compone Nuevo Tema del Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño 2015

Composición lanzada oficialmente en redes sociales

El compositor, músico y arreglista Angel “Cucco” Peña, ganador de más de 120 premios en la música incluyendo el Grammy, compuso especialmente un nuevo tema musical de apertura para el Desfile Nacional Puertorriqueño, donde será homenajeado el próximo 14 de junio en Nueva York.

La composición de 2 minutos y 53 segundos de duración, es titulada “Obertura Patria” y fue grabada en San Juan por la Banda de Conciertos de Puerto Rico, orquesta que dirige Peña desde hace 12 años.  Es una combinación de los diferentes ritmos que componen el pentagrama musical boricua, tanto en la isla como en la diaspora puertorriqueña en EEUU.

Nacido en Santurce, un sector de San Juan, Peña ha compuesto, dirigido, producido y/o arreglado éxitos musicales para artistas como Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Ricardo Arjona, Luis Fonsi, Olga Tañón, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Fanco de Vita, Celia Cruz, Jerry Rivera, Lucecita Benítez, Chayanne, Willie Colón, Glenn Monroig y Lunna, otros.  Es ganador del premio Grammy (1999), Latin Grammy (2002), Agüeybaná (1993), 60 premios Cúspide y 40 premios Addy, entre otros reconocimientos.

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