NEWYORICANGIRL delivers TEDx Talk; receiving standing ovation after revealing her childhood trauma events and resiliency. #tedxgracestreetwomen #ptsd #aces #childhoodtrauma #rape

30 Jan


NEWYORICANGIRL’s memoir to be featured on stage in collaboration with the Latin Ballet of Virginia!

6 Sep

You’re invited to join us for a hot night of salsa dancing celebrating our Puerto Rican culture and the stories of our ancestors’ arriving in NYC back in the 40s and 50s. The dance production (based, in part) on my memoir, “NEWYORICANGIRL…Surviving my Spanglish Life” is headed to my native Bronx neighborhood this time!

“NuYoRican,” will be presented on Saturday, October 20th 2018 at Hostos Community College (please call for tickets at (718) 518-4455). First performed in 2003, the show was created by the Latin Ballet of Virginia’s founding director, Ana Ines King and has been performed nationally (Richmond and New York) and in Latin America.  

There are several dance scenes that offer a glimpse into my family’s assimilation journey including snippets of my parents’ relationship (as pictured below on their honeymoon in 1959). Each and every time “NuYoRican” has been performed, people in the audience have come up to me to share that my stories are their stories too.

It is the universality of our Puerto Rican experience performed on stage that binds us and, honors our ancestors sacrifice, that must be shared. Please join me on October 20th 2018 at Hostos where we will also pay our respects to the 2,975+ victims of Hurricane Maria. God bless Puerto Rico.

Julia NYG LBV in NYC Nov 2017


Latin Ballet RTD

NEWYORICANGIRL.COM partners with “Adopt a Puerto Rican Family”

15 Nov

Adopt a Puerto Rican Family

Too many families in Puerto Rico remain in crisis; living without the bare necessities like electricity and clean water. 

Lilly Zeller is determined to help them by securing volunteers willing to sponsor families desperate for essentials that can be shipped to them on the island. Donors can sign up for a one-time designation or, choose to build long term relationships with recipients. 

Your fellow American citizens are in dire straits and need your help. Please contact Lilly via her website (link above) for more information. Now is the time for our Diaspora to rise up to this challenge. 

P.R. Flamenco #2


NEWYORICANGIRL. COM establishes AMABLE Awards in wake of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria. Bethenny Frankel, Entrepreneur, honored…

15 Nov

NYG AMABLE Award Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel has been awarded an AMABLE Award; recognizing her herculean, compassionate and selfless efforts to assist Puerto Rico’s victims of Hurricane Maria.

Bethenny stepped up to help my island and our people when few were doing so. She chose to interupt her professional commitments and personal life to instead race head first into the catastrophic devastation; providing essential supplies, donations and hugs to SO many who were traumatized, suffering and grieving. 

Puerto Rico’s road to recovery will be a long and arduous process. To survive and thrive, we’ll need many others to step up to the challenge in similar ways as Bethenny has; displaying such dynamic servant leadership.

Ms. Bethenny, thank you from the bottom of our Boricua hearts. 

NEWYORICANGIRL.COM establishes AMABLE Awards in wake of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria. CBS’ David Begnaud honored…

15 Nov

NYG David Begnaud AMABLE 2017

The calamitous devastation caused by Hurricane Maria has been gut wrenching to Puerto Rico’s Diaspora living around the world.  While many of us were frantic to connect with our loved ones, communications were virtually nonexistent except for the coverage provided by journalist, David Begnaud of CBS News.

Somehow, Mr. Begnaud was able to broadcast in the middle of the storm, in it’s chaotic and dangerous aftermath and currently, as the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico anemically progress. His coverage has both soothed our worried minds and, stirred the outrage Puerto Ricans stateside are now using to galvanize Congress into action on behalf of our beleaguered island.

In an effort to express gratitude to David Begnaud for his dedication to this natural disaster event and, for empathetically remaining deeply immersed in Puerto Rico’s plight, it was my honor to offer this recognition. In response, David kindly stated the following:

“I wanted to offer my heartfelt thanks for this award. All of us at CBS News are grateful to you for following our coverage. As you know, the story of Hurricane Maria is far from over, and the recovery is still in its early stages. Puerto Rico is so important to us all—and it’s a story we will continue to follow. Our reporting was a lifeline to many Puerto Ricans after the storm, and I am grateful to everyone we met who allowed us to tell their story. This story has matured me in a way that no other story ever has before. We will be back. And we will continue to shine a light on the island and its wonderful people. So thank you again. I am truly humbled by this recognition.” 

Gracias, David Begnaud and CBS News for all your dedicated coverage of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria. You’ve shown great respect to our people and we are forever grateful.

9 Nov

Bereft & Bruised after Hurricane Maria

11 Oct

La Fortaleza Flags

Exactly three weeks after Hurricane Maria, my island remains in tatters, bereft – not just because of it’s devastated infrastructure but because now, 21 days later, it’s suffering from a bruised and broken heart. 

We all understand that the wrath of Mother Nature cannot be controlled. But, as United States citizens, we presumed the American cavalry would arrive to save us the very moment the rain stopped. Three weeks later, it is clear that our frantic S.O.S. is not being answered in time to save our Brown lives. 

Here on the mainland, our Diaspora is frantic and frustrated; racing against the clock (the heat, the dehydration, the mosquitoes) to evacuate their loved ones because America is moving too slowly.

What is to become of our beloved Puerto Rico – the island of enchantment now stripped bare of it’s lush beauty? Where will my people go to seek shelter, water and enough food to survive? Will the U.S. Congress do anything at all to elevate their own standing from colonial ruler to compassionate healer? Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, please say a prayer for Puerto Rico and then, call your congressional representative at (202) 224-3121 to remind them that any U.S. citizen is worth saving. 

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