‘The Taste of Sugar’ showcases love after the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico in 1898

Anyone who lives in Puerto Rico can tell you that life is divided into two chapters: life before Hurricane María and after. Since Hurricane María made landfall in September 2017, there has been what the media calls an “exodus” of Boricuas searching for a better life. …

‘Jevas Combativas’ is the only Spanish-language feminist show on commercial radio in America

Photo of the three hosts of Juvas Combativas, they are laughing and smiling while standing side by side.

In Puerto Rico, young people have come of age in a time of constant crisis. Throughout a 14-year-long recession and Hurricane María’s aftermath, thousands have been forced to leave while those left behind fight to survive. When a transcript of chats between government officials, including then-Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, in which…

‘Clap When You Land’ explores grief and its taboo in Latinx culture

A photo of Elizabeth Acevedo.

Lately, the New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo has been thinking a lot about grief and life in the Dominican Republic. It’s not only because her recently released novel, Clap When You Land, centers around these topics but because we’re conducting this interview in…


The movie centered around a dance competition, but the dynamics between Latinx students and White saviors were hard to miss

MyMy native language, Spanish, is one of the most beautiful languages I’ve ever heard. I grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a middle-class family, and the English language was my tool for upward mobility. There are private schools for every budget and the most selective ones are those…

In ‘Tina,’ playwright Katori Hall shows the legend’s complex reality and legacy

TThe theater has an inclusivity problem, especially people of color. Not only in theatergoers, but also in casts and creative teams. Reports from the Broadway League say 75% of patrons are White. The Asian American Performers Action Coalition states that in the 2016–2017 season both on and off Broadway, Black…

Alicia Ramírez

Alicia Ramírez is a New York-based writer covering theatre, identity, and culture.

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