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Winnipeg Police say they are concerned for the well being of two missing sisters. Mary-Anne Hudson, 12, and her 14-year-old sister Nakita Hudson were last seen August 26 in Winnipeg’s St. James neighbourhood.
The sisters are known to frequent Winnipeg’s North End and shopping malls in downtown Winnipeg and Polo Park.
Mary-Anne Hudson is approximately 5’5” tall, 110 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes. Nakita Hudson is 5’4” in height, 100 pounds with red hair and brown eyes.
Winnipeg police won’t say if the girls were in foster care or if they are from a particular First Nation.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Winnipeg Police Service Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.
Happy birthday, Cano Estremera!
Carlos Enrique Estremera Colón (born 2 September 1958) is a Puerto Rican Salsa singer who is a native of San Juan. Estremera, who is an albino, is nicknamed -and billed- as "El Cano"(“The Light-Colored Haired One”), a word which is commonly used in Puerto Rico to refer to people of light complexion. He is arguably the most famous albino in the Caribbean country, and as such, has raised public awareness of the condition’s traits and limitations (such as limited vision, which Estremera openly acknowledges, even in the occasional song).
Estremera developed his talent as a singer while residing in Residencial Las Casas, a public housing complex in the area of Santurce, not far from Trastalleres, where Daniel Santos, Andy Montañez and Ossie Ocasio were raised. As Héctor Lavoe did before him, Estremera acknowledges Puerto Rican jíbaro country singers as a strong influence. He developed a reputation for being a fast and clever improviser, in the same vein as Marvin Santiago, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Oscar D’León and other salsa singers who could improvise dozens of soneos(improvisations within a call–response format) on the spot. Later in his life Estremera would use the title “Dueño del soneo” (“Owner of the Soneo”) as a marketing concept, emphasizing his prowess as an on-the-spot improviser.
In 1978, Estremera joined Bobby Valentín, among other replacements to Vaentín’s band -namely Santiago and former Sonora Ponceña singer Luiggi Texidor. Estremera recorded six albums before stating his own band in 1984. He was the lead singer on many of the best selling hits by Valentín’s band, particularly the band’s best seller ever, "La boda de ella" (“Her Wedding”), written byRoberto Angleró.
Estremera began touring all over Latin America by 1989. He enjoyed wild success in Puerto Rico as well as in Brazil and Peru, among other places. His best known hit as a solo artist is "El Toro" ("The Bull"), a humorous take on infidelity (and, in one line, about his low vision).
Estremera has participated in “soneo” battles with other salsa singers, most famously with Domingo Quiñones. He has also faced two incidents where he has been blacklisted from venues in Puerto Rico for using profanity onstage. As a result, he often polls audiences before addressing specific subjects onstage.
A 2003 CD release celebrated his twenty years in the music industry.
Jack Agüeros (born September 2, 1934-May 4, 2014 in East Harlem, NY) is a community activist, poet, writer, and translator, and the former director of El Museo del Barrio.
Jack Agüeros was born September 2, 1934, in New York City, and grew up in East Harlem. His parents, Carmen Diaz and Joaquin Agüeros, had immigrated separately from Puerto Rico to New York. Carmen worked for many years as a seamstress, while Joaquin was in the merchant marine and also worked in restaurants and factories. Agüeros attended Public School 72 (now the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center) and then Benjamin Franklin High School, East Harlem’s first public high school, from which he graduated in June 1952.
After serving for four years in the United States Air Force as a guided missile instructor, he attended Brooklyn College on the G.I. Bill, intending to become an engineer. Inspired by Bernard Grebanier, a charismatic professor of English, and his lectures on Shakespeare, Agüeros began writing plays and poems, and instead graduated with a B.A. in English literature.
During the 1960s, Agüeros worked with a variety of community groups in New York. Starting out at the Office of Economic Opportunity, a federal agency created by President Lyndon Johnson to fight the War on Poverty, he spent time as an organizer for the Henry Street Settlement, before becoming the deputy director of the Puerto Rican Community Development Project (PRCDP), the nation’s first Puerto Rican anti-poverty organization.
After resigning from the PRCDP in early 1968, Agüeros was appointed in April as deputy commissioner of New York City’s Community Development Agency (CDA), created by Mayor John Lindsay. As deputy commissioner of the CDA, he was the highest ranking Puerto Rican in the City’s administration, and in 1968 staged a five-day hunger strike to protest the lack of Puerto Ricans in City government.
Agüeros went on to be a member of the first cohort of National Urban Fellows, working as an advisor to the mayor of Cleveland and earning an MA in Urban Studies from Occidental College. He returned to New York and in 1970, became director of Mobilization For Youth, an organization located in the Lower East Side that provided job training and placement, social services, and special educational programming.
Jack Agüeros wrote his first poems and plays while still a student at Brooklyn College, receiving his first literary awards there. He continued to write while working as a community activist in the 1960s and early 1970s. Among the highlights from this period are the script for “They Can’t Even Read Spanish,” a half hour play about Puerto Rican life in New York that aired on WNBC TV Channel 4 on Saturday, May 8, 1971. The script is now preserved at the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College.
Agüeros also wrote “Halfway to Dick and Jane,” an essay on his childhood in East Harlem that was included in The Immigrant Experience: The Anguish of Becoming American, a collection published in 1971 by the Dial Press that also featured contributions from Czesław Miłosz and Mario Puzo. In his New York Times review of The Immigrant Experience, Gay Talese praised Agüeros’s contribution, writing “In this book is the first published work of Jack Agueros [sic], impressively describing Puerto Rican homelife in East Harlem.”
Agüeros maintained an active interest in theater, reviewing several plays for the Village Voice. And two of his poems were included in one of the first anthologies of Puerto Rican literature, Borinquen, edited by Maria Teresa Babin and Stan Steiner, which was published by Knopf in December 1974. The two poems, Canción del Tecato and El Apatético, are both in Spanish and appear in the section “Where am I at? The Youth,” which also includes Pedro Pietri's well-known poem, Puerto Rican Obituary. Both poems had originally been published in a literary journal, The Rican (based in Chicago, Illinois) in 1971, and both were later included in Agüeros's first book, Correspondence Between the Stonehaulers.
On June 10, 1975, the Friends of Puerto Rico, a non-profit organization founded and incorporated in 1956, opened the Cayman Gallery in a SoHo loft at 381 West Broadway, with Jack Agüeros as its first director. The Cayman Gallery was one of the first galleries dedicated to Puerto Rican and Latin American art in New York City.
In July 1977, Agüeros was appointed director of El Museo del Barrio by the Museo’s Board of Trustees. That fall, he negotiated with Boys Harbor, a non-profit youth services agency, to relocate El Museo from its home on Third Avenue to its present location: the main floor of the Heckscher Building, a multi-tenant, city-owned property at 1230 Fifth Avenue, between 104th and 105th Streets. In January 1978, Agüeros began El Museo’s tradition of organizing a Three Kings Day Parade to celebrate the Epiphany. The Parade, held annually on January 6, includes live animals, school groups, and props and costumes (such as paper-mache figures of the Three Kings) made by artists.
During his tenure, Agüeros implemented a series of capital improvements and gallery expansions, and helped build El Museo’s permanent collection. In 1979, he co-founded the annual Museum Mile Festival on Fifth Avenue with ten major institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of the City of New York, and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He also articulated the evolution of El Museo to an institution with a pan-Latin American mission, telling an interviewer in 1978: “Our focus is no longer limited to Puerto Ricans. We are too culturally rich to force ourselves into ghettoes of narrow nationalism. El Museo now wants to embody the culture of all of Latin America. New York is the fourth or fifth largest Spanish speaking city in the world, with people from every Spanish speaking country, and El Museo must reflect everything that is Latino. We must look upon Latin America as our Indian ancestors did. They did not see artificial boundaries dividing nations. They saw an open world where they were free to travel from one place to another, pursuing their livelihood and mixing their culture.”
In April 2012 Agüeros was the recipient of the Asan World Prize for Poetry. In the summer of 2012, Agüeros’s paper were donated to Columbia University, where they will be housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Agüeros died on May 4, 2014, from complications related to Alzheimer’s. His brain was donated to the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Medical Center.
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