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Sunday, August 10, 2003

Celia Cruz Tribute

We are paying tribute to Celia Cruz who means so much to all Latinos regardless of nationality, race, creed because she was true Azúcar. Celia Cruz left this world on July 16, 2003 but she has not left us because her spirit lives on. Her music, songs, and inspirations passed on from generation to generation will continue to be passed for many generations to come. This was evident in the Queen of Salsa’s memorial services in Miami and in New York where tens of thousands of people paid their last respects to Celia Cruz, La Guarachera de Cuba.

For those who could not be there to formally bid farewell to Celia Cruz, follow us as we chronicle the experience in New York City where Latinos paused for a moment to pay respect to the beloved Celia Cruz. La Diva was there placing flowers at Celia Cruz’ home in Fort Lee, New Jersey, on the 2 hour line at Frank E. Campbell’s Funeral Home for the wake, in the pouring rain at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the mass, and at the burial in Woodlawn Cemetary in the Bronx. The voyage was long and tiring but it was the final time to show Celia Cruz and the world how we love her so. ¡Azúcar!

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Editor's Page
Why do Latinos Love Celia Cruz So Much?
NEWS FRENZY
Ella nos brindió su vida. Lo menos que pudieramos hacer es brindarle 24 horas.
CELIA'S LIFE
What I Will Remember Most About Celia Cruz
CELIA'S HOME
We continue to grieve quietly and notice that someone placed a box of Domino sugar on the memorial site and we chuckle to ourselves.

LAST RESPECTS
What would I tell him when he asked, “Mami, estas llorando. ¿Y por qué?" I guess I might have told him, “Estoy llorando porque hay azúcar en el cielo.”
ST. PATRICK'S
¿Habrá sido una casualidad que el sol haya sido tan repentinamente sustituido por un aguacero torrencial mientras el cuerpo de Celia marchaba a la más famosa iglesia neoyorquina?
AGUACERO
The sun and the clouds and the sky were in perfect unison and were part of the overall farewell- and I have pictures to prove it!
CELIA'S LYRICS
RIE LLORA I WILL SURVIVE LA VIDA ES UN CARNAVAL

Thursday, July 10, 2003

INTERVIEW WITH NEGRO LEAGUE PLAYER JOSE PILOTO

WHEN LIFE THROWS YOU A CURVE BALL

It was the 1st spring-like day of the season. AHHHHHHH! a perfect day for baseball! Who knew I would be shooting the breeze with former Negro League baseball player José Piloto.


The Negro Baseball League was a racially-divided nation's response to allowing black people to play baseball back in the 1930 and 40's. And here it is the year 2003 and here is José Piloto. Still here to tell us all about how he played for the Negro Leagues back in 1946 as a left-handed pitcher for the Memphis Red Sox. Still here in our nation's capital, in Washington, DC, displaying his baseball memorabilia. Pictures, his glove, books, his baseball, baseball card-all neatly displayed on the sidewalk next to him.


High School students are passing by and pause to look. We tell them, "Hey, he played for the Negro Leagues. We might as well have told them in another language. The young high school students didn't seem to understand. It was like they were thinking – isn't that something in my history books? They kept going-probably to go play some ball.


Don Piloto showed us some of his memorabilia. Specifically, a book entitled: The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues, which says that José Piloto is not only dead but was killed in a brawl while in Mexico. But here he is, in the flesh, on Columbia Road, in Washington, DC. After reviewing all his marvelous memorabilia, the much awaited interview begins.



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