Purdue News

September 10, 2004

Black Cultural Center sponsors appearance by writer, activist

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Writer and activist Felipe Luciano will be interviewed live by WBAA Radio from New York City on Wednesday (Sept. 15) in advance of his Sept. 22 visit to Purdue University, where he will present "The Magical Musical Journey from Mambo to Hip Hop and Salsa."

Felipe Luciano

During the radio show AM920 Magazine, which will air from 2:30-2:50 p.m., Luciano will discuss Afro-Latin culture and the diaspora, with particular focus on class, race and ideology. Local listeners may call in questions at (765) 496-1999. Out-of-town listeners may call toll-free at (866) 922-2101.

Luciano's visit to Purdue, which is sponsored by the Black Cultural Center, will take place at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 218A. The event is free and open to the public.

Luciano is founder and chairman of the Young Lords party, a political group advocating the independence of Puerto Rico and ethnic and national pride for all Third World people. He was the first Puerto Rican news anchor for a major network station (WNBC-TV) and is a former host of Fox 5's "Street Talk." He is currently host of a radio talk show on WLIB radio in New York City called "Conversations with Felipe Luciano."

Renee Thomas, director of the Black Cultural Center, said Luciano's appearance will be entertaining, informative and provocative.

"Mr. Luciano is a multidimensional performer and a stimulating thinker and speaker who has been very well received by other university audiences," Thomas said. "His insight into the issues and experiences of the Latin and African-American people, and his ability to share those experiences in an intriguing way, will make this a memorable event for all who attend."

Luciano is one of the members of the cast of "The Original Last Poets," a 1971 music video that features rap, politics, race relations and musical exploration. The video featured Luciano and the other members of the group, The Original Last Poets, who were dubbed the rappers of the Civil Rights era.

He also appeared with Ruben Blades, Tito Puente and Celia Cruz in the 1988 documentary "Salsa: Latin Pop Music in the Cities."

Luciano's visit to Purdue is part of the Black Cultural Center's focus this year on Afro-Latin culture and the diaspora. For an online list of other events in the series go online.

Writer: Reni Winter, (765) 496-3133, rwinter@purdue.edu

Sources: Renee Thomas, (765) 494-3091, rathomas@purdue.edu

David Bunte, WBAA, (765) 494-3961, dpbunter@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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