Native American Pow Wow at Queens Farm

The 39th Annual Native American Pow Wow took place at Queens Farm in New York over the weekend, July 28-30, 2017. Over 40 tribal nations were in attendance. Men, women and children danced to the heartbeat of the drums. It was a beautiful experience.

Montana and Wyoming

In May 2017 I set out to visit Yellowstone National Park with an old dear friend. We had all gone 20 years ago with my Mom. I had hoped to come back and see the beauty of this amazing American treasure and stay at the Old Faithful Inn, which we did. We stopped where the Battle of the Little Big Horn took place in Montana, also known as Custer's Last Stand. The sheer beauty and heaviness of this place makes one feel the enormity of what happened here on June 25, 1876.

In Cody Wyoming we stayed at the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody's beautiful Irma Inn built in 1902 for his daughter. The prime rib dinner is one of the best I have ever had. There was no room for dessert, so on our way back through Cody we stopped for some coffee and slice of homemade blueberry pie.

There is nothing quite like the openness, fresh air and beauty of Montana and Wyoming, particularly Yellowstone. We literally experienced all four seasons in just a week. I hope you get a chance to see this special place.

Thinking of Paris

I came home from work and turned on the news. I was shocked by what I was seeing and hearing. A terror attack so brutal and heinous, I could hardly believe it but it was true. I could not take myself away from the tv, wondering if more carnage was about to happen. Over 127 people killed and many more injured critically. Makes me so sad and angry. My thoughts and prayers as so many of us, are with the people of the City of blinding light, Paris. We love you.

Couple looking at the Eiffel Tower. ©2010 Rita Rivera

Pope Francis in New York's Central Park

Had a great time in Central Park with my old friend Alice to get a glimpse of Pope Francis. We arrived at 11:00 am. We walked slowly to get into Central Park which took 3 hours. We were tens of thousands of people with the same goal in mind. We made it into the park by 2:30 and then we found a place where we could see him pass by after 5:00. Was it worth it? Of course! We connected with so many people around us. People who were Catholic and those who were not. There is something special about Pope Francis that transcends religion and beliefs.

Pope Francis in Central Park September 25, 2015.
The Pope in Central Park
Mother and daugher on line into Central Park to see the Pope!
Women from Nigeria on line into Central Park to the Pope.
Woman holing up Pope poster entering Central Park.
A teen seeling Pope flags
Alice and me with the many people waiting for a glimpse of Pope Francis
The New York Post was transformed to The New York Post for a day!!

En Foco blog!

I was recently featured in Nueva Luz, En Foco's beautiful color magazine. I had a lovely surprise when I opened its pages last month and saw my photo of New York Yankee's closing pitcher Mariano Rivera. I was doubly surprised when I saw the blog! Thank you Miriam Romais of En Foco and special thanks to Ilan Stavans for writing so beautifully about my photograph.

Here is the link http://blog.enfoco.org/2014/09/03/picturing-diversity-the-democratic-eye-part-1b/

Color Work by Robert Capa

The International Center of Photography has put on an extraordinary show of legendary Magnum photographer Robert Capa. This show is absolutely captivating. Its full of never before seen color work by Magnum's star photographer. You will see work from the 40s and early 50s that were showcased in the big picture magazine's of that era. This show has everything from fashion to Hollywood stars, soldiers and includes personal letters sent to his brother Cornell and more. The exhibition closes on May 4, 2014!! Hurray you don't want to miss it!

Photograph copyright @Robert Capa

Photograph copyright @Robert Capa

Photograph copyright @Robert Capa

Photograph copyright @Robert Capa

Rally for Bill de Blasio

I was at City Hall this afternoon for a rally held by the Latino community for New York City's Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. Willie Colón, Rosie Perez, Congressman José E. Serrano and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez were there. Nice to be able to tell Ms. Perez how much I enjoyed her performance in the new film The Counselor. Its a star studded cast with Bardem, Fassbender, Cruz, Pitt, Perez and few other wonderful casting surprises like Bruno Ganz and a terrific performance by Cameron Diaz. Brace yourself for some extreme violence. The acting will blow you away!

 

Next Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio and wife attend rally on the steps of City Hall. © 2013 Rita Rivera

Next Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio and wife attend rally on the steps of City Hall. © 2013 Rita Rivera

Actress Rosie Perez at Bill de Blasio rally. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Actress Rosie Perez at Bill de Blasio rally. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Rosie Perez speaks at Bill de Blasio rally. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Rosie Perez speaks at Bill de Blasio rally.

©2013 Rita Rivera

Bill de Blasio and wife attend rally at City Hall. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Bill de Blasio and wife attend rally at City Hall.

©2013 Rita Rivera

Halloween in NYC!

Halloween was magnificent this year. The annual New York Halloween Parade has been going on for 40 years. Last year it was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. People were so creative with their costumes and were in a great mood! I had a funny lighted pink wig on and this woman is coming toward me, to photograph me, I am thinking wow, she looks like Diane Keaton! Well, being New York it was Diane Keaton! I will share a few pictures.

Diane Keaton taking pictures with her cell phone! ©2013 Rita Rivera

Diane Keaton taking pictures with her cell phone!

©2013 Rita Rivera

Great make-up! ©2013 Rita Rivera

Great make-up! ©2013 Rita Rivera

A ghoulish woman and pig. ©2013 Rita Rivera

A ghoulish woman and pig. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Man kisses pig. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Man kisses pig. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Father and daughter on Halloween. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Father and daughter on Halloween. ©2013 Rita Rivera

A good costume of Hangover star Zach Galifianakis. ©2013 Rita Rivera

A good costume of Hangover star Zach Galifianakis. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Zombies. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Zombies. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Cleo on her cell phone. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Cleo on her cell phone. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Send in the clowns. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Send in the clowns. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Minnie Mouse. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Minnie Mouse. ©2013 Rita Rivera

Great costumes. ©2013

Great costumes. ©2013

Facebook Page for Speak English!

Check out the Facebook page for Speak English! Writer Rafael Hermoso and I add comments and pictures about our experiences working on the book.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Speak-English-The-Rise-of-Latinos-in-Baseball/443404639086298