Following the Spanish American War and the occupation of the island in 1898 by America, Puerto Rico experienced an economic and cultural crisis: Churches were in poverty, the exchange of currency caused a depression and markets for produce disappeared.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History opens "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964".

Toyota began airing national and regional television commercials today in support of the government's Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) by informing consumers that the Toyota family of cars and trucks has 25 models that qualify for federal rebates ranging from $3,500 to $4,500.

President George W. Bush has appointed Alex López Negrete, president and CEO of Lopez Negrete Communications to serve on a commission to study and report on the establishment of a National Museum dedicated to American Latinos. The Museum would document more than 500 years of American Latino contributions to the United States and be home to thousands of artifacts, images and personal stories.

San Antonio jewelry designer Carolyn Dublin is offering a new “Loteria” line of jewelry featuring images from the popular Mexican card game.

Lectorum Publications announced the grand opening of its new consumer web site, on Monday, November 17, 2008.

Fox Sports en Español alongside the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana is proud to present Art in the Park, a concert series event that highlights the best of Latino art and music in Coral Gables.

With a selection of seventeen songs of famous Puerto Rican, Latin American and Caribbean singers and composers, the Puerto Rican singer, Marisol Calero will present her bohemian musical “Mis” Joyas Prestadas, in Miami, at the café theatre, Kimbara Cumbara on September 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th.

Beginning August 19th through September 30th, 2008, Dominican Republic-based foodservice company MercaSID and its brand, Aceite Cristol, will unveil Proyecto “MUJER Dominicana en Nueva York” (The Dominican Women‚s Project in New York), a major photo exhibition highlighting the lives and achievements of Dominican women across the Diaspora.

The Museum of Latin American Art (molaa) in Long Beach, CA selected The Miller Group as its agency of record (AOR), commencing with a re-branding effort. The effort consists of advertising, PR and interactive to drive traffic and membership to the museum. Advertising focuses on cable TV (throughout the LA ADI), outdoor, print and interactive, and features the museum's exhibit “Wifredo Lam in North America and Carlos Luna: El Gran Mambo.”

It’s not every day that you see Caribbean and L.A. in the same sentence but Junot Diaz, a young, MIT professor from the Dominican Republic, is making waves in “Mexican” L.A. Diaz, the New Jersey-raised writer who was awarded this year’s Pulitzer for fiction, for his first novel “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” must have a lot of fans in L.A. Diaz’s book, which has made it on numerous bestseller lists across the country–including the New York Times’ list, has been on the L.A. Times bestseller list for the past 20 weeks.

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Rochelle Slovin, director of Museum of the Moving Image, announced the launch of a major new website devoted to the history of film, television, and digital media: Moving Image Source.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum presents TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, an exhibition that showcases the work of forty Latin American and Latino artists and demonstrates how, despite their differences, they commonly explore questions of identity through their own cultures and life experiences.

Rayo and impreMedia have agreed to join forces to promote one of the most-talked about memoirs of the year, the much anticipated Oscar De La Hoya penned autobiography, Un Sueño Americano (on-sale June 10th).

Atria Books has acquired world rights for a book with Telemundo/NBC television personality, Maria Celeste Arrarás. The book will focus on parenting, sharing Maria Celeste Arrarás own life lessons, spirituality, and wisdom garnered from her experience raising three children.