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Stella Carrera

Stella Carrera: A Driving Force for Rhode Island’s Latino Community

Imagine getting to interview someone you admire who just happens to be one of your best friends! It was so much fun to interview Stella Carrera, an absolute pillar of the Latino community. I first met Stella over 30 years ago when she was a Vista volunteer at Progreso Latino, and I was a GED...
Arjona

A “Que Onda Con Donna” Voyage To The Sister City

I remember the excitement I felt when I first heard that Pawtucket was going to have a sister city in Colombia. I had been to Colombia several times, I knew several “Colombianos," and I learned a great deal of my Spanish from them. I wondered how this came about? Who is responsible? What city...
Juan Pablo Barrera

From Arjona to Pawtucket: Juan Pablo Barrera’s Journey of Perseverance and Triumph

Juan Pablo Barrera is like a child prodigy politician. He was born for the job; it's his purpose in life. I first met Juan Pablo in Pawtucket's political circles. Initially, I knew he was a Colombian immigrant, and as I got to know him, I realized there was so much more to his story. I...
Ana Quezada

Ana Quezada, a Strong Supporter of the Latino Community

I actually met Ana Quezada at several community events before she ever entered politics. Our paths again crossed on the campaign trail when she was running for the Rhode Island state Senate. I knew she had a tough fight ahead of her, but Ana Quezada is no stranger to a tough fight. She ran...
ivan rojas

Ivan Rojas and his Extraordinary Journey to Today

What feels like 100 years ago now, but was probably more like 10 years ago, I met Ivan Rojas in what was back then one of my favorite bars in the state: La Cabaña. I was a young lawyer trying to build a law firm and trying to have a good time every once in...
Joseph Molina Flynn

Joseph Molina Flynn’s Journey from Undocumented Immigrant to Immigration Attorney

The American Dream Joseph Molina Flynn was born in Medellin, Colombia, and he experienced the pain of guerrilla warfare of 1980s Colombia before coming to America. As a young boy, he always had a strong sense of justice. His mother and grandmother (always his North Star) said that he should be “the people's lawyer,“ but...
Ray Bird Rhode Island Colortyme

Colortyme’s Ray Bird: One of Que Onda Con Donna’s Angels

I liked my next guest the minute I met him. I remember it well. It was a beautiful, bright but cool October afternoon. We had both been invited to speak at a luncheon at the Marriott hotel hosted by our friends at Latina 100.3 FM. When I arrived, I was greeted by my good friend...
Manuela Raposo Rhode Island Welcome Back Center

Manuela Raposo Is Passionate About Finding Appropriate Jobs for International Professionals

But for the grace of God… I think of that saying often, and I thought of it while interviewing Manuela Raposo, my guest on Que Onda Con Donna. I always say that there are so many interesting, cool people living quietly among us who do such interesting and cool things. Manuela is one of them. I...
Victor Capellan

Victor Capellan: Making a Difference in Central Falls and Beyond

I had been hearing Victor Capellan's name since I first started paying attention to politics almost 30 years ago! His is one of those names that is always associated with “good," and always associated with “making a difference.“ His leadership skills were apparent as far back as his college days at the University of Rhode...
Julian Gil Que Onda con Donna

Telenovela Star Julian Gil Learned Perseverance from Being a Teen Dad

ENJOY AUGUST'S “QUE ONDA CON DONNA" ABOVE IF ONLY I WAS STRAIGHT, YOUNGER AND SINGLE... HOLY JULIAN! I am a 55-year-old lesbian, and I must admit that I had never heard of Julian Gil when I saw that he was coming to Providence as the special guest for PVD Fest. PVD Fest is an exciting music,...