Talking with Rosie Perez

Talking with Rosie Perez

There are 48 comments on the story from Jun 7, 2006, titled Talking with Rosie Perez. In it, reports that:

Rosie Perez wants you to know she was a nerd - 'a cool nerd,' as a teenager. The Academy Award-nominated film and Broadway actress, who began her career first as a dancer and choreographer, downplays any ...

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Herminio Maldonado

New York, NY

#1 Jun 11, 2006
I would like to know if Ms. Rosie Perez could help me locate my biological father in Puerto Rico. I have not had contact with him in over 40 years.
I thank you for your time and consideration.
Respectfully yours,
Herminio Maldonado
Alba Barreto

Foster City, CA

#2 Aug 31, 2006
Hola Rosie,
I was raised in The Lower EastSide , NYC. I was very active in the Episcopal Church, St. Augustines, and was a caretaker(babysitter) for Nick Chinlund. I knew his family well, and now reside in San Francisco, CA. "Soy Boricua, pa que lo sepa." I now work for UCSF, in San Francisco, CA. as a Clinical Research Coordinator for a national study on Women and HIV. I have tryed to find a way to communicate with Nick, and learn of his parents and sister. Perhaps, you can assist me in this process? I would also like to be able to speak or email you about your recent Documentary?. Esto no es un chiste, pero pura verdad! Por favor,contact me. Thank-You, for the attention given this request. Alba

Salem, MA

#3 Sep 5, 2006
Hey Rosie, Just wanted to wish you a very Happy
Birthday (Sept 6). Hope you get a chance to come
up to the Boston are sometime. I'm a Yankees fan
in the middle of Red Sox natio. Ayuda me, please.
Frankie Medina

Woodstock, GA

#4 Sep 10, 2006
I just saw the Documentary Yo Soy Boriqua. I am currently living near Atlanta but I just had to tell you how proud I was of you being behind such a project. As a native NewyouRican, My parents came from Puerto Rico during the forties and although I was born in NYC, I have always had that love in my heart for La Isla Bonita. Seeing your show brought tears to my face but not from pain or pity or disgust, it was all Pride. Thank you again and if you are ever in the area, please drop by.

Mary Rivera

Cranberry, PA

#5 Sep 18, 2006
Hello Rosita!Ijust wanted to let you know I am such a fannnnnnn!!!! You were great on "White Men Cant Jump".
Mary Rivera

Cranberry, PA

#6 Sep 18, 2006
I love you
Milton Nazario

Hollywood, FL

#7 Sep 27, 2006
Hello Rosie
I just have to speak to you I have some great ideas to share with you. I am a big fan boriqua born in Manhattan and raised in the boogie down Bronx. I want to thank you for representing Puerto Rico., and we need to fight for a national holiday for Pedro Campos
Please contact me at [email protected]
love you

Algonquin, IL

Herminio Maldonado

New York, NY

#9 Oct 6, 2006
Hello Rosie,

I'm not writing this letter to get finanical help from you and anyone else, but it looks like you're not interested or too busy to help someone who needs to locate a lost relative that is perhaps still alive and well in Puerto Rico.

Please don't be offended for this is not my intent, but I need someone with alot of knowledge of the island with contacts and resources of information that can help me to locate my father, Herminio Maldonado, born January 12, 1942. I was in three foster homes. I was abused in two of them. I have not seen my father in over 40 years and I still believe that he is alive. I just can't find him because I do not have his second last name.

To know more about me, I would like to bring you to my past:

I was born Herminio Maldonado in 1961 in
Brooklyn, NY

Abandoned by my parents because they split.

Went to three different foster homes where I was physically abuse in one and my body bears the evidence with scars in my face and back.

I tried to committ suicide when I was eight year old because I was depressed and miserable at that age.

With low self esteem, I became a drug addict in NYC and lived in the streets.

I was homeless for at least 10 years, then I was convicted for drug sales in 2000.

Spent 2 years in prison changing my thinking and getting therapy for my mental illness.

In 2002, I got on Work Release, then Parole. Parole satisfactory discharged me in 2004 and I began a Forensic Peer Specialist training program in Harlem that helped completely change my life.

I help others like myself to change their lives from meaningless to purposeful. I encourage everyone to believe in themselves. I worked for the Bronx TASC Mental Health Unit for 2 years and now I work as a Peer Counselor at the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Unit.

I have been drug-free for more than 6 1/2 years. I'm a consultant and member for the Policy Research Associates, NAMI, Urban Justice Center-RIPPD organization, I volunteer to facilitate Double Trouble groups for people with dual diagnosis.

I'm in part in the Voice Award winning documentary "Legacy Of The Harp" and in "Chronicles Of Hell".

I make presentations about mental health issues, barriers and success stories. My next presentation will be in the Alternatives 2006 conference in the Portland Marriott Downtown in Portland, Oregon from October 25-29, 2006. My presentation will be on October 27 from 7-9 pm.

Please respond to this e-mail as soon as possible.

All I need is someone to help me find my father, whether he is alive or dead.

Please help me.

Herminio Maldonado


#10 Oct 25, 2006
Hello Rosie
I was born & raised in the South Bronx - Always been a fan of yours. I've heard so much about your documentary Yo Soy Boriqua but I didnt have the pleasure to see it. Will it hit video anytime soon? If it all ready is please let me know where I can get it. Thanks.

Bethpage, NY

#11 Oct 25, 2006
I don’t think that Rosi is going to answer you because this place is a Forum. People here just write comments and express their feelings. It will help you to contact Registro Demográfico with the date. If will also help you if you can find out where were he born (Municipio).
Good Luck… and Stay Up…
Joseph Verschaeve

Allendale, MI

#12 Nov 1, 2006
Dear Rosie,
Please accept the heartfelt gratitude of myself and my students studying the minority and ethnic relations (soc 382) at Grand Valley State University for your tremendous documentary, Yo Soy Boricua Tu Lo Sepas. Your colleagues and you have given one of the finest gifts to people everywhere! Telling the story of the Puerto Rican immigrant exposes the deep cultural wound cut by discrimination while providing the healing that understanding can bring. This documentary tells the specific story of your family in a way that allows all people to see or imagine themselves as a part of the story. This is one of the very few times in my teaching career that I have had to hand out kleenex. Please know that you have nany friends in Michigan that are better for having seen this very fine work! I'm very proud of you.


Joseph Verschaeve
Department of Sociology
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Sam Greco

Chester, SC

#13 Nov 9, 2006
I don't know if these letters actually make it to Rosie.... We attendend Jr. High School together in Wappingers Falls, NY. Rosie was mentioned on an alumni website so I thought I'd look her up. I remember shortly after high school bragging how I knew someone in the movies!!! We're proud of those who make it from a small town!!!
Rachel Leung

Decatur, GA

#14 Nov 28, 2006
Dear Rosie, I don't know if you will get this. I know your a busy woman but when you have a chance I would like you to know that I am thankful for "YO SOY BORICUA". I just watched your documentary and being a puertorican-american 25 year old woman in Atlanta I was proud to see this on tv. I think you reached our puertorican youth-They need to see how it really went down. We need to take advantage of our education. I hope that some American families learned and saw this on TV. We need to make this part of our american culture. We are part of the American quilt. I have a 19 month old daughter, and will pass on our history. Thank you Rosie- keep on doing what you do.
puerto rican foundations

La Habra, CA

#15 Jan 8, 2007
hello rosie,
my name is andrea and i'm a "cali-rican" :) my parents are originally from NY but my dad was born in PR. my family all sat down to watch your documentary and i was personally very impressed and satisfied with the information and history it brought.

lately, i've been very interested in humanitarian organizations and one day i realized i didn't know of any of of these foundations helped give aid to the puerto ricans who are living in poverty. my mom brought your name up and thought maybe you would know. i am very interested to find out if there are any humanitarian organizations that are helping out puerto ricans, especially the children. i did find, tonight on the internet, the ricky martin foundation. well, if you know where i can get more information, i would love to know. it's something that i believe is being implanted in my heart. thank you..
andrea millan gutierrez
floraplum at hotmail dot com

Pleasanton, CA

#16 Jan 9, 2007
what happened to usher, spike lee, bobby brown, whitney houston, aretha franklin at the james brown funeral
Rosa Estremera

Elk Grove, CA

#17 Feb 9, 2007
Hi Rosie. I just want to say thank you for your work on "Yo Soy Boricua Pa Aue Que Lo Sepas." Your work has meant so much more than I can say. I am a "Califoriquena." My father was from Orocovis. How can we get copies of your documentary? I want send a DVD to my nieces and nephews so that they know more about their roots. Thank you again for your courage and sharing. Sinceramente,

Rosa Estremera
Elk Grove, California

Ric Ricland

“"Same as it ever was..."”

Since: Jan 07

Nashville, TN

#18 Feb 10, 2007
What the hell is this? Are you people nuts? First of all, what makes you think she reads this group? Second of all, Rosie hasn't had a good paycheck in years and probably won't ever see a good one again.

Third of all, she has about 1000 relatives in the Bronx who need help, so if she had some lose change -- which she don't -- what makes you think she would send it to you?

Dios Mio! I grew up with you Puerto Ricans and love you, but this is ridiculous.
ant jamaima

Oakland, CA

#19 Feb 11, 2007
she has the weirdest accent, she speaks trough her nose.
I will suggest to have a coach.
don't get roles that under mind your ability as an actress stop playing the poor woman, the batter wife, the maid, the slot.
instead play roles with characters that have some brain and some achivement.
the latinos have came a long way for you to be playing these little roles.

New York, NY

#20 Feb 20, 2007
Our Marketa on Moore Street may be in danger of being sold. Please have Rosie Mendez or an assistant contact me at [email protected] to discuss this outrage.


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