Felipe Luciano

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Felipe Luciano (born c. 1947 in East Harlem, New York City, New York,) is an American poet, community activist, journalist, media personality, and politician. He is of Afro-Puerto Rican heritage.[1][2]

Luciano served time in prison for manslaughter[2] in the fatal stabbing of a Brooklyn teenager in the early 1960s. Following his release, he attended Queens College and became a member of the Original Last Poets (with Gylan Kain and David Nelson).[citation needed]

He and five other members co-founded a New York branch of the Young Lords (later this group changed its name to Young Lords Party). Their local legal counsel was a young Jerry Rivers (now known as Geraldo Rivera) and served as its chair. The Young Lords as a movement began in Chicago and spread nationally. It was founded by Jose Cha Cha Jimenez who transformed the original group from a gang. It developed politically because the Puerto Rican community in Chicago was being gentrified and families were being displaced.The Young Lords Party in NYC was a branch which sprouted from within the Young Lords Movement.The New York branch was formed primarily as a student political movement. It later coalesced with several other New York branches of the national Young Lords to form a New York Regional Chapter.[citation needed]

Luciano later became a radio, television, and print journalist,[citation needed] and became President of Luciano Productions, Inc.[citation needed]


  • 1971 - Right On!: Poetry on Film (Original Last Poets; directed by Herbert Danska)
  • 1973 - Badge 373 (directed by Howard Koch)
  • 1979 - Salsa: Latin Music in the Cities (directed by Jeremy Marre)
  • 1994 - It Could Happen to You (directed by Andrew Bergman)
  • 1996 - Palante, Siempre Palante (documentary on the Young Lords; directed by Iris Morales)
  • 2006 - Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas! (I'm Boricua, Just So You Know!)
  • 2009 - Latin Music USA (Episode 2)
  • 2015 - Rubble Kings (documentary directed by Shan Nicholson)

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  1. ^ Kareem Fahim (August 21, 2001). "Barrio Match: Reed vs. Luciano". The Village Voice.
  2. ^ a b Ojito, Mirta (1997-08-24). "One Man's Journey To Police Adviser". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-03.

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