Puerto Rican rappers Calle 13 are set to be honoured by New York City officials. Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Jose Cabra Martinez will be feted by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for their social justice efforts ahead of Sunday's (08Jun14) Puerto Rican Day Parade, which Joglar will lead.
Mark-Viverito tells Buzzfeed.com,"I approached (de Blasio) and told him I would like to jointly host (the reception at the mayor's official residence of Gracie Mansion) since I'm the first Puerto Rican in (my) position."
She adds of Calle 13, "I believe when you have a level of notoriety or a prominent position it's important when you're not afraid to express an opinion, especially the way they challenge through their lyrics. They speak out against injustice and issues that others may shy away from. I may not agree with them on everything, but the fact that they even dare to challenge people is good."
Joglar admits he is honoured to be recognised and is looking forward to hosting the parade.
He says, "I am proud to have been chosen to preside over the Puerto Rican Day parade in New York. This is a celebration that permits us to come together to honour our culture and celebrate our nationality and identity."