Felipe Luciano

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Felipe Luciano (born c. 1947) 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 co-founded the New York chapter of the Young Lords (later called the Young Lords Party in New York), whose legal council was a young Jerry Rivers (now known as Geraldo Rivera) and served as its chair. The original Young Lords in Chicago developed because their Puerto Rican community was being gentrified.The Young Lords Party in NYC which originated within the Young Lords Movement, reportedly began as a student political movement that later coaleasced with several other New York branches of the Young Lords to form the New York Regional Chapter.[citation needed]

Luciano later became a radio, television, and print journalist, and won several awards[citation needed]. He is President and founder 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)


  1. Kareem Fahim (August 21, 2001). "Barrio Match: Reed vs. Luciano". The Village Voice.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ojito, Mirta (1997-08-24). "One Man's Journey To Police Adviser". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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