Tennis player Monica Puig rose to international stardom when she became the first athlete — of any sport, and any gender — to win the gold medal for Puerto Rico at the 2016 Rio Olympics, beating the then-#2-ranked Angelique Kerber. For Puerto Ricans, the victory was not just an emotional symbol of the island’s ability to thrive as an independent entity, separate from the United States; it was a triumph of athleticism, and a testament to the island’s rich tennis culture.
A year later, Hurricane María devastated the island while Puig was competing in the Pan Pacific Open. Puig came back to assist in rebuilding and recovery efforts, raising nearly $200,000 through crowdfunding. Though Puerto Rico is now nearing its second year after the disaster, the island’s infrastructure still has not recovered as it prepares for the 2019 hurricane season. Today, voices like Puig’s are making sure that Puerto Rico is not forgotten.Continue Reading
Competing against larger-than-life superheroes in “Dark Phoenix,” a giant sea monster in “Godzilla” and exciting alien species in “Men in Black: International“, Puerto Rican actress Luna Lauren Velez says that she crossed over to the other side of the law in “Shaft” because she believes that the black action reboot will win over new fans this box office weekend.Continue Reading
Since its inception, reggaeton and Latin trap have been a traditional boys’ club. Newcomer Mariah, a Cuban-Puerto Rican artist from Miami, forms part of a new-age group of women in the industry, aside from pioneer Ivy Queen, aiming to disrupt the male-dominated business. In just a year, the 19-year-old catalyzed the genre’s disruption with female-driven anthems like 2018’s “Blah.”Continue Reading
We still have no idea about what’s going on with him and Rosalía, but while we wait for answers, Bad Bunny‘s shared a new single titled “Estamos Arriba.” The charged-up single, which features Myke Towers, finds the two Puerto Rican rappers from a height. Stream the track below.Continue Reading
Bad Bunny is killing it right now. The Puerto Rican Latin Trap artist has had a slew of singles on the Billboard charts since his breakthrough in 2017. He’s also currently riding high on two hit singles: “Caro” and “Callaíta.” Still, despite all of his achievements, the rapper recently revealed that it feels most people tend to focus on his nonbinary fashion choices rather than his music.
And he’s refusing to let it bother him one bit.
Paper magazine featured Bad Bunny on their digital cover and the artist spoke out against his haters that simply cannot accept his style.Continue Reading
LaLa Anthony is enjoying the New York City heat this weekend.
On Sunday, the newest 90210 cast member shared a snap of herself showing off her stunning curves on the day of the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. In the post, Anthony is standing outside on a balcony while wearing a two-piece bikini of the Puerto Rico flag. The actress is all smiles as she looks toward the sun in the photo. Anthony is also rocking neon yellow nails with matching toes. For accessories, the Power star is wearing a red hat and an ankle bracelet. To finish off the look, she is also wearing red lipstick. According to Anthony’s post, the photo was shot by photographer and art director Robert Ector.Continue Reading
People tend to sleep on the depth and beauty of Puerto Rico. Though the island is considered a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is far from American, and if you ever forget, the country’s proud people are quick to remind you. Don’t get it twisted!
The vibrant island has a distinct vibe, which is the result of a mashup of cultures–African, Spanish, French, Dutch and British blood pumps through the veins of the islands’ diverse population. The moment you land in Puerto Rico, the spirit of the island will move you and fill you with a feeling you won’t find anywhere else. From the swaying of the trees and the sound of the ocean, to the smell of fresh mofongo and the resilient voices of the people, all of this and more will make you feel right at home.
Visual storyteller Shade Bakare (@fola.shade) got to bask in the country’s wonders firsthand and judging by her photos, it was a mood and a moment. Check out her snapshots and get into the beauty of Puerto Rico.Continue Reading
Meet Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican rapper taking over YouTube. Bad Bunny is a trap rapper who is making waves in the Latin music world. His debut album, “X 100PRE,” scored the No. 1 spot on the Top Latin Albums chart this year. But it’s probably not the first time you’ve seen him. He’s worked with Cardi B on “I Like It” and “Mia” with Drake. And he just dropped his new song, “Callaita.” But Bad Bunny’s appeal extends beyond these star-studded music collaborations. He’s been instrumental in bringing Latin trap to mainstream American audiences while rapping mostly in Spanish.Continue Reading