MalaCara’s Musical Short Expounds on the Everyday Struggle of Being in Quarantine in Puerto Rico

Everything about Puerto Rican rapper MalaCara’s latest collaborative short, musical film, Toque de Queda en Macondo, is real. Except, of course, that Macondo doesn’t really exist—it’s a fictional city imagined by Gabriel García Márquez, best known for its appearance in his book, One Hundred Years of Solitude. But today, says MalaCara, nee Nelson Monterola Trinidad, Puerto Rico feels more than ever like that fantastical, yet tragic place.

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TRAILER: Princess Nokia Makes Her Film Debut in Romantic, Coming-of-Age Film ‘Angelfish’

Nuyorican rapper Princess Nokia is making her feature film debut, but don’t expect her rapping moniker to appear anywhere in the credits for upcoming film Angelfish. For her first big screen outing, she’ll go by Destiny Frasqueri.

The change in credit speaks to the way Frasqueri wants audiences to see her acting work as removed from her more assertive and imposing music persona. There’s a softness to the Peter Lee-directed romantic coming-of-age film where she plays Eva – a young Puerto Rican woman who’s torn between her responsibilities to her family and her dreams, and Brendan (Jimi Stanton), an Irish-American man dealing with family problems of his own.

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Luna Lauren Velez crosses to the opposite side of the law in ‘Shaft’

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.

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‘The Last American Colony’: Documentary examines Puerto Rican independence movement

Jose Ramon Garcia calls it, in part, a story of redemption.

But it’s much more than that. It’s a story of an island with a fractured and painful history, and of a man with an Ivy League degree who decided to dedicate his life to winning independence for his native Puerto Rico — even if that meant armed struggle against the world’s most powerful nation.

“The Last American Colony” is a documentary film that builds its narrative around Juan Segarra, a Harvard University graduate from the early 1970s who later became a key figure in Los Macheteros (“The Machete Wielders”), a Puerto Rican guerilla group that in the 1970s and early 1980s led a direct action campaign — including the destruction of 10 U.S. military aircraft in Puerto Rico — in its efforts to win independence for the island.

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Watch Trailer for Devastating Portrait of Life After Hurricane Maria

Three Puerto Rican families displaced by Hurricane Maria struggle to rebuild their lives and return home in the trailer for the new documentary, After Maria. The 37-minute film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will arrive on Netflix May 24th.

After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, countless families were told by FEMA that their houses were too unsafe to live in, forcing them to relocate to transitional shelters set-up in various hotels in New York City.

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