J Balvin And Bad Bunny Surprise Us With, And On, ‘Oasis’

In the world of English-language music, chances are that “new Oasis” means something very different to you than it does to the Spanish-language Internet. When the possibility of a joint album between two of the biggest names in urbano, J Balvin, the Colombian global domineer of 2017’s “Mi Gente” and longtime reggaetonero, and Bad Bunny, the 25-year-old face of Puerto Rican trap, became a reality back in September, it was a big deal.

Balvin confirmed to radio host Ebro Darden, who casually suggested a potential joint album, that he’d title the whole of their six or seven unreleased songs together Oasis — a word written the same in English and Spanish. Before long, Balvin and Bad Bunny were name-dropping Oasis on the outro to Jhay Cortez’s “No Me Conoce” remix. Cryptic Twitter teases ensued for months, until Oasis finally dropped today.

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Rising model Maria Al-Sadek ‘proud’ to inspire Muslim women

It’s the American Dream for the digital age.

Three years ago, Maria Al-Sadek was a college student living in Alabama. Now she’s a rising model, writer, stylist and influencer — working with brands such as Marc Jacobs and ­Armani Beauty — who lives in Brooklyn. She also boasts more than 400,000 followers on Instagram.

“I’m just exploring all the things I like to do,” the 27-year-old, who posts under the handle @MariaAlia, told The Post.

The daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and Palestinan-immigrant father, Al-Sadek wasn’t used to seeing many people like her growing up.

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Jennifer Lopez’s Career Is a Portrait of Her Puerto Rican Pride

As recognizable as J.Lo‘s become, the mixed reactions to her Motown tribute at the 2019 Grammys underscored the fact that not everyone’s in complete agreement about her racial identity—and the fact that it’s technically none of their business did nothing to stem the tide of Tweets and Reddit threads debating the issue.

That Jennifer Lopez is not a Black woman is a fact nothing (save for a surprising 23andMe result) could call into question. But whether she’s white is another matter entirely.

So, what is Jennifer Lopez’s race? Any attempt to answer that question has to start with the difference between “race” and “ethnicity.”

Jennifer Lopez was born and raised in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx, a borough of New York City. Her family came to New York from Ponce, Puerto Rico’s largest city after San Juan. Puerto Rico is an unincorporated U.S. territory.

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“She’s Gotta Have It” Cast Celebrate Puerto Rico

Spike Lee’s movie “She’s Gotta Have It” has been rebooted! It is now a show on Netflix with leading Latino talent including rapper Fat Joe and Hamilton actor Anthony Ramos.

Ramos who plays Mars Blackmon and Fat Joe joined show writer Lemon Anderson to share a meal and swap stories on all things Puerto Rico and Puerto Rican. In true New Yorker style the trio held nothing back during their conversation. They reminisced on their Puerto Rican roots, bringing old and new actors together, and their experience filming on the island. Above all, it was a celebration and love fest for their ancestral home of Puerto Rico.

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The Tragic Death of Gamer David Hance, AKA “Allied,” World Smite Champion

To his mother, David Hance was a shy, nerdy Puerto Rican kid from the Bronx who had an unhealthy obsession with video games. To everyone else, he was Allied—a world-class esports champion, whose boisterous live-streams garnered thousands of views. For years, Hance navigated these disparate identities with ease. But then, at age 24, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.

In a new documentary from The Atlantic, Hance’s family undergoes the emotional process of reconciling the David they knew with his secret identity—a professional gamer and tragic hero, beloved by a large online community.

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On A Mission To Help Puerto Ricans Return To Hurricane-Ravaged Homes

When actor Ramón Rodriguez was in the midst of filming episodes of Showtime’s The Affair in September of 2017, Hurricane Maria was devastating Puerto Rico, where his father and other family live in the island’s mountain town of Orocovis.

He turned to a childhood friend and New York City firefighter, Joseph Gonzalez, part of an all-volunteer band of roofers, carpenters, police officers and firemen already on the island providing aid through the non-profit HEART 9/11 (Healing Emergency Aid Response Team). “He saw I was desperate to help,” says Rodriguez.

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La Vida Voices: Manny Colón of the Miami Marlins

Manny Colón’s job is literally about dealing with the baseball life as Director of Team Travel for the Miami Marlins. His daily work responsibilities include handling the logistics of travel, accommodations, and equipment transfer.  The fewer complaints heard from Marlins players, coaching staff, or front office personnel, the better Colón is doing his job.

Colón has lived his own baseball dream of reaching the big leagues. He was born in Fort Ord, California, and raised in Tennessee to Puerto Rican parents who shared their love of baseball and all things Roberto Clemente. The realization as a high schooler that he likely wasn’t going to make it on the field as a major leaguer led him to have front office aspirations.

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