Prominent Latino labor leader Héctor Figueroa has died at 57

Héctor Figueroa, one of the nation’s most prominent Latino labor leaders and a “champion for working people, minorities, the poor, the voiceless,” died of a heart attack Thursday night in New York, according to the union 32BJ.

He was 57.

Figueroa, a Puerto Rican, has been credited with reinvigorating the union — the nation’s largest property service workers union — and working to boost its relevance amid current trends that have seen an erosion in the numbers and clout of organized labor.

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Latin Artist on the Rise: Puerto Rican Urban Singer Lunay

Puerto Rico has given us a lot of musical talent, especially in the urban genre. And yes, a new artist is growing and his name is Jefnier Osorio Moreno, artistically known as Lunay.

At only the age of 18, Lunay has achieved what many others dream of. For example, seeing his name for the first time on the Billboard charts and having a song with Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny.

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Puerto Rican Hitmaker Jhay Cortez Doesn’t Need American Hip-Hop’s Approval

You already know Jhay Cortez. The Puerto Rican singer has been urbano’s secret hitmaking weapon for a minute; he’s credited as a writer on Billboard-charting singles like Anuel AA’s “Amanece,” Natti Natasha and Ozuna‘s “Criminal,” and Bad Bunny’s “RLNDT,” to name but a few. At least two of the biggest bilingual singles of the past couple years—Cardi B‘s “I Like It” and the Benny Blanco and Tainy’s team-up “I Can’t Get Enough”—benefitted from his work behind the scenes. And he’s been as essential to the stateside ascent of J Balvin as has the Colombian reggaetonero’s longtime producer Sky El Rompiendo. But in his mind, he’s still a kid in the studio, hungry for his own time to rock the mic.

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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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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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Tainy Recalls His First Date, Talks Being a Young Music Producer & More in New ‘Growing Up Latino’: Watch

Tainy’s résumé goes as far back as 2005, when he was one of the producers on Luny Tunes’ Mas Flow 2 reggaeton compilation album. Since, he’s worked with Wisin & YandelJennifer LopezPlan BSelena Gomez, J Balvin and, most recently, he dropped his collaboration with Bad Bunny on “Callaita.”

One of the things he’s most proud of is being a young music producer, and he thanks Puerto Rico for that. “Growing up in Puerto for me is a blessing,” the 29-year-old producer says in this week’s “Growing Up Latino” episode. “I know you feel proud wherever you’re born in, but it gave me my passion, which is music, and it gave me an opportunity to show what I can do: being able to do that at such an early age and being able to call myself a music producer.”

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These 16 Puerto Rican Women Are Redefining Art on Their Own Terms — and You Need Them in Your Instagram Feed

In this digital era, different forms of art have become more accessible for people all around the world. As a Puerto Rican, highlighting the local artists in my home is extremely important because it allows space for support and empowerment within the community. I spoke with 16 of these artists whose works span a diverse range of mediums, themes, and missions — from some it serves as an outlet for personal expression, activism toward a larger cause, or simply aesthetic purposes. Be sure to follow these amazing Puerto Rican women artists on Instagram, because we all could use some beautiful imagery and inspiration in our timelines.

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5 things to know about Madison Anderson, the new Miss Universe Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s newest queen has been crowned: meet Madison Anderson, 23, Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019. Madison, who will go on to represent la isla del encanto in the Miss Universe pageant, is a Florida native who was representing the municipality of Toa Baja at Wednesday’s event hosted in idyllic San Juan. Among the judges was Roselyn SanchezHOLA! USA’s June covergirl, and Cynthia Olavarría, Miss Universe’s 2005 first runner-up.

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Monica Puig Is Still Fighting For Puerto Rico, Two Years After Hurricane María

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.

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Bad Bunny Just Hits Different

Bad Bunny sounds tired on first “hello,” but his energy soon peps up. When we speak over the phone, he’s in the midst of wrapping up a U.S. tour, and a few nights earlier, he’d sold out Madison Square Garden. I ask how he feels about that milestone: “How do you think?” he replies. “Happy. Proud.”

The 25-year-old Puerto Rican trapero’s celebrity status exploded last year after a series of mega-hits, most notably “Mia” featuring Drake and “I Like It” with Cardi B and Colombian reggaetón star J Balvin, that charted high across multiple categories (the latter, of course, hitting number one on the Hot 100). In November, YouTube announced his placement as the third most played artist globally (just behind J Balvin, with fellow Puerto Rican artist Ozuna, who he also collaborates with, at number one).

In Puerto Rico, for a few years now, his music has been ubiquitous: Across the archipelago, any time of day, every day, the thick and booming, subtly garbled baritone of Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio — el Conejo Malo — can be heard blaring from a passing car, pouring out the doors of a bar, on the radio, floating along the beach or reverberating from a neighbor’s apartment. You can even hear it onstage at queer drag shows.

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