Yes, You Can Visit Puerto Rico! Here Are the 6 Places You Can’t Miss

Two years after category 4 Hurricane Maria devoured Puerto Rico, the country is finally getting back on its feet. I saw the destruction first-hand as I lived on the island when it happened: collapsed infrastructure, snapped billboards, blue tarps covering homes that had lost their roofs, fallen trees blocking major roads. It seemed like a scene straight out of the apocalypse.

However, regardless of all the obstacles we had to rebuild the island, including the lack of funds from the federal government and all negative press not only toward the country but also its people, Puerto Rico rose from the ashes like a phoenix. The greenery bloomed stronger and better than before, and red and yellow flamboyanes cover the streets and shade Puerto Ricans from the eternal Summer sun.

Historical monuments and public spaces, like our stunning beaches and recreational parks, were quickly rehabilitated, and tourism was highly encouraged to help bring Borinquen back to life. Wherever you go, you’ll see a painted Puerto Rican flag, a symbol of the resilience and strength of our people, and if you don’t take a picture with one of them, were you even in Puerto Rico?

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Bad Bunny, Khalid & More To Headline Apple Music’s ‘Up Next Live’ Series: See Full Lineup

Bad BunnyDaniel CaesarKhalidAshley McBryde, King PrincessLewis Capaldi and Jessie Reyez are confirmed to perform at Apple Music’s Up Next Liveseries, the platform confirmed on Monday (July 1). Each artist will perform for fans in one city, for one night only. 

Up Next Live will kick off on July 9 with Puerto Rican trap singer Bad Bunny at Apple Piazza Liberty in Milan and will wrap up on August 23 with Khalid’s performance at Apple Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. The full schedule is listed below.

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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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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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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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