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Afro-Latina Michelle Marie Colón Wins Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2021

History was made at the Miss Universe Puerto Rico competition when an Afro-Latina from Loiza was crowned. Afro-Latina pageant competitor Michelle Marie Colón from Loiza won the Miss Universe Puerto Rico competition, marking the first time a non-white woman will...
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New La Borinqueña Exhibit in San Juan, Puerto Rico Aims to Educate & Unite the Diaspora

As soon as I stepped through the door of Chocobar Cortés late in June 2021, I was met by a wall plastered with an image of the indy superhero La Borinqueña, created by Nuyorican graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, it was...
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The Real Story of Rum in the Caribbean & How it Ended Up in Puerto Rico

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
When people think of rum, they instantly think of the Caribbean. They go hand-in-hand and for good reason. Rum which is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane, was invented in the West Indies, which encompass Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic...
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The Significance of How Puerto Rico Honors Emancipation Day

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Puerto Rico’s Emancipation Day which is celebrated on March 22 each year, is notable for a few reasons. The first thing that comes to mind though is that it’s celebrated at all. Emancipation Day in Puerto Rico is the commemoration...
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Femicide in Puerto Rico: A History of Violence and Resistance

Raquel Reichard
HipLatina partnered with National Geographic in advance of its new show Trafficked featuring the trailblazing female journalist Mariana van Zeller who goes inside the world’s deadliest black markets. In this series on HipLatina, we take a deep dive into femicide and the...
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AOC and Residente Talk About Coronavirus, Puerto Rico on Instagram Live Chat

Araceli Cruz
Last night, Puerto Rican rapper Residente and Puerto Rican congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a fascinating bilingual chat about the coronavirus and how it’s affecting those on the island. Residente hosted the conversation (seen below) on his Instagram page and asked...
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Ricky Martin Is Heading to Puerto Rico to Join Local Earthquake Relief Efforts

Johanna Ferreira
Puerto Rico has been through a lot. The island experienced damages from a 6.4 magnitude earthquake earlier this month that resulted in serious damages. This came only two years following Hurricane Maria, which resulted in a death toll of over...