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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...
Culture

13 Influential & Notable Latinx Caribbean-Americans Throughout History

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
June has been designated as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month since 2006 in the U.S. While it is certainly a lesser known month of recognition than Hispanic Heritage Month or Black History Month, it’s still  significant and worth celebrating. With Latin...
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Rita Moreno, Gina Torres, and Laurie Hernandez Are Leading the 2020 Tournament of Roses

Virginia Isaad
The 2020 Tournament of Roses just got a whole more Latinx. On Tuesday, it was announced that the 2020 Tournament of Roses co-grand marshals would be the 87-year-old EGOT winner Rita Moreno, Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, and actress Gina...
Culture

14 Taíno Words You Didn’t Even Realize You Knew

V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi
Taíno is an Arawakan language spoken by the Taíno, Ciboney, Lucayan, and Yamaye peoples of what is now Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and across the Caribbean. It was the first Indigenous language encountered by European colonizers, so...