Jennifer Lopez repainted by artist Noel Cruz

[can we talk Art for a minute, though? because that’s a really good description of what happens when Noel Cruz (noeling on dA) re-paints a doll. on the Left, you see the “factory” faceup on the “Red Carpet Jennifer Lopez” doll from Mattel (her original hairstyle is actually a high “sock bun” style).  On the right, her hair has been re-styled & her face has been re-painted in a super-realistic style. AMAZING!!!! —MOD]

Quise pensarte
Quise quererte
Cuando ya me había ido
Cuando el frio me corre por las venas

Cuando la soledad me arropa
Cuando me siento sola entre ciudades
Yo vuelo en un instante y vuelvo a ti

Tan pequeña, tan bella, mi isla, mi dueña
Donde el cielo siempre desborda calores
Montañas, aromas, café, donde cantan los ruiseñores

Tú recorres sus playas y vez mil colores
Siempre hay fiesta y siempre existen mil razones
Pa sentir el pecho grande
Al decir que yo he nacido allí

Hice mil viajes
Vi con mis ojos un cielo tan abierto
Y sentí que me ahogaba un sentimiento

Pensar en volver a tus brazos
Escuchar el acento de mi pueblo
Las cosas tan sencillas que no vendo

Tan pequeña, tan bella, mi isla, mi dueña
Donde el cielo siempre desborda calores
Montañas, aromas, café, donde cantan los ruiseñores

Tú recorres sus playas y vez mil colores
Siempre hay fiesta y siempre existen mil razones
Pa sentir el pecho grande
Al decir que yo he nacido allí

Oh…

Tan pequeña, tan bella, mi isla, mi dueña
Donde el cielo siempre desborda calores
Montañas, aromas, café, donde cantan los ruiseñores

Tú recorres sus playas y vez mil colores
Siempre hay fiesta y siempre existen mil razones
Pa sentir el pecho grande
Al decir que yo he nacido…
Que yo he nacido allí

The nation’s history books do not document our achievements, tell us our history, nor our genealogical roots. Puerto Rico is left out of classrooms despite being colonized by the U.S. more than a century ago. In fact, studying about ourselves has become illegal within classrooms in Arizona; and Texas and Tennessee are trying to mythologize our nation’s history by extracting the word “colonization” from all of their history textbooks.
—  Dana Torres in Latina/os and the Façade of Whiteness | La Respuesta

Man I swear some Hispanics forget they’re Hispanic just cause their nose is straight, or their eyes are light, or they sometimes get compared to their dead Spaniard great-grandmother. You can have all the opinions you want, but some other racist person with lighter skin or straighter hair or a whiter pedigree is going to look at you and treat you with all the same prejudice you have against others. Get over yourself. Let the prestige of protecting what little “raza blanca” you have left in your blood die. Congrats on being no more or less a mutt than the rest of us. Que se muera ya la exaltación de tus raices Españolas. Acknowledge them, but stop glorifying them already.

The Borinqueneers were men who gave the United States everything and owed it nothing, and the same can be said for the Puerto Rico. As an unincorporated territory of the United States under the plenary powers of Congress, Puerto Rico is the exclusive property of the federal government. People may point to the amount of investment the United States government would have to put into Puerto Rico in order to bring the island up to code, so to speak (it’s twice as poor as the poorest state), but Puerto Rico’s failings are the failings of Washington, which has made Puerto Rico what it is today: crippled and dependent on government largesse.
—  Hector Luis Alamo, Jr. in The Borinqueneers and the Case for Puerto Rico’s Independence | La Respuesta
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