As some of you may know, I’m Puerto Rican. So today (June 8) is a pretty big day for me and Puerto Ricans everywhere. In honor of that, I’ve decided to put together a (admittedly not very good) masterlist of various notable Puerto Ricans and information about them, as well as some forms of media created by, and/or featuring Puerto Ricans (bolded means the person/thing is a favorite of mine). Most of these links are to Wikipedia articles for the sake of my time and sanity, but I greatly encourage you to seek out more information about these wonderful people! So without further ado, here goes:





Movies/TV Shows (that feature or are about Puerto Ricans)

Musicians (I took the liberty of linking to my favorite songs by some of the artists, just for fun)

Historical Taíno Figures


Some More Information

Also, why not take a trip down to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe or El Museo del Barrio to learn a little more about Puerto Rican history and culture (NYC specific)

Ann Friedman’s Disapproval Matrix for handling criticism is a thing of genius, not to mention essential internet-age literacy. She explains:

Critics: These are smart people who know something about your field. They are taking a hard look at your work and are not loving it. You’ll probably want to listen to what they have to say, and make some adjustments to your work based on their thoughtful comments.

Lovers: These people are invested in you and are also giving you negative but rational feedback because they want you to improve. Listen to them, too.

Frenemies: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you. Dishonorable mention goes to The Hater Within, aka the irrational voice inside you that says you suck, which usually falls into this quadrant. Tell all of these fools to sit down and shut up.

Haters: This is your garden-variety, often anonymous troll who wants to tear down everything about you for no rational reason. Folks in this quadrant are easy to write off because they’re counterproductive and you don’t even know them. Ignore! Engaging won’t make you any better at what you do. And then rest easy, because having haters is proof your work is finding a wide audience and is sparking conversation. Own it.

The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you.

Complement with Benjamin Franklin’s trick for neutralizing critics, Daniel Dennett on how to criticize with kindness, and Anne Lamott’s definitive manifesto for handling haters.

People had a real problem with my disinterest in submission.

Alice Walker

Quote is from her film Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth, which I live tweeted and you can see those tweets in my Storify: Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth (Film). I love this quote since people immediately associate this with cishet Black male dominance in heterosexual relationships for Black women when she means shrinking herself in general. Not being a full person. She rejects the notion of that submission.

Her early life, writing life, activism, romantic relationships (with multiple genders), pleasures and pains of motherhood (though Rebecca isn’t in the film; I think her perspective on their difficult relationship in adulthood should’ve been there) and her perspectives on life were included. It’s really a poetic and interesting portrait of a remarkable and of course imperfect person, a full human being, a Southern Black American woman. Some of the most difficult areas discussed were how she moved into “fame” after The Color Purple (which is not her only book or first book; just most known) but faced intraracial backlash, her role as an oppressed person in the West but with a Western gaze on FGM and her early warmth but adulthood difficulties with her daughter. And visually? The film is really beautiful. Great mix of iconic images and motion. Music? Some Nina played so it was all good. 

Water is as precious in northwest India as the silver rattle that a woman fills from a pitcher to slake her child’s thirst. The problem: overpopulation, even in the Great Indian Desert, which averages 48 people per square kilometer—fifteen times more than most deserts support.

National Geographic - November, 1979

The Japanese Buddhist ritual of Sokushinbutsu self-mummification involved monks eating a special diet of nuts and seeds whilst taking part in rigorous physical activity that stripped them of body fat for 1000 days. For the next 1000 days, they ate only bark and roots and drank poisonous tea made from the Urushi tree. This caused vomiting, dramatic loss of bodily fluids and made their tissue poisonous to maggots. The monks then locked themselves in a stone tomb where they would not move from the lotus position, their only connection to the outside world an air tube and a bell. Each day they would ring the bell to signal that they were still alive. When the bell stopped ringing, the tube was removed and the tomb sealed. Then, after a further 1000 days, the tomb was opened and, if the mummification had been successful, the monk was said to be a Buddha and was displayed in the temple for viewing.

(Image via, photographer unknown.)