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Laurie Hernandez is making history at just 16 years old!! The New Jersey native is the 1st U.S.-born Hispanic athlete to make the U.S. women’s gymnastics Olympic team since 1984👏🏽 🇵🇷🏅


**not my gifs @mustafinesse**

*source: http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/who-laurie-hernandez
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Puerto Rico Mourns Losses in Club Shooting
Eduardo Pacheco wrote the names of every person killed in an Orlando nightclub on a bright green poster spread across the hood of a car, preparing for a vigil to the fallen. He stopped halfway, unable to go on as tears filled his eyes. Five of the names on the list were his friends, all...
By ABC News

Most of the 49 killed (a figure that could still go up with 53 wounded) were Latino. Nearly half were Puerto Rican. 

Orlando has one of the largest Puerto Rican populations in the US mainland. It’s been like that for a long time but it has grown dramatically in the last few years. If you’re fleeing the crippling economic crisis in Puerto Rico, you’re most likely moving to Orlando. So many of the people I grew up with on the Island now live in Orlando. It’s a massive exodus.

And it’s the same story as always: moving in search of a better life, a happy life, a fair shot at life. To meet such a horrifying end in that search is incomprehensible.

All my love to my Boricuas, mi gente, mi familia. All my love to Latinoamérica. All my love to my LGBT brothers and sisters. All my love to the victims and their families. Love will win, love will fucking win.

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Lin-Manuel Se Compara Con Un Pokémon en Puerto Rico (AP):

Lin-Manuel Miranda se comparó en broma con un Pokémon raro mientras los admiradores lo perseguían con celulares el miércoles durante una visita a Puerto Rico, de donde son originarios sus padres, poco después de terminar su temporada en el exitoso musical de Broadway “Hamilton”.

La gente lo ovacionó cuando prometió que llevaría su musical, galardonado con 11 premios Tony, a la isla, y agregó que le gustaría convertirlo en una película en el futuro cercano.

“¡Seré su Hamilton!”, dijo con una gran sonrisa al llegar a la ciudad norteña de Vega Alta, donde pasó los veranos de su infancia junto al mar vendiendo helado, comiendo aguacate y convocando a sus vecinos para que actuaran en sus comedias.

Lin-Manuel Compares Himself to a Pokemon in Puerto Rico (AP):

Lin-Manuel Miranda jokingly compared  himself to a rare Pokemon while fans chased him with cell phones on Wednesday during a visit to Puerto Rico, where his parents came from, shortly after finishing his time in the successful Broadway musical “Hamilton.”

The people applauded him when he promised that he would bring his musical, winner of 11 Tony Awards, to the island, and added that he would love to adapt it into a movie in the near future.

“I will be your Hamilton!” he said with a big smile as he arrived in the northern city of Vega Alta, where he spent the summers of his childhood by the sea selling ice cream, eating avocado, and gathering his neighbors to act in his shows.

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nbcnews.com
There's a Puerto Rican Superhero and She Can Fly
Meet La Borinqueña, Marvel Comics' Puerto Rican superhero who discovers she can fly when she visits Puerto Rico.

“She is a patriotic symbol of hope for Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. We don’t need to look outside of us for the power—we have it inside,” says La Borinqueña’s creator.

Wepa!

As Puerto Rican superhero makes debut, her writer brings ‘the power of our people’ to comics

“… Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez connected with the Latino comics-reading community by doing what he always does: Acknowledging his roots and applying it to his work, no matter the medium. As a result, many Puerto Rican institutions began contacting him, including the organizers of National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York; they told Miranda-Rodriguez they’d be excited to collaborate with him.

“All these cultural, educational, political organizations [that represent Puerto Rico] are reaching out to me? This is insane,” Miranda-Rodriguez recounted thinking — as Grandma Estela connected with readers.

So Miranda-Rodriguez gave the Puerto Rican Day Parade organizers an idea: Build a presentation during the parade based on a new Puerto Rican superhero.

“I pitched it to the parade and said: ‘What if we did an original comic book, and it was a collaboration between my studio [Somos Arte] and the parade?’ And they loved it,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. “It was something that had never been done before.”

So he set out to create a hero who would represent Puerto Rican culture and bring light to issues that weigh heavy on the minds of many in the Puerto Rican community…”

Keep reading at washingtonpost


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