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Puerto Rican Artist Ponce Solo

Bienvenido, today I will be talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art world in the coming months. I am always touched and empowered by the stories of artists and powerful people in the art world and I wanted to use this opportunity to get to know what inspires others. For this first installment, I’d like to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friend and fellow Boricua, Ponce Solo. Please Meet Ponce Solo: La del vejigante First and foremost, I respect the privacy of my friends as many of them may prefer to be anonymize. Let me introduce him to you my friends. Ponce Solo, was born in Michigan and reborn in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He is a Montana-based artist that focuses his talents and his endeavors for the grater good of helping our people in the on going recovery in Puerto Rico, …

History Of The 4th Of July

Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4? The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June …

Anuel AA

Meet Anuel AA. Bryant Myers. Larry Over. Almighty. Unless you live on the island or closely follow the Puerto Rican rap scene, chances are you may not recognize the names of this new wave of trapstars. One name that’s garnered visibility over the rest is Anuel AA, whose digital popularity extends further than Puerto Rico. His videos on YouTube have reached upwards of 20 million views, while features on tracks like De La Ghetto’s sex jam “La Ocasión” have racked up nearly 200 million hits. You may not have heard his name, but the numbers don’t lie. Anuel’s popularity and fame have earned him a net worth of $3 million. Anuel AA, the viral Latin trap artist who was infamously arrested in 2016 on gun charges, is reportedly back in federal prison. In June 2017, the Puerto Rican rapper was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, after police found on April 3, 2016, he was arrested after leaving a nightclub called Tabaco & Ron Lounge San Juan, located in Santurce, Puerto Rico along with two companions, when the police stopped the vehicle in which …

Adoptee

Hola y Bienvendio! Today, I’m going to talk about what it means to be an adoptee. What is an adoptee you maybe wonder? For those of you who don’t know what that means it’s an adopted son or daughter. A person who was adopted as a child. Most of you don’t know this about me but now you do. Here is my story. Many people around the world are adopted and or have adopted a child. I was adopted at a very young age. Matter of fact, I was adopted @ the age of 5yrs old. Many adopted people don’t know they’re adopted or they know and simply don’t care. Kinda like my brother who was adopted @ 9mo, he knows but refuses to admit it. Which, is perfectly fine because he is Chicano and looks white like my adoptive parents. I on the other hand being Puerto Rican and Mexican have a darker skin tone and don’t quite fit in with my all white family. When I was younger, I remember my first day …

🇲🇽Cinco de Mayo🇲🇽

Bienvenido! Do, you know what Cinco de Mayo stands for or better yet what it represents? Most Americans use this Mexican holiday to drink get wasted and eat Mexican food. But, to be quit frank they have no earthly idea what it means to our Mexican heritage. I’m going to give you a quick history lesson for those of you who have no idea.  So, grab a seat and maybe a cerveza and prepare to have you mind blown. During the French-Mexican War (1861-1867), an outnumbered Mexican army defeats a powerful invading French force at the small town of Puebla de Los Angeles. The retreat of the French troops at the Battle of Puebla represented a great moral victory for the people of Mexico, symbolizing the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty against a powerful foreign nation. Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo Though not a major strategic victory in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza’s victory at Puebla galvanized Mexican resistance, and six years later France withdrew. Later that same year, Austrian …

Coqui

Coquis reproduce year-round in Puerto Rico, but breeding activity is concentrated in the wet season. This species utilizes internal fertilization and like other eleutherodactylids, the fertilized eggs undergo direct development, rather than passing through a free-living larval (tadpole) stage, which means the parents don’t have to lay their eggs on water, as it happens with other amphibians. The “tadpole” stage occurs entirely within a terrestrial egg, rather than as a free-living larval stage, and adult features form directly, sometimes bypassing the stages normally present in tadpole ontogeny (Hung and Elinson 1996, Hanken et al. 1997). Thus, a tiny but fully functional froglet hatches directly from the egg. Coquis deposit 4-6 clutches of about 28 eggs each (range 16-41) per year, with a development period of 17-26 days. Males guard the eggs to keep them from drying out and remain in the nest for a few days after they emerge. The coquí is a very popular creature throughout the island and enlivens the evenings with its timid ko-kee from which it get its name. The coquies …

El Morro: Explore a 400 Year Old Fort

Bienvenido! I’d like to invite you to take another trip with me down history lane if you will. Last year as most of you are aware I visited home in August. Sometimes, you don’t really realize the importance of something until you go there and experience it for yourself so you can share it with others. This evening, I want to share with you a little about the El Morro and the important part it played in OSJ. As, I take you through the history of the El Morro I have posted pics that I took myself or had taken of me. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did putting it together for your viewing pleasure. In 1493, Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colon in Spanish) “discovered” Puerto Rico and claimed it for Spain. A little known fact is that Columbus called the whole island San Juan, in honor of Saint John the Baptist. Puerto Rico (puerto = “port” and rico = “rich”) was the name given to what is known today as the …

Castillo de San Cristobal

Go Back in Time 225 Years at Fort San Cristobal Bienvenido! I’d like to share a lil bit of our rich Puerto Rican heritage with you. As, most of you know Puerto Rico is known for our beautiful people, gorgeous beaches, and oh so tasty food. But, do you know the real history behind our country? Allow me, if you will to take you back in time way before we were considered part of the US Territory. Fort San Cristobal is often considered the other fort in Old San Juan. For reasons that I can’t fathom, people flock to El Morro and rarely visit Fort San Cristobal. Maybe, because they think it’s just one huge fort. But they don’t know what they’re missing – I think it is a definitely worth a visit! Some of you are probably still a little confused and maybe wondering what the El Morro is…..this mi amigos will be a later post. Lets slip a little deeper into the past that makes up our history. Puerto Rico is the easternmost …

Welcome To La Perla Puerto Rico

Bienvenidos! Welcome to the Pearl, also known as La Perla Puerto Rico. I know what you’re thinking….La Perla isn’t somewhere you want to visit. Most people think of it as just a poor barrio that used to be known for drug dealing. Most tourist are afraid to walk around OSJ because of the proximity of La Perla. Some feel it is like being afraid to wander around New York’s Lower East Side because the area contains public housing projects. There are neighborhoods like this on many islands….and many tourists would be afraid to enter those, too, I imagine. You will not accidentally enter the area….it looks quite different than the rest of OSJ. I’m so sick and tired of hearing people trash the name of La Perla Puerto Rico. To be very blunt if you’re scared go to church! Or, better yet if you’re that scared stay home on the comfort of your couch! Puerto Rico, isn’t for everyone. People, are so fearful of what they don’t know. Most people think that just because one …