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Historia de Afro Puertorriqueños

While Puerto Ricans are unapologetic in their pride, some tend to downplay their African ancestry. The truth is, Puerto Rico as we know it wouldn’t exist without the cultural influences of African tribes. The racialization of Puerto Rico as a Latin American/Caribbean archipelago and of Puerto Ricans as non-white should not deny the specificity of Afro-Puerto Rican difference.   The Africans that came to Puerto Rico overcame many obstacles and particularly after the Spanish-American War, their descendents helped shape the political institutions of the island. Their contributions to the music, art, language, and heritage became the foundation of Puerto Rican culture. Afrodescendientes boricuas is one such community, who are, at best – forgotten or ignored – and at worst – exoticized, feared, or even hated.   “Afro-Puerto Ricans have to look at themselves through the context of being Puerto Rican, because we are not straight up African.” Some African slaves spoke “Bozal” Spanish, a mixture of Portuguese, Spanish, and the language spoken in the Congo. The African influence in the Spanish spoken in the island can …

Wear Red Day – Friday, February 1st

Wear Red Day is here… Go Red with us! Do you know what you’re wearing on this year’s Wear Red Day? Show  off your favorite Red outfit, your cute Red shoes, stunning Red lipstick, or even your whole office showing off their Go Red spirit to help bring awareness to the number 1 killer of women – heart disease and stroke. Together we can save the lives of women we love by preventing heart disease and stroke. It’s a concept we can all get behind AND it’s also the theme of this year’s Go Red For Women Conference. Learn practical tips from local experts and survivors how you can reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Heart disease takes the life of every 1 in 3 women, in fact 41 women will lose their lives TODAY, due to heart disease and stroke.

Welcome To The Narcotech Factory

Buenos Tardes Mi Gente!! Bienvenido, today I will be continuing talking about what has inspired me as an artist and where I will interview other artists, art students, and people involved in the art & entertainment world and who are community activist 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. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores, Iris Toro, Bobbito Ross & El Vis Katari . Today, I want to introduce you to The Narcotechs.     In January 2016 a new movement was born as underground group MPIRE (artists Dax and Arc) joined forces with up and coming producer/MC, Doza The Drumdealer. These two Latino entities formed the NARCOTECHS in an attempt to revive the Latin hip hop sound in …

El Vis Katari Graphic Designer💻 & Revolutionary✊🏾

Buenos Dias Mi Gente!!   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 & entertainment world and who are community activist 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. Please Meet El Vis Katari: I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores, Iris Toro & Bobbito Ross. Today, I want to introduce you to mi hermano y amigo, El Vis Katari.   Elvis Katari, known for his revolutionary and sometimes controversial, public speaking was born and raised in NYC. Elvis constantly saw a divide between Borikuas in the Diaspora and Borikuas on the island. He saw a need for unification and …

🇵🇷Jess Designs Jewelry🇵🇷

Buenos Dias Mi Gente!! 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 & entertainment  world and who are community activist 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. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo & Iris Toro. Today, I want to introduce you to Jess Flores. Please Meet Jessica Flores: First and foremost, I respect the privacy of my friends as many of them may prefer to be anonymize. Let me introduce her to you my friends. Jess Flores, was born in New York raised in Chicago and reborn in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She is a Chicago-based jewelry artist that focuses …

Narcotechs Apparel Coming Soon

The inspiration for the brand was centered around Doza’s innovational view of Unity Of All Latinos Worldwide.   20% of all sales will go to the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.   Instagram is the best way to contact Doza, he will be taking orders for the clothing line starting March 1, 2019. Contact: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dozathedrumdealer/?hl=en  

Bobbito Ross Pa’lante, Siempre Pa’lante!!

Buen Dia Mi Gente!! “Pa’lante, Siempre Pa’lante” which means “Forward, Always Forward!” – Bobbito Ross 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 & entertainment  world and who are community activist 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. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores & Iris Toro. Today, I want to introduce you to mi hermano y amigo, Bobbito Ross. Bobbito Ross, also known as, Layzor Ghunnzz is an artist from Jamaica Queens, New York that brings an unique blend of culture, creativity, and spontaneity to his work. Ross, who goes by an English surname, actually is of …

Doza The Drumdealer aka Illy Colón Entrepreneur

Buen Dia Mi Gente!!         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 & entertainment world and who are community activist 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. Please Meet Doza The Drumdealer aka Illy Colón: I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores, Iris Toro, Bobbito Ross & El Vis Katari. Today, I want to introduce you to mi hermano y amigo fellow Taino, Doza The Drum Dealer aka Illy Colon.         Doza the Drum Dealer is a Brooklyn born producer/songwriter. His musical style isn’t limited to one genre in fact it can …

Triplevibes Radio – Doza The Drumdealer Radio Interview

Bienvenidos Mi Gente!! 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 & entertainment world and who are community activist 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. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores, Iris Toro & Bobbito Ross. Today’s topic of discussion, I’d love to take you & introduce you to mi Boriken hermano y closest amigo who is from Brooklyn, NY & is a talented singer – songwriter – clothing line designer, Doza The Drumdealer aka Illy Colon & The Narcotechs and take you behind the scenes of the music. Welcome To The League     Doza, was a guest …

Bobbito Ross

Buen Dia Mi Gente!! 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 & entertainment  world and who are community activist 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. I wanted to give credit to a few of the artists that have really impacted and inspired me. I started my interviews with my dearest friends and fellow Boricuas, Ponce Solo, Jessica Flores & Iris Toro. Today, I want to introduce you to mi hermano y amigo, Bobbito Ross. Bobbito Ross aka Layzor Ghunnzz is a Boriken from Jamaica, Queens. He was introduced to art while growing up in NYC, through cartoons and Graffiti. He is heavily influenced by those seeking equality for all human beings such as Roberto Clemente, The Young Lords, Black Panthers etc. This short …

Young Lords Club

Buenos Tardes Mi Gente!! 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 & entertainment  world and who are community activist 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. I wanted 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. Today, I want to introduce you to Iris Toro.   Please Meet Iris Toro: First and foremost, I respect the privacy of my friends as many of them may prefer to be anonymize. Let me introduce her to you my friends. Iris Toro, was born in Brooklyn and reborn in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. She is a Nuevo York-based artist that focuses her talents and her endeavors …

“We Are Still Here!” Indigenous Peoples March Is Heading to D.C. this Friday

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MARCH IN WASHINGTON, DC WILL OCCUR ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019 (DAY BEFORE THE WOMEN’S’ MARCH ON WASHINGTON) 8AM GATHERING LOCATION: BUILDING OF INTERIOR AFFAIRS 1849 C STREET NW, WASHINGTON, DC 9 AM PRAYER 10AM MARCH ROUTE: EAST ON C STREET NW , SOUTH ON 18TH ST NW CROSSING OVER ON CONSTITUTION AVE NW TO JFK HOCKEY FIELD (NATIONAL MALL) 11AM – 5PM RALLY LOCATION: 1964 INDEPENDENCE AVE SW, WASHINGTON, DC 20227 WEAR COMFORTABLE AND WARM CLOTHING BRING BLANKETS/CHAIRS FOR RALLY PORTION AND COMFORTABILITY REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE RAIN/SNOW OR SHINE NO CANCELLATIONS THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MARCH IN WASHINGTON DC IS A GRASSROOT EFFORT COMPRISED OF DOZENS OF INDEPENDENT COORDINATORS AT THE STATE AND TRIBAL LEVEL. THE EFFORT IS HELMED BY A COALITION OF ORGANIZATIONS, TRIBAL COUNCILS, ACTIVISTS, INFLUENCERS, MEDIA AND YOUTH LEADERS COMMITTEE TO MAKE SURE THIS MARCH IS A SUCCESS. THE PROGRAM ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019 WILL FEATURE VOICES FROM ALL INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND NATIONS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE INJUSTICES AFFECTING INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. ALSO TO BE FEATURING CULTURAL PRESENTATIONS OF …

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 1.18.19

Bienvenidos Mi Gente!! About this event on January 18, 2019 we are uniting Indigenous peoples across the world to stand together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting Indigenous men, women and children. Indigenous peoples from North and South America, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean are a target of genocide. “We march because we refuse to be silent!” “We march because we will not be forgotten!” “We march because our time is NOW!” Gathering in Washington, DC on this historic day will be influencers, trailblazers, leaders, media, artists, celebrities, and people that want to make a difference and believe that Indigenous rights are human and environmental rights. January 18, 2019 will be an epic and historic convening with united voices on a major platform which will be monumental and impactful and most importantly governments will be forced to listen and take notice that we as Indigenous people will not be ignored and that we are still here. “Does anyone here know why we celebrate the Indigenous People’s Day?” “Who knows who Christopher Columbus was?” Anybody?! …

Nuevo Ano 2019

feliz año nuevo 2019!! Bienvenido Mi Gente, It’s that time of the year again! New year is knocking on the door with just a couple of hours left before we enter 2019. The New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new calendar year. It falls on January 1, and is the day on which the year count of the specific calendar used is incremented. New Year, new resolutions and a fresh new start. Every year we pledged to learn something new, then why not start it from today.   “Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot,and auld lang syne?” If you’re like most people, you probably aren’t totally sure what you’re singing about when you join in for the group rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.” What do these words mean? “Auld Lang Syne” was originally a Scottish poem that was later set to music. The phrase “auld lang syne” translates literally to “old long since” in English and means something akin to “times gone …

Anuel – Dallas TX – Nov.9th

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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, …

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 …

50 Facts About Me

I think I ended up convincing myself that no one in their right mind would care to read about random things having to do with me. Recently, I re-visited the idea and I must have convinced myself (somehow) that someone may, indeed care to read random facts about me because well, I ended up writing a list of fifty. I figured if nothing else, it may help you get to know me a little more beyond just my lifesyle and beauty posts! I really want to build a relationship with my readers and that includes getting to know each other, right!? I am Puerto Rican and Mexican. Half and half, so I get the best of both worlds. I love Starbucks….my fav is Carmel Macchiato I’m a total believer of “a place for everything, and everything in it’s place”. Knowing my room isn’t clean/picked up annoys me to no end Although I don’t do it as much as I’d like, I adore traveling-everything about it! Packing, staying in hotels, seeing new places…more traveling, please! I …

Puerto Rican Mofongo Turkey Stuffing

Prep15min Total35min Ingredients8 Servings 8 8 Ingredients 12 ozs of bacon cut into fine pieces Save $ Frying oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 green plantains 4 mashed garlic cloves 1/4 cup green pepper 1/4 cup red pepper Salt and pepper to taste In a pan, stirfry the bacon in oil until crunchy, stirring it constantly to prevent over burning. Remove from heat and cook the onions in the same oil. 2 Peel the plantains and them into one-inch pieces. Fry until soft on all sides. Mash them with the garlic and place them in a bowl. Season and mix with the onions and bacon until unifom, add peppers and stuff turkey. 3 If you choose to serve as a side, keep warm until ready to serve. The onions and oil will keep it moist and prevent it from over drying.

Pumpkin Arroz con Leche

  15 min Total 30 min Ingredients 12 Servings 4 12 Ingredients 3 1/2 cups whole milk 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, ground 2 cloves 1 cinnamon stick 1 cup Arborio rice 7.5 ozs pumpkin puree 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup packed brown sugar Orange zest for garnish Pepitas for garnish 1 In a heavy saucepan, combine milk, salt, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon over medium heat. Bring to a slow simmer. 2 Add rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Let simmer, stirring occasionally until rice is tender; approximately 20 minutes. 3 Uncover and fold in pumpkin puree, sugar and vanilla until completely combined. Cook for 5 more minutes. Cover and remove from heat. Discard cinnamon sticks and cloves. Let cool. 4 To serve, garnish with orange zest and pepitas.  

Puerto Rican Coquito Cheesecake

  Prep 15 min Total 1 hr 15 min Ingredients 17 Servings 8 17 Ingredients For the coquito: 12 oz coconut milk 8.5 oz coconut cream 12 oz evaporated milk 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 cinnamon sticks 1 cup white rum (optional) For the cheesecake: 1 1/2 cups Graham crackers, ground 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour 1/2 cup condensed milk 1 cup coquito drink 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground clove 1/2 cup sugar For the coquito: In a blender, process all ingredients. You can make an alcohol-free version without rum. 2 For the cheesecake: Preheat oven to 350°F. 3 Combine ground Graham crackers with softened butter. Pour into a spring-loaded 7-inch mold and press firmly into the bottom to create the crust. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool. 4 In a blender, combine cream cheese, flour, condensed milk, coquito drink, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and sugar. 5 Pour into the mold and bake for 45 …

Puerto Rican Pastelon Lasagna

  Prep 30 min Total 1 hr 15 min Ingredients 12 Servings 6 12 Ingredients 6 ripe maduro 1/3 cup vegetable oil + 2 teaspoons 2 lbs ground meat 1 teaspoon dry oregano 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder (or to taste) Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons sofrito 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 seasoning package 1/3 cup green olives stuffed with pepper 1 cup quesillo or grated mozzarella cheese (optional) 4 slightly beaten eggs   Peel the bananas and slice them length-wise. 2 Heat up 1/3 cup oil in a pan and fry the bananas until they’re golden brown. Drain them on a paper towel and set aside. 3 In another pan, heat a tablespoon of oil and fry the meat until it changes color. Season with the oregano, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. 4 In another pan, use the extra tablespoon oil to fry the sofrito with the tomato paste, the seasoning, and olives. Add the cooked meat and finish cooking. Fix the seasoning if you think it’s necessary. Set aside. 5 Preheat the oven …

Pastelillos de Guayaba

INGREDIENTES 5 oz. de queso blanco ECONO 5 oz. de pasta de guayaba ECONO 1 pqte. de hojaldre para empanadas ½ taza de nueces tostadas PROCEDIMIENTO ¡Convierte tu cocina en una fábrica de sabor para tu familia! Aprende a preparar unos ricos Pastelillos de Guayaba y ¡disfruta el proceso! Calienta el horno a 400 �? F. Con un cortador de galletas redondo de 1¾ de diámetro, corta cuatro círculos en cada ronda de hojaldre (48 rondas). Divide los círculos que cortaste, equitativamente entre las bandejas de hornear forradas con papel de pergamino. Deja una pulgada de espacio entre cada ronda. Hornea hasta que estén ligeramente dorados y soplados (alrededor de 8 minutos). Con la parte de atrás de una cuchara pequeña, presiona hacia abajo los centros de los pasteles calientes (para hacer hendiduras). Coloca una pieza de queso blanco y de la pasta de guayaba, en cada hendidura. Hornea hasta que la guayaba y el queso estén suaves y derretidos, (alrededor de 8 minutos). Transfiere los pastelitos a la rejilla para enfriar. Deja reposar hasta …

Tarta de yogur, parecida al cheese cake 🍰🇵🇷

The story is that a long time ago on a small and enchanted little island, Guava met Cream Cheese. Guava noticed Cream Cheese first and was very taken with how smooth and understated he was, although Guava had heard that Cream Cheese could be a little sour on occasion. Suddenly Cream Cheese looked up and their eyes met. Cream Cheese couldn’t help but notice Guava because of her bright red dress. He walked across the room toward her with a smooth and seamless strut. Cream Cheese took Guava’s hand and introduced himself. She gave him a sweet smile. From then on Guava and Cream Cheese were inseparable. They were the perfect pair of sweet with a touch of sour, and they lived happily ever after. Ingredientes 150 gr. de galletas 60 gr. de mantequilla 3 yogures griegos sin azúcar 1 lata de leche condensada mermelada de fresas Un postre rápido y fácil de hacer, pues requiere pocos ingredientes, a la vez que económicos. Os lo recomendamos para aquellos que no seáis grandes amigos del queso …

Bacalaitos Puertorriqueños 🇵🇷🇵🇷🇵🇷

Como hacer bacalaitos Puertorriqueños https://youtu.be/db9C8JjSZTQ Ingredientes 1 libra de bacalao 1/4 pimientos rojos 1/4 cebolla cortada en pedacitos 1 mano de cilantro fresco 3 dientes de ajo fresco machacado 1 sobre de sazon con culantro y achiote 1 cucharadita de pimienta negra 3 tazas de harina de trigo sal al gusto o sazonador de sal 4 tazas de agua o agua dependiendo de como prefieras el bacalaito aceite para freir

Puerto Rican Guava Cheese Appetizer 🇵🇷

I tried this recipe and simply loved the flavor. The cheese and guava paste go very well together. For my guava and cheese recipe, I tend to use Extra Sharp Cheddar because it just gives this excellent flavor to my guava snack that makes you want to eat more and more! Now, let’s go check out these fabulous recipes, shall we?   5 minutes Ingredients ∙ Serves 20 Condiments 1 (22 ounce) can Guava paste Dairy 1(16 ounce) package Cheddar cheese, sharp Other 20Toothpicks Directions Skewer one cube of the guava paste and one cube of cheddar cheese on a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining guava paste and cheddar cheese cubes. Refrigerate until serving time.

In The Kitchen With Chrissy 🇵🇷

Arroz con Habichuela y Tostones 🤗Bienvenido!! Today, I want to share a recipe by my good friend Chrissy. This is an authentic easy to make quick delicious dinner. A little about Chrissy: “I’m from NJ but I was raised in Carolina PR because my parents are from there and I lived between Nj and Carolina PR until I moved to LA.” “I am a Puerto Rican Actress y Singer 🎭. In my free time I’m all about spending time in my kitchen, I love to cook 👩🏾‍🍳. It is actually one of my most favorite hobbies. Cooking is an art. The process of preparing a meal is creative, therapeutic and is a gift to those you share it with.” Below, I have written out everything you need to know and put on your grocery list to make these delicious recipes. I hope you will try them and that you enjoy them as much as we do making them and posting about them. Bien Provecho! Puerto Rican Beans (Habichuelas Guisadas) READY IN: 3hrs 15mins SERVES: 6 …

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 …

Boricua Hair & The Products We Love 🇵🇷💇🏻‍♀️💇🏼‍♀️💇🏽‍♀️🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenido! Today, I want to share with you Boricua hair and the products we use. Because hair is so entwined with our perception of beauty, it is the most easily manipulatable element of our physical self—one that best helps manifest also our internal self. This is perhaps why such a simple thing like hair matters to discussions of one’s personal identity. It’s been a serious issue for some Puerto Rican women whose confidence has been affected by society’s ideas of beauty. It’s been a powerful tool for others whose love for their hair grew hand in hand with the love for themselves. Some women like it and some women hate their hair. And some learned to love their hair and found in that transformation a freedom worth sharing. I interviewed two good friends of mine Jess and Chrissy, who are Puerto Rican. We talked about hair, about their personal stories, about loving their hair and about loving themselves. Here are their stories…and mine will be last. I’m going to start by sharing Jess’s …

🇵🇷@jessdesignsjewelry🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenido!! Today, I wanted to show off my Puerto Rican Pride by showing ya’ll these amazing pieces made by a Boricua for Boricuas like you and me. I recently got these amazing pieces from @jessdesignsjewelry from Instagram. She, is a reputable jewelry designer and makes amazing and beautiful pieces. Currently, she is working on putting her website together but in the mean time the best way to get ahold of her and order these exact pieces as well as amazing others is to contact her directly through email: JessDesignsJewelry@gmail.com Custom handmade jewelry made with much love, long hours and dedication to the crafting of such beautiful creations. Please, go to Instagram to check out her other beautiful and stylish pieces!

Puerto Rico The Long Road To Recovery 🇵🇷♥️🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenido! Welcome back friends and family as I attempt to update you on Puerto Rico’s long road to recovery. I want people to understand just what really is happening for our friends and family on the isla de Puerto Rico. I feel like you need to know the severity of the aftermath Irma left behind. Yesterday, President Donald Trump was to visit Puerto Rico along with the U.S. Virgin Islands to view Hurricane Irma relief efforts in the territories first hand. This is good, because he needs to see the real devastation and crisis that is really happening over there on the isla because we are part of the US whether we want to be or not. And, I feel as the president he should help my isla de Puerto Rico. The governor said that Puerto Rico will host about 3,000 victims of Irma from the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean countries that suffered a direct hit from what was then a e Category 5 storm. Pictured below is a little girl …

Puerto Rico Strong Update On What My Isla Is Doing Now 🇵🇷♥️🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenidos! I’d like to welcome you back today to update you on what is currently happening on my isla. Puerto Rico is truly made of strong people. We are survivors! SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Saddled with economic problems and its own damage from Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico is taking thousands of refugees from the U.S. Virgin Islands whose homes were destroyed by the storm, with a cruise ship carrying up to 2,000 more which set sail for the U.S. territory on Wednesday. Government-led missions have also been evacuating people from the islands to Puerto Rico. Some 1,200 mostly American citizens, have been carried from Saint Martin and Saint Thomas in six C130 aircraft, and more than 50 patients have been airlifted to Puerto Rican hospitals, officials said. Visibly shaken residents from St. Martin and the Virgin Islands arrived on Tuesday on U.S. military aircraft, bringing tales of terrifying winds and a breakdown of law and order. FAJARDO, P.R. — Puerto Rico, dealt only a glancing blow by Hurricane Irma, has become an …

🇵🇷Update On Puerto Rico After Hurricane Irma 2017🇵🇷

Hola y Bienvenido! In the past few days following the horrific hurricane Irma not much light has been shed on my beloved isla of Puerto Rico. Today, I’d like to give everyone an update on what is happening post Irma. As Hurricane Irma loomed larger and larger in the first days of September, there was much media speculation about when and how it would “make landfall” in the United States. We were told initially that the storm “posed a major threat to the Caribbean and potentially to the United States in the next week.” Later we were informed that it was likely to “tear across the islands of the northern Caribbean and potentially slam into the US by the weekend or early that next week.” Then headlines announced: “Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands; expected to hit US next week.” The problem with all this storm coverage—which has dominated broadcast, print and digital reporting for the better part of two weeks—has been a stubborn lack of precision regarding what is the United States. Everywhere was Florida …

🇵🇷Puerto Rico y Hurricane Irma 2017🇵🇷

Bienvenido! Today, I’d like to share with you my dedicated readers and friends the current situation of my beloved homeland my isla. Hurricane Irma’s wrath in the Caribbean left at least seven people dead and thousands of others without homes on Thursday and the vicious storm isn’t done yet with its sights now set on Florida. Three deaths have been reported from Puerto Rico. Winds blowing at 185 miles per hour for at least 24 straight hours, the Category 5 storm is said to be the strongest ever recorded in the open Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Irma plunged more than 1 million Puerto Rican homes and businesses into the dark, swamped homes and clogged roads with debris but didn’t appear to deliver widespread destruction to the Caribbean island as it roared offshore. The eye of the Category 5 storm, packing 185 mph winds, rumbled about 30 miles north of Puerto Rico, sending more than 6,200 people and 500 pets scurrying to shelters across the island. One million people were without power in Puerto Rico on Thursday …

Puerto Rico’s Hidden Treasure: Gozalandia San Sebastian

Bienvenido! I’d like to thank you for joining me as I take you on a quick tour of one of my islands most hidden treasures. Some call it heaven on earth it is so beautiful! What if I told you there’s a place in Puerto Rico that you’ve probably never heard of or read about? A place that’s so beautiful you want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming? It’s hard to imagine that there are still parts of Puerto Rico that are off the beaten path. But there are. And one of those places are the Gozalandia Waterfalls in San Sebastian, on the western side of Puerto Rico. Gozalandia or Las Cataratas or El RobleWaterfall in San Sebastian is sometimes called the secret waterfall even though it is actually on a couple of the official Puerto Rico tourism maps. I guess it is not that secret after all! The Double Waterfalls of Gozalandia, both an Upper and Lower Waterfall, make for one of the best waterfall trips in Puerto Rico. You won’t see signs for the Gozalandia Waterfalls …

🇲🇽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 …

Junio Eventos 2017

Calendar of Events This calendar contains a sampling of events scheduled across the island. All are open to the public. Most require no reservations. Many are free. You can plan on attending at least one of these events during your visit to Puerto Rico so that you can get a sampling of the culture. You will likely find local food and music at almost all of these events. And where there’s music, there’s bound to be singing and dancing! Double-check before going The dates and times in this list are accurate to the best of my knowledge. But dates and times sometimes change at the last minute without any notice. I suggest calling ahead to make sure that the event you plan on attending is actually being held as published. We have Lots of Holidays in PR I’ve also included a list of holidays observed in Puerto Rico. On some holidays (Good Friday comes to mind), the island virtually shuts down. If you’re planning on taking a tour or visiting an attraction on one of …

Visita Rio Grande, PR

Bienvenido! Welcome back on our tour through Puerto Rico! Today, I’d love to show you Rio Grande Puerto Rico. I’m going to try not to bore you to much with the whole history trip but I must say the history of Rio Grande is pretty awesome! Well, it’s an awesome place to visit! Rio Grande is pronounced (REE-o GRAHN-de) Ready or not here we go……Río Grande was founded on July 16, 1840, by Desiderio and Quilimaco Escobar, with the approbation of governor Miguel López. It was named after the Río Grande and is located where the Río Grande and the Río Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit) join. The Río Grande flag consists of two horizontal stripes of equal size united by a white triangle placed on the side of the mast. On the white triangle is a Puerto Rican parrot. The town was named after the great river that bathe its lands, Río Grande. Río Grande is located in the Northern Coastal Valley, only 30 minutes from San Juan. North of Las Piedras, Naguabo and Ceiba; …

Carolina PR

Bienvenido a Carolina Carolina is pronounced (kah-ro-LEE-nah) I’d love to take you on a quick trip to Carolina also known as “La Tierra de Gigantes” (land of giants), in honor of one of its inhabitants: Don Felipe Birriel, who was the tallest man in Puerto Rican history, with an unconfirmed height of 2.413 meters or seven feet eleven inches (7′ 11″). Grab a seat and grab something to sip on as I take you through the history of one of my fav spots in Puerto Rico. Carolina is also known as “El Pueblo de los Tumba Brazos” (arm hackers town), because in old days, it is said that people resolved their conflicts with a duel. Lorenzo Vizcarrondo founded Carolina in 1857. The city’s original name was Trujillo Bajo. It took on a new name when Don Gaspar Martínez, the person who donated the land to establish the municipality, requested that the town be called Carolina in honor of his daughter Carolina de San Juan. Carolina, town, northeastern Puerto Rico. Part of metropolitan San Juan, it …

Luquillo

Welcome to Luquillo Puerto Rico – Luquillo, Puerto Rico – The Sun Capital – Luquillo pronounced (loo-KEE-yo).  Luquillo is Puerto Rico’s best kept secret. Among the locals, it is known as “La Capital del Sol” (The Sun Capital) of the island and is a small, seaside town in the northeastern part of Puerto Rico. Luquillo was founded in 1797 by Cristóbal Guzmán. The town was named after the Indian cacique Loquillo, who died a few years after the last Indian rebellion in 1513. Luquillo is located in the northeast coats, northwest of Fajardo; and east of Río Grande. Luquillo sits on 12 miles of Atlantic coast and it has five main beaches. They are unique in that they form a long stretch of sand flanked by Palm trees that goes on for miles along the sunny Atlantic shore. One can literally walk with feet in the ocean for hours without obstruction. There are many well-known “luquillenses”, among them: sculptor Tomás Batista. If you return to or stay on the coastal highway, you’ll soon reach Luquillo Beach. This huge plantation …

La Parrilla Restaurant, Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Bienvenido! I’d like to introduce you to one of the most delicious restaurants in Luquillo PR. La Parrilla, is I’d have to say one of the best spots to get fresh caught seafood and very friendly service! When you walk into this restaurant you’re greeted very warmly and by large salt water fish tanks filled with the largest lobsters you’ve ever seen. Jajajajaja! They say everything’s bigger in TX, nah they haven’t been to Luquillo! The La Parrilla has the best and the biggest lobsters every seen, service is outstanding and I certainly can see why its rated one of the best in the Rio Grande area. Its a must go to and revisit restaurant for sure. This place was highly recommend to me. It’s located in a strip mall of small kiosks shops. I have nothing but amazing things to say about this place. The restaurant seems pricey, but mainly because the portion is huge, their seafood fresh, and other dishes delicious too. I told my waiter the lobster dish I want, how big …

Visit Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park

This, is probably going to be one of my shortest blogs ever….but trust me you’ll like it. Short and sweet and to the point, lol. Do, you like to go ATV riding? Well, if you do then this will be worth checking out! Carabalí Rainforest Adventure Park is the largest theme Park in Puerto Rico where you can do Horseback Riding, Mountain Bike, ATV/Fourtrack, and more… Located between the lush foothills of El Yunque National Rainforest and the crystal waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Carabalí Rainforest Adventure Park is an action-packed ranch and a favorite adventure destination in Puerto Rico. I must say that I had a spectacular time in Luquillo! Upon arrival, riders were given a ten-minute introduction on how to operate the vehicle, including safety instructions and will be provided with helmets as a safety precaution. Trust me, you will feel safe and secure, whether you are an experienced rider or a first timer. For, me I was a first timer and it was awesome! You can be sure of an exciting trip. …

Bloody Rum Punch

I’m sure by now, you’ve noticed that we love our rum in PR! Here, is another specialty drink from us to you for your drinking pleasure. Enjoy! 1 small bottle dry red wine 1 bottle Don Q Cristal 6 oz. simple syrup 6 oz. fresh lime juice 2 limes 2 oranges Mix one bottle of Don Q Cristal, red wine, simple syrup and lime juice together in a punch bowl. Slice the fruit into thin wheels and add to the mixture, then stir using two bar spoons, mashing up some of the pulp as you stir. Refrigerate for two hours and serve.

Pusser’s Painkiller

This another one of my fav’s from the island! If, you love mixed drinks then this one is sure to please. 2-4 oz. Pusser’s Dark Rum 4 oz. pineapple juice 1 oz. cream of coconut 1 oz. orange juice nutmeg Using 2 to 4 oz. of Pusser’s dark rum depending on your desired cocktail strength, combine all ingredients in an ice-filled glass and garnish with fresh nutmeg to taste.

Caliche Cali Coco

Straight outta Puerto Rico. If, you love the taste of coconut then you’ll absolutely love this tasty island drink. 2 oz. Caliche Rum 1 oz. Don Q Coco Rum 1 oz. coconut water 1/4 oz. agave nectar dry coconut flakes Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, then garnish with coconut flakes to taste.

Bienvenido a Flamenco Beach, Culebra, PR

We live in a beautiful world created by a master hand, we can find majesty in many corners of the world.  There are places, that seem to have been sprinkled with special qualities unfound anywhere else on the planet; the tiny island of Culebra is one of those places.  To those that know Culebra, it’s a secret they both love and hate to share.  Culebra offers the solitude and tranquility of a place that even though is not far, certainly feels like a world away. Culebra is located 27 km (17 miles) east of Puerto Rico and 19 km (12 miles) west to Saint Thomas, its dimensions are about 11 km (7 miles) long and 5 km (3.5 miles) wide. Its total area including surrounding Cays is 7,000 acres. This small island is known as “Isla Chiquita” (small island) and “Ultima Virgen” (last virgin). Culebra was founded on October 27, 1880 by Cayetano Escudero. Culebra original names were “Isla Pasaje” and “Isla de San Idelfonso” in honor of Bishop San Idelfonso de la Culebra. Cayetano Escudero was the …

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 …

Feliz Nochebuena From Me To You

(Play Me And Happy Reading…..It Just Goes Together)  Hola y bienvenido BBS Family! It’s finally almost here December 24th 2016 is: 0 years 0 months 1 day 11 hours 44 minutes 14 seconds And counting….. (The kiddos in our family look foward to this very moment) I wanted to wish all my readers a Very Feliz Navidad y Buenas Fiestas! For those of you who aren’t sure what I just said, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! So, I’m sure some of you are wondering what Nochebuena and Navidad mean. They are Spanish words referring to the night of Christmas Eve and celebrated on December 24 every year. Holiday season is here, and Christians from Puerto Rico to Peru will be ringing in Nochebuena, the most important Christmas celebrations for members of Spanish-influenced cultures. Alternatively known as Noche Buena, La Cena de Nochebuena or Navidad, Nochebuena means “Good Night” in Spanish and refers to Christmas Eve, the biggest Christmas fete for most Latinos. Some families have adopted a more American take on the family meal in …

A Very Merry Borikén Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa not a creature was stirring, not even a Coquí. The children were tucked in their beds fast asleep in hopes Papa Noel soon would be there. Christmas in Puerto Rico starts early on, for some it starts right after Thanksgiving, which is the Advent or the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day.  There are many celebrations that make “Navidad en Puerto Rico” such a special time, the most famous traditions?: The “parrandas”or “asaltos navideños” especially on Christmas Eve and “Los Tres Reyes.” The Epiphany is the main celebration. On January 6 “Los Reyes” or The Three Wise Men arrive to bring offerings to baby Jesus. Christmas day, meaning “Nochebuena” is another celebration but not as important as The Three Kings. Here’s a few ways we celebrate: Attend a Misa de Aguinaldo From December 15-24, churches conduct misas de aguinaldo, masses held at dawn featuring the singing of aguinaldos, which are Puerto Rican versions of Christmas Carols. Catch a Parranda A parranda is the local translation of …

Christmas 🎄Spice Rum 🍰Cake

Prep Time: 30 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Cook Time: 1 Hours Servings: 12 Servings Ingredients FOR THE CAKE: 1 box (about 18 Oz.) Yellow Cake Mix 1 package (3.5 Oz.) INSTANT Vanilla Pudding Mix 4 whole Eggs 1/2 cup Cold Water 1/2 cup Canola Oil 1/2 cup Rum (dark Or Light Is Fine)(Bacardi) 1 cup Chopped Pecans Brown Sugar (optional) _____ GLAZE 1-1/2 stick Butter 1/4 cup Water 1-1/2 cup Sugar 3/4 cups Rum (Bacardi) Instructions Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Sprinkle nuts over bottom of pan. If desired, sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar over the nuts. Mix all cake ingredients together. Pour batter into pan over nuts. Smooth out ’til the top is even. Bake for 1 hour, or a little less if the pan is black. Do not overbake! Glaze: While cake has ten minutes to go, make the glaze. Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in water and sugar. Boil for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Turn off flame and pour in rum. …

Budín de Pan 🍮

Ingredients: 1 bag of sliced bread 3 eggs 1-12oz can of evaporated milk 1/3 cup of coconut milk 1 cup of granulated sugar 4 tablespoons of butter 2 tablespoons of condensed milk 1 teaspoon of vanilla 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 1/2 cup of raisins (optional) Directions Tear sliced bread by hand and place in a bowl. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add butter along with all remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well with a mixer until smooth. This La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk is one of my secret ingredients. It helps sweeten it plus helps give the Budín de Pan a smoother texture. used a 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ glass pan and sprayed it with non-stick spray. Bake for 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes depending on your oven. To make sure it’s done use the toothpick method and poke the middle. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Once you let it cool, flip the pan upside down to get the Budín de Pan out. This is what it will look like …

Puerto Rican Rice Pudding (arroz Con Dulce)

Total Time 45mins Prep 45 mins Cook 0 mins Ingredients Nutrition Servings 6-8 Units US 2 cups rice 2 cups water 1⁄2 cup shredded sweetened coconut 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk (pref. Coco Lopez) 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk 6 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 cup raisins Directions Cook the rice with water according to package directions until the liquid has just been absorbed (rice will not be thoroughly cooked). Remove from heat. Warm the three milks with the cinnamon stick, cloves and ginger over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring often. Add the milk, raisins and shredded coconut to the rice and simmer until the rice is soft, about 10-15 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and cloves. Pour the rice into a low serving dish or platter. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired. Can be served warm or cold.