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21 Facts You Didn’t Know About Reggaeton Legend Ozuna

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Ozuna is one of the biggest up-and-coming performers on the music scene today. He’s had tons of hit songs across multiple genres, and has collaborated with artists like Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha, and Cardi B. This multi-talented artist has already won two Billboard Music Awards and three Latin American Music Awards. His YouTube videos, which have billions of views, all speak to his pride in his home country of Puerto Rico. He’s so talented that it’s sometimes hard to see the man behind the song. Today, we’re going to explore some little-known facts about this young legend.

1. His full name is Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado 

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His original stage name was J Oz, and he only started going by Ozuna when his videos started attracting attention on YouTube.

2. He’s 26 years old 

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The singer’s birthday is March 13, 1992. He first started composing songs and writing lyrics when he was 12 years old.

3. Ozuna was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico 

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Even though he was born in Puerto Rico, he claims Dominican heritage through his father. His dad was a backup dancer for reggaetón rapper Vico C, but died when Ozuna was only 3 years old.

4. He was raised by his abuela

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After his dad passed away, his mom wasn’t able to raise young Juan Carlos on her own, so he moved in with his paternal grandmother. He lived with her in Puerto Rico until 2010.

5. His first big move was to NYC in 2010 

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Ozuna moved to NYC in 2010, when he was only 18 years old. He spent three years there, debuting with his song “Imaginando” while he was still living on the mainland. He signed a recording contract with Golden Family Records in 2014, immediately after he left NYC. He started posting music online immediately.

6. His first big hit was “Si No Te Quiere”

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The song featured rapper D.OZi, and it was Ozuna’s first real hit. It was a popular radio jam, and peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Latin charts in late 2016. Right now, it has over 250 million views on YouTube and it’s still climbing.

7. His next hit was “La Ocasión,” which was released in early 2016

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This trap rap track featured a ton of well-known artists including Arcangel, De La Ghetto, DJ Luian, and Mambo Kingz. He followed it up with a cover of his lesser-known single “No Quiere Enamorarse”, which he re-released with Daddy Yankee.

8. After “La Ocasión” dropped, he released four more singles

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His singles “No Quiere Enamorarse”, “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres”, “Si Tu Marido No Te Quieres (Remix)” and “En La Intimidad” all reached the top 30 on the Billboard Latin charts. Some of the artists he collaborated with on those singles include Arcangel, Farruko, and Daddy Yankee.

9. After those successful singles were released in 2016, there was a switch-up with his management, and he was signed to Sony Music Latin. 

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At the time, all of the artists repped by Vincente Saavedra moved to Sony Music Latin. This affected the production of Ozuna’s debut album “Odisea.”

10. His first studio album, “Odisea,” dropped on August 25, 2017

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The album features 16 tracks, nine of which were released as singles. There are a ton of featured artists on the album, including De La Ghetto, Anuel AA, and J Balvin. “Odisea” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Latin charts, and hit No. 22 on the Billboard 200 album ranking. “Odisea” broke the record for the longest time at the top of the Billboard Latin charts, topping Luis Miguel’s 29-week record for “Segundo Romance” by one week.

11. “Odisea” went 11x platinum 

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This means that the record has sold at least 660,000 copies within the United States alone. Ozuna started touring to promote the album 3 months before it actually came out, starting in Atlanta and hitting major American cities like Miami, Houston, and Los Angeles before moving to South America and Europe.

12. He has two kids with wife Taina Melendez

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His wife Taina is an active promoter of her husband’s career. She’s also a full-time mother to their children. Sofía Valentina was born in 2014, and Jacob Andrés was born in 2016. The couple tries to maintain a normal family life for their two children, rarely posting photos of them on social media.

13. He tries to avoid disrespecting women on his tracks 

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Although he does sing about sex, drugs, and other adult subjects, Ozuna has said that he tries to avoid objectifying women on his tracks out of respect for his young daughter. During an interview with Argentinian newspaper Clarin, he said “I do not want to offend anyone with my music, I just want to convey a message of joy, but everyone is free to choose what they want to hear.”

14. He’s proficient in English, but isn’t fluent yet 

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He’s said that he’s practicing with the intention of being able to rap and record songs in English. He’s also stated that his goal is to become a multi-talented artist like Drake or Rihanna one day. However, even if he says his English isn’t great, he’s still fluent enough to be interviewed, in English, by the New York Times- which is pretty damn good.

15. The video for his 2017 single “La Modelo” was shot on location in Jamaica 

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The track, which is a collaboration with Cardi B, features shots of the two dancing under Rastafarian colors. It also marked the first time that we’ve heard Cardi sing on a track, and she knocked her verses out of the park. The video is split between shots of the duo in a massive oceanfront mansion, and on the dance floor of a Jamaican club.

16. He got in some trouble for hitting a security guard during a show in 2017 

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Apparently the guard stepped too close to the stage, and Ozuna, who had been suffering stress from the long tour, hit him in the head with a microphone. The New York Police Department declined to press charges.

17. His second album, “Aura,” was released in August 2018. 

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It debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Latin charts. The Aura tour started one month earlier in Madrid.

18. His success is super meaningful for the Latin music genre 

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The New York Times’ pop music critic wrote in September 2017 that the fact that Ozuna “can work across all these genres at the same time is a testament to the current fluidity of Latin pop.” His success mirrors the rise of reggaetón and Latin trap across North America.

19. He started a charity called Odisea Children in 2017 

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The foundation exists so that he can use his resources to help others. He’s currently helping people in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Maria.

20. He thinks of himself as a pretty normal guy. 

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In the past, he’s described himself as a ” típico boricua con sangre dominicana.” He loves extreme sports, spending time with his family, and making people laugh.

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21. He doesn’t want to remain in the spotlight for long 

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He’s said that he wants to save his money, and in a few years, return to living a more normal life with his family. He has several investments in Puerto Rico, but unlike many other famous artists, his are smaller, family businesses rather than luxuries like champagne or sports cars.

Puerto Rican Women Are Finding It Difficult To Access Abortion Related Health Care Putting Their Health At Risk

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Puerto Rican Women Are Finding It Difficult To Access Abortion Related Health Care Putting Their Health At Risk

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For those of you who may have been living under a rock, or just genuinely can’t keep up with the news now that there’s usually a new catastrophe or political gaffe from the Trump administration on a daily basis, it’s probably a good idea to recap what happened around Hurricane Maria.

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, devastating the region and sparking an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. While recovery efforts have been in the works, abortion care has been largely ignored by authorities, leading to another set of problems that need to be addressed before Puerto Rico can really say that it’s moved on from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Granted: there’s so much more to consider than just simply boosting abortion facilities in Puerto Rico.

According to a 2008 study in the Journal of Population Economics, birth rates increase in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

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Let’s face it, anyone put in the same position would agree: if there’s no access to power, no way of really going anywhere, and there are zero things to do otherwise … you’re gonna have sex. Even though the world is pretty much falling apart around you! Part of the risks of this behavior, beyond focusing on bonking rather than safety awareness during a natural disaster, is the fact that condoms and other contraceptives aren’t necessarily readily accessible in this time. It means that if you’re not intending on getting pregnant, then this situation could put you in perilous circumstances.

The lack of regional resources after a natural disaster is not only hard af for new families – it’s also hard on people who are seeking ways to terminate their pregnancy. Where Puerto Rico is concerned, of the six abortion clinics on the main island, only one was in operation in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. However, it took nine days for that single clinic to get its doors open again. And from there, the damage from the cataclysmic storms meant that the centre didn’t have two air conditioning units or its heating system, and it had to run on a generator for three months. Because power was so expensive at this time, it meant that the clinic also had to cut its hours of operation. And if you think this is bad – that’s just the trials and tribulations of one clinic. Imagine the difficulty in trying to get others open.

Sure, there’s a problem. But aren’t there more important things to deal with in Puerto Rico, first?

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Recovery from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico has been mighty slow. In fact, it took an entire year for power to be restored to the region. Poor sanitation in the area led to the spread of water-borne sicknesses, while spoiled food and contaminated drinking water also harmed the population. Pests and bugs further caused havoc and spread disease, in addition to mold and mildew. Not to mention the fact that cleanup activities also introduced further hazards to locals, and opened the potential for further injury and infections. Natural disasters are associated with a decline in the mental health of a population, too, meaning that psychological services are in dire need in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. 

At this point, you’re probably thinking, ‘why are we worried about access to abortion care when there are so many other, more urgent, things to think about’? And sure, you’re not entirely wrong. But the reality is that access to healthcare services in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is crucial for reducing further loss of human life. And that healthcare must be holistic. Because while healthcare is great for recovery from injuries and treating disease, these are reactive measures to the issue at hand. Family planning and abortion care fall into the category of preventative measures, to ensure that the unintended pregnancies don’t place further stress on very limited services and resources.

The issues we’re seeing now are part of bigger, systemic problems that must be addressed for Puerto Rico’s wellbeing.

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As an unincorporated territory of the US, it stands to reason that Puerto Rico should have received considerable support from Washington DC. While no-one could forget the classic shot of Donald Trump basketball-shooting paper towels into a crowd of disaster-stricken Puerto Ricans, it’s been argued that the region was, overall, lacking in support and attention from the administration. And this criticism wasn’t a new thing. Puerto Rico’s been dealing with the Zika epidemic, which affected 1 in 7 newborns between 2016 and 2018, while also contending with the shutdown of 66 of 69 major hospitals in the region due to Hurricane Maria. It also has the highest poverty rate over any US state, while also getting less money and resource from the federal government for health programs. Yikes.

This raises questions around Puerto Rico’s representation in Washington: as it is not a state, it doesn’t have a vote in Congress. And, it only has one non-voting member of the House, known as a Resident Commissioner. Who knows what kind of improvements in assistance could have been made for Puerto Rico, if it had the right kind of political representation?

Beyond the federal level, Puerto Rico must also contend with the rise of conservatism.

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Pushback against access to family planning services, which largely draws from pervasive religious doctrine, has risen in recent years. For example, 2018 saw a really aggressive attempts to restrict abortion access in Puerto Rico. While the Senator responsible for the bill, Nayda Venegas Brown, eventually pulled it from consideration, it was designed to institute a mandatory 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions, parental consent for minors, and a ban on the procedure outright after 20 weeks gestation. And sure, while these may seem like pretty common laws for those living on mainland US, these kinds of restrictions are basically unheard of in Puerto Rico.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, these kinds of limitations would add even more complexity to unwanted pregnancies in Puerto Rico. For example, without access to appropriate healthcare services, people may not have even known about their pregnancy until much later in their gestational cycle. Another thing to consider is that, should there be complications in the pregnancy, women may have their lives further jeopardized by restrictions on performing abortions. And, minors who may not be in contact with their parents would then become dependent on those same parents to access an abortion. Indeed, it is fortunate that Puerto Ricans were not subject to such blanket laws – particularly while they’re still dealing with the repercussions of Hurricane Maria.

So, for those of you sitting at home wondering what you can do about the predicament facing Puerto Rico, you’ve got a few options. It’s worth investigating charities in your local area that are dedicated towards providing support to Puerto Rico. Voting for candidates in the 2020 elections that have proposed policies to support Puerto Rico is also crucial. Additionally, improving awareness about women’s rights by sharing accurate information on social media – like this piece – can help break down the stigma around family planning.

60 Years Later, Poll Still Shows 2 In 3 Americans Support Statehood For Puerto Rico

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60 Years Later, Poll Still Shows 2 In 3 Americans Support Statehood For Puerto Rico

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It’s no secret that Puerto Ricans have been petitioning for statehood for as long as the island has been deemed a U.S. territory. But that doesn’t matter as much to Congress. Pues, it’s time to listen up, Congress, because a Gallup poll has recently shown that 66 percent of non-Puerto Rican Americans favor admitting the island into the Union.

That percentage average has remained constant since Gallup started asking the question in 1962. Only 7% of state-side Americans had no opinion and 27 percent opposed statehood.

Two years ago, Puerto Ricans polled at 97 percent in favor of statehood.

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Puerto Rico transferred into becoming a U.S. “territory” in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. Puerto Ricans pay for social security, income tax and other shared responsibilities of state residents, but they can’t sway the presidential election either way.

Forty-five percent of Republicans and 83 percent of Democrats support statehood.

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Given the corruption and its consequent protests underway in Puerto Rico, 45 has decided to chime in. In a tweet, President Trump said, “A lot of bad things are happening in Puerto Rico. The Governor is under siege, the Mayor of San Juan is a despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn’t trust under any circumstance, and the United States Congress foolishly gave 92 Billion Dollars for hurricane relief.”

Puerto Ricans who support Trump are responding by telling him that they want him to include Puerto Rico as a U.S. state.

Others think Puerto Rico would be a moral drain to the U.S. government.

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Puerto Rico is calling on its Governor Ricardo Roselló to resign after a conversation was leaked during which he was using homophobic slurs against Ricky Martin, alongside misogynistic against San Juan’s mayor. The corruption is very real when it comes to Gov. Roselló, but he does not represent Puerto Rico any longer. Not in the hearts of Puerto Ricans after what is felt as a betrayal to the people.

Meanwhile, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria has fueled the desire for statehood for others.

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The delayed response from FEMA, and the shuffle of Puerto Ricans from FEMA assisted housing to the U.S. homeless shelter system has led many Boricuas to feel “less than” American. In fact, Puerto Ricans are 100% American.

Although the majority of all Americans support statehood, politics seems to be the greatest obstacle to democracy at the moment.

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Trump has been in a pissing contest between San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz for her criticism of his treatment of Boricuas. He did throw paper towels at us. On top of that, protests have lined the streets of San Juan demanding that Governor Ricardo Roselló resign. 

Meanwhile, on the island, the very loud minority of folks who are anti-statehood are using the moment of chaos to express their views.

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Kelly Diaz tweeted a photo of “one of the protesters climbing to remove the American flag in front of the Puerto Rico Capitol and replace it with a black and white Puerto Rican flag.”

She aptly commented that it’s, “No surprise here, given that Ricky’s fiercest opponents belong to anti-statehood interest groups.”

With public opinion in favor, and the current events at hand, it may just be the perfect storm to put statehood on the political issue map.

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Democratic primaries are upon us and constituents are tweeting to the debate moderators requesting that the question of Puerto Rican statehood be included in the debate. So far, Julian Castro has been the first and only candidate to demand that #RickyRenuncia. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are notable candidates who have stated they want the Governor to answer to the Puerto Rican people. 

It’s hard to imagine that Trump would look to Puerto Rico as a resource to the Union after Hurricane Maria, but it all depends on 2020.

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The running feud between Trump and Puerto Rican leadership means that the U.S. Senate, currently taken by the GOP, would likely never approve a bill for Puerto Rican statehood.

Although this guy has a very interesting new option for the island.

READ: The Governor Of Puerto Rico Was Caught In A Chat Using Grotesque Homophobic And Sexist Language And The Entire Island Is Calling Him To Resign In Massive Protests

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