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9 Hits To Get You Hype And Proud To Be Puerto Rican

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Puerto Ricans are a people of pride. Whether it’s our bandera – hanging from our car mirror, tattooed on our arm or plastered on any piece of clothing – or a typical “Yo soy Boricua, pa’que tu lo sepas” chant, those are indications you’ve spotted a Puerto Rican. After hundreds of years of colonialism under Spain and then the U.S., our pride is what has kept our culture alive. It’s an act of resistance passed down through each generation, and there’s probably no better way to witness it than through our música.

Whether boleros that transport abuela and abuelo back to la isla, salsa hits played at every family house party or hip-hop tracks that have even non-Puerto Ricans chantin’ “Boricua, morena,” these songs capture the beautiful pride and self-love of the people of “La Isla del Encanto.”

1. When you want to remind people of all the magic that has come out of our tiny isla, you play Charlie Cruz’s “Grita Conmigo.”

From barrier-breakers like Roberto Clemente and Rita Moreno to our vast championships in boxing, baseball and beauty pageants to creating one of the greatest Latino music genres of all time – salsa – Puerto Ricans are bad af, and Cruz will tell you all about la “isla tan pequeñita y con tanta historia” in this song.

2. If Frankie Ruiz’s “Puerto Rico” isn’t bumping from the speakers at least once, you’re not really at a Boricua house party.

Frankie Ruiz is the king of salsa romántica, and his greatest love song might have just been this endearing canción for his tierra.

3. Want to watch someone sing their heart and soul at the top of their lungs? Find a Puerto Rican and play “Preciosa.”

Written by Rafael Hernández Marín but popularly sung by Marc Anthony, “Preciosa” epitomizes the love, nostalgia and longing for freedom Puerto Ricans have for their island.

4. We have to let everyone we meet know that we’re Puerto Rican, and Taino’s “Yo Soy Boricua Pa’ Que Tu Lo Sepas” makes this very clear.

This ’90s hit breaks down just how real the orgullo is.

5. We LOVE our flag, so much so that we make songs about it. One of our favorites: “Que Bonita Bandera” by Florencio Morales Ramos.

Catch Boricuas singing the song’s chorus at a Puerto Rican parade near you.

6. For people feeling nostalgic about their time living or vacationing on the island in their youth, Aventura’s “Mi Puerto Rico” will resonate.

Little-known fact: Aventura’s lead singer, megastar Romeo Santos, is half-Dominican and half-Puerto Rican, and he got the whole band to write a song about Puerto Rico. In it, the bachatero sings about his childhood memories on the island, from waking up to the sound of roosters crowing and partying with family.

7. Puerto Ricans may be prideful, but we’re not self-centered. Like Hector Lavoe demonstrates in “Mi Gente,” we’re all about the people.

Lavoe invites puertorriqueños, Latinos and everyone of the African diaspora to sing in unity in this Bori party fave.

8. But we’re still mad proud, especially those of us who don’t live on the island. Evidence: “100 percent” by the Bronx’s own Big Pun.

There’s probably no song that can get a Puerto Rican, particularly a Nuyorican, more hype than this hip-hop classic. It’s straight-up diaspora magic.

9. Want to know “how we do it down in Puerto Rico?” Watch Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” music video.

Sure, we’re ALL tired of the song, but Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee gave us the latest Boricua hit and we’ll be dancing to it till we’re grey-haired and wrinkled.


Read: 10 Things Every Person Dating A Puerto Rican Should Know

If you’re Bori, you know this list is incomplete. Name your favorite songs about Puerto Rico in the comments!

Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin Killed A ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill In Puerto Rico Furthering LGBTQ+ Rights In The Caribbean

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Bad Bunny And Ricky Martin Killed A ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill In Puerto Rico Furthering LGBTQ+ Rights In The Caribbean

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Governors in the U.S. have tried and failed multiple times to enshrine discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community by passing “religious freedom” bills. At the heart of these bills is the idea that someone’s religion is enough to discriminate against those of different faiths, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Puerto Rico tried to follow the same failed path as Indiana and the backlash was swift and victorious after Ricky Martin and Bad Bunny (Benito Martinez) spoke out against the bill forcing Governor Ricardo Rosselló to backtrack on his bill to discriminate.

In April, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló presented the Puerto Rican House of Representatives a “religious freedom” bill.

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The bill was months in the making and Gov. Rosselló showed his full support for the bill, House Bill 2069. The bill would have allowed for government employees to openly discriminate against people who went against their religious beliefs.

Ricky Martin spoke up against the measure and called out the Puerto Rican government and their willingness to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.

“While the world calls for equality, respect for diversity and the defense of human rights, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the Governor of Puerto Rico are pushing for a measure that goes against all of the above and it encourages division, prejudice, hatred and the lack of respect for individuality,” Martin wrote on his fan website. “It does so under a premise that undermines the constitutional protections against discrimination on the basis of race, sex or belief, and in its place, justifies an irrational protection of the religious convictions of government employees.”

“As a member of the LGBTT community, I join the constituency that affirms that there has never been a willingness among our LGBTT people to allow for the validation or legalization of discrimination against us.”

“House Bill 2069, filed at the request of Governor Ricardo Rosselló and promoted by Representative Charbonier, achieve nothing more than opening the doors to hatred towards anyone who doesn’t share the same ideology, who simply belong to the LGBTT community, or who don’t  have the same color skin, amidst many other discriminatory measures.”

“Authentic religious freedom calls for respecting everyone equally.”

Bad Bunny also used his platform to stand up for the LGBTQ+ community in Puerto Rico.

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“While we ‘bad guys’ do out to unite people and try to send a message of respect and tolerance, the leaders of my country work to do the opposite,” he wrote on Instagram. “We cannot take steps backwards, NEVER! @ricardorossello you make excellent coffee, I know that you can also make an excellent decision.”

Calle 13’s Residente joined his Puerto Rican peers to call out the Puerto Rican government’s wishes to strip LGBTQ+ people of their humanity with the law.

These calls against the action came during Pride month when the U.S. is supposed to be celebrating and uplifting the LGBTQ+ community, which still faces discrimination and violence.

After the outcry, Gov. Rosselló reversed his support for the bill and ordered the Puerto Rican House of Representatives to shelf the bill.

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“WE WON! The recent years, Western countries have made significant advances in guaranteeing equal right for the LGBTT community,” Martin tweeted.

Martin celebrated the decision by educating his followers about what the measure would mean for the LGBTQ+ community.

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“These advances were threatened recently in Puerto Rico, where the House fo Representatives passed legislation that endangered the progress won in the last decade and risked feeding the division, prejudice, and tensions between the communities.”

He did not sugar coat the true meaning behind the legislation.

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“By granting government employees the power to act in accordance with their religious convictions, personal values, and principles, this regressive legislation would have sanctioned the practice of institutional discrimination on the part of those who committed themselves to a life in public service.”

Congratulations, Ricky!

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It just goes to show that enough public outcry can make politicians listen to the majority instead of the vocal minority.

READ: After Delay Caused By Border Wall And Trump’s Feud with Puerto Rico, Congress Finally Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Aid Package

The Music Video For New Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello Hit ‘Senorita’ Is Pure Fire And No Wonder Fans Think Theyre A Couple Like OMG

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The Music Video For New Shawn Mendes And Camila Cabello Hit ‘Senorita’ Is Pure Fire And No Wonder Fans Think Theyre A Couple Like OMG

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There is one thing in music that is not up for debate: the Camilizer fandom is one of the strongest. No matter what the pop star is doing, her fans will always show up with full support on social media and irl. That fandom is making power moves again now that Cabello’s new collab “Señorita” with Shawn Mendes is out. In less than 24 hours, the video already had 14 million views.

Camila Cabello got her fandom ready with one tweet and it worked.

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Cabello’s Twitter is a powerful tool. When she tweets, her millions of followers listen. It is clear that she has learned how to harness social media for the betterment of her career and it is paying off. Tbh, she kind of deserves the success she has garnered so far. Like, she skipped her quinces so she could audition for the X Factor and the rest is music history.

Cabello stans are here to tell you that “Señorita” is a song that is here to stay.

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No one is surprised to hear that Cabello was able to put out a hit. She is proving herself as a powerful musician. We still can’t get “Havana” out of our heads and it has been out for two years.

Like, this is what the Camilizer fandom is doing the rest of the weekend with this song in the background.

Low key, a lot of people will be giving this song all of their streams this weekend. Who wouldn’t want to spend the next couple days bouncing to this song?

People are crying over the new song because they have been waiting for new music.

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Take some deep breaths and relax. You don’t want to miss any of the music or video because you can’t see or hear over your own sobs. Is it even worth listening if you are crying so intensely?

Fans had theories about how the singers prepared for their intimate moments on screen.

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Obviously, you wouldn’t want to have bad breath when you have to kiss someone over and over again. It is also kind of cute that Mendes was so concerned that he ate mints to make sure he had good breath for Cabello.

The video and the passion between the singers is reigniting speculation that they are secretly more than friends.

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Some people might call it good acting and on-screen chemistry. Camilizers call it them sharing their truth while hiding behind the facade of music and the arts. Whichever it is, they know how to make a convincing couple on the screen.

Here is the full video for Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’s “Señorita.”

Congrats, you two. Seems like you really did the thing with this video.

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