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“La Borinqueña” Celebrates 125th Anniversary Of Puerto Rican Flag With Special Cover

“La Borinqueña” is a comic first created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez in 2016. The graphic novels have been more than literature. The graphic novel has raised money for Puerto Rican causes and has served as a cultural point of pride for people from the Caribbean island. The latest cover of “La Borinqueña” is no different.

The new cover for the latest “La Borinqueña” graphic novel is a testament to the protesting spirit of the island.

La Borinqueña is joined by a handful of famous Puerto Ricans who have used their name to fight for causes they care about in Puerto Rico. Rosario Dawson, Bad Bunny, Ricky Martin, Residente, and iLe are all on the cover marching with La Borinqueña flying above them.

Puerto Rico has been a pressure cooker of activism and protests in recent years following the disastrous Hurricane Maria.

Puerto Ricans felt abandoned by the federal government following the devastating hurricane that knocked out power to the island in 2017. American citizens were begging for help to rebuild but were left behind in the relief efforts being handed out to Florida and Texas that year. Since then, the island has been rocked by political scandals, mismanagement of relief supplies, and a series of earthquakes.

Following the hurricane, a political scandal involving then-governor Ricardo Rosselló stunned Puerto Ricans on the island and around the world.

Gov. Rosselló was part of a group chat scandal that ended his political career. In the chat, Gov. Rosselló and other government officials spoke in degrading terms about women and the LGBTQ+ community. The grotesque chats are released after Puerto Ricans protested a religious freedom bill supported by Gov. Rosselló. Bad Bunny and Ricky Martin joined forces to go to the governor’s mansion in San Juan to discuss the bill and the need for it to not pass. The protesters won that fight and the anti-LGBTQ+ legislation was not made into law.

The governor was also embroiled in a financial scandal with funds being misappropriated with government contracts. Millions of dollars were being mismanaged and given to people not qualified for the contracts.

Bad Bunny paused an international tour to fly back to Puerto Rico to fight against Gov. Rosselló. The musician told his fans that he had to do the right thing and that meant taking a pause from his tour and fighting alongside other Puerto Ricans. Bad Bunny made it up to fans after fighting for the future of the island that he wants to see.

Puerto Ricans called on Gov. Rosselló to resign over the released chats and the mismanagement of government funds.

The people of Puerto Rico won that fight too. The island saw prolonged and large protests drawing the world’s attention to the allegations of corruption against Gov. Rosselló. The sustained pressure from Puerto Ricans and the international community forced the governor to resign from his office. Crowds of Puerto Ricans cheered for the announcement in a unified celebration.

“La Borinqueña” is celebrating this resilient spirit of Puerto Rico in the new cover.

Puerto Ricans are not shy about flexing their protesting muscles. The people of the island have shown that they are not afraid to take to the street to force the kind of change they want to see. Much like other places in the world, like Hong Kong, the people of Puerto Rico will not back down from what they demand.

You can order your digital copy of the latest “La Borinqueña” graphic novel now.

Pa’lante, Puerto Rico.

READ: Exclusive: Luis Fonsi’s Tour Is Canceled But The Boricua Is Working Tirelessly To Raise Money For Puerto Rico

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

As you probably know by now, a new season of the never-ending reality series “The Bachelor” has just started.

And this season is destined to be especially exciting–not just because of the promise of non-stop drama, but because the franchise has finally hired its first Black male lead, Matt James, after 18 years on the air.

And with the first Black “Bachelor” comes the most diverse group of contestants competing for the lead’s heart that they’ve ever had.

And one of the contestants that is capturing the hearts of both fans and Matt James alike is 24-year-old Puerto Rican-born pageant queen Mariela “Mari” Pepin.

On this season’s premiere episode of “The Bachelor”, Mari was immediately clocked by viewers as one of the front runners by the way that Matt reacted to meeting her. The former Wake Forest wide receiver was struck speechless by her beauty and couldn’t keep his eyes off her when she parted ways with him. It was obvious that Mari had made quite the first impression on him.

And because we love to see #representation on screen (and especially on reality TV), we decided to do our due diligence and find out as much as we could about this gorgeous and accomplished Latina. Here’s everything you need to know about Mari Pepin.

She’s Boricua–and proud of it!

Something that immediately endeared Mari to fans was the fact that she is so vocally proud of being Puerto Rican. In her first sit-down conversation with Matt, she opened up about how hard its been for her family to live through the relentless natural disasters that the island is going through.

She’s a military brat.

According to Mari’s personal blog, she spent the first few years of her life in PR before relocating to Germany because of her father’s military career. According to Mari, her unique childhood contributed to her love of traveling as an adult.

She was 2019’s Miss Maryland USA.

According to Mari’s official “Bachelor” bio, she began competing in pageants when she moved to Maryland as a teenager. She won Miss Teen Maryland and then went on to win the title of Miss Maryland. After that, she placed in the Top 10 of the Miss USA competition.

She’s wicked smart.

According to Mari’s LinkedIn page, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Towson University and she’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence from the same institution. It’s safe to say she values education.

She’s multilingual.

Not only does Mari speak both Spanish and English flawlessly, but she’s also fluent in French and American Sign Language.

Based on all this info alone, we can’t wait to see Mari Pepin crush this season of “The Bachelor”. Hopefully, this Boricua beauty will be popping up a lot on our screens for years to come!

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As Bad Bunny Posts Shirtless Selfie Claiming To Be “At His Peak,” Here’s Proof That He Has Always Been A Thirst Trap

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As Bad Bunny Posts Shirtless Selfie Claiming To Be “At His Peak,” Here’s Proof That He Has Always Been A Thirst Trap

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Bad Bunny has long known how to toy with our emotions. From his powerful lyrics that contain all sorts of important messages to his gender-bending rapping and vocal support for the LGBTQ community, Bad Bunny seems to check off all the boxes that make him a total stud.

And when the 26-year-old reggaetonero isn’t slaying the music game with yet another history-making album, he’s on Instagram flexing his best assets and quenching his loyal stans’ perpetual thirstiness.

Sure, it may not be as overt as say the thirst traps that Maluma is putting out there – I mean he is the face of a major Calvin Klein campaign – but it’s no less hot.

To help keep your mind off of the current hellscape that is the news cycle (and because, there’s never a wrong moment to thirst after El Conejo) here’s all the proof that Bad Bunny has long been one of the internet’s greatest thirst traps.

After posting a very hot shirtless selfie, Bad Bunny says that he’s “at his peak.”

Bad Bunny is once again getting his followers all worked up! San Benito took to Instagram to celebrate his muscled up and very sexy toned physique. “I’m at my peak,” he captioned the photo with. And yes, he definitely looks buffed up.

The “Estamos Bien” singer nearly broke the Internet with the photo, which has already racked up more than 4.7 million likes. Apparently, he’s not had any trouble keeping up with his workouts during the pandemic.

But this is just the latest sexy photo to pop up on the reggaetonero’s Instagram as of late.

This is not the first time the 26-year-old has treated his fans to provocative photos. In March 2020, he shared photos of himself sunbathing in the nude at his home in Puerto Rico, getting a line-free tan during the coronavirus lockdown. And these photos went everywhere as people DM’d the photo to friends to share in the thirst.

Then there was the video of him dancing in red undies…

El Conejo Malo also posted a video of himself in red boxers doing a sexy dance in March. “Today is Friday, today we drink, today we spend,” he captioned the video, quoting his song “Hoy Se Bebe, Hoy Se Gasta.”

But what makes him even hotter is his no BS, genuine, sense of himself.

Bad Bunny is the modern day icon that the community needs. By being himself, he is helping shift attitudes away from machismo culture and helping people feel comfortable being who they are.

In an interview with Paper magazine, he outlined this viewpoint perfectly.

“I’m not telling people, ‘Hey, paint your nails or color your hair, do this or do that,’” the 25-year-old said in his interview with Paper. “I’m simply saying… do what makes you happy, and to never limit yourself… Just be yourself, and be happy in that. And also not to criticize or judge, because maybe for you something’s bad or not bad — if you like or dislike something, that doesn’t mean everyone has to share your opinion. It’s about that: respect. It’s so basic.”

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