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Shocked That Not Everyone In Puerto Rico Looks Like J.Lo, She Created An Account To Open Everyone Else’s Eyes

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One Salvadorian-Canadian photographer is trying to change perceptions of the racial diversity on the island of Puerto Rico. Valerie Moreno moved to Puerto Rico four years ago and noticed that the racial makeup of the people there was vastly different from what she had experienced in popular media. She was surprised when everyone didn’t look like Jennifer Lopez and soon realized that the island was rich with racial diversity. In a Huffington Post article featuring Moreno, she says that she didn’t know much about Black Latinos and diversity in Puerto Rico. She says: “Why? Partly because of my ignorance but also because every Puerto Rican I saw in movies and pop culture looked very much like J. Lo ― culturally homogeneous.”

Photographer Valerie Moreno is hoping to shed light on Puerto Rico’s diversity and change preconceived notions about Puerto Ricans with her photography in her Instagram account Afros in San Juan.

She makes sure, that as someone who is not Afro-Latina, she is not exploiting or overtaking the conversation, but rather she aims to “lend whatever privilege” she has to benefit the people she captures.

She often includes her subjects’ words as captions and interviews them to get a better idea of how to represent them. In her interview with HuffPo she says:

“I simply want to document the people I’ve seen around me and their words, so that when people look back at this generation and our contributions, they remember some of the beautiful, real faces that were here at this point in time. Because, why should a black person be a hidden figure in their own country?”

The images feature the bright colors of Puerto Rico as backdrops for Afro-Latinas.

 The subjects come in all shapes, colors and sizes.

The photos also feature subjects holding fruit and foliage that is native to Puerto Rico.

Side by side, they seem to highlight one another and show all the natural beauty of the island.

Model Mominatu Boog is one of Morena’s muses and is featured often on the account.

A model of Liberian decent living in Puerto Rico at the time of the project, she is featured in some stunning photos in the series, again highlighting the diversity of those in Puerto Rico and the beauty of the island itself.

Puerto Ricans of all ages are included in the series.

The wisdom in those grays speak volumes.

The series really is a beautiful reminder of Puerto Rican diversity.

This Afro-Latina keeps Puerto Rico in her heart and pocket. ¡Ahí na ma!

[H/T] Dazzling Photos Capture The Beauty Of Afro-Latinas In Puerto Rico

READ: A Latina Photographer Recreated 6 Iconic Afro-Latina Portraits And The Results Are Stunning

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Here Are The Unofficial Job Titles You Had While You Lived With Your Parents

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Here Are The Unofficial Job Titles You Had While You Lived With Your Parents

Lets be real, most of us lived with our parents for more than 18 years but we probably took for granted how much they helped us strengthen our resume. Yep! More than you could imagine…

If there’s one job you’ve developed years of experience in after living with your parents, it’s in Information Technology (IT).

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You nourished these skills every time you helped your dad fix the television or set up the wifi. You also got a ton of experience showing your mom how to upload a picture onto her Facebook account. You are, and always will be, their personal IT department.

And your set of skills only expanded after taking on the full-time position as translator.

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If your parents weren’t 100% fluent in English, then you were the one handling all important paper work and phone calls for them.

When it came to urgent mandados, you became your parents’ personal GPS.

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CREDIT: LUIS GUZMAN / YOUTUBE

There was no need for Google Maps or even Apple Maps, because they had you.

But if your mom or dad didn’t feel like driving at all, then you would take on the position as her chauffeur.

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CREDIT: LUIS GUZMAN / YOUTUBE

And this was the most stressful job ever, because you had to listen to them yell and complain about your driving skills.

After so many hours, you would even hit overtime with your weekend job as janitor.

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CREDIT: SITILA VALERA / YOUTUBE

Mom doesn’t care if you already work as a full-time student. Your clock is her extra loud music and you’re getting up at 7 a.m. on the dot.

And just when you thought you had a few vacation days to relax, you then had to head to your part-time job as babysitter to your younger siblings or primos.

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Your days off of school were spent with crying babies, dirty diapers and hundreds of baby wipes.

In addition to babysitting, you were also responsible for being the intel informant every time you were left in charge of your siblings.

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CREDIT: LUCIANO VELIZ / YOUTUBE

As the intel informant AKA the chismosa, you were responsible for notifying your parents every time your siblings misbehaved.

But once you grew tired of being indoors and making phone calls all day, you then moved on to different outdoor, volunteer opportunities.

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As a mechanical engineer intern, you learned the names of every tool and became proficient at holding your dad’s beer whenever needed.

Even though it was hard work, all of the labor really helped you get in great shape.

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CREDIT: EDDIE CARRILLO / YOUTUBE

Business trips to la tienda with your mom were probably the most exhausting.

But no matter how many tasks your parents assigned you, it would be enough to pay them back for what they do for you.


READ: Finally Someone’s Calling Out Latino Parents For Treating Their Sons And Daughters Differently


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