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One Year Ago, J.Lo And A.Rod Shared Moments From Their Trip To Puerto Rico And Donated 2 Million Dollars

On the night of the Golden Globe Awards last year, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were in Puerto Rico announcing a donation of $2 million that will be made to multiple Primary Health Centers across the island. In the posts J.Lo and A.Rod shared across their Instagram profiles, they affirm their support for the people of Puerto Rico and for the women showing their solidarity to the Time’s Up initiative.

Here’s the video of J.Lo speaking about the #TimesUp movement, the fight for equality for women and the people of Puerto Rico, who have yet to receive full aid after Hurricane Maria.

Although J.Lo wasn’t present at the Golden Globes, she dressed in all black to show her support and solidarity with the Time’s Up movement, a legal defense fund set up to combat sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination in the workplace. Along with other talented women who dressed in all black at the Golden Globes, Lopez wants women to receive fair and equal treatment in all industries.

This is the same type of equality she wants for the people of Puerto Rico. Just like any other group of U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans deserve the same care and respect, which is what she emphasizes at this press conference.

Also behind the mic at the press conference was J.Lo’s partner, Alex Rodriguez.

…”Todos somos iguales…” ???? #bettertogether

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At the conference, A.Rod said, “Todos somos iguales,” meaning, “We are all the same.” He wants to spread awareness on the continuing devastation in Puerto Rico, four months after Hurricane Maria hit. It’s his hope that the island receives the care and support it deserves.

While in Puerto Rico, J.Lo and A.Rod got the chance to meet some powerful and resilient people, including this man.

So much respect to this man. ?? Despite the hardships, he manages to stay strong.

In this video, posted by A.Rod, you see the spirit and hope that remains in Puerto despite the damage they are still dealing with.

This is beautiful. ??❤️ La lucha sigue.


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Protestors In Puerto Rico Bringing A Guillotine To The Governor’s Mansion Is Just Another Reminder Boricua’s Don’t Mess Around

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Protestors In Puerto Rico Bringing A Guillotine To The Governor’s Mansion Is Just Another Reminder Boricua’s Don’t Mess Around

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Like every other Latin American country and state, Puerto Rico has a long and torrid history with racism.

On the island, hundreds of protestors are now also taking place in the demonstrations that were sparked by the death of African-American police victim, George Floyd. In an effort to combat racism, protesters marched outside the mansion of Governor Wanda Vázquez in Old San Juan. Meanwhile, they chanted and demanded justice for George Floyd while also demanding change in Puerto Rico.

Ignoring the island’s coronavirus curfew, protestors took to the street and protested with all sorts of messages, but the one that truly caught those of us watching was the moment when protestors brought in a guillotine.

As anger and frustration continued to fuel the demonstrations, protestors brought in a massive guillotine to the Governor’s Mansion.

Shariana Ferrer-Núñez, a member of Puerto Rico’s Feminist Collective Under Construction, told Democracy Now that “We recognize that we must dismantle white supremacy, we must dismantle a racialized system, we must eradicate anti-Black violence” about the demonstrations.

According to the blog Orlando Latina, “For Puerto Rico’s elected class, the guillotine ought to be a terrifying symbol, as indeed it was during the French Revolution. But I doubt it, for the political class is a self-serving, self-dealing “firm” that has become unmoored from the people on the ground and oblivious to its needs.”

Here’s hoping this symbol hits elected officials in Puerto Rico enough to attempt to make change.

A European Sneaker Shops Is Selling The Iconic Puerto Rican Nike’s

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A European Sneaker Shops Is Selling The Iconic Puerto Rican Nike’s

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A sneaker shop in Germany is selling some of the most iconic Nike sneakers created, the Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico.” The sneakers will be sold at a shop in Germany and fans cannot wait to get their hands on these sneakers.

German sneaker fans have a chance to get their hands on a pair of Nike Air Force 1 “Puerto Rico.”

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On June 2, the shoes will be available at the shop, and fans can’t wait. The shoe is one way for every Puerto Rican to show their pride in where they come from. The shoes were originally released in 2005 and this release is something exciting.

However, U.S. sneakerheads will be left out.

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The store, which is located in central Germany in the city of Fulda won’t be able to shop these to other countries. That being said, only Germans will likely get their hands on these shoes because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel is restricted so it seems likely that you will be able to hop on a plane to get these shoes.

Those lucky enough to get their hands on these shoes can expect to spend 130€ ($142) on them.

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These shoes are not the only way for Puerto Rican fans of Nike shoes to show their cultural pride. The shoe company has other options for the Caribbean people to wear their pride on some sneakers.

The man difference in these shoes from the original is the work on the upper shoe. The upper shoe is a tonal midfoot Swoosh and a navy sockliner. The Puerto Rican flag is embroidered on the tongue and heel fo the shoe to really drive home the Caribbean pride.

Nike has released multiple Puerto Rican-influenced sneakers and they sell quickly.

The sold out Air Max 1 Puerto Rico sold for $140. These were created to celebrate New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. The sneakers have the words “Pa’lante Mi Gente” on the inside of the tongue giving a special message to all Puerto Ricans. The sneakers are meant to celebrate not just the culture but the strength of the Puerto Rican people to keep moving forward.

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