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After Hearing The Governor Of Puerto Rico Say That It Will Cost 90 Billion Dollars To Bring Puerto Rico Back To Where It Was, Ricky Martin Is Urging Everyone To Help

“Right now Puerto Rico is still struggling and I don’t see clear. I don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. That’s why we need to work.”

A week ago, Ricky Martin made an appearance on “The Ellen Show” to discuss how people can help those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Ellen partnered with the cereal brand Cheerios to donate a total of $800,000 to the fundraising campaign Ricky Martin organized for Puerto Rico. After Ricky Martin’s visit on “The Ellen Show,” donations for Martin’s campaign increased from about $200,000 to over $1.8 million.

However, after his visit to Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin admits that there is still much work to be done. “I don’t want to be pessimistic, I just want to be realistic. The images don’t do justice to what really happened in Puerto Rico. It looks like they nuked us,” Ricky Martin adds. Because of this, Ricky Martin has decided to take a second trip to Puerto Rico. He will be flying there on a FedEx plane filled with 120,000 pounds of necessities, which he has been able to purchase with everyone’s donations.

On his first trip to Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin was joined by fellow Boricuas Luis Fonsi, Chayanne and Nicky Jam.

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During their time in Puerto Rico, they helped distribute supplies in areas such as San Juan and Loíza. In an Instagram post, Ricky Martin talked about this visit to Puerto Rico and said, “It’s incredibly intense… what Puerto Rico is going through at the moment. It will take a long time for my island to go back the way it was. The governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló said it will cost approximately 90 billion dollars to rebuild the island. We need more help.”

While in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ricky Martin met with mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, describing her as a “Puerto Rican hero.”


During their meeting, Cruz told Martin, “[Being called a hero] wasn’t just meant for me. It was meant for every Puerto Rican and every person that knows how important it is to touch someone when they are in need.”

For more of the footage of Ricky Martin in Puerto Rico, watch the video below:

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To donate to Ricky Martin’s Hurricane Relief fund, go to the link here. 

Ricky Martin And Enrique Iglesias Are Teaming Up For A New Super Tour

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Ricky Martin And Enrique Iglesias Are Teaming Up For A New Super Tour

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Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias are planning a mega tour to bring their music to the masses. The two heartthrobs are teaming up to treat Canada and the U.S. audiences to a show they will never forget.

Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin are coming together to give their fans a collab they didn’t know they needed.

“I thought this would happen some time, but didn’t know when,” Iglesias told reporters during a press conference.

Young musician Sebastián Yatra will be joining the two musical powerhouses as a special guest for this North American tour.

For Yatra, the chance to perform with Iglesias and Martin is a dream come true.

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“If I didn’t have the chance to be onstage, I would buy a ticket to see you,” Yatra said about the show at the press conference. “I visualized this in my life. They are two of my biggest idols.”

Fans cannot wait for the tour to start.

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Who doesn’t want to see these three gorgeous men rock the stage? Just think about what you might see when Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Sebastián Yatra each take the stage. It is likely going to be a very sexy show.

However, people are begging the trio to make a trip overseas with their show.

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It must be so frustrating to know that this show is happening but you have no chance to participate. Iglesias and Martin will be leaving it all on the stage and there are so many billions of people who don’t even have the chance to see them live.

Of course, people are definitely asking for them to tour Latin America.

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You can catch the show at any of the tour dates below!

Sept. 5 – Phoenix, Arizona
Sept. 6 – El Paso, Texas
Sept. 9 – Edinburg , Texas
Sept. 11 – San Antonio, Texas
Sept. 12 – Houston, Texas
Sept. 13 – Dallas, Texas
Sept. 17 – Los Angeles, California
Sept. 22 – San Jose, California
Sept. 24 – Sacramento, California
Sept. 26 – Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 1 – Chicago, Illinois
Oct. 6 – Boston, Massachusetts
Oct. 8 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Oct. 10 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Oct. 14 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct. 17 – Newark, New Jersey
Oct. 18 – New York City, New York
Oct. 23 – Miami, Florida
Oct. 29 – Orlando, Florida
Oct. 30 – Atlanta, Georgia

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Bad Bunny Honored A Murdered Trans Woman During Jimmy Fallon In Simple And Powerful Way

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Bad Bunny Honored A Murdered Trans Woman During Jimmy Fallon In Simple And Powerful Way

A trans woman was shot and killed in Puerto Rico after she used the women’s bathroom at a McDonald’s. The attackers filmed her death as they laughed in her final moments. Adding insult to injury, many Puerto Rican news outlets covered her death as a man in a skirt. Bad Bunny, who has long championed for the LGBTQ+ community, used his time on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” to address the misgendering of Alexa Negrón Luciano after her humiliating and brutal death.

Bad Bunny took time during his performance on Jimmy Fallon to bring attention to a trans woman who was killed in Puerto Rico.

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Alexa Negrón Luciano was a homeless trans woman known in Puerto Rico. She was often ridiculed by people on the streets and on social media where photos were posted making fun of her as an oddball. That mockery and callousness of those around her reached a deadly conclusion last week.

According to reports, a woman customer at a McDonald’s in Tao Baja, Puerto Rico claimed Negrón Luciano tried peeping on her as she used the bathroom. She was then questioned by police as people took photos and posted them on social media. Twelve hours later, a video circulated on social media of Negrón Luciano’s assassination as the assailants are heard laughing on the video.

Media reports from Puerto Rico initially broke the story calling Negrón Luciano “a man in a skirt.”

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Puerto Rico has long been criticized for the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community. Last year, Puerto Ricans and celebrities took to the streets to protest against a “religious freedom” bill that would allow the discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community. The bill, initially supported by then-Governor Ricardo Rosselló, ultimately didn’t pass after strong pushback in Puerto Rico and from around the world.

Not long after the bill was blocked, Governor Rosselló was caught up in a group chat scandal where he and those who worked with him spoke about the LGBTQ+ community and women in disparaging terms. The group chat scandal fueled more protests and eventually led to Gov. Rosselló resigning from his position after growing outcry.

Despite presenting an LGBTQ+-friendly face to the world, Puerto Rico’s anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment is still a very real fear for those on the island.

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The New York Times has reported that women’s and LGBTQ+ rights have advanced significantly in recent decades. However, an underlying fear of physical and legislative violence has scarred the communities. While some measures to protect LGBTQ+ people have progressed, like an employment non-discrimination law, there is a strong coalition of conservative and Christian evangelicals fighting the progress.

“This has served as a reminder that some of these advances are at risk, that there is still discrimination, that there is still homophobia,” Pedro Julio Serrano, an activist in San Juan, told The New York Times after the shooting death of gay Latin trap singer Kevin Fret. “We can’t forget that.”

This is why Bad Bunny openly correcting the media’s and people’s perception of Negrón Lucian is so important.

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Last year, at least 26 transgender and gender non-conforming people were murdered in the U.S. for being who they are. Mainly, deadly violence is focused on trans women of color with Black trans women dying at higher rates. The real statistics of these murders are hard to track because often the victims are misgendered by the media or family who never accepted them for who they are. So far, in 2020, there are believed to be at least two trans women murdered in the U.S.

Some responses to the performance show the work still needed to break the ignorance and hate around a vulnerable community.

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Trans people, like all people, deserve the same respect when it comes to pronouns and the right to live without fear and violence. Bad Bunny’s shirt addressing Negrón Luciano by name and not “a man in a skirt” is a significant moment in demanding that respect.

You can watch Bad Bunny’s full performance below.

Thank you for standing with the LGBTQ+ community, Bad Bunny.

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