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‘The Simpsons’ Have Not Stopped Keeping Their Fans Informed About What Is Happening In Puerto Rico

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has been showing appreciation for “The Simpsons” and their continuous efforts to help Puerto Rico. The popular television show and the people who work on it have used their major platform to bring more attention to the humanitarian crisis involving Americans who call the island home. After an episode that aired Oct. 1, a still image of all the residents of Springfield showing support for Puerto Rico aired for five seconds. The image was so widely spread that Cruz saw it, printed it out and thanked “The Simpsons” for supporting Puerto Rico in their time of need.

One month after first putting their name behind relief efforts, “The Simpsons” has done it again.

In the above tweet, Springfield bartender Moe Szyslak directly addressed the American people about the importance of standing up for Puerto Rico. Szyslak even took a shot at President Trump and his highly-ridiculed paper towel photo op.

“I personally know how it feels when somebody comes and throws paper towels at you,” Syzslak says in the video. “In my case, it was flaming toilet paper but the principle is the same. It’s humiliating, even though it’s clearly a cry for help!”

Szyslak then announced that “The Simpsons” is donating $25,000 to the relief effort. It is mainly thanks to Barney Gumble, who finally paid his tab.

And, again, Mayor Cruz reached out to “The Simpsons” to express her gratitude.

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Fans of the animated show can’t get enough of this kind of humanitarian philanthropy.

It is pretty rad to see a global pop culture phenomenon step up to the plate to make something like this happen.

People definitely caught on to the dig Syzslak took at President Trump.

Tbh, Trump does make it easy to criticize his response to Puerto Rico given his frequent golf outings.

In fact, Trump was golfing the weekend after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. According to The Washington Post, the decision to take a long weekend golf outing just a week after the storm slammed the island negatively impacted recovery efforts.

But mostly, Puerto Ricans who are still suffering are just grateful for the much-needed help.

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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Is Back And Just Gave A Powerful “Hamilton” Inspired Performance

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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Is Back And Just Gave A Powerful “Hamilton” Inspired Performance

She’s back! After an almost five-year hiatus, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez made her big return to competition at Saturday’s 2021 Winter Cup meet with moves to remember — set to some pretty unforgettable music, too.

The 20-year-old gold and silver medalist hit the mat with a “Hamilton”-inspired floor routine.

Laurie Hernandez just gave a stunning floor routine at the 2021 Winter Cup.

Please welcome Laurie Hernandez back to the floor! After a four-and-a-half-year hiatus, the 20-year-old Olympian showed off her strength, proving, like Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote, she is inimitable and an original.

“My first priority [at Winter Cup] is to go in and hit clean routines and show that I can be consistent,” Hernandez told NBC News. “But my next one is to enjoy myself.” It sure looks like she accomplished her goal, with nonstop energy and a smile on her face throughout her entire choreography.

As “The Room Where It Happens” played in the background, Hernandez flipped and danced her way to a 12.05 score in the event, good for an 11th-place finish in the floor exercise.

And after the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup in Indianapolis wrapped up, the noted theater fan shared her routine on Twitter and asked for feedback from “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel Miranda and actor Leslie Odom Jr. — who sang “The Room Where It Happens” as Aaron Burr in the original cast.

This weekend’s performance was her first since stealing hearts during the 2016 Rio games.

Hernandez was part of the Team USA “Final Five” squad that won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. But following those games she took a step back from competition, later revealing that former coach Maggie Haney was emotionally and verbally abusive toward her. The gymnast dealt with depression and eating disorders as a result.

Hernandez said it wasn’t until years later that she realized her love of the sport could be separated from the trauma she experienced. “I thought I hated gymnastics, and it wasn’t until mid-2018 I realized that it was the people that made the experience bad, not the sport itself,” she explained on Instagram.

Though she already has a gold medal from the team all-around and a silver medal from her 2016 individual performance on the beam, Hernandez is now ramping up for more challenging competitions over the next several months with the hopes of qualifying for the Olympics this summer. But with a crowded field vying against her for just four roster spots, securing a bid to Tokyo will undoubtedly be an uphill battle.

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Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado’s Home In Puerto Rico Is For Sale And At A Discount

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Legendary Astrologer Walter Mercado’s Home In Puerto Rico Is For Sale And At A Discount

Prediction: You will want to check out Walter Mercado’s house in Puerto Rico, and maybe even buy it up and call it home. And what perfect timing, because the stars have aligned to bring you his Puerto Rico pad at an unbeatable price.

That’s right! Walter Mercado’s home in San Juan is up for sale!

Located in an “exclusive area” of San Juan, according to the property listing, the six-bedroom, five-bathroom estate is on sale for just $395,000.

Since you likely won’t fly to San Juan right now (thanks, COVID), you can check out the flamboyant cape aficionados sweet, two story tropical oasis on Realtor.com.

The listing photos show the home’s vibrant interior, which appears in the documentary, with yellow, red and green walls. The first floor boasts a large living room, kitchen and dining room. Tile-work leads up the stairs to the second level, where there’s yet another living room, dining room and a smaller kitchen — plus two balconies.

Outside, there’s a pool area with a gazebo and a patio, as well as a covered carport for at least four cars.

The home seems to be having trouble finding a buyer.

The estate originally hit the market for $495,000 in September 2020 but with no buyer in the cards, it then had its price slashed to $430,000 in December, according to Realtor.com. It’s now asking just $395,000.

Mercado already sold his Miami property in 2017 to cover financial difficulties.

While in Miami, Mercado maintained an apartment at The Grand in downtown for many years until 2017 when he decamped part time to New York.

Many in his family had hoped to turn his Puerto Rico home into a museum to the late icon, but due to zoning issues the family decided the best step forward was to list the home for sale. Regarding Mercado’s belongings that were contained within the home (so many of which we came to see in the Netflix documentary), one of his nieces told Pledge Times, that though family members have each kept some items, many were given to the Miami History Museum, and some items will go to Mexico. However, his cape with the Puerto Rican flag is being sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

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