Source Latino | Latin Music News and Entertainment – The Source http://thesource.com Mon, 21 May 2018 06:54:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 New Jersey Resident Sues State Over Segregated Schools http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/new-jersey-resident-sues-state-over-segregated-schools/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/new-jersey-resident-sues-state-over-segregated-schools/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 15:30:42 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442271 A New Jersey man filed a lawsuit against the state on Thursday (May 17) in an attempt to force local officials to do away with de-facto segregation in schools. The New York Times reported that Christian Estevez, who is Dominican, filed the lawsuit with the support of community groups, parents and even  children. Estevez’s ultimate […]

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A New Jersey man filed a lawsuit against the state on Thursday (May 17) in an attempt to force local officials to do away with de-facto segregation in schools.

The New York Times reported that Christian Estevez, who is Dominican, filed the lawsuit with the support of community groups, parents and even  children. Estevez’s ultimate goal is to allow for students in New Jersey to be able to attend schools outside of their municipality. He’s one of about twelve plaintiffs in the case.

This suit comes on the 64th anniversary of the landmark decision Brown V. Board of Education that ruled school segregation unconstitutional.

“The promise of Brown is not being realized in New Jersey,” Estevez told The New York Times. He continued  by adding, “If you look at a lot of the issues we are having right now in our society, it has a lot to do with the fact that people don’t know each other, and don’t interact with each other, and this creates misunderstanding and animosity. And so it’s important as a society, we think, that people be together, and that they learn side by side.”

Estevez is also the president of the Latino Action Network in New Jersey. Latino Action Network is a grassroots organization that engages in community issues relevant to Latinos in the United States.

According to a UCLA study, New Jersey is the sixth most segregated state for Black students and seventh for Latino students, which is surprising due to the fact that New Jersey is one of the few states where de-facto segregation was ruled unconstitutional.

Former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein told The New York Times that the de-facto segregation in New Jersey is “an embarrassment.”

“We have segregation at a level that is just intolerable for a state like ours, and we have never addressed it,” Stein told the newspaper.

 

Here’s what some people are saying about this issue over on Twitter:

 

 

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Jennifer Lopez to Perform at 2018 Billboard Music Awards http://thesource.com/2018/05/09/jennifer-lopez-billboard/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/09/jennifer-lopez-billboard/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 14:36:50 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=440901 Jennifer Lopez made an appearance on the Today Show this morning, and announced that she will be hitting the stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. The superstar premiered her new song “El Anillo” at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last month, and came through dripping with a fire performance. The 48-year-old is no stranger […]

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Jennifer Lopez made an appearance on the Today Show this morning, and announced that she will be hitting the stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

The superstar premiered her new song “El Anillo” at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last month, and came through dripping with a fire performance.

The 48-year-old is no stranger to the Billboard stage. She first performed at the 1999 ceremony, and for several occasions after that.

J. Lo sold more than 75 million albums during her illustrious career, and can dance her ass off. So this is sure to be a memorable performance.

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SOURCE LATINO: Puerto Rico Hit With Island-Wide Blackout http://thesource.com/2018/04/18/source-latino-puerto-rico-hit-with-island-wide-blackout/ http://thesource.com/2018/04/18/source-latino-puerto-rico-hit-with-island-wide-blackout/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:04:03 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=437145 Puerto Rico, suffering from an unstable power grid since Hurricane Maria, has been hit by an island-wide power outage, the Associated Press has reported, suffering unstable power grid following hurricane on Wednesday. The hurricane inflicted widespread damage to homes and infrastructure when it hit Puerto Rico in September, including wiping out power across the Caribbean […]

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Puerto Rico, suffering from an unstable power grid since Hurricane Maria, has been hit by an island-wide power outage, the Associated Press has reported, suffering unstable power grid following hurricane on Wednesday.

The hurricane inflicted widespread damage to homes and infrastructure when it hit Puerto Rico in September, including wiping out power across the Caribbean island.

This just adds insult to injury after last year’s hurricane left the island crippled for most of 2017.

TheSource.com will update this story as it develops.

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Kap G Teams Up With Atlanta Hawks http://thesource.com/2018/03/07/kap-g-teams-atlanta-hawks/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:08:18 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=432878 The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club announced several promo events to highlight the diversity of the city of Atlanta. On March 13 it will also include a live performance by Kap G. The events will take place before the team’s second annual Unity Game on march 15 against the Charlotte Hornets. Kap G will also be […]

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The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club announced several promo events to highlight the diversity of the city of Atlanta. On March 13 it will also include a live performance by Kap G. The events will take place before the team’s second annual Unity Game on march 15 against the Charlotte Hornets.

Kap G will also be contributing with an upcoming performance as part of the team’s in-game concert series. The College Park, Georgia, born artist, who scored a gold-certified single with his song “Girlfriend”, will perform during the diverse event series leading to the second annual unity game.

Known for rapping about his Mexican heritage, Kap G’s performance supports the National Basketball Association’s “Noches Éne-Bé-A” initiative, celebrating NBA fans and players across Latin America and U.S. Latins communities. That night the in-arena Hawks Shop and HawksShop.com will offer co-branded Kap G merchandise for sale as well. It will be a limited-edition “It’s a Marvelous Day” themed T-shirt. “It’s a Marvelous Day” is Kap G’s latest single from his new EP Mood.

“Being from ‘The A,’ this opportunity means the world to me,” said Kap G. “I love my Latin heritage and it’s an honor that I’ll get to share that with Hawks fans and my city. I want all of my fans to come out to the game and help me celebrate this historic moment.”

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SOURCE LATINO: FEMA Will Continue To Ship Food And Water To Puerto Rico Despite Previous Reports http://thesource.com/2018/01/31/source-latino-fema-will-continue-ship-food-water-puerto-rico-despite-previous-reports/ Thu, 01 Feb 2018 02:22:11 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=428536 The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Wednesday it would continue providing water, meals and other essentials to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico despite earlier reports its humanitarian mission in the U.S. territory would end on Wednesday. “There was never, and is not now, a decision to stop distributing commodities on the island,” FEMA said in […]

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The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Wednesday it would continue providing water, meals and other essentials to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico despite earlier reports its humanitarian mission in the U.S. territory would end on Wednesday.

“There was never, and is not now, a decision to stop distributing commodities on the island,” FEMA said in a statement on Wednesday evening.

Puerto Rico is struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria, which hit on Sept. 20. The storm killed dozens and left the entire island without power at a time when it was already trudging through the largest government bankruptcy in U.S. history, with some $120 billion in combined bond and pension debt.

Some Puerto Rican and U.S. politicians had criticized FEMA this week after NPR reported on Monday that FEMA’s mission in Puerto Rico was coming to an end, citing a spokesman for the agency.

On Tuesday, FEMA reversed course, saying the initial Jan. 31 end date had been relayed in error.

Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, speaking on the Senate Floor on Monday, had said it would be “unconscionable” and “a travesty” to cut off aid in Puerto Rico, where nearly a third of the island’s 3.4 million U.S. citizens still lack power more than four months after the storm.

Eventually, FEMA will hand over responsibility for humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico’s government.

Amid the confusion over the timing of that transition, Puerto Rico’s public safety director, Hector Pesquera, said on Tuesday his administration was still negotiating with FEMA on the timing of the handover.

“We have yet to finish the discussions about when the transition should start,” Pesquera said. “It is important to note that this transition period should last at least two weeks.”

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SOURCE LATINO: Detroit-Based Immigrant Deported To Mexico After 30 Years In U.S. http://thesource.com/2018/01/16/source-latino-detroit-based-immigrant-deported-to-mexico-after-30-years-in-u-s/ Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:29:13 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=426076 After spending three decades in the United States, a 39-year-old Michigan man was sent back to Mexico by ICE agents, according to the Detroit Free Press. Jorge Garcia was only 10 when he came to the US with his family. He was a child of undocumented immigrants. Today, Garcia is married with two children, all […]

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After spending three decades in the United States, a 39-year-old Michigan man was sent back to Mexico by ICE agents, according to the Detroit Free Press. Jorge Garcia was only 10 when he came to the US with his family. He was a child of undocumented immigrants.

Today, Garcia is married with two children, all of which are full US citizens. Previously, Garcia would be allowed to remain in the states after so many years but with the recent crackdown on immigrants under the Trump administration, he has been ordered to vacate.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Garcia said goodbye to his family at the Detroit Metro Airport on Monday. ICE agents escorted him onto a plane bound for Mexico.

Garcia told the paper that he had requested for ICE to wait until new DACA legislation is passed, but the agency denied his request.

Garcia said that he feels sad and worries about how his family will adapt without him being there to support them. The report acknowledged that Garcia is not allowed to reenter the United States for at least 10 years.

Garcia had been facing an order of removal from immigration courts since 2009, but under the previous administration, he had been given stays of removal. But because of the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, Garcia was ordered in November to return to Mexico. His supporters say he has no criminal record — not even a traffic ticket — and pays taxes every year.

Nevertheless, Garcia had to be removed, said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Monday morning, accompanied by ICE agents at Detroit Metro Airport, Garcia went through security as supporters around him held up signs that read, “Stop Separating Families.”

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Love and Hip Hop’s Amara Del Negra Signs Multi-Album Deal http://thesource.com/2018/01/05/amara-del-negra-signs-deal/ Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:58:05 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=425044 Dominican artist, Amara Del Negra has signed a multi-album deal with Fast Life Entertainment Worldwide and BMG. This announcement follows the premiere of the new series of VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop Miami, the fourth different city the network has gone to for its Love and Hip Hop franchise. The “Se Que Soy” artist shared her joy […]

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Dominican artist, Amara Del Negra has signed a multi-album deal with Fast Life Entertainment Worldwide and BMG. This announcement follows the premiere of the new series of VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop Miami, the fourth different city the network has gone to for its Love and Hip Hop franchise.

The “Se Que Soy” artist shared her joy in signing the deal on Instagram. VH1.com translated the Spanish written caption on Del Negra’s Instagram post.

“I left the past behind and decided to focus on me! My career! And my goals! I always said “God’s Time is Perfect!” For those who did not believe in me … I warn you that NOW THIS IS GOING TO BE GOOD! Thank God! My mom! My fans! My Followers! My manager and the President of the BMG label And all those who have supported me a thousand thanks. You are part of my achievements and where I want it to be, I will always proudly carry the flag of the Dominican Republic!”

In the first episode of the new show, Del Negra has a scene in the studio with producer, Elijah “Young Hollywood” Sarraga who scolds the Afro-Latina singer for not having a “cookie cutter” look. An intense argument ensues that involves what could be perceived as racially charged and sexist rhetoric from the male producer.

At this point, there has to be some level of regret on Young Hollywood’s mind now that Amara is looking to release her first single as a signed artist in the first quarter of this year. Del Negra seems to be an early favorite on Love and Hip Hop Miami which has had a few noteworthy cast members become stars following their reality show stardom. K. Michelle got a big boost in popularity after starring in Love and Hip Hop Atlanta – and she now enjoys a successful career having released her fourth studio album since appearing on the reality show.

Love and Hip Hop also gave “Bartier Cardi” artist Cardi B a huge boost when fans saw her bubbly, ratchet yet entertaining personality on their TV screens for the first time. Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” is now a three times platinum record.

Amara Del Negra be the next breakout star from Love and Hip Hop. At the very least, she is off to a great start.

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Half Of Puerto Rico’s Electricity Customers Still Lack Power http://thesource.com/2017/12/30/half-puerto-ricos-electricity-customers-still-lack-power/ Sat, 30 Dec 2017 14:58:45 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=424121 Almost half of the electricity customers in Puerto Rico lack power, according to officials on the island, 100 days after Hurricane Maria hit the island. Government officials on the island told The Associated Press on Friday that only 55 percent of Puerto Rico’s 1.5 million electricity customers have power. Before Friday, the only official figures […]

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Almost half of the electricity customers in Puerto Rico lack power, according to officials on the island, 100 days after Hurricane Maria hit the island.

Government officials on the island told The Associated Press on Friday that only 55 percent of Puerto Rico’s 1.5 million electricity customers have power.

Before Friday, the only official figures from the Puerto Rican government concerned the amount of electric generating capacity that the island-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) had running.

The Army Corps of Engineers has taken a leading role in electric infrastructure recovery after PREPA ended a highly controversial contract with Montana-based Whitefish Energy.

The Corps now hopes to return power to the entire island by May, eight months after Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz labeled President Trump a “disaster-in-chief” Friday for his administration’s role in the recovery efforts, which she views as inadequate.

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Source Latino Exclusive: NAHJ Panel Discusses Tom Hanks’ ‘The Post’ and Freedom of Speech http://thesource.com/2017/12/22/source-latino-exclusive-nahj-panel-discusses-tom-hanks-post-freedom-speech/ Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:33:11 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=423202 Words by Nick Slay This week the National Asssociation of Hispanic Journalists invited local college chapters for a special pre-screening of Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep’s, The Post. A movie that eerily echoes similar struggles the press is facing in the wake of the Trump Administration and presidency. If you’re fuzzy on your history (and let’s […]

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This week the National Asssociation of Hispanic Journalists invited local college chapters for a special pre-screening of Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep’s, The Post. A movie that eerily echoes similar struggles the press is facing in the wake of the Trump Administration and presidency.

If you’re fuzzy on your history (and let’s face it since there isn’t a social studies pop quiz Monday you might be) this movie discusses the details surrounding the Vietnam War and the Nixon White House. Most namely the Pentagon Papers and Vietnam.

The abridged version of this historical drama set in the 1970’s is about how the Washington Post backed up the NY Times in its release of a United States Department of Defense history of the United States’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. The papers were released by Daniel Ellsberg, in 1971 and that the Johnson Administration “systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress.” Following the trend of presidents before him up to Nixon, that the Vietnam War was a war we could not win.

The significance of this moment in history lies in that The Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision defended the press’ freedom of speech calling it the 4th Estate to be the watch dog of the 3 branches of U.S. government.

The panel gathered:
Charo Henriquez – Sr. Editor of the NY Times
Carolina Moreno – Reporter for Huffpost Latino Voices
Enrique Acevedo – Anchor of Univision News
Joel Simon – Exec. Dir. Committee to Protect Journalists

Among several of the topics discusses such as; content vs. reporting; the voice of Latin people and women in news media; most arguably freedom of the press. This rings especially true in the ‘Trump Era’ of Fake News. This even prompted Tom Hanks to make a statement as reported by Buzzfeeed that he wouldn’t attend a White House screening of the movie if he was invited by President Trump.

Some notable sentiments by the panel echo the sentiment of the importance of the Press during this administration and news rooms needing the support of their editors and owners. This draws especially close to premise of the film that centered around the relationship between Post owner Kay Graham and editor Ben Bradlee. This follows her controversial decision at the time to publish their copies of the Pentagon Papers when Nixon had already filed a motion against the NY Times for potentially committing treason in releasing state secrets. At the time the Press viewed it as censorship portraying President Nixon as a president willing to censor the Press when he disagreed or disliked what they reported. A similar take on the now strenuous relationship between Trump and CNN. The panelists took to Twitter to share their thoughts with the public at large.

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Trump Administration To End “Temporary Protected Status” For Haitians In 2019 http://thesource.com/2017/11/21/trump-administration-end-temporary-protected-status-haitians-2019/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:53:05 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=418849 The United States in July 2019 will end a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation after a devastating 2010 earthquake, according to media reports. The decision by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke gives Haitians 18 months to return to their impoverished Caribbean country or legalize their status […]

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The United States in July 2019 will end a special status given to about 59,000 Haitian immigrants that protects them from deportation after a devastating 2010 earthquake, according to media reports.

The decision by acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke gives Haitians 18 months to return to their impoverished Caribbean country or legalize their status in the United States.

Former President Barack Obama’s administration granted Haitian nationals in the United States so-called Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for 18 months after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, in January 2010, killing more than 300,000 people.

The Obama administration extended the status several times after the initial designation.

Duke decided to terminate the special status after a U.S. review of the conditions in Haiti found the country had made considerable progress, a senior official with President Donald Trump’s administration told a briefing.

“It was assessed overall that the extraordinary but temporary conditions that served as the basis of Haiti’s most recent designation has sufficiently improved such that they no longer prevent nationals of Haiti from returning safely,” the official said.

In May, then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly extended the status for Haitians for six months through January 2018. At the time, Kelly told reporters that TPS “is not meant to be an open-ended law but a temporary law.”

The decision to end TPS for Haitians is part of Trump’s broader efforts to tighten restrictions on immigration, and comes despite calls from even some fellow Republicans to continue the relief.

Duke in September ended protected status for citizens of Sudan as of 2018, but extended it for citizens of South Sudan through mid-2019.

This month, Duke decided to end the status for Nicaraguan immigrants, but extended the program for Honduran immigrants until July 2018.. Thousands of Nicaraguans and Hondurans received the special status in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America.

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Border Patrol Agent Killed While On Duty In Texas http://thesource.com/2017/11/20/border-patrol-agent-killed-duty-texas/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:14:07 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=418664 A U.S. Border Patrol agent died Sunday from injuries sustained while patrolling in Texas’ Big Bend sector near the U.S.-Mexico border. Agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were responding to “activity” while on patrol near Interstate 10 when both reported they had been injured and were in need of assistance, according to a statement from […]

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent died Sunday from injuries sustained while patrolling in Texas’ Big Bend sector near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Agent Rogelio Martinez and his partner were responding to “activity” while on patrol near Interstate 10 when both reported they had been injured and were in need of assistance, according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Responding agents transported both wounded to a local hospital, where Martinez passed away from his injuries. His partner remains hospitalized in serious condition, CBP said.

Officials have not released further details about what caused Martinez’s injuries or what kind of activity the agents were responding to when they were hurt. The Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group and CBP’s aviation and marine assets are searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses.

Shortly after CBP confirmed Martinez’s death, President Donald Trump said the incident showed the need for a wall along the Southwest border.

“Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!” the president tweeted Sunday night.

Martinez, 36, of El Paso, Texas, had been a border agent since August 2013.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke called Martinez’s death a “tragic event” and said the the administration is “fully supporting the ongoing investigation” of the incident.

“On behalf of the quarter of a million frontline officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Agent Martinez and to the agent who is in serious condition,” she said in a statement.

The Big Bend sector is not known as one of the Border Patrol’s most active, accounting about 1 percent of the more than 61,000 apprehensions the agency made along the border from October 2016 to May.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Returns To Hamilton! About To Storm P.R. In 2018 http://thesource.com/2017/11/08/lin-manuel-storm-puerto-rico-2018/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 01:12:49 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=416849 History tells us that a massive storm in 1772 brought Alexander Hamilton to the mainland… and so it is only right that an equally destructive storm almost 250 years later brings the man that made the country’s first Secretary of Treasury a rock star back to the Caribbean. Actor, writer and producer Lin-Manuel Miranda and […]

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History tells us that a massive storm in 1772 brought Alexander Hamilton to the mainland… and so it is only right that an equally destructive storm almost 250 years later brings the man that made the country’s first Secretary of Treasury a rock star back to the Caribbean.

Actor, writer and producer Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast will perform a limited three-week run of the Broadway show, Hamilton in Puerto Rico from January 8 – 27, 2018 at Puerto Rico’s Teatro UPR in San Juan. Lin will lace up his high boots and fluff up his ruffled shirt once again in the title role as Hamilton to show his support for la isla bonita as she rebuild herself from Hurricane Maria. Hopefully, the show will draw tourist the the city and help pump dollars into their suffering economy.

Miranda released a statement explaining his desire to go back:

“Bringing Hamilton: An American Musical to Puerto Rico is a dream that I’ve had since we first opened at The Public Theater in 2015/ When I last visited the island, a few weeks before Hurricane Maria, I had made a commitment to not only bring the show to Puerto Rico but also return again to the title role. In the aftermath of Maria, we decided to expedite the announcement of the project to send a bold message that Puerto Rico will recover and be back in business, stronger than ever.”

Producer Jeffrey Seller told Rolling Stone, “When Lin said he wanted to take Hamilton to Puerto Rico and play the role again, I almost leapt out of my chair… In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, we hope Hamilton can play a positive role in bringing the artistic pulse of the community back to life. Arts and culture are pillars for economic development, cultural tourism, community empowerment, and growth.”

Miranda is one of Hip-Hop’s most prolific thinkers. His musical, In The Heights, not only opened the Great White Way to 808s and rhymes over melody, but celebrated American culture unique to a very distinct community in Harlem, New York (Washington Heights). Hamilton did the same.

Same New York… Same Harlem… Same Hip-Hop ssshhhh…. Same Immigrant stories!

Other emcees like Fat Joe, Jada Kiss and Chance the Rapper have also showed love for the island through donations and charitable concerts.

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Sammy Sosa is Practically Caucasian Now http://thesource.com/2017/11/08/sammy-sosa-is-practically-caucasian-now/ Wed, 08 Nov 2017 20:08:59 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=416830 Sammy Sosa was spotted in London appearing significantly whiter than ever. He is damn near Caucasian. Just seen this on my IG feed and I swear, I hope I run into Sammy Sosa because I need to ask him a few questions. pic.twitter.com/QGRZbW8a4F — Erika Fernandez (@CurlsAndSports) November 7, 2017 When the 48-year-old baseball legend […]

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Sammy Sosa was spotted in London appearing significantly whiter than ever. He is damn near Caucasian.

When the 48-year-old baseball legend first came to the United States at the age of 21, he had beautiful, melanin-filled brown skin. In 2009 he began bleaching his skin and appears lighter and lighter every time we see him. He claimed he bleached by choice and not due to self hate in a 2009 interview with Univision’s Primer Impacto show.

It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin tone. It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily. What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don’t think I look like Michael Jackson.

At this point, he has surpassed MJ. Twitter began to freak out (again). Many people expressed concern for Sammy Sosa’s mental state.

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SOURCE LATINO: Tesla Restores Power To Puerto Rico In Aftermath Of Hurricane Maria http://thesource.com/2017/10/25/source-latino-tesla-restores-power-puerto-rico-aftermath-hurricane-maria/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:01:19 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=415058 Words by Infinite Wiz Tuesday Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed specs for its Powerpack batteries, which are being used to restore power to Hospital del Niño in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tesla will use its batteries and solar panels to restore power to Puerto Rico during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The children’s hospital is […]

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Tuesday Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed specs for its Powerpack batteries, which are being used to restore power to Hospital del Niño in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tesla will use its batteries and solar panels to restore power to Puerto Rico during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The children’s hospital is the “first of many” Tesla projects that will help return electricity to Puerto Rico since 85% of the island is still without power following the Category 4 storm.

Though 98% of the hospitals in Puerto Rico are open very few have steady and reliable electricity. Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello initiated talks in earlier this month with Musk about using Tesla batteries and solar panels to build microgrids around the island. Microgrids can operate independently of the main power grid to provide power generated by renewable energy resources.

Puerto Rico has said it could take six months before its power grid is repaired and returning power to the island’s 3.5 million residents. With sustainable development, such as Tesla’s microgrid project, destruction of this magnitude to the US territory’s infrastructure won’t happen again. Perhaps it can serve as a best practice for the world.

Tesla’s first microgrid project in Puerto Rico was announced on Tuesday on Twitter. Tesla showed it has already started constructing a solar field behind the hospital and its Powerpack batteries are currently on site.

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President Trump: My Administration Deserves A “10” For Its Response To PR’s Hurricane Maria Victims http://thesource.com/2017/10/19/president-trump-administration-deserves-10-response-prs-hurricane-maria-victims/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:37:42 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=414357 On a scale of 1 to 10, President Trump said Thursday that his administration deserves a “10” for its response to the devastation caused on Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria. Trump spoke after his meeting in the Oval Office with the U.S. territory’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, who, when asked by Trump “did we do a […]

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On a scale of 1 to 10, President Trump said Thursday that his administration deserves a “10” for its response to the devastation caused on Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria.

Trump spoke after his meeting in the Oval Office with the U.S. territory’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, who, when asked by Trump “did we do a great job?” said, “You responded immediately, sir.”

Nearly a month after the powerful storm swept across the Caribbean island, most residents remain without power and one-third do not have access to clean drinking water; the administration has been widely criticized for lagging in responding to the devastation caused by the hurricane.

Trump stressed that the island’s infrastructure, including its roads and power grid, “was in pretty rough shape” before the storm.

While in the past Trump seemed to blame Puerto Ricans for their plight, in Thursday’s meeting, he praised the island’s residents, saying they were “just incredible people, the spirit they have, the strength they have, what they’ve gone through.”

The president said the 10-out-of-10 score was warranted because “it was probably the most difficult — when you talk about relief, when you talk about search, when you talk about all of the different levels, and even when you talk about lives saved. If you look at the number, I mean this was, I think, it was worse than Katrina. It was in many ways worse than anything people have ever seen.”

FEMA Administrator Brock Long, who was also at Thursday’s Oval Office meeting, said his agency was focused on trying to restore essential functions “to six major municipalities within Puerto Rico that service about 80 percent of the population, starting there and then working our way out.”

Long said a “traditional recovery” on the island “is going to require a solution far greater than what FEMA typically puts down.”

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives last week approved another $36.5 billion for emergency relief for Puerto Rico and other areas hit by disasters. The Senate is expected to act on that package soon. That new relief package is in addition to the $15.25 billion lawmakers approved last month for Hurricane Harvey rebuilding. And more will almost certainly be needed.

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SOURCE LATINO: Donald Trump: We Can’t Help Puerto Rico Forever http://thesource.com/2017/10/12/source-latino-donald-trump-cant-help-puerto-rico-forever/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:24:57 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=413333 President Trump on Thursday warned that this administration’s response to hurricane-torn Puerto Rico cannot last “forever.” …We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2017 His tweet comes at a time when only about […]

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President Trump on Thursday warned that this administration’s response to hurricane-torn Puerto Rico cannot last “forever.”

His tweet comes at a time when only about 10 percent of the island’s 3.4 million residents have electricity, Puerto Rico’s government said Tuesday.

Guaynabo, a city the president and first lady Melania Trump visited, is also reportedly still without power.
“Flashlights, you don’t need them anymore. You don’t need them anymore,” the president said as he passed them out to city residents.

He also tossed paper towels into the crowd of people gathered around him during the visit.

The Trump administration faced criticism for its initial response as Puerto Rican lawmakers begged him to help deal with the scarcity of basic necessities like food and clean water.

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[INTERVIEW] Cardi B Wants to Stay in Tuned With the “Regular Degular Shmegular” Girl From the Bronx http://thesource.com/2017/10/11/cardi-b-reveals-first-song-made-turn-offs-man-balances-new-fame/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:06:16 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=413109 Cardi B is out here living her best life and we’re not mad at her. Now that she don’t got to dance anymore and is making history on the Billboard charts, many are wondering how she balances her new fame. She told The Source that she remains grounded by visiting her family and eating the […]

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Cardi B is out here living her best life and we’re not mad at her.

Now that she don’t got to dance anymore and is making history on the Billboard charts, many are wondering how she balances her new fame. She told The Source that she remains grounded by visiting her family and eating the same foods that she used to eat. Cardi also confessed that she wishes she was still a “regular” girl and people treated her the same.

The “Bodak Yellow” emcee also revealed that the first song she ever made was “Washpoppin” off her Gangsta B*tch Vol. 1 mixtape. The Bronx native explained that she was always poetic and had the ability to rhyme, but now she’s actually spitting bars. She’s set to be featured on MigosCulture 2 and we’re patiently waiting for her debut album.

Many people are doubting her longevity in the game but Cardi wants the world to put some respect on her name.

Check out the full interview above.

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New Footage of Selena Quintanilla Discovered http://thesource.com/2017/10/06/new-footage-selena-quintanilla-discovered/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 21:01:01 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=412504 After two decades, new footage of the late Selena Quintanilla has arisen. Reveling in her grammy award nomination and speaking on the fruits of her labor, Selena is poised as ever in the video footage. Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History unearthed the footage from a  a TV camera donated by Univision, the parent company of […]

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After two decades, new footage of the late Selena Quintanilla has arisen. Reveling in her grammy award nomination and speaking on the fruits of her labor, Selena is poised as ever in the video footage. Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History unearthed the footage from a  a TV camera donated by Univision, the parent company of San Antonio’s KWEX-TV. The video is a 1994 interview with the TV program Tejano USA.

“When they first told us that we were nominated, we all freaked out,” the singer explains. “We couldn’t believe it. The first thing, I promise, the first thing that came to mind is, like, ‘I have to take a camera, so I can take pictures with all of these stars.’ It didn’t hit me later until, like, when I thought, ‘Oh my God. What if we win?’ ”

“We went out there and they didn’t let me take my camera in, that’s one of the things. I didn’t get to take pictures until afterward. We were sitting there, when they announced, I had this huge knot in my stomach, I was so nervous. And then they announced the winner!”

Selena also discussed her three-episode guest starring role on the Televisa soap opera, Dos Mujeres, Un Camino. She also was able to introduce her new video for “Amor Prohibido.”

Just on the cusp of a major global breakthrough, Quintanilla was just 23 when she was murdered by her fan club president in 1995. Check out the newly discovered video footage below.

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Containers Full Of Goods Sit Undistributed At Ports In Puerto Rico http://thesource.com/2017/09/29/containers-full-goods-sit-undistributed-ports-puerto-rico/ Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:43:14 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=411533 Millions of people in Puerto Rico need fuel, water, food and medicine. More than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, major infrastructure is still down. Stores have trouble filling their shelves. Families are running low on the supplies they stockpiled before the storm, and across the island, many residents say they haven’t seen […]

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Millions of people in Puerto Rico need fuel, water, food and medicine. More than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, major infrastructure is still down. Stores have trouble filling their shelves. Families are running low on the supplies they stockpiled before the storm, and across the island, many residents say they haven’t seen any aid deliveries.

Meanwhile, at the port in San Juan, row after row of refrigerated shipping containers sit humming. They’ve been there for days, goods locked away inside.

These containers were brought to the island by Crowley, a maritime shipping company. The company started unloading shipments on Saturday. By Friday, it will have received more than 4,000 loaded crates.

Most of the containers coming in have never left. Crowley says it has more than 3,400 commercial containers at its terminal now. That’s just one shipping company, at one port. Several other ports are accepting shipments, and stranded crates total an estimated 10,000.

“These containers are full of food, these containers are full of water, full of medicine … full of construction materials,” says Vice President Jose Ayala, who notes a barge a day has arrived since the port opened on Saturday. “It has reached Puerto Rico. The problem is we can’t get it on the shelves.”

Ayala says it’s frustrating: “People are out there under so much need, and there’s this cargo here.”

“Plenty of vessels can get cargo to the island,” agrees Mark Miller, Crowley’s vice president of communications. “But the real difficulty is getting the goods to the people via trucks.”

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of pounds have been delivered to the airport by commercial airlines, and the Department of Defense and FEMA have also been bringing in deliveries by air. Everybody — the government, aid groups and private firms — is having trouble moving those goods around.

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Hurricane Maria Becomes “Dangerous” Category 4 Storm As It Reaches Carribean http://thesource.com/2017/09/19/hurricane-maria-becomes-dangerous-category-4-storm-reaches-carribean/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:43:05 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=410698 Hurricane Maria is intensifying and is now a very dangerous Category 4 storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in a post on Monday, Sept. 18. The NHC warned that Maria, which was named a hurricane over the weekend, is “extremely dangerous” and has winds of 130 mph. The eye and “intense inner core” […]

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Hurricane Maria is intensifying and is now a very dangerous Category 4 storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in a post on Monday, Sept. 18.

The NHC warned that Maria, which was named a hurricane over the weekend, is “extremely dangerous” and has winds of 130 mph.

The eye and “intense inner core” is slated to pass over Dominica “during the next few hours.” Dominica is located between St. Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda. Right now, Maria is about 45 miles east-southeast of Dominica, and it’s also 35 miles northeast of Martinique.

It’s headed west-northwest on a track that would put it over the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico by Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a 2 p.m. ET (1800 GMT) advisory. The hurricane was expected to continue to strengthen during the coming two days, the center said, according to media reports.

U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp warned residents not to underestimate the threat from Maria, or its potential to change track. “Just remember this is a live animal,” he said.

The island of St. Croix looked to face hurricane-force winds, with nearby St. Thomas and St. John seeing tropical storm force winds, Mapp said, adding, “given the current conditions of St. Thomas and St. John, that’s not good,” according to reports.

The Weather Channel reported that Maria could impact the Hurricane Irma-hit northern Leeward Islands.

It will likely hit the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a major Hurricane on Wednesday, the Channel reported.

It will also impact Hispañola, which contains Haiti and the Dominican Republican, and might then hit the Turks and Caicos.

But it’s unclear if Maria will impact the U.S. East Coast, which would occur next week.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the following:
– Guadeloupe
– Dominica
– St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat
– Martinique
– U.S. Virgin Islands
– British Virgin Islands
– Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the following:
– Antigua and Barbuda
– Saba and St. Eustatius
– St. Maarten
– Anguilla
– St. Lucia

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the following:
– St. Maarten
– Saba and St. Eustatius
– Anguilla
– Isla Saona to Puerto Plata
– St. Martin and St. Barthelemy

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the following:
– St. Vincent and the Grenadines
– West of Puerto Plata to the northern Dominican Republic-Haiti
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