Portfolio Category: Portfolio: Politics

Utuado, Puerto Rico: Un Año Después del Huracán María

Como la mayoría de las situaciones traumáticas, para todos nosotros en Puerto Rico, el huracán María no fue un evento común, ya que alteró nuestra realidad y el diario vivir de cada Puertorriqueño. Mucho después de que los medios noticiosos en los Estados Unidos y otros países reemplazaran nuestra historia con nuevos titulares y los…
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Utuado, Puerto Rico: One Year After Hurricane Maria

All-inclusive resorts facing white, sandy beaches; the forts in Old San Juan; El Yunque Rainforest; the bioluminescent bay; home of tostones, arroz con gandules and the original piña colada; salsa music and the coquí frog all have the makings of the perfect vacation on the Caribbean island dubbed, “La Isla del Encanto” (The Enchanted Island).…
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Why I Did a Complete 180 About Medical Marijuana

If you knew me when I was growing up, you'd know why it's pretty surprising how I feel about marijuana. It is surprising to many why I did a complete 180 about medical marijuana. When I was 18 years old, I slipped while taking a shower in my apartment in New York City. My lower…
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Procter and Gamble Commercial: Let’s Talk About the Talk

If you haven’t heard about the Procter and Gamble commercial, The Talk, let me please be the one to introduce it to you. It’s raw, it’s historical and it’s spot on! Anyone claiming it’s race baiting, racist or that they’re going to boycott Procter and Gable because of it, I say this: ask yourself why…
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Was Charles M. Schulz a Racist? All Depends on Your Perspective

Was Charles Schulz a racist? Well, it all depends on your perspective. Yesterday my cousin Jason asked if I’d seen this meme, which was created from using a still from The Peanuts Thanksgiving television special that originally aired in 1968. We got into a discussion about the Peanuts creator, the late Charles M. Schulz. I…
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Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation

Ever since Jenn M. Jackson accused Bruno Mars of cultural appropriation on her Twitter page, everyone and their cousins have been weighing on what’s cultural appropriation. Somebody wrote an article suggesting that White people with dreadlocs is another example of cultural appropriation. We even took sides when two in the infamous Kardashian / Jenner clan…
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Glorifying European-Centric Beauty Standards—How Did We Get Here?

Before I started writing about glorifying European-centric beauty standards, I decided to try a little experiment. I googled something simple: a beautiful woman. I purposely didn’t narrow down my search by adding Black, Biracial, Multiracial, ethnic or anything else that would skew the results. This is what Google showed me. What’s wrong with this series of photos?…
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Dr. Seuss: The Once Former Racist Writes a Wrong

I first fell in love with the writing and messages of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss when I was a kid. My parents read his stories to me, and I thought I understood Dr. Seuss as a kid but I wouldn’t really get the deeper meaning behind his writing until I was older. In every one of…
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How Do We Self Identify?

How Do We Self Identify? Race is a topic of endless debate—both among monoracial and multiracial people. For monoracial people, there is only one way to self identify. If their parents are the same race, their own race is branded on them from the moment they are born. This isn’t the case with multiracial people. For…
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