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Tuntun, 56, coconut vendor, Playa Fortuna

“The day after the hurricane there were coconuts everywhere. For months we had no fresh water, so we drank coconut water and ate flesh. But business dried up and the coconuts went rancid. The sea flooded the roads. Also, there was no ice to cool the fruit. People here like to drink their cocos nice and cold.”

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Beatriz Miranda Tapia, 76, Vieques

“My brother died of renal failure. He was on dialysis, there was no way to get him to a clinic because there is no dialysis clinic on the island after the hurricane. Everything is in la Isla Grande (Puerto Rico). And the ferry was not working. By the time help arrived he was in a coma.”

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Holy & Wild: Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

One of the most powerful ways to resist oppressive forces is to exercise the power of your own narrative, both on a personal and also, communal level. With this in mind, I traveled to Puerto Rico three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall armed with an unapologetic empowered gaze of a feminist, a Black woman, a woman of indigenous DNA to tell the story of Hurricane Maria through sixteen survivors. They are some of most graceful humans I have ever met.

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Joan Smalls on Representing Black Latinas on and off the Catwalk

She was told he was too dark, too skinny and too tall when she entered and lost beauty contests in her native Puerto Rico. But the haters did not deter her ambition to walk the runways or make her question her #BlackGirlMagic. Today, Joan Smalls Rodriguez rules the catwalks–from Paris to Milan. The Afro-Latina the supermodel is aware that she represents more than a designer, she is uplifting her mixed racial and ethnic heritage.

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The Sacred Music of Guru and Musician Alice Coltrane

The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, a luminous new compilation of sacred music by the avant guard jazz composer, harpist, pianist, and wife of jazz great John Coltrane, fuses sounds from all over the world. It is a sound that is so uplifting and touching, it’s almost as if the spiritual guru to hundreds is reaching from beyond the cosmos to give the world a much needed hug.

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Latin America’s Vibrant Cinematic Renaissance on Display at MoMA

MoMA’s La Frances Hui, who curated the knockout series, says that Latin America’s film renaissance continues ​unabated. According to Hui, there are more films coming out of the region than any other time in its history. New York audiences will get to enjoy some of the most thrilling films being showcased in a small but impactful series. Here is a sampling of the films.

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Meet 3 Scientists Saving Puerto Rico’s Most Endangered Species

Conservationists not the island work hard to save vulnerable creatures amid daunting conditions but they are not alone. They say that Puerto Ricans love their island and once they know they are part of the conservation ecosystem, they come out to help. An inspiring look at the devotion and ingenuity of conservation efforts featured in a new episode of the BBC’s awrad-winning show, Nature.

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New Documentary Revisits the Story of Cuban Boy Found at Sea

Filmmakers say that revisiting the Elián Gonzalez saga showed how profoundly the debacle affected the Cuban-American political community. The drama splintered the community–a more traditionalist hard line and a more moderate wing that would begin to appeal to a newer generation of Cuban immigrants.

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