The smaller star on La Borinqueña’s costume is inspired by the Lares flag .
The Grito de Lares (English: Cry of Lares) – also referred to as the Lares uprising, the Lares revolt, the Lares rebellion, or as the Lares revolution – was the first major revolt against Spanish rule in Puerto Rico.
The short-lived revolt was planned by Ramón Emeterio Betances and Segundo Ruiz Belvis.
It began on September 23, 1868 in the town of Lares, for which it is named, and spread rapidly to various revolutionary cells throughout the island.
La Borinqueña created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez
While many may think this image has been altered, it was not.
This is an actual photo taken on October 25, 1977 when a group of unarmed Puerto Rican activists gathered to protest demanding the release of Puerto Rican Nationalist prisoners.
This was an act of symbolism illustrating their hopes of freedom and independence in putting an end to the discrimination that Puerto Ricans were enduring.
On November 5, 2000, Puerto Rican activist, Alberto de Jesús Mercado, better known as Tito Kayak, along with five other protesters went to the top of the Statue of Liberty in New York City where he bravely placed the Puerto Rican flag on the statue’s crown.
On June 13, 2005, Kayak was arrested at the United Nations headquarters in New York City for attempting to switch the United Nations banner with the Puerto Rican flag, while the United Nations Special Committee met to discuss the political state of the island.
Syncopated Ladies by Chloe Arnold SALUTE THE ARTIST.
From 1958 – infinity.
We will always remember!
Syncopated Ladies is a Female Tap Dance Band from Los Angeles, CA created by critically acclaimed tap dancer and choreographer, Chloe Arnold. Discovered at an early age in Washington, DC by legendary choreographer Debbie Allen, Chloe has since gone on to perform on stages around the globe.
Syncopated Ladies latest viral video covering Beyonce’s hit song, Formation has gained international exposure with over 6 million views online after Beyonce shared the video on both her Facebook and website.
Recently Syncopated Ladies performed on ABC’s Good Morning America and previously were seen on Season 11 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance as the winner of the first dance crew battle.
They have also performed to sold-out audiences in their full-length concert, “Syncopated Ladies: Live” in Dubai, Washington DC at the Howard Theatre, and New York City as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. Other credits include: Dizzy Feet Foundation/Share, Inc. “Dancing With The All-Stars”, Nigel Lythgoe’s Dizzy Feet Foundation “Celebration of Dance” Gala, DanceOn’s SPOTLIGHT, Dancescape L.A.’s 10th Anniversary Showcase, B.B. Kings in New York City, the Annual DC Tap Fest, and a star-studded gala hosted by Diddy & Debbie Allen at The Howard Theatre.
There is inside you
All of the potential
To be whatever you want to be;
All of the energy
To do whatever you want to do.
Imagine yourself as you would like to be,
Doing what you want to do,
And each day, take one step
Towards your dream.
And though at times it may seem too
difficult to continue,
Hold on to your dream.
One morning you will awake to find
That you are the person you dreamed of,
Doing what you wanted to do,
Simply because you had the courage
To believe in your potential
And to hold on to your dream.