Carmen Yulín Cruz …. “🇵🇷 Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico …. The Voice of her Struggling Island and the Puerto Rican People 🇵🇷 …. “!!


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~~September 16, 2018~~ 

CARMEN YULIN CRUZ

~MAYOR OF SAN JUAN, THE CAPITAL CITY OF PUERTO RICO~

Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto (born February 25, 1963) is an American politician who is the current mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Cruz is affiliated with the Popular Democratic Party.

~Wikipedia~

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I have to confess that I didn’t know anything about this woman.

The first time I heard about her was during those terrible days after Hurricane María battered my country. I live in the mainland. I’ve been away from home since 1999.

She became the voice for those in the diaspora as we hungered for news about our country.

To this day you will hear negative comments about her.

She didn’t do her job, she took advantage of the situation to benefit her own political ambitions, she forgot about the people of San Juan, she’s posing because she wants to run for governor, she’s a socialist, she aligns herself with Puerto Rico’s independence while pretending to be a member of the Partido Popular Democrático, etc., etc.

I don’t care what they say about her, I don’t care what they think … to me, she became that voice that we desperately needed to hear.

She’s the only political official who has stood up to Drumpf and his administration. 

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I was hungry for news about the Island after the devastating hurricane

 I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I lived there all my life. I lived through many hurricanes, not María, of course. I know the landscape of my country. I know how the towns in the central part of the island were affected without me being there. I know, without being there, how the medical needs couldn’t be addressed because of lack of power. I knew 16, 64 deaths were not correct. There are at least 11 refrigerated vans at the forensic facility containing bodies … the capacity to conduct autopsies and eventual identification has been overwhelmed.

I have family and friends who were without power for 11 months. When communication was possible, I finally was able to get in touch with them. I sent care packages to them including the most basic items that we generally take for granted. I already went back to see.

By the time I returned, there was a semblance of recovery.

Yes, power is restored … not totally. And it’s still very fragile.

Power outings for hours and days at a time are commonplace.

Politics in Puerto Rico is ‘the national sport’. 

My political ideology related to Puerto Rico has gone through a gamut of feelings, ideas and a new conviction. The relationship with the United States is difficult to define.

I think it depends who you hear it from. 

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#CarmenYulinCruz #AmericanPolitician #Affiliation #PopularDemocraticParty #HerGrowth #MayorOfSanJuan #PuertoRico #TheVoice #StrugglingIsland #PuertoRicanPeople #HurricaneMaria #UnitedStates #BotchedResponse #TerritoryOfTheUSA #USGovernment #BreakingBig #DocumentarySeries #FromTheMinds #OZY #PBS

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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~~GALLERY~~

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Track the route of San Juan’s Mayor Cruz after Puerto Rico was slammed by a catastrophic hurricane. The city leader stood up and fought for relief aid, becoming the heroic voice of her struggling island and the Puerto Rican people.

~~Mayor Carmen YulÍn Cruz~~

Breaking Big

~~Published on Sep 14, 2018~~

As Carmen Yulín and Drumpf enter another Twitter war, find out how the mayor of San Juan fought her way to international prominence.

“I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell,” she famously said as she fought against the entire U.S. government in managing the response to two hurricanes that devastated the Caribbean.

One year after Hurricane Maria made landfall, she’s no less mad.

Watch the season finale of Breaking Big to follow Cruz’s story from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most vocal mayors in the United States. Breaking Big is a new documentary series from the minds of OZY and PBS.

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~Carmen Yulín Cruz Twitter Account~

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“SOS” …. “🎼💫🎼 Cher Has Released Her Latest Cover of an ABBA Classic 🎼💫🎼 …. “!!


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~~September 9, 2018~~ 

THREE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS AND PEOPLE

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I’ve loved ABBA since they appeared on the musical scene. I followed the ascent to stardom in this nation.

I’ve been an ardent fan of Cher. There’s no question she’s an amazing performer.

I love Ellen and her resilience.

Here, I have all three together!!

HortyRex©

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Cher – the 72-years-young song priestess – has just released another track from her upcoming dance album, “Dancing Queen.”

And. It. Is. Everything.

After releasing “Gimme Gimme Gimme” earlier this month, Cher has graced us with “SOS,” another gem from her September 28 album of Cher-inspired covers of ABBA hits.

After filming her role in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” – which included her version of “Fernando” – Cher was said to have been bitten by the ABBA bug.

The dance-filled album will contain 10 new Cher-styled ABBA covers, including some of the group’s biggest hits, including “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen.”

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://theblast.com/sos-cher-has-released-her-latest-cover-of-an-abba-classic/

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~~Cher Performs the ABBA Classic ‘SOS’~~

~~Published on Sep 7, 2018~~

Music icon Cher got the audience on their feet with a performance of “SOS” from her upcoming ABBA tribute album, “Dancing Queen“.

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#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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Cher Twitter Feed

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Playing for Change …. “💞🎼 Congo to the Mississippi 🎼💞 …. “!!


~~September 8, 2018~ 

PLAYING FOR CHANGE 

Song Around The World

I started following Playing for Change a few years ago.

I think the work they do and the way they present music from around the world is amazing.

Music is the universal language.

Here’s a new song that I found traversing through the internet today.

I hope you enjoy it!

HortyRex©

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This song was co-written by Mermans Mosengo and my brother, Greg Johnson, a few years ago while we were on tour with the PFC Band.

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The simple message and anthemic chorus made me really excited to record it as a PFC Song Around The World.

We started under the hot African sun in the village of Lukala in the Congo and we added musicians wherever we traveled for the past few years until we finally added the final piece with Grandpa Elliott playing the harmonica solo in New Orleans.

Someday we’ll all be free, until then, music is our ammunition.

Mark Johnson, Co-Founder of Playing For Change

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Playing for Change Twitter Feed

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#PlayingForChange #MarkJohnson #PeaceThroughMusic #SongAroundTheWorld #CongoToTheMississippi #MermansMosengo #GregJohnson #GrandpaElliot #SomedayWellAllBeFree #UntilThen #MusicIsOurAmmunition

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #hrexachworpress

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~~Congo to the Mississippi~~

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~~Published on Sep 7, 2018~~

Song Around The World

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‘Respect’ …. “🇬🇧🎼 Performed at Buckingham Palace … as ‘The Queen of Soul’ is Laid to Rest 🎼🇬🇧 …. “!!

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~~September 7, 2018~~ 

THE QUEEN OF SOUL

HONORED BY QUEEN ELIZABETH OF ENGLAND

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I know this happened a while ago.

Still it’s so very important to receive such an honor and realize the reach of the “Queen of Soul.

I also needed something uplifting today.

Enjoy!

HortyRex©

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The Queen of Soul was honored outside Queen Elizabeth’s London residence

The Band of the Welsh Guards paid tribute to Aretha Franklin outside at Buckingham Palace in London on Friday, as stars turned out to attend the legendary singer’s funeral in Detroit. They played Franklin’s hit “Respect” during the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

“The Band of the Welsh Guards are world famous for their musical versatility and professional performance and on August 16 paid tribute to another musical icon and one that has been of huge influence and inspiration to our musicians – Aretha Franklin, whose funeral was being held in Detroit 3,748 miles away, at the same time of the Queen’s Guard Change,” the British Army wrote on their YouTube page.

“In the Army Respect for others underpins all that we do, so there was only one tune that would do for today’s ceremony: the 1967 Aretha Franklin hit ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T.’ a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything.”

The performance was received with respectful applause from the gathered crowd.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://people.com/royals/aretha-franklin-respect-performed-band-buckingham-palace-funeral-day/

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#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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~British Army performs Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ to honour ‘Queen of Soul’~

~~Published on Aug 31, 2018~~

The British Army performed Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” on Friday, August 31, 2018 in honour of the “Queen of Soul” during the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace.

The honor occurred the same day a funeral was being held for the singer in Detroit, Michigan.

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WORLD OF DANCE 2018 ….. “🎼🎼 The Fabulous Sisters …. Divisional Finals …. ‘Wrecking Ball’ …. 🎼🎼”!!


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~~September 7, 2018~~

FABULOUS SISTERS

~WORLD OF DANCE 2018~

The 2018 season is at ‘the divisional finals’ portion.

This  group of young, talented ladies are simply out of this world.

They have gone through the qualifiers, the duels, the cut and now the divisional finals.

Sad to say that they were eliminated in this round!

Enjoy the video.

HortyRex©

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There were 12 contenders going into the “World of Dance” Divisional Final on Wednesday night, September 5, but only four came out.

The Fabulous Sisters is a fusion dance group from Tokyo, Japan. They placed first at the 2017 World of Dance finals in the youth division, for the second year in a row and are now ready to make their mark on the “World of Dance” stage in LA!

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Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Members: 13
Ages: 11-17
Style:  Urban Dance
Division: Junior Team

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~Instagram Feed~

https://www.instagram.com/fabuloussisters.japan/

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~~Fabulous Sisters Slay Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”~~

World of Dance 2018

~~Published on Sep 5, 2018~~
 
The Japanese fusion dance group comes in like a “Wrecking Ball” to this Miley Cyrus ballad.

Full Performance

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#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexach

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NIKE …. “🏈👟 Released its Commercial starring Colin Kaepernick …. Inspirational Sports-Related Stories 👟🏈 …. “!


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~~September 6, 2018~~

COLIN KAEPERNICK

TRIUMPHANT RETURN

I must confess I’m not a football fan; I really don’t know much about the game; I really don’t care about it.

However, I do know a lot about Colin Kaepernick.

I respect the man and agree with the peaceful protest and the message that he’s trying to bring to the forefront by using the platform that he had when he was able to play football.

After being shunned for at least two seasons; after continued pressure from the NFL, after continued disparaging from the occupant of the Oval Office, Kap makes a triumphant return!

Take a look.

HortyRex©

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HOW DID THIS BEGIN?

In a 49ers’ final preseason game, backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided sit on the bench to protest racial inequality and police brutality for the national anthem.

~TAKING A  KNEE~

Former Seahawks player and Green Beret Nate Boyer who talked Kap into making the change. Boyer wrote an open letter to Kaepernick and it caused the two to meet up and discuss America and honoring the anthem.

“Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.”

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It was US Army veteran, Nate Boyer, who suggested to Kaepernick to take a knee as a sign of respect

This is their inspiring story of what can happen when people with different perspectives decide to sit down, have a conversation, and hear each other out.

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Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem before games in 2016 to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Critics accused the protest of disrespecting the US flag and military and Drumpf called for players who protested during the anthem to be fired.

Nike released a commercial starring Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday, September 5, following this week’s announcement of a partnership between the two that prompted boycott threats as well as criticism from Drumpf.

Nike and Kaepernick posted the commercial on Twitter and YouTube.

The ad, narrated by Kaepernick, showcases various inspirational sports-related stories, including amateur athletes such as a football-playing homecoming queen and an Ironman participant who lost 120 pounds and recovered from a brain tumor. Professional athletes, including Serena Williams, LeBron James, and the Seattle Seahawks’ Shaquem Griffin (whose left hand was amputated when he was young), are also featured.

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Kaepernick narrates the ad, which features a wide range of athletes including inspirational amateurs, Serena Williams, and LeBron James.
Kaepernick is shown only in the closing seconds of the commercial, which does not feature the former NFL player in football gear.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://www.businessinsider.com/nike-releases-colin-kaepernick-commercial-2018-9

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~~Dream Crazy~~

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~~Published on Sep 5, 2018~~

Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they’re crazy enough.

Just Do It

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#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress

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America’s Got Talent 2018 …. “💕🎼 Zurcaroh: Aerial Dance Group Spreads Their Wings with Epic Act …. 🎼💕 …. “!!


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~~September 5, 2018~~ 

America’s Got Talent 2018

I just finished watching the semifinals today. It seems, by chance, that the best act was saved for last.

Indeed, they performed incredibly

Take a look.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! 

HortyRex©

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Zurcaroh is an acrobatic show group based in Götzis, Austria, and directed by Brazilian choreographer Peterson da Cruz Hora. The group became internationally known after they won a golden buzzer on the 2017 season of France’s Got Talent, and again on season 13 of America’s Got Talent.

~Wikipedia~

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In season 13, NBC’s America’s Got Talent follows Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel, and host Tyra Banks in their talent search, showcasing unique performers from across the country.

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Zurcaroh Twitter Feed

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~~Zurcaroh~~

Aerial Dance Group Spreads Their Wings With Epic Act

~~Published on Sep 4, 2018~~ 

We are STUNNED. The Austrian aerial dance act returned with a shocking act set in Egypt.

America’s Got Talent 2018

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