Where are the Puerto Rican Celebrities?

 

Politicians and celebrities talk a good game. In many respects, they are both playing the same game.  

They sell wars, taxes, bad health insurance, barbecue grills, flavored water, funeral plans, uncontested divorces, just about everything imaginable.

I still remember Erik Estrada selling swamp land in Florida and California. I was horrified and amused, all at once.

http://entertainment.myway.com/celebgossip/enqallart/id/02_01_2005_63087.html

Erik Estrada, of course, isn’t the only one.  

Marc Anthony sells clothing through Kohl’s. He also sells vending machines and real estate through the Richport Group.

http://www.kohls.com/sale-event/marc-anthony.jsp

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2013/02/coming-soon-cab-near-you-vending-machines/4814/

http://www.nycedc.com/press-release/nycedc-and-nyc-next-idea-competition-winner-taxitreats-announce-launch-new-product-and

http://www.venturedeal.com/VentureCapitalFirmProfiles/The%20Richport%20Group.aspx

https://commercialobserver.com/2014/04/nohos-22-bond-finally-evolving-into-a-condo/

Marc Anthony clothing line
Marc Anthony real estate site in Soho, NYC

Benicio Del Toro sells Magnum Ice Cream Bars:

http://www.thefrisky.com/2010-04-22/benicio-del-toro-sells-out-with-magnum-ice-cream-ad/

http://news.moviefone.com/2010/04/22/benicio-del-toro-makes-ice-cream-ad-internet-blows-up-in-disgus/

Jennifer Lopez sells cosmetics:

She sells clothing:   http://veenexuds.atspace.cc/p-844782.html

She sells fragrances: http://www.fragrancex.com/products/_bid_jennifer–lopez-am-lid_j__brands.html

She sells books:

She sells hair products:

She sells Jennifer Lopez Barbie dolls:

Ricky Martin sells Pepsi Cola and Nescafe:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ricky-martin-inks-latino-deal-with-pepsi-74073182.html

This corporate selling is in addition to their movies, records, Broadway shows, concert tours, and reality TV series…in both English and Spanish-language media.

This article is not hating on them, or begrudging their success. For some people, there actually is an American Dream. That is a great and inspiring thing to see!

But in addition to living this dream, an occasional brush with waking reality is both necessary and healthy. 

PUERTO RICO IS IN GREAT TROUBLE

Puerto Rico is about to be gentrified out of existence.

A Financial Control Board is preparing to run the island from Washington DC, on behalf of well-connected hedge funds.

These hedge funds will soon run (and essentially own) the island’s school system, highways, bridges, electrical grid, water supply, and coastal seaports.

The island will run out of money within one month…in December 2015.

In addition, Puerto Rico owes nearly $73 billion, over $1.2 billion of which comes due within a few weeks: in December 2015 and January 2016.

Widespread government layoffs are about to begin. Pensions will be cut.

Over a million Puerto Ricans have fled the island over the past 15 years.

A million more Puerto Ricans will leave Puerto Rico, if something is not done soon.

The two major political parties – PPD and PNP – are part of the problem. They provide NO leadership or positive solutions for this crisis, since they created it.

THE “LEADING SIX TRAILBLAZERS”

The civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s had a “Leading Six Trailblazers,” who had an enormous impact on the entire movement.

The six trailblazers were Harry Belafonte, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Dick Gregory, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Sidney Poitier.

They marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., the ministers of the SCLC, and the Pullman Porters.

They leveraged their media access into a worldwide awareness of segregation and the Jim Crow laws.

They focused immediate and urgent attention on the deep South – before more lives were lost, and more tragedies occurred.

And none of their careers suffered for it. In fact, quite the opposite.

Today, our Puerto Rican celebrities must step up…and show the same leadership as the “Leading Six Trailblazers” during the civil rights movement.

MARCH ON WASHINGTON and MARCH ON JACKSONVILLE

Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Martin, Bruno Mars, Jimmy Smitts, Rosie Perez, Luís Guzmán, Esai Morales, Lin-Manuel Miranda…

The list is long and impressive.

All of them could call for a March on Jacksonville, Fla. to end the Jones Act, and a March on Washington to end the financial abuse of Puerto Rico.

They can keep selling all they want.

They can keep being celebrities, with no reduction in status or marketability.

In fact, their status will rise…when the whole world sees their integrity, and their character, defending the land of their forefathers…the land that they came from.

There is no shame in defending Puerto Rico.

It is time for our celebrities to do it.

 

15 Comments on “Where are the Puerto Rican Celebrities?

  1. Pingback: Federal Judge Juan R. Torruella: “Puerto Rico is in a political apartheid…we need to organize a civil resistance” | WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS

  2. Nelson, que coincidencia pensamos en lo mismo… con todo el respecto quiero compartir mis pensamientos; donde retumban desde que fui a celebrar la Semana Santa a la Isla, viajando 30 días. Durante mi estadía visite quince pueblos… dando gasolina y viajando por la costa y parándome en varios de ellos.
    Pensamientos me atormentaron al ver el Patrimonio de Puerto Rico desplomándose en ruinas. Preguntándome? Como han permitido que se haya deteriorado en estas condiciones, que espantan y aúllen a las almas que murieron por esta Patria. Que agonía sentí al percibir la nostalgia de ver a Puerto Rico, un se vende aquí y un se vende allá, pensamiento volvían con interrogaciones dándome vuelta en mi cabeza. Y donde está la clase artística de este país? Los que se llenan la boca al proclamar que son de Puerto Rico. Acaso no se van a morir algún día; porque no invertir en su propia Patria?, comprando parte del Patrimonio y dejar un legado en su nombre. Donde está la visión de toda esta clase artística? Qué ironía tiene la farándula, donde el egocentrismo los disfraza creyendo que vivirán por siempre.

    Al caminar por la perla…pensaba… el gran Rene de la calle 13… Que le obsequio a la Perla? Ni siquiera tuvo la gentileza de invertir en pintura para embellecer la Perla, a diferencia a otros barrios y ver sus casitas pintadas embelleciendo el paisaje. Caminando por el viejo San Juan, calle arriba y calle abajo…Qqué carajo hizo Santini O el Gobierno? dejando desplomar el Patrimonio de esta ciudad. Nuevamente pensamientos, Que le pasa a los artistas que no toman ventaja para con este Patrimonio Nacional de Puerto Rico?, con preocupación caminaba tomando fotografías, llegando al distrito de Arecibo. Qué gran decepción… cual cumplía 500 años, nostálgicamente pasee por todo el Pueblo llegando a sitios desconocido con una gran tristeza de ver una Historia arrasada.
    Y así, pase de pueblo en pueblo viendo las Franquicias Norteamericanas, cual han sido la destrucción de la infraestructura de nuestros Pueblos. Yankeelandia: CULPABLE. inyectándonos una doctrina anglosajona que no es la nuestra, manipulándonos con un capitalismo que es igual al comunismo donde refleja la crisis que nos paraliza en la Historia.

    La Peregrina

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  3. I as a sculpture and a Native American Taino From New York City living Naguabo rain forrest willing to travel to so port were I can with my all my art heart and feeling !!!

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  4. Dear Nelson …. when we met at your presentation in Orlando I wanted to ask” what can be done to help? What can be done to stop this train that is coming straight at our Island? I had no answer … Aside from sharing and spreading your blog and the information about your book that’s all I thought I could do. Until I read Linda’s comment above!!
    PLEASE ….. if you need that kind of help or any other idea that comes to mind …. PLEASE, let me know. I feel this need to do something for Puerto Rico … I know that there’s not much I could physically handle because of the distance between me and the Island … but I’m here. I have plenty of free time. Once again …. PLEASE, let me know if there’s anything I can do to help!! Hugs …. take care and be well!! Abrazos!! 🙂

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  5. While I agree with the facts in the article, the fact is that a few celebrities, aren’t going to heal our Isla. These people know exactly what’s going on, they all have relativesome there. No, we are all to blame and now collectively, we must respond. We must fill Washingtons mailboxes with our protest, we must March and speak on our own behalf and we must insist that we be treated fairly and with respect. Independence or Statehood arguments only resulted in us borrowing like the rich, living as though we had a hidden dollar printing machine in San Juan, accepting handouts from Washington in exchange for the lives of our lives of our soldiers (sons and daughters ), allowing outsiders to run our airports and to manage Tran Urbano. The United States has at best, treated Puerto Rico as a stepchild and at worst, a prostitute to be used as they saw fit. We as Boriqueas (on and off the isla) are not without fault but, those we have elected (on both sides ) have failed us and covered up their errors with whipped cream for the masses. We need to take responsibilities for shortcommings and not allow outsiders to bring them to the forefront. In the end we must do the unthinkable, peacefully revolt on the island, in Washington and anywheres else we make our home. It’s really simple. First we ask for federal help. No help? OK, give us our independence so we can invite China, Russia, Europe to the doorsteps of our caretaker. Oversimplified, you bet but, even within this oversimplified example there is a grain of possibility. It’s called security. I was born, bred and raised in the USA, it is what I know and love however, I can not in good conscious allow her to default on her commitment. She gave us autonomy but with strings attached. Those strings were for own enrichment and protection. As an American, I am asking the United States to assist Puerto Rico just as she has all the other countries in the world.

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  6. Thank you, Linda.

    If I can get people moving on this, and get something happening, I will definitely reach out to you.

    I really appreciate your offering to help.

    –Nelson

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  7. Sad state of affairs en mi Puerto Rico. What about 3 Puerto Rican members of Congress, they need to speak up too.

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  8. To Nelson A. Denis- I would gladly be a volunteer and phone bank/send emails to the list of people you outline. We need a core organization to define the cause and get the momentum going. We need lots of people to contact because my guess is only 1 in 4 will actually do anything. I will gladly march on Washington. You have my email address. Please contact me to help and be part of this. Thank you.

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    Thank you, Linda.

    If I can get people moving on this, and get something happening, I will definitely reach out to you.

    I really appreciate your offering to help.

    –Nelson

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  9. Sorry, I can do without the celebrities’ input. Es más, any input from them would lessen the gravity of our situation even more. Keep out of it, farándula! Todavía me da dentera pensar en el rapero endosando a McCain. GAG!!

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  10. I have been waiting to see how these children of Borinken will respond…..I was wondering what happened….no voices from the celebrity camp……In my opinion….being a Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican decent..does not necessarily make you a Boricua………where are the voices?…

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  11. well said ,we need unity and get rid of our current politicians .short term i will recomend a board from u.s. to fix p.r, policies .

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  12. You know, this article has given me chills! Basically while reading what will happen to Puerto Rico … and really seeing that freight train heading over fast and there’s nothing to stop it!! This is beyond scary, sad and painful!! What can be done? What can we do? Am I correct in thinking that nothing can be done? My heart hurts for my country!! 😦

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  13. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “PUERTO RICO IS IN GREAT TROUBLE … Puerto Rico is about to be gentrified out of existence.”
    Indeed, where are the Puerto Rican celebrities? We need all the help we can get!!

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