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Do you consider Jennifer Lopez Puerto Rican???

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  • Do you consider Jennifer Lopez Puerto Rican???

    Just wondering! I thought in order to be Puerto Rican you have to be born on the Island. I though she was born in the bronx, maybe she was born in PR, but I'm not for sure. Does having Puerto Rican parents qualify you as Puerto Rican??? I would like your input on this. I'm just curious! I'm just thinking, I don't call myself African, or Native American or German or English, I just say American. So would a black englishman call himself African. Just tossing one out there for you to think about!!

  • #2
    I am: (in sequence of importance)

    1. A member of the species Homo Sapiens Sapiens
    2. Of the male gender
    3. Of Puerto Rican descent (both parents are 100% Puerto Rican but I was born in San Cristobal, Venezuela)

    Am a Puerto Rican? No.
    Am I Venezuelan? No.
    Am I "American?" Yes but only by citizenship.

    The important thing isn't where you were born or what label you place on yourself or that labels that others place on you. What is important is that you strive to improve yourself and leave a lasting positive impact on others and on the world around you.


    • #3
      Good Question, Fausta

      I was born in the Bronx and my parents are naturals from Puerto Rico.
      I feel full puertorican, I learned and know the culture also the foods, which is a real good way to keep the husbands happy...LOL...I carry their blood and no one elses,
      I am just lucky to be born here in the USA and have the advantage of speaking two languages, since I was born.
      I am very proud to say I was born in the USA and feel Puertoriquen 100%...That is how I feel about me...I don't know any one else opinion.


      • #4
        I believe the only person qualified to answer that question is Jennifer Lopez.

        The question is not whether we consider her to be Puerto Rican but whether she considers herself to be Puerto Rican.



        • #5
          Good Question

          But like Jose stated only the individual can answer it according to their heartfelt feelings. If we look at it as a US questions, of course she would be classified Puerto Rican, if we look at it culturally, most likely she is, but logically we can't say well we are born in the US that makes us Americans, wrong, because Puerto Ricans are also Americans and they are citizens. If we separate it ethnically, I would still say yes, I have friends that like you are German, or Irish whatever, and do not really say they are, they just say Americans, however we do separate ourselves with pride and because it has always been done to us also.

          My daughters born in the US say they are Puerto Ricans. I feel that if in your heart you love our Island, respect and love our traditions etc, you can call yourself Puerto Rican as long as you are willing to defend us till the end.

          My opinion.

          Much Love always!


          • #6
            Very interesting...

            Everyone has a different opinion. Which is just fine with me. I guess I'm just sick of everyone putting labels on each other and themselves. It doesn't make sense. Also, I'm a little jealous-if you can call it that-of the fact that most people can say that they are a specific group of people. I'm a little lost, here I am talking to Puerto Ricans when I should be on some "mix" race chat or something. Why do we make it so hard to find our place in this world. Goodness, we just make everything harder for ourselves!!


            • #7

              Interesting question. Jennifer López is a Boricua, no matter where she was born. Not because she has Boricua parents or because she was or wasn't born in Puerto Rico, but because she took the time to learn about her culture and speak proficient Spanish. A Boricua, in my mind, is someone who took the time to learn about Borinquén, its history, culture and language. Boricua is a title that must be earned. It doesn't matter if you were born on the moon, like the poem "Boricua en la luna" by Juan Antonio Corretjer. Another poem, "Ode to the DiaspoRican " by Bronx-born Nuyorican poet, Mariposa has a famous line that sums it up perfectly. "No nací en Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico nació en mí.


              • #8
                Very nicely put Ecuajey,

                Here is one of your poems:

                Boricua en la Luna, Juan Antonio Corretjer

                Boricua en la luna
                Desde las ondas del mar
                que son besos a su orilla,
                una mujer de Aguadilla
                vino a New York a cantar.
                Pero no, solo a llorar
                un largo llanto y morir.
                De ese llanto yo nací
                como la lluvia una fiera.
                Y vivo en larga espera
                de cobrar lo que perdí.

                Por un cielo que se hacía
                mas feo mas más volaba
                a Nueva York se acercaba
                un peón de Las Marías
                Con la esperanza, decía,
                de un largo día volver.
                Pero antes me hizo nacer
                Y de tanto trabajar
                se quedo sin regresar:
                reventó en un taller.

                De una lagrima soy hijo
                y soy hijo del sudor
                y fue mi abuelo el amor
                único en mi regocijo
                del recuerdo siempre fijo
                en aquel cristal del llanto
                como quimera en el canto
                de un Puerto Rico de ensueño
                y yo soy Puertorriqueño,
                sin na, pero sin quebranto.

                Y el "echón" que me desmienta
                que se ande muy derecho
                no sea en lo mas estrecho
                de un zaguán pague la afrenta.
                Pues según alguien me cuenta:
                dicen que la luna es una
                sea del mar o sea montuna.
                Y así le grito al villano:
                yo sería borincano
                aunque naciera en la luna.


                • #9

                  What a great poem!

                  Indeed, we are defined by our deeds, our pride, our minds, and our hearts. If that makes Jenny Boricua, then Boricua she is.

                  Saludos a todos los Boricuas de su hermano Peruano.


                  • #10
                    That sill leaves me with a problem...

                    Jenny from the block knows what to call herself, but what do I call me??? I don't know and I probably never will. OH WELL!! That's their problem!


                    • #11

                      I know that everyone feels a need to belong to a group. It's a natural human desire. In fact, much of our existence is devoted to gaining acceptance among our peers and society as a whole.

                      When we want to belong to a group and feel that such a group does not exist or it does exist but we are not readily accepted in it then it can cause alienation and anxiety. We can all relate to these feelings.

                      Being "biracial" (remember society not biology since the very concept of human biological races is suspect), presents special problems in nearly every culture on the planet. However, take solace in the fact that you are far from being alone and you possess the best of both worlds in your cultural background so to speak.

                      You can seek out other people who encounter the same problems that you may face or you can do what I do: be content that I am a member in the largest and most special group of all - the group containing all of humanity. I see myself in the eyes of a elderly fisherman plying his trade on the South Chinese Sea and I see myself in the eyes of female mission specialist reporting from the Space Shuttle to mission ops in Houston.....I see myself in the eyes of a convicted felon doing hard time and I see myself in the eyes of Afghan girl pleading into the camera for another day of existence. All of humanity is my group, my race, my family, and my kin.


                      • #12
                        I know that...

                        in my heart RAN. But when you are around people who don't hold the same beliefs as you, you begin to stop believing in what you already know. You are consumed by the ignorance around you. It's all an illusion!!! That's why I make it their problem and not mine!! See you next week, on MONDAY!! YUCK!


                        • #13

                          First of all...we are all human...that's our most important and greatest common denominator.

                          After that, people are defined by their actions, their values, their passions, their ideas, their beliefs, ...and a whole subset of other things derived from these principles.

                          To some of us, our heritage and nationality are a really important part of who we are. They helped define many of the factors mentioned above. If we are proud of our roots, that does not mean that we feel superior to others, or that we exclude them from our social circles. That would be really stupid and ignorant, and it would be our loss. In fact, the most beautiful thing about the world is that despite language, racial, religious, and other differences...the things we have in common are more prevalent and more valuable than what sets us apart. This humanity we share equally, and it connects all the dots. It is the foundation for our mutual love and understanding.

                          Being multiracial, you are the living example of a love that crossed many boundaries...a love that was not bound to absolutes. What an amazing perspective you have over others!

                          What does this make you?

                          You are one, you are all. You are human above all. You are love, and you are the happiness you bring to those who love you. You are the lives you touch. You are what you do on the weekends, and what you choose to do on the weekdays. You are what you do when someone is in need. You are what you do when you see injustice. You are what you wish upon your fellow man. You are what you have accomplished and what you are proud of. You are what you love and NOT what you fight against. You are what you mean to your family and to your friends. You are the causes you spouse. You are the topics that interest you and you study hard to understand. You are what you devote your life to. You are a life which is hopefully well lived. You are a collection of memories that have made you happy, you are the memory that will remain after you pass, etc...

                          If people expect a label to better understand you(who cares anyways!), then those are endless possibilities and options for you to use. And they are not necessarily related to your place of birth, although depending on who you are...your country and heritage might very well play a big part in defining you.

                          So keep your head high hermana... you have much to be proud of and to "represent". There is a whole world of possibilities to explore...don't let anyone limit them for you.


                          • #14
                            Yo Soy Boricua!

                            Although she was born in Da Bronx she is still Boricua. I was born in Puerto Rico and I don't consider her any less Boricua than I am. She is a beautiful Latina singer/actress and I am proud that she is a part of the Boricua family........
                            Con todo mi amor


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by iluminado

                              So keep your head high hermana... you have much to be proud of and to "represent". There is a whole world of possibilities to explore...don't let anyone limit them for you.

                              Ok, now that I'm done crying and sobing, you're not allowed to do that again iluminado!!!! You too RAN!!!