Rita Moreno defied her humble upbringing and racism to become a Puerto Rican proud Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner.
Ms. Moreno can be considered as the first Puerto Rican woman to achieve Super Hero status. Explore her 70-year career with new interviews, clips of her iconic roles and scenes of the star on set today.
Rita Moreno's first foray into social justice was attending the March on Washington with Martin Luther King, Jr. "I was there when he uttered the 'I Have a Dream' speech," she said. She continued to be a conscious activist throughout her career, fighting for Latina and women's rights.
La Borinqueña, is a Puerto Rican superhero fighting climate change, economic displacement, renewable energy and other issues.
Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña which he self-published under his own studio, Somos Arte.
La Borinqueña is an original character and patriotic symbol presented in a classic superhero story. Her powers are drawn from history and and mysticism found on the island of Puerto Rico. The fictional character, Marisol Rios De La Luz, is a Columbia University Earth and Environmental Sciences Undergraduate student living with her parents in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
She takes a semester of study abroad in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico. There she explores the caves of Puerto Rico and finds five similar sized crystals. Atabex, the Taino mother goddess, appears before Marisol once the crystals are united and summons her sons Yúcahu, spirt of the seas and mountains and Juracan, spirit of the hurricanes. They give Marisol superhuman strength, the power of flight, and control of the storms.
Culture, engagement and changes and needed for the beautiful island.