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Creator Of ‘La Borinqueña,’ First Hispanic Superhero: We Needed A Symbol More Than Ever

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In case you didn’t know, Hispanics now have their very own superhero – she is a mighty Latina come all the way from the Isla del Encanto.

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican himself, vividly recalls the response from young girls and boys when they saw him and his brand new creation, La Borinqueña, walking up Fifth Avenue during this summer’s Puerto Rican Day Parade.

It was a character that was proud to be Puerto Rican. It was a character emblazoned with a costume that was screaming patriotism.

– Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez

He said the “little brown and black little girls and boys” threw their arms up because they wanted to hug a superhero that looked like them and wore a costume inspired by the flag they were waving. It was “awe-inspiring,” he told Fox News Latino in his Brooklyn atelier.

“We’ve been waiting for this story. Our community has been waiting for this story,” he said.

He added: “What drew people to her wasn’t the fact that it was a comic book – there is no comic book yet – it was what she represented, it was what she looked like. It was a character that was proud to be Puerto Rican. It was a character emblazoned with a costume that was screaming patriotism.”

La Borinqueña is the first Latina superwoman and was influenced by the history of the U.S. territory and the ongoing financial struggles currently plaguing it. Her name comes from Puerto Rico’s national anthem of the same title.

Miranda-Rodriguez, who is the editor-in-chief for DMC comic-book imprint started by Run-DMC’s Darryl McDaniels, took inspiration from the 1868 revolutionary version of the song by Lola Rodriguez de Tio, which he said it pretty much sounds like a superhero theme song.

“Come, Boricuas, come now, since freedom awaits us anxiously!” he said in Spanish. “The whole song is like fighting for social justice.”

The Williamsburg-based artist said…..

To read the full story:  http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2016/10/03/creator-la-borinquena-first-hispanic-superhero-needed-symbol-more-than-ever/

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