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21 Memes You Will Only Understand if You Are Latinx

People love to generalize people, and say every Latinx person is the same. It happens to everyone, but you cannot deny that certain dress, behavior, food, and speaking customs tie us together. We also love sharing these customs with each other through memes.

From humorous moments to shared experiences, these Latinx memes tell the tale of what it is like growing up in a LatinX household. They make you want to spread them like wildfire while you giggle. You may even tap the people next to you just to have someone to join in on the fun.

Because new memes come online every day, there is no definitive list of the best and funniest list of Latinx memes. Because of this, we can only get you started with a small selection of what is out there.

If you are ready to laugh or cry, here are 25 popular memes that display the Latinx lifestyle.

The Celia Cruz meme

Pinterest @Min G.

This popular meme requires know who this amazing woman was. You may even hear it in her voice. You may even chuckle just thinking about it. The meme presents Latinx integration into the United States. It expresses what people do when they go to American establishments such as Starbucks while mainting their Latinx culture.

Mazapan de la Rosa meme

Reddit u/cualcrees

Mexican candy is brittle. Mazapan de la Rosa breaks apart if you just look at it. It is so fragile that it looks like they barely got it into its packaging. Only a Latinx would know how messy these things can get. They are so infamous that it is a testament to your skills if you can open one up without breaking it.

Taco Truck Life Memes

Pinterest @MonthlyPOP

Everyone loves tacos de asada, and this meme is how we show it. For many Latinx, stopping by a taco truck is a regular weekend activity, especially for tres tacos de asada.

Family Gathering Face

Pinterest @Maggie A

Latinx or not, everyone has the same reaction as this dog whoever they hear a family member say “te ves mas gordita”. You may even feel it if someone stares at you like you got fatter. Thus, everyone should understand the feeling that you just want to be alone to eat your tacos.

Relationship Problems

AskFM TellezxD

Tacos make everything better. They are the perfect solution to any thing. This is especially true if someone buys them for you. That is why they are the go to solution for when you mess up and made your significant other mad.

The Latinx Cure All

Pinterest @Gina Smith

No one questioned it, but every Latino remembers having a bottle or can of 7 up and a jar of Vix VapoRub on their nightstands when they were sick. Despite how silly it might sound now, but this combination always worked.

Frog Butt Will Make It Better

Reddit u/VivaLaEmpire

When Latinx children are injured with bumps and bruises. Their mothers or abuelita may recite the expression: “Sana sana colita de rana, si no sana hoy sanaras manana.” While it calms the children during their treatments, the expression roughly translates as “Heal, heal, little tail of the frog. If it does not heal today, it will heal tomorrow.”

Latinx Moms

Pinterest @Aimee Luna

Latinx moms do not play around. When their kids misbehave, these mothers can throw expletive words and phrases that put their kids back in line. This type of Latinx meme captures these memories for some laughs.

Don’t Be Rude

Pinterest @DESTINYYY11

Latinx kids are obligated to greet everyone house guest. You may remember eye rolling while you did it, but you had to do it until everyone knew that you understood your manners and knew exactly how to say help to everyone. It did not matter how much you just wanted to run to your room and watch television.

Nope

Pinterest @Marlene Bahena 

While “Nope” is universal, Latinx households had it to the extreme/ You may want to get that cool toy and Happy Meal at McDonald’s, but your mother would always respond by saying you have food at home. You might have thought she would forget eventually, but Latinx moms never forget anything, ever.

Saturdays are Para Limpiar

Pinterest @Sibley

Latina mothers are super beings that can work full-time jobs and still raise an entire family. They can also clean the entire house every Saturday morning, and expect their children to help them out. You must do it or you will never hear the end of it. At least, your mom provided a soundtrack.

Loud is The Only Volume

Pinterest @SD

Latinos yell on the phone often because they remember the poor quality of the phone systems back in the home countries. They no longer have to do this, but old habits die hard. Because of this, your family will always yell at anyone they call on the phone, regardless if they are at home or out in public, no matter how much it embarrasses you.

100 Tios and Tias

Pinterest @Yahaira Contreras 

You know your Latinx if you have at least 100 relatives named either Tio or Tia. These relatives can be either biological, honorary, or both. Makes for a great time explaining how your family works to your friends and novio.

Latina Mom and Abeulita Medical Logic

Pinterest @Claudya Martinez

Beside the LatinX cure all mentioned earlier, LantiX homes have other strange folk medical dures that no one questions, and just follows. Some of these strange medical treatments include not walking barefoot, going out or sleeping with wet hair, and never leave home without a jacket. You do them so you don not catch an instant cold or flu.

El Cucuy

Pinterest @Yadi Villegas

Everyone is afraid of the Cucuy. If you grew up Latinx, you know the Cucuy is coming for you. It is coming for you because you misbehaved. It is coming because you did not sleep or eat your food. This is just the reality inside any Latinx household. The storied tale of the monster is now a meme, a meme about misbehaving and not obeying your parents.

Something to Cry About

Pinterest @Yaneli Alejandra

Kids cry all the time of what they feel is important at the time. There is nothing intrinsically Latinx about that. However, Latinx mothers can definitely give their children something to cry over. Therefore, every time you mother said “Te Calmas o Te Calmo,” you immediately stopped crying. This meme celebrates this fixture of Latinx life.

Doing the Dishes

Pinterest @Cathy Ortega

Mami’s cooking is the best, but everyone scatters when It is time to clean up and do the dishes. However, no one can escape it. You, your brothers, your sisters and cousins, everyone washed what felt like a week’s worth of dishes after every meal. Forget the dishwasher. Most latinx mothers did not even know what that was. Even if your mother did, you would respond by saying that you must rinse and clean the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher.

Caldo

Pinterest @Poly Renteria

Calbo is the latinx mother cure all. If were sick for any reason, your mother would just give you a nice hot bowl, loaded with vegetables, chicken, arroz, and avocado. The soup made the cold or flue go away with its bounty of nutrients. However, you should never tell your mother that you opened a can or premade soup, such as Progresso, and call it caldo. That will not go well for you. Everyone knows that you must make the dish from scratch with lots of love.

La Chancia

Pinterest @b133234

Never make a Latinx mother mad. All mothers would fit well with any professional sports league. They can throw the chancia, or anything really, and hit you regardless of how far you run or how fast you think you are. With the force, speed, and technique your mother can put into the throw, you know it hit and hurt you every time.

Celebrating Independence from Spain

Pinterest @senoralauralee

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Everyone knows this. It is the Battle of Peubla instead, where Mexican forces defended the town from the French. Everyones knows that the true Mexican Independence Day is Sept. 16, when Manuel Hidalgo’s famous Grito de Dolores kicked off the war. However, you would never know this if you did a simple Google search.

*Gasps in Spanish*

Twitter @hot_jawn

While everyone uses this meme, only Latinx will understand what originated it. “Gasps in Spanish” is an infamous reaction from Soraya Montenegro, a fictional character on the Mexican telenovela “María la del Barrio”. If you are Latinx, you also know that this series is the source of many other memes as well.

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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