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You Can Always Count On Christmas In Miami To Be Warm And Sunny

There is truly no better place to grow up Caribbean in the U.S. than Miami. You have 24/7 access to fresh croquetas, the street signs in Hialeah are in Spanish and that always the feeling of belonging.

The only white Christmas you’ll find in Florida is on the white sand beaches. The tropical climate does not dampen the Christmas spirit at all. In fact, it is just as magical to see the palm trees covered in Christmas lights.

Miamian’s love to decorate for the holidays like nobody else.

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Opinion: it’s because there’s no other way to tell what season it is outside. It looks the same year-round with the same humidity. Christmas lights are how you know it’s supposed to be winter.

Every shopping plaza is legally required to string lights around the palm trees.

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Okay, it’s not a law, but it might as well be. A naked palm tree is a neglected palm tree at Christmastime.

Kids are taught that these are Santa’s helpers:

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When we start seeing them out there with their electrical sleigh, we get very emotional. They’re helping prepare for Santa’s return.

Everyone makes a point to post photos at the beach.

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Why? Just because we can. It just fells extra good to know that most of the country is frozen and you’re living your best beach life.

You’ll probably get a Christmas card from a half-naked family by their pool at some point.

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There is nothing more Miami then sending poolside or beachside Christmas cards to all of your friends and family. Sure, they are living in freezing weather but you have a tropical oasis all year.

Or on the beach.

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Ayyy, go Heat. Miami does have all the heat anyone could need. We get to be outside, in the sun, soaking up Vitamin D and releasing endorphins all over the place. We’re happy sand people.

We still have our snow activities, though, okay?

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Por favor. Don’t pity us for not having the joy of snowmen building and snow angels. That’s so pedestrian, we can do it all year long.

We won’t get too picky about what trees we adorn.

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Palm trees are the tree of choice. Plus, those evergreens cost a lot more in the tropics than they do at their home base. We’re just being sustainable over here.

We don’t take down decorations until January 6th.

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So it feels like tropical Christmas a solid extra two weeks longer than the rest of America. This is an elephant at the Miami Zoo playing with a tree. Notice how the photo feels hot and humid.

No need to go to a bar to warm up from the cold.

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You can enjoy your frosty daiquiri at the beach. Maybe bring a sweater just in case it drops below 70.

It’s too warm for an ugly Christmas sweater party, but we’ll throw a good ugly tank party.

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That is a palm tree on her shirt instead of an evergreen. We’re happy with our tree of choice.

We’ll still go big on the fake trees.

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In all the places you’d imagine–The Grove, Bayside, Bal Harbour, Aventura, Miracle Mile–you get the picture. The trees can rarely get bigger than our year-long regal palm trees, but they try.

People go ham decorating the neighborhood.

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Probably because it’s not physically painful to be outside and decorate, so we can just go at it all day long.

The city views are everything.

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Downtown Miami’s skyline is lit up green, red, blue and white, and the holiday cheer is contagious.

There’s something to decadent about seeing a Christmas tree in front of a warm beach.

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With so much shoreline, millions of Miamians have an ocean view. Including that lucky Frenchie, who is surprisingly not wearing reindeer antlers. Que pena.

The photo ops are abundant in Miami.

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From Santa’s Cabana on Lincoln Road to visits with tan Santa and the Hard Rock Winterfest boat parade, you can expect your Instagram feed to have a Christmas glow up.

Then, there’s the one and only Santa’s Enchanted Forest.

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As a kid, it was this magical place full of lights, games and fair rides. As adults, it’s a magical place full of lights, elotes and funnel cake. Either way, you leave happy.

No child gets out of Enchanted without 200+ forced photos by their mami.

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Say something and prepare to be asked, “Y que? You’re naughty now? You know what that means.” I feel so hard for the kids of this generation since the finite film cameras are no more.

If you’re visiting Miami, pack your shorts y gafas del sol.

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And a bathing suit. Your holiday pics this year are going to be sans-parka and all tan.

In Miami, you can spend the day a la playa and the night inside an Enchanted Forest.

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Visit any one of the 24 shopping malls and plazas in the city for just as many opportunities to watch lighting ceremonies, Christmas lit boat parades, the NightGarden Magical Light Spectacular at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens and so much more. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


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J.Lo Speaks Up About The Super Bowl Halftime Show And How She Wants Girls To Raise Their Voices

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J.Lo Speaks Up About The Super Bowl Halftime Show And How She Wants Girls To Raise Their Voices

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The J.Lo and Shakira halftime show at Super Bowl LIV was electric, powerful, empowering, and contagious. The two Latina performers gave Super Bowl viewers and audience the show of a lifetime. Latin pride was at the forefront of this year’s halftime show and there was also a strong political message because Latinos live in terrifying times.

J.Lo and Shakira used part of their halftime show to give a voice to the voiceless in the Latino and immigrant communities.

During J.Lo’s performance, her daughter Emme started “Let’s Get Loud” and the imagery struck a nerve with some viewers. Litter in front of the stage were children in orbed cages. Many have speculated that the children are a nod at the Trump administration’s immigration policies that forced children into cages and separated families.

The mother and daughter duo then covered “Born In The USA” by Bruce Springsteen and J.Lo flashed a Puerto Rican flag.

The Puerto Rican people, who are Americans, have been let down by the current administration as they try to recover from Hurricane Maria. Now, the island is recovering from devastating earthquakes. The Trump administration has actively cut funding to Medicaid in Puerto Rico as more and more people are reliant on the assistance.

J.Lo shared a video on Instagram right before the performance and included a rallying call to all Latinas and young girls around the world.

The global pop star wanted to use her performance at Super Bowl LIV performance to give people a chance to raise their voices. In a time where children are in cages, women are losing healthcare rights, and vulnerable communities are under attack around the world, these moments matter.

The Super Bowl LIV halftime show’s message is resonating far and wide.

The image of Emme “locked” in a cage while singing “Let’s Get Loud” caught everyone’s attention. Her voice, accompanied by a choir of children behind her, gave viewers a striking visual of children in cages.

Some pointed to other elements of the performance that referenced the administration’s treatment of migrants.

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There were so many elements of the half time show that people pointed to as reminiscent of the policies devastating migrant families. The lights behind the performers interlocked in the pattern of a chainlink fence we have all seen along the border.

Some people were very much bothered by the strong Latino representation at the Super Bowl.

Pobercitos. Who knew that strong Latinas on stage showing their brown bodies and Latin dancing would trigger them?

Some people are showing the double standard that exists among performers at the Super Bowl.

Women, especially Black and brown women, are often treated to this double standard. Somehow, dancing as a brown or Black woman is overly sexual when white men are not subjected to the same scrutiny.

To top it off, let’s not forget that the Super Bowl was in Miami, a Latino enclave and the halftime performance was representative of that culture.

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ABC’s ‘Baker And The Beauty’ Fires Up A Romance Inside A Cuban Bakery

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ABC’s ‘Baker And The Beauty’ Fires Up A Romance Inside A Cuban Bakery

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Latinos are getting the romantic comedy series we didn’t know we were salivating for in ABC’s “Baker and the Beauty,” which tells the tale of a Cuban baker falling for one of his customers. The customer just happens to be an “international superstar and fashion mogul.” Dominican-American actor Victor Rasuk will star alongside Peruvian-Argentine actress Nathalie Kelley as Daniel Garcia and Noa Hollander, respectively. Daniel works at his father’s Cuban bakery, entrenched in the wonders and frustrations of being part of a family business. During a life-changing moment at a restaurant, Noa takes pity on Daniel and invites him to go out on the town with her. The family business booms as Miami crowds learn of their romance and the two fall in love over the enticing smell of Cuban bread baking, and guava and cream cheese tenderly wrapped by Daniel’s expert baking hands. “He’s the baker and she’s the beauty,” Daniel’s cousin jokingly sings in the trailer.

Mix Cuban bread with a Latino-centered rom-com and you’ve got all the hype that the new trailer is officially buzzing.

The entire story is based off what can only be called an Israeli novela.

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The show of the same name is one of the best-loved scripted series ever to air in Israel. Now available on Netflix Israel and Amazon Prime Video, the original follows the same plot of different cultural backgrounds: a working-class Yemenite baker and Ashkenazi supermodel fall in love as a means to touch on social divisions with more humor.

The Latino version will be set in Miami, Florida and follows the life of Daniel Garcia (Rasuk) who has done everything he’s supposed to do. He’s followed through on the family business and looks up to his parents’ romance as life goals. “They make each other better,” Daniel tells his new love interest in the trailer as we see the two dancing down the hallways of their home.

Then, one night, Daniel’s girlfriend proposes.

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His whole family had been warning him that she’s going to want to get married soon. When they find out what restaurant they’re going to that night, they start cackling. “For that, you can spend a weekend in the Bahamas,” a primo warns. The family has made it clear: “a girl like that” is going to just want more and more. It’s clear that Daniel isn’t interested in taking their relationship to the next level and sputters when, at dinner, she calls the attention of the entire restaurant to propose.

Needless to say, she’s pissed when he publicly rejects her, ending their relationship.

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Viewers, we get the twisted pleasure of watching Rasuk get splattered with what is likely an $87 bowl of soup in the trailer. However, since the restaurant his now-ex has chosen is filled with all the rich and the famous, the entire novela breakup is filmed on stars’ smartphones. One of those stars is the stunning Noa Hollander, played by Nathalie Kelley.

Kelley has said that the most powerful part of playing her character is that “while she’s this renowned beauty” she also feels “not good enough.” Kelley grew up as one of the few Latinas in a suburban Australian neighborhood and was teased constantly. “The more acceptance and love for ourselves that women can cultivate within themselves and then share with other women, the better for society as a whole,” Kelley told Variety reporter Danielle Turchiano.

The supermodel invites a pitiful man with soup all over his shirt to join her on a wild night on the town.

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What started as a night that ended a serious relationship has become the beginning of a wild love affair. Like a bien portado Cuban son, Daniel is live reporting back to his family on the happenings of his evening. “Que caca me dices,” his mom incredulously asks until social media starts blasting photos of Daniel and Noa spending the evening together. From there, their business takes off as Miamians hope to bump into Noa at the panadería.

ABC Family is giving us another Spanglish rom-com that is as over-the-top as we deserve with familia at the center.

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All I know is that I’d hate to be Daniel’s ex right about now. Carlos Gomez, Lisa Vidal, Dan Bucatinsky, Michelle Veintimilla, and David Del Rio are also cast members in ABC’s highly anticipated Israeli plotline turned novela.

You can watch the full trailer for “Baker and the Beauty” below!

The series is set to premiere on April 6 on ABC Family.