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TV Special “Graduate Together” Gave The Class Of 2020 A Special Send-Off

Events across the world have been canceled because of Covid-19. This includes concerts, music festivals, Pride parades, and major sporting events. Yet, for high school seniors, their high school will end without the same traditions that many have enjoyed like prom and graduation.

LeBron James celebrated the graduating class of 2020 on a special night on television.

“You should’ve had a real graduation, I know. You should’ve had an incredible senior year, I know that as well. But you made a sacrifice, and you did it to keep your community safe and healthy,” James said during the broadcast.

James continued: “Our school are our safety net. Our people build our communities. To the class of 2020, as you celebrate tonight, do not forget your safety net. Every teacher, every coach, every pastor, they along with your friends and family got you to this moment. And now, it’s time to go to a new place.”

The special was filled with celebrities and public figures offering students words of encouragement as they close this chapter of their lives.

“Congratulations to everyone graduating,” Bad Bunny told the class of 2020 in Spanish. “I know that we are going through a very difficult and strong time for use, but we have to stay strong and don’t forget to be thankful and smile, even though I know that sometimes we don’t even want to smile. We have to look for a way to do it and stay positive.”

The musician added: “Work hard on everything that you set out to do, on all your goals, but remember that it doesn’t matter what we achieve. The most important thing is to respect each other. It’s respect and the values that we put into practice day to day that say who you are. They are what define us as people. Success is not measured in money. Success, to me, is the experiences and memories that we carry in our hearts forever.”

Zendaya gave the students, and teachers, a special message for the commencement ceremony.

The actress gave a special shoutout at the beginning of her speech to teachers. Zendaya noted that her mother is a teacher so she has first-hand knowledge of how hard teachers are working during this time. Hosting classes via Zoom with children is not the easiest way to teach in the world.

Zendaya then turned her talk to the graduating seniors. While the viral outbreak has interrupted the lives of billions of people, graduation is not the only defining moment of being a high school senior. Instead, Zendaya tries to remind the graduating class of 2020 that it is a series of life events that define your senior year. There is so much that people go through from the time they start school to the time they finish that truly define them and their experience. One moment, while memorable, is not the only thing that makes senior year the experience it is.

The class of 2020 was treated to a special shoutout from President Barack Obama.

Pres. Obama started by giving the students the same tired and true line. He highlighted how the adults that are making decisions are not all-knowing and are in fact learning as they go. This is something that we have all heard when we were younger but, for some reason, coming from Pres. Obama, it sounds empowering and calming. It really reminded people of what a president should sound like when addressing the American public.

Pres. Obama did call on the students to act differently then they had seen from some people in power. Specifically, Pres. Obama wanted to let students know that there was a right and a wrong way to respond to major events.

“Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think,” Pres. Obama told the seniors. He added. “Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up.”

The special ended with a performance from the Jonas Brothers and Karol G.

“Taping our performance was amazing to me,” Karol G told Billboard about her performance. “I enjoyed it as if it were my own graduation. To have the opportunity to reach so many people, give them a good time despite all we’re going through, to celebrate with them this special date … It meant a lot to me.”

READ: Here’s To The Latina Graduates of 2020!

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Karol G, Bad Bunny, And Cardi B Lead AMA Nominations

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Karol G, Bad Bunny, And Cardi B Lead AMA Nominations

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The American Music Awards included three new categories to highlight Latin music stars. The nominations are officially out and here are the Latinos who are nominated for awards at the AMAs.

Cardi B

Not even a pandemic could keep Cardi B down. The rapper had an amazing year when it comes to her music career, especially with the release of “WAP.” Therefore, it should not be a surprise that Cardi B has been nominated for Collaboration of the Year for “WAP,” Favorite Female Artist – Rap/Hip Hop, and Favorite Song – Rap/Hip Hop for “WAP.”

Bad Bunny

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The Puerto Rican artist is one of the most beloved members of the Latin music world. He has been nominated for the most awards of all male Latin music artist with four nominations. Bad Bunny is up for Best Male Artist – Latin, Favorite Album – Latin for “Las que no iban de salir” and “YHLQMDLG,” and Favorite Latin Song for “Vete.”

J Balvin

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J Balvin will always be an important part of Latin music and the AMA nominations show why. The Colombian artist has been nominated for Favorite Male Artist – Latin and Favorite Song – Latin for “RITMO (Bad Boys for Life).”

Ozuna

Ozuna was the center of a controversial couple of years but his music career has always been strong. This year, he is going against Bad Bunny and J Balvin for Favorite Male Artist – Latin.

Becky G

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The Inglewood-native continues to slay with her incredible music. The AMAs have taken notice and the singer is up for Favorite Female Artist – Latin.

KAROL G

KAROL G is one musician that will definitely be around for a long time to come. The Colombian singer and songwriter has made a major name for herself and landed two AMA nominations. KAROL G is up for both Favorite Female Artist – Latin and Favorite Song – Latin for “Tusa.”

Rosalía

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There is a lot of controversy about Rosalía and her inclusion in Latin music. While she does sing in Spanish, people have an issue with her being considered Latin music. However, the AMAs nominated Rosalía for Favorite Female Artist – Latin.

Anuel AA

Anuel AA rounds out the list of nominees for the AMAs. The singer is nominated for Favorite Album – Latin for “Emmanuel.”

READ: Karol G Use Of A Problematic Message To Make A BLM Statement Is A Reminder That Y’all Need To Listen Before They Speak

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Bad Bunny And Chester The Cheetah Are Teaming Up To Inspire You To ‘Deja Tu Huella’

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Bad Bunny And Chester The Cheetah Are Teaming Up To Inspire You To ‘Deja Tu Huella’

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Just last week, Bad Bunny was spotted on the streets of Boyle Heights (a predominately Latino neighborhood east of Los Angeles) with a bag of Hot Cheetos in his hand and a camera crew in tow. Obviously, his mere presence in the neighborhood caused a stir and fans were snapping as many photos as they were allowed to. He even got #BoyleHeights trending on Twitter.

Despite the chaos, none of us knew exactly what was going on. Sure, with the Hot Cheetos bag in his hands, many of us assumed there must be some sort of collaboration taking place – but what about?

Bad Bunny remained silent on the matter and so did Cheetos – until now.

Bad Bunny is partnering with Cheetos to launch the campaign ‘Deja Tu Huella’ – or ‘Leave Your Mark.’

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It’s been a ridiculously busy year for Bad Bunny. He’s given us two albums, performed a series of concerts (despite a pandemic), been featured on several magazine covers, dropped surprise tracks, given us a limited-edition Crocs collection, and he’s not done yet.

Now, the Puerto Rican artist is joining forces with Cheetos for its “Deja Tu Huella” campaign – a new multi-platform initiative designed to rally the next generation to leave their mark in their culture.

“This initiative is important because it’s the union of two brands, the commercials are amazing, and it’s an encouragement for the Latin community,” Bad Bunny says. “I feel proud because we are using our tools and the motivation to invite Latinos to leave their mark in what they love and to reach their goals whether it’s in music, sports, or the arts.”

Though the artist told Billboard that the campaign would become public so fast. Over the past weekend, he was spotted shooting scenes for the upcoming Cheetos commercial, and the secret was out. “I wasn’t expecting that. The word got around and it was like a sold-out concert,” he jokes.

Through “Deja Tu Huella,” Cheetos wants to celebrate and help lift up the Latino community.

Bad Bunny wants the world to know how proud he is of his Latino identity and he hopes to inspires others to feel the same way.

“I’m leaving my mark in many ways,” Benito told Billboard. “For me, it’s important to leave my mark with my creations in music but also as a human being. My music has traveled far around the world and 100 percent in Spanish with my Puerto Rican slang. Wherever I go, in every interview, I let everyone know that I am Latino and Puerto Rican and I think that I have left that mark well placed in the whole world,” he added.

But the partnership is more than just a campaign.

Cheetos, in collaboration with the singer’s Good Bunny Foundation, is giving back to the Hispanic community with a $500,000 commitment. This complements the recently announced PepsiCo and PepsiCo Foundation commitment to the Latino community with $170 million in support over five years to further build on its long-standing efforts to address racial inequality and create opportunity, according to an official press statement.

“It’s undeniable that Hispanic culture has shaped American pop culture. And it’s that culture that has inspired much of Cheetos initiatives in food, fashion, and entertainment,” said Marissa Solis, svp of marketing, Frito-Lay North America, in a statement. “On the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re proud to kick off a campaign that pays tribute to the Latinos who are pushing boundaries and rewriting the rules. And, we’ll have a lot of fun along the way when we see what Mr. Bunny and Mr. Chester has a store for fans this November.”

All the speculation started when Bad Bunny was spotted in an LA neighborhood sporting a bag of Hot Cheetos.

Just a week after his incredible performance at the Billboard Music Awards, the reggaetonero was spotted on the streets of Boyle Heights. Given the awards had taken place in LA, this wasn’t totally out of the norm.

But what really grabbed people’s attention were the camera crew – and the bright orange and red bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in his hands.

Of course, rumors started swirling almost immediately that the “Yo Perreo Sola” singer was working on a collaboration with the popular chip brand but neither San Benito nor Cheetos had anything more to say on the matter.

And of course, fans in the area reacted the exact same why I would of if I saw Bad Bunny in mi barrio.

This woman walking her dog in the middle of the street and twerking her nalgas right at Bad Bunny, is the exact reaction I would of had too. And it seemed to have worked since you can very clearly see a reaction on his face.

How would you have reacted if Bad Bunny was filming a commercial on your street? While you were out walking your dog? Try and tell me you wouldn’t have done the same… I dare you.

The Bad Bunny and Cheetos collaboration will be unveiled on Nov. 22 during the 2020 American Music Awards, where he’s nominated for four awards. As part of the AMAs partnership, Cheetos is also sponsoring the expansion of the Latin award categories including favorite male artist, favorite female artist, favorite album, and favorite song.

Oh and one more thing…we now know the reggaetonero’s favorite Cheetos flavor.

Credit: Cheetos / Frito Lay

Get them while you can…because I’ll be buying up the entire supply so Benito has to place orders with me personally.

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