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Quebradita And Cry Your Latino Heart Out At This Dance Party

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Close your eyes. Imagine an empty dance floor illuminated by colorful lights. You have a beer in your hand, and there’s a cutie across the room making eyes at you. Then the DJ drops “La Chona” by Los Tucanes de Tijuana. What do you do?

If you’re at Noche Romántica, you finish off that beer, walk over to the cutie, ask them to dance and then get your ass to the dance floor.

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Noche Romántica is a dance party dedicated to bringing the quince to the club, spinning all the música Latina that are the staples of family parties. That means cumbias, boleros, corridos, románticas, banda, norteño and more.

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Noche Romántica nights are packed with young people reliving their upbringing one song at a time. That includes José Luis Arreguin, who started the night in San Francisco with Jose Trujillo back in 2012. Since then, Noche Romántica has become the night to bust a quebradita in LA and New York as well, adding Joshua Lasso, Dave Salvaje, Maryann Aguirre and a slew of guest DJ’s.

“[Trujillo] and I started talking about how there are no nights that play Latin music and the music we grew up listening to,” says Arreguin. “There was salsa nights, but it just wasn’t the same. We wanted to play románticas and corridos, and there was no one doing that. We all grew up around the music. We want it to be like you’re going to a quinceañera.”

Seeing the Latino population shrink due to gentrification in San Francisco’s Mission District gave Arreguin and Trujillo further reason to create the night.

“The culture was changing in the Mission, so we wanted to keep some of it alive by playing the music,” he recalls.

Arreguin also looks back to his childhood at family parties held in remote ranchos: Running around amongst horses, playing hide and seek and catching a buzz after drinking near-empty cans of beer.

“My parents would be dancing, kicking up dirt. And they’d be nice because they were a little tipsy and having fun,” says Arreguin. “The music stands out in my mind. There was really good music. I just remember those moments. They were so beautiful to me. I want to recreate that feeling through the music we play.”

The DJ’s seemed to have successfully tapped into that nostalgia for those that come to dance, or cry, at Noche Romántica.

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“Dancing is obviously a good sign. They’re having a good time,” says Arreguin. “But I trip when people are standing there holding a beer and I play a song, and then they look down at the floor and their eyes start filling with tears. I’m hitting a nerve; a memory. I love getting those reactions. Or they’ll come up to me and share a story when I play a song. I’ve heard so many stories at our nights. I love that. I love that these songs bring back memories for people.”

As far as which song always gets the dance floor poppin’, Arreguin says you can’t go wrong with “La Puerta Negra” by Los Tigres Del Norte.

“Just the way it sounds. It’s so distinct,” he says. “Right away you know what it is and it gets people going.”


Here are 15 more Noche Romántica bangers, curated with mucho amor by the collective of DJ’s, to get you in the mood until the next party, which you can find by following Noche Romántica on Instagram.


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Once Again, Kylie And Kendall Jenner Are Being Dragged All Over Social Media For Cultural Appropriation

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Once Again, Kylie And Kendall Jenner Are Being Dragged All Over Social Media For Cultural Appropriation

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Kylie and Kendall Jenner are no strangers to accusations of cultural appropriation. Despite those previous instances of cultural appropriation, the duo is still attempting to sell culture through their clothing line. This time the Jenner sisters have been dragged mercilessly on Twitter because of their latest fashion item: a flannel shirt.

The shirt itself isn’t the issue. It’s the way they chose to market the shirt that really caught everyone’s attention.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner are being called #CultureVultures on social media because of this photo.

Yup. That’s a flannel shirt with the top button fastened, just as is worn in cholo/chola culture. It wasn’t long until Twitter showed up to let the Jenner sisters know what they think about the use of Latino culture to sell overpriced flannel shirts. FYI, that shirt, which you could buy at any swap meet for $10, is for sale on the Kylie + Kendall website for $145.

First, people went straight to the receipts to show just how similar the looks are.

The looks are so similar it’s impossible for them to claim they didn’t realize they were biting cholo/chola culture for profit. Also, those appear to be some big hoop earrings peaking in from the top of the photo.

People took it upon themselves to apologize to the chola community on the Jenner sisters’ behalf.

Others pointed to the white privilege aspect of the incident.

Damn. That was savage.

A few people weren’t really surprised because it isn’t like they haven’t done this before.

The sisters have gone so far in their cultural appropriation that Notorious B.I.G.’s mom called them out.

People demanded that the photo be taken down.

And, it was. If you check @kendallandkylie on Instagram, the photo is no longer anywhere to be seen.

Some folks were sharing photos of themselves dressed in their chola gear.

There were some definite shots fired at the sisters with no f*cks given.

Basically, the Twitterverse was like:

The came for the wrong ones.


READ: Kylie Pissed Off Latinos Again

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