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21 Things You Just Gotta Know About Becky G

It is no secret that Latinas are slaying in arenas that were previously out of their reach because of freaking discrimination on racial and gender terms. One of those areas is hip-hop music, which has been mainly dominated by men who, let’s be honest, are often sexist and a bit vulgar. That is why Becky G stands out as a pioneer: she has opened the way for Hispanic female talent to influence urban cultures through music.

These are some facts you just gotta know about the author of “Sin Pijama” and “Mayores!”

1. Her full name is Rebbeca Marie Gomez

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Quite a mouthful and totally telenovela-character material. And she was born on March 2, 1997, in Inglewood, California. A true Latina Cali princess.

2. She began her career as a vlogger and published covers

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She is a true representative of the YouTube generation. She would sing her heart out covering hits and posting the videos online. The famous producer Dr. Luke saw the videos. The rest, as they say, es historia. She mainly covered Jay-Z and Kanye West tunes.

 3. You can’t get more mainstream than Disney

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Becky G has it all: her image is both sensual and wholesome, which is why Disney and ABC chose her as one of the stars for their Holiday Celebration. Esta mujer lo tiene todo de todo.

4. Her family REALLY struggled when she was a kid

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Sometimes life ain’t easy for a Latino family in the United States. Her family experienced precarious situations, including being left homeless and having to live in the grandparents’ garage. Now that she has it all she doesn’t take anything for granted. And some people dare to say that we Latinos are slackers… we work hard and make ends meet while keeping families together.

5. But like all strong Latina women, she rolled up her sleeves

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Becky G is hardworking AF, and she did commercials and voice over jobs to help her family make ends meet. Eso mija! La familia es primero.

6. She had to be home schooled because she suffered from bullying

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Becky G experiences school violence at an early age. She says she was once jumped on by a group of girls who were perhaps jealous of her work in the entertainment industry. She had to be homeschooled as a result. We can only wonder what those girls are thinking now that she is rich, famous and fabulous.

7. She started rapping when she was just 11

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You are never too young to experiment. Our girl started dropping mics at the tender age of 11. If only we could access those recordings!

8. She still lives at home with her family

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Becky G keeps in real and as a 21-year-old she still lives at home with her parents and her three siblings: brothers Frankie and Alex and sister Stephanie. Nothing to be ashamed of: on the contrary, family keeps her grounded. By the way, her mami still takes her places as Becky G doesn’t have a driver’s license. They must have some amazing cotorreo on the road.

9. How do you call her fans?

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Beasters! Seriously, this is one of the best fandom names we know of. It sounds fierce and zero nerdish.

10. She can get political

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Both Latinos and women live perilous times and Becky G knows it. When high school activists from around the country got together to protest gun violence and the system that enables it, Becky G was there to encourage them and offer support.

11. She is a big Selena fan… duh

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Like any Mexican-American girl who picks up a microphone, Becky G rinde tributo a la reina Selena, who opened up the mainstream avenue for proud Latinas who don’t want to be manacled by stereotypes. Selena has also inspired Becky G’s style, as evidenced in the photo bellow:

12. She eats raw lemons as a snack!

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One thing is for sure: her vitamin C levels are healthy. Becky G enjoys eating citrus food on its own. Just look at her in this Selena-inspired outfit. Maybe her healthy diet is to thank for her killer silhouette

 13. She also loves J-Lo and recognizes her influence

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This is why she titled her debut single “Becky from the Block”, in clear reference to Jennifer Lopez’ famous hit “Jenny from the Block”. Latina princesses stick together. The boricua J-Lo was a pioneer in the late 1990s.

14. She is one of the most successful artists on YouTube

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Get this: she has 11.5 million subscribers to her channel. Her video “Mayores” has been seen 1.4 billion times! That has translated into success for Vevo.

15. She has Jalisco blood!

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She is a tapatia girl. All her four grandparents are from Jalisco, Mexico, the land of tequila and mariachis. Perhaps her ancestors were the musical type and their talent now flows on Becky G’s veins.

16. She is the face for Cover Girl

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It is increasingly common for Latino power players to become representatives for global brands. Becky G’s youthful appearance and the influence she has on hordes of young buyers led Cover Girl to sign her. They are lucky to have her.

17. She slays on Spotify

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Just look at her 2017 stats. Quite impressive for a young woman who just recently was making ends meet doing voice over jobs for a fraction of what she is earning now. She understands that the market is now dominated by streaming platforms and plans her promotional campaigns accordingly.

18. She has opened for Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias

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Becky G is entering the mainstream and there is no stopping her now! She has opened for established artists like Spanish heartthrob Enrique Iglesias, who frequently shares the stage with Pitbull. Guau. She has also opened for Katy Perry. Se dice fácil, pero it is not. World tours are carefully staged events where every step is premeditated: big label heads recognized talent right away.

19. Becky G is a Dodgers fan, true LA girl

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Becky is a true Cali girl and a Dodgers fan. The Dodgers have a long history of attachment to the Latin American community of California, with legendary players such as the Mexican pitcher Fernando Valenzuela being key in the team’s long, glorious history.

20. … and also a Guadalupana

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Like many Mexican-Americans, Becky G is a devout guadalupana and has let her amor for la virgencita be known on her social media accounts, particularly her Insta.

21. Becky G cares

 

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Above all, Becky G is a sensitive human being. When the Vegas mass shooting put the whole world into alert and sent hundreds of families into mourning, Becky G quickly sent out a message of support.

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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Maluma And J Balvin React To The Loss Of Armando Manzanero, Who Lost His Battle Against COVID-19

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As if 2020 and Coronavirus haven’t taken enough from us, just days before we usher in a new year, the world is forced to say goodbye to Armando Manzanero.

The famed Mexican-Mayan artist lost his battle against COVID-19 and as news of his death began to circulate, reactions from stars all around the world have started to pour in.

Manzanero died like so many in 2020 – fighting the dangerous Coronavirus.

One of Mexico’s most iconic and beloved artists has passed at the age of 85 from complications related to COVID-19. Armando Manzanero had tested positive for the virus on December 17 and put into critical care just a few days later.

The Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico (SACM), of which Manzanero was president, announced his death, saying: “The romantic soul of Mexico and the world is in mourning.”

His family told Mexican newspaper El Universal that he was set to be extubated in the coming days, after his lung health had improved, but he then died by cardiac arrest.

Maluma took to social media to share his sadness over the immense loss.

Losing a man who is considered a symbol of Latin American music has left many artists shocked and in mourning. Reactions and memories from around the world quickly poured in to remember the man who helped put his country and culture on the global map.

Maluma shared to Instagram an emotional post, where he expressed his sadness for the departure of maestro Manzanero, “💔😭 RIP MASTER,” the post reads.

In the description, Maluma said “one of my greatest inspirations” had died but that he’d forever treasure the memory of having met Manzanero. The video shows when Maluma, visibly moved, meets Armando Manzanero for the first time. “A pleasure to meet you,” says the reggaetonero; Immediately afterwards, the Mexican singer hugs him while patting him on the back.

J Balvin also shared his condolences while also condemning COVID-19.

Another of the many celebs who showed their sadness over the death of the star was J Balvin. In his Instagram stories, Balvin posted a photo of Manzanero and wrote “Rest in peace, Armando Manzanero.” In addition, he wrote what so many of us are feeling after such a devastating year: “FUCK COVID.”

And Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressed Manzanero’s death during a press conference, per CNN. “Armando Manzanero was a sensitive man, a man of the people. That’s why I lament his death,” he said. “He was also a great composer.”

Manzanero was a famed Mexican-Mayan artist who helped bring visibility to his culture and community.

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Manzanero was a romantic crooner who was often covered by artists from around the world. In fact, many of his tracks were translated into English and performed byartists including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Perry Como, and he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2014.

He has since written more than 400 songs and released more than 30 albums, including nine since 2001, as Manzanero collaborated with a younger generation of Spanish-language romantic pop singers such as Alejandro Sanz, Luis Miguel and Lucero.

Manzanero’s impact on Latin music, especially romantic “bolero” songs, was widely recognized during his lifetime. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Latin Grammys in 2010 and the Grammys in 2014. Earlier this year, the Billboard Latin Music Awards recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with musicians including Luis Fonsi and Pablo Alborán performing a medley of hits as Manzanero accompanied on piano.

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This Was A Rough Year And These Are The Celebrities And Icons We Were Forced To Say Goodbye To In 2020

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This Was A Rough Year And These Are The Celebrities And Icons We Were Forced To Say Goodbye To In 2020

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There’s no denying that 2020 has been one hell of a year. It seemed like everyday we were waking up to some new shocking headline about the election, the pandemic, racial justice, or celebrity death.

Not only did the year 2020 take our sense of normalcy right out from under us, but it also took with it some of our most iconic and beloved stars, celebrities, and icons.

Sadly, we’ve said goodbye to too many to include all of them here but from Kobe Bryant’s fatal helicopter crash in January to the tragic loss of Glee star Naya Rivera, we have many to pay our respects to as we look back on those we lost in 2020.

Kobe Bryant

The NBA star died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA, in January. Kobe was traveling with eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna. The aircraft reportedly crashed “amid foggy conditions” and a small brush fire erupted. There were no survivors.

Naya Rivera

The Glee actress was found dead on July 13, five days after she went missing while boatingwith her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey (whom she shared with ex-husband Ryan Dorsey). She was 33 years old.

Ruth Badger Ginsburg

The Supreme Court justice and women’s rights pioneer died at age 87 on Sept. 18 after battling metastatic pancreatic cancer.

“Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement, per The New York Times. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her — a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”

Chadwick Boseman

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Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as T’Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died at age 43 in August after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

His death caused an outpouring of grief from fans around the world and it’s completely altered future plans for the Black Panther series.

Regis Philbin

The famed television host died of natural causes at age 88 on July 24. He was well-known for his decades-spanning career and particularly his time on the Today show with Kathy Lee Gifford.

Natalie Desselle Reid

Deselle-Reid died in early December at age 53 after a private battle with colon cancer.

She was best known for roles on the UPN series Eve (2003-2006) and the Robert Townsend-directed 1997 comedy B.A.P.S., in which she played a waitress in Georgia who ends up caring for a Beverly Hills millionaire and living the life of “Black American Princesses.” The cult classic famously co-starred Halle Berry.

Diego Maradona

The Argentinian soccer legend died on November 25 at the age of 60. The former athlete, who famously scored the “Hand of God” goal during the 1986 World Cup, reportedly suffered a heart attack three weeks after he underwent surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

Alex Trebek

Sadly, the world was forced to say goodbye to iconic Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek after he battled stage four pancreatic cancer. He passed away at the age of 80 and his death was reported by the show: “Jeopardy! is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the show’s official account tweeted on Nov. 8. “Thank you, Alex.”

Sean Connery

The actor, best known for playing James Bond, died at age 90 on Oct. 31. James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement: “He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond’ — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

Doreen Montalvo

Known for her roles in Madame Secretary and The Good Wife, Montalvo died in October of a stroke at just 56 years old.

Montalvo’s manager, Steve Maihack, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “She was having quite the year with two films in the can and a new Broadway show … but she would be so happy to know she will live on through these projects and the outpouring of love from every corner of the business.”

Anthony Galindo Ibarra

Anthony Galindo, popularly known as El Papijoe, was a popular model, singer, and actor from Venezuela. Beginning in 1995, Galindo was part of the last stage of Latino boy band Menudo along with his teammates Abel Talamántez, Alexis Grullón, and Didier Hernández. 

Galindo died at age 41 after being hospitalized for injuries suffered in a suicide attempt the previous week.

Eddie Van Halen

The Van Halen guitarist died of cancer in October. He was 65.

Little Richard

The legendary and iconic “Tutti Frutti” singer died from bone cancer on May 9. He was 87 years old.

John Lewis

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The congressman and civil rights icon died at age 80 in July after battling stage four pancreatic cancer. John Lewis was a legend in the fight for equality and helped give hope and also real tangible rights to countless Americans in his battle for equality.

La Parka

The famous wrestler, whose real name is Jesus Alfonso Huerta Escoboza, died in January of injuries related to an in-ring accident. Reports indicate he was 54 or 55.

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