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23 Things That Make Shakira The Reina Of It All 

It is hard to imagine that Shakira started her music career 28 years ago, in 1990, when she was barely 13 years old. In the almost three decades that followed, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll has built a name for herself as an entertainment powerhouse. She first gained fame in her native Colombia and in the Spanish-speaking world in the mid 1990s, and then expanded her brand to the rest of the world. She has a huge global following in countries as diverse as Germany and Indonesia. This woman born in 1977 in Barranquilla has changed the shape of pop culture and smashed the glass-ceiling of Latina women in the global music market.

These are some of the reasons why Shakira keeps reigning supreme. Long live, nuestra reina.

1. She is not afraid of change: she morphs but keeps her essence

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Shakira doesn’t allow anyone to lock her into real or metaphorical cages. She started her career as an Alanis Morrissette look-alike and has developed into a fierce representative of female sensuality and Latino talent.

2. She supports young talent, mostly Latino

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One of the reasons for her success is how she finds and supports talent. For example, she got little known designer Angel Treviño to design the posters of her most recent tour.

3. And she supports indigenous causes

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She supports all sorts of causes that defend those who are most vulnerable. For example, she has advocated for the rights of the forgotten Wayuu people.

4. Her hips definitely don’t lie. She honors her heritage through dance

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She is proud of her Latin American and Lebanese heritage, and she incorporates ancient moves into her modern choreographies.

5. She is not afraid of being silly (me parece que vi a una Shakira gatita)

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Laughing is one of the best medicines in the world, and Shakira laughs and makes us laugh through videos posted on her Insta, such as her silly cat moves for Halloween.

6. She gets politically involved when it matters

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Shakira knows that her voice can literally move oceans and she urges her fans to be politically active. The recent mid-term elections in the United States was a good example.

7. She is both romantic and a true gourmand (Pique is one lucky guy)

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Oh la la! We can see her here with hubby Pique, a world-famous soccer player, picking a coveted white truffle. Yum on all accounts.

8. She loves children and wants to see them get an education. A estudiar!

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As part of her work with UNICEF she encourages children of all nationalities, and particularly little girls, to get an education. She knows that the world is a tough place and education is the only true path to development.

9. She is a cool AF working mamita 

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Moms can work and play and be awesome moms. Shakira often shares super cute family moments such as this awesome tennis lesson. It is possible to have it all, after all.

10. She is a true rockstar. Just look at her.

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She is perhaps one of the last heirs to the likes of Nina Simone and Janis Joplin. She is an amazing musician. Let’s remember her first few albums and the way she struck those chords. She is absolutely hypnotic on stage and there is not an ounce of prefabricated BS when she slays in a concert.

11. She collaborates with the best Colombian talent

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One of the ways in which she keeps current is working with fellow Colombians such as Maluma, who has taken the lead of Colombian musicians in the world.

13. She is a musical prodigy… she really, really is

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She plays numerous instruments and is just an amazing musician in her own right. She is not a plastic, mass-produced brand: she is a true artist. I mean, look at her owning those drums.

14. Hard work, dedication.

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Shakira knows that the only way to achieve success is hard work. She trains hard and her hips always tell the truth… Being a pop star requires discipline.

15. She stands up for women rights

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She supports multiple causes through her foundation Pies Descalzos. Being there for vulnerable young women is one of her priorities.

16. She has reigned supreme for more than two decades

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Just like Madonna, Shakira has remained viable as a business and current as an artist for many, many years. Very few artists, male or female, can say that. In the 1990s she sold millions of CDs and today she is one of the most successful artist on streaming platforms. Technology changes but Shakira’s popularity just keeps growing.

17. She hangs with world leaders

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She has liaised with world leaders such as Canadian hottie Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fight for human rights across the world. They would make beautiful babies in a parallel universe eh? She is a businesswoman and professional advocate who is heard wherever she goes.

18. And she was BFF with Gabo

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Her friendship with late Gabriel Garcia Marquez is famous. The two most famous Colombians in the world found in each other inspiration and camaraderie. She must miss him. One can only imagine the amazing conversations these two must have had.

19. She loves her fans and lets them know it

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Can you imagine the joy of this fan who sent Shakira this cartoonish artwork only to see the artist share it on her Insta? Shakira knows that she would be no one without her fans, and she lets them know how thankful she is to them.

20. She is the definition of mainstream, in and out of Latino markets

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Shakira not only caters for the Latino market, but has become a celebrity in every corner of the planet with projects such as Disney’s blockbuster Zootopia, where she gave voice to Gazelle, a sexy pop star. Besides being a great musician, Shakira is a savvy businesswoman who seems to take all the right decisions even if they seem risky at first.

21. She has a pet piggy

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Look at that cute little porcine friend. The piggy appeared in the video for “Chantaje” and Shakira organized an online poll to find it a name. Cosita hermosa!

22. Family comes first. Primero los suyos.

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Shakira is not shy to share cute moments with her parents, who have supported her music career right from the beginning. True to Latino family values, Shakira loves her family and lets the world know it.

23. She puts actions where her words are. Eso, reina!

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Many celebrities go blah blah blah when it comes to causes that require their social clout. But Shakira is not someone who habla de dientes pa fuera: she has built an ample network among non-for-profit organizations. She is one of the faces for UNICEF, the United Nations body in charge of advocating for children.

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Latin music is something we all grew up with. Our parents raised us on the voices of Celia Cruz and Vicente Fernandez. We cleaned the house and entertained ourselves on road trips to these artists and they are ingrained in our DNA. Billboard recently released a list of the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some are undoubtedly iconic and others just aren’t Latin music.

Billboard dropped their list for the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some of them are truly classics.

Amor Prohibido” by Selena, “Guantanamera” by Celia Cruz, “El Rey” by Vicente Fernandez, and “El dia que me quieras” by Luis Miguel are just a few of the songs on the list that deserve all the praise. They are songs that transport us to our childhoods and cherished family memories.

The list also includes some newer songs that have rocked out adult worlds. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Mi Gente” by J Balvin, “El Farsante” by Ozuna, and “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj all made the list. Not only do these songs speak to the Latino audience, they have been able to go mainstream sharing our musical culture with the world. That’s something to admire and respect because it gives our community representation like never before.

The list has proven to be just want some people have been asking for.

Tbh, this would make a pretty amazing road trip playlist if you need to pass the time. Nothing like a mix of Latin music songs playing along to give you a big, inclusive sabor of Latin America through music. A little be of Mexico and a little bit of Puerto Rico mixed in with a little bit of Colombia is pure joy and magic.

However, a lot of people are questioning the list’s inclusion of Spanish artists.

The list has various artists who are not Latino, but Spanish. There seems to be an unspoken rule in the music industry that music in Spanish is automatically Latin music. Fans have long been arguing against the industry’s blanket label of Spanish-language music automatically being considered Latin music.

Rosalía, who has arguably become the face of the debate, is listed as having one of the best Latin music songs of all time.

While Rosalía does make some good music, there is a real push to make sure the artists of Latin American roots are uplifted in Latin music. There is nothing wrong with including Rosalía in your Spanish-language playlists but Latin music fans want the distinction made that some artists aren’t Latino.

You can check out the rest of the Billboard list here.

READ: Vogue México Put A Spanish Music Artist On Their Cover And Called Her Latina And Latinos Almost Set Twitter On Fire

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If You’ve Been On Twitter Recently You Might Be Wondering If J Balvin Is #Canceled And Here’s Why

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If You’ve Been On Twitter Recently You Might Be Wondering If J Balvin Is #Canceled And Here’s Why

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Spend any amount of time on the Internet – which let’s be honest, we’re all probably spending too much time these days – and you’re aware that #cancelculture is very much a thing.

Just earlier this week, #CardiBIsOverParty was trending once again on Twitter, as people tried calling her out for things she’s already previously been canceled for and apologized for. And while cancel culture serves a valuable purpose in making sure that those who have made mistakes are held accountable, to some the movement is going too far.

Cancel culture’s latest target is J Balvin. The Colombian artist appeared to throw some shade at Shakira and Twitter was quick to pounce.

J Balvin was “canceled” on Twitter after seemingly shading Shakira during a recent interview.

J Balvin is the latest celeb to fall victim to the “is over party” trend on Twitter, when on Thursday he was the trend across Twitter. Shakira fans came for him hard after it appeared the ‘Mi gente’ singer threw shade at her during an interview with Billboard to discuss collaborating with Maluma on the Black Eyed Peas album.

At one point, the interviewer asks BEP whether they had to be “more flexible” with Maluma or J Balvin, to which will.i.am responds, “I had to be the most flexible with Shakira.”

J Balvin immediately breaks out into a fit of laughter before will.i.am goes on to explain what he meant. “But I learned from her,” he clarifies,  “because the way she does it is like a school.”

He then describes the process by which Shakira operates when working with other artists: “Number one, fix number one like this, here are my notes. And then for number two, I would really like to address this on number two, and then for number three…”

At that point, J Balvin seems to get shady, “And then you go back to one, then go to seven, then go to 10, then go to 20, and then go back to number one. One is the one.”

Everyone chuckled at his remark, but the “Mi Gente” hit-maker continued to laugh long after the others had stopped.

Will.i.am seemed to try and diffuse any tension by going into further detail on his process for creating the album: “The process of this record was being open-minded, being patient, everybody has a different style of working. I produce, I write, I come up with ideas so you have to slow down… This is the first time we collaborated with these many people, these many vocalists, I had to be flexible. I had to be a f**king noodle on this record.’

It’s safe to say that Shakira’s fans weren’t having any of it.

Almost immediately, #JBalvinIsOverParty was trending on Twitter, even in Colombia – home of both J Balvin and Shakira.

One fan fumed: ‘I’m not one to usually jump on a canceling but #JBalvinIsOverParty is so valid. He literally tried to come for Shakira when let’s be real Shakira is the reason Colombia has an international music scene at all and his comments were straight-up sexist. Respect the queen, peasant.’

Although, J Balvin did make a surprise guest appearance alongside Shakira and Jennifer Lopez’s Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, the pair of Colombian superstars have never actually collaborated on a song together. So many were wondering on what authority Balvin was even speaking.

The Colores hitmaker is yet to respond to the fan backlash.

Some on Twitter pointed out the hard work Shakira has put in on behalf of Latino musicians, the glass ceilings she’s had to push through.

Let’s be real: Shakira is one of the biggest names ever in Latino music, punto. There’s no disputing that. She has helped pave the way for so many Latino artists who have come after her. So it’s quite easy to see why Shakira fans were so upset by Balvin’s comments.

Before Maluma and Bad Bunny and J Balvin, there was Shakira. And she’s still one of the biggest names in music, being known around the world. In fact, few musicians can claim such international relevance as the Colombian hitmaker.

Shakira helped make Latino music part of the world’s mainstream culture.

To this date, Shakira is one of the most successful Latina artists in history. She was one of the biggest Latin artists to successfully crossover into the world of English music as well and has gone on to win no less than three Grammy Awards, four MTV Video Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, and six Guinness World Records.

In 2009, Billboard listed her as the Top Female Latin Artist of the Decade. Having sold more than 75 million records worldwide, Shakira remains one of the world’s best-selling music artists. She is ranked as the most-streamed Latin artist on Spotify and became one of only three female artists to have two YouTube videos exceeding two billion views. 

So yea, she deserves respect. But what do you think? Does Balvin deserve to be canceled?

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