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25 holiday gifts under $25 for your familia and friends

Holidays are just around the corner, have you thought already what to get for your abuelita, mom, bff, novio, or for those of us who don’t have a novio, your pet?

1. Rotating Make-Up Organizer

This one would be perfect for mom, it holds up to 30 brushes and 20 bottles of skin care products! Because whose mom is not a vanidosa? Get it on Amazon for $19.69 now.

2. 6 pieces Baking Set your abuelita a baker?

Get her this nonstick 6-piece set for only $22.49 on Amazon. If you are lucky enough, she will bake some cupcakes for ya’!

3. Full Body Massager

We all have that friend or tio who is stressed 24/7. They’ll thank you for this full body massager for the head, necks and shoulders! Get it on Amazon for $23.75

4. Guacardo Case

The most adorable case EVER! This one would be just perfect for bae. Get it on the mitú Shop for $19.99

5. Starwars 8GB USB

Who doesn’t have a geek friend that would love one of these? Get it on Amazon for only $11.77!

6. 3 Balls Pack

The dream pack for any dog! One of them even glows in the dark! Get it on Amazon for $13.95

7. Cat House

Let’s not forget our other furry friends! Your car or your friend’s cat will love this home! Get it for only $18.36 on Amazon.

8. Cards Against Humanity

One of the best party games ever that also makes a gift that everybody will love!Get it on Amazon for $25

9. Tortilla Press

Come on, everyone needs tortillas in their life. With this one your tortilla loving family will be able to make their own! Get it on Amazon for only $15.07

10. Tortilla Warmer

If you are going to make tortillas you need to get a warmer as well. Here is an awesome warmer that keeps up to 12 tortillas hot! (or if for some reason you are not a tortilla fan it works for pancakes, Pita Bread and much more as well. Get them on Amazon for only $10.95

11. Thermal Blanket, Travel Size

This super cozy and comfy blanket is perfect to snuggle up during the winter cold days and also has a perfect travel size if you’ve got some trips going on! You can also get it on bigger sizes and on 9 different colors. Get it on Amazon from $19.90

12. Bluetooth Waterproof Headphones

These super affordable headphones are not only waterproof and include bluetooth, they are comfortable and can be quickly charged to play for hours! They are one of the best seller headphones at Amazon. Get them for only $18.69.

13. Cocktail Shaker

This premium cocktail shaker includes a double jigger with measurements as well! It is made of stainless steel and can be washed in the dishwasher. Get it for your cocktail loving friend for $19.99 here.

14. Knitting Bag

This is just the perfect gift for your knit-lover abuelita! It includes a bag to store the yarn and pockets for needles and cutters. It also has slits on top so the wool won’t tangle! Get it on Amazon for $19.99, it comes in two different colors!

15. The Life of/La Vida de Selena

The perfect gift for the little ones! This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) biography of the Queen, Selena. Because everyone needs to know their latino history! Get the Selena book for $8.59 or get the Cantinflas and Frida biography as well for $27.72!

16. Niño Jesus Special Delivery Onesie

Here is one for the even more little ones! This super cute onesie is the best way to announce your new baby this Christmas. Get it here for $24.99.

17. Chisme Mug

This mug is made of ceramic and is dishwasher and microwave safe, and it comes on two sizes! No other description needed, the message says it all. Get it here from $14.99.

18. Our Lady of Guadalupe Flameless Candle

Because we all need to pray to la Virgensita de Guadalupe at one point of our lives. Get this candle for your mom , abuelita or anyone really. It works with an LED bubble so doesn’t use fire! Get it on Amazon for $6.82.

19. Calaveras Wall Art

Calaveras meet Pop Art! Give this gift to that friend who has a super boring wall. It comes on different sizes and colors. Get it here from $21.99.

20. Tech Travel Case

Keep all your small tech accessories organized with this travel case! It can hold up headphones, cell phones, batteries, etc. Perfect for travel addicts who want to stay organized! It is available on 3 different colors and you can get it for $19.99 here.

21. Frida Kahlo Laptop Bag

We all know that Frida Kahlo lover! Get ‘em this super stylish Laptop Bag that works for laptops/notebooks with dimensions up to 10.6” : 8”x11”. Available on Amazon for $22.95.

22. S by Shakira , Eau de Toilette

An affordable gift by one of our favorite Latina artists ever! This fragrance by Shakira has a fresh and woody scent. Get it here for $21.86.

23. Stylish Poncho/Ruana

This poncho has a very original design and comes in many colors! Best part? It is one size only so no awkward guessings on that side. Get it for $19.86 here.

24. Thermal gloves with Touchscreen

Who hasn’t been so cold that they don’t want to take off their gloves but they don’t want to miss the opportunity to capture the beautiful landscape? These gloves are super lightweight and thermal, also, they are touch compatible so you can use your phone while wearing them . Get them on Amazon for only $9.95.

25. Loteria Mexicana

Can’t think of any family/friends who wouldn’t LOVE this gift It includes 20 tablets, 54 cards and 80 markers! Play it with abuela, play it with your BFF. Never gets old. Get it for $12.45 here.

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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