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All Six Members Of RBD Got Together For A Group Photo, And Fans Think They’re Teasing A Reunion Tour—Here’s Why It Might Be True

RBD members reunited and posted a picture of it on New Year’s Eve. Fans were left wondering whether the reunion meant that we might be getting another album? Perhaps a tour? Or maybe we’ll get a Rebelde remake this year? Here’s why we think the former band members might be hinting at an upcoming project together.

Every Latinx kid’s favorite band of the early 00s might be getting back together.

If you grew up Latinx in the early 2000s, you were probably obsessed with Rebelde at one point or another —like the rest of us. Fans hadn’t seen all members together since 2008, when Anahi, Alfonso “Poncho” Herrera, Maite Perroni, Christopher von Uckermann and Christian Chavez were on their farewell tour. 

12 years later, the band got together again to tease their fans.

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Dulce Maria was the first to upload the reunion photo with her old bandmates. “Que el 2020 esté lleno de sorpresas que alegren su ❤️!  Feliz año!!!,” “May 2020 be full of surprises that cheer your heart,” she wrote on Twitter. 

The picture shows Dulce in a group hug with her 5 former band members.

It is not yet clear why the former RBD members were together, whether it was just a regular chat, maybe their working on an upcoming documentary, or a reunion and world tour. What’s true is that seeing the six of them in the same room, sparked the public’s anxiety. And they have thoughts. 

2020 is BLESSED

Needless to say that the reunion photo sent fans into overdrive, with them expressing their excitement all over twitter and the comment section of the Instagram photos posted by band members themselves. 

A lot of fans are getting their hopes up already

It is important to remember that many of the members often said that this meeting would not happen due to political differences and past discussions. The artists themselves talked about some dark times they went through during the period of time when RBD was at it’s most popular. Others remember the time with affection and say they would come back, if this happened by mutual agreement —and fans don’t even know what to expect anymore. 

Seeing all the members together after more than 10 years has sent twitter into a frenzy.

This user is ready to spend her life savings to sing ‘Solo quedate en silencio’ at the top of her lungs one more time.

Eff #WorldWarIII give us an RBD reunion tour!

This fan is not bothered about the rising tension between the US and Iran as long as RBD gets back together

The reunion actually took place before Christmas

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Para siempre. ❤️

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That RBD reunion actually took place around Dec. 23 when Anahi and her bandmates uploaded a similar photo featuring the band in a group hug that didn’t show their faces. “Para siempre,” she captioned it.

Interestingly enough, all band members uploaded the same group hug on December 23.

Poncho posted the photo and dismissed all reunion rumors, saying that the 6 were only getting together as friends, with no “pesos signs,” “no interests,” “just friends getting together”: “11 años después… Citando a Mai Este es el verdadero reencuentro, no el que evidentemente se esperaría anunciar, no es el de los números, ni es un negocio de otros , ni tiene signos de pesos , el reencuentro de los seis.’ Reencuentro de amig@s, mas no de intereses.”

Christian and Christopher also posted the same photo just before Christmas

“6 souls that will never be apart!! 11 years later, the love is still intact, this is the real reunion. December 2008-December 2019” was his caption.

To add even more layers to the mystery, they all posted another group photo on the same date again.

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Cuando una no es ninguna… ¡Feliz 2020!

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All 6 RBD members posted a group photo again on the same day —December 31. “Cuando una no es ninguna,” said Poncho. The bandmates previously regrouped in a photo in 2015 sans Herrera. With all of them present this time around, and with all of them timing the publication of their images on the same dates, we can’t help but suspect that this was more than just a friendly get together.

Here’s to hoping we get an RBD reunion in 2020 —or at least a fun documentary. All of us rebeldes are dying to sing the nostalgic tunes of our adolescence, as was proven when #RBDForever became a trending topic on Twitter after the photo’s release.

J.Lo’s Celebrating Selena Video Is The Heartwarming Content We Need Right Now

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J.Lo’s Celebrating Selena Video Is The Heartwarming Content We Need Right Now

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Selena will always be a legend for Latino music lovers. The Tejano singer gave us English and Spanish songs that continue to rock our worlds. Her music is still played on the radio, in bars, and she always makes it to a few playlists out there. This weekend, people took some time to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the release of the biopic honoring the singer.

Jennifer Lopez came through on #CelebratingSelena with her own video honoring the singer and her chance to play the role.

We’ve all seen the movie more times than we care to count. It was probably one of the most impactful movies in our younger years. It was so wonderful to see our culture represented through Selena. It was a rare moment of fully authentic representation and it is not something we will ever forget.

J.Lo’s tweet hit Selena fans in the feels as they all took time to remember the late singer.

Selena was grace and class personified. Her ability to jump into the mainstream as a Latin singer shows the kind of power she had in the music industry. She broke down barriers for Latina artists who have come after her to lead successful careers, like J.Lo and Shakira.

Who could forget the iconic bustier scene?

You know you quote “busti-caca” way more than you want to admit to. It might just be the most quotable line in the whole movie. Now that most of us are working from home until further notice, it would be a great time to watch one of the most iconic Latino films of all time.

It is still inspiring people to pay tribute to La Reina.

Even 25 years after her death, people are loving her sound and keeping her memory alive through tribute videos and just listening to her music. Selena truly is someone people will never forget. She was recently inducted into the Houston Rodeo’s Star Trail of Fame and continues to be a major figure in Latino American pop culture.

Don’t worry. You can spend any day celebrating Selena because she is one person who is always worth celebrating.

READ: Selena Is The First Latin Inducted Into Houston Rodeo’s Star Trail Of Fame

I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts

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I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts

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Guys, this. is. crazy. Two people claim that I look like Carlos Santos from Netflix’s new series “Gentefied.” Que honor! I mean, whatever, it was my wife’s tía who said I look like him and my wife.

Check it out, y’all.

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I mean, I totally see it and there is no way I can be biased.

Carlos Santos, If you need me to do your stunts or stand in for you when you eat a taco or bite into a torta ahogada, just let me know, homie. I’m ready for Hollywood, cabrón.

Enough about me being famous and extremely handsome. I’m here to let your booty know if it’s worth it to sit through ten episodes of “Gentefied.”

Here’s the premise of the show:

Two feuding cousins struggle to keep their abuelo’s taco restaurant afloat. All the while, the threat of gentrification, and the emergence of young hipster customers force the traditional taco joint to adapt to survive. 

I grew up in Huntington Park, California and this show should be praised for how it handles complicated themes. From gentrification to Chicano identity and the struggles of lower-income families, the show reminds me un chingo of my hood, my childhood, and even my present-day life. “Gentefied” took the stuff I grew up dealing with, and found a way to present it in the context of a comedy series. But, make no mistake, you will cry while watching this show because you will see your own community represented.

Casimiro (A Traditional Compa in Changing Times)

Recognize this dude? Of course! You know he looks like your abuelo. I know he looks a lot like my abuelo. The casting for Casimiro (the abuelo and taco restaurant owner on the show) is perfection. This viejo knows how to make you cry.

For starters, Casimiro is still in love with his deceased wife, Delfina, and you’ll catch him getting sentimental thinking about her every now and then. My heart was not ready for that kind of love and the tragedy of his character is already implied in his name. “Casi”-“miro,” Spanish for “nearly sees,” because this poor character’s conflict throughout the show is his struggle to hang on to his tradition and values while keeping an eye on the ever-changing present and trying to adapt.

Casimiro is surrounded by change. Rent going up. Menus evolving to catch the attention of young customers. Rich developers swooping in on Boyle Heights and buying up property as the city quickly becomes a hot spot. You’ll have to watch the series to see if this sweet old abuelo can keep up with everything happening around him.

Gay Representation & Struggling Artists: HEY, GURL, HEEEY!

The queer topic is still highly taboo in Latino culture. We don’t talk much about it, at least not with older generations of Latinos. Even though LGBTQ+ rights made huge strides leading up to 2016 and shows like “Queer Eye” are beloved in the mainstream, older Latino generations still have reservations and a hard time accepting queer family members.

In the show, Karie Martin, plays Anna Morales, a queer muralist/painter. Morales gets caught between her protesting girlfriend’s war against the gentrifiers and Casimiro and family’s attempts to keep the business alive. Anna is a struggling artist with a heart of gold but her storyline gets deep when she finds herself being commissioned by the very developers who are out to buy up her neighborhood. The drama gets thicc, fam.

The show raises a lot of moral questions about making pure art versus profit, and how artists can sometimes end up putting aside their values because sometimes you gotta pay the bills. Definitely watch how this plays out. You definitely want to keep an eye out on episode 5. It’s a gem and gives a little insight into the queer struggle amongst Latinos.

The “Not Mexican Enough and Not American Enough” Issue

Back Carlos Santos, who plays Chris on “Gentefied.” Chris is the grandson of Casimiro and is trying to get out of the hood so he can become a 5-star Michelin chef. His family refers to him as a “coconut,” which is what you call someone who’s brown on the outside, but gringo af on the inside.

Throughout the show, Chris’s Mexican identity is always put into question. His coworkers literally make him take a “Mexi-test” to see if he passes as a true Mexican. His family cracks jokes about his hipster tastes. Yet, in the face of his Caucasian boss, Chris is basically another brown dude, with a little bit of skill in the kitchen.

I can relate, like so many. I was born here. So, yes, I like Tame Impala. I like sushi. However, arroz y frijoles has my heart and so does Selena. Chris’s character represents an identity many children born to immigrant parents might sympathize with. Our struggle is we never feel like we belong, but we can take comfort in the fact that shows like “Gentefied” are shining a light on this identity. You’re not alone. If you think you need to pick a side and choose which nationality you rep more Latino or American, this show encourages you to be both and celebrate your intersectional identity.

Latina Moms

Look, I don’t want to spoil anything, but when you get to episode eight, “Women’s Work,” you’re going to get a strong urge to knock on your mom’s doors and cry-hug her. Anna’s mom on the show played by Laura Patalano is everyone’s mom. She is a queen and a true icon. She is sarcastic. She is harsh. You end up respecting her or at least sympathizing with her by the end of the series. I could write an entire book on this character.

So, should you watch “Gentified”? Yes.

Not only is the series enjoyable to watch and will keep you carcajeando like your crazy tía when she forgets to take her medicine, but the characters are very well-developed, their story arcs join up beautifully, and you will fight back tears because this show hits home emotionally. As an extra incentive, some of your favorite mitú friends make appearances in the show: shout out to Jenny Lorenzo and Scar. A special shout out to Steph O. who worked behind-the-scenes.

Get binging, cabrones. And let us know what you think.

READ: Julissa Calderon And Annie Gonzalez On How ‘Gentefied’ Is Offering Empowerment And Representation In This New TV Era