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Becky G Embraced Her Latinidad At The Amazon Prime Concert But Apparently Not Everyone Is Happy About It

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Amazon threw a giant party to celebrate their annual Amazon Prime Day. It was basically a giant Amazon commercial, but also a concert! So, that’s fun.

Jane Lynch hosted and actors like Erin Moriarty stopped by to plug the Amazon series The Boys. Oh, also Taylor Swift headlined the event, but if you ask any Latino – the show was all about Becky G.

She took to the stage to debut a new single and truly stole the show. But, sadly, many fans who had tunedin for Taylor Swift had zero idea who the Latina icon was.

Yesterday was Amazon’s huge Prime Day Concert featuring some amazing talent, including Becky G.

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With a lineup consisting of Taylor Swift, SZA, Dua Lipa and Becky G, it’s safe to say that Amazon was looking to make an impression with their concert celebrating their Prime Day sale (which takes place next week). While the company went big last year with a special Ariana Grande set at a Brooklyn warehouse, this one was something else entirely.

The show, which was livestreamed to all 200 million Amazon Prime members across the globe, saw New York’s dowdy Hammerstein Ballroom tricked out to the hilt, with a gigantic video screen spanning the entire front of the ballroom — and eye-popping visuals ranging from digital effects to sprawling nature scenes — and a stage that was a light show in itself. There were fireworks and steam blasts and eye-popping lights and showers of confetti and streamers falling from the ceiling — framing, of course, performances from four of the most dynamic pop-leaning female artists working today.

The Mexican-American icon was excited to be a part of such an epic lineup.

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“I think it’s pretty dope that I get to be part of a lineup alongside badass girls like Taylor Swift, SZA and Dua Lipa,” Becky G told Billboard. “I love more than anything that we are very diverse. It’s awesome that we come from different places and speak different languages.”

And, as the only Latina performing at the event, Becky G added, “It’s awesome that Amazon provided an opportunity for artists like us to use their platform. The Internet is what changed my life and career.”

She also celebrated the fact each of the performers come from different places and speak different languages.

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Yet people at the concert weren’t dancing and screaming as much when Becky G came out and then online things got even darker. There was a lot of chatter on Twitter from people upset that Becky G decided to sing in her native language.

Apparently, though, not everyone was happy for the Latina to sing in Spanish but, no worry, her fans were there to defend.

Apparently not everyone new what was going on. One user on Twitter said: “I just logged on what’s happening now? Who’s coming after Becky G? This is not going to happen again with another one of our Latina artist.”

Becky G’s fans were seriously not having any of it.

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People were pissed off that some were upset about the Mexican-American singing her new single, Dollar, in Spanish – her native language.

Latinos came out swinging at people who had a problem with Becky G embracing her Latinidad.

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Many people upset at Becky G for sining in Spanish seemed to not realize that Amazon Prime is a global service with service in dozens of languages around the world.

And yes, Prime is available in Spanish and there are Mexican, Chilean, and Colombian subscribers. So it only makes sense to have featured a Latina artist to represent a huge portion of Amazon Prime’s audience.

Many pointed out the disgusting irony between reactions to Becky G and Justin Bieber singing in Spanish.

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Justin Bieber can take to a stage and make a not so great attempt at singing in Spanish and he’s called genius and open-minded and multitalented. But if a Latina signs in Spanish – her native language – people are coming for her.

Despite all the drama, let’s remember these two amazing moments that show just how far Becky G has come in her career.

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She went from posing with a wax figure of Taylor Swift to performing alongside her at one of the year’s biggest concerts. Bravo Becky!

READ: It Looks Like We All Have A Lot More In Common With Becky G Than Just A Love For Mayores

We Scavenged Amazon Deals For Prime Day So You Wouldn’t Have To And Found Some Of The Best Buys For Your Summer Trips

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We Scavenged Amazon Deals For Prime Day So You Wouldn’t Have To And Found Some Of The Best Buys For Your Summer Trips

In case you haven’t heard, Prime Day 2019 is officially underway, and we are certifiably overwhelmed. Fortunately, the name is a little misleading: Prime Day has become such a major consumer-focused event — right up there with Black Friday and Cyber Monday — that it now actually takes place over the course of two days. That gives you more than enough time to figure out what you want to add to your cart.

Maybe your bathroom could use a little upgrade with a colorful shower curtain and playful artwork for those bare walls. Perhaps your kitchen is desperately in need of a little sprucing up, via some shiny new cutlery and plates. Or it could be that you just want to buy that fancy wireless Bluetooth speaker you’ve had your eye on forever. And really, is it ever too early to begin shopping for the holidays? (Christmas in July has a whole new meaning now!) Whatever the mission, Amazon’s two-day shopping extravaganza offers up literally everything you could ever need, want, or convince yourself that you need. What a time to be alive, right?

Without a doubt, there are sales and deals galore. But with pages upon pages of products to scroll and sort through, how do you even know where to look? It can be a lot to process, even for the most level-headed shoppers out there. It’s so easy to get distracted that you just might overlook some hidden gems and treasures.

So before your eyes begin to glaze over, take a deep breath — inhala y exhala as abuelita would say. We’ve scoured Amazon for some of our most favorite finds, all of which feature some element of Latinx pride. Because what good is a massive sale and if you can’t walk away with a little flavor of your culture and heritage? Ahead, we’ve got the scoop on all the Latinx products available that you don’t want to miss out on.

AmazonBasics Geometric Luggage Expandable Suitcase Spinner

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Pack your bags! Jump on your next flight home or another country that will help you polish up your Spanish with this awesome, easy to manage travel case!

Amazon Basics Expandable Suitcase Spinner with TSA Lock [20-inch], $69.99 $48.99, available at Amazon.

Becoming – Prime Day Audible Deal

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Listen to the former First Lady Michelle Obama read her book on Audible! Audible usually costs $14.95 per month but for Prime Day, new subscribers can get a three-month subscription deal for only $15. That’s a whole lot of savings!

Audible  $$14.95 per month available at Amazon Amazon Prime day: $15 for three months

Goya Adobo Seasoning, Pack Of 3

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No spice cabinet is complete without this magical trifecta of seasonings from Goya, a go-to brand for Latinx everywhere. This three-pack includes one bottle of pepper, one of lemon and pepper, and one of cumin. A couple of dashes and sprinkles of these spices will instantly elevate your dinner. As an added bonus: Your mom won’t be as likely to give you the side eye the next time she’s in town visiting and rummaging through your pantry. Talk about a win-win!

Goya Black Beans, Pack Of 8

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Talk about essential: It doesn’t get more necessary than frijoles, and by buying these in bulk, you’ll be set for Taco Tuesday for at least a few weeks. In the mood for a giant plate of nachos? Or some hearty chili? These beans will save the day and make your life so much easier.

$26.21 ($3.28 / Count) Free Shipping for Prime Members and! $80 off instantly: Pay $0.00 upon approval for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

Aztec Imports Macaw Piñata

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Who says piñatas are just for kids? Adults can have fun, too. If it’s been a while since you’ve taken a swing at a stuffed bird (or donkey or star or…you get the idea), why not buy one for your next game night? It’s a fun excuse to take out a little aggression and you’ll get to indulge in some sweet treats when it’s all said and done.

List Price:$12.99 Price: $11.71 Free Shipping for Prime Members & FREE Returns

Serape Blanket

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These touchstones of Mexican culture have become increasingly ubiquitous in recent years — you’ve probably spotted these at yoga class or at music festivals. It makes sense that they’ve become so popular because they’re literally perfect for just about any activity, whether that’s camping, picnicking, or simply keeping warm while you binge watch Netflix.

AmazonBasics Velvet Clothes Hangers, 50-Pack

These not your mother’s wire hangers are exactly what you need for an upgrade to your wardrobe. This deal includes a pack of 50 in ivory.

Amazon Basics Velvet Clothes Hangers, 50-Pack, $19.99 $13.96, available at Amazon.

The Fire TV Stick

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Anything for Seleeeeenaaaassss — including buying an actual Fire Stick!  Watch all of your favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video (where you can stream Selena!), STARZ, SHOWTIME, or CBS All Access, plus stream for free with Pluto TV, IMDb TV, and others.

Amazon Fire TV Stick, 50-Pack, $19.99 $13.96, available at Amazon.

Vicks VapoRub Ointment

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Or vivaporú as we prefer to call it is undoubtedly the one product you’ll likely find in every single medicine cabinet in a Latinx household. Sure, it’s technically a cough suppressant, but we know that this mystical ointment can cure just about any ailment — at least according to all of our tías.

Price: $4.75 ($2.70 / Ounce) Free Shipping for Prime Members & FREE Returns

Mexican Flag Shower Curtain

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Cultural pride just went to a whole new level. Guests will know exactly where you came from with this hanging boldly in the middle of your bathroom. There are also options showing off the flags of El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and more.

Women’s Latina AF T-Shirt

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You can never have too many T-shirts, and we’re particularly big fans of this number, which unapologetically tells it like it is. Dress it down with jeans and sneakers, and you’ve got the perfect outfit for running errands.

The House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros

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This coming-of-age novel is an instant classic, and if you don’t already have it on your bookshelf, it’s time to change that. Plus, there’s no such thing as re-reading this story too many times.

 $9.56 List Price: $11.95 Save: $2.39 (20%)

Hispano Soap

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A quintessential item in virtually all Dominican households, this product serves several purposes. Use it to wash clothes, dishes, and anything else that might have a little grime build-up.

$5.19 Free Shipping for Prime Members and! $80 off instantly: Pay $0.00 upon approval for the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card.

Waterproof Paperwhite Kindle

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This Amazon’s Choice Kindle has two times the storage capabilities and waterproof protection. For Amazon Prime Day it is n sale for 31% off its usual price.

Kindle Paperwhite 32GB Storage – Waterproof, $159.99 $109.99, available at Amazon.

Adidas Cloudfoam Sneakers

Get 47% off when you buy these Adidas favorite! The Cloudfoam is on full-price on adidas.com but is available on Amazon for a little less than half the price!

Adidas Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe, $52.99 $37.09, available at Amazon.

Tech Giant Amazon Won Legal Battle For Its Domain Name But What Does That Mean For South America

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Tech Giant Amazon Won Legal Battle For Its Domain Name But What Does That Mean For South America

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Online retail giant Amazon has prevailed in a controversial domain name legal battle with Amazon, the geographic region in South America. This past month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) sided with Amazon to win the rights to the “.amazon” domain name.

The decision comes after a seven year dispute with more than a half dozen countries including Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Bolivia. The countries argue that Amazon should not have the rights to the name as it is also an important geographic region in their continent. They are also backed by the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO), a group promoting the development of the Amazon Basin.

While Amazon is the world’s biggest online retailer, it’s also the name of the world’s largest rain forest.

The presidents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia- Martin Vizcarra, Ivan Duque, Lenin Moreno and Evo Morales , have called the decision “inadequate governance of the internet.” The core of their argument is a cultural and symbolic stance on what the term “amazon” represents.

The countries objecting Amazon’s move worry that a corporation symbolically taking control of a name associated with their heritage sets a precedent for future similar scenarios. They also worry they would lose tourism revenue and opportunities to use trip.amazon, hotels.amazon and other domain names.

The case sets “a grave precedent by prioritizing private commercial interests above the considerations of state public policies, the rights on indigenous people and the preservation of the Amazon,” Vizcarra, Duque, Moreno and Morales said in a joint statement.

Amazon had tried to get the countries to drop their challenge for years.

Amazon has had multiple attempts to get the ACTO to drop their complaint. One of these attempts included offering $5 million in gift cards to Brazil and Peru, the ACTO member states who originally filed the complaint. But the offers were declined.

Fahim Naim, a former category manager at Amazon, told Retail Dive that while this legal case might not be a big deal to some outside the U.S., it’s important in South America.

“I’m not sure the average U.S. customer is going to care enough, but from a South American perspective, Amazon is fighting with these seven or eight South American countries, you have the foreign minister of Brazil publicly objecting, and Amazon, by the way, just launched in Brazil,” Naim said. “I can imagine that, if you’re a Brazilian, throw in the whole angle that they are demeaning the rainforest, you’re less likely to consider shopping there.”

Many are criticizing the decision because of what the name represents to the various regions in South America.

Many are upset that an online retail giant like Amazon has continued to take over many properties, and now the name of a region. One user called the decision “colonial” and a “a slap in the face to early internet promises of global representation + shared power.”

The next move in the dispute will be a 30-day period of public comment.

ICAAN said that it “remained hopeful that additional time could lead to a mutually acceptable solution regarding those applications. But at this time the ACTO and Amazon “were unable to come to a mutually acceptable solution or agree on an extension of time for continued discussions.”

As part of Amazon’s agreement terms with the domain, the retailer will not register any .amazon domain names with “a primary and well-recognized significance to the culture and heritage of the Amazonia region.” It will also provide up to nine domain names for countries to use for non-commercial purposes to “highlight the region’s culture and heritage.”

While there have been disputes over domain names in the past. Rarely has a company faced off against multiple countries for a name.

“It’s not the classic issue of two different parties applying for the same name,” Rodrigo de la Parra, the regional vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean at Icann, told the New York Times. “The governments didn’t apply for .amazon — they only have concerns about its usage by a private company given its cultural and natural heritage for the region.”

READ: Here’s Why Housing Advocates Are Warning Against Amazon’s Impact On Affordable Housing

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