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Daddy Yankee Opened A Museum Dedicated To His Career In Puerto Rico And Fans Are So Excited

Yup. You read that right. Thanks to Daddy Yankee, there is now a Daddy Yankee pop up museum in Puerto Rico. Last week, the reggaetonero announced the opening of an exhibit dedicated to himself, called El Jefe Museum, in the Plaza Las Américas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the last week alone, over 11,000 people have registered to gain free access to the museum, which opened Thursday and will be available until Jan. 15, 2020. Museum-goers will get a chance to see “the first museum in the world that tells part of the history of Reggaeton through the eyes of Daddy Yankee,” according to the ticket website.

As much as the museum honors reggaeton, visitors also get to see photos of El Cangri when he was just un bebé.

Visitors with tickets will be taken on an hour-long tour of the El Jefe Museum.

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You have to reserve a ticket ahead of time, but the access is todo gratis, mis cangris. That said, for some reason, you need to arrive an hour early in order to process your ticket. Then, you’ll be taken on an hour-long professional tour of the 8,000 square foot exhibit that recreates the barrio Daddy Yankee grew up in. The set is designed to look exactly like his old neighborhood, to give us all a chronological tour of Daddy Yankee’s rags to riches life story.  According to the ticket website, visitors also get to see “scenographies, important moments of his career, his music, exclusive interview for the museum, awards, costumes of unique moments in his career and in the history of the urban genre, even the events that have led him to be an icon of music throughout the world.”

The exhibit will feature his childhood photos to the medals he’s received through his career.

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Some of his very first outfits worn on the stage in 1991 will be on display, alongside the Daddy-Yankee-imprinted Vans, and more. The event advertises “interactive technology where the public can feel those memorable moments of the legend of Puerto Rico and will have a special technology so that each person can take a personalized memory of this experience.” That technology appears to be allowing fans to customize their own Daddy Yankee branded, limited edition cap. By the end of their tour, they can take home their custom cap as memorabilia from the experience.

In a video posted to his Instagram during the grand opening, El Jefe shares a photo of him when he was just a lil jefecito.

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“HIGH HONOR Student,” El Jefe writes in the caption, “The only difference is that in these times, I pray with great faith to have that voluminous mane again. ????” Daddy Yankee may have a museum dedicated in his honor, but he’s ensured to shine a spotlight on his roots. “What keeps me grounded is always remembering where I come from,” he told People en Español. “I go to Villa Kennedy, and I remember where it all began,” he says of the low-income state-funded housing replicated in the on-set version of Barrio Obrero, where he grew up, and where reggaeton all started.

Fans are already expressing their gratitude to El Cangri for the learning opportunity.

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One fan said she arrived a full two hours before her tour out of pure excitement. “I’m dying SLOWLY OF EMOTION!!!, ” she tweeted in Spanish, “@Daddy_Yankee I’ve already been here since 9 waiting for them to open.” “To you, it will be a simple photo on a wall full of photos of DY,” tweeted one of today’s visitors, “But for me today, seeing this man’s whole career inspires me to never give up. @daddy_yankee I will always be your fan from the beginning to the end! #DaddyYankeeMuseum”

Faraway fans are considering a trip out to Puerto Rico to get the official tour.

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“I think if I had the chance to go to #DaddyYankeeMuseum I would full cry people … and seeing [the photos] fill my eyes with tears…@daddy_yankee i take pride in you,” tweets “Tatty Yankee” (@Tatty_Yankee). Given that Daddy Yankee just sold out ten performances at Puerto Rico’s El Choli, making him the venue’s highest audience attendance male solo artist in history, we imagine free tickets to his pop-up museum exhibit will sell out fast.

You can reserve your free ticket here to see how el jefecito became El Jefe.

READ: Nicky Jam And Daddy Yankee Allegedly Had To Flee Puerto Rico After Death Threats

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

As you probably know by now, a new season of the never-ending reality series “The Bachelor” has just started.

And this season is destined to be especially exciting–not just because of the promise of non-stop drama, but because the franchise has finally hired its first Black male lead, Matt James, after 18 years on the air.

And with the first Black “Bachelor” comes the most diverse group of contestants competing for the lead’s heart that they’ve ever had.

And one of the contestants that is capturing the hearts of both fans and Matt James alike is 24-year-old Puerto Rican-born pageant queen Mariela “Mari” Pepin.

On this season’s premiere episode of “The Bachelor”, Mari was immediately clocked by viewers as one of the front runners by the way that Matt reacted to meeting her. The former Wake Forest wide receiver was struck speechless by her beauty and couldn’t keep his eyes off her when she parted ways with him. It was obvious that Mari had made quite the first impression on him.

And because we love to see #representation on screen (and especially on reality TV), we decided to do our due diligence and find out as much as we could about this gorgeous and accomplished Latina. Here’s everything you need to know about Mari Pepin.

She’s Boricua–and proud of it!

Something that immediately endeared Mari to fans was the fact that she is so vocally proud of being Puerto Rican. In her first sit-down conversation with Matt, she opened up about how hard its been for her family to live through the relentless natural disasters that the island is going through.

She’s a military brat.

According to Mari’s personal blog, she spent the first few years of her life in PR before relocating to Germany because of her father’s military career. According to Mari, her unique childhood contributed to her love of traveling as an adult.

She was 2019’s Miss Maryland USA.

According to Mari’s official “Bachelor” bio, she began competing in pageants when she moved to Maryland as a teenager. She won Miss Teen Maryland and then went on to win the title of Miss Maryland. After that, she placed in the Top 10 of the Miss USA competition.

She’s wicked smart.

According to Mari’s LinkedIn page, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Towson University and she’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence from the same institution. It’s safe to say she values education.

She’s multilingual.

Not only does Mari speak both Spanish and English flawlessly, but she’s also fluent in French and American Sign Language.

Based on all this info alone, we can’t wait to see Mari Pepin crush this season of “The Bachelor”. Hopefully, this Boricua beauty will be popping up a lot on our screens for years to come!

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