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Fans Lost Their Minds When Justin Bieber Sang In Spanish Live With Luis Fonsi

Last night in Puerto Rico, only a short time after dropping the remix to “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi sent concert goers into a frenzy by showing up unannounced at the Bieb’s concert in San Juan. The duo proceeded to sing the song live for the first time.

The audience went bananas when Luis Fonsi took the stage at Justin Bieber’s concert to sing their smash hit “Despacito.”

The song had only been out for a day, but the audience knew every word of Bieber’s verse. You can hear the audience singing along and losing their minds.

Fonsi himself was excited AF to be on stage. It seems like he came out to watch the show and Bieber had a better idea.

Thanks for the invite to the show @justinbieber Fui a ver el show y termine arriba del escenario ?? #Despacito #DespacitoRemix #VersionImprovisada #Choliseo

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“I went to watch the show and ended up on the stage myself” @LuisFonsi wrote on his Instagram account, re-gramming a video of him and the Biebs performing in Spanish to a frenzied crowd. Even when you’re internationally famous, you can still be a fan.

The “Despacito” remix features Justin Bieber in Spanish for the first time and had 37 million views in its first 24 hours.

Credit: LuisFonsiVEVO / Youtbe

According to Billboard, the “Despacito” remix released on Youtube already had 37 million views in its first 24 hours, which is a lot, except when you consider how many views the original has.


The original “Despacito” ft. Daddy Yankee currently has almost a billion views on Youtube and has lived at the top of the charts for eleven weeks.

Credit: LuisFonsiVEVO / Youtube

According to Billboard, “Despacito” has been No. 1 for eleven straight weeks on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and currently holds the No. 49 spot on the Hot 100 chart. The video sits comfortably with 994 million views at the time of this publication.


As much as people lost it when they first heard the song, their brains melted last night at the live show.

You can almost hear the adolescent vocal chords being torn to shreds.


Hopefully Bieber returns the favor and shows up to Fonsi’s Miami performance for the Latin Grammys on April 27th.

These two made a lot of folks happy last night, hopefully they’ll do it again in a couple weeks.


[H/T] Surprise! Justin Bieber and Luis Fonsi Performed ‘Despacito’ in Puerto Rico: Watch

READ: People Are Losing Their Minds Over Luis Fonsi’s Remix Of ‘Despacito’ With Justin Bieber And Daddy Yankee


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Today, Puerto Rico Celebrates Emancipation Day–the Day When the Island Officially Abolished Slavery

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Today, Puerto Rico Celebrates Emancipation Day–the Day When the Island Officially Abolished Slavery

Photo via George W. Davis, Public Domain

Today, March 22nd marks Día de la Abolición de Esclavitud in Puerto Rico–the date that marks the emancipation of slaves in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, enslaved peoples were emancipated in 1873–a full decade after the U.S. officially abolished slavery. But unlike the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico celebrates today as an official holiday, where many businesses are closed.

The emancipation of Puerto Rican slaves was a very different process than the United States’. For one, the emancipation was gradual and over three years.

When the Spanish government abolished slavery in Puerto Rico 1873, enslaved men and women had to buy their freedom. The price was set by their “owners”. The way the emancipated slaves bought their freedom was through a process that was very similar to sharecropping in the post-war American south. Emancipated slaves farmed, sold goods, and worked in different trades to “buy” their freedom.

In the same Spanish edict that abolished slavery, slaves over the age of 60 were automatically freed. Enslaved children who were 5-years-old and under were also automatically freed.

Today, Black and mixed-race Puerto Ricans of Black descent make up a large part of Puerto Rico’s population.

The legacy of enslaved Black Puerto Ricans is a strong one. Unlike the United States, Puerto Rico doesn’t classify race in such black-and-white terms. Puerto Ricans are taught that everyone is a mixture of three groups of people: white Spanish colonizers, Black African slaves, and the indigenous Taíno population.

African influences on Puerto Rican culture is ubiquitous and is present in Puerto Rican music, cuisine, and even in the way that the island’s language evolved. And although experts estimate that up to 60% of Puerto Ricans have significant African ancestry, almost 76% of Puerto Ricans identified as white only in the latest census poll–a phenomenon that many sociologists have blamed on anti-blackness.

On Puerto Rico’s Día de la Abolición de Esclavitud, many people can’t help but notice that the island celebrates a day of freedom and independence when they are not really free themselves.

As the fight for Puerto Rican decolonization rages on, there is a bit of irony in the fact that Puerto Rico is one of the only American territories that officially celebrates the emancipation of slaves, when Puerto Rico is not emancipated from the United States. Yes, many Black Americans recognize Juneteenth (June 19th) as the official day to celebrate emancipation from slavery, but it is not an official government holiday.

Perhaps, Puerto Rico celebrates this historical day of freedom because they understand how important the freedom and independence is on a different level than mainland Americans do.

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Puerto Rico Lost Its Giant Telescope But Now It Hopes To Build A Giant Space Port

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Puerto Rico Lost Its Giant Telescope But Now It Hopes To Build A Giant Space Port

Puerto Rico’s famed Arecibo telescope collapsed in December after years of neglect and damage from earthquakes and hurricanes. But the island is looking to the future with the hope that the U.S. territory could become a major hub for space exploration as a potential space port.

Puerto Rico seeks to be a hub for international space travel.

Puerto Rico may best be known for its tourist packed beaches and its bankrupt finances, but as the island continues to recover from the economic disasters in the wake of hurricanes and earthquakes, it’s looking to the future.

And to many officials on the island, the future is in space exploration. The Caribbean island has put out a request for information, or RFI, seeking companies interested in turning a sleepy airport at the base of the El Yunque National Rainforest into a space port.

The island’s location between North and South America and close to the Equator gives it “viable trajectories to a large range of desirable low earth orbit launch inclinations,” Puerto Rico’s Port Authority said in a notice posted Friday.

The potential base could be a major boost to the Puerto Rican economy.

The site is currently a small airport that already houses an 11,000 feet runway and offers flights to various points in the territory. But with the existing infrastructure, officials state it could easily be converted into a space port.

If the site does generate interest, it would be a major boost to Puerto Rico’s small but vibrant aerospace sector. Honeywell Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace all have manufacturing plants on the island.

Puerto Rico would also join a growing number of U.S. states and jurisdictions that are vying for pieces of the commercial launch business, which is expected to become a trillion-dollar market over the next decade.

The executive director of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (APPR), Joel A. Pizá Batiz, believes that “The aerospace industry is one of the economic sectors that is experiencing the most rapid growth. In fact, in the midst of the pandemic it was one of the few sectors that did not receive much impact,” he explained.

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