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Google Just Launched A Super Extensive Archive On Latino Culture

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Google has recently made a concerted effort to shine a spotlight on Latino culture. Last year, for National Hispanic Heritage Month, Google featured several historic Latino figures, including Lucha Libre icon El Santo (as a Google Doodle) and Peruvian singer Yma Sumac, as Google Doodles. The year before that, they highlighted the late Gustavo Cerati, frontman of legendary Argentine rock band Soda Stereo.

This year, Google is going all out for National Hispanic Heritage Month with a huge Arts & Culture digital catalog.

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Even though Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on September 15, Google is rolling it out now because there’s no time like the present.

According to Forbes, Google partnered up with 50 organizations nationwide to put together “the largest digital collection of U.S. Latino art, culture and history ever curated online.”

Sounds like a big project, right?

Jesús García, Head of Hispanic Communications at Google and YouTube, told Forbes about this massive undertaking: “The Google Arts & Culture: Latino Cultures in the U.S. collection is a labor of love for many Googlers and partner institutions. It was a project that was more than a year in the making and took a small army to help digitize the 2,500 new artworks and curate 69 new exhibits.”

So who’s featured on the site? Every Latino celebrity and historical figure you can think of.

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Aside from stars of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” and Selena Quintanilla, the site also features big accomplishments from historical figures including Ellen Ochoa, the first Latina to go into space, to the late Tina Ramirez, a professional portrait ballet dancer.

The archive also features lots of Latino food porn.

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One of the coolest features about this section is that there are so many personal stories of how our food, and its preparation, is incorporated with quality family time.

The site features an impressive 4,300 archives on our history, and…

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Tons and tons of artwork!

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Looks like you’ll be able to spend hours upon hours on the site.

H/T Google Launches Massive Digital History, Culture And Arts Project For Hispanic Heritage Month

READ: Here’s The Impressive Way Google Is Providing Internet To Peru

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Better Get To Sleep, Luis Fonsi Says The Idea For 'Despacito' Came To Him In A Dream

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Better Get To Sleep, Luis Fonsi Says The Idea For ‘Despacito’ Came To Him In A Dream

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“It sounds a little cliche and a little cheesy, but it’s the truth.”

Get out your notepads and thinking caps, because Luis Fonsi is here to take you to school. He was recently on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” to perform, but also took the time to give away his biggest secrets to writing a hit song. It just so happens there was a secret formula to creating “Despacito,” a song that has dominated the airwaves, staying at number one all over the world and in the U.S. for 16 weeks (tying the all time record), and garnered over 3 billion views on YouTube. So here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Be a talented musician and singer with decades of hard work and several albums under your belt.
  2. Be from Puerto Rico, so you can write authentically from your Puerto Rican experience.
  3. Have a dream where a perfect melody and lyrics just appear to you.
  4. Go to Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated song writer Erika Ender to help you finish writing it.
  5. Once you’ve gotten that to rise, add a dash of Daddy Yankee, your buddy and fellow Puerto Rican.
  6. After you get that all out of the oven, and it’s hot, fresh and ready to go, throw in a sexy music video with a former Puerto Rican Miss Universe winner, catchy dance moves, and the smiles of Puerto Rican locals from the colorful “La Perla” neighborhood.
  7. Release it all into the world, and once it starts blowing up, have Justin Bieber, one of the biggest names in pop music, garnish it with a verse in Spanish and share it with all of his fans, too.
  8. This is optional, but make sure that when performing it live, Bieber can’t actually sing it and improvises it with insensitive babble.

And voila, folks, there you have it. All the ingredients and steps necessary to have one of the biggest songs of all time. Tune in next time where we show you how to get snubbed at the VMAs.

And now for dessert, watch Luis Fonsi perform “Despacito” on “The Tonight Show.”


READ: Mariah Carey Fans Are Cheering For Taylor Swift For Knocking ‘Despacito’ Out Of #1 And It’s Hilarious


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