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Jenni Rivera Was Scared By Death Threats Well Before Her Plane Crashed

On the anniversary of Jenni Rivera’s tragic death, radio show personality Pepe Garza released a shocking, never-before-heard audio recording of his last interview with Rivera, during which she expressed deep-seated fear of performing in Mexico due to innumerable death threats. While mystery has long surrounded Rivera’s sudden death on December 9, 2012, when she and six other passengers plummeted to their deaths near Monterrey, Mexico, new questions are mounting since Pepe Garza published his 35-minute YouTube video entitled “The Interview Never Published: Jenni Rivera’s Goodbye.” According to Garza, Rivera had urgently asked him to interview her to “leave a testimony” in case anything happened to her. She hoped that the interview would never need to be published, but asked him to record an emotional goodbye just in case.

Garza revealed the interview along with the reaction of her children, Chiquis and Johnny, as they heard their mother’s voice. Now, her fans suspect that Rivera might be alive and living in witness protection.

Rivera confessed that she lived with a haunting fear of the death threats, more than she had let on to loved ones.

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While Rivera was born in Long Beach, the Mexican-American superstar often traveled to Mexico to reach more of her banda music fans. Rivera had just performed at the Monterrey Arena on the evening of Dec. 8, 2012. After the show, she held a press conference and quickly boarded a Learjet 25 at the Monterrey Airport around 3:20 a.m. to fly to Toluca, Mexico for an appearance on Mexico’s version of “The Voice.” Instead, just 15 minutes after the jet took flight, the plane went dark. Later that day, the plane’s wreckage, along with the bodies of its two pilots and five passengers, including Jenni Rivera, was found near Iturbide, Nuevo León. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and Mexican authorities never determined the cause for the crash. Since the plane had nosedived into the earth, its high speed caused so much wreckage that even the black box flight recorders were destroyed. To this day, authorities say Rivera’s death was due to “loss of control of the aircraft for undetermined reasons.”

Rivera was a brazen feminist, using her role as one of the first women to sing narcocorridos to empower women to rise up from oppressive gender roles. For the first time ever, we know that Rivera was a victim of death threats, but she never changed her behavior or her plans for any misogynist. She also rarely let on that she was overcoming a fear of death on a daily basis.

Rivera had told very few people about the death threats because she didn’t want to scare anyone.

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That’s how strong she was. “What I do is so important to me, Pepe, and I’m a very brave and determined woman,” Rivera told Garza in the audio recording. “That’s why I’m here. Nobody knows. Not even my family knows … not my friends or companions. And that’s how I want it to be because I don’t want to scare more people.” Rivera talked about the endless death threats she received on burgeoning social media platforms, on phone calls and emails. At one point, she had to involve the FBI to determine if it was safe for her to go to a concert in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, for fear she’d be kidnapped before being killed. Chiquis seemed to recall that moment in time for her mother. “But she said, ‘Too bad. I’m going. I believe in God,'” Chiquis told Garza. 

“It’s a risk that you’re taking, and I ask myself, ‘Why do you keep doing this?’ And in reality, one thing leads to the next and you never stop, but I do it because I love what I do and the love I have for the public,” the late Rivera said in Spanish.

Pepe Garza was waiting until it felt right to release the interview.

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“It’s an interview where she reveals many things that are not very clear yet. … She asked me to interview her because she had received death threats and she wanted to leave a testimony that this was happening in case something happened to her,” Garza said, according to a Los Angeles Times translation. “I’ve let many years go by since Jenni’s death, and something in my heart told me this was the year to reveal and share this.” Rivera’s son, Johnny, thanked Garza, saying that his mother’s words are very important to him and that when he finds something new of hers, it’s a very big deal for him. Rivera’s last words in the interview were emotional as she said, “We don’t need more chaos in the world. … I believe in an almighty God who has carried me forward in many aspects of my life, and I trust that he’ll take me out of this, too.

One fan tweeted, “jenni rivera’s last message has me balling my eyes out. this interview is insane but i feel like it definitely brought her kids closure,” while others are determined to believe that Rivera is still alive. “It’s been 7 years and I still believe that our Jenni Rivera is alive and she’s just being protected by witness protection,” tweeted another fan. 

Listen to the full interview here.

READ: Jenni Rivera Is Set To Make Debut On Big Screen With A Biopic Detailing Her Life, Struggle, And Untimely Death

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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