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There Wasn’t A Dry Eye In The Place When J.Lo Rushed The Stage To Hug This Little Dancer

Jennifer Lopez’s new show “World Of Dance” aired on NBC last night and it was jam packed with amazing dancers. From teams, to pairs, to single dancers, all were highly skilled and competitive. J.Lo watched at home with boyfriend A-Rod, who was obviously there in full support.

J.Lo and A-Rod invited their closest friends to watch the premiere of her dance competition show “World Of Dance.” Here’s a video J.Lo posted to Insta:

#WOD PREMIERE HAPPENING NOW!!!! On #NBC

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“Big night” A-Rod says. J.Lo follows up with “Here we go!” before spinning to look at an enormous living room filled with people all sitting around anxiously awaiting the premier.

Later on, A-Rod posted a video that seemed to catch J.Lo off guard.

#WOD premiere. Such a great night. #proud @jlo

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If you look closely, across from A-Rod is the host of “World of Dance,” Jenna Dewan Tatum, as well as her husband, Channing Tatum.

The Tatums were there to support and share in the excitement.

‪Worldwide trend what?! Waiting for #WorldofDance to start on the West Coast like…‬

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J.Lo and Dewan-Tatum were jamming before the West Coast premiere.

Colombian dancer Diana Pombo of Miami performed a beautiful set, at one point bending and flexing so that her foot swept her forehead. I know, it sounds crazy, but watch.

Credit: NBC World of Dance / Youtube

The emotional crux of the night was when the tiny dancer got a hold of the microphone. She told J.Lo how she really felt about her, saying that Lopez inspires her and so many others. This obviously moved J.Lo to tears. She then rushed the stage to give Pombo a big hug and kiss on the cheek as Pombo’s mother watched from the sidelines. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

Some other notable mentions were Super Cr3w, a breakdancing crew made up of dancers from all over the world, including Brazil and Venezuela.

Credit: NBC World of Dance / Youtube

Like J.Lo says at the end of their performance, if you take your eyes off of these guys for a second, you’ll miss something.

D’Angelo Castro and Amanda Carbajales performed what judge Derek Hough described as a “possible routine for that million dollars.”

Credit: NBC World of Dance / Youtube

One million dollars is what’s at stake in this reality competition.

If you’re familiar with Castro and Carbajales, you know they’ve come a long way. They performed as a duo on both “America’s Got Talent” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” When they started out, Carbajales was way taller than Castro, but now they’re flipping around and looking like professionals, even though they’re still only in the junior division.

But it was the French twin brothers, who go by Les Twins, who really made an impression.

Credit: NBC World of Dance / Youtube

These guys were raw, precise and cool to watch, and that’s why they got the highest score of the night. It probably doesn’t hurt that the two toured with Beyoncé for six years.

After a successful night, J.Lo posted a short video the following morning to show appreciation to her fans.

Sporting a Snapchat filter with oversized glasses and complete with voice-changer, J.Lo sang a snippet of her first hit “If You Had My Love” as a tribute to everyone who watched the show. No time to dilly dally though, she’s set to perform at Vegas tonight. And you know what happened at her last show


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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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