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With One Major Benefit Concert, J.Lo And Marc Anthony Raised Millions For Disaster Relief

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony brought together some of the biggest names in entertainment for Somos Live!, a night of fundraising that resulted in $35 million for disaster relief. Selena Gomez was part of the team that held down the phones. Bruno Mars performed a song in Spanish. Jennifer Lopez was all over the place, making sure everything ran smoothly. Somos Live! was aired simultaneously by both Telemundo and Univision, a first in Spanish-language television history. The concert was also aired on MTV, VH1, BET, and other networks. Here’s a quick recap of the performances that went down at Somos Live!

Seventy singers, actors and other celebrities came together to raise as much money as possible for disaster relief.

The money will go to those affected by recent earthquakes in Mexico as well as those affected by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, Mexico, and other Caribbean islands.

Ricky Martin expressed his Puerto Rican pride while performing “Pégate.”

Ricky Martin has been very active since Hurricane Maria and has raised $3 million via crowdfunding efforts, according to People.

“I don’t sleep,” Martin told People. “I’m in creative mode, trying to see how we can bring love and hope to my people in Puerto Rico.”

Demi Lovato sang a rendition of “Hallelujah” that will take you to church.

Lovato, who claims Dallas, Texas as her hometown, was quick to respond after Hurricane Harvey hit her home state. The singer and actor not only went to Houston to volunteer, she donated 50,000 bottles of water. Lovato also set up a fundraising initiative to help the Houston Food Bank and kicked things off by donating $50,000 of her own money.

Bruno Mars gave “Just The Way You Are” a bilingual remix no one was expecting.

Mars is not shy about expressing his love for his Puerto Rican heritage. During Somos Live!, Mars mentioned that although he grew up in Hawaii, he feels connected to Puerto Rico through blood.

Earlier this year, in an interview with Latina Magazine, Mars tackled the rumors that he changed his name for the stage because it was “too Latino.”

“I never once said I changed my last name to hide the fact that I’m Puerto Rican,” Mars told Latina Magazine. “Why would I f**king say that? Who are you fooling? And why would anyone say that? That’s so insulting to me, to my family. That’s ridiculous. My last name is Hernandez. My father’s name is Pedrito Hernandez, and he’s a Puerto Rican pimp. There’s no denying that.”

Jennifer Lopez set the stage on fire, as only she can, by performing one of her earlier hits.

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She also performed her more recent hit “Ni Tu Ni Yo.”

J.Lo has been a major player in getting disaster relief to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria. The singer was open about not being able to communicate with her family in Puerto Rico after the hurricane and stepped up to donate $1 million to help the island recover. J.Lo also joined a star-studded cast to sing on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying” to raise even more money for Puerto Rico.

Romeo Santos showed up to give his fans a little something.

Santos and Marc Anthony reconnected on the stage to perform their duet “Yo Tambien.” Santos has played a major role in getting supplies to Puerto Rico with the help of the hip-hop community in New York City. According to Fox5NY, he led a donation drive and collected enough supplies to fill up four planes, paid for by Jay Z and TIDAL. The international superstar was able to send 200,000 pounds of relief supplies to Puerto Rico to help with recovery efforts.

Anthony closed out the event with one final call to action for all Latinos to help Puerto Rico.

After singing “Preciosa,” a song that has always been dedicated to Puerto Rico, Anthony called on the crowd to keep fighting for Latinos.

“Thanks a lot everyone. May God bless you. It could be you tomorrow,” Anthony told the crowd at the end of the show. “It could be you tomorrow and you know what, we’ll be there. May God bless you. Long live the Latino race, dammit!”


READ: As People Still Suffer After Hurricanes And Earthquakes, Marc Anthony Is Putting Together A Massive Relief Benefit Concert

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US Med School Grad Blacked Out While Kidnapped In Mexico And Can’t Recall What Happened

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US Med School Grad Blacked Out While Kidnapped In Mexico And Can’t Recall What Happened

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There are multiple questions surrounding an Arkansas man who disappeared in Mexico following his graduation from medical school earlier this month. Jessy Pacheco, 29, was out celebrating with a friend in Guadalajara when officials say they were attacked and his friend killed. Officials presumed Pacheco was kidnapped after going missing for over a week back on June 15th. But according to CNN, he was seen last Friday on airport surveillance cameras leaving Mexico with his mother. The next day, his family didn’t say much about how he was found.

Jessy Pacheco says he doesn’t remember a thing about vanishing or what happened to his friend.

Pacheco arrived safe and returned to the U.S. over the weekend. Joined with his parents, he gave a press conference Sunday that raised many questions as to what happened in Mexico. According to Pacheco, he doesn’t have a clue how he went missing besides the celebration beforehand.

“I can’t recall anything,” Pacheco said at the press conference back home. “I mean, it was just a complete blackout. Graduation was amazing, all my family and friends were there. Next thing you know (I) blacked out and then ended up showing up back home.”

The celebration happened just hours after he graduated from medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.

Pacheco’s close friend, Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, was found beaten, shot, and killed a block away from the bar where they were last seen.

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Authorities found Romero’s body two days later near the bar where both he and Pacheco were last seen together. Romero, who was also a medical school student and U.S. citizen, was reportedly attacked and fatally shot by a group equipped with an AK-47, according to the Jalisco attorney general’s office, NBC News reports.

“Carlos was a close friend of mine and I’m sorry it happened to him,” Pacheco said. “I would have taken his place, he didn’t deserve it.”

To this point, Pacheco says he didn’t know how many days he went missing or what happened to him after leaving the bar. He has also yet to speak with Mexican authorities since returning to back home to Arkansas.

“There are things that we don’t know, and that’s what they [authorities] are trying to figure out because we just don’t know,” Pacheco said.

There are still so many questions behind this disappearance and how Pacheco returned home.

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Many are wondering how Pacheco was found or if some information is being withheld from him or his family. On Sunday, his family would not elaborate or discuss how Pacheco was found after being presumed kidnapped.

“We don’t know who he was with, who had him,” Vilma Franco, Pacheco’s mother, said at the press conference. “We don’t know nothing.”

There are currently no suspects at this time but Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez told NBC News that investigators had believed Pacheco was kidnapped by the same group that killed his friend. But there has yet to be any arrests in connection with Romero’s death. The FBI is also being involved in the investigation of the case.

While there are still details to be sorted out, at this time, Pacheco’s family is just happy to have their son back home.

“I didn’t think I was going to be back home. I thought my life was over, but I’m home,” Pacheco said. “I’m just glad I’m home. A lot of people who are in these kinds of situations don’t get this opportunity. I thank God.”

READ: Mexico Is Putting Luxury Cars, Condos, And Land Seized From Real Life Narcos Up For Auction, Here’s What You Could Buy

This Company Is Making $750 A Day For Every Child It Keeps In Prison-Like Conditions And Enough Is Enough

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This Company Is Making $750 A Day For Every Child It Keeps In Prison-Like Conditions And Enough Is Enough

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One of the most shocking parts of the American justice system is our reliance on for-profit prisons. Companies that own private prisons make money off the number of people they house, so they push for more people to be incarcerated.

This encourages the prison industry to give money to politicians who claim to be tough on crime or anti-immigration. So, essentially, what we consider to be a crime is now often influenced by the prisons and jails who stand to profit.

Along the way, the prison industrial complex ruins lives and takes away people’s basic freedoms, all to make a dollar. 

For example, one US company is making $750 each day for every kid it has imprisoned in its detention center.

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One company that appears to be making a killing off of the Trump Administration’s inhumane immigration policies is Caliburn International Corp. Caliburn charges $750 per child, per day to house immigrant children at a temporary shelter in Homestead, Florida.

At $750 per day, the children could literally be staying at the Four Seasons hotel in Miami.

The children who find their way to this facility are unaccompanied minors who arrived at the U.S. border seeking asylum. Most of them are Central American. 

Unfortunately, the shocking levels of connection between the government and for-profit prisons aren’t really shocking anyone.

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Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly recently joined its board of directors. He previously had been on the board of an investment firm that now owns the company.

This same company owns the now infamous Homestead facility which many people described as being like an actual prison than a detention center for child migrants.

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The Homestead facility caught the public’s attention for its prison-like conditions in which children are not allowed to touch one another and walk single-file to 15-minute meals. They may not use the restroom without permission and are only allowed two ten-minute phone calls with a family member per week.

“These children are battling a sense of deep helplessness and sheer frustration and confusion on why they don’t know anything or on why they are still detained,” attorney Neha Desai told the Miami Herald. “It’s profoundly distressing for them and something needs to be done.”

The facility sits on federal property, and unlike established children’s shelters, such as smaller group or foster homes that hold migrant children across the country, is not governed by state child welfare regulations designed to protect kids from harm.

Over 2,300 children are currently at the facility and some stay for months, even those who have family members waiting to pick them up.

Many weren’t surprised by the news and pointed out that we probably don’t even know the half of it.

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In the two and half years of the Trump administration, story after story of government corruption has been uncovered.

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