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

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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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

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An Alleged Rapist Is Running For Governor In Mexico And Still Has The Support Of President AMLO

For years, Mexicans have been taking to the streets to denounce violence against women and to demand accountability from their leaders. However, much of that messaging doesn’t seem to have reached the very top as President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to support a candidate for governor facing multiple allegations of sexual assault.

A candidate for governor faces multiple sexual assault allegations and still enjoys widespread support.

Félix Salgado Macedonio, a federal senator (currently on leave) is accused of sexually assaulting five women and yet is still in the running for governor of Guerrero.

Despite the accusations he faces, 64-year-old Salgado, has maintained the support of President AMLO, who has claimed that the allegations are politically motivated, and other high-ranking party officials including national party president Mario Delgado. He was considered the frontrunner in the election for governor.

AMLO came to the candidates defense, calling on people to stop politicking and avoid “media lynchings” and asserting that people should trust the party process that was used to select Salgado as candidate.

“We have to have confidence in the people, it’s the people who decide. If polls are taken and and the people say ‘I agree with this colleague [being candidate],’ I think that must be respected. Politics is a matter for everyone, not just the elites,” López Obrador said.

The MORENA party has committed to reselecting its candidate for governor but Salgado is still in the running.

Officials from the MORENA party announced that they would conduct a new selection process to find a contender for the June 6 election. The party’s honesty and justice commission said its members had voted unanimously to order a repeat of the selection process.

While the honesty and justice commission has ordered a new candidate selection process, Salgado was not precluded from participating in it. He indicated in a social media post on Friday night that he planned to seek the party’s backing for a second time.

“Cheer up colleagues! There is [still fight in the] bull,” Salgado wrote on Facebook.

Activists continue to fight back against his candidacy and the president’s support for an alleged rapist.

Women have protested in Mexico City and Guerrero state capital Chilpancingo and the hashtag #NingúnVioladorSeráGobernador (No Rapist Will be Governor) has been used countless times on Twitter.

Yolitzin Jaimes, a member of the feminist collective Las Revueltas, said the withdrawal of Salgado’s candidacy is a positive first step but urged the authorities to continue investigating the rape allegations.

“… He has to go to jail, … he mustn’t return to the Senate and he mustn’t be nominated [for governor] by any political party because … it’s very probable that he’s seeking to go to the Labor Party [a Morena ally],” she said.

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Americans Are Flocking To Mexico Amid The Pandemic And Being Terrible Tourists In The Process

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Americans Are Flocking To Mexico Amid The Pandemic And Being Terrible Tourists In The Process

Despite being one of the world’s hardest hit countries by the Covid-19 pandemic, Mexico never once closed its doors to international tourism. In fact, the country has worked hard to lure travelers from the U.S. as Americans faced increasingly tough restrictions at home. This has had a profound impact on the country’s experience with Covid-19, with so many Mexicans either falling ill themselves or knowing someone who has.

With so many Mexicans having first hand experience with the virus, it makes sense why so many have strong opinions about tourist’s behaviors while visiting the country.

Tourists are still welcomed in Mexico but their bad behavior is not.

Most Mexicans agree with their government’s open borders approach during the pandemic, since the alternative would have meant even worse economic situation for a country already suffering record levels of poverty. But the influx of tourists to the country has brought with it a level of resentment at those who fail to follow local health guidelines while on vacation.

Mexico never closed its airports to tourists and one walk down a block in Mexico City’s popular Condesa or Roma neighborhoods and you’ll spot American tourists within minutes – many failing to wear a mask. The problem is even more severe in popular tourist destinations like Oaxaca.

There, tourists often travel from the bustling city of Oaxaca into remote villages where Indigenous residents have even less access to proper medical care.

Residents fear that tourists feel they are exempt from local Covid-19 guidelines.

Many residents who have had their own personal experience with the coronavirus has made them sensitive to the pandemic situation in their community. As case numbers continued to rise, many noticed more tourists defying widely practiced public-health protocols, like wearing face masks in public.

On Feb. 25, a popular photographer from Oaxaca, Frank Coronado, posted a plea to his 171,000 Instagram followers: “Dear travelers, you are welcome in Oaxaca, but you should ALWAYS wear a mask when you are in public places.”

He wanted to publicly address the issue and encourage visitors to do better — particularly foreigners who travel from Oaxaca City into smaller rural villages, where artisans are even more vulnerable. He told the Washington Post, “I get mad because I already went through [covid-19] and know how bad it feels. I don’t want my people, the people of Oaxaca, to get sick.”

With an economy based on services, many don’t have the freedom to work from home.

Many in Mexico don’t have the luxury of isolating from tourists — such as Aurora Tostado, who owns the downtown coffee shop Marito & Moglie with her husband.

“People in Mexico, we have to get out of our homes to work. It’s not like we can work remotely like most of the people in the U.S.,” Tostado told the Washington Post. Like others in hospitality, Tostado benefits financially from having tourists, and she is happy to welcome them back, she says. She just hopes they will consider the chain reaction of their behavior as they enjoy the culture that makes her city special

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