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Maluma Is Keeping Us Up To Date On His Life In Quarantine And I Couldn’t Be More Grateful

Stars, they’re just like us, right? I mean kind of. Sure, Maluma is also in self-isolation thanks to the global Coronavirus pandemic. But he’s in quarantine in his hometown of Medellin on his palatial estate and looking better than he’s ever looked. Meanwhile, I’m in quarantine in Mexico City, I’ve put on probably 10 pounds and sometimes more than 24 hours go by before I realize I haven’t even brushed my teeth. So no…stars aren’t just like us.

But I’m glad they’re not because then I get to thirst after Maluma through his very thirsty social media content. Sure, Maluma shirtless isn’t that big of a deal since, well he’s basically always shirtless, but something about him being so almost naked and living his best #quarantinelife is just what I need right now.

Maluma’s 11:11 World Tour had to be put on pause due to the Coronavirus outbreak but he’s been making up for it with some seriously #bts content.

Following the delay of his world tour, Maluma travelled back to his hometown of Medellin, where’s he’s been spending quarantine since mid-March. So for nearly two months now, the reggaetónero has been spending quality time with his family, focused on his health and body (it shows!) and has even released a new single (and video) called “ADMV” – “Amor de mi Vida.”

In a previous interview with Billboard, Maluma said, “I realized I was investing so much energy, so much time in my career that I was forgetting about myself, about my spirit and the important things in life like my family, like finding that love of my life… I’m tired about listening to the same kinds of songs; people talking about diamonds and about Ferraris. There are more important things.”

Swoon.

Maluma has even let fans in on a behind-the-scenes look into his home – and I was living for it.

In the video, presented by Architectural Digest – which Maluma shot himself – the singer calls his home his ‘sanctuary’ and it’s easy to see why. Situated up in the green hills outside of Medellín, his home is gorgeous. He reveals he’s lived there for three years and it’s truly his home.

Even his morning routine left me in giggles as he describes how he wakes up in the morning, descends to the ground level in his private elevator, and makes his very own cup of coffee. Minus the elevator part, very relatable.

Since he’s been spending so much time at home – he’s also been showering his fans with shirtless photos.

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With another quarantine week in full swing, Maluma, posing in a steamy shirtless photo, asked fans who was the love of their life. Fans immediately showered the comment section with “you are,” and it’s easy to see why.

Serving smiles and body.

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From Instagram lives to mini-photoshoots, Maluma has been keeping himself (and many of us) very busy. He’s helped make this quarantine a little less horrible thanks to his nearly daily dose of thirst trapping – that’s right it’s not just for Thursdays.

Walking the dogs really builds up a sweat.

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Maluma has made it well-known that he loves animals – especially his two dogs Bonnie and Clyde. He posts about them frequently and when one of them fell ill – he was heartbroken but thankfully they recovered. Now, we get to enjoy photos of him spending time with two of his best friends – shirtless. I’m here for it.

He even shared a #BTS of his makeup work for the video of ‘ADMV’.

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Ok…so this isn’t typically what I thirst after. But it was cool to see some behind the scenes shots of this next level makeup job that left the 26-year-old singer looking twice his age.

And OK this has nothing to do with his quarantine life but it’s too good not to include here.

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Shot for this Calvin Klein campaign, Maluma left millions speechless with the full-body, nearly-nude photoshoot.

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Peru’s Indigenous Are Turning To Ancestral Medicines To Fight The Coronavirus

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Peru’s Indigenous Are Turning To Ancestral Medicines To Fight The Coronavirus

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With news headlines like “How Covid-19 could destroy indigenous communities”, it’s hard to understate the affect that the Coronavirus has had on Indigenous communities across the world.

Even before the pandemic hit, native populations were already at increased risk of health complications, poor access to medical care, lack of proper education, and even premature death. The pandemic has only exacerbated these issues as government programs and NGOs who delivered aid to far flung communities have grind to a halt.

However, many communities have started taking the matter into their own hands by creating their own impromptu healthcare systems based on ancestral techniques and others have barricaded off their villages from the outside world in an effort to stem the flow of the virus.

In Peru, many Indigenous communities are turning to centuries-old medicines to fight back against the Coronavirus.

The Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on Peru – the country with the world’s highest per capita Covid-19 mortality rate. At particular risk is the nation’s large Indigenous community, who often lack proper access to education efforts and medical care. This has forced many Indigenous groups to find their own remedies.

In the Ucayali region, government rapid response teams deployed to a handful of Indigenous communities have found infection rates as high as 80% through antibody testing. Food and medicine donations have reached only a fraction of the population. Many say the only state presence they have seen is from a group responsible for collecting bodies of the dead.

At least one community, the Indigenous Shipibo from Peru’s Amazon region, have decided to rely on the wisdom of their ancestors. With hospitals far away, doctors stretch too thin and a lack of beds, many have accepted the alternative medicine.

In a report by the Associated Press, one villager, Mery Fasabi, speaks about gathering herbs, steeping them in boiling water and instructing her loved ones to breathe in the vapors. She also makes syrups of onion and ginger to help clear congested airways.

“We had knowledge about these plants, but we didn’t know if they’d really help treat COVID,” the teacher told the AP. “With the pandemic we are discovering new things.”

One of the plants the Shipibo are using is known locally as ‘matico.’ The plant has green leaves and brightly colored flowers. And although Fasabi admits that these ancestral remedies are by no means a cure, the holistic approach is proving successful. She says that “We are giving tranquility to our patients,” through words of encouragement and physical touch.

Even before the Coronavirus, Indigenous communities were at a greater risk for infectious diseases.

Indigenous peoples around the globe tend to be at higher risk from emerging infectious diseases compared to other populations. During the H1N1 pandemic in Canada in 2009, for example, aboriginal Canadians made up 16% of admissions to hospital, despite making up 3.4% of the population.

Covid-19 is no exception. In the US, one in every 2,300 indigenous Americans has died, compared to one in 3,600 white Americans.

Indigenous groups are particularly vulnerable to dying from Covid-19 because they often live days away from professional medical help. As of July 28, the disease had killed 1,108 indigenous people and there had been 27,517 recorded cases, with the majority in Brazil, according to data published by Red Eclesial Panamazonia (Repam).

Some communities are turning inward to survive COVID-19, barricading villages and growing their own food.

Despite the immense threat they face, Indigenous communities are fighting back.

“I am amazed to see the ways that indigenous peoples are stepping up to provide support where governments have not,” Tauli-Corpuz, a teacher at Mexico’s UNAM, told The Conversation. “They are providing PPE and sanitation, making their own masks, and ensuring that information on Covid-19 is available in local languages, and are distributing food and other necessities.”

They are also choosing to isolate. In Ecuador’s Siekopai nation, about 45 Indigenous elders, adults and children traveled deep into the forest to their ancestral heartland of Lagartococha to escape exposure to the Coronavirus, says the nation’s president Justino Piaguaje.

Despite their best efforts, many experts are extremely concerned for the survival of many Indigenous communities.

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They are already facing the ‘tipping point’ of ecological collapse due to increased threats of deforestation, fires, industrial extraction, agribusiness expansion and climate change,” Amazon Watch executive director Leila Salazar-Lopez told UNESCO of Amazonian Indigenous groups.

“Now, the pandemic has created one more crisis, and as each day passes, the risk of ethnocide becomes more real.”

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The Long Awaited Trailer To JLo And Maluma’s ‘Marry Me’ Is Finally Here

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The Long Awaited Trailer To JLo And Maluma’s ‘Marry Me’ Is Finally Here

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One of the year’s biggest collaborations is starting to make more progress after being largely shut down thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Of course, we’re talking about the upcoming highly-anticipated Jennifer Lopez film, Marry Me, which also stars Maluma in his acting debut.

Although we still have a while to wait before the movie makes its big screen debut (not until 2021), we’re finally getting our first look at what the duo will look like on screen along with other exciting details about the project.

Marry Me finally has an official trailer and JLo and Maluma fans couldn’t be more excited.

It seems like we’ve been hyped up for this film forever – and thanks to Coronavirus, we kinda have. But finally, Universal has released the teaser for Marry Me, and it reveals a few new details about the film and its cast. Along with J.Lo, the film stars Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, and Colombian singer Maluma in his major feature debut.

The film was originally announced last summer and production began in October 2019 but much of it was shut down once the Coronavirus struck. The film is directed by Kat Coiro (It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaDead to Me) and features original music by Lopez and Maluma, which sounds too perfect to be legal, sorry.

To celebrate the cinematic milestone, López and Maluma have reported that they are recording a full-length soundtrack of original songs. Maluma Baby is hyped from the time he’s spent in the studio with J.Lo (who wouldn’t be?), telling a reporter last year, “It’s been such an amazing experience also working, doing music. I mean we never stop.”

So here’s everything we know about the film so far.

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Based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby, the film is described as a “modern love story about celebrity, marriage and social media.” López plays musical sensation Kat Valdez, who agrees to live-stream her marriage with her fellow superstar Bastian (Maluma — fictional or not, this is officially the hottest couple on Planet Earth and we can’t unsee it) in order to boost the sales of their new single and duet, “Marry Me.”

When she finds out that Bastian has been cheating on her, however, she freaks out and decides to marry a stranger in the audience watching: divorced high-school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson), who was dragged to the event by his daughter. The unexpected sequence of events leads the two down a path toward unexpected true love.

Even with a new movie coming out, both JLo and Maluma have been hard at work in the studio.

Just last month, Maluma surprise released his latest album – PAPI JUANCHO. It’s Maluma’s fifth studio album and was produced alongside longtime collaborators Rude Boyz. Although the album features Maluma’s alter ego as the main star, it also includes several guest appearances from a number of reggaetón royals, including Justin Quiles, Lenny Tavarez, Myke Towers, and Jory Boy. PAPI JUANCHO was made during quarantine between the singer’s hometown of Medellín and Miami, his U.S. base.

Meanwhile, JLo has teased new music in recent weeks. Jennifer Lopez posted a picture with producer Ryan Tedder over the weekend in which she promised that new music is “just around the corner.”

The snap, in which Lopez is sporting dark red lips and a messy up hairdo alongside the OneRepublic leader and veteran songwriter/producer — rocking a black Mad Tasty hat — doesn’t offer much more detail about what the duo are cooking up, but Lopez seems pretty psyched.

“Can u feeeeeel it… new music just around the corner!!” Lopez wrote.

It would be a welcome return for Lopez, who has only released a remix of “If You Had My Love” so far this year, as fans wait for her to announce a release date for her as-yet-untitled ninth studio album. Lopez’s last full-length was 2014’s A.K.A., which featured the singles “I Luh Ya Papi,” “First Love” and “Booty.”

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