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Guacardo Is Back And With A Brand New Range Of Goodies: From Clothes To Mugs, The Iconic Avocado’s New Merch Is Fire

October is coming to an end and with that comes a time to start thinking of gifting season. So if want to avoid as much holiday stress as possible, here’s a list to help you get ahead of the game. We prepared a roundup of the best, most funny and witty gifts we have in store.

Rep your love for mitú’s classic character Guacardo, in clothes emblazoned in the avocado’s signature seriousness and awkward face.

Created by one of our mitú animators, Danna Galeano, this animated avocado has made his way through mitú’s Snapchat Discover channel, to Instagram and Facebook for a few years now. From classic films to iconic music videos, Guacardo jumped to stardom by turning popular scenes from the world of entertainment into ridiculous parodies, remember?

Your favorite awkward avocado is back in store — and there’s a whole range of ways to take your animated aguacate with you everywhere. Here are the very best and brand spanking new additions to our mitú shop.

Click here to shop all of our Guacardo wall art for your new depa.

Get your hands on collectible Guacardo spooky movie pins.

Are you ready for a spooky surprise this Halloween? Our Collectible Guacardo Halloween Mystery Pin is exactly what you need! These special pins are sold as blind bags which come with a limited edition Guacardo pin inspired by iconic characters you might recognize including: Zombieguac, Pennyguac, Witch I’m Fabulous Guacardo, Frankenguac, Out Of This World Guacardo and Werewolf Guacardo.

The blind bag means that when you purchase, you will receive a mystery pin. And for a little retro horror movie twist, each pin has a black and white version, so there’s 12 in total for you to collect! They also come in a really cool stand, perfect for displaying your entire collection.

Shop our Guacardo Mystery Pin Collection here.

Ooky spooky, Guacardo Ghost onesie is perfect for every travieso or traviesa in your life.

This one’s for the little ones. Spooky season is almost coming to an end, and before the time of ghosts, catrinas and witches draws to a close this year, get that little brujo in the family a trick-or-treat worthy onesie. Guacardo is the cutest, most awkward, ghost you’ll ever see —guaranteed.

Click here to shop this spooktacular baby onsie.

Guacardo sweatpants are great for the athlete in the family… or for the fodongo / fodonga who loves lounging in sweats all day (no gym required).

Whether you’re getting ready for that 10K run or taking it slow on your couch — these joggers are sure to make you feel comfortable either way. And what’s more, they’re packed with Guacardo’s avocado superpowers.

Click here ot buy these cozy Guacardo joggers.

A nerdy sweatshirt always comes through with the cozies during crisp study nights.

Guacardo is the quintessential nerd. With his awkward humor and cringe-worthy social skills,  a sweatshirt emblazoned with your favorite avocado-pal’s intellectual ootd is the best cozy piece to wear on a long and cold study night! It’s warm, cozy and awesome, and perfect for that primo who’s still struggling to get his college diploma.

Click here to shop this cozy Guacardo nerdy sweatshirt.

The Guacardo Parade Tee is it for the OG Guacardo fans.

The only thing better than wearing an avocado cartoon on your shirt, is wearing a whole gang of iconic Latino references turned into cartoons, and characterized with their own cute little personas. This is a perfect conversation starter but also just very cute. Sidenote: it’s 100% cotton, so ‘pura calidad’.

Click here to shop this Guacardo Parade Tee.

Don’t know what to get for your little primo or prima? The Guacardo Plushie will have everyone saying awwwww!

You asked for it, so we made it! Introducing the BIG Guacardo plushie! Your favorite awkward avocado is now available in a huggable, squishable, throwable, loveable form! He’s soft and perfect for cuddles. Thicc butt included. Everyone will love it.

Click here to shop the BIG Guacardo Plushie!

For the discreet and stylish — this Guacardo embroidered snapback goes with eeeeverything.

The perfect accessory for that hipster friend who hikes on Sundays and hunts down vintage records in fleamarkets on Saturdays. This classic snapback is a timeless piece to accessorize any hipster occasion. Cop the hat in khaki, it matches with anything. And Guacardo, he’s basically an added value, just like guacamole — he goes with anything.

Click here to shop this Guacardo hat.

For the political animal in the family — aka your drunk tíos, the Guacardo for president mug is sure to settle any kind of political disagreement.

We all know that group of tíos or compadres that get a little too political at the most awkward times. No better present for a political animal than a mug, emblazoned with the very best candidate the world will ever see. Appeal to your tío’s political savvy with this ‘Guacardo for president’ mug, and remember: the future is green!

We all have a prima who, like, loves to brunch and she, like, totallly needs this in her life.

I, for one, may or may not be found guilty of being a basic brunch b*tch —definitely  guilty. There’s nothing I find more enjoyable than gorging on piece of bread smeared with avocado on a Sunday morning (and paying $14 for it). So here’s to all the brunch-loving, avocado toast-eating primas or amigas, may we be them, may we raise them, may we all gift them their very own Guacardo brunchin’ tee.

Click here to shop our unisex Guacardo basic brunch tee.

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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