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Watch These Celebs And Dancers Take Nicky Jam And J Balvin’s ‘X Challenge’

Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X (EQUIS)” is taking the pop culture world by storm. Not only is the song a bop with a touch of dancehall and reggae, the song has sparked the X Challenge and the videos are everything.

Nicky Jam and J Balvin created a fire hit with “X (Equis).”

The video has almost 600 million views on YouTube in almost two months. Billboard claims that the song is changing the game for the urban genre.

It’s obvi Nicky Jam and J Balvin had fun while working on the music video in Miami.

Fans are also all ? ? ? while getting down with más flow following J Balvin’s invite for his followers to send in their best dance moves following the release of the music video on YouTube.

It was the fancy footwork that got everyone’s attention.

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Celebs and dance enthusiasts answered the #XChallenge with their own hyped up versions dancing to the Afro, pop and synth beats presented on the track.

Will Smith recently showed off his #XChallenge skill in Cartagena, Colombia with Nicky Jam.

The song is taking over people’s bodies around the world.

Video content creator QPark didn’t give AF about crowds watching him as he contorted and swayed on a busy NYC crosswalk.

When X takes over you (part 2) – Follow me @qpark for more!

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Peruvian TV host Sheyla Rojas knew when to give her co-workers a pat on the back because at least they tried.

She said they definitely lost the #XChallenge but props for putting their dance moves out there in front of millions of people. This is so much more terrifying than the anxiety-inducing moment Payaso De Rodeo’s “Caballo Dorado” comes on at your prima’s wedding.

Speaking of el brindis, even a bride and groom took the #XChallenge to the dance floor.

Esto si es una boda a lo #xchallenge ????

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If bae doesn’t want to do fun viral dance challenges with you, do you really want bae?

Nicky Jam himself has been handpicking his favorites while scrolling through the hashtag.

Aquí mirando los #xchallenge a ver cual ponemos ??

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If the challenge keeps growing, he’ll be giving his thumbs a workout for the rest of the summer.


READ: If You’re Latino Then Chances Are You Remember The Rapper Who Took The World By Storm In 1990

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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Through the power of TikTok, Kali Uchis is taking her song “Telepatía” to the top. The Colombian-American singer is sitting comfortably in the top 10 of Spotify’s Top 200 chart in the U.S. thanks to a TikTok trend.

This isn’t the first time that TikTok brought new fame to songs.

TikTok has proven to be quite the catalyst for today’s top hits. The app assisted in getting Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” to the top of Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remains. TikTok also reinvigorated interest in Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” last year thanks to Doggface’s viral video. Now Uchis is getting her long overdue shine with “Telepatía.”

“Telepatía” is becoming a global hit thanks to the same phenomenon.

At No. 7 on the Spotify U.S. chart, “Telepatía” is the highest-charting Latin song in the country. Bad Bunny’s “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez is the next closest Latin song at No. 14. “Telepatía” is also making waves across the globe where the song is charting on Spotify’s Viral Charts in 66 countries and in the Top Songs Charts of 32 countries.

There’s also plenty of “Telepatía” memes.

Uchis is turning the viral song’s success into strong sales and streaming. On this week’s Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, “Telepatía” debuts at No. 10, marking her first top 10 hit on the chart. There are also memes circulating on other social media apps that are contributing to the song’s virality.

“Telepatía” is one of the key cuts on Uchis’ debut Latin album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios). It’s the best example of her translating that alternative soul music that she’s known for into Spanish. The song is notably in Spanglish as Uchis sings about keeping a love connection alive from a distance. It’s timely considering this era of social distancing that we’re in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uchis is currently nominated for a Grammy Award. She’s up for Best Dance Recording for her feature on Kaytranada’s “10%” song.

Read: You Have To Hear Kali Uchis Slay This Classic Latino Song

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani has long been open about the fluid nature of her gender expression. That’s why it’s exciting that the R&B star is experimenting with different facets of her personality on the most recent cover of Playboy.

In a bold move, Kehlani appears on Playboy‘s latest cover dressed in both (traditionally) women and (traditionally) men’s clothing.

And as if one Kehlani isn’t exciting enough, the magazine cover treats us to two versions of this Oakland native. On the left side of the magazine, Kehlani is dressed up as a Prom Queen, complete with a resplendent gown and a tiara. On the cover’s right side, Kehlani is dressed in Prom King drag: her tie undone, her collar open, her crown askew.

She shared the picture to her personal Instagram page with the cheeky caption: “I always wanted to date me.”

In the accompanying interview, Kehlani talks about gender identity and expression, motherhood, and owning her sexuality.

When Kehlani was asked how she defines masculinity and femininity, Kehlani got refreshingly candid. “I’ve discovered that I’ve run from a lot of femininity,” she admitted. “I was way more comfortable in a more masculine space. I feel more masculine when I am in my stillness and I’m grounded in a quiet, contemplative mode.”

She then explained that she feels “most feminine” when she’s “being the mother of my house.” (Kehlani had a baby girl named Adeya Nomi in 2019). She also explained that she “feels her femininity” when she ‘s indulging in self-care, like soaking in a flower-filled bath, or doing a hair mask.

“My femininity makes me feel soft and gentle and tender and careful in a different way than my masculinity makes me feel,” she said. “I’m trying not to let it fall into the gender norms of feminine and masculine, but for me it does a tiny bit. But I also am very fluid in both of those settings.”

Kehlani has always been open about her fluid sexuality and gender identity.

In 2018, she tweeted: “Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non-binary people, intersex people, trans people”.

But of course, haters on the internet accused her of “queer-baiting”–that is, pretending she’s queer to get more LGBT fans and attract attention. In an interview with The Guardian last year, she revealed why the accusation frustrates her.

“I’ve had girlfriends in front of people’s faces, right under their noses, and they weren’t famous and so nobody cared to make it public,” she said. “So they automatically assume that I must like men more than women.”

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