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Bad Bunny Fans Are Feeling All Kinds Of Ways After News That The Reggaetonero Will Headline This Year’s Pornhub Awards Show

Here’s a piece of news that made us do a double-take – Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny is set to perform at the 2019 Pornhub Awards, in Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre, on October 11. For starters: who on Bad Bunny’s team thought, “this is gonna be a career-making event, better make sure Bad Bunny’s on the lineup?” And secondly: Pornhub holds an annual award ceremony?! Okay, we’ll admit there’s definitely more than meets the eye on this one, so we’ll tease it out for you.

First things first, let’s talk about the Pornhub Awards.

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It makes sense that Bad Bunny would want to join in on what the Pornhub Awards might have to offer. Last year, which was the first time the Awards were held, Kanye West headlined. In fact, he used the ceremony to debut his and Lil Pump’s banger, “I Love It.” It’s worth acknowledging that Kanye was one of two Creative Directors for the first-ever Pornhub Awards, so he clearly had a hand in ensuring that his tunes were up front and center for the ceremony.

Apparently some pretty big names in the music industry are involved in these porn awards.

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And who was the second Creative Director working alongside Kanye, you ask? Willo Perron – who has also produced and collaborated with the likes of Jay-Z, Drake, Rihanna, Florence and the Machine, and Bruno Mars. Willo has been brought back to put together this year’s Pornhub Awards ceremony. So when you think about it all in that context, Bad Bunny jumping in on performing for the Pornhub Awards isn’t really that left-of-field.

But we should also really talk about the Pornhub Awards’ cultural impact.

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Yes, babes, we’re going there. Because there’s no way you can say that Pornhub doesn’t have a cultural impact, if it’s got the money, the audience and the artists to host an annual awards ceremony. Securing an artist like Bad Bunny to perform means that the awards ceremony isn’t just centered around the porn industry – it’s branching out to appeal to a wider audience that also enjoys Bad Bunny’s music. And, once the event secures more musical acts, it again expands the potential audience for the awards.

Yes, it’s true: Pornhub has a cultural impact.

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From one perspective, this event could potentially have quite a positive impact. The reality is that sex is still treated as a taboo subject by wider society. And you know what that means? As a result of our unwillingness to talk about bonking, we actually end up having worse sex. Communication is key, babes. And what better way to demystify and destigmatize sex than by pouring money into an awards ceremony that celebrates it?

Just like all good things, though, there is a downside to the Pornhub Awards.

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Part of what makes porn so divisive is the fact that it can be prescriptive – if people see other people having sex a certain way, then that’s gotta be the way to bang, right? While this isn’t so much of a problem when we’re talking about plain ol’ vanilla sex, this can be a bigger issue when some porn tends towards the more extreme. Sure, people can have their kinks, but there’s a danger that consuming porn that depicts more dangerous, or even traumatizing, acts can result in people expecting their partners to deliver the same kinds of things in the bedroom. This can create more problems in our sex lives than we bargained for, just because we snuck a cheeky look at Pornhub.

For many, Bad Bunny doing this concert is just totally weird.

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Pornhub presents even more issues in terms of how it distributes porn. Firstly, because it’s pretty easy for kids to stumble across sexually graphic content – at least more so than twenty years ago. And secondly, because Pornhub is actually putting a lot of people in the porn industry out of business. Its free access model means that, more often than not, people who should be getting paid for their work just aren’t being paid, anymore.

And yes, these issues around Pornhub are much more complex than what we can discuss in just a single article. But, what this all boils down to is that Bad Bunny’s decision to perform at the Pornhub Awards acts as an endorsement of Pornhub … both the good and the bad. So what do you think of Bad Bunny performing at the Pornhub Awards? Let us know your thoughts about it all on our Facebook page – you can find us through the icon at the top of the page.

Selena For Sanctuary Is Bringing Their Immigrant-Focused Concert Fundraiser To Los Angeles

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Selena For Sanctuary Is Bringing Their Immigrant-Focused Concert Fundraiser To Los Angeles

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The free Selena-themed outdoor concert in support of immigration rights is going bi-coastal. After the success of their summer show headlined by Colombian-American star Kali Uchis in New York, the event is coming to Los Angeles. The organizer, artist manager, and activist, Doris Muñoz of Mija Management, is bringing the event to the West Coast just in time for LA’s Day of the Dead celebrations on Nov.1. 

Solidarity For Sanctuary is a non-profit aimed to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy, and the arts.

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Since 2017, Muñoz has been producing Selena for Sanctuary, a concert to help undocumented immigrants. Her mission remains to donate all proceeds from her concerts to undocumented people who need funds for legal fees, to submit DACA applications, etc. This year the entire proceeds of the show went to Make The Road NY. The organization’s mission is to provide “legal and survival services,” develop “transformative education,” and help with “community organizing.” 

“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer,” Muñoz told Remezcla. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Muñoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.” 

Sanctuary for Selena is set to take place on Los Angeles’ iconic Grand Park. 

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The concert will be taking place on the first of November, just in time for Downtown L.A.’s Día de los Muertos celebrations. Angelenos will celebrate the ancient party of the dead with a week of altars, remembrance, and traditions that will be wrapped up on the last day, with free music performances by an all Latina lineup.

Organizers of the event took to Instagram to announce the LA-based Selena for Sanctuary.

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The non-profit Solidarity for Sanctuary announced the West Coast concert and lineup on an Instagram post. “We can’t wait to see our friends, family, and community gathered at @grandpark_la for this year’s Grand Park’s Downtown Dia de los Muertos!” read the colorful post featuring an illustration of Selena wearing her iconic high rise pants and bedazzled bustier, surrounded by cempasúchil, the flower of the dead. “On Friday, November 1st Selena for Sanctuary will be taking over in front of City Hall for a free concert featuring an all-female line-up of L.A.-based Latinx artists and SO much more, welcoming immigrants and allies together in celebration and solidarity. It’s an honor to be at Grand Park, a place that along with @musiccenterla has made it their mission to provide a packed calendar of thoughtful and exciting cultural events for all Angelinos to enjoy.”

The aim of Selena for Sanctuary is to raise money and awareness for immigrant issues that are impacting millions of lives. 

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Born of a series of benefit concerts she put together in Southern California in 2017 called Solidarity for Sanctuary, Muñoz’s dance parties raise funds to help immigrants navigate the bureaucratic minefield that is U.S. immigration policy to set them on the path to citizenship.  In June, the NYC party was headlined by Kali Uchis, the Colombian-American singer with a critically acclaimed debut LP (2018’s Isolation) and collaborations with Gorillaz, Juanes, and Daniel Caesar. The platform must have liked having women at the front of the lineup, so they’ve confirmed an all-female lineup for the event in L.A. which is great news for the Latina artists.

Here’s the line-up of the concert and it is pretty lit.

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It is all about the female empowerment with some of the best Latina acts in the music industry. Here’s who will be shining at the Selena for Sanctuary concert.

Empress Of

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The Honduran-American Lorely Rodriguez will be headlining in LA’s Selena for Sanctuary. Empress Of shifts from English to Spanish to express the vulnerability that lies in both languages. The East LA native will be heading back home to LA for the show, after a long tour of the US.

Ceci Bastida

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This Tijuana native is a ska and punk veteran. Bastida broke into the scene plating keyboard and vocals for the political band Tijuana No.1. These days, Ceci is off on her own. Nowadays, she has a new alt-pop sound with a hint of Tijuana No.1’s political energy. 

 San Cha

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San Cha’s sound is a mix of ranchera, cumbia and punk. She is reinventing traditional Mexican sounds and injecting them with her own identity as a queer brown woman. 

Maya Murillo

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Better known as Pero Like’s “Pocha Concha,” Murillo is a multi-talented singer and songwriter. She is most comfortable singing covers which she has shared on YouTube in the past. No wonder Selena for Sanctuary tapped her to sing a Selena song at the event. 

Loyal Lobos

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For Andrea Silva, the woman behind Loyal Lobos, this event’s mission is very close to her heart. Born in Colombia, Silva immigrated to the US as a child. She often references her experiences as an immigrant and as a feminist in her music. 

August Eve

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August Eve had already collaborated with another Selena for Sanctuary headliner, Empress Of. The LA native is taking the stage herself this time with her Old Hollywood-style music.

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Bad Bunny And Marc Anthony Will Rebuild Baseball Parks In Puerto Rico Destroyed By Hurricane María

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Bad Bunny And Marc Anthony Will Rebuild Baseball Parks In Puerto Rico Destroyed By Hurricane María

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While it’s been two years since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the recovery efforts aren’t finishing anytime soon. Many people on the island are still trying to put their lives back together, which includes rebuilding homes, churches, and schools. What many might not know is the recovery efforts have also included revitalizing baseball fields on the island where Puerto Ricans once played. 

Among the destruction that both Hurricanes Irma and Maria left in 2017 is more than 300 small league baseball parks that were found inoperative. As a result, many community ball programs were essentially eliminated and youths on the island were essentially left in the dark without fields to play the sport.

Leading the revitalization efforts are Puerto Rico’s own two native sons: Bad Bunny and Marc Anthony. The duo, along with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a U.S. community development non-profit, has teamed up for a new program called Play Ball Again. The purpose of the initiative will be to help rebuild some of those damaged baseball fields and facilitate local programming for 17,500 youth. It is expected that in total, about 300 facilities will be impacted by this initiative. 

The duo hopes the contributions play a huge role in bringing not only baseball back to the island but a place where people can escape from their worries. 

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The initiative is special to both of them not only because they’re helping youth but they hoping these recovery efforts go a long way in bringing back a sense of community. Maestro Cares Foundation, which Anthony owns, is putting money towards the program with a goal of restoring “normalcy” in Puerto Rico.

“Sports and recreation activities help restore a sense of normalcy, in the wake of disasters,” Anthony, who is among the program’s earliest supporters, said in a press release.” Baseball isn’t just a game in this context. It helps young people do better in school and improves family life and health in difficult circumstances.”

Maestro Cares, along with the Good Bunny Foundation and UNICEF USA, will all be putting forth $300,000 of what LISC expects to be more than $1.6 million in baseball field renovations. Joining the efforts is Chicago Cubs second baseman Javi Baez with his Cubs Charities, which will donate an additional $100,000 in support. This also includes the Kohler Company, which made a donation to fund bathroom fixtures for onsite facilities.

“Two years after these devastating storms, the need to rebuild the island remains strong,” Báez, whose family is from the Bayamón area, said in a press release. “Cubs Charities understood the need and has stepped up to the plate to help restore baseball fields and give kids throughout Puerto Rico the opportunity to play the game. This rebuild will make a big difference for the community, and I am proud to continue my efforts to restore the island.”

The recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have been long and tiresome but the fuel behind the revitalization has always been the people. 

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While time may have passed, many on the island of Puerto Rico are still trying to get back on their feet. For Bad Bunny, he knows firsthand the power that activities like baseball have on youth. Growing up, baseball was part of his life and much of his time was spent at many of the ballparks that were destroyed in 2017. 

“Growing up on the island I spent a lot of time in some of these parks that are now destroyed,” says Bad Bunny, whose Good Bunny Foundation is part of the initiative. “In parks similar to these, a lot of great athletes like Roberto Clemente, Yadier Molina, Roberto Alomar, Edgar Martinez, and Ivan Rodriguez grew up. Our commitment is to rebuild these parks so that we can help new athletes grow. This is the first step for the rebirth of sports within the island.”

The rebirth of Puerto Rico is taking time but in that process, there is a sense that an even stronger community will come out of this disaster. While simple things like baseball may not seem significant, it’s a part of the fabric of Puerto Rico and displays the love that is shared playing on a field. This rebirth has already started as construction on the baseball field is underway and most field renovations are set for completion by the 2020 season.

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