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Peru Qualified For The World Cup For The First Time In 36 Years And People Went Nuts

Last month, after a wild final day of World Cup qualifying matches in CONMEBOL (South America’s soccer confederation), four teams booked a direct ticket to the 2018 World Cup in Russia: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia. Copa America champs Chile were eliminated, while Peru, a country that hadn’t made it to the World Cup since 1982, qualified for a two-game playoff against New Zealand to fight for one of the final spots in Russia.

Earlier this week, the teams played to a 0-0 draw in New Zealand, setting up a dramatic second leg in Peru. Here’s how it went down.

The Estadio Nacional de Lima was absolutely packed with fans ready to be a part of history.

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Before the match began, fans sang together to hype up La Blanquirroja.

Early in the first half, Jefferson Farfan shot a rocket past New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic to give Peru a 1-0 lead. Everyone in the stadium, including the TV announcers, went absolutely nuts.

During his celebration, Farfan held up the jersey of teammate Paolo Guerrero, who scored a crucial goal last month that kept Peru’s World Cup hopes alive. Guerrero was suspended from both matches after previously testing positive for banned substances.

After the goal, Peru’s 36-year World Cup drought looked to be over, if La Blanquirroja could hold on to the lead. “Se rompió el maleficio (The curse has been broken),” exclaimed one of the announcers.

Things got so raucous in Lima that a seismic activity monitor was activated during the celebration of the first goal.

“INCREDIBLE. Alarm from seismic detector was activated in the District of Lima due to the celebration of the goal from Peru against New Zealand,” wrote Sismologia Chile.

In the second half, Christian Ramos gave Peru breathing room with this goal:

After 90 minutes, New Zealand couldn’t muster up enough offense to score any goals. As the final whistle neared, the stadium was ready to erupt. And it did.

In the middle of the pandemonium, Peru coach Ricardo Gareca smiled, looking more relieved that anything else.

The celebration continued into the locker room…

… In the stadium…

… And onto the streets.

Some fans couldn’t help but shed a tear after the historic victory…

While others took part in, um, NSFW celebrations.

Peru fans from different generations were able to celebrate the historic moment together.

Peru’s President, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, congratulated the team via Twitter.

And Kuczynski declared the following day a public holiday so people could continue to celebrate (or recover from all the post-match partying).

Congratulations, Peru! See you at the World Cup.

CREDIT: SeleccionPeru / Twitter

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Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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Netflix Finally Gave Us The Release Date For “Selena: The Series” And Fans Can’t Wait

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One of the most popular and cathartic things to do in the time of Covid is to binge watch shows on streaming platforms. Why drag something out when you can watch an entire season in a day? Well, Selena fans now have one more thing to binge after Netflix announced the release date for “Selena: The Series.”

The world will forever change after Dec. 4.

Netflix is finally releasing the highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series” and we are so stoked to finally see it. The show has been on the radar of Selena fans everywhere since it was announced in 2018. We have all patiently waited for two years to finally see this show.

This is not a drill. This is not a prank. This is a gift from the entertainment deities who want to make sure that we all have something to make these hard times better. All you need is access to a Netflix account, doesn’t matter whose, and the enduring love for Selena that most of us have.

People are marking their calendars for a big day in entertainment.

That’s right. Netflix is releasing “Selena: The Series” and Disney+ is releasing “Mulan” for Disney+ subscribers at no extra charge after trying to rent it for $30 through the app. Dec. 4 is gearing up to be one of the most exciting days for people who just don’t want to leave the house during the current Covid pandemic. What a time to be a live, huh?

Netflix knows exactly what they are doing by releasing this show.

This show is approved by the Quintanilla family so there is that. This show was announced at the same time that Telemundo announced that the Spanish-language network was releasing their own series “El Secreto De Selena.”

The Telemundo show was based on the book written by journalist María Celeste Arrarás. The family has vehemently denied the accusations made in the book multiple times and Telemundo’s decision to make the series, which aired in 2018, angered viewers.

We have been promised a story about Selena that we have not seen in the past.

The Netflix series will not be rehashing what we have already seen. We know the story of Selena’s musical rise and tragic death thanks to “Selena” with J.Lo.

“Selena: The Series” is going to be showing us the life of a young Selena before the fame and musical career. It is truly amazing that after all of these years, there are still new stories to be told about Selena and her important place in American Latino history.

“Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice,” reads the description of the show. “The two-part coming-of-age drama ‘Selena: The Series’ explores the once-in-a-generation performer’s journey as a young artist, from singing small gigs in Corpus Christi with her family to becoming one of the most successful Latin artists of all time — and the years of grit and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together before Selena’s meteoric rise to fame.”

So, mark your calendars and gather your loved ones.

This day should be a holiday as we all know that Selena is one of the greatest unifiers in the Latino community. We still sing her songs to this day and her legacy is being passed down to younger Latinos. Selena gave us representations before we knew we wanted and needed it.

It’s like we can already hear those old-school Selena y Los Dinos songs playing in our heads. Dec. 4 can’t get here fast enough and that’s a fact.

READ: Chris Perez Says He’s In the Dark When It Comes To Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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