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Check Out These 20 Latino Podcasts To Help You Make It Through The Holidays

There’s nothing more comforting and empowering than hearing people of your community speak on issues that impact your communities. This Christmas, while you sip your champurrado, coquito, crema de vie, or whatever holiday drink you gravitate towards. Here are some Latino-run podcasts to connect you to your community wherever you are as you celebrate the holidays.

Latinos Who Lunch

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I mean, what Latino doesn’t, but these New Mexico residents, Justin Favela (FavyFav) and Emanuel Ortega (Babelito), will elevate your lunch hour. One is an artist and the other a curator, both of whom are hilarious, queer and brilliant. Grab a taco and season your ears.

Bag Ladiez

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Estephanie and Lena are God’s gift to all of us. These two Bronx-based Afro-Dominicans will actually make you crack up while they “just tryna be better and make you better too, join usssss as we try to get rid of our baggage cuz deadass that stuff is heavy af.”

Their episode titles tell it all: “Serena Let Us Know if We Should Pull Up” and “If You Waited in Line to Buy Jordans, You Can Go Vote.”

Nos Vemos en el Swap Meet

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Are you a shy introvert who thrives off hearing the drama and conversations safe on the outside? Luis Octavio is your guy to overhear his conversations with folks at swap meets across Southern California.

Radio Menea

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Co-hosted by Verónica Bayetti Flores and Miriam Zoila Pérez, two women with very different music preferences, this podcast will fill the hole in your musical heart that Justin Bieber created. They bring in the oldies and help you discover new artists from all over Latin America that will make you dance in your seat all the way to work.

Allegedly NYC

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These two New Yorkers Nomi Ruiz and Ava Sanjurjo are just here to spill tea. They’re like a living breathing “overheardinNYC” podcast that can also catch you up on all the new slang (i.e. Slang Sessions). They’ll keep you young.

NPR’s Latino USA

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If you listen to New York Times’ The Daily, you’ll want to follow that up with Latino USA. NPR’s award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa offers Latino Americans the content we deserve. She doesn’t just offer breaking news. She interviews the Latinos whose perspective we can relate with and need to hear.

Anzaldúing It

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If you don’t know Gloria Anzaldúa, a Latinx Heritage Month icon, listen up. Anzaldúa famously wrote about “La Frontera,” and the borders that language creates around gender, identity and more. Queer soul friends Angélica Becerra and Jackie Cáraves Anzaldú it like nobody else (except maybe Gloria Anzaldúa) in breaking down how we live and switch into different identities as Latinx Americans.

Super Mamas

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Bricia and Paulina Lopez are sisters by blood and as co-hosts of the Super Mamas podcast that supplies the huge demand for Latina mothers to hear their experience in America mirrored. As you can imagine, topics range from the struggle of raising bilingual children, of maintaining Latino culture while assimilating their kids in America, and so much more.

Bitter Brown Femmes

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Ruben and Cassandra are here to (in their own words) “dismantle -isms while running their mouths.” They release a new podcast about once a month, with titles like, “Abolish ICE, Then We’ll Talk” and “Where Does the Gay Go?” The bitterness is just so relatable.

Bodega Boys

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Boys, listen up, Desus Nice and Joel Martinez are actual comedians in the Bronx with a Viceland late night show, “Desus & Mero.” When you’re not risking your life by watching the show in your phone in your car, you can listen to them on their OG platform: Bodega Boys.

Café con Pam

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Miami based Pam keeps it real about that bilingual life of constantly saying “come se dice,” what it’s like living in this new Latinx culture that is also so very American, and all of this while drinking Cafe Bustelo.

Café con Pam is wildly popular, explicit and riveting. Every episode she interviews a new barrier breaker on topics ranging from dreams, sex, politics and mental health.

In the Thick Show

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Self described as “journalists of color tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news.” Award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela talk about what nobody else wants to talk about, including in depth investigation on the ground in Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria.

Latino Rebels

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Latino Rebels is increible. They really do push boundaries in calling out machismo and even interviewing a Latino worker that once worked for an anti-immigration organization. Listen up.

Let There Be Luz

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We are aware of all the trend into astrological awareness that we all grew up with. Somos brujas. Let There Be Luz aims for their podcast to “create a space where we can make personal strides, learn to trust our inner guidance and move towards our deepest desires.”

Linda Garcia is talking to women to reclaim our menstruation as a gift, our yonis as our spirital guides and the power of femininity.

Locatora Radio

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Looking for a genderqueer Latinx podcast to validate your experience as a brown bruja who hates gender norms? Mala y Diosa are here for you to peel the layers of the performance of femininity, which is so high for Latinas, mental health, trauma and sexuality.

Latina Theory

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Latina Theory is for you Latinos who don’t live in Los Angeles or New York. Maria Isa and Arianna Genis live in Minnesota. That’s right. Hear their perspective in perfect Spanglish on (you guessed it) Latina Theory.

Radio Ambulante

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Daniel Alarcón and Carolina Guerrero are here to give you the news in Latin America, so we don’t stay in our American bubble por siempre. Plus, they’re trying to bring longform back by giving you detailed, in depth investigative stories. Listen to this award winning Spanish-language podcast to hear about everything from used book-sellers in Bogotá to metal music in the ’80s and ’90s in Havana.

Tamarindo Podcast

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These two Angelenos, Melinna Bobadilla and Brenda Gonzalez, unpack every issue Latinos in Los Angeles have to deal with, including even the term “Latinx.” They self describe as “a socially conscious talk show with a Latino vibe.” They talk about Mexican-Arab influences, how to love our noses, and decolonizing our beauty and diets, as well as titles like “What in the Actual Hell: US Immigration in 2018.”

Wait, Hold Up

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Yarel Ramos and Jessica Molina have no limits on what’s on the table to discuss. Every episode will either talk about the latest major “wait, hold up” moment or interview a Latinx that experienced their own “wait, hold up” moment that changed their lives. Learn from other people’s experiences, people.

Cerebronas

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These cerebronas are casual Yale and Stanford law students from working class immigrant families. They started this podcast to democratize knowledge and unpack their sh*t. Sometimes, they break down interesting immigration cases, and other times they talk about intergenerational trauma.


READ: Two Latinx Women Are Tackling Major Issues In Their Community One Podcast At A Time

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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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