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These Premios Lo Nuestro Winners Used Their Time To Put Trump On The Spot

Some of the biggest names in Latino music gathered yesterday for the 29th Premios Lo Nuestro awards. Of course, there were several great performances and glitzy outfits on the red carpet, but the real juicy part was the politically-charged, pro-Latino tone of the show. Several stars used their moment on camera to rally Latinos and let President Trump know exactly what they think of his administration.

Prince Royce spoke up for the immigrants in the crowd.


“I want to dedicate this prize to all immigrants,” said Prince Royce, who won Tropical Artist of the Year. “We are all immigrants, truly. To my family, my mom and my dad who are right over there.”

Romeo Santos spoke from his heart as he rallied Latinos with love.


“The only thing I would say to everyone is, please, in this world we need more love, more peace, less jealousy, less war,” Santos, who won the Excellence Award, told the crowd. “And we all deserve respect and equality for Latinos. That’s very important.”

You knew Jorge Ramos was going to come with some fire.


“I am an immigrant, like a lot of you. I am a proud Latino immigrant in the United States,” Ramos told the crowd. “You all know exactly what is happening here in the United States. There are a lot of people who do not want us here and they want to build a wall to separate us. But, you know what? This is also our country. Let me repeat that. Our country. Not theirs. It’s our country. And we are not going to leave. There are close to 70 million Latinos in the United States and, thanks to us, the United States eats, grows, and, as you’ve seen today, sings and dances. Therefore, when they attack us, we already know what we are going to do. We are not going to sit down. We will not be quiet. And we are not going to go. That’s what we are going to do.”

And people were feeling Ramos’ speech.


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J Balvin lent his voice to the growing political charge at Premios Lo Nuestro.


“I don’t think this is a bad time,” Balvin, winner of Male Artist of the Year, told the crowd. “I think it’s very a good time for Latinos to unite and show the world that we are really cool, that we are a beautiful generation and that we have strength.”

Carlos Vives directed his message to President Trump and he did not mince words.


“Mr. President, you want a greater America. A greater America is a united America,” said Vives, whose song “La Bicicleta” featuring Shakira won both Video of the Year and Tropical Song of the Year. “Mr. President, you have an historic opportunity. Unite us!”

Like most live shows, there were some technical issues — some people joked that Trump was trying to silence his critics — but the show went on.


READ: Every Latino Needs To Hear Marc Anthony’s Acceptance Speech Calling For Latino Unity

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Ice Cube Catches Massive Blowback For Teaming Up With the Trump Campaign; Denies He’s Endorsing Him

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Ice Cube Catches Massive Blowback For Teaming Up With the Trump Campaign; Denies He’s Endorsing Him

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Ice Cube is catching lots of heat for meeting with the Trump campaign to collaborate on policy. According to Ice Cube, he met with the Trump campaign to discuss what he calls a “Contract with Black America“. His 13-point plan proposes a robust overhaul of everything from the banking industry to prison reform.

After meeting with Ice Cube, the Trump campaign adapted the Contract with Black America into what Trump has called his “Platinum Plan”. Trump’s Platinum Plan outlined vague promises of continuing “to seek immediate and generational advancement for Black Americans”. The Platinum Plan proposal also claimed Trump “works every day to advance a fair and just America for the Black Community.”

Ice Cube, for his part, has refuted reports that he approached the Trump campaign specifically. “I didn’t ‘run’ to go work with any campaign. Both campaigns contacted me. Both campaigns wanted to talk to me about the Contract with Black America,” Ice Cube said in an interview with CNN addressing the controversy.

He continued: “[The Biden] campaign said, ‘We love what you have, but let’s really dig into after the election.’ And [the Trump] campaign said ‘We love what you have, do you mind talking to us about it?’ And that’s what I did, so I didn’t ‘run’ to nobody.”

Although Ice Cube says that he would have met with any political party regardless of affiliation in order to get his plan off the ground, critics are still annoyed that he decided to team up with a man who has such a dismal track record with Black Americans.

President Donald Trump has been plagued by accusations of racism throughout his tenure as president as well as before. Not only did he hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma (the historical location of a racial massacre) on Juneteenth, but he recently canceled racial sensitivity training, claiming it was “racist”. More recently, Trump has refused to condemn white supremacist organizations like the Proud Boys.

Critics are also expressing concern that the Trump campaign is using Ice Cube as a ploy to entice more Black Americans into voting Republican. These concerns were made more apparent when the President’s son, Eric Trump, tweeted out a photoshopped picture of Ice Cube and 50 Cent sitting side-by-side, both wearing MAGA hats. To his credit, Ice Cube quickly condemned him.

But Ice Cube insists he isn’t endorsing Donald Trump, per se–he’s simply teaming up with whatever political party is more willing to collaborate with him.

“I’m not playing no more of these political games, we’re not part of a team…so I’m going to whoever’s in power and I’m going to speak to them about our problems, specifically,” Ice Cube said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

It should be worth noting that Ice Cube recently took to his Instagram page to encourage his followers not to vote “unless you get something out of it”.

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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On Monday, Twitter announced that it has suspended 15 Twitter accounts of “Black Trump supporters” that they discovered were fake. The accounts were similar in nature, tweeting out nearly identical messages, like “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” and “VOTE REPUBLICAN”. The accounts quickly amassed thousands of followers and retweets.

The fake “Black Trump Supporter” accounts were discovered by social media disinformation researcher Darren Linvill, who flagged the accounts and reported them to Twitter.

The accounts violate Twitter’s rule barring users from using the platform “in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience.”

The Twitter accounts sourced their profile photos through internet image searches. One profile photo even included the search term “black man photo” at the top of the profile photo–proving that someone stole the photo from the internet and (sloppily) cropped it. Others were revealed, via reverse-image searching, to be generic stock photos of Black people.

The accounts seemed to follow a pattern: the Black Trump supporters were devout Christians, veterans, blue-collar workers, police officers…you get the picture. 

“They are impersonating Black Trump supporters, Black authoritative figures such as veterans and police officers, and various prominent individuals in order to gain rapid traction and virality,” said cybersecurity manager Lee Foster to The Washington Post.

Linvill says that the accounts don’t necessarily appear to be a coordinated campaign, although he did find traces of the Russian alphabet  in the accounts’ online records. Linvill hypothesizes that the accounts might have had monetary motives–they often tweeted out links to buy Trump merchandise. 

Another theory is that, based on the timing, whoever created the fake accounts is trying to change what appears to be the persistent narrative that President Trump is racist. The accounts became much more active in recent months, around the time when Trump refused to condemn white supremacist groups on national TV. These “Black Trump supporters” make it seem like he actually has the support of Black Americans. 

But polls and surveys prove that Trump is highly unpopular among Black Americans. The Pew Research Center shows that 81% of Black voters support Biden in the upcoming election. 

These most recent fake Twitter accounts are one of the many ways that the Republican Party has been attempting to manipulate voters this election cycle. Along with spreading disinformation, the party has set up unsanctioned ballot drop-off boxes across California. The Governor of Texas, Rick Abbott (R) also made headlines recently for restricting the amount of official ballot boxes in Texas to only one per county–a move that critics slammed as a transparent attempt to suppress the Latino vote.

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