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We Ranked Christina Aguilera’s Top 25 Music Videos

Christina Aguilera has been rocking your earbuds since you were in elementary school and that is why she is the queen. Okay. Some people won’t agree with calling her a queen and some people will get too into calling her a queen. What we can all agree on is that she has a great voice and her music has been a big part of many people’s lives. Here are her top 25 music videos ranked.

25. “At Last”

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it is never an easy thing to do a cover of Etta James but Aguilera proved that she has the voice and the courage to do anything. The singer wasted no time jumping right in and the grainy af video gives it an authenticity rarely seen.

24. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

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Who doesn’t love a live Christmas performance? Clearly Aguilera’s fans are a fan of Christmas music because this video has millions of views on YouTube. There is just something about live music that makes everyone happy.

23. “So Emotional”

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The 1990s were all about being real and that is exactly what this video makes you feel. Aguilera and her team give you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to record a track before everyone else gets to enjoy it. Pretty cool.

22. “Change”

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This video is a lyrics video in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Many celebrities and entertainers came forward after the tragedy to raise money for the families of the victims of the shooting. It was a touching tribute to 49 lives lost too soon.

21. “Oh Mother”

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Live performances make great music videos, mainly because you don’t have to pay all the extras since they paid to be there. “Oh Mother” is that music video with a sparkly dressed Aguilera singing on stage to thousands of adoring fans.

20. “Not Myself Tonight”

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Who else remembers when Aguilera truly started to own her Xtina nickname? This Aguilera gave her fans, who were then college-aged, quite the dance tunes to rock out to. Tbh, the sound of this pulsing through a dance club is everything to this day!

19. “What A Girl Wants”

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This is the ultimate throwback. A fresh-faced Aguilera graced televisions and album covers across the country and we ate it up. This video is the epitome of late 1990s pop as she dances with an entire dance troupe behind her. That is kind of it. Just dancing and we loved it so much.

18. “I’m A Good Girl”

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“Burlesque” was a good moment for Aguilera. The singer was exploring the world of burlesque dancing as well and performing with the one and only Cher. How could she even sing in front of Cher without getting nervous? The world will never know.

17. “I Turn To You”

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Regardless of the headlines about Aguilera during her troubled times, her voice was always undeniable. She is one of the greatest voices of her generation and this ballad proves that she is a force to be reckoned with vocally.

16.”Something’s Got A Hold”

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Another song from “Burlesque” makes this top videos list because it is just so good. if you haven;t seen the movie, you have to. Aguilera is the down and out kind of person we all love to root for and she totally delivers in the movie.

15. “Keeps Getting Better”

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This piece of anime beauty is something to behold. It is one of the weirdest music videos put forth by a pop singer and it is perfectly weird. Seriously. She is on a bicycle in a weird cartoon world and it somehow feels totally normal.

14. “The Voice Within”

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“The Voice Within” video is a haunting piece of art. Aguilera is portrayed in black and white as she lays her soul out in front of the audience. The song is about strength and even in such a vulnerable state, Aguilera delivers a strong performance and it is everything.

13. “Can’t Hold Us Down”

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Giving women the power to let men know they are not anything special with one song. Aguilera is joined by Lil’ Kim and they use their lyrics to let all the women about the world to know that they should be standing their ground and letting the little boys know they aren’t sh*t.

12. “Ain’t No Other Man”

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This song is already super fun and the music video amplifies that. Aguilera is the queen of period music videos and they are stunning. This one is a perfect example of Aguilera perfectly marrying the past fashion with her modern style of dance and keeping us so captivated.

11. “Fighter”

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Talk about an anthem. You still probably play this after a breakup and you should because it is amazing. The video is weird and perfectly angsty for the only reason you would be watching: to scream the lyrics through tears. It’s even perfect for those days you are frustrated in the office.

10. “Dirrty”

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Aguilera tried to let the world know that she was no longer a bubble gum pop princess when she released “Dirrty” and it worked. It was fun, it was raunchy, and it made likely Aguilera as an adult so much more acceptable. Plus, if you were a gay dude, you could just say you like how she was dressed and was dancing.

9. “You Lost Me”

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Such a simple video and a simple song. The marrying of the visual stylizing of this video and the song is so harmonious and infectious that it takes you to another realm.

8. “Genie In A Bottle”

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Nothing like the original hit to get you back into your Xtina roots. This song, with very little meaning, is so important for so many reasons. It was the start of the Christina and Britney feud and the start of a very specific kind of pop.

7. “Beautiful”

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This. Video. Left. Gay. Boys. Shook! This was the first time that so many little gay boys saw anything gay that was not negative. Of course, there were other moments for other communities but to have two men kissing on camera at that time was groundbreaking.

6. “Your Body”

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This song will make you think inappropriate thoughts and that is definitely the point. Aguilera owns the many different interpretations of that girl. It is pretty interesting.

5. “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)”

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Again, we are looking at the late 1990s in this video. It is a very specific time for us as pop music consumers. The aesthetic was kind of military chic with a touch with street glamor and it is brilliant. There are dance numbers because, of course. It was mandatory for this kind of pop.

4. “Hurt”

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Circuses always translate well in video form. Pairing it with a song about not being able to be who you are and wanting more makes it very woke. We all know the troubles in the circus industry and for this video to make it seem like a sad affair is a little before its time.

3. “Candyman”

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Remember what we said about Aguilera’s genius is period piece music videos? Well, here’s one that will transport you back to World War II with her USO feeling performance for a bunch of soldiers. She definitely found what works for her look and voice and has stuck to it.

2. “Pero Me Acuerdo De Tí”

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Spanish and a very toned down production is just as stunning and Aguilera wants you to know that. She never leaves the place she is in. She sits still and sings with all the power her voice can muster. There is no denying her vocal superiority after this video.

1. “Lady Marmalade”

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Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim, and Pink gave one of the most memorable music videos of the early 2000s with this incredible hit. Who else can’t stop singing this song now?

The Trump Administration Is Proposing Raising Application Costs For DACA Recipients And Charging For Asylum Applications

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The Trump Administration Is Proposing Raising Application Costs For DACA Recipients And Charging For Asylum Applications

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There is tough news out of Washington this week that could make chasing the American Dream cost a lot more. According to a report published on Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security is proposing raising a range of fees for those seeking legal immigration and citizenship, as well as an increase in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal fees. There would also a proposed charge for asylum applications, which would charge $50 for applications and $490 for work permits. As of now, only Fiji, Australia and Iran currently do this for asylum applications. 

The price hikes would make the cost of citizenship applications go up by 83 percent, from $640 to $1,170. This would primarily affect roughly 9 million immigrants that are eligible to become U.S. citizens. DACA fees would also see a substantial rise as they would increase from $495 to $765. News of this fee hike comes in the same week that the Supreme Court heard arguments on the validity of President Trump’s justification to terminate DACA.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the “current fees do not recover the full costs of providing adjudication and naturalization services.” The last time this such fee schedule was adjusted was at the end of 2016.

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The reasoning for the proposed price hikes and new fees is to help cover new expenses at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of USCIS, said that this will help the agency cover new costs in the last few years due to an increase in citizenship applications. 

“USCIS is required to examine incoming and outgoing expenditures, just like a business, and make adjustments based on that analysis. This proposed adjustment in fees would ensure more applicants cover the true cost of their applications and minimize subsidies from an already over-extended system,” Cuccinelli said in a press release. “Furthermore, the adjudication of immigration applications and petitions requires in-depth screening, incurring costs that must be covered by the agency, and this proposal accounts for our operational needs and better aligns our fee schedule with the costs of processing each request.”    

As of now, the agency will have a period of 30 days to receive public opinion, as established by law. The plan then is expected to go into effect Dec. 2, while the comment period will remain open until Dec. 16. 

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After the comment period ends next month, USCIS is then obligated by law to consider comments on the proposal before any of the new fees can put forward. This time period is key for millions of immigrants that are eligible to naturalize and become U.S. citizens before such fees rise. Immigration advocacy groups are calling forward to those groups as they may have only a few weeks before these price hikes go into effect. 

“If you were lacking motivation before, it’s now even more important because this outrageous rule aims to price out low-income and working-class immigrants from U.S. citizenship and so many other immigration benefits,” Diego Iñiguez-López, NPNA’s policy and campaigns manager, said in a statement to NBC News. 

These proposed price hikes come at a time when the overall percentage of lawful immigrants living in the country that are willfully applying for and gaining citizenship has reached its highest level in more than 20 years. That can’t be said for Mexican Americans who fall behind other groups when it comes to naturalization rates. This is also despite being the biggest group of lawful immigrants in terms of country of origin. 

“This is one more way under the administration that they are making legal immigration unattainable,” Ur Jaddou, former chief counsel at USCIS under the Obama administration, told Buzzfeed News.

Advocacy groups call the price hikes an attempt to further hurt those with already limited resources.  

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Boundless, an immigration services firm, called the proposed price hike another blow to immigrants trying to come into the U.S. The firm says that increased fees target the poor and those in vulnerable positions by pricing them out of citizenship.

“Once again, this administration is attempting to use every tool at its disposal to restrict legal immigration and even U.S. citizenship,” said Doug Rand, the group’s co-founder, told the Washington Post .“It’s an unprecedented weaponization of government fees.”

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Latinos Are Prone To Get Type 2 Diabetes More Than Any Other Group

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Latinos Are Prone To Get Type 2 Diabetes More Than Any Other Group

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There’s no denying that Mexican food revolves around masa. We use the corn dough for tortillas, tamales, gorditas, tostadas, chips, tacos, we can go on and on. The masa isn’t low-calorie food. It’s a high-carb, and we eat a lot of it. Have you ever had just one tortilla for one meal? We didn’t think so. We also eat a lot of beans, and beans — while good protein — are sometimes made it lard, straight up fat. We say all of this because Mexican food could become one of the most unhealthy habits if not consumed responsibly. A new study shows how much Latinos are affected by it. 

Latinos are poised to get type 2 diabetes more than any other group. 

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A couple of studies point to the same result: the chances of Latinos getting diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are higher than any other group. The studies show that the fault falls on our genetics and also our lifestyle. 

“There are some genetic factors,” Dr. Rayesh K. Garg said in an interview with the Miami-Herald, “but there are also many lifestyle factors. Diet, high fat, high-carb, plays a big role.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Latinos are at higher risk because of: 

  • Genetics: Hispanics/Latinos have genes that increase their chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is very complicated, though, and the connection isn’t completely clear.
  • Food: In some Hispanic/Latino cultures, meals can be high in fat and calories. Also, family celebrations may involve social pressure to overeat, and turning down food could be seen as impolite.
  • Weight/activity: Hispanics/Latinos have higher rates of obesity and tend to be less physically active than non-Hispanic whites. And some see overweight as a sign of health instead of as a health problem.

Studies also show that type 2 diabetes is also affecting a younger generation of Latinos. 

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The incidence of obesity and sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll,” Dr. Garg said. Which means younger people are being less active. They are consuming and not doing any physical activity. 

The CDC study states that people of color, including Black, Latino, and Asian, are at risk of getting diabetes, but for Latinos, it’s still much higher. The report shows that Latinos will likely have type 2 diabetes at 17 percent higher than non-Hispanic whites, which is at 8 percent. 

Another study shows that 71 percent of Latinas and 80 percent of Latinos have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) conducted a study among 16,000 adult Latinos in four different communities

“The HCHS/SOL study found a comparable or higher burden of cardiovascular disease risk among all major U.S. Hispanic and Latino groups, compared to non-Hispanic whites living in the United States. Additionally, study data showed considerable differences among Hispanics of various backgrounds. It has been shown that 71 percent of Hispanic and Latina women and 80 percent of Hispanic and Latino men have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.”

Here’s what Latinos can do to stay in better health and prevent diabetes.

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It’s pretty common sense that we should eat everything in moderation, and that we should do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Dr. Garg also suggests phasing out of carbs. He said it sounds like a radical change, but it doesn’t have to be. 

“You don’t have to completely abandon your lifestyle,” Garg says. “You can live a normal life if you have diabetes or prediabetes. But you do have to make changes.”

The CDC also suggests that Latinos have to change their way of thinking when it comes to doctors, health, and nutrition. 

“You may put the needs of your family before your own health needs. You may want to use natural or traditional medicines instead of standard diabetes treatments. You may also have heard that taking insulin will cause diabetes complications (this isn’t true).” 

 Latinos love family gatherings, and those moments are usually shared with meals. The CDC suggests that by incorporating change within the family, a healthy lifestyle could benefit everyone. 

“When a family member has to change what he or she eats to manage diabetes, it affects the whole family. This can be an opportunity for everyone to make healthy changes, which is especially important for kids. Hispanic/Latino children and teens are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, too, and learning healthy eating habits early gives them the best chance to prevent it.”

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