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Romeo Santos Became First Latinx Artist To Headline MetLife Stadium And The Latino Gang Was Their To Celebrate

Romeo Santos is no stranger to breaking records and shattering expectations. He is the first Latinx to headline Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, the first to bring bachata music to a global stage, and as of Saturday night, he is the first Latinx to headline the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. 

Santos who got his start in The Bronx-based bachata boy band, Aventura, has also found major success in his solo career. In the eight years on his own, Santos has had seven number one songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart, and 15 number ones on the Tropical Songs chart.

Nicknamed the “King of Bachata,” Santos turned the MetLife Stadium into his kingdom where he paid tribute to his Dominican heritage and bachata roots to celebrate his fourth studio album Utopia. According to Billboard, the concert felt historical

“With the help of this powerful cast of Dominican bachateros and allies, Santos marked another big moment for bachata that will certainly go down in history for the genre’s continued and formidable evolution,” wrote Isabela Raygoza of Billboard.

 King of Bachata Makes History 

Santos became the first Latinx artist to headline the MetLife Stadium. Santos played to a sold-out show to a crowd of over 80,000 fans in New Jersey on Saturday night.

But this isn’t the only record he broke last night. His performance was the single highest-grossing concert in MetLife Stadium’s history. The record was previously held by U2. 

“It’s difficult to express what I’m feeling at this moment, and I managed to do the possible and impossible to offer you the best bachata show in history,” Santos said during the show. 

Santos shares the stage with other Latinx heavyweights 

It is always heartwarming to see Latinx solidarity, Santos’ concert was no exception. Dominicans proudly waved their flags, and Santos was happy to share his stage with today’s hottest Dominican artists and the bachateros who influenced him. 

“Not every bachatero that impacted my life and my career is here tonight. Not everyone. But I still guarantee that you are in for a splendid time,” Santos said.

Bachata legends like Raulin Rodríguez, Frank Reyez, Joe Veras, Monchy & Alexandra and Zacarías Ferreira collaborated with Santos on stage for songs like “Me Quedo.” Not only did they join Santos for his own songs, but the artist also gave these trailblazers the space to perform their own classics. When you can take a step back at your own concert to center other artists, that is respect. 

This feels true to the message of Santos’ recent album Utopia which pays homage to the bachata artists of yesteryear that paved the way for him. This is all about Latinx history past, present, and future.

“You bless us tonight. Your contributions marked an era for bachata,” Santos said. 

Among his more urbano special guests were Cardi B, Ozuna, Aventura, and El Chavel.

Cardi says Santos is living the dream

“85,000 people last night at the MetLife stadium. A Dominican from The Bronx made that happened! Thank you so much @romeosantos for bringing me out to your sold-out concert. That’s an artist’s dream and you’re living it! So inspiring and motivating to me. I had the best time EVER!!!! Oooo yea I can sing now! Ya hear my vocals singing Obsession?” Cardi captioned on Instagram.

Frank Reyes on Romeo Santos

“He escuchado que algunas veces es mejor ser el primero que ser el mejor, pero lo que sucede cuando se es el primero y el mejor al mismo tiempo, es una UTOPÍA, felicidades @romeosantos y Gracias por hacer historia a ritmo de bachata una noche inolvidable,” the 50-year-old legend wrote. 

Joe Veras gets emotional

“Lo que dicen las fotos.!!! Es pura combinación de sentimientos y alegría de compartir esta hermosa colaboración con @romeosantos y ese publico furioso de emoción.!!!! Waaaaaoooo gracias Dios mio por tanta bendición!” Veras wrote on Instagram. 

The Bachata Utopia of your dreams

Santos gave the audience what they came for a bachata utopia of their dreams. Every moment was a homage to the genre from start to finish. What was once considered “rural” Dominican music is now recognized as a mainstream genre and important element of Latinx history.

“To compete in a moment when urbano music is so strong… being a tropical artist, we have to keep working hard, and reinventing ourselves,” Santos said while accepting the Tropical Artist of the Year at the Latin Billboard Awards earlier this year. “Long live tropical music!”

For one night Santos delivered, to an audience of over 80,000, something many may not have been able to conceive of in their wildest dreams: a celebration of tropical music and a taste of the solidarity it takes to make it. 

This Is What Cardi B Thinks Of Instagram Taking Away ‘Likes’ And Here’s Why She’s Right

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This Is What Cardi B Thinks Of Instagram Taking Away ‘Likes’ And Here’s Why She’s Right

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Earlier this year, Instagram began trialling the removal of likes in Canada. In a bid to reduce stress and anxiety surrounding the user experience with the platform, Instagram has announced that the social media will be test hiding likes in the US, too —And Cardi B had some thoughts. 

Instagram announced that the platform will be hiding ‘likes’ in the US this week.

Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri, announced last Friday that the platform will be hiding the number of ‘likes’ on posts this week. The new feature is being met with strong backlash, especially many influencers and celebrities —among them, the opinionated rapper, Cardi B.

Cardi B took to Instagram to protest the feature, arguing that removing likes wouldn’t make Instagram any less toxic because “the comments affect more than the likes.”

The rapper posted a video on Instagram, explaining how she believes that the comments section is more toxic to users than seeing likes or not. She said: “If anything is affecting Instagram right now, I really feel it’s the way the comments have been done or have been changing these past few years.” 

Cardi voiced her concerns of the comments section, pointing out how many trolls will post triggering comments just to get reactions.“That’s when I feel like when people started sayin’ nasty things … somebody would just say something so vile because … they want comments back,” she explained.“Because I feel people been saying the most weirdest shit, been starting the craziest arguments, been starting to race bait, all because of comments, because they want to get to the top, they want to get the most reactions.”

The feature was already been tested in other countries, and now that it’s coming to the US, celebrities are sharing their take.

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The feature has already been tried out in seven countries including Australia, Ireland, and Canada in recent months. When it was rolled out there, influencers complained that hiding likes would give them less leverage over brand deals and sponsored content now, celebrities are calling out the app for experimenting with removing likes, with some threatening to stop posting to Instagram.

Nicki Minaj says she won’t be posting on IG anymore.

Another rapper known for not holding back on sharing her opinions, threatened to stop posting on Instagram if the feature were to take effect. What indeed would we do with all the time we’d have without Instagram?

Nicki has a sort of conspiracy theory to explain what’s behind Instagram’s new move.

Minaj went on to tweet about her speculation that Instagram is hiding likes to manipulate what posts users get to see in their feed, regardless of how much engagement posts are getting. Nicki’s speculations might have some grounds. She referred to the well-documented phenomenon of YouTube view counts fluctuating after videos are posted, which can happen when YouTube determines views come from bots or other fraudulent sources.

Juicy J also had something to say about the new IG feature.

The rapper predicts backlash against the change, tweeting that he expected people to leave Instagram and go “back to real life.”

Others however, think that the decision to hide likes is a good thing.

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Despite having more than 151 million Instagram followers and the platform being crucial to making some of her $350 million personal net worth, Kim Kardashian West seems to agree with Instagram’s decision to hide ‘likes’. “As far as mental health, I mean it’s something that taking the likes away and taking that aspect away from it would be really beneficial for people,” Kardashian West said during The New York Times’ DealBook conference last week.

Tracee Ellis Ross also voiced her support for the change.

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Everyone’s favorite person on IG right now, Tracee Ellis Ross, is also in support of removing likes. She said that the like count had “adverse effects.” “It creates a culture that isn’t helpful for well-being and isn’t fruitful for creative energy,” during a panel discussion with Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri.

The popularity-contest-style pressure associated with Instagram likes will probably just shift to another one of the many metrics measured on the platform —or who knows, maybe the move will actually make everyone happy? Either way, the social media platform will be rolling out the new feature on a small group of users this week, whether we like it or not. And we’ll be keeping our eyes open to see what the change brings.

Cardi B Takes To Instagram To Share A Heartfelt Message About Her Late Abuelita

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Cardi B Takes To Instagram To Share A Heartfelt Message About Her Late Abuelita

Yesterday, Cardi B took to Instagram to share a short message with her fans about her late abuela who died on November 11, 2011. The “I Like It” singer shared a coincidence with her fans that she believed had a divine meaning to it.

Just last month a video surfaced of Cardi B dancing merengue at her other grandmother’s 80th birthday party in the Dominican Republic the night before headling the Austin City Limits Festival. Needless to say, the Caribbean artist seems close to her family and elders. 

Cardi B shares a message “from” late grandmother with her fans. 

“Good morning guys. My grandma passed away 11-11-11. I look down on my phone is 11:11. I know for a fact she watching me.Thank you, Lord, for them small little messages that let me know you real,” Cardi B wrote in the Instagram caption. 

Cardi B believes seeing the time 11:11 corresponds with the date of her late grandmother’s death on November 11, 2011. While little is known about the circumstances of her grandmother’s passing, fans on social media showed their support. 

“Those are power numbers aka master numbers ✨ she for sure is your guardian angel, and in that moment she was sending u a message. Listen, pay attention and stay woke. Keep on manifesting all your blessings,” actress and singer Jessenia Gallegos wrote to the “Bodak Yellow” rapper. 

Many believe that the numbers 1111 are “angel numbers” or scared in some way. Cardi’s sister Hennessy Carolina chimed in with “I miss her soo much.” 

“Angel numbers are SO real. It’s what led me to Tarot reading. After one of my best friends passed, she sent me 444 and hummingbirds all the time. Our angels and spirit guides are always with us,” Chris Crocker told Cardi on Instagram. 

“I’m so sorry for your loss may God bless you and your family. She’s definitely watching over you and is proud of the legend your becoming,” songwriter Swazy Styles wrote in the comments. 

1111 does have some ties to biblical meanings.

According to AngelNumber.org, for thousands of years, many people believed that one way God speaks to people is through numbers. 

In the Bible, Jacob travels with his 11 sons, in Luke 11:11 the Father is discovered to be more benevolent than the Old Testament describes.

“Number 1111 is considered to be a symbol of a wake-up call and spiritual awakening. If this number enters your life and if you see it everywhere, it is a sign that God is calling you. It is necessary to find your spiritual path and to follow it. You need to focus more on your spiritual growth and you need to realize that material things don’t have any importance in your life,” the website claims. 

Judging from the response that Cardi got from fans and friends, many people still believe there’s a little more to 1111 than meets the eye. True or not — it probably brings comfort to plenty of people to think seeing 1111 means their God might be calling them to a greater purpose. 

Cardi B has been open about her Catholic faith. 

“If you know me, you know that I have this deep connection to God,” Cardi B said on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show in 2017. “Is it crazy for me to say that I used to ask God to please help me? The strip club really helped me. I can say that it saved me…God put that in my way.” 

In “Does God Listen to Cardi B?” columnist Brandi Miller highlights how many women in the Bible are more like Cardi than many Christians would care to share, but just as women who take pride in their sexuality today, those examples in the Bibles aren’t so revered. 

“The Bible is full of people who have stories that look a lot like Cardi B’s. Ester is a concubine in a king’s court and after winning a sexualized royal beauty pageant is honored for saving the Jews from genocide,” Miller wrote. “Paul and his gang of “thugs” initially murdered Christians, and we now call Paul a father of the faith. David is an arrogant man with a multitude of sins, and we have no problem touting him as a ‘man after God’s own heart.'”

Regardless of whatever 1111 or Christianity means to you, for Cardi B her success and her family seem inseparable from her spirituality no matter how she chooses to observe it.

“If I was to see Jesus Christ… I would kiss his feet. I wish I could give God a hug, bro,” she said on Instagram in 2018.