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We Went To A Golf Tournament And Ran Into Mexican Soccer Legend Jorge Campos

OK, if someone asked you what golf clothing looks like, you’d probably describe it something like this:

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A plain polo shirt and a pair of khakis. Not bad, but it’s basically an outfit you’d put together at Costco.

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But that’s not what golf style is about. AT ALL. Current players like Rickie Fowler stand out not just for their play, but their eye-catching outfits.

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Fowler is far from the first to do it. In the ’90s, legends such as the late Payne Stewart and Greg “The Shark” Norman brought some of their personal style to the golf course.

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Stewart (left) was known for wearing newsboy and tam ‘o shanter caps, baggy knickers and long socks in a variety of combos. Aussie pro Norman was more subdued: he often wore a black hat (with his signature shark logo) that sorta made him look like Crocodile Dundee.

Would I wear those outfits? Probably not, but you’ve got to respect anyone who is willing to break the norm.

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My favorite? Kevin Na. He’s not afraid to wear bright colors, but even when he doesn’t, he usually looks pretty put together. Just take a look at the guy:

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We recently had a chance to check out the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club. The tourney featured PGA pros and celebs, so we decided to rate some of the outfits we found at the event.

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Btw, that’s Dustin Johnson in those khakis. I’ll refrain from making a comment because when you’re #1 in the world, you can wear whatever you want.

As we walked around the course at the Riviera, we decided to rate the pro and celebrity golfers on a scale of 1 to 5.

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First up was Tiger Woods, who was all business in a mostly black outfit.

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Tiger wears his signature red shirts on Sundays, so he was a little harder to spot until we saw his plush tiger golf head cover (which earned him some extra points).

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Next up was Mexican soccer legend Jorge Campos, who was hanging out with Mexican golf pro Abraham Ancer.

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Campos told us he’s not just a fan — he’s been playing golf for years. The Acapulco native said he’s leading a charge to get more people in soccer-obsessed Mexico to appreciate the sport.

During his playing days, Campos was a daring goalkeeper who was easily recognizable for his fluorescent, flamboyant getups.

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On the golf course, Campos’ look was pretty subdued, most likely because he was just an observer.

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But he did manage throw in a flash of of color with these blue and white Nike Dunks, so that definitely earned him points.

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As we walked by a practice area, we saw a few golfers who could have been clones of each other.

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Come on guys, take a few risks.

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When we ran into Cedric The Entertainer, he was getting loose before he hit the 10th hole.

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One of four OG Kings of Comedy, Cedric was wearing the color of royalty: purple. Not only did he make an impression on the golf course, he looked like he could swap out his shoes and slide in to a bar or restaurant.

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Not quite sure who this guy is, but you could spot him a mile away.

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Again, this style is not for everyone but it takes someone special to rock those pants around thousands of people. Guts, swag, whatever you wanna call it, this outfit requires it. Not only that, this guy gets bonus points for paying homage to Greg Norman with that black hat.

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PGA pro Keegan Bradley kept things pretty subtle…

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… But upon closer inspection, we realized we almost missed his secret style weapon: a pair of crispy Air Jordan cleats with elephant print.

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Well done, Mr. Bradley.

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Moments later, Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate shut it down with this outfit.

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That shirt alone was the day’s winner, but Tate also wore a matching hat and a pair of Jordan cleats.

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What more can we say?

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Wesley Bryan came out strong in a bright fuschia shirt but the rest of outfit left a bit to be desired —

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WAIT — there’s more! Bryan, who is sponsored by Taco Bell, was wearing a matching taco belt.

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OK, Wesley, not bad.

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And finally, there’s mitú video producers Andrew and Alejandro, who look like they just go back from a bautizo at the park.

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Look, they both tried to make a statement — Andrew with the mango shorts and Alejandro with the black Tiger Woods-inspired cap — but the rest of their outfits just aren’t doing it. It’s pretty clear it was our first time at a pro golf tourney. Are those Timberland boat shoes, Andrew? Tsk, tsk.

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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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