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Take A Look Back At 2019 With These Top 19 Moments In Pop Culture

The end of the year is quickly approaching — which means that, yes, it’s officially time to look back at all the best moments from 2019! From the most meme-worthy events in pop culture to some jaw-dropping moments in entertainment, there’s really no denying that the past year has been a wild ride from start to finish. Like, for example, who would’ve thought that 2019 would see the golden age of Keanu Reeves, or an end to the bad blood between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B? Or did anyone actually see that Game of Thrones finale coming, or even the huge success of the more recent Joker movie?

Whether you were horrified watching the first nightmare-inducing trailer for the Cats movie or freaking out over Lady Gaga’s and Bradley Cooper’s steamy performance of “Shallow” at the Oscars, one thing’s for sure — and it’s that the year 2019 was never boring. I mean, some of these unforgettable moments certainly even deserve a spot in the best events of the entire past decade — after all, they just might be the last things we remember before the new ’20s decade officially kicks in!

But before preparing ourselves for what the new year (and the new decade!) might have in store, here’s a look at 19 of the greatest moments from 2019 that defined everything in this year’s pop culture and entertainment. 

The #TenYearChallenge Goes Viral

It was the first viral internet challenge of 2019: post two photos of yourself side by side, one from 10 years ago and one from now. Plenty of celebs got in on the social media challenge, with some of them proving that they reallydon’t age, like, at all (we’re looking at you, Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest).

The Fyre Festival Goes Down in Flames

This disaster of a “festival” actually happened in 2018, but it really wasn’t until early this year that it truly fell on the world’s radar, thanks to the release of the shocking documentaries from Hulu and Netflix that revealed all the secrets from this fraudulent music festival event that never actually happened.

The College Admissions Scandal Blows Up

The Full House actress Lori Laughlin faced immense backlash when it was revealed back in March that she — along with 50 others — was involved in a massive college admissions cheating scandal in which she allegedly used bribery and fraud to secure university admission for her children. Now, she’s apparently busy trying to get her name cleared after pleading “not guilty” to the charges.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Get Engaged

It was a match made in heaven with this superstar and former New York Yankee player — especially when the couple announced they were engaged in March with possibly the sweetest proposal pics we’ve ever seen.

The First Image of a Black Hole

Prior to this year, no one could even conceive of what a black hole might look like — until in April, when we got our first glimpse of the most mysterious spectacle in the universe, and then, naturally, the internet did what it does best with a cool piece of news: make a whole bunch of memes about it, of course.

Brazil’s Museu Nacional Was Destroyed by a Tragic Fire

After it closed for the night on Sunday, a devastating fire engulfed Rio de Janeiro’s Museu Nacional, the country’s oldest and most significant scientific institution. It’s believed that much of the museum’s 20 million artifacts have been destroyed, including Luzia, one of the oldest human fossils from South America.

Latinx Is Now Part of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Latinx – the gender-neutral alternative to Latino and Latina – may not be accepted by the Real Academia Española, but Merriam-Webster has added it to its dictionary.

Reggaetón Stars Converge On Puerto Rico to Join Pro-Democracy Protests

Ricky Martin, Bad Bunny, Residente: they all traveled to Puerto Rico to join the island’s growing movement against then-Governor Ricardo Rosselló. He was forced from office after incriminating texts were leaked that showed him and other officials engaging in homophobic conversations and making fun of Hurricane Maria victims.

Snapchat Releases Its Baby Face Filter

Strangely enough, it was just what we needed this past May when Snapchat released a charming new filter that transformed users’ faces into little babies — and unsurprisingly, it instantly went viral with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian trying the new filter out to hilarious (and adorable) results.

The Year Of The Squad Commences

It began with an Instagram post in October of last year: a picture of then Reps.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) seated together and a one-word caption: “Squad.”

On Jan. 3, Ocasio-Cortez was sworn in as the youngest woman in history to be elected to Congress, and her “squad” took their oaths beside her. The freshman members made the 116th Congress the most diverse class yet — not just racially, but generationally, with a record number of women.

“Old Town Road” Breaks Chart Records

With the unstoppable viral smash that is “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X made history with this country-rap hybrid song that became the longest-running No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with a total of 19 consecutive weeks at the top spot — and plenty of remixes and memes that helped it reach its now-iconic status.

Bad Bunny Begins His Worldwide Takeover With Release Of “OASIS”

When Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known by his stage name of Bad Bunny, released his debut album, “X 100pre,” last Christmas Eve, he was only setting the stage for maybe the biggest year of his young career.

Baby Yoda Gives The Internet Baby Fever … And Disney A New Star

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It doesn’t talk. It doesn’t have a name, at least not really. But in the span of just a few weeks, Baby Yoda has become one of pop culture’s biggest stars.

Jennifer Lopez Reprises Her Versace Green Dress

The only thing that could ever top JLo wearing that famous green dress to the 2000 Grammy Awards? JLo wearing it again, at a fashion show in 2019! The star made a surprise appearance at the Spring 2020 Versace fashion show in September, strutting down the runway wearing an updated version of the now-iconic green dress.

The End of “Game of Thrones”

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Ah, the hype, the anxiety, the ultimate disappointment! When HBO’s Game of Thrones came to a conclusion in its eighth and final season earlier this year, fans were not happy with the show’s finale — or with the entire last season, as a matter of fact (there was no shortage of mistakenly-placed coffee cups, apparently).

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Wins the World Cup

Sports fan or not, none of us can forget when the U.S. Women’s soccer team made history at this year’s World Cup in France with a well-earned victory over the Netherlands. Though it was their fourth national win overall, the moment was still a huge deal for women in sports — especially with the team’s ongoing lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination

Latin Pop Culture and Music Take Over The Globe

Latin music has been a big part of the music industry in the United States for the past few years, but it has been overlooked because of the popularity of American artists. Now, Latin artists are getting the recognition that fans across America have been asking for.

From charts on Billboard to Latin categories on award shows, artists like Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Ozuna, Anitta and Becky G have recently been hitting the mainstream music industry. 

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This 14-Year-Old Girl Is Being Called A Hero After Defending Her Family From Robbers Using A Giant Machete

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This 14-Year-Old Girl Is Being Called A Hero After Defending Her Family From Robbers Using A Giant Machete

When it comes to familia, there is very little that we won’t do to make sure that one another is safe and healthy. Whether it be protecting our siblings from schoolyard bullies or helping our abuelos with trips to the mercado, we do what he have to do.

Those instincts are exactly what kicked in for one 14-year-old girl in Bogotá, Colombia when armed robbers attempted to rob her family’s store. She did what she had to do and now her story is making headlines around the world.

14-year-old Alejandra Peréz is being called a hero for her quick thinking.

Last week, a 14-year-old girl used a machete to fight off two men who were trying to rob her mother’s shop – as one of the attackers shot her mom in the chest. Now, she’s being hailed as a hero.

Surveillance video shows the moment the gun-wielding robbers entered the store located in Bogotá, Colombia and proceeded to lower the entrance gate. A second video camera positioned behind the store counter shows Alejandra Peréz sitting beside her mother Nidia Buenaventura, who was counting money from the cash register. 

Once the robbers approached, Peréz grabbed a machete and lunged at the man to attack him. A video camera facing the front part of the counter showed the suspect trying to grab the machete away from Peréz. He then used his gun to hit Buenaventura on the head. After a failed attempt to snatch the machete from Peréz, the man shot the mother in the chest.

The man and his accomplice then ran out of the shop and got on a scooter and took off.

Thankfully, Peréz’s mother is in stable condition.

The mother told Noticias Caracol that she only realized that she had been hit by the bullet when she was being treated at the hospital, where she went for the injuries she received.

According to her, undressing for the exam she realized that she was bleeding. Fortunately, the bullet entered and left her body without affecting her organs.

“My daughters were the first thing I thought, especially Alejandra when I saw that the guy attacked her,” she said. According to the brave teenage girl, her mother’s store had been targeted by burglars in the past.

‘It is not the first or the second time it happens, so I already had in mind that if something happened, take the machete and hit them,’ Peréz said, according to Caracol TV.

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

Salma Hayek is not putting her efforts of the #MeToo movement behind her. In fact, her most recent disclosure about her experience filming the 1995 movie Desperado proves she has yet to lose momentum. While the graphic film grossed $25.4 million in the United States box office and received rave reviews, Hayek says it wasn’t all great.

During a recent appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Hayek opened up about her breakout role.


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Speaking about her experience Hayek explained that she had not known at the time that she did not know she had been signedup to film a sex scene with costar Antonio Banderas.

“So, when we were going to start shooting, I started to sob, ‘I don’t know that I can do it. I’m afraid,'” Hayek said in the interview with Shepard. “One of the things I was afraid of was Antonio — he was an absolute gentleman and so nice, and we’re still super close friends — but he was very free. It scared me that for him, it was like nothing. I started crying, and he was like, ‘Oh my God. You’re making me feel terrible.’ And I was so embarrassed that I was crying.”

Speaking more about the experience, Hayek underlined that Banderas and director Robert Rodriguez tried their best to make her feel comfortable on set. She also added that she felt as if Rodriguez “never put pressure” on her.

Still, Hayek says that the experience was traumatic.

“I was not letting go of the towel,” Hayek explained. “They would try to make me laugh. I would take it off for two seconds and start crying again. But we got through it. We did the best with what we could do at the time.”

“When you’re not you, then you can do it. But I keep thinking of my father and my brother,” she went onto explain. “And are they going to see it? And are they going to get teased? Guys don’t have that. Your father will be, ‘Yeah! That’s my son!'”

Hayek and Banderas have remained friends since filming and they have gone on to star in five other projects.


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In fact, just last year, Hayek presented Banderas with an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Banderas was honored for his role in Pain & Glory with the International Star Award.

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