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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 Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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Look out Bad Bunny. There’s another breed of bunny in town that’s taking the internet by storm. A college student in Mexico recently went viral for the oddest thing. He has genetically engineered a strain of rabbits to be the largest in the world.

21-year-old Kiro Yakin has become a viral sensation after internet users have seen him with pictures of the giant bunnies he genetically engineered.

Yakin, a student at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla on the Xicotepec campus, is studying veterinary and animal husbandry. He began his experimentation by breeding two unique rabbit types together. The Flemish Giant rabbit and other, longer-eared bunnies that Yakin happened to notice. As a result, his monster-bunny was born.

According to Yakin, his experimental bunnies grow up to 22 pounds  Flemish Giant, while the average Flemish giant weighs 15 pounds. But make no mistake, Yakin’s bunny experiment was no accident. “It takes an average of 3 to 4 years to reproduce this giant species,” he told Sintesis.

Yakin’s ultimate goal is to breed a rabbit that can grow up to 30 pounds. “I am currently studying genetics to see how to grow this breed of giant rabbits more,” he said.

Yakin, who has had a soft spot for rabbits since he was a child (pun intended), now cares for a whopping fifty giant rabbits out of his parents’ home.

Luckily, his parents are supportive enough of his dream that they support their son (and his bunnies) financially. “I have the financial support and support of my parents to buy food a week for all 50 giant rabbits,” Yakin told Sintesis.

But he also admitted his project has a long way to go. “So far I have not set aside the time or budget that is required to start the project more seriously,” he said.

The only thing that’s preventing Yakin from committing all his time and energy to creating even bigger bunnies is–what else?–money.

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Although he already submitted a proposal to his university to try and expand his research, as of now, he is self-financed. However, Yakin makes a bit of extra cash by selling the giant bunnies to private customers.

His ultimate goal though, is to open up a large, professional farm where he can breed and cross-breed his bunnies to his heart’s content.

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

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Chloe Zhao Makes Historical Oscar Win By Becoming First WOC And Second Woman To Win Best Director

In its 93 years, the Academy Awards has only ever recognized only seven women in the category of Best Director. This is despite the fact that women have had a long and lasting presence in film history. This year, two women were honored with nominations at the Oscars this year. Emerald Fennell was nominated for her work on “Promising Young Woman” starring Carey Mulligan.

This year, Chloe Zhao, the director of “Nomadland” became the second woman in history to win the best directing award in nearly 100 years.

She is also the first woman of color to win the award.

Zhao won Best Director at the Oscars and became the first woman of color to win the award.

“When I was growing up in China, my dad and I would play this game. We would memorize classic poems and text and try to finish each other’s sentences,” Zhao explained during her acceptance speech.

She went on to recite a line of poetry in Chinese and then translated it in English, “People at birth are inherently good.”

“I have always found goodness in the people I met,” she said. “This is for anyone who has the faith and courage to hold onto the goodness in themselves.”

In addition, Zhao won directing awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Directors Guild of America.

Despite the presence of women in the entertainment industry, only seven women have been nominated for awards.

American filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director for her 2009 film The Hurt Locker. Directors Lina Wertmuller (“Seven Beauties”), Jane Campion (“The Piano”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”) are the only other female directors to have ever been nominated for the best-directing award.

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