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Valentina Took To The RuPaul Stage Dressed As A Mariachi And It Slayed

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Season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is in full swing and one queen is giving the contestants and “Drag Race” fans all the Latina heat they can handle. Valentina, representing Latinos from East L.A., rocked her first runway look by throwing it all the way back…to Mariachi Plaza. The Mexicana queen is already proving herself as a force to be reckoned with her upbeat personality, utterly slaying looks, and by winning the first challenge. Introducing, Valentina – or

Ladies and gentlemen… Introducing, Valentina – or James Leyva when not in drag.

Introducing Valentina, the Latina queen slaying on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”


“My type of drag is very dramatic, very theatrical, and always very Latina,” Valentina, who has only been doing drag for 10 months, said on the season 9 premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” “I’m an undiscovered superstar.”

This queen can give you Barbie doll glam…


“I think I would consider myself a glamor girl, but I think it depends on my look and my level of performance,” Valentina told LAist.

Comedy…


And, when not in drag, smoldering Latino realness.

✨?Amor a la Mexicana?✨ #AllAboutValentina ?: @abelr

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Yas, James! YAAASSSS!!!!

On the first episode of season 9, performers were told to present an outfit the represents their neighborhood and Valentina did not disappoint.

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CREDIT: RuPaul’s Drag Race / VH1 / grammylesslana / Tumblr

“What I do is very romantic, very regal, very elegant,” Valentina told LAist. “Being Latino and being Mexican, it’s everything that I am and I try to make sure no matter what I’m doing, it’s always through the eye and through the lens of a powerful Latina woman.”

“I’m from East L.A. representing Mariachi Plaza,” Valentina proclaimed while strutting down that runway.

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CREDIT: RuPaul’s Drag Race / VH1 / grammylesslana / Tumblr

[slays in Spanish]

In March, Valentina made headlines with fellow “Drag Race” contestant Trinity Taylor and photographer Jason King when they were attacked in West Hollywood.

I’ve debated writing this post because I don’t usually like to put my very personal stuff out on social media. I’m not…

Posted by Jason King on Friday, March 17, 2017

“Last night Trinity Taylor, James Leyva [Valentina], two other friends and myself were walking home after the club and a guy we didn’t know took it upon himself to join our group but not saying anything,” King wrote on Facebook about the incident. “After a certain amount of time this became uncomfortable and he was asked very politely by Valentina [James Leyva] to please not follow us. He said his car was parked in the same direction we were going so he was asked again politely to go ahead of us and we would wait. He asked us to go ahead of him instead and it went back and forth like that a couple of times until finally Valentina said we would go the other way and the guy then punched him. I went to go get the guy off of Valentina and he punched me in the nose and broke it. I spent 9 hours in the ER.”

Valentina posted a video to Instagram letting his fans know that he was okay after the event.

?I love you guys so much?

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“I just want to let everyone know that I’m okay. I’m doing really good,” Valentina says in the video. “The incident happened and I’m fine. Everyone is fine. Jason is fine. Trinity is fine. I have lots of support from family and friends and it wasn’t a hate crime. It was just a crazy druggie who was out there just being bad. I was a lucky person to have had it happen to.”


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La Santa Cecilia Are Covering The Songs That Made Your Parents Cry

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La Santa Cecilia Are Covering The Songs That Made Your Parents Cry

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There’s a familiar warmth that a place like Mexico City can provide when you’re deep in love — the  rich colors, friendly faces, and lively music can amplify your feelings. If you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing that joy or tender sadness that love brings when your heart is ripped in two, La Santa Cecilia is showing you exactly what that feels like through their new visual album “Amar Y Vivir.”

The Los Angeles-based band is releasing a new live album that was recorded in 12 different locations in Mexico City, such as the Zócalo and Parque México, and each song will be accompanied by a music video. You know, just like Beyoncé did with “Lemonade,” except “Amar Y Vivir” is more like limón con sal y chile. The entire album covers of classic songs from Mexico and Latin America.

Here’s the album’s title track, which has been recorded by Vicente Fernandez, Julio Jaramillo and Los Angeles Negros:

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“‘Amar y Vivir’ is a collection of songs that are very near and dear to our heart, and to the history of the band, and to us as musicians,” vocalist La Marisoul said in a statement to Billboard. “These are the songs that we learned from our parents; the songs we heard at parties. We learned how to play music with these songs, and I learned how to be a singer through these boleros and rancheros. These are the songs that we always return to when we’re in a family gathering or just us amongst the band. These are always the songs we play, enjoy and sing together.”

And, “Leña De Pirul” written by Tomás Méndez.

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The Grammy award-winning band haven’t stopped working since their debut album in 2009. In 2014, they won a Grammy for “Treinta Días.” Last year, they released their six album titled “Buenaventura.”

For this new album, La Santa Cecilia is collaborating with with Mexican singer Eugenia León, Mon Laferte of Chile, Comisario Pantera, Rebel Cats, Caña Dulce Caña Brava, and Mariachi de América de Jesús Rodríguez de Hijar.

Here’s a trailer of the entire visual album:

The band is currently on tour in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. On May 19th they play at El Lunario del Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City.

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