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Jessica Pimentel’s Double Life As A Dope Rock Band Frontwoman Is Pretty Amazing

Jessica Pimentel is the woman who brought OITNB’s Maria Ruiz to life. While most people who know Pimentel know her as her OITNB character, there is a whole other side to this Latina’s star power and résumé: she is a heavy metal rocker. Yep, she shreds the guitar and screams with the best of them. Most recently, you might have seen Pimentel rocking out with Peaches on the stage during Samantha Bee’s Not The White House Correspondents Dinner.

We all know about Jessica Pimentel as Maria Ruiz on Netflix’s hit show “Orange Is The New Black.”

Thank you to @sagawards for this amazing honor. It was humbling to be listed alongside so many great nominees who bring the gift of joy and laughter to the world. I could not be prouder to be a part of #JenjiKohan s ground breaking and revolutionary vision and part of the @netflix and @oitnb #OrangeFamily with a cast and crew, in front and behind the camera, that works sincerely, from the heart with all of our hearts. We bring you these stories with all of our depth, compassion, honesty, passion and focus. We tell these stories without judgement and unpretenciously, knowing that these men and women represent people that have been oppressed, repressed, suppressed, discarded, abused, mistreated, misunderstood, misjudged, misguided, shamed, silenced, overlooked, vilified and scorned. We asked you to look beyond your initial first impression and preconceived notions to a deeper level of what makes us all the same. What unifies us as a human race. We asked you to open your mind and heart, while occasionally breaking it and tickling your funny bone.. and you did. Through these stories we hoped to create reflection and understanding. You saw it..Thank you for taking this journey with us for the past four years. With all my being…Thank you #oitnb #sagawards #dontjudgeabookbyitscover #loveaboveall ?

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Pimentel was one of the standout characters from the 4th season *spoiler* when she started to get involved with overthrowing Piper Chapman and her underground underwear business.

But when she isn’t trying to take over Litchfield, Pimentel is casually rocking out with her heavy metal band Alekhine’s Gun.


Alekhine’s Gun is my favorite band I’ve ever been in. We started in 2009, and it’s very personal. This is the first time I got to create my own thing in a band,” Pimentel told Thrillist. “I came up with the name because I’m a dork and I love chess, and I also felt that this music could convey a special message to an audience, and the best way to connect with an audience sometimes is to get down there and look in their eyes.”

Now, it isn’t like she just fell into being the frontwoman for Alekhine’s Gun overnight.


According to Thrillist, Pimentel first discovered metal when she was about 12 years old. At first, she admits that the kind of music scared her but her mom never really controlled what she listened to so she kept exploring until she understood it. The deeper she has gotten into the world of metal music, the more she has put into her performances, like her corpse paint makeup. She doesn’t even mind that Rihanna stole her corpse paint look.

Pimentel first started her musical career when she was a little girl playing the violin, which she still plays (not the same violin, obvi).


But it wasn’t long until her mother bought her her first guitar.

Her latest gig was performing alongside Peaches at Samantha Bee’s Not The White House Correspondents Dinner special.


Talk about a fierce look.

She was part of an all-woman rock band for the night and it looks like she had a great time.


“I get out of jail to go play a little Rock n Roll and end up running right into #FIG @alysiareiner showed up last night to hang out and support @fullfrontalsamb and had no idea I played guitar for @peachesnisker ! SURPRISE!!!!” Pimentel wrote on an Instagram post.

Her mom even did what most Latina moms do and recorded her daughter shredding her guitar on tv.

When your mom tapes you on TV……than gets mad because you didn't play longer. Love you Mama! #jessicapimentelmusic

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You can check out a performance by Pimentel and Alekhine’s Gun below!


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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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Bilingual Collaborations Are Taking The Music World By Storm, These Are The Dream Collabs For 2021

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Bilingual Collaborations Are Taking The Music World By Storm, These Are The Dream Collabs For 2021

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One doesn’t have to look far back to know that Spanglish duets are a growing trend – and one that seems to be growing in popularity and Latino artists are making Spanish-language music go mainstream.

Just last year, we saw unprecedented collaborations between artists such as Maluma and The Weeknd, Banda MS and Snoop Dogg, David Bisbal and Carrie Underwood and Rosalía and Travis Scott. You can go back a little further in time to the chart-topping collab between and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber from 2017.

Despite all the movement in Spanglish collabs, there are still so many dream mashups to look forward to. Here’s a roundup of some of the dream team ups that need to happen in 2021.

Bad Bunny & Harry Styles

Bad Bunny had an incredible 2020. And although many rumors exist that he may be leaving the music industry to focus on acting, the music world anxiously awaits his every move.

With his latest album, El Último Tour del Mundo, Benito gave us a look into alternative pop-rock Bad Bunny and we liked what we heard and saw. Meanwhile, Harry Styles is also an innovative, fashion-forward artist who – like Bad Bunny – makes music on his own terms.

If this collaboration were to happen, it would be a major milestone for the music industry and would easily be a major highlight of 2021.

Rosalia & Billie Eilish

Ok, so this one isn’t exactly a “dream” collab since we already know it is happening. We just don’t know when. It was back in April 2020 when the Spanish singer said she was trying to finish the song, telling Billboard, “I have been trying to finish the Billie Eilish collab. I think it’s getting quite close.”

And the world has been patiently waiting ever since. Both artists are experimental and strong songwriters, so we’re all waiting with baited breath to see what this duo comes up with.

J Balvin & The Weeknd

J Balvin is no stranger to bilingual collaborations, including hits with Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, and Dua Lipa, to name a few. Balvin shines in his place as a reggaetón star – just look at his credits from 2020 – and he’s made sure to bring his Latino essence into all the work he does.

Together with The Weeknd – who recently collaborated with Maluma – the duo would mesh their experimental sounds perfectly, making this one of the top dream collabs of 2021.

Daddy Yankee & Missy Elliot

This one might be a long shot but can you imagine?! The mashup of old-school reggaeton with old-school hip-hop and both Daddy and Missy Viking on their shared witty lyrics would bring us the ultimate ‘90s collab of our dreams.

Camilo & Sam Smith

This collab would work because these two pop crooners aren’t afraid to show vulnerability and emotion in their lyrics. Sam Smith’s powerhouse vocals would compliment Camilo’s delicate vocals. Like Taylor Swift, Sam Smith has yet to collaborate with a Latin artist. It’s never too late.

Karol G & Rihanna

Like many of us, Karol G is a major Rihanna fan. She even has a tattoo of the “Umbrella” singer on her arm. She previously told Billboard that Rihanna “presents herself as a real woman, she doesn’t care about the negative comments. I love her lyrics because she sings about love, heartbreak, woman empowerment, and I feel that we have similar personalities.”

And it wouldn’t be the first Spanglish collaboration for Rihanna, who previously worked with Shakira on “Can’t Remember to Forget You” in 2014.

Natti Natasha & Cardi B

Both Natti and Cardi are Dominican powerhouses: one is a reggaeton all-star and the other is hip-hop’s darling. Many have long said that a duet between the two is long overdue, especially since they both seem to be major fans of each other’s work.

And any collaboration between the powerhouse duo would be an important milestone in Latin music, regardless the route that they went.

What dream collaboration do you hope to see in 2021? Did we miss anyone on this roundup?

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