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For Less Than $25, You Can Be Better Than Your Siblings At Giving Gifts To Your Mom

Buying regalos for your sweet, dear, sensitive mother is an annual struggle. She swears that she doesn’t need anything except for you to be there for her, but you know she’s expecting diamonds. The thing is, mijo, that it doesn’t matter what you get her. She’s going to wear those felt earrings proudly. Pero, mija, you won’t get away that easy. We’ve scoured the internet to help ease your search.

Poderosa Camiseta | $25

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Go ahead and state the obvious to your mom. She’ll appreciate it. Like any Reina, her power feeds off admiration.

Custom Name Rings | $21

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Last year you bought her the necklace. This year get her matching rings. Better yet, get one for each of her hijos. Looking for waterworks? Get her mami’s name for you and yours for her.

Cara Bonita Planter | $14

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This is the classy, Latina chia pet trend and all mamis are here for it. Honestly, how many plants does she already have? What could one more hurt?

Air Plant Love Symbol | $18

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We all know we could easily glue an air plant to a pretty crystal and give it to our moms, but the meaning is in the packaging. DIY this yourself if you have some design-savvy in you. Again. Gift your mom a plant and she’ll water it (or mist it) every day thinking of you.

“You Go Mama” Enamel Pin | $9.41

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I don’t know how it skipped a generation, but all our moms need no encouragement to be the loudest, proudest women we know. Show su apoya with this pin and know that she’ll brag about su hija who gave her a medal for her saintly motherhood to everyone that compliments it.

Scratch Off Custom Card | $7.40

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Short on cash? Does mom love buying lottery tickets? You can customize this gift (even to replace the outrageous “Mum” with Mami) to include your top ten favorite things you love about your mom.

Pro tip: Think, what does she want to hear? Do not list only favorite food dishes. Do include pasteles.

Café Bustelo Bag | $20

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Every family has some tension around who is going to make the cafecito in the morning. Esta bolsita can be stuffed with DIY IOUs for weekday coffee making and you’ll win Chreemás.

 Thin Ash Blonde Tortoise Hoop Earrings | $22

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Bet your mom doesn’t have these hoops on deck yet. High-quality acetate jewelry is the new fall trend and no Latina mom is ever off-trend.

El Papá Cookie Mold | $19

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If your mami is religious at all, she’ll laugh hard when she opens this gift. Give it to her on Noche Buena and make her cookies on Christmas morning. It’s cheap, but you make up for it with your time and baking skills.

Virgencita Pencil and Cosmetic Hand Stitched Bag | $15.99

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If your mami is really into los Santos, then she’ll be all over this bag. Plus, she’s always in need of another make up bag. Tell her to only put la maquillaje sagrada in this bolsita.

“Perro Like” Dog Bowl| $19.95

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So you moved out and have been replaced by a yappy maltipoo or Great Dane (there is no in between)? Your mom officially only cares about her new mijo, and it’s only fair. You abandoned her after all. Indulge her new empty-nester lifestyle.

Reindeer Dog Snood | $17

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Again, ditto, but this will make her laugh, which is the best gift you could receive in return. Her new son is so much cuter than you.

Frida Sleep Mask | $23

“Frida Sleep Mask” Digital Image. Arte Lexia. 24 October 2018.

Your mom deserves luxury and you’re going to give it to her with this satin eye mask embroidered with black eyelashes and the most luscious eyebrows Mexicanas have ever seen. Adorn your mami with felt flowers and pray she gets all the moody beauty sleep she needs.

Espresso Whipped Sugar Soap | $4

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While you’re pampering your mother, toss in this super cheap, handmade body scrub made with organic coffee beans. You can tell her that caffeine helps reduce eye puffiness. See how that’s just the perfect combo gift?

Street Food Key Chain | $15

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Mami’s losing her senses with old age and leaving her keys in all kinds of weird places. Pero mami will never misplace an elote.

Cookie Spoon Pan | $18

Untitled. Digital Image. Uncommon Goods. 24 October 2018.

When you step out into the mainstream white culture and realize that licking your spoon, bowl, and Taki bag clean is not socially acceptable but then you find this very socially acceptable alternative.

Chavela La Llorona Mug | $14.50

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If you’re not aware of Very That, you must visit Etsy immediately. The Latina-owned company is made for gifts por su madre. Plus, this mug is dishwasher safe y hecho a mano. Fuel the morning cafecito or else.

Chismosa Camiseta | $17.55

Teestopia / Etsy

This regalo may earn you a slap, and not in a nice way, but it depends how defensive your mami is. Does such a madre even exist? ????????????

Monkey Making Smudge Kit | $13.34

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“Lo siento que ya no tengo una casita para darte, pero esto… this will bring in the money, mami.” Those are the magic words if you only have $13.34 exactly to spare for a gift this year. Don’t think she won’t believe it.

Nadie Me Ayuda En Esta Casa and Preguntale A Tu Papa shirts.

Check out the mitú shop for the content-made-products we all deserve. Maybe your mom will stop having to say “Nadie me ayuda en esta casa” once she gets this shirt.


READ: Here Is Your Ultimate Papi Holiday Gift Guide For The Man Who Says Little But Means So Much

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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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