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Look At These 25 Maluma Thirst Posts That We Definitely Double Tapped

Maluma is the king of thirst posts. Just check his Instagram and you will see subtle brags and thirst-inducing posts all over the place. Not going to lie, we still double tap all of his photos. Here are the 25 photos that we didn’t think twice about double tapping.

1. On A Boat Candid

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Okay, how can you not swoon over this photos. Maluma is giving you zaddy realness here from the messy hair to slim fitting t-shirt.

2. Candid On The Set

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This photo really got our BTS interest peaked. What is this for? How can we be involved? Suddenly there was a feeling of pride and we just coouldn’t help but double tap.

3. Sweaty Post-Work Out

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He has to let you know when he works out. After all, is it really a work out if you don’t post it on social media? The answer is no if you ever watch it.

4. Sophisticated Business Man

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All grown up and ready to make a deal, likely in England. That coat is just barely hanging on to those shoulders and his glasses mean he is there to work.

5. Deep In Thought/Feelings

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Nothing hotter than a man who gets his feelings and isn’t afraid to get in them. There is nothing wrong with making sure that your emotional state is just as taken care of as your physical state.

6. Shirtless With A Jacket

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See. Always shirtless and always on stage. But the jacket is a nice touch. At least he is making sure that he won’t catch a cold while performing.

7. Cooking On The Grill

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While you’re just sitting on your couch, Maluma wants you to know that somewhere in the world he is shirtless cooking on the grill. But, like, how do we get invited tot his gathering?

8. Work Out Shot

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Yeah, he even shares photos of him working out. At least we know how he keeps his body in shape. If you tried, you might be able to recreate his work out from checking out his page.

9. The Casual Flex

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“Oh, these? Yeah. I’m just stretching.” That is what we imagine he is saying in this photo. But did we stop? Yes we did. Just look at those arms.

10. Covered In Fur On A Plane

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Doesn’t that look comfortable? Not only is he covered in what looks like super soft fur, he didn’t have to deal with other passengers. How nice to go to the airport and not have to deal with people.

11. The Thinker

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A thinking man is a good man to keep around. But what is he contemplating? Maybe he is thinking about some bomb food he had earlier in the day.

12. Sophisticated Business Man

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All grown up and ready to make a deal, likely in England. That coat is just barely hanging on to those shoulders and his glasses mean he is there to work.

13. The Goofball

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A sense of humor can go a long way. It’s always nice to have a husband that can make you laugh. Seems like Maluma is that husband.

14. Vacation Shot

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We always know when Maluma is traveling. He is not shy about showing off photos of himself on planes and in different countries.

15. Caught With Messy Hair

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Oops. Looks like he didn’t have time to get his hair ready before this super surprise photo was taken. How rude.

16. Motorbike Jubilation

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Motorbiking? How fun. It must be fun seeing as to how he is laughing and really enjoying himself. That seems like a really intense thing to do.

17. Over The Shoulder

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Smoldering look a playful expression because you distracted him from his phone. How funny. He is really a fan of his candid photos. It is like he is never paying attention.

18. Mid-Concert Breather

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Maluma loves posting photos of himself shirtless and on stage. He really wants you to know that he is performing and that he is letting everyone else see him without his shirt on.

19. Shirtless With Bandana

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He does have a thing with cigars. For some reason a lot of his photos involve him and a stogie.

20. Dogs

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There are more than a few photos on his Instagram that include puppies. Seeing a man with his dog will make your knees weak. Just look at that one sleeping at this feet.

21. In The Snow

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Uh oh. Looks like he forgot his shirt. Seems like an odd place to have your arms exposed but he seems fine.

22. Sweet Smile

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A nice innocent smile is not rare on his Instagram feed. He loves to let us know that he isn’t always tough and all business. Sometimes he likes to let loose like all of us do.

23. Reflecting On Himself

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Two angles of Maluma at once? Yes, please. The more Maluma you see on the screen the more likely you are to stop. It is simple math, really. #Education

24. On The Grind

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There is no shortage of working-type photos from Maluma. It is like he is always in the studio working on music and really wants us to know about it.

25. Horses

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If dogs aren’t your thing, what about Maluma standing in front of horses? Picture taking a long, romantic horseback ride with Maluma later in the day.

The World Can’t Get Enough Of J Balvin, He Is YouTube’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide

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The World Can’t Get Enough Of J Balvin, He Is YouTube’s Most Streamed Artist Worldwide

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¡Mi gente! Your faves could never. Latin music domination continues around the world with the top spots of global streaming platforms being stacked with Latinx artists. What a time to be alive. Remember when we all had to pretend Drake was Dominican to get some kind of representation out here? But when you think about the sheer number of people on the planet that speak Spanish, it totally makes sense that Latinx artists would have such a massive reach. 

And let’s be real, while fluency helps, you really don’t have to be proficient to enjoy reggaeton. The energetic, pulsating beats can compel anyone to move. Do you really think everyone in the United States knew the English translation of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” in order to enjoy it? Music transcends language and so does Colombian trap artist J Balvin apparently. Do you think anyone even noticed that the lyrics in “Harlem Shake” are largely in Spanish? Nope. 

J Balvin is here to stay.

For six consecutive weeks, J Balvin has chopped the global charts on YouTube. That’s a total of 1.26 billion views on the platform. 

“Artista más visto en YouTube Global,” Balvin wrote in an Instagram caption.

This comes as no surprise to Balvin fans. In 2018, Balvin ousted drake as the most-streamed artist worldwide on Spotify. The singer surpassed 48 million monthly listeners last summer thanks to his single “X” with Nicky Jam which streamed over 327 million times. Balvin is in great company on the global charts with Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, and Ozuna all in the top 10. The trio’s single “China” with Anuel AA and Karol G is currently number 1 on the YouTube global charts and number 2 in the United States chart. However, we’re pleased to note that “Señorita” by Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes is topping the charts in the states. 

Balvin shouts out his Latinx fans. 

“Artista más escuchado en el mundo en @spotify posición #1 que celebro con todos mis latinos y los soñadores. Gracias Gracias Gracias,” Balvin wrote in the caption. 

Our boy is famous basically everywhere?

The top countries streaming Balvin’s music are Mexico with 240 million views, Argentina with 121 million views, and Colombia with 121 million views. The United States is in fourth place with 112 million views, followed by Spain, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, and Venezuela. But fear not, Balvin has fans in at least 100 different countries according to YouTube. 

We stan a humble king of the masses!

Like, literally could you imagine how this level of adoration and attention would completely warp your mind? I would be a monster. I would build a house out of fan mail and then set it ablaze just to laugh at my stupid fans. I’d have so many, who cares! Meanwhile, the artist, who typically regales his followers with personal messages on Instagram every morning at 5 a.m., knows how to connect with his fans. Balvin even served ordinary people from a coffee cart in New York City the other day. 

“Buenos días , buenos días , buenos días !!!!! ARCOÍRIS TOUR empieza 30 de Agosto en Puerto Rico !! Choliseo,” he wrote on Instagram. 

 We stan a humble king of the masses!

This isn’t the first Latin wave (and it won’t be the last).

In the 1990s, the late and great Selena catapulted Tejano and Cumbia music into the mainstream American consciousness. This ushered in the era of the “Latin Explosion” where legends were born. Ricky Martin, Thalía, Marc Anthony, Enrique Iglesias, and Jennifer Lopez made their marks. Hell, even Frank Sinatra personally invited Luis Miguel to record a duet of “Come Fly With Me” on his 1994 album Duets II. 

In the 2000s, there was the “Latin Pop Boom” that saw the likes of Shakira, Paulina Rubio, and Christina Aguilera topping the charts. You may even remember non-Latinx artists trying to ride the wave with Beyoncé collaborating with Shakira on the duet, “Beautiful Liar,” and releasing a Spanish language version of the single “Irreplaceable.” It almost feels odd to call these decades different waves or eras when it is pretty clear Latinxs have been consistently rocking the charts since Gloria Estefan in the 1980s. Since then, in the United States, we have been blessed with many more Latinx acts including the likes of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Becky G, and Cardi B. And of course, there are all the amazing imports from Latinx countries around the world. If we want to continue this Latinx chart domination, I only have one piece of advice: stream “China” by J. Balvin on YouTube and Spotify!

Detained Teenagers’ Artwork, Dubbed ‘Uncaged Art’ On Display In University Of Texas At El Paso

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Detained Teenagers’ Artwork, Dubbed ‘Uncaged Art’ On Display In University Of Texas At El Paso

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Between June 2018 and January 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services detained more than 6,000 teenagers from Central and South America in a tent city 40 miles south of El Paso. It was called the Tornillo Children’s Detention camp and was the largest detention center for children in the United States. While detained there, the teenagers, aged 13-17, were asked to participate in a social studies project to create art that reminded them of their home. Their art was on display around the tent city until a story by The New York Times shined a light on the teens’ paltry living conditions, and the government shut the facility down in January 2019.

As Tornillo Children’s Detention Camp was being shut down, workers trashed nearly all of the 400 pieces of art. However, one priest and several community organizations came together and were able to save 29 of the pieces.

Father Rafael Garcia, a Jesuit Priest, was one of the few outside visitors allowed into the camp.

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“It is hard to describe the mood there; some kids were very glum and sad, others had no expression,” Father Garcia told NBC News. “Then there were others interacting like normal kids.” The artwork was on display until January 2019, when the U.S. government decided to close the camp. As officers were tossing the artwork, Garcia asked for permission to redistribute the art to others who may want it.

“If I hadn’t been there, and received permission to keep some of the pieces, it probably would have all been thrown in the dumpster,” Garcia said.

With the artwork in hand, Garcia called Yolanda Chávez Leyva, Ph.D., University of El Paso Texas Professor and co-founder of El Paso’s Museo Urbano.

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Leyva would go to the Tornillo Children’s Detention Center on her days off to visit with the kids. Garcia knew that she co-founded El Paso’s community museum known for preserving borderland history. Garcia wanted the museum and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) to protect the artwork. They did one better and put all the art on display at UTEP’s Centennial Museum. 

Father Garcia sees the final outcome–an exhibit featuring their work–as “a ray of light from a grim experience.”

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The Museum website describes the exhibit as reflective of “the resiliency, talent, and creativity of young men and women who trekked 2,000 miles from their homes in Central America to reach the United States.” The exhibit, titled ‘Uncaged Art,’ “provides us with a window into the personal world of migrant children whose visions and voices have often been left out of mainstream media accounts,” reads the website.

Still, the art is on display behind a chain-link fence, to remind visitors of the conditions the young artists were in at the time.

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The social studies teachers allowed the students four days to create the art and allowed them to create individually or in groups. There were no other instructions other than to think of their home. Those instructions resulted in an array of mixed media art including dresses, sculptures and hundreds of drawings and sketches. Then, “camp officials” judged the art and selected their perceived best works to display around the camp.

Human rights attorney, Camilo Pérez-Bustillo thinks that the camp released the artwork as a PR stunt to look good.

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Pérez-Bustillo had interviewed about 30 children from the camp and believes the artwork was essentially curated by the facility. “I think they released it to look good,” Pérez-Bustillo told The Texas Observer. “They had so much negative publicity at the end from the national media, especially after news reports that their employees did not have to submit to FBI checks, they decided to shut it down and cut their losses.”  

For now, we don’t know the faces behind the artwork.

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In June 2018, Beto O’Rourke led hundreds of protesters to the tent city demanding humane conditions for the ever-expanding tent city. Temperatures were over 100 degrees while the children were living in tents. A DHS spokesperson told the public that the tents were air-conditioned. Some of the children told an attorney that the worst part of the facility was never knowing when they’d get out. Some kids would keep track of the days that passed by scribbling numbers on their forearms.

Still, the government’s response to the problem was to loosen the strict requirements for sponsorships. All of the children are now sponsored by people around the country.

Wherever they are, we hope that they see their artwork is cherished by our community.

Credit: “tornillo art” Digital Image. Texas Observer. 23 August 2019.

We know that the symbol of the quetzal bird created in this artwork is a symbol of freedom for Guatemala. In the words of one of the artists, as told by The Texas Observer, “The quetzal cannot be caged or it will die of sadness.”

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