These 5 Dating Apps Are Love at First Swipe

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Tinder may be the first thing people think of when it comes to mobile dating. But you could be missing out on true love — or a steamy hook up — by sticking to just one app. Mix it up.


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iOS / Android

What it promises: No more missed connections. You walk past a hottie on the street, make eye contact, trade smiles AND THEN…nothing. Wish you had an excuse to start a conversation? Well the app happn is supposed to take care that.

How it works: When you walk past another happn user on the street, their profile will show up on your timeline — and vice versa! It could be the ideal ice breaker to get a little real-life flirting going. Or a lot of passing guys on the street.


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iOS / Android

What it promises: An easier way to plan a date. Let’s be real, planning a date can be even HARDER than finding a date. HowAboutWe claims it’ll make it easier for you to find a match that who loves eating, drinking and hanging out at the same places you do.

How it works: Whether you’re into salsa dancing, skydiving or binging on Netflix, this app will match you with someone who has similar interests.


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iOS / Android

What it promises: Meet real people through real friends. Hinge takes it one step further than Tinder by only allowing you to see people with whom you share a mutual friend. That way you avoid all those randoms who are wasting your precious time. Oh, and it’s supposed to reduce your chances of being catfished.

How it works: Hinge uses your Facebook account to verify your identity and to provide your friend connections.



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iOS / Android

What it promises: Girls, you can create, read and share reviews of guys. Guys, see what girls you’ve dated are saying about you. OK, so it’s not exactly a dating app. It’s more like a dating tool. Think of Lulu as a Yelp made for women who want to rate boys.

How it works: Lulu connects to your Facebook account and allows you to review any guy: your bestie, that ex-boyfriend from a long-term relationship, and even that one guy you randomly kissed at the bar. You’ll probably want to avoid rating that weird dude at work who’s always starting at you. EVERYONE knows he’s a creeper.


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What it promises: Siren allows women to make the first move and call the shots. Need a last-minute date for a wedding? Sick of waiting for guys to grow some balls and take you out? Don’t worry, Siren has you covered.

How it works: The app lets you send out a “Siren Call” to connect with guys that are down to get a drink, go to the movies, or find a date for that friend’s wedding so you don’t have to go solo.

They May Not Get a Lot of Shine, But these Latinos Helped Spark the Birth of Hip Hop


They May Not Get a Lot of Shine, But these Latinos Helped Spark the Birth of Hip Hop

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Most people know groundbreaking Latino rap acts like Cypress Hill and Big Pun, but Latinos have been part of hip hop waaaaaay longer – pretty much since the beginning. NPR’s Latino USA recently released a two-part series about the Latino history of hip hop and highlighted some of the Latinos that were putting it down since DAY ONE. Here’s what we learned:

Latinos Were Present at the Very Beginning of Hip Hop

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Latinos, especially Puerto Ricans, were some of hip hop’s pioneers: DJ Charlie Chase was a founding member of the Cold Crush Brothers (that’s him at the bottom left of the photo). Devastating Tito was a member of the Fearless Four. Prince Markie D Morales of Fat Boys. Prince Whipper Whip and Ruby Dee of Fantastic Five.

Hip Hop Was Born During an Economic Depression in NYC


In the late ’70s, the Bronx was a mess: white flight was rampant and landlords were so desperate for money that they would torch their buildings to collect insurance money. Graffiti artist Lee Quiñones: “I remember a dim, distinct glow or hue of orange fire at night.”

There Was Tension Between Latinos and Blacks Over Hip Hop


DJ Charlie Chase: “I was basically getting a lot of heat from the blacks and the Latinos for doing what I was doing.”

According to Raquel Rivera, the older generation of Latinos whose children were DJing and rapping were being asked: “What are you doing with that music that doesn’t belong to us?” Rivera added that the black hip hop community felt “Wait, this is ours.”

READ: Rap In the Land of Reggaetón: Álvaro Díaz

Before Stuff Like Planet Rock Was Released, Breakdancers Listened to Funk

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Stuff like “I Get Lifted” by George McCrae.

DJs Loved Using Funk Tracks With Heavy Latin Elements

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“It’s Just Begun” by Jimmy Castor Bunch was a crowd favorite. Other acts like Ray Barreto and Joe Bataan were also popular.

DJ Charlie Chase: “The funkiest stuff always has these Latin influences to it.”

Raquel Rivera: “Those breakbeats… they have a lot to do with what was called Latin soul, Latin funk… [they feature] timbales, congas, so there was that caribbean Latino influence.”

Lots of Guys Learned to Breakdance to Get Girls


Breakdancer Richard “Breakeasy” Santiago says the best dancers got the most attention: “If you were able to get a phone number and talk to a girl, you were right on the money.”

READ: This Kid from Compton Sings Corridos Like a Mexican

There Was a Latino in the First Rap Group Signed to a Major Label

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The Fearless Four, who released the hit track “Rockin’ It” were signed to Elektra Records. One of the founding members, Devastating Tito, was Puerto Rican. Oh, and if the song sounds familiar, Jay-Z used the same sample in the song “Sunshine.”

In the Early Days, Graffiti Was Just as Big as the Music

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Most people were exposed to graffiti through subway trains, which were bombed by graffiti artists. Once an artist became well-known, people would look for more of their work. Graffiti legend Lee Quiñones: “Back then, kids would hang out and watch trains for hours… hoping to find new murals.”

Quiñones, who had fans such as Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat, had his first showing at a gallery in Rome, Italy. He was only 19.

Look out for A Latino History of Hip Hop, Part 2 on Latino USA.

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