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12 Reasons Why Latino Cousins Are Awesome AF

Even though I had two younger sisters growing up, I hung out with my cousins all the time as well, and we were all just as close.

Here are 10 reasons why Latino cousins are awesome AF:

1. They’ll make ridiculous music videos with you.

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One huge perk to growing up with a ton of Latino cousins is making ridiculous music videos with them. You know what it’s like: Dancing to Madonna or Selena (the little cousins had to be back-up dancers) and trying out “cool” editing tricks that never, ever worked.

2. You always have someone to share the latest and greatest family chisme with.

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“Tía Tati did WHAT with WHOM?????”

3. When your actual siblings are annoying you, your cousins are there to hear you vent.

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Ahhh yes, the best thing about cousins. When your little sister is annoying the hell out of you, you can run to your older cousin and vent for hours. They are always the best ones to hang with when you are totally over your actual siblings.

4. You can get away with basically anything together. (Mwahaha!)

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Your parents can never yell at your cousins as much as they may have wanted to, so you can totally get away with stuff you normally wouldn’t be able to. Like staying out way later than your curfew, which when you were young, felt like the most badass thing ever.

5. You always roll squad deep at all times.

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Whether it’s a quick trip to Target or a night at the club, you and your cousins go everywhere together. Move over Taylor Swift’s “squad” – they are no match for you and your familia.

6. You had zillions of sleepovers growing up.

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Even if your parents were strict about never letting you stay at friends’ houses, you were still totally a pro at having the perfect sleepover, because every weekend (and even some weeknights), you’d have sleepovers with your cousins. It always felt like a party, which is probably why it annoyed your parents so much.

7. Their opinions are always the most important to you.

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You still care the most about the opinions of your cousins. These people are your tribe! And when it comes down to it, what they think matters the most.

8. You don’t have to stress about who will be in your wedding party.

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While your friends have so much drama in their lives over who’ll be their bridesmaids or groomsmen, you can just sit back, have a beer, and relax. You’ve known who would be in your wedding party since you were 10. Ain’t no thang.

9. …Not to mention your quinceañera court!

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The 1,001 choreography practices just equal more time to hang out.

10. Growing up, you had partners in crime to help you get through life’s awkward or boring moments.

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Like church services that were so long and so exhausting or parties that lasted until 2 a.m., long after all the kids had nodded off on abuela’s couch. It’s always good to have someone to rest your head on and make it through.

11. You’ll weather all kinds of storms together.

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No matter what, you and your cousins have each other’s back. Always. (Because if not, you’ll never stop hearing about it from the rest of your family.)

12. Cousins are for LIFE. (Like, literally. Being family and all.)

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Latina cousins are the best and anyone tells you that they aren’t can GTFO.


Read: 15 Things You Find At Every Quince

What’s your favorite part about having cousins? Let us know in the comments below!

Your One And Only Source Into Manhattan’s Elite Is Coming Back—And This Time The Show Will Feature Non-White Leads

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Your One And Only Source Into Manhattan’s Elite Is Coming Back—And This Time The Show Will Feature Non-White Leads

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Hello Upper East siders, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite is coming back. The early 2010s series based around a group of filthy rich, super privileged —and mostly white— teenagers is the latest victim of the reboot contagion. We hear that the brand new reimagining of the show, will feature more people of color, as well as queer content —and hopefully…there will be no disappointing finale like last time.

Manhattan’s scandalous elite is back at it with the drama and intrigue.

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The group of privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York who couldn’t hide any secrets from the ruthless and anonymous blogger ‘Gossip Girl’ is coming back! —If you were a teen at the time, you probably already know what I’m talking about. Gossip Girl marked an entire generation of fashion-obsessed teens —Serena’s bouncy blonde hair and Blaire’s signature headbands were all over Tumblr and Pinterest, they were ‘friendship goals’ before the term was even invented.

During Vulture Festival last week, Joshua Safran, the producer and writer behind the revival series, revealed that the reboot will be a lot more diverse and that all the leads will be nonwhite.

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““There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show. I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there. Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl,” Safran said. “So, this time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.”

Safran was unable to share more about the twist, but it has been confirmed that the reboot is set to take place at Constance Billard School. 

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The show creators are taking us back to the halls of Constance Billard (!!!) and we can’t wait to find out who will be Queen B this time around. Who are the queen’s minions? Will we still see them sitting on the stairs of the MET?

For the new series, Safran wants to delve deeper into the current relationship that teens have with social media and how it affects them. 

HBO Max reports that the reboot “will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years. “I’m just also interested in high school juniors having a million Twitter and Instagram followers, you know? What is that like? Which was not at all possible the first time around? I just feel like there’s so much to look at,” Safran explained. He also shared that there is a possibility that the original cast might return due to the fact that the show is set at the same school. And we cannot wait to find out what Blair and Serena have been up to.

Although many details are being kept secret, one major piece of news has finally been confirmed. 

According to TV Line, Kristen Bell will be returning to reprise her role as the series’ iconic narrator. “Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl,” said Josh Schwartz, one of the creators of the show, during a summer press tour. 

Hopefully, this time around, the grand finale doesn’t turn out to be a disappointing one.

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And though it’s been seven years since the identity of Gossip Girl was revealed in the 2012 series finale —yes, I’m keeping count— fans are still shaken to their core by the revelation that (spoiler alert!) Dan Humphrey was behind the blog all along. The announcement of the reboot sparks a little beacon of joy in my heart, in hopes that this time, the show will be more inclusive, diverse and that it won’t mess up the ending for us all yet again.

An official premiere date for the new HBO Max version of Gossip Girl is yet to be announced, so stay tuned while we wait for more details to surface. Xoxo, GG.

Isabela Merced Is Making a Seamless Transition From Child Star to Pop Star with Her New Single “Papi”

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Isabela Merced Is Making a Seamless Transition From Child Star to Pop Star with Her New Single “Papi”

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Say goodbye to Dora the Explorer–at least for now. Isabela Merced, formerly known as Isabela Moner, has reinvented herself from child star to bonafide pop singer. On Wednesday, Merced debuted the music video for her new single “Papi”, a girl-power anthem that’s inspired by “salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, and bachata”. According to Merced, she hopes the song will get the message across to womanizing men that they should “treat ladies with the respect they deserve”.

The new music video is impressive not only because it shows a more grown-up version of Merced (who we’ve seen since her Nickelodeon days) but also because it celebrates her Peruvian culture. In the video, we see Merced dressed in both American and Peruvian-style clothes, dancing to choreography that is reminiscent of stand American hip-hop moves as well as the traditional Peruvian dance known as the Marinera. Merced, for her part, is proud of the aesthetic her newest music video embodies: “I want to introduce everyone to the rich culture of my family’s heritage,” she said in a recent interview with Teen Vogue.

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The transformation from Nickelodeon actor to superstar in the making was arguably kickstarted with Isabela’s decision to change her last name from “Moner” to “Merced”.

After all, 2019 has been a very big year for Merced. Not only did she star in the blockbuster film “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”, but she also revealed that her mother has been  privately battling breast cancer. According to Merced, the decision to change her last name came from the desire to honor family–especially her Peruvian heritage. The name Merced comes from her late grandmother, Yolanda Merced Salazar Pittman. “I believe some force, throughout all these years, has been giving my mom the strength and determination to guide me,” she told Refinery29. “I feel as though if that guardian angel would be anyone, it would be my grandma.”

So, while some child actors struggle to make the transition from child entertainer to serious adult actor, Merced makes the entire process look easy. While the music video for “Papi” has its sultry moments, it doesn’t seem to be trying too hard to prove anything. Yes, there’s a love interest who makes an appearance in the video–but the entire song isn’t just devoted to a man. “’Papi’ is empowering to girls. [It] has sass and confidence,” she says. With lyrics like “Or did I forget to mention?/Don’t like frivolous affection/I don’t want it on the first date or third date…I’m never gonna call you papi/Even if it makes you happy,” the song celebrates to independent women of the world who refuse to change themselves to make a man happy. 

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According to Merced, the bilingual bop is just the beginning of her exploring the world of Spanish-language music. 

Merced, who was born to a Peruvian mother and a white American father, has previously been candid about growing up bilingual in a multicultural household. “I want my music to represent who I am…I grew up with a white dad and a Latinx mom, who was an immigrant. That is who I am. It’s okay to be a mix…Us mixed kids have a place in this society, and Spanglish songs do as well,” she told Refinery29.

It’s refreshing to see such representation for multicultural Latinos who grew up in a multi-racial family. The reality is, many Latinos feel equally comfortable speaking two languages, especially if one parent is non-Latino. According to the Pew Center for research, almost 7% of Americans identify as mixed-race, and that number will continue to grow. In other words: Isabela Merced is definitely onto something.

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Of course, Merced’s fans have been going crazy on Twitter over her Latina-and-proud music video.

Like Christina Aguilera before her, this child star is embracing all aspects of her identity and people are pumped.

Peruvians are 100% here for Merced showing some love for their country:

It’s always exciting to see your culture recognized in the media.

This Peruvian sees the music video as a beautiful “tribute”:

You can definitely feel the love that went into the making of this music video purely from its attention to detail. 

Many people are praising “Papi” for supporting bilingual and multiracial representation:

A lot of people don’t recognize that there’s no one “right” way to be Latinx. For many Latinos in America, Spanglish is a way of life. 

Of course, there are also the stans who are just in awe of Isabela Merced’s raw talent:

Seriously, is there anything this girl can’t do? We’ll wait.