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12 Reasons Why Celia Cruz Remains One Of The Fiercest In Latino History

The best advice I could possibly give you is to take a moment, every day, to think about Celia Cruz’s eternal greatness. It will uplift you, motivate you, and remind you that perfection is possible, and its embodiment is a Cuban woman in a magnificent wig. Try it! Here, let me show you how:

1. OK, first thing’s first: THE VOICE.

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You can’t talk about Celia’s many contributions to the world without first recognizing the power and range of her voice. She’s amazing!

2. She’s always had a style all her own.

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The nails. The lipstick. The eyeshadow!!!

3. And those moves!

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Dale, Celia.

4. And she fought — hard — to find her place onstage.

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Especially early in her career, Celia battled racism, sexism and other people’s goddamn insecurity to get to her rightful place in the spotlight. Stories like Celia’s don’t happen overnight — there’s a lot of passion and perseverance that went on behind the scenes.

5. In fact, there was a whole telenovela dedicated to her life and career.

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Yes, honey! A Telemundo telenovela all about La Reina.

6. She gave a voice to the Cuban experience.

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Leaving your homeland is by no means easy, but Celia Cruz gave Cuban exiles and their experience a voice and a rallying cry.

7. And she basically gave Cuba a second national anthem.

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Have José Martí’s words ever sounded more beautiful than when they’re sung by Celia?

8. She knew how to work a wig.

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This cannot be emphasized enough.

…Like, seriously though.

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The trick is to wear the wig so that the wig doesn’t wear you. I mean, no lie and no offense, but you probably can’t manage this. Celia can.

9. It’s not a party until a Celia song comes on.

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I’m talking “La Vida es un Carnaval,” I’m talking “La Negra Tiene Tumba’o,” I am talking “Quim(mothereffin’)bara.” So many precious gifts, all from one woman.

10. Her cover of “I Will Survive” surpasses the original.

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Now I’m not saying Gloria Gaynor isn’t also a goddess and a queen, because she surely is. But Celia’s take on the ultimate break up masterpiece is just, I mean, light years beyond.

11. She genuinely supported her fellow artists.

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And her singing with La India will change your whole life.

12. And through her music, she’ll live forever.

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Love you, Celia!


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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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Through the power of TikTok, Kali Uchis is taking her song “Telepatía” to the top. The Colombian-American singer is sitting comfortably in the top 10 of Spotify’s Top 200 chart in the U.S. thanks to a TikTok trend.

This isn’t the first time that TikTok brought new fame to songs.

TikTok has proven to be quite the catalyst for today’s top hits. The app assisted in getting Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” to the top of Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remains. TikTok also reinvigorated interest in Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” last year thanks to Doggface’s viral video. Now Uchis is getting her long overdue shine with “Telepatía.”

“Telepatía” is becoming a global hit thanks to the same phenomenon.

At No. 7 on the Spotify U.S. chart, “Telepatía” is the highest-charting Latin song in the country. Bad Bunny’s “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez is the next closest Latin song at No. 14. “Telepatía” is also making waves across the globe where the song is charting on Spotify’s Viral Charts in 66 countries and in the Top Songs Charts of 32 countries.

There’s also plenty of “Telepatía” memes.

Uchis is turning the viral song’s success into strong sales and streaming. On this week’s Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, “Telepatía” debuts at No. 10, marking her first top 10 hit on the chart. There are also memes circulating on other social media apps that are contributing to the song’s virality.

“Telepatía” is one of the key cuts on Uchis’ debut Latin album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios). It’s the best example of her translating that alternative soul music that she’s known for into Spanish. The song is notably in Spanglish as Uchis sings about keeping a love connection alive from a distance. It’s timely considering this era of social distancing that we’re in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uchis is currently nominated for a Grammy Award. She’s up for Best Dance Recording for her feature on Kaytranada’s “10%” song.

Read: You Have To Hear Kali Uchis Slay This Classic Latino Song

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani has long been open about the fluid nature of her gender expression. That’s why it’s exciting that the R&B star is experimenting with different facets of her personality on the most recent cover of Playboy.

In a bold move, Kehlani appears on Playboy‘s latest cover dressed in both (traditionally) women and (traditionally) men’s clothing.

And as if one Kehlani isn’t exciting enough, the magazine cover treats us to two versions of this Oakland native. On the left side of the magazine, Kehlani is dressed up as a Prom Queen, complete with a resplendent gown and a tiara. On the cover’s right side, Kehlani is dressed in Prom King drag: her tie undone, her collar open, her crown askew.

She shared the picture to her personal Instagram page with the cheeky caption: “I always wanted to date me.”

In the accompanying interview, Kehlani talks about gender identity and expression, motherhood, and owning her sexuality.

When Kehlani was asked how she defines masculinity and femininity, Kehlani got refreshingly candid. “I’ve discovered that I’ve run from a lot of femininity,” she admitted. “I was way more comfortable in a more masculine space. I feel more masculine when I am in my stillness and I’m grounded in a quiet, contemplative mode.”

She then explained that she feels “most feminine” when she’s “being the mother of my house.” (Kehlani had a baby girl named Adeya Nomi in 2019). She also explained that she “feels her femininity” when she ‘s indulging in self-care, like soaking in a flower-filled bath, or doing a hair mask.

“My femininity makes me feel soft and gentle and tender and careful in a different way than my masculinity makes me feel,” she said. “I’m trying not to let it fall into the gender norms of feminine and masculine, but for me it does a tiny bit. But I also am very fluid in both of those settings.”

Kehlani has always been open about her fluid sexuality and gender identity.

In 2018, she tweeted: “Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non-binary people, intersex people, trans people”.

But of course, haters on the internet accused her of “queer-baiting”–that is, pretending she’s queer to get more LGBT fans and attract attention. In an interview with The Guardian last year, she revealed why the accusation frustrates her.

“I’ve had girlfriends in front of people’s faces, right under their noses, and they weren’t famous and so nobody cared to make it public,” she said. “So they automatically assume that I must like men more than women.”

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