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A Member Of A Pioneering Latino Rap Group Has Died Way Too Young

Bobby Ramirez, one of the founding members of Latino rap group Lighter Shade Of Brown, has died. He was only 46.

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According to TMZ, Ramirez was found unconscious on a Las Vegas street with a body temperature of 107 degrees. Family members told TMZ that Ramirez, who spent years battling alcohol addiction, most likely died from heat stroke and a heart attack.

Ramirez had been in a coma for 11 days before he was pulled off of life support. His partner in Lighter Shade Of Brown, Robert “ODM” Gutierrez, informed fans of Ramirez’s death via Facebook.

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CREDIT: Credit: theREALodm / Facebook

“It is with great sadness to inform you that our brother Bobby DTTX Ramirez has passed away. Bobby’s final breath was taken on Monday July 18th 2016 at 2:20pm. On behalf of the Ramirez family, they would like to thank friends and the fans for ALL of your prayers during this difficult time. A PayPal account has been set up in his honor to help his family with funeral expenses,” Gutierrez wrote.

If the name Lighter Shade Of Brown sounds familiar, you probably remember their hit song “On A Sunday Afternoon.”

Long before “Breaking Bad” made the song “Crystal Blue Persuasion” a trending topic, Lighter Shade of Brown sampled it for a laid-back track about homies, honeys and carne asada at the park.

In the early ’90s, Lighter Shade Of Brown was one of several seminal West Coast Latino rap groups that achieved some mainstream success.

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CREDIT: Credit: Pump Records

Along with acts like Kid Frost, Mellow Man Ace and Cypress Hill, Lighter Shade of Brown’s ODM (One Dope Mexican) and DTTX (Don’t Try To Xerox) rapped about Latino pride and brought Spanglish to the radio airwaves of Los Angeles and beyond.

After the success of “On A Sunday Afternoon,” Lighter Shade of Brown released other popular singles such as “Homies”

And “Hey DJ.”

Robert Gutierrez, who had recently reunited with Ramirez to play shows together, revealed that a GoFundme page has been set up to help Ramirez’s family pay for his medical expenses.

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11 Valuable Life Lessons Learned At The Hair Salon

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11 Valuable Life Lessons Learned At The Hair Salon

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There is no place as special, sacred and necessary for many Latinas as the local hair salon. Because it’s not just a place, really. Here, let’s show you what we mean:

1. Chisme always comes back to get you.

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Talking about Dayanara’s cousin’s neighbor’s secretary’s boyfriend’s friend’s ex-girlfriend’s dad’s mistress’s poodle fetish with everyone at the salon is fun as hell, yes. But you know what it means, right? It means that the minute you leave, they gonna talk about YOU TOO, FOOL.

2. …But it’s also the best way to bond.

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Then again, nothing brings people close together quite like talking about other people.

3. There’s nothing that coffee can’t heal.


Hard day? Broken heart? Headache? Bad case of comemierda-itis? Don’t fret. Someone will inevitably bring cafesito and treats to cure whatever ails you.

4. You’ve got to respect the hustle.

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Visit most Latina-owned salons on any given day, and you’re likely to see a woman selling purses, wallets, dangly earrings, bookmarks, dog sneakers, eyelash ornaments and root canals, all out of the trunk of her car. That’s how you do the damn thing.

5. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

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This isn’t, like. A salon for the delicate. BEAUTY IS WAR. Here, you get poked and prodded, your hair and skin and nails twisted and transformed until you wonder how you have any left at all. But at least you look damn fine.

6. Time is relative.

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No appointment at your salon is ever just an hour. You sit down, start talking, sip coffee, share some pastelitos and pan dulce, and before you know it, it’s five weeks later.

7. You need people.

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Latina hair salons are about the hair and nails and eyebrow shaping, sure. But they’re also about bonding with other women, other Latinas who get your humor and references. Got an issue that needs solving? Take it to the salon.

8. And people need their spaces.

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This is where you can let go of stress, take huge beauty risks, talk sh*t, catch up with friends, and just be YOU.

9. Beauty is 99% ritual…

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It’s not about the destination, it’s the journey. Especially when it involves taking time to let yourself get pampered and spoiled.

10. …And 100% personal.

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Want acrylic nails shaped like dying swans? Want hair so big it tickles Jesus’ feet? Go to the salon and get it done. All that matters is that YOU love it.

11. There’s no place else you’d rather be.

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It’s not an appointment; it’s an experience.


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