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Cha Cha: How a Song about a Dominican Girl became the Jam of the Summer

Earlier this year, Virginia rapper D.R.A.M. released the track “Cha Cha.”

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?I like to Cha Cha… in a Latin bar… with a Dominican that resembles Taina.?

Catchy, right?

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Well, this year, the song kept on picking up steam and became an underground hit.

Even Beyoncé couldn’t resist the power of the “Cha Cha.”

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Why? Even if you “hate” the song, it’s instantly memorable for several reasons.

#1: It samples the music from Star Road in the video game Super Mario World.

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Infinite 1UPs for whoever thought to sample this.

#2: This line is virtually impossible to keep out of your head.

Soon enough, you’ll catch yourself singing it in the shower.

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#3: It’s just plain FUN.

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Red solo cups + pillow fights = PARTY. What other music videos do you see old timers and kids dancing like there’s no tomorrow? Unfortunately, Nintendo caught wind of the Super Mario Bros. sample and the beat was changed. Not bad, but it’s lost a bit of the magic.

That hasn’t stopped people from making Vines inspired by the original:

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Or doing choreography to the song…

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Or playing acoustic covers:

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D.R.A.M. even got to meet one of his biggest fans:

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And if you haven’t noticed, it appears that D.R.A.M. loves Latino culture:

Cha Cha dancing ✔

A Latin bar ✔

Dominicans ✔

Taina ✔

Wait, who’s Taina?

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D.R.A.M. was making a reference to Taina Morales, the lead character from the Nickelodeon show Taina that aired from 2001 to 2002. Taina was played by Puerto Rican actress Maria Perez-Brown.

Mexicans, don’t feel left out. Watch the music video. There are flying tacos and hot sauce…

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Flying chiles…

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Piñatas and sombreros…

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And guacamole.

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Hold up, though. Cha Cha dancing is Cuban. And what does Mexican food have to do with Dominicans?

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Apparently, D.R.A.M. wasn’t exactly well-versed in Latino culture when he wrote “Cha Cha.” But don’t worry, D.R.A.M. got a quick lesson during a visit to New York radio station Hot 97, where he learned that Dominicans dance to merengue and bachata.

After getting schooled, D.R.A.M. said he didn’t want to leave anyone out of the party: “It’s the whole Latin culture… I don’t want anyone that’s Puerto Rican to feel like, left out… or Cubanos, it’s the whole Latin culture.”

What do you think of the song “Cha Cha”? Do you feel like D.R.A.M is showing love to Latinos? Let us know in the comments below. 

One Thousand People Ran Across the US-Mexico Border and the Border Patrol was Cool with It

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One Thousand People Ran Across the US-Mexico Border and the Border Patrol was Cool with It

More than 1,000 people gathered in El Paso this weekend for Run Internacional.

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It was a 10k run that took participants from El Paso to Ciudad Juárez.

It was the first time runners were allowed to cross the US-Mexico border since 9/11.

The run was once an annual event, but it was halted 15 years ago after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in an effort to keep the border secure.

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The run was organized by the El Paso Community Foundation and the office of U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

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O’Rourke said he hoped the event would give people a different impression of the US-Mexico border.

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O’Rourke told the El Paso times: “In this time of Donald Trump, it’s important we remind ourselves and the country at large just how wonderful the border is and what a significant part in America’s success the border has been.”

O’Rourke even wore a Trump-style hat with a message for for the GOP candidate:

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“The border makes America great.”

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Many El Pasoans were grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with their neighbors in Juárez.

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Sara Collins told The Dallas Morning News: “Borders are meant to be crossed. This community is meant to be connected, not broken.”

And who wouldn’t want to run across the border for tamales and champurrado?

What do you think about this historic event? mitú wants to know. Leave a comment below. 

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