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

This song makes me happy! ????????

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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. 

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Puerto Rican IDs And Driver’s Licenses Are Legal And It’s Time For People To Stop Saying They Are Invalid

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Puerto Rican IDs And Driver’s Licenses Are Legal And It’s Time For People To Stop Saying They Are Invalid

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Since Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans have moved to the mainland U.S. The move is possible because Puerto Ricans are American citizens after the passage of the Jones Act of 1917. While the Jones Act made them U.S. citizens, they are not full Americans lacking the right to vote in elections and their representatives do not have voting power. Yet, despite the law making Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens, some people on the mainland are still in the dark when it comes to Puerto Rican identification cards.

An NYU journalism student was recently turned away at a bar because a bouncer decided that her Puerto Rican ID was invalid.

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According to Washington Square News, NYU’s independent student newspaper, Rebecca Gelpí was with a group of friends when they decided to head to Los Feliz, a Mexican bar and restaurant. According to Washington Square News, the bouncer for Los Feliz said that he was “uncomfortable” with their form of ID and asked why they didn’t have a passport.

“They asked us why we did not have our passports with us,” Gelpí told Washington Square News. “So I said, ‘Because we’re American citizens, we don’t need to carry [them] around.’”

According to the Washington Square News, this is one of many instances of the bar refusing to acknowledge legal IDs from Puerto Ricans who want to get in. The report shows two other instances of people leaving feedback about the bar’s blatant refusal to accept their Puerto Rican identification and legitimate. This isn’t the only instance of a U.S. business claiming Puerto Rican IDs are foreign.

An Indiana Purdue University engineering student says CVS employees would not sell him over-the-counter cold medicine after demanding immigration papers. Jose Guzman Payano, who is Puerto Rican and therefore an American citizen, said that he presented his driver’s license issued from Puerto Rico but the workers rejected it. The employees insisted he needed a “valid” U.S. ID and began to interrogate Guzman Payano about his immigration status. 

The student formally filed a complaint with CVS, but because of the debacle, he wasn’t able to purchase the cold medicine he needed. His mother Arlene Payano Burgos shared his story on Facebook, where it went viral and began to receive attention from reporters. CVS says it is investigating the situation. 

CVS employee allegedly claims Puerto Rican driver’s license is not valid U.S. ID. 

“She said she needed a U.S.-issued ID, Canada or Mexico license. That’s when I tell her that was a U.S. issued license, and I didn’t need anything else but that license,” said Guzman Payano explained to WUSA. 

He claimes the cashier of the store refused to accept his driver’s license from Puerto Rico, but would have accepted one from Canada or Mexico, when he went to purchase Mucinex. Guzman Payano was all the more stunned when she asked him for a visa— the presumption being he must not be a citizen. 

“And then when she asked me for a visa, I was in shock at that time. And we went back and forth, and I said this is a U.S.-issued license,” said Guzman Payano. Sadly this isn’t the first time something like this has happened to the student. 

He showed the cashier his United States-issued passport and he says she still refused to sell him the medicine. 

“I carry around my passport on my bookbag because of things like this,” he said.

Guzman Payan files a formal complaint with CVS. 

Update in my comments:My family and I are Puerto Rican. For those of you who don’t know, we are a United States…

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Guzman Payano left the store without his cold medicine and called his mother, Arlene Payano Burgos in Puerto Rico. Payano Burgos took the incident to Facebook where her story was shared over 10,000 times. 

“A Puerto Rican driver’s license is a valid form of US identification, and is even accepted by the Transportation Security Administration for travel within the United States. In an effort to wrap up the transaction and get back to school, he then proceeded to show her his United States Passport which she also refused to accept,” the mother wrote.

Adding that the employees refused to give Guzman Payano their information for the complaint. 

“She then subsequently refused to sell him the medication. The shift manager then came out and gave him the same explanation. My son then asked them for their names to file a complaint. Both employees refused to give him their information and he was forced to leave the store without the medication.”

Payano Burgos thought it was outrageous that any customer would be forced to disclose their immigration status to CVS whether they were a citizen or not. 

“Needless to say my son, or any other consumer, is not obligated to disclose his immigration status to any CVS employee! What caused this employee to ask him for his visa? Was it his accent? Was it his skin color? Was it the Puerto Rican flag on the license? Whatever triggered her to discriminate against my son embodies exactly what is wrong in the United States of America today,” she wrote. 

CVS releases a statement about the incident. 

Guzman Payano said it took nine days for CVS to contact him about the complaint, according to WUSA

“I felt ignored basically like something did happen, but they didn’t want to take care of it,” he said.

A CBS spokesperson released a statement to WUSA Eyewitness News that included an apology to Guzman Payano saying that Puerto Rican driver license’s are a valid form of U.S. identification. 

“CVS Pharmacy is committed to ensuring that every customer receives courteous, outstanding service in our stores. We sincerely apologize to our customer in West Lafayette for his recent experience in one of our stores. We do, in fact, recognize Puerto Rican driver’s licenses to be a valid form of U.S. identification. We are reinforcing with employees the correct procedures to follow when requesting identification that is required by law for the purchase of certain over-the-counter medications.”

According to the New York Times, a 2017 Morning Consult poll found that 46 percent of Americans don’t know people born in Puerto Rico are United States citizens by birthright. 

“There’s a lack of education — especially here in the states — of how Puerto Rico came to be part of the U.S. Some people don’t even know where Puerto Rico is located,” Guzman Payano said.

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These 13 Mexicans Are Taking Over Hollywood, In Front Of The Camera And Behind It

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These 13 Mexicans Are Taking Over Hollywood, In Front Of The Camera And Behind It

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While Hollywood still has a lot of work to do when it comes to diversity both in front of the camera and behind it, but the tide has begun to turn. Mexican actors and audiences are pushing for more representation in television and movies. Although on-screen representation remains low, it’s changing like never before —especially when it comes to portraying complex characters that do more than meet a diversity quota and appeal to a dated stereotype. 

In the last few years, a wave of Mexican artists has charmed Hollywood. They are finally claiming roles that portray well-rounded people with complex storylines and life experiences. These 13 Mexican stars are currently pulling up a seat at the table in Hollywood for all Latinos. 

1. Eiza Gonzalez 

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The young actress started her career in Telenovelas and is now making a name for herself in Hollywood. The Baby Driver star has also appeared in films Alita and Welcome to Marwen.

2. Salma Hayek

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The actress and producer is a powerhouse in Hollywood and the film industry worldwide. To add to her resume, ‘Monarca’ a tv show produced by Hayek hit the #1 most viewed show in Mexican Netflix this month.

3. Karla Souza

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After the huge success of “Nosotros los Nobles” in Mexico, Karla decided to try her luck in the U.S. and secured a role in ‘How to Get Away with Murder”, a legal drama starring Viola Davis, available on Netflix. 

4. Gael García

The 39 year old actor has been taking parts in film since the early 00s. In 2015 he won a Golden Globe for the comedy-drama “Mozart in The Jungle”. He’s participated in huge blockbusters like Babel in 2006 and more recently in Disney’s Coco.

5. Diego Luna

It’s hard —if not impossible— to talk about Gael García and not mention his oldest friend Diego Luna. The actors charisma has earned him several roles in important films in the US. such as Rogue One, Elysium, or Salma Hayek’s Frida. Not to mention his recent success playing prominent drug lord Miguel Angel Féliz Gallardo in Narcos:Mexico.

6. Demian Bichir

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The fifty-five year old worked alongside none other than Quentin Tarantino in the movie “The Hateful Eight” in 2015. Most recently, he stars in this year’s new spin-off of The Conjuring, “The Nun”.

7. Alfonso Cuarón

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His most recent film, Roma, was a huge hit in film festivals around the world. He’s already taken home an academy award for “Best Director” in 2013 for the film “Gravity”, starring Sandra Bullock. 

8. Eugenio Derbez

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The comedian is already one of Mexico’s most popular actors. But now, Derbez has crossed over to the U.S. in films like “Overboard” next to Anna Farris, “How to be a Latin Lover” and most recently; “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”, the live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Dora The Explorer. 

9. Luis Gerardo Méndez

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After his involvement in “Mystery on Board” starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, Méndez attracted international producers. His latest venture in film, the reboot of the classic comedy-drama, “Charlie’s Angels” doesn’t drop until November, and we can’t wait to see who he’s playing next.

10. Chris Pazcal

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The young actor secured his first major part in an international movie alongside famous stars such as Leah Seydoux and Collin Firth. The Mexican made his debut in film playing Niko, the techy marine in “Kursk”, based on the 2005 sinking of a nuclear-powered submarine. Pazcal is not new to the acting world though, he comes from a family of famous actors in Mexico. Magda Guzmán, his great-grandmother, was an actress during the golden age of Mexican cinema and his grandmother, Karina Duprez, was a producer and director. So naturally, we’re expecting to see great things from him in the near future.

11. Diego Boneta 

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This actor’s career only seems to rise. Since his debut in Hollywood playing Drew in the classic Rock musical, “Rock of Ages”, Diego has secured more and more important roles, as evidenced by his part in the new Terminator film. Shwarzenegger’s return to one of his most iconic roles is expected to hit cinemas on November 1st. 

12. Guillermo del Toro

This director has been dazzling crowds around the world for a few years now. His masterpiece “The Shape of Water” earned him an Academy award for “Best Picture” last year. Other big hits of his have been Blade II and Hellboy I and II. 

13. Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu

González has taken home, not one, not two, but three Oscars. First in 2015 to “Best Picture” and “Best Director” for film Birdman, and then in 2016 to “Best Director” for The Revenant. We’re pretty sure this makes him film royalty. 

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