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This Bada$s Latina Is Getting Her Own Google Doodle Today

Today Google is honoring Peruvian singer Yma Sumac’s birthday with her very own doodle.


On September 13, 1922, “The Peruvian Songbird” was born Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo. She chose the stage name “Yma Sumac” to honor her mother. The name, in her native language Quechua, means, “how beautiful.”

Yma started her singing career in Peru, but quickly moved to the United States, where she was signed by Capitol Records. Her first U.S. album, “Voice of the Xtabay,” was released to critical acclaim in 1950.


The liner notes for the album claim an xtabay is, “the most elusive of all women” and a “virgin who might have consumed your nights with tender caresses now seems less than the dry leaves of winter.” In the Mayan language, an xtabay is a demon seductress who kills for lust. Living up to its name, “Xtabay” won over fans and critics, who were seduced by Yma’s impressive five-octave vocal range.

Yma followed up the success of the album’s release by performing at the Hollywood Bowl and releasing several other critically acclaimed albums.

No matter how popular she became, Yma stayed close to her roots. Thanks to the extravagant displays of South American costumes, fans often compared her to Inca Royalty.

I love everything about this picture ❤️ #ymasumac #braids #inspiration

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Yma was not afraid to play up this comparison, and Peru’s government even confirmed that she was descended from the last Inca emperor, Atahualpa.

Though her popularity rose and fell several times throughout her career, Yma never stopped singing. Her amazing work ethic earned her lifelong fans, and even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Forever Yma #YmaSumac #peruana #onthisday

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Yma was 86 years old when she died in 2008, but “The Peruvian Songbird’s” legacy continues to live on through multiple generations of fans around the world.

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Happy birthday, Yma!

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This 12-Year-Old Boy Just Stood Up To 11,000 People

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This 12-Year-Old Boy Just Stood Up To 11,000 People


“I have an uncle who is gay. And I hate that people hate.”

These were the words spoken by this anonymous 12-year-old boy, who stood up to more than 11,000 people protesting same-sex marriage in Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico, on Saturday, September 10.

CREDIT: Manuel Rodriguez/Regeneración

The photo was taken by photojournalist Manuel Rodriguez and published to Regeneración. Initially, Rodriguez thought the kid was playing, but after speaking to him he realized he was “standing up” for his uncle and to these people who were marching against Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposed law to allow same-sex marriage throughout all of Mexico.

The photo of this 12-year-old is going viral and his actions of courage and strength are being compared to the “Tank Man” protests that took place in China’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 where an individual of unknown identity faces a much larger force than him to defend a cause.

Credit: Regeneración.MX

Our hats off to this kid, who literally took a stand against hate.

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READ: Mexico Might Become The Fifth Latin American Country To Legalize This

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