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There Was Actually A “Beverly Hills 90210” Episode Where A Latina Schooled Brandon About East L.A.

In the ’90s, “Beverly Hills 90210” was a cultural phenomenon. Back in those days, there was no “Gossip Girl” or “Pretty Little Liars” on TV, so “Beverly Hills 90210” was your shit if you wanted to watch the exploits of attractive, wealthy teens. As you’ve probably guessed, Latino students were few and far between at West Beverly High — until Karla Montez, a Latina from East L.A., appeared in a season-one episode titled “East Side Story.” Here’s how it all went down.

On her first day, Karla Montez was already turning heads. Just look at ‘ol Dylan breaking his neck.

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So, what’s Karla doing at West Beverly? Here’s what you missed in the opening credits:

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Brandon and Brenda Walsh have a quick meeting with their parents, who inform Brandon and Brenda that they’re going to let their housekeeper’s niece (Karla Montez) use their address so she can attend West Beverly High. The dude on the right, Richard Rodrigues, meets the family and explains that they want to give Montez, a bright student, the best possible chance at getting a good education.


The next day at school, Brandon and Karla meet and the chemistry is UNDENIABLE.

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Brandon makes a lame joke about Sacramento, Karla overhears it and mentions that’s where she was born. *Sparks* fly.


After finding out that Karla has lots of classes in common with him, Brandon gives her some advice:


One class they didn’t have in common: Mansplaining 101.

Once they’re in class, Brandon realizes he done fucked up.

Brandon is probably thinking, “Damn, this Mexican girl is killing the French game right now.” If you’re wondering what Karla said in French, it translates to: “Ande, pinche Brandon. ¿No que muy chingón?”


But Karla isn’t just good at Français, she’s good at EVERYTHING…

Differentiate between the filters? Did Karla invent Instagram in the ’90s?


Later, Brandon tells Karla she’ll be a shoe-in for lots of scholarships. But Karla gets a bit defensive:


Brandon then explains to Karla that he didn’t mean to imply she was broke. He said he was merely pointing out that despite living in Beverly Hills, he’s also looking to get financial aid for college.

They squash the beef over some pie at the Peach Pit, and Karla meets the rest of the crew.

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But she wasn’t counting on meeting these two dudes, who check her out for a little too long.

Are they related? Are they from rival gangs? Are these guys just pervs? Stay tuned to find out.


After a little pie, Brandon gives Karla a ride home to East L.A. But Karla isn’t completely down with playing tour guide:


Side note: Bonus points to whoever spotted that marquee featuring Los Caminantes and Pedrito Fernandez!

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During the ride, Brandon zeroes in on these dudes:

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Brandon’s got questions…


And Karla has answers.

???


After Brandon recovers from Karla’s verbal madrazos, she mentions the two Latino busboys at the Peach Pit. She reveals she’s worried they think she’s sellout. Why? Because she’s hanging out in Beverly Hills with dudes named Brandon.


Brandon makes it clear that they were *only* checking her out. Well, that’s reassuring.

When Karla gets home, Richard Rodrigues is waiting for her. And he doesn’t look happy.

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He DOES look like Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello (if he had hair).

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After the harsh regaño from Richard, Karla avoids Brandon. But dude is persistent.

After seeing that señora next to her crack a smile, Karla gives Brandon another chance. That señora is probably thinking, “Ayy, que tremendo es ese Brandon.”


Karla then takes Brandon to some dance party in her hood, where they’re listening to some weird-ass ’80s rock music.

NO ONE would listen to that in the ’90s. Or ever.


If they really wanted to go for accuracy, here’s what they should’ve been dancing to:

Psst: This is why you need Latinos in writer’s rooms.


Side note: Bonus points to whoever caught this dancer accidentally popping another dancer in the face.

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At the end of the night, Karla and Brandon do more than just dance:

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But, you guessed it, the next time they try to hang out…

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Look at that señora nodding her head. She’s definitely thinking, “Ayy, ese muchacho no respeta nada. Ni saludó.”


Richard Rodrigues is having none of it.

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It was fun while it lasted.


So, the Karla and Brandon romance culminates at a party at Brandon’s house, where Karla and her aunt are working as servers. And as usual…


Karla’s clapback game is STRONG.


Later, Brandon creepily fools Karla into going into his bedroom.


But Karla doesn’t have time for his shit, so she takes off.


During the rest of the party, Brandon pouts and creepily watches Karla work.

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And when Brandon overhears this business bro boasting about his business in Mexico…


He decides to show everyone at the party how *woke* he is:

Nice job Brandon, but that’s not enough to win Karla back.


After the party, Brandon returns to East L.A. to apologize to Karla AND straighten out that Richard Rodrigues guy. Instead, he finds Karla’s aunt, who reveals that Karla isn’t really from East L.A.

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Dang, Karla claiming a ‘hood she isn’t from. Snapper shit. Actually, here’s the deal: Karla was just attending West Beverly because she was the star witness in a murder case against a gang member. Once the gang member confessed to the crime, Karla was safe, so she returned to her home 40 miles away in Pomona. She then reveals that she’s the daughter of a college professor and her family is doing quite well. Richard Rodrigues? He was just a watchful prosecuting attorney who was looking out for Karla’s safety.


And although Brandon wanted to pursue a relationship, Karla killed his hopes real fast:


And it appears that distance wasn’t the issue:


And with that, this is how Brandon and Karla’s fairytale ended.


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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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