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Latinos Owned The First Round Of Battles On “The Voice”

The contestants of “The Voice” have moved on to The Battle Rounds, and the first round of battles featured plenty of Latinos.

Team Alicia’s Christian Cuevas was the first up. He took on Jason Warrior, singing “Hello” by Adele.

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Cuevas started slow and controlled, giving the audience instant chills and goosebumps.

Cuevas left it all on that stage and belted the international smash hit with so much emotion.


Cuevas was the first Battle Rounds contestant to win over their coach because, well, he killed it. Alicia Keys made the right choice — if you watch the performance, it’s clear that Cuevas was the winner.

Another Team Alicia battle lit up the stage as Lauren Diaz fought it out with Wé McDonald, singing Janis Joplin’s “Maybe.”

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Diaz gave the song so much attitude and life that Keys had a very tough decision to make about who was going to stay and who was going to leave.

Diaz tried to show the world and the judges that she deserved to stay, but Keys picked McDonald.


But don’t feel bad for Diaz. Miley Cyrus was quick to steal her, so she will be around a little bit longer.

Welcome to #TeamMiley!

Texas native Courtnie Ramirez then went toe-to-toe with Ali Caldwell, giving Odetta’s “Hit Or Miss” a super soulful rendition.


Her stage presence made all the judges pay attention, even though she was competing with one of the toughest contestants. Caldwell got all four judges to turn around during her blind audition.

Check. Her. Out.

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Despite totally owning the stage, Cyrus chose to stick with Caldwell giving Keys her chance to steal this incredible Latina singer.

Keys is one lucky judge to steal Ramirez. She seems very happy to have joined #TeamAlicia.

Latinos everywhere were watching “The Voice” with so much pride like:

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¡Dale! ¡Wepa! ¡Orale! ¡Bien hecho! It must be so hard to make these decisions because they are all just that good.

*Update*

The second round of battles gave us one devastating loss and three great wins.

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Elia Esparza, the woman who brought Selena to “The Voice,” was sent home after singing “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran.

WHY?!?! How did nobody save her with a steal?

Esparza’s competitor, Ponciano Seoane, won to move on to Knockouts.

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Talk about a voice, huh?

Josette Diaz was the next Latino contestant to own her battle against Charity Bowden singing Patsy Cline’s “She Got You.”

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Seems pretty obvious. How can you deny someone who is singing and playing an instrument?

But these two aren’t the only rock stars to advance.


Rock star Sophia Urista completely and utterly slayed Pink Floyd’s “Money” against Lane Mack.

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*literal chills*

That emotion and range are to die for.


This ‘The Voice’ Audition Was Basically So Good, Someone Nearly Threw Up

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

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Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía” is Becoming a Global Hit Thanks to TikTok

Through the power of TikTok, telepatia kali uchis is going to the top. The Colombian-American singer is sitting comfortably in the top 10 of Spotify’s Top 200 chart in the U.S. thanks to a TikTok trend.

This isn’t the first time that TikTok brought new fame to songs.

TikTok has proven to be quite the catalyst for today’s top hits. The app assisted in getting Olivia Rodrigo’s “drivers license” to the top of Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remains. TikTok also reinvigorated interest in Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” last year thanks to Doggface’s viral video. Now Uchis is getting her long overdue shine with “Telepatía.”

“Telepatía” is becoming a global hit thanks to the same phenomenon.

At No. 7 on the Spotify U.S. chart, “Telepatía” is the highest-charting Latin song in the country. Bad Bunny’s “Dákiti” with Jhay Cortez is the next closest Latin song at No. 14. “Telepatía” is also making waves across the globe where the song is charting on Spotify’s Viral Charts in 66 countries and in the Top Songs Charts of 32 countries.

There’s also plenty of “Telepatía” memes.

Uchis is turning the viral song’s success into strong sales and streaming. On this week’s Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, “Telepatía” debuts at No. 10, marking her first top 10 hit on the chart. There are also memes circulating on other social media apps that are contributing to the song’s virality.

“Telepatía” is one of the key cuts on Uchis’ debut Latin album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios). It’s the best example of her translating that alternative soul music that she’s known for into Spanish. The song is notably in Spanglish as Uchis sings about keeping a love connection alive from a distance. It’s timely considering this era of social distancing that we’re in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uchis is currently nominated for a Grammy Award. She’s up for Best Dance Recording for her feature on Kaytranada’s “10%” song.

Read: You Have To Hear Kali Uchis Slay This Classic Latino Song

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani Dresses as Both Prom King and Queen on Cover of ‘Playboy’, Talks Feeling Comfortable in Both Gender Roles

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Kehlani has long been open about the fluid nature of her gender expression. That’s why it’s exciting that the R&B star is experimenting with different facets of her personality on the most recent cover of Playboy.

In a bold move, Kehlani appears on Playboy‘s latest cover dressed in both (traditionally) women and (traditionally) men’s clothing.

And as if one Kehlani isn’t exciting enough, the magazine cover treats us to two versions of this Oakland native. On the left side of the magazine, Kehlani is dressed up as a Prom Queen, complete with a resplendent gown and a tiara. On the cover’s right side, Kehlani is dressed in Prom King drag: her tie undone, her collar open, her crown askew.

She shared the picture to her personal Instagram page with the cheeky caption: “I always wanted to date me.”

In the accompanying interview, Kehlani talks about gender identity and expression, motherhood, and owning her sexuality.

When Kehlani was asked how she defines masculinity and femininity, Kehlani got refreshingly candid. “I’ve discovered that I’ve run from a lot of femininity,” she admitted. “I was way more comfortable in a more masculine space. I feel more masculine when I am in my stillness and I’m grounded in a quiet, contemplative mode.”

She then explained that she feels “most feminine” when she’s “being the mother of my house.” (Kehlani had a baby girl named Adeya Nomi in 2019). She also explained that she “feels her femininity” when she ‘s indulging in self-care, like soaking in a flower-filled bath, or doing a hair mask.

“My femininity makes me feel soft and gentle and tender and careful in a different way than my masculinity makes me feel,” she said. “I’m trying not to let it fall into the gender norms of feminine and masculine, but for me it does a tiny bit. But I also am very fluid in both of those settings.”

Kehlani has always been open about her fluid sexuality and gender identity.

In 2018, she tweeted: “Not bi, not straight. I’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non-binary people, intersex people, trans people”.

But of course, haters on the internet accused her of “queer-baiting”–that is, pretending she’s queer to get more LGBT fans and attract attention. In an interview with The Guardian last year, she revealed why the accusation frustrates her.

“I’ve had girlfriends in front of people’s faces, right under their noses, and they weren’t famous and so nobody cared to make it public,” she said. “So they automatically assume that I must like men more than women.”

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