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

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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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Cardi B Faces White Judges In Scathing “Press” Music Video Sparking Conversations Online

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Cardi B Faces White Judges In Scathing “Press” Music Video Sparking Conversations Online

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The day after Cardi B pleaded “not guilty” to the assault of two bartenders at a strip club in August 2018, she dropped her long-anticipated music video for summer banger “Press.” In the five hours since the video was published, it’s reached nearly 2 million views–a new record for the rapper.

Just last week, Cardi performed for a Los Angeles crowd to announce “I ain’t going to jail.” “Press” offers an entirely different narrative, all of which can only prove Cardi B’s artistry beyond a reasonable doubt.

The video opens with Cardi B heavy making out with a girl.

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Of course, everyone has an opinion on this–ranging from it being a stance against homophobia to queerbaiting. All we know is that she uses the makeout for her opening shot and, well, okay.

Next thing we know, Cardi B is casually smoking a cigarette when she pulls out a gun.

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After the make out session, the screen fades to black, then to a muscular man getting involved in the beginnings of a sex scene. The screen fades to black and we see Cardi looking like a chingona. Shots are fired. The screen fades to black.

We see crowds of Cardi B fans outside a courthouse with two black women acting as police officers.

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This video does an excellent job of illustrating a dystopian reality where women are in charge. Fans are having discussions about the undertone of experiencing police uniforms instill a credible sense of safety in the viewer.

Once again, Cardi B is a fashion icon.

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We see her get dragged into an interrogation room looking fly. Twitter user @BlasianMimi is worked up: “Cardi fucking ATE you hear me she did not come to play. The subliminal messages, the visuals, the fashion, the acting. Everything was perfect #PressMusicVideo”

Then, we see Cardi B completely naked with blood dripping down her arms.

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This feels like a personal message to the women pressing charges against Cardi for allegedly throwing bottles at them.

“B****es in my business, they tryna plot (woo)
Hoes poppin’ sh** like they hot but they not (no)”

In Cardi B’s directorial debut, we get to see her vision come to life.

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That vision is an army of back up dancers and Cardi herself completely nude with their nipples and crotches blurred out–a recreation of Barbie dolls. In an Instagram post, Cardi thanks her team for making their crotches look “pleasant” because it was “really difficult” to make that happen in editing.

As she walks to court, she’s in all white from her hair to her eyebrows to her toes.

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That vision is all Cardi B. She says she was very specific about getting that look, and fans have so many opinions about it. White is a symbol of innocence, but whiteness in a courtroom is a metaphor for invincibility.

Her entire legal team is made up of young women, mostly women of color.

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Everyone is wearing the costume they’re meant to wear in the arena of life. Cardi B’s white outfit is meant to mean something to the judges.

But all the judges are old white men.

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Sounds familiar right? One Twitter user was aghast, “14 white and old judges, wow.” Others retweeted that this was the U.S. Supreme Court in a nutshell.

There are white men everywhere screaming at Cardi B.

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In the trial, all the people transcribing are young black women. All the people in power are white men.

“Done with the talkin’, I’m open to violence
Ask anybody, they know I’m about it”

All the haters are white.

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The people giving testimony against Cardi B are white men and women alike. Cardi’s all-white outfit doesn’t “pass” for the power as white skin. Cardi is sentenced to prison.

To be clear… she’s committing violent crimes all over the place.

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We saw her shoot the gun during her threesome earlier on and now, her entire back up dance team are murdered on the ground. Everyone in the courtroom is bloodied, on the ground.

Cardi B is walked to her cell where she ends up drowning her cellmate in a toilet.

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Why did she drown her cellmate? Cardi shared on Instagram that she “really wanted to drown somebody in the toilet and kill them ‘cause that’s just such terrible way to die.”

Of course, the haters are out there, but the Latino Bardi Gang has her back.

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With over 3 million views in less than 7 hours and climbing, Cardi ‘s getting more press, whether she needs it or not. Congrats on your upcoming Emmy, girl.

You can watch the full music video below.

What do you think about Cardi B’s new music video?

READ: Cardi B May Be In Denial About Not Going To Jail After She Faces Felony Charges From A NYC Grand Jury

San Antonio Fans Got Treated To J.Lo Singing ‘Si Una Vez’ And We Have Serious FOMO

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San Antonio Fans Got Treated To J.Lo Singing ‘Si Una Vez’ And We Have Serious FOMO

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Jennifer Lopez arguably became a household name after she portrayed Selena in the biopic about the iconic Mexican-American singer. Since then, J.Lo has become a musical, acting, and producing force in the entertainment industry. Now, at 50, the Puerto Rican superstar is on a new tour and fans in San Antonio were treated to a special cover when she belted out “Si Una Vez” by Texas legend Selena Quintanilla.

J.Lo really showed up for her San Antonio audience with her “Si Una Vez” song after admitting it was her favorite.

At the beginning of the video, J.Lo asks the audience if they want to hear a little Selena. Like, what kind of question is that to ask a Texas audience? Of course, they want to hear some Selena. After asking the crowd which song would be best she told them that “Si Una Vez” is her favorite and that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Fans were so excited to learn J.Lo’s favorite Selena song because we all have one.

Finding someone with the same favorite Selena song as you is so amazing. Legit, one of the most telling signs of how long your friendship and relationship will last is the Selena test. Do they know who Selena is? Do they like her music? Do you have the same favorite Selena song? This is crucial

Seeing the woman who brought Selena to the big screen was one of the most touching moments for so many people.

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Hearts fluttered. Angels got wings. Moods were lifted. It was a physical moment for so many people who could feel the love from the stage. It was as if Selena was on stage in J.Lo’s body giving us the concert we have been craving.

While all of the concertgoers were melting down, social media people also lost their minds over the cover.

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It’s like Thalía taking time during her concert to give the fans a taste of Jenni Rivera. Who wouldn’t want to be there for that moment? It feels like a special connection between the singer and the audience as they give praise and attention to a shared icon.

This is one way to ring in your 50th birthday, J.Lo.

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There is one thing everyone knows for sure, J.Lo is a force that cannot be overlooked. She is a strong and powerful singer. A recognizable actor. A successful producer. But, most importantly, she is a Selena fan who gives the Tejano singer the respect and love she deserves.

Watch the full performance below.

Thank you, J.Lo. You know how to make your shows something to remember.

READ: 9 Selena Covers That Prove She Will Always Be La Reina

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