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Latino Topics Totally Owned This Year’s Google Year In Search Data And You Might Be Surprised By What Made It To The Top

Google searches have become a sort of cultural thermometer that tell us what people are interested in, their fears, likes and dislikes. Based on Google’s report on the Year in Search, we found evidence that Latino culture is alive and well, and is part of the mainstream even though some try to deny it! Here’s some of the Latino-related themes that made the top five in several categories. 

The Copa America, Latin America’s own World Cup like soccer tournament, was the 5th most searched term in “News” in the United States.

Yeah, you might think that soccer is not mainstream in the United States, but it is extremely important for Latinos. And the Copa America pins national teams against each other, so rivalries are born and revived. Do you go for Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia? We can imagine hundreds upon hundreds of compadres enjoying the tournament together, or fathers and sons spending some time together as the beautiful game unveils on the screen. 

David “Big Papi” Ortiz was the third most searched athlete in the United States.

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The Dominican star for the Boston Red Sox is revered by Latino and non-Latino fans, who read the news in disbelief: Ortiz was battling for his life after having been shot in Santo Domingo. He survived the attack after undergoing numerous surgeries and receiving support from his adoptive city of Boston. Long live King David! He is fine now and has even returned to the Dominican Republic for one of the many charity events that he is involved in. He got a new lease on life and we are happy for him. 

Cardi B’s bub was the fifth most searched baby… Baby Yoda was first, of course.

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And of course Cardi B and Offset’s daughter was super searched. We mean, she is a Kultural Icon.. get it? Her name is Kulture, we didn’t misspell “culture” people! (before grammar snobs blast us!). Cardi B has become a symbol not only for Latinas, but for women in general: she is always herself, le guste a quien le guste. 

Cardi B was also the second most searched red carpet personality of the year! Shake it, honey! 

Our girl Cardi B had a great year by being her outrageous, gorgeous, controversial self. At the Met Gala red carpet she wowed everyone with a dress that was part kitsch and part British royalty. Te amamos. Her extravagance is unique… and stylish in her own way. 

Mexico was the fifth most popular tourist destination! Yes, it is safe to visit. 

Yes, the country is living one of its most dangerous periods ever when it comes to cartel violence, but touristy areas remain largely safe and Mexico City has established itself as a cultural hub unlike any other. Places like Oaxaca and Chiapas keep an ancient indigenous charm that is hard to resist. Mexico remains a great place to visit and Google search results indicate a steady interest in the United States’ southern neighbor. 

The powerful “When They See Us” was the third most searched TV show, and it triggered discussions around the rights of Brown and Black communities.

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The show recalled the Central Park Five, a group of young Black and Brown kids who were unjustly blamed for the bashing of a white woman in Central Park and became the face of racial and systematic discrimination in America. The show was spearheaded by Ava DuVernay and given the thumbs up by Oprah Winfrey, which perhaps gave it a big push. We need more shows like this, which look at the past to teach us about the present and help us build a more inclusive future. 

Chiquis Rivera’s wedding was one of the most sought after of the year.

The wedding was a happy occasion for Jeni Rivera’s daughter, but also had a share of scandal. It was supposed to be a private event, but the Univision show “El Gordo y la Flaca” released the location of the bodorrio, so a mob of reporters inconvenienced the couple and their guests. Things got violent between reporters and security staff. And the wedding became a viral sensation among US Latinos. 

In Spanish-speaking Google, the most sought after movie was Roma.

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The movie was this close to becoming Best Picture in the 2019 Academy Awards, for which it won Best Director and Best Cinematography. It also sparked debate around race and class in Mexico, were the topics are taboo. 

And the most looked after “How” was “How to learn English quick?” or “Como aprender ingles rapido?”

We hate to break it to you, but there is no easy way, mijos.

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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20 Things That Happened In 2020 That Should Have Been Unforgettable But Were Because It Was A Wild Year

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20 Things That Happened In 2020 That Should Have Been Unforgettable But Were Because It Was A Wild Year

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2020. Probably one of the longest most dreadful years in decades, this year has been beyond emotionally taxing and time distorting. That’s why we’re pretty sure that our list that looks back at some of the major things that happened this year, will completely blow your mind and remind you just how long and wild it has been.  

Check out some of the big moments below!

1. Megxit

Yep, just a little over a year ago Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s exit from the British royal family made headlines and inspired a trending hashtag.

2. Brexit

Yep. Megxit came with Brexit… Europeans really must love to rhyme. Either way, the UK thought the exit was a good idea until the pandemic hit. Then they became all about being #initforthelonghaul.

3. Locusts in Africa

Truly the start of the apocalypse.

4. Harvey Weinstein was sent to prison.

It might be hard to imagine but yes, 2020 brought justice. And don’t forget Trump is on his way out.

5. Love Is Blind / Tiger King

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Love is Blind got onto the social distance dating scene before it became a requirement. Netflix also brought us The Circle, Too Hot to Handle, and Tiger King.

6. Vanessa Hudgens thought COVID deaths werent so bad

She did apologize after but those words “I don’t maybe I shouldn’t be doing this right now” remain in our hearts.

7. We thought “WW3” memes were a joke

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Remember when Donald Trump ordered a U.S. drone strike on Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in January? That’s right we had no idea what an actual global threat looked like.

8. Trump wanted to try to ban TikTok

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Trump showed us once again just how insecure he can be when he talked about banning an app teens use to troll him.

9. J-Lo and Shakira performed at the Super Bowl

J-Lo and Shakira put on an incredible halftime show performance for the Super Bowl completely with amazing dances cultural wins and zaghrouta, an Arabic tradition used to show joy.

10. Trump was acquitted after being impeached.

It was an L for us but fortunately, we took the big win overall.

11. We hoarded toilet paper

Coronavirus fears had us all worried about toilet paper in March.

12. You became paranoid about cake

Fake cakes made all fear that everything was unreal.

13. Ivanka Trump made you hate Goya

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When Trump’s First Daughter promoted Goya Beans and revealed that the CEO is a big supporter of the Trump administration, our stomachs gave a collective turn.

14. Trump praised a doctor who thinks demons are in sperm

But remember this is the guy who wanted us all to shoot up hand sanitizer.

15. Kanye West ran for president

Now Ye says he’ll be going for #2024.

16. 420 happened

Stoners across the globe struggled with the unknown risk factors of puff, puff, passing during the pandemic so even though April 20th happened… it felt like 4/20 did not.

17. Internet idiots stanned Kim Yo-jong’s sister

Kim Yo-jong, the presumptive North Korean dictator, got attention because people were shocked at how attractive she was. Then we had to get a reminder that God can hide the inner ugly.

18. Trump bragged about passing a basic cognitive test

The memes actually speak for themselves here.

19. Taco Bell crushed your soul and canceled Mexican pizzas

We have declared them an enemy of the people for their crimes.

20. People came up with moon WAP memes after scientists discovered water on the Moon

All hail a WAP moon!

So here’s to 2021, may it be far less exciting and healthier than the previous year!

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