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Here Are 5 Quick Stories To Keep You Up On What You Might Have Missed

In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you up on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.

Day laborers find a powerful ally in Casa Latina, a Seattle-based non-profit.


Immigrant laborers in search of work are usually forced to stand outside a retail establishment until they are selected. Often times, these jobs are unregulated, and many can be cheated out of earned wages. Seattle-based non-profit Casa Latina is changing the formula, providing a safe space for day laborers, matching them to trustworthy employers, and ensuring they earn a livable wage for their work. They’re doing great work!

[MORE] KOMO NEWS: Seattle’s Casa Latina offers immigrant laborers work, education, safe space

One million dollars is on the line in Jennifer Lopez’s new reality dance show: “World of Dance.”


With a ton of money on the line and the title of “Best in the World,” you just know the competition’s going to be sizzling on the first season of “World of Dance.” According to J.Lo, the show has everything a reality show needs: physicality, drama, and even a few broken bones. Having Lopez oversee the competition makes perfect sense. As Lopez told the New York Times, “Before I was anything, I was a dancer. It’s so much a part of my trajectory.”

[MORE] New York Times: In Jennifer Lopez’s ‘World of Dance,’ the Dancers Are the Stars

How Venezuela’s futuristic “Heliocoide” mall became a beautiful place to torture political prisoners.


The Heliocoide mall was meant to be more than a normal mall. While it would house more than 300 stores, the building also planned on offering amenities usually found in luxury hotels, like bowling allies, gyms, movie theaters, and more. However, as Venezuela was rocked by political turmoil, the Heliocoide slowly became a hell on Earth for criminals and political prisoners alike. The entire story is worth checking out at City Lab.

[MORE] City Lab: How an Icon of Venezuelan Architecture Became a Prison

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are getting married… again!


Mariah and Nick definitely know how to keep their relationship interesting. In 2014, Cannon filed for a divorce from the world famous diva, but love triumphed and the duo announced their second wedding. Don’t get it twisted, their second marriage is all set to put their first one to shame. Not only will there be amazing cameos from music giants, but Carey’s dress alone is expected to cost upwards of $250,000.

[MORE] Life & Style: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Are Getting Remarried This Summer! (EXCLUSIVE)

Zoo in Argentina closed a year ago, but animals are still living in cages.

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When the Buenos Aires Zoo closed down a year ago, more than 1,000 animals were expected to relocate to sanctuaries. Instead, those animals have been stuck living in the zoo in conditions described as “inhumane.” Claudio Bertonatti, the zoo’s former director, has said, “It’s gone from bad to worse. Everything is set for Noah’s Arc to be shipwrecked.” As the situation continues to get worse, Buenos Aires city officials are struggling to have the animals moved.

[MORE] People: A Year Since Zoo Closure, Hundreds of Animals Remain Caged Inside

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez Are Partnering With Global Citizen For ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’

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Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lopez Are Partnering With Global Citizen For ‘Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World’

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While the United States is as of publication, has vaccinated over 75 million people against COVID-19 since mid-December, the rest of the world is still catching up. Poorer countries, for example, are struggling to procure enough vaccines for essential workers–let alone their entire population.

Luckily, certain charitable business are making it their mission to get vaccines to the most needy. For example, anti-poverty organization Global Citizen has organized a charity concert with the aim of getting COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries.

Selena Gomez will be hosting the concert, called “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World”. And none other than Jennifer Lopez will be headlining.

Selena Gomez took to Twitter to announce her involvement in the exciting project. “I’m honored to be hosting ‘VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World,’ ” she wrote.

“This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Jennifer Lopez also took to Twitter to announce her involvement with VAX Live, saying that she is “calling for equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution for all”. That’s a statement we can get behind!

Jennifer Lopez isn’t the only superstar performing. Other acts will include J Balvin, H.E.R., and the Foo Fighters.

Global Citizen has one goal: to raise $22 billion for global vaccinations via corporate and philanthropic donors. They’re hoping VAX Live will bring awareness to their efforts.

“There are 27 million healthcare workers globally who don’t have access to the vaccine,” said Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans to the Associated Press. “I’m 38 years old, and it’s not ethical for me to have access to the vaccine before these heroic first responders and community health workers. So we need governments to start urgently donating those doses.”

Tom Hart, the executive director for another anti-poverty organization, The ONE Campaign, also reiterated the importance of getting vaccine doses into the hands of developing countries.

“Low-income countries not only need this welcome fundraising effort; they need access to COVID-19 vaccine doses,” Tom Hart said.

“The United States has secured over 550 million excess doses that could be used to help end the global pandemic faster.”

You can catch VAX LIVE on ABC, CBS, and iHeartMedia stations on 8:00 p.m. ET on May 8th. It will also be airing on Fox starting at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT the same day. You’ll also be able to catch an extended version on Global Citizen’s YouTube channel on May 8th as well.

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Venezuelan Rising Star Carmen DeLeon Talks Break-Up Inspired “Pasado” and How Her Abuelos Inspired “Cafecito”

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Venezuelan Rising Star Carmen DeLeon Talks Break-Up Inspired “Pasado” and How Her Abuelos Inspired “Cafecito”

Carmen De Leon is a rising star hailing from Caracas, Venezuela. The 20-year-old singer moved to Tampa, Florida when she was 10 years old and then two years later moved with her family to Barcelona, Spain and lived there for six years. While in Spain, Carmen found success participating in La Voz, and started to build a following that would tune in every week to see her perform. Then she lived in Mexico for a year, Los Angeles for another year and is now settled in Miami working on her music career.

In an exclusive interview with Latido Music by mitú, Carmen De Leon talked to us about her latest single “Pasado” with Cali y El Dandee, from which she drew inspiration from her very own break-up and reminiscing about the past. We also touched on “Cafecito“, the bittersweet song in memory of her grandparents, her dream collab, and more.

Pasado” is inspired by Carmen De Leon’s real-life breakup.

Carmen recruited Colombian singers Cali y El Dandee for her latest single “Pasado,” blending 80s synthpop with reggaeton, a true popetón hit you can dance to and perhaps cry to.

On working with Cali y El Dandee, Carmen has nothing but praise for the Colombian duo, “they are like my brothers, they’re insanely talented, genuine and humble.”

It was Dandee who actually wanted her to let her feelings all out for the song.

“At that moment while I was writing the song, I was actually breaking up with my boyfriend, and I had Mauricio (Dandee) saying to me: ‘Just tell me more. Whatever you’re texting him, say it out loud so we have the right words for the song’ and that’s what we did,” Carmen says.

Just like the lyrics of the song long about the past, so did the music video which was purposely made in the film to capture the “old vibe” they were seeking to portray.

Carmen feels like this is the best song that she has made in her entire life. “It’s changed my life in a way because it’s opened me up to new audiences and I love seeing people react to it and relate to it.”

Earlier this year, Carmen released “Cafecito” which isn’t about your beloved morning beverage.

Most of us would read the title “Cafecito” and think it’s just an upbeat morning pick-me-up song, but it isn’t. “Cafecito” is a bittersweet single that Carmen says she wrote, “at 4 a.m. in the middle of a hurricane because I missed my grandparents so much, and I wanted to write about what it feels like to lose someone.”

While her abuelitos were the main inspiration behind the lyrics, the song does capture the feeling of loss that could apply to those of us losing a friendship, relationship, etc.

Before I even finish the question about her dream collaboration, Carmen excitedly yelled “Camilo!,” which also happens to be one of her favorite covers she’s posted on her YouTube channel.

Carmen’s dad chimed in the interview as well to plug in his favorite cover, which is “Graveyard” by Halsey.

We can only hope that Carmen DeLeon and Camilo collab happens and that this article serves as manifestation for it.

Good luck with everything, Carmen!

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