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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.


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

READ: In Case You Missed It: Diego Luna’s Getting Love, Oprah’s Race Issue, Brazil’s Corruption And More

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The Long Awaited Trailer To JLo And Maluma’s ‘Marry Me’ Is Finally Here

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The Long Awaited Trailer To JLo And Maluma’s ‘Marry Me’ Is Finally Here

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One of the year’s biggest collaborations is starting to make more progress after being largely shut down thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Of course, we’re talking about the upcoming highly-anticipated Jennifer Lopez film, Marry Me, which also stars Maluma in his acting debut.

Although we still have a while to wait before the movie makes its big screen debut (not until 2021), we’re finally getting our first look at what the duo will look like on screen along with other exciting details about the project.

Marry Me finally has an official trailer and JLo and Maluma fans couldn’t be more excited.

It seems like we’ve been hyped up for this film forever – and thanks to Coronavirus, we kinda have. But finally, Universal has released the teaser for Marry Me, and it reveals a few new details about the film and its cast. Along with J.Lo, the film stars Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, and Colombian singer Maluma in his major feature debut.

The film was originally announced last summer and production began in October 2019 but much of it was shut down once the Coronavirus struck. The film is directed by Kat Coiro (It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaDead to Me) and features original music by Lopez and Maluma, which sounds too perfect to be legal, sorry.

To celebrate the cinematic milestone, López and Maluma have reported that they are recording a full-length soundtrack of original songs. Maluma Baby is hyped from the time he’s spent in the studio with J.Lo (who wouldn’t be?), telling a reporter last year, “It’s been such an amazing experience also working, doing music. I mean we never stop.”

So here’s everything we know about the film so far.

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Based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby, the film is described as a “modern love story about celebrity, marriage and social media.” López plays musical sensation Kat Valdez, who agrees to live-stream her marriage with her fellow superstar Bastian (Maluma — fictional or not, this is officially the hottest couple on Planet Earth and we can’t unsee it) in order to boost the sales of their new single and duet, “Marry Me.”

When she finds out that Bastian has been cheating on her, however, she freaks out and decides to marry a stranger in the audience watching: divorced high-school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson), who was dragged to the event by his daughter. The unexpected sequence of events leads the two down a path toward unexpected true love.

Even with a new movie coming out, both JLo and Maluma have been hard at work in the studio.

Just last month, Maluma surprise released his latest album – PAPI JUANCHO. It’s Maluma’s fifth studio album and was produced alongside longtime collaborators Rude Boyz. Although the album features Maluma’s alter ego as the main star, it also includes several guest appearances from a number of reggaetón royals, including Justin Quiles, Lenny Tavarez, Myke Towers, and Jory Boy. PAPI JUANCHO was made during quarantine between the singer’s hometown of Medellín and Miami, his U.S. base.

Meanwhile, JLo has teased new music in recent weeks. Jennifer Lopez posted a picture with producer Ryan Tedder over the weekend in which she promised that new music is “just around the corner.”

The snap, in which Lopez is sporting dark red lips and a messy up hairdo alongside the OneRepublic leader and veteran songwriter/producer — rocking a black Mad Tasty hat — doesn’t offer much more detail about what the duo are cooking up, but Lopez seems pretty psyched.

“Can u feeeeeel it… new music just around the corner!!” Lopez wrote.

It would be a welcome return for Lopez, who has only released a remix of “If You Had My Love” so far this year, as fans wait for her to announce a release date for her as-yet-untitled ninth studio album. Lopez’s last full-length was 2014’s A.K.A., which featured the singles “I Luh Ya Papi,” “First Love” and “Booty.”

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‘Mariah En Español’ Is The Songbird’s First EP To Be Filled With Spanish Versions Of Her Hits

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‘Mariah En Español’ Is The Songbird’s First EP To Be Filled With Spanish Versions Of Her Hits

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Thirty years have passed since songbird supreme Mariah Carey first released her self-titled debut album. The album, which at the time topped the Billboard 200 album chart for 11 consecutive weeks was certified nine-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and sold nine million copies in the United States alone. Five beloved singles came from Mariah Carey including “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time” and “Someday.”

In celebration of the debut album, Carey is releasing multiple new EPs, including one in Spanish!

Since July, as part of her celebrations, Carey has been dropping rare EPs and old live recordings every Friday.

Since July, Carey has announced the release of her memoir ‘The Meaning Of Mariah Carey’, due September 29, and revealed she’s releasing even more music admitting the process of writing has been “incredibly hard, humbling and healing.”

“Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it’s been impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience in any single magazine article or a ten-minute television interview,” Carey explained in a statement to her website about the book. “And even then, my words were filtered through someone else’s lens, largely satisfying someone else’s assignment to define me. This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed woman I became tell her side.”

A book and now a spanish EP!

Last Friday, the songbird dropped Mariah En Español, a seven-song EP that pays tribute to her Venezuelan roots. In it, fans get access to Spanish-language versions of her biggest ’90s hits. Mariah En Español includes “Mi Todo” and “Héroe.”

Carey sings Spanish for fans in this new album even though she doesn’t speak the language fluently.

Speaking about the ambitious undertaking Carey tweeted that “3 covers that I recorded for my original #1’s album and one with Spanish versions I recorded of Hero, Open Arms and My All!” and asked fans to “Please don’t judge my far-from-perfect pronunciation but I tried.”

What magic!

Check out some of her music below!

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