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11 Latino Meme-Inspired Zoom Backgrounds That’ll Make You The Life Of The Party

Zoom has become the video conferencing app of choice while we are all relegated to our homes and apartments. People are using it for everything from work meetings to exercise classes to happy hours with friends. It is a way for us to connect while physically distancing. What makes Zoom more fun is the use of backgrounds and we wanted to give you some fun backgrounds to make you the hit at your next Zoom gathering.

Everyone will love seeing the caida de Edgar just hanging out behind you.

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This is one of the most iconic moments in Latino Internet history. The caida de Edgar was a viral video heard and seen throughout the Latino community. It is one of the most recognizable videos thanks to the hilarious pendejadas of Edgar and his friend. Question is, which one are you?

El Chavo del Ocho’s apartment building will make everyone check out your screen.

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So many of us grew up watching all of El Chavo’s adventures. He made us laugh and brought our family together in the sala for some fun times. This will also help you figure out which of your friends get it and which of your friends need a little education.

Get nostalgic with a little Fallas looking over you.

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Who hasn’t spent hours in a Fallas with their abuela and mom? It is one of our least favorite places when we were younger but the nostalgia is so real right now. Who wouldn’t want to spend time wandering these aisles right now?

Let them know that you are not here to play games with Soraya.

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Talk about a power move. With Soraya Montenegro behind you, anyone on your work call will realize that you are the one in charge right now. You don’t even have to watch novelas to know this iconic moment that has circulated on social media for years.

Marshalls might be closed but that doesn’t mean you can bask in its glory.

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Marshalls is that first step into becoming an adult. Instead of buying gimmicky things for your apartment, Marshalls offers you grown-up choices at college student prices. One day, we will be able to wander these stores once again.

Morning call? Show up with some fresh pan dulces.

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We all know that the person who brings pan dulces to the office is the most important and beloved person in the office. Now, you can be that person in your morning work calls.

Bring the activity to the weekly bestie happy hour.

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Yes. Even grown adults love to play with piñatas. They don’t have to just be filled with candy. There are so many things we can put in the piñata to make it fun for all ages.

Or, let your friends know how you are doing in your quarantine.

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That liquor collection that has been sitting idle for years is in danger. We’ve all seen the 9 a.m. margarita memes and with the lack of physical meetings and personal gatherings, it is just too easy.

Spice up any Zoom meeting with your own taqueria.

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This image brings so much joy to people who love to visit their favorite taquerias. We are all stuck at home with delivery as an option but it just doesn’t give you the same feeling as watching the taquero slice the meat for the taco.

Let your friends know that you are deep into your estupideces.

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With all of this time on our hands, it is easy to get lost in things that you probably shouldn’t be dealing with. It’s okay. No one has to know unless you want to use this Zoom background to let them know that you are, indeed, thriving.

And, above all else, be honest about your fear of being on a call.

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This could go one of two ways. Either people will find it hilarious or they will be really concerned for you. Hopefully, they just think it is hilarious.

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There’s A Group In Colombia Throwing Virtual House Parties With Amazing DJ’s And Supporting Vulnerable Communities In The Process

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There’s A Group In Colombia Throwing Virtual House Parties With Amazing DJ’s And Supporting Vulnerable Communities In The Process

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With the pandemic forcing millions of us into lockdown and self-isolation, we’ve had to get pretty creative when it comes to socializing. One consequence of the lockdown has been the total shutdown of bars and clubs.

But let’s be real: the desire to perrear hasn’t gone anywhere.

So that’s where digital dance parties come to the rescue. And one group is creating super fun virtual parties with serious DJs spinning everything from EDM to reggaetón, while also supporting at-risk communities.

Dona En Casa is throwing virtual dance parties and supporting local communities with every peso they raise.

The Coronavirus pandemic may have spurred the group into action, but Dona En Casa is working on solving issues that existed long before Covid-19 threatened communities around the world.

Poverty, homelessness, lack of medical care and education – these issues all existed long before the virus hit but imagine how much worse they have become for impoverished communities in Latin America… Things have only gotten worse.

So, Dona En Casa decided to step up and try and do something about it while creating a platform for others to give back and have fun doing so – all from the safety and comfort of their own home. The group is also creating a fun space for people to escape the daily reminder of self-isolation and quarantine with lineups featuring amazing DJs.

Dona En Casa has helped frontline medical workers and has plans to help even more organizations – with your support.

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The group started off raising money for families in need of food assistance – and so far, the Dona En Casa and its partygoers have helped feed 100 families. But the group has also helped raise money to buy face masks and PPE for healthcare workers stationed in remote parts of Colombia that don’t have easy access to necessary equipment.

In an interview with Felipe Galvis, a founder of Done En Casa, he said the group is also looking to expand its giving programs by partnering with other organizations – including a dog shelter and a sanctuary for monkeys trafficked in the wildlife trade.

OK – but a digital dance party? What does that even look like…?

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Trust me, I had this question, too. But it actually sounds amazing! I mean basically you get to party from the comfort of your home, get dressed up or stay as dressed down as you want, make your own favorite beverage, and hang out with tons of other like-minded people.

The party takes place on Zoom and typically goes for two hours – but Galvis noted that their first party stretched on for four hours because people were having such a good time.

And this isn’t like something you’ll just stream while doing something on the side: Galvis said that at least 70% of people are really active and engaged – there’s tons of chatting, dance challenges, games, and even private chatting going. Can we expect a Done En Casa wedding some day?

Galvis pointed out that the last thing he expected to do in a quarantine was meet new people, but thanks to these parties that’s exactly what’s happened. Together, they’re building a community and in the process supporting vulnerable groups and helping out the entertainment industry and DJs along the way.

Mitú is joining Dona En Casa for two digital fiestas that will benefit TECHO – a major NGO across Latin America.

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This Friday and Saturday (May 22/23), Mitú is joining Dona En Casa for two crazy fiestas that will take place to benefit TECHO – a Latin American organization that provides support to communities in need.

TECHO is an organization that Dona En Casa co-founder Felipe Galvis holds close to his heart. As a former volunteer, he has seen the impact the organization makes. They provide food assistance, medical aide, supplemental education such as English classes, and they help small businesses with microcredits and coaching. The organization also constructs emergency housing for families who need them most.

You can join in on the parties with a donation that will 100% benefit the organization. The group is asking for a $9 USD donation – since with $9 USD they can feed a family for 10 days. And with your $9 donation you get access to both parties on Friday and Saturday.

Colombia has had a pretty strict response to the Coronavirus pandemic leaving many people with increased anxiety and loneliness.

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As soon as it became clear that Coronavirus was spreading across Latin America, Colombia sealed off its borders – including banning its own citizens from returning to Colombia. In fact, the country has been home to some of the strictest measures against the pandemic in Latin America. While this has had a positive effect at combating the outbreak, it’s also led to increased anxiety and loneliness among those who aren’t even allowed to leave their homes to visit family.

The Dona En Casa initiative is a win-win situation that helps people in need while also letting others dance and hang out in a socially distanced digital platform. If you’re interested in signing up for the event, check it out here.

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