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Watch This Afro-Latina Teen Blow ‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges Away With Her Rendition Of ‘Natural Woman’

On Tuesday, Amanda Mena got the last laugh. The Afro-Latina teen, who had been teased as a child for not speaking English, received the Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent — soaring high over her bullies in front of a national audience.

The Boston-based 15-year-old dominicana wowed the celebrity judges with her cover of Aretha Franklin’s classic “Natural Woman.”

“Do you know what you have, Amanda?” asked judge Simon Cowell. “You have genuinely natural soul. You really, really do. I mean, that’s not an easy song to sing. This is an audition we’re going to remember for a long time, Amanda.”

Spice Girl Mel B agreed. “Oh my gosh, where do I start? That was just incredible. I’ve got all goose pimples all over, it’s just crazy. I love you, I love your voice, and this is what I’m going to say to all those bullies,” she said, before pressing on the buzzer that set off confetti and Mena’s place in the show’s live rounds.

Mena, who cried with her mother and Mel B onstage, is not new to talent competitions. When she was 11 years old, she won “La Voz (The Voice) Kids” on the Spanish-language network Telemundo, and how she’s prepared to take on AGT.

The show’s Instagram referred to it as “the most magical moment” of Mena’s life.

Watch Mena’s effortlessly powerful and beautiful performance above.

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This Latina Broke The Marathon World Record At Just 16 Years Old And We’re Starting To Think She’s A Super-Human

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This Latina Broke The Marathon World Record At Just 16 Years Old And We’re Starting To Think She’s A Super-Human

At 12, Blanca Ramirez broke a global marathon record. At 16, she’s running to top her only competition: herself.

In 2015, The La Puenta, Calif.-based teen became the youngest female runner to complete seven marathons in seven different continents, running in Rwanda, New Zealand, Paraguay, China, France and Antarctica.

Her interest in international marathons started when she was 10 years old. She had just completed a long-distance running race in Disneyland and was hungry for more. She told her dad she wanted to beat the world record, but he thought she was joking at first.

“It seemed like it was something impossible,” her father Dimas Ramirez told NBC News. “I told her to prove to me she could run a marathon. She ran a 5K, then a 10K and-a-half marathon and then I let her do the Los Angeles Marathon.”

After proving to her dad that she’s fully capable of running around the world, and beating records while she’s at it, the Mexican-American teen is doing it once more — this time with the accompaniment of her younger brother.

Jordan, 9, completed his first marathon in Australia at age 8. He then ran in Egypt, crossed Europe off his list when he did 26.2 miles in London and then took to Thailand. Now, he and his big sis are headed to Antarctica and then South America. He plans to finish off in the US next April.

For Blanca, who has already accomplished the task her brother faces, joining him has been a way to show support and have some fun competition.

“At the end, we try to have a competition of who can cross the finish line first, even though we’re standing next to each other,” she told KTLA 5. “So we can be still next to each other, but I’ll make sure my foot passes it first.”

As for their dad, he’s proud of both of his children meeting their goals — but he’s also looking forward to it for reasons of his own.

“Dad’s very exhausted and I need a break,” he said. “Or they need to pick another sport.”

Read: This Indigenous Woman From Mexico Ran An Ultramarathon In Huaraches Sandals And Won Big

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Latina Teen Fatally Stabbed In Feud Over A Boy In Texas

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Latina Teen Fatally Stabbed In Feud Over A Boy In Texas

An 18-year-old girl was fatally stabbed in Texas on Friday after an online feud with another teen turned physical.

After weeks arguing on social media, Kaitlin Leonor Castilleja, alongside her friend Vivian Foster, also 18, went to the house of a 16-year-old girl to fight at about 1 a.m. During the brawl, which occured on the younger teen’s driveway, the 16-year-old, who has not been identified because she is a minor, pulled out a knife and stabbed both Castilleja and Foster.

Castilleja, who graduated from James Madison High School in 2018, was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead just before 2 a.m. Foster reportedly suffered “superficial wounds.”

Following the attack, the suspect, a current student at the high school, called the police to say “she had been assaulted in her driveway when she arrived home from work,” later telling officials that the friends were “stating they want to fight her.”

Foster, too, told authorities that she and Castilleja had been assaulted after “jumping” a girl at her house.

The suspect, who allegedly briefly dated Castilleja’s ex-boyfriend before he returned to her, is being held at the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center.

Castilleja’s aunt believes the deadly fight was related to the ex-boyfriend.

“She isn’t able to give you her side of the story, but it’s been ongoing bullying on both sides,” Marie Fernandez told the San Antonio Express News. “It’s social media. There’s so many factors that have contributed to this, and at the end of the day, whether it was wrong, in all aspects my niece had no intentions of hurting anyone.”

The aunt, who believes her niece was lured to the 16-year-old’s home and noted a video of the fight had been on social media, shared her grief with KENS.

“I broke, I was lost for words and I just sunk into my pillow and didn’t believe it,” she said of learning of the death of her niece, who recently expressed interest in studying nursing in college. “I thought I was waking up from a nightmare.”

Police are still investigating the fatal stabbing.

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