This Is Why Any Latinx Person Or Otherwise Denying Beyonce’s Greatness Needs To Step To The Left, To The Left

Four days since the final Beychella performance, my ghost wrote this. Because I died. Beyoncé lifted my soul from my body, sent me to heaven, raised my credit score 200 points, cleared my eczema and then sent me back down to earth to haunt everyone with my sad attempts at her “Everybody Mad” choreo.

That’s the power of Yoncé. It will take you beyond-cé.

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On the Saturday night of Bey’s first performance, I sat on my couch in my jammies waiting for the queen to hit the stage. I hate-tweeted for Post Malone to GTFO, and then when the horns came on I lost it. Right there, on my couch, I screamed. For the next two hours, I was glued to my laptop, either weeping at her excellence or singing along or screaming at some amazing move she did. At 1 a.m., after she dedicated “Love on Top” to the BeyHive, I texted my boyfriend, “I change my mind. We’re going to Coachella. I HAVE to see Beyoncé.”

The week before he asked if I wanted to go. His work had given him free passes, but hot weather plus crowds do not equal a good time for my 33-year-old ass. But after watching her set that stage ablaze, I realized it was a once-in-a-lifetime moment I had to see for myself. And it served as a profound moment.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter is a powerhouse. Her talent is exceptional and untouchable. And what she does for the Black community, for Black women, fills me, a non-Black Latinx woman, with emotion and pride.

Latinx people will sometimes lament that we don’t have a Beyoncé. They’ll wish they could see someone that looks like us on a stage as big as the headlining spot at Coachella. While I kind of, maybe, somehow get why someone would say that, well, that shit’s dumb and problematic.

The idea of having a Latinx artist that “looks like us” means the definition of Latinx does not include Black people. That is wrong.

It erases the fact that there are millions of Afro-Latinxs all over the world. Black people exist. They exist in every Latin American country. Latinxs are every shade and come from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. To assume otherwise denies their place in this world, the opportunities they deserve and the accomplishments they’ve made.

For many, many Latinxs, Beyoncé does actually look like them. And those people have struggled their whole lives to see themselves represented. While Beyoncé is not Afro-Latina, no one can claim she doesn’t come through for the Latinx community. “Mi Gente” isn’t even the only example. “Irreemplazable“! “Oye“! “Bello Embustero“! The well-documented love she and sister Solange have for fellow Texan Selena! And that’s not even the full list. She’s been out here, honoring the culture. Check the recibos.

As I stood there in the sea of fans watching her excellence go all the way off for two whole hours – no breaks! –  at no point did I think, “yeah, but why couldn’t it be a Latina?” As if she, one of the biggest artists on the planet and a living legend, didn’t herself wait 20 damn years to be the first Black woman to headline the festival. Ya’ll really going to whine about her getting that spot? That’s the mountain you want to die on? One word: nah. Four more words: That is anti-black.

Her HBeyCU-themed program wasn’t meant for me or my experience, and it doesn’t or shouldn’t have to be for me to feel it or weep knowing the impact it had on those it is meant for. And I cried. When that marching band went off, it energized me all the way to my bones. When Bey walked down the aisle dressed like an African queen, I raised my arms in reverence. Knowing the years of work she’s put in to be that untouchable in her greatness filled me with awe and joy.

I still felt seen. As a woman of color, I still felt fought for and empowered when she asked, “Ladies, are we strong? Have we had enough of the bullshit?” Then I screamed along to the “suck on my balls, bitch” breakdown.

There is never, ever any need to disparage Beyoncé in wishing for more representation of Latinx women and other women of color in the music industry.

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It is unnecessary, wrong and shows the anti-blackness pervasive in our community. We need to praise her for what she has accomplished, for the sheer depth of her brilliance and talent and for the unwavering strength of her performances. She’s great, maybe the greatest, and she’s made a major impact that honors her culture in a way that is so important. Beyoncé is important. Leave it at that.

If it’s more Latinx representation that you want, support those artists. See their shows, buy their records and merch, and stan. Stan hard. Be part of the groundswell that elevates them to the top of the charts and music industry. And while you do it, remember that their success doesn’t have to come at the cost of the success of Black artists. There’s room for all of it, especially when we demand it with our buying power.

Lastly, to those who aren’t Beyoncé fans, who think she’s overrated or strongly believe her music sucks, and feel the need to say so in the comments section of posts that celebrate her: You’re very much free to feel this way. However, you may want to think about why you feel compelled to enter someone’s comments to deny or dull an extraordinary Black woman’s shine. I’ve chosen to escort those people to the left, to the left of my social pages, because I have no time for it.

As the fireworks went off, and the queen gave her thanks to fans, I silently thanked her back. Growing up listening to so many artists I’d never be able to see, this performance reminded me that Beyoncé is here. I get to witness the trajectory of her career and understand what she means to me, to the world and to her community.

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men


Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.


In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”

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Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For


Leslie Grace And Super Junior’s “Lo Siento” Is The Hit All Latinx K-Pop Fans Have Been Waiting For

The year 2017 marks a time of major multilingual and multicultural musical collaborations. With Luis Fonsi’s remix of “Despacito,” featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber, climbing to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 16 weeks, and J Balvin and Willy William’s remix for “Mi Gente,” featuring Beyoncé, making it to the No. 3 spot, the western music market is opening up to music in Spanish. But these aren’t the only collaborations bridging different cultures and genres. In the era of globalization, K-pop, short for Korean pop music, is an international phenomenon, and the genre is beginning to meld its addictive melodies with urban Latin pop. Evidence: K-pop boy band Super Junior’s recent collaboration with Leslie Grace.

Debuting in 2005, the fellas of Super Junior are the kings of Hallyu — the Korean wave. At their height, 15 men donned the Super Junior title, but, due to departures, mandatory military service and other issues, only Siwon, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Shindong, Yesung, Heechul and Leeteuk are currently active. As a group, the men have led a revolution in the industry, spurring forward electro-pop and R&B-influenced dance tracks.

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And among K-pop, they also have one of the strongest fan bases in Latin America. The group has long captivated these audiences with hits like “Sorry Sorry,” “Mr. Simple” and “Mamacita,” and Super Junior has made sure to visit their Latin American E.L.F — what they call their fans — on three separate tours since 2013, holding arena shows in Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Peru. It must be noted that the group has yet to hold a single solo show in the U.S.

For many years, Super Junior and SM Entertainment, their label, had seen the excitement from their supporters in Latin America and wanted to show their gratitude by releasing a song partly sung in Spanish. In March, the group dropped “Lo Siento,” a tune about finding romance on the dance floor, featuring Dominican-American singer Leslie Grace and the Latino production duo Play-N-Skillz as part of the extended version of their eighth album, Replay.  

“The song with Super Junior and Play-N-Skillz came out of nowhere. None of us really knew each other,” Leslie Grace, who was recommended to the K-pop group by the Argentine-Venezuelan sibling duo Play-N-Skillz, told FIERCE. “The beauty of it was [having the opportunity of] discovering something that’s been happening hugely in its own right in a different side of the world, and discovering it for the first time and saying, ‘Man, I wanna be a part of that. I don’t know anything about it up until this point, but I really want to be a part of that.’”

While it’s commonplace for K-pop groups to release records in Japanese or Mandarin in order to cater to Asian music markets, or English one-offs for international fans, no act had ventured into singing in Spanish or acknowledged their Latin American fans with a song quite like Super Junior.

“Lo Siento” is a true K-pop and urban Latin-pop mashup. It plays up the typical Spanish guitar and blends a familiar Latin flair with the energy and the mix of pop, dance and hip-hop that K-pop is known for. The music video, shot in South Korea, even features the “Díganle” singer dancing along with the guys of Super Junior.


The trilingual track debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s Latin digital sales chart, the first K-pop entry ever. A bit over two weeks after the music video dropped, “Lo Siento” surpassed 20 million views, which was three times more than what their last Korean single, “Black Suit,” accumulated.

While “Lo Siento” isn’t the first time K-pop artists have teamed up with Latin ones nor used Latin genres in their music, it is the first instance that we can actually call a real collaboration. In 2016, for instance, Ricky Martin released a version of his hit “Vente Pa’ Ca” featuring Wendy from K-pop girl group Red Velvet, though she sang in English, and Mexican boy band CD9 released “Get Dumb” with Korean girl group Crayon Pop. In both cases, the artists simply exchanged vocals, put them together and released the song with little fanfare. With “Lo Siento,” however, not only did Leslie fly to Korea to be in the music video, but Super Junior invited her and Play-N-Skillz on their Latin American tour last month.


Stopping in Buenos Aires, Lima, Santiago and Mexico City, Leslie, Play-N-Skillz and Super Junior played before a total of 55,000 fans. The stars blew up the stage with “Lo Siento,” but both Play-N-Skillz and Leslie also had the chance to perform their own sets during the show.

“It never stops being a surprise, with my most recent released single ‘Duro y Suave,’ for [the crowd] to sing it back to me,” the 23-year-old singer, who came to fame after the release of her bachata remake of The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” in 2013, told us. “I know it’s Super Junior’s crowd. I know that their fans are so accepting and loving, and I knew that they would be attentive during the show, but you don’t expect everyone to connect, especially a crowd that’s so different, to your music when you’re the special guest.”

Leslie is currently finishing her new album, which she says will drop by the end of the year. She’s also very excited about potentially finishing another leg of the tour with Super Junior. “They’re trying to see if we can do some more shows in Latin America, in Central America, go to the countries we didn’t get to go to in South America, like Colombia [and] Brazil,” she said.

Just like with “Despacito” and “Mi Gente,” “Lo Siento” is bringing together different cultures, languages and even fandoms from various parts of the world that don’t get to interact as much through music in a compact, smooth earworm.


“For us to come together just fully based off of mutual artistic respect, and for something like this to happen, and now everybody really enjoying it despite the cultural differences, that to me was the biggest takeaway and the biggest blessing to now be a part of Super Junior’s story and them a huge part of mine,” Leslie said.  

During an interview in Times Square, the dominicana gave the boys a quick dance lesson — and it was all caught on camera.


“Bridging cultures one dance step at a time! First Super Junior with me and ‘Group Dance’ in their land South Korea, and now me with them and ‘Bachata’ in my home NYC,” Grace, 23, captioned a video of the dance sesh she posted on Instagram. “Proud to be your instructor, @eunhyukee44 hahaha! You are officially baptized the best bachatero out of Korea by the princess of bachata — BOOM!”

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