Check Out These 11 Feminist Anthems That Laid The Groundwork For Your Jefa Ways

Growing up, there were definitely songs we heard on Spanish radio that were possibly planting the seed for the feminism we’d come to embrace later. Whether it was Thalia, Celia or Los Tucanes de Tijuana, they brought the bops that got us to realize we don’t need no man, we are beautiful, we won’t be held back and we most definitely came out to party. And no one is going to tell us we can’t!

Here’s 11 feminist anthems that infiltrated the airwaves, and laid the groundwork for our fight for equality!

1. “La Chona” By Los Tucanes de Tijuana

This banda classic tells the tale of a famous woman known as La Chona, who goes out dancing every night and gets herself a bottle while she’s at it. Chona gives no fucks. Chona wants to party, and her husband apparently doesn’t know what to do with her. Does she care? Nope. If he doesn’t want to dance, she finds someone who will. Chona is a true hero to the down to party bitch who will let no man step on her good time.

2. “Yo No Soy Esa Mujer” by Paulina Rubio

You know who’s not that bitch? La Chica Dorada. She’s not that woman who isn’t going to leave the house and places the best parts of her soul at a man’s feet. Nope, she’s not gonna do that. And she most definitely not going to become an echo of a man’s voice, just repeating what he says and not having a mind of her own. Tell ’em, Pau!

3. “A Quién Le Importa” by Alaska y Dinarama

This one goes way back, and was later covered in 2002 by Thalia. You’ve probably heard your mom and tias getting down to it while giving their respective husbands a raised brow, like try me, cabrón. This song also became an anthem in the LGBTQ+ community for its message: Who cares what I do, who cares what I say, I am this way, this way! Literally the original I do what I want!

4. “Pelo Suelto” by Gloria Trevi

Mexico’s pop star wild child wanted to let her hair down. And she did! She let it all the way down, and gave women who embrace all sides of themselves a jam to sing out loud. She’s aggressive like feral cat, but meek like a sleepy lion. She’s all things, she’s herself, and she’s unapologetic about it.

5. “Si Una Vez” by Selena

Sometimes we gotta learn the hard way not to submit so much of ourselves into a relationship. But when we do finally learn that lesson, well, the mistake won’t be happening again. That’s for damn sure. This Selena classic is a reminder to us all to make sure we’re getting out of love everything we give, and to not take anything less.

6. “Cosita Seria” by Aterciopelados

If street harassment is not going to be tolerated in your general vicinity, then Colombian rock en español band Aterciopelados have a song for you. This song goes in on the nasty, disrespectful men that say inappropriate things while women try to live their lives, and isn’t having any damn bit of it. I will rise above what they say, they sing.

7. “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” by Celia Cruz

La reyna de la salsa gave Afro-latinas a song to make them feel good about themselves, their body, their overall flavor. They’ve got tumbao! It’s in her walk, so you better watch your step. In fact, walk ahead. “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” is an anthem for black Latinas, to feel empowered and beautiful.

8. “The Glamorous Life” by Sheila E.

Okay this one is not in Spanish but it needs some recognition! The song, written by Prince and performed by his protege Sheila E., warns about the excesses of materialism. However, it’s kind of hard not to feel like the protagonist of the absolute 80’s bop isn’t a bad bitch not to be messed with. She’s got big thoughts, and big dreams, and a big, brown Mercedes sedan, as the song goes. They say without love, it ain’t much. But I dunno, sounds pretty dope as is.

9. “Mujer Latina” by Thalia

No quinceañera or boda is complete without the DJ dropping this banger. This is an empowerment jam for all the Latinas out there who are proud of their roots, their skin, their fire and where they come from. “Mi orgullo es ser latina…soy sangre de mi tierra!” as Thalia sings. With its fast tropical pop beat, it’ll get those hips shaking. As she says, Y estoy re’buena!

10. “Se Quiere, Se Mata” by Shakira

This song from Shakira’s debut album weaves the story of Braulio and Dana, a young couple in love who have sex, she gets pregnant, they decided to get an abortion from a shady doctor, and then Dana dies. It’s not the happiest story, despite the upbeat nature of the song. And while some may have thought it was a cautionary tale against premarital sex (which it’s not), the song served to discuss access to safe abortions in Latin countries.

11. “Can’t Hold Us Down” by Christina Aguilera (feat. Lil Kim)

Okay one more en ingles, but it’s a banger. Even though Xtina’s blatant cultural appropriation is pretty painful to watch, the message discusses the harsh double standards and inequality women experience daily. However, this is a reminder that we won’t stay quiet, we won’t take that shit, and we won’t be held down.

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What are some of your feminist jams! Let us know in the comments!

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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.

(Courtesy of Leslie Grace)

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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