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Meet the Young Latinas and Non-Binary Latinx Keeping Punk Alive

Old, grumpy, white dudes who used to listen to bands like The Exploited or Dead Kennedys like to proclaim that punk is dead, but punk is alive and thriving, thanks in large part due to young Latinx women and non-binary folks. These chingonx are doing their fair share of forming bands and writing punk protest songs that are feminist, anti-transphobic, body positive, and patriarch-smashing.

Here’s a look at 11 Latinx Punk girls changing the game.

Monsí Segura, TOZCOS and AUSENCIA

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Monsé is both the singer for Toscos and the bassist for Ausencia. Originally, Monsé wanted the Santa Ana, California based Toscos to be all women, but after not finding other women to play music with, she and Corrina the Toscos drummer “let two of their guy friends join the band” after the kept begging. Growing up in a “traditional Mexican household” Monsé says that punk helped her figure out who she was “under the strict regime of [her dad], and his patriarchal expectations.”

Drew Arriola-Sands, TRAP GIRL

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Drew Arriola-Sands is the singer of Trap Girl, the queer hardcore group from Los Angeles, CA. Drew is one of the founding organizers of Transgress Fest, a gathering of trans punk bands that started in 2016. Drew is featured in the 2015 film Lost Grrrls: Riot Grrrls in Los Angeles.

Kiwi Martinez, GENERACION SUICIDA

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Believe it or not, there are many Latina and Latinx punk drummers. There are three on this list alone. Kiwi Martinez plays drums and sings in Spanish. Kiwi and the rest of Generacion Suicida, who play melodic punk, want you to know that they’re a band from South LA and not East LA.

Alexia Roditis, DESTROY BOYS

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Alexia Roditis, not even twenty-years old (center) sings, writes lyrics, and plays guitar in Destroy Boys based in Sacramento, California. Roditis, whose father immigrated from Argentina, identifies as gender queer, “drinks mate, speaks Spanish, and all that.”

Victoria Ruiz, DOWNTOWN BOYS

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Victoria Ruiz is singer and lyricist for Downtown Boys from Providence, Rhode Island. She sings in both English and Spanish and her mom and abuela can often be found watching her perform from the side of the stage. In 2017, Victoria and Downtown Boys guitarist were instrumental in forcing the South By Southwest music festival promoters to remove and change a clause in their contract that threatened to deport artists who violated the agreement and, according to their open letter, to “cease any collusion with immigration officials that puts performers in danger.”

Mari and Stevi Campos, SARCHASM

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Siblings, Mari and Stevi Campos are the guitar player and drummer of the California, Bay Area, 924 Gilman punk band, Sarchasm. Both Mari and Stevi sing and write vulnerable pop punks songs that will give you all the feels. Unabashed Green Days fans, Sarchasm often play Green Day songs live and believe that gender is over. Their mom is a writer and an immigration lawyer.

Cristy C. Road, CHOKED UP

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Queer Latina, Cristy C. Road (center), or Cristina Carrera, is an artist, writer, and singer/guitarist of the Brooklyn based band Choked Up. Touring the East Coast this fall, Cristy is also promoting her latest work the Next World Tarot, a deck of Tarot cards of original illustrations of gender queer and body outlaw women and non-binary folk.

San Cha

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San Cha is a singer, composer, and performer. She describes her music as “cumbia, church, and nightmare.” She performs as a solo artist and, at times, in the queer and POC latin beat, punk band, Sister Mantos. San Cha’s audience “has always been queer, art punx” but she says she wants to sing for everyone.

Jen Alva,  Phanie Diaz, and Letty Martinez, FEA

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Chicanas, Texans, and Beto O’Rourke supporters, Fea plays write songs with titles like “Feminazi,” and “Mujer Moderna” Both Phanie Diaz (drummer) and Jenn Alva (bassists) are also in the band Girl in Coma. Both bands have released records on Joan Jett’s Black Heart Records label.

Teri Gender Bender, LES BUTHERETTES

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Teri Gender Bender, or Teresa Suárez Cosío, was born in the US, but grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico where she started Les Butcherretes when she was just seventeen. Les Butcherettes have release new music and are currently touring US.

Mary Regalado, DOWNTOWN BOYS

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The Downtown Boys sing in both English and Spanish and write punk protest songs with titles like “The Wall,” and “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas). Bassist Mary Regelado wrote the song “Tonta” on the band’s most recent record, The Cost of Living.

If you’re not a total punk girl yourself, be sure to support the ones that are by buying their music, downloading their songs, and going to see them when they pass through town.


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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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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