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Learn The Touching Story About The Day Selena Gomez And Francia Raisa Met At A Hospital Visiting Sick Children

On Sept. 14, Selena Gomez revealed that she had undergone a kidney transplant due to her Lupus condition. Fans were completely shocked — not so much because of the crucial surgery but because no one suspected Gomez had undergone a procedure of that caliber. When Gomez made the announcement public she also revealed the organ came from her longtime friend Francia Raísa.

So who exactly is Francia Raísa and what compelled her to give one of her kidneys to her friend?

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While most people would step up to the plate when a friend is in need, giving a kidney is not like sharing a pair of shoes and we’re sure even the closest pals would have some reservations about undergoing this kind of surgery.

CNN reports that last year 33,000 transplants were performed in the United States and more than 13,000 of them were kidney transplants, 5,629 from living donors.

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Which means this is not something most people would do without really thinking about it.

Francia Raísa has been a dancer basically her whole life, and an actor since 2005, according to her IMDB page.

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But you – or your parents – might be more familiar with her dad…

Raísa is a 29-year-old Latina of Mexican and Honduras descent.

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She has starred in various TV and film roles including “Fired Up!”, “Bring It On: All Or Nothing.”

She also has had a big reoccurring role on “The Secret Life Of The American Teenager” as Adrian Lee.

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Most recently, she appeared on and Netflix’s “Dear White People.”

Her dad is the famous radio personality El Cucuy De La Mañana.

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Crazy, right? You might recognize his hame from his various morning radio shows.

Raísa and Gomez met in 2007 in a hospital when they were both there to visit and comfort children.

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Raísa met Gomez when the two actresses visited a children’s hospital.

“Selena and I were in the same group and we just clicked,” Raísa told Latina magazine in 2013.

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The two have also been there for each other through the good and bad, including Gomez’s breakup with Justin Bieber and when Raísa went through her own heartbreak as mentioned in the caption above.

But Raísa and Gomez aren’t your average BFFs who hang out on weekends to just exchange heartbreak stories.

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“Francia and Selena are like sisters,” a source close to Raísa told Us magazine. “Selena is like a sister to her. Selena didn’t ask Francia to be tested as a match – Francia is the kind of person who would offer to do that for any one of her friends.”

And their bond seems to have been strong since day one.

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“When we first met you gave me a necklace that says ‘a sister is a forever friend’ you support and words this night meant the world to me. I love you sis! My forever friend. Happy 23rd Birthday ?,” Raísa captioned on July 22nd, 2015.

“I love her to death,” Raísa said about Gomez in 2012. “She’s my sister and she is one of the sweetest girls I know.”

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In an interview with Wetpaint, Raísa said in 2012 that Gomez is “so caring and so loving and so nurturing. She’s awesome. I don’t know where she came from.”

It’s safe to say that Raísa is probably as caring and nurturing as Gomez

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She didn’t tell anyone about this secret kidney transplant.

According to Us magazine: “Francia told a few people in her inner circle.”

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“She was donating one of her kidneys, but no one knew who it was for. A lot of people in their inner circle knew that Francia was undergoing surgery but really didn’t ask too many questions.”

Talk about being in the circle of trust.

There’s no doubt Raísa is one of those friends who would do anything to help someone out.

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“I am beyond grateful that God would trust me with something that not only saved a life but changed mine in the process,” Raísa said on Instagram. “This was part of our story, and we will share it soon, but what is important now is that this is not the only story.”

Selena’s mom, Mandy Teefey, also thanked Raísa for her courage.

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The picture is one of the most breathtaking images that will live with me forever,” Teefey wrote on Sept. 17 on her Instagram account. “For all those moments of not knowing if we were going up or down, I can always come back to this picture and know we can always make it back up. As a mother I was helpless, scared and all I could do was pray for both of them, Francia’s beautiful family. I am pretty sure I am banned from that hospital. Mama Bear was in high gear. Selena gained a kidney, I was able to keep my little girl, but I also gained another daughter….thank you to everyone who was there for Sel, Francia and our families. We survived from all the love, prayers and God.”

If you want to see more of Raísa, tune in next year to watch her on the “Black-ish” spin-off.

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Raísa will appear on “Grown-ish” starring Yara Shahidi and will be Freeform in early 2018.

READ: Here Are The Touching Words Selena Gomez And Francia Raisa Wrote To Each Other After Their Kidney Transplant

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It’s The Beginning Of The Year And Cardi B and Selena Gomez Have Already Topped Spotify’s Most-Streamed Female Artists

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It’s The Beginning Of The Year And Cardi B and Selena Gomez Have Already Topped Spotify’s Most-Streamed Female Artists

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Spotify released a list of the music streaming service’s most-popular female artists, and it’s filled with Latina singers.

The platform, which has tens of millions of subscribers from across the world, including Latin American countries like Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic, created catalogs for its most-streamed female artists worldwide and in the US between January 1 and March 1 of 2019.

Globally, Dominicana-Trinidadian rapper Cardi B came out higher than any other Latina artist at No. 8, unsurprisingly as the Bronx hitmaker followed her 2018 platinum debut album “Invasion of Privacy” with several more bangers like “Money” and, most recently,” “Please Me” with Bruno Mars.

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Behind Cardi is Selena Gomez (No. 9), whose 2018 hits “Taki Taki” and “Back To You” continue to dominate just about everyone’s playlists.

Latin American artists also made the list, with colombiana Karol G at 13. Cuban-Mexican breakout Camila Cabello followed at 14, Chicana Becky G at 16 and Demi Lovato at 18.

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Similar to Spotify’s worldwide streams, there were also six Latinas on the platform’s 20 most-listened to female artists in the US.

Once again, Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar leads her compañeras, this time making the top five at No. 4. Following behind her is Kehlani (No. 9), Camila Cabello (No. 10), Selena Gomez (No. 12), Demi Lovato (No. 16) and the Puerto Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter Julia Michaels at No. 18.

The list shows the growing strength of Latinas in music, especially the rise of Spanish-language urbano hits, as artists like Cardi (“I Like It”), Selena (“Taki Taki”), Camila (“Havana”), Karol G (“Mi Cama”), Becky G (“Sin Pijama”) and Demi Lovato’s (“Échame La Culpa”) chart-toppers in the last year were partly or fully sung in Spanish.

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Check out Spotify’s full lists of the most-streamed female artists of 2019 worldwide and in the US below.

The 20 most-streamed female artists in the world:

1. Ariana Grande

2. Billie Eilish

3. Lady Gaga

4. Halsey

5. Dua Lipa

6. Taylor Swift

7. Rihanna

8. Cardi B

9. Selena Gomez

10. Nicki Minaj

11. Sia

12. Bebe Rexha

13. Karol G

14. Camila Cabello

15. Anne-Marie

16. Becky G

17. Beyoncé

18. Demi Lovato

19. Miley Cyrus

20. Adele

The 20 most-streamed female artists in the US:

1. Ariana Grande

2. Billie Eilish

3. Halsey

4. Cardi B

5. Taylor Swift

6. Nicki MInaj

7. Lady Gaga

8. Rihanna

9. Kehlani

10. Camila Cabello

11. Dua Lipa

12. Selena Gomez

13. Bebe Rexha

14. Beyonce

15. Ella Mai

16. Demi Lovato

17. SZA

18. Julia Michaels

19. Sia

20. Lana Del Rey

Read: Up Next: Rombai Is Ushering In The Return Of Latin Pop Bands

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These Empowering Latina Jams Are Perfect To Add To Your Galentine’s Day Playlist

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These Empowering Latina Jams Are Perfect To Add To Your Galentine’s Day Playlist

Happy Galentine’s Day, mamis! What, you never heard of the holiday? According to Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, who made it a thing, “it’s only the best day of the year.” And she ain’t lying. Galentine’s Day, observed February 13, is a day to celebrate love — between your hermanas!

As the fictional character played by Amy Poehler in the series said, it’s “ladies celebrating ladies.” Whether you’re single or in a relationship, it’s a time to bring your closest gals together, either for brunch, evening cocktails, mani-pedis or an old-school slumber party, and bask in the beauty, love and joy of your friendship.

No Galentine’s Day commemoration would be complete without some girl power tunes. Here, a celebration playlist you and your bella squad can bang out to while toasting to being ride-or-dies.

1. Remind your mamis what’s in store for them this Galentine’s Day with “Ladies Night.”

This Lil’ Kim classic, featuring Boricua Angie Martinez, Left Eye, Da Brat and Missy Elliot, will undoubtedly get the squad hyped for the Galentine’s festivities to come.

2. Today’s all about feelin’ good, so you have to bring out Demi Lovato’s “Confident.”

On Galentine’s Day, you shower your femme squad with compliments — as you probably do any day of the week — and try your best to make sure the whole gang knows their worth.

3. Remind your nenas they are bomb just as they are with Bomba Estéreo’s “Soy Yo.”

Sure, if we’re being real with our chicas, as we should be, there’s room for all of us to grow as individuals, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t great already. Colombiana Li Saumet will have all the gals loving on themselves, and all their complexities, with this 2016 banger.

4. If this is a single ladies kind of festivity, pull out Paloma Mami’s “Not Steady.”

If your squad is the type that yells “soltera para siempre” as they toast their champagne, you need this chilena’s bop about not wanting to settle down blasting at the pari.

5. Remind your amigas that lovers “Can’t Hold Us Down” with this Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim classic.

Even if your squad is mixed, with single ladies and mujeres in relationships, both will appreciate la ecuatoriana’s still-relevant message about not letting your boo, or the patriarchy, keep you down.

6. After all, you can’t tame a boss bitch.

Just ask puertorriqueña Kelis, whose 2006 jam “Bossy,” featuring Too $hort, will have all the girls embracing their inner jefa.

7. Ride out with the nenas as the car radio blares Selena Gomez’s “Me & My Girls.”

Pre-game: check. It’s time to hit the dance floor, and this young mexicana will have you and your chicas feelin’ alive and set to shake the night away.

8. Put your worries aside with Mariah Carey’s “It’s Like That.”

As the venezolana says, “no stress, no fights … no tears, no time to cry.” Tonight is all about you and your girls livin’ it up. So heed Mariah’s advice and “open off that Bacardi” and feel “so hot tamale.”

9. Feelin’ it yet? Good! ‘Cause Cardi B’s “Money Bag” is about to have all the mamis twerking.

Like the dominicana’s own “bloody gang,” your crew is so bad that you’re out on the dance floor lookin’ “like bridesmaids,” so do like Cardi and drop that confident ass low.

10. But make sure Ivy Queen’s “Quiero Bailar” reminds everybody else that this is a Galentine’s Day party.

Swaying those hips is catching some attention. No one hates when some of the girls dance up with folk who aren’t in the crew, but let the Bori reggaetonera let the desperadxs know this is a girls’ night and the crew is going home together — punto.

Read: Watching Women In Her Life Abandon Relationships When Romance Arrives, This Latina Is Calling For A New Love Hierarchy

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