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Hours After News Of Aretha Franklin’s Death Breaks, Latinas Honor Her With Tributes And Lyric Quotes

In the hours after her death on Thursday, American R&B and Soul icon Aretha Franklin received an outpour of praise and love from fans across the globe. The tributes and homages that have been dedicated in her honor leave no doubt in our understanding of the ways in which the Queen of Soul’s legacy and her effect on the lives of her fans, musicians of today and popular music.

Born to two African-American parents in Memphis, Tennessee, Franklin wasn’t a Latina, but there’s no doubting the impact her voice and message had on Latinas of her time and of today’s current era.

 Franklin’s greatest hits inspired female and Black empowerment as well as Latina Power.

In 1967, Franklin rearranged the lyrics and music to the song “Respect” which had originally been performed by Otis Redding. Her version, which stood as a declaration by a strong woman who knew what she had to offer became an anthem for both the Civil Rights and Women’s Rights movements. In this way, her version of the song quickly became associated with black freedom and women’s liberation, both movements that Afro-Latinas and other women of color were easily and closely affected by. In her time, Franklin’s influence and voice were so impactful to women in these communities that even artists like Celia Cruz, and La Lupe collaborated with her on music and covered version of her song. In 1969, La Lupe recreated her won a version of  Franklin’s “Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream.”

A simple search of Franklin’s name on the artist’s trending hashtag on social media highlights her influence on today’s Latinas well.

On Thursday, Latinas on social media created tributes honoring the artist and her works after news of her death broke.

Various celebrities, including Dominican and Puerto Rican Marvel’s star Zoe Saldana, wrote well wishes to Franklin’s family and honored her with accounts of how she affected their lives.

While many are openly using platforms to mourn her death…

“What a sad day, died Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, rest in peace, Queen.”

And express the great sense of loss her absence has left behind…

Franklin, who was reported to have been gravely ill earlier this week on August 13 had been experiencing a decline in her health for years. Reports suggest that her death was caused by advanced pancreatic cancer.

So many are sharing their love for the artist by quoting her famous lyrics.

So many women have shared stories of how Franklin’s music and lyrics helped them get through heartbreaks and struggles.

And using some of her most powerful lines to say their goodbyes.

Literally, there’s been so much love for her.

“Wow that delight in the ear! ????????: I’m listening to Aretha Franklin sings the Great Diva Classics”

And so many are sharing images from their favorite performances by the songstress.

The lyrics from this particular song has been beloved for so long.

Here’s to La Reina de Soul

Adios reina!

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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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Soledad O’Brien Mourns Her Cuban Mom’s Death Just 40 Days After Her Father Passes Away


Soledad O’Brien Mourns Her Cuban Mom’s Death Just 40 Days After Her Father Passes Away

It’s been a difficult 2019 for Soledad O’Brien. On Monday, the former CNN anchor announced that her Cuban-born mother, Estela, had passed away, just 40 days after her father, Edward, died.

“She was a pretty remarkable lady,” the Afro-Latina journalist wrote on Twitter about her late mother along with a photo of her living in Cuba in the 1930s.

In the tweet, O’Brien, who is of Cuban and Irish descent, notes that her mother was an immigrant from the Caribbean country and that she once lived with the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore while she was in college.

“She always was sad about leaving Cuba — but hated how Castro had destroyed her country. She went back once to visit — and said — I’ll never go back again,” she said of Estela alongside a photo of her taken in the 1940s.

In the thread announcing both her parents’ passing, she stated that her mother grew up poor, but was able to move to the United States to receive an education. While in Maryland, she met Edward. At the time they fell in love, mixed-race marriages were outlawed.

“The year their sixth child (my little brother) was born, the US Supreme Court would overturn the ban on interracial marriage,” she said, sharing a photo of her parents together.

O’Brien, who currently anchors a weekly public-affairs talk show called Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien and is the founder and chairwoman of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production, referred to her mother as “a pretty remarkable lady,” noting her accomplishments, like being fluent in three languages — Spanish, English and French — becoming an educator and sending all six of her children to college, with some also attending grad school.

While honoring her mother, O’Brien said she hoped all working women had “access to her wisdom.” The journalist then shared some of the best advice her late mother had once given her: “Everyone gets the same 24 hours. Decide how you’ll spend yours;” “Take 24 hours to sit in bed and cry … then stop complaining and make a list and plan your comeback;” “Keep ten dollars in your bra so you can leave when you want;” “People are basically full of s—, stop taking their stupidity to heart;” and lastly, “You never stop fighting for the important stuff.”

Estela’s insightful guidance has undoubtedly served in shaping her own brilliant and sensational daughter.

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