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Hi everyone! @latinaexplorer here. Super excited to chat with everyone Sunday night 💪🏼
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Hi guys!
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Hi Andrei!
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Howdy Ivangellys!
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Where are you from Andrei? Thanks for chatting with us!
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Hello everybody! ❤️
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What do you feel is the most exciting part of what you do on social media as an influencer?
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The most exciting part for me is interacting with Latinos! I had no idea how big our community and influence was on the Instagram platform. I’ve made life long friends and have felt so empowered by everyone. I love attending Latina women driven events all over the states especially here in NYC. That’s one of the reasons I moved from Orlando to New York. I want to make sure I’m apart of the Presence for Latinos when I get invited to events and Premieres
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Being able to connect and inspire people all over the world. I love meeting new Latinos in our community. iG has allowed me to build many beautiful friendships. which is so inspiring!!! I just left a powerful Latina event for Femlatina and it’s such a beautiful thing to really see and feel how much love an event can have with us Latinos.
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Isn’t it amazing Jannet!
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I need an invite next time 😂 #turnup #spanishpeoplebelike
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Thank you both for your answers. Keep representin’
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What part of the LATINO culture is your favorite?
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Yes it’s a beautiful thing! 💃🏽❤️ yes! We need your light!
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THE FOOOOOOOOOD omg. Pero like no joke my whole childhood was so delicious food. I’m greatful my Pallet was blessed growing up.
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Omg! Yes the food!!!!! And the fact that we loveeeee to danceeeeeeeee! Right?! 💃🏽
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I have a little secret.... your girl can’t dance 😭
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My grandma just taught me how to cook pollo guisado with red beans and yellow rice 🙌🏼 Dm me for the recipe, it requires a lot of love 💕
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Being half Puerto Rican and half Cuban I’m always conflicted with which beans are best....red or black?! Lol
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Omg! Come to my next dance class!!! 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 I love our grandmas!!!
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R E D hands down. Who’s with me?
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Omg!! Dale!! Puerto Rico in the house!!!!!
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Yes! Teach me how to have Rhythm Jannet, it’s a sad life not knowing how to dance 😹
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Where are you from? Boricua over here 🙌🏼
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Two step honey! And a spin! And you’re set! 💃🏽
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Not from boriqua!! Pero I love y’all so much!!! Tengo amigos de Puerto Rico! We love y’all!!
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I saw a really cool quote from Megan Markel ‘if you don’t see it you can’t be it’ Do you think there is anything you didn’t become because you didn’t see a strong Latina woman in the position? Or did you go after one thing because someone broke through the glass?
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Hi jess!!!❤️ that’s such a great question... I believe a lot of what I did, my mom and dad had a big influence on my decisions in life. I believe as Latinos are whole life we are told to work hard and be strong. Therefore it led me to break barriers when no one thought I would. I was very fortunate growing up amongst strong Latina woman such as my mom, grandmas, tias and friends so to me their strength only gave me hope.❤️
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Yes!!! Food and dancing! No doubt! Sounds like a Latino pachanga! What’s your favorite dish?
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I love my grandmas mole!!! But who am I kidding I love it all! 🤷🏽‍♀️😭
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So. Which dance then? 1- Salsa 2- Merengue 3- Reggaeton 4- Banda Mexicana 5- Cumbias Which one would you pick as your favorite dance?
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I teach Hip-Hop and Reggaeton choreo classes! Pero me encanta todo!!! I love dancing!
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Mole is delicious. I lived in Mexico for two years. Mole verde was my fav!!
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Omg!! Amazing!! Mexico! Yes red and green!!!! The best!
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Jess that’s a great question. Definitely got a lot of my brain juices flowing. I will say from experience I got a lot of my strength a lot of my power From my mother. I was raised by a single mother all of my life as well as my grandmother so it’s too strong powerful woman I think really influence the way I am today. If it wasn’t for them I don’t think that I would be so influential in the areas that I am. Both of them were born and raised in Puerto Rico and both were raised only speaking Spanish. And so I learned the culture and learning the language came easily with this strong background.
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My favorite type of dance is any one I can watch and not participate in 😹 jk but I really do love salsa and merengue and hope to learn it one day ❤️
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Ivangellys which is your favorite dance from the ones I listed? Even if you say you can’t dance. Lol. All Latinos have music in their blood. 😁
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Imagine how different life on the media would be in queen Selena was still with us🙌🏼
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Omg!! Yes!!!!!!!!!!! I always think about that!!!!!! Such an icon!
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Can biddy biddy bum bum be a category of dance? Cause I got that down pack
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I just heard her song today on the radio. So sad!
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Definitely is ): icon indeed 🙌🏼
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You girls are so rad! It's cool to see women that I follow online chatting! Your pictures are amazing btw.
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Omg!!! Makes me so happy ❤️😍
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Yes bidi bidi bom bom is def it’s own genre in the dance field 😭💃🏽 that’s all we need!
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Thank you so much for your kind words Heather!!! Makes my soul happy! Woman Latina empowerment! ❤️
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Heather what’s your favorite dance? And red beans or black?
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I feel like you can tell a lot about a person by what color beans they like more 😂
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haha I LOVE watching youtube videos, but I can't dance a lick! I took tango lessons with my guy in Argentina. But it did not go well! And I think Im a black bean gal. What does it mean?!
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Hey Heather. Black beans means that you prefer Cuban food! Haha ☺️
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I loveeeeeee that you took dancing lessons!!! How amazing!!! And I believe Anthony answered our question to the black beans!😂😂😂😂😂😂
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Have you heard about Quinceañeras in Texas helping With Voter Registration
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Hi everyone!! I’m Kelly, so glad to join!
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Hey there, my name is Jose. I was born and raised in DR 🇩🇴. Currently based on Utah and I’m looking forward to follow this community.
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Thank you for joining, Jose!
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Hi guys, let me formally introduce myself - I’m Rita Damiron, multi- media producer formerly at Cheddar and La Calle TV. I’ll be here moderating the conversation helping bring in topics of importance to drive more conversations. Having said that, who’s ready for the next big question?
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So, Hot Cheetos are very popular in the US. But who really invented Hot Cheetos? Some claim its popularity comes from African American culture in the US but other give it up for Latinos. What do you guys think?
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It is easy to note that food, in general, is one of the essential elements in any culture; I find this element represent our cultures even stronger than many countries languages/idiomatic. So regardless if t comes from African Culture or Mexican at the end, I say let them be part of whatever traditions, believes or collective culture memory to these people lives. In turn, it is part of the individual in a unique and personal way; it aids to a conduit of memories and experiences of their own. Sancocho, Salcocho, Hervido, Guisado at the isn’t it all the same but we still prefer one ?
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But it was invited by Mexicans #sorrynotsorry
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Hi Everyone! Keila Gonzalez here 👋🏼
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Has anyone ever heard of a historically Latino university? Crazy how I’m diving into what HBCU are and I just want one specifically for us - of course no exclusion to others!
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I have not heard of any! That’s pretty crazy to think about honestly
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Right? I always feel like that community is so much more ahead with creating their own education systems
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That’s why they get billionaires who pay off tuition :/
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Hola! Have you seen the news? https://hiplatina.com/lin-manuel-in-the-heights-extras/ I can't wait for this remake.

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Yess! So excited - everyone should submit if they’re interested

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Im going to be working with them so im super pumped

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Who has seen the play?

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Wow I didn’t know the news but I am super excited

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I’ve seen the play and it’s so amazing
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It’s always exciting to have more representation about the Latino culture and community by Latino writers and producers
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It sure is! And they are using Washing Heights residents as extras which is great because it’s a win win for Latinos in the area
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This might be the best representation of the neighborhood to date since the MTV show in the Heights failed terribly
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Oh that’s awesome that they’re using real residents of the heights in the movie
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Brining jobs back to the community
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Hi everyone, good morning
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My name is Gigi Cesare. I’m an artist in the music industry and I’m getting ready for my tour for Boys of Summer in July. Hows everyones week?
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gigi i love you!!! do you come from a musical family? what has touring been like?

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This is my first tour! I haven’t started yet, but I’m excited. It starts in a month, I love you too Heather. My mom was the first one to introduce me to music & taught me to sing. The rest of my fam definitely cannot sing😂
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Where is everyone from?
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Hola!! I’m always interested in heritage as a guiding force for ones life path, especially as we are all seemingly blending together more and more. Do you ever feel like your heritage guides you toward specific career decisions or gives a lens when you are navigating the crazy world of music?
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My first single hasn’t yet come out, I’ll have to let you know. This is such a great question because I’m half Uruguayan; my father was from South America and at times I’ve been told I’m not Latina enough. I will circle back to you with any further experiences as they unfold:)
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Inspiration behind obsessed?

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Its based on a real life experience in which I experienced unhealthy relationship patterns for the first time during a teenage romance. I didn’t recognize the signs until others brought it to my attention. Once removed from the relationship, song writer Alicia Madison helped put my words into lyrics🖤
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Gigi! It's Jimmy. Was curious around when can we expect to hear the other projects after Obsessed releases? Also, how are you today? 😊

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I’m great thank you! Preparing for a performance tonight. I have singles coming out every 2 months; after Obsessed is Cinderella:)
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Do you see yourself exploring other industries like, acting?
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I cannot wait! You are going to knock it out of the park tonight. I just know it. :-)
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Gigi I’m from Peru and I study in LA I really want to see you
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