BELatina’s Weekend Briefing: Marc Anthony, Maxine Waters, And More

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Happy… Monday?

It seems like the weekend ran short, and we lacked hours to pull ourselves together. And if you’re one of us, you’ve probably been disconnected for the past two days.

That’s why we bring you BeLatina’s new Weekend Briefing, so you can start the week with everything you need to know.

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Marc Anthony Metió La Pata. But it’s the thought that counts?

While many were celebrating the idea of seeing Bad Bunny live next year, Marc Anthony fans were in for the disappointment of the year when Saturday’s concert was a shower of technical problems.

Fans paid to see a concert that would be streamed in 85 countries, which ultimately couldn’t be seen due to the platform crashing.

“I am deeply sorry for this technology failure that unfortunately was out of our control,” Anthony wrote in his apology post. “You can rest assured that I am doing everything in my power to make sure that the people that spent their hard-earned money have the opportunity to see the show as soon as possible and will make it right for you all.”

The next day, Anthony announced that the promoters would refund all those who bought tickets and that the recorded version of the entire show would be available for free on his YouTube channel.

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Rep. Maxine Waters Joins Protests

Maxine Waters joined the protests in Brooklyn Center (Minn.) early Sunday morning by breaking curfew and lending her support to the seventh night of protests over the death of Daunte Wright at the hands of police.

“We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” she urged the crowd, according to one tweeted clip. “We’re looking for a guilty verdict” in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the police killing of George Floyd, where deliberations will begin next week, she said.

“And if we don’t, we cannot go away,” she added. “We’ve got to get more confrontational.”

Asked about the curfew, she said, “I don’t know what curfew means,” according to another tweeted clip. “A curfew means that ‘I want y’all to stop talking,'” she said, adding, “I don’t agree with it.”

Smithsonian Celebrates Selena’s 50th Birthday With Never Before Seen Photos

On April 16, Selena Quintanilla would have turned 50 had her light not been tragically extinguished in 1995 at the age of 23.

To celebrate the birthday, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has tapped San Antonio photographer Alfred “Al” Rendon for 18 images of the iconic singer, posed and performing, some of them rarely seen by the general public.

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Selena Quintanilla at the 1994 Tejano Music Awards. Credit: Courtesy / Al Rendon – Rendon Photography & Fine Art

Curator Mireya Loza has worked with the museum’s growing collection of Selena images and memorabilia gathered by the museum, much of which is currently on display in several exhibitions, including the online shows American Enterprise and Girlhood (It’s Complicated).

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Hispanics, African Americans, and Asians Unite in Protest

More than 300 people — Asians, African Americans, Latinos, and whites — closed Sunday, a day of remembrance for the latest victims of racial violence in the United States, held at the corner where George Floyd was killed by a police officer last May.

In that area of south Minneapolis, demonstrators raised their fists to demand “justice” for the six women of Asian origin killed in March in Atlanta; African-American Daunte Wright and Hispanic Adam Toledo, 20 and 13 years old, respectively, who died in Brooklyn Center (Minnesota) and in Chicago after being shot by police officers.

The demonstration of this union of racial minorities, so often discussed in the U.S., also had the support of “white allies,” according to the organizers, who came to the Powderhorn neighborhood to show their rejection of the country’s police system on the eve of the start of the final stretch of the trial against former officer Derek Chauvin, accused of killing Floyd.

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ICYMI: Ricky Martin and Dr. Anthony Fauci Want Latinos to Get Vaccinated

Ricky Martin and Dr. Anthony Fauci want Latinos to get vaccinated against COVID.

During Thursday night’s Latin American Music Awards, the 49-year-old Latino superstar and the president’s top medical advisor discussed the importance of vaccinations in the Latino community.

“They disproportionately are bearing the burden of COVID-19, so it’s extremely important to get Hispanics to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families, and ultimately their community,” Fauci, 80, responded to Martin’s question about why Latinos should get vaccinated.