BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Elections in Colombia, Heat Waves, And More

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Happy beginning of the week, BELatina!

We report that we have successfully survived the heat wave and are ready to start a new week.

But first of all, we bring you the most important news of the weekend.

From Gustavo Pietro’s victory in Colombia to Jlo’s exciting duet with Emme, these are the most important news of the weekend.

Gustavo Petro wins Colombian elections

Former guerrilla Gustavo Petro won Sunday’s runoff against populist business tycoon Rodolfo Hernandez, making him the country’s first leftist head of state. Petro beat Rodolfo Hernandez, a former mayor of Bucaramanga and business tycoon, with 50.47 percent of the vote in the runoff election and will take office in July amid a series of challenges, including growing discontent over inequality and the rising cost of living. Hernandez obtained 47.27 percent, with almost all ballots counted.

Europe experiences dangerous heat waves, and the United States prepares to follow suit

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Over the weekend, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom experienced record-breaking heat waves, reaching 41 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, U.S. authorities have warned that a dozen states are under heat alerts for the coming days. From the northern plains to the southeast, temperatures will be in the upper 90s, with heat index levels well into the triple digits.

Gloria Estefan reveals that Andy Garcia was her first on-screen kiss in 47 years

Gloria Estefan has been in the entertainment business for most of her life, acting in movies and working in music. In an interview with The Today Show, she revealed that Andy Garcia was her first kiss outside her marriage in 47 years. Estefan and Garcia are co-stars in the film “The Father of the Bride,” where they play a couple on the edge of divorce. When their eldest daughter comes home and shares that she’s getting married, the two have to pretend to be in love as they plan their daughter’s wedding, confusing their lives and reigniting their feelings.

Some of summer’s top movies are led by Latino stars

The summer movie scene is heating up thanks to some of Hollywood’s top Latino and Spanish stars. Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, and Ana de Armas are among the big names headlining a loaded lineup of thrillers, comedies, and documentaries this season. “Halftime,” “The Father of the Bride,” and “Official Competition” are just a few of them.

Special education students left out of high school graduation program feel ‘discriminated’

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Months of anticipation turned to disappointment when six California special education graduating students noticed their names were not included in their high school’s graduation program and their diplomas were not ordered in time for the ceremony. A spokesperson for the San Leandro Unified School District told NBC News this kind of “clerical error” had not previously occurred in the special education program’s history.

ICYMI: Jennifer Lopez And Emme Sang A Duet Together And Introduced Emme’s New Pronouns

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On Thursday, Jennifer Lopez performed with her 14-year-old child Emme, calling them her “favorite duet partner.” The event was held at the Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Blue Diamond Gala. The event raises money for the city’s education, health care, and homelessness issues. Fans caught clips of their shared song, Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,” and shared it all over social media.