BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Tornadoes Hit the South and Midwest, Megan Thee Stallion Graduates, And More

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Happy Monday morning.

We begin the second week of the last month of the year with a bittersweet feeling in our mouths. While we look forward to family celebrations and the chance to start a new year, the hit of tornadoes in the South and Midwest and the new wave of the coronavirus pandemic have us heartbroken.

That’s why we bring you the most important news of the weekend so you can start your Monday with all the necessary information because, in BELatina, we know that the best way to empower yourself is to be informed.

From the devastating tornadoes in the South and Midwest to the graduation of Megan Thee Stallion, these are the news of the weekend.

Tornadoes sweep through South and Midwest, with at least 70 dead in Kentucky

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Photo courtesy of the New York Times.

Rescue workers across the Midwest scoured the wreckage for survivors Saturday after a horde of tornadoes tore a catastrophic swath from Arkansas through Kentucky. Dozens of people were killed by the storms, and authorities warned that the toll would surely rise as they searched through the wreckage.

Rise in COVID cases puts the nation on alert

Photo courtesy of Reuters.
Photo courtesy of Reuters.

More than 120,000 cases of coronavirus are emerging every day as conditions continue to worsen, especially in the Great Lakes region and the Northeast. Cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are increasing nationally but remain below levels seen during the summer and last winter’s peak.

Mixed reactions after the release of Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’

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Photo courtesy of The Guardian.

Some are calling it “a classic and nothing more;” others believe it is the movie of the year. The reality is that Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” was released at a delicate time in history. The 1961 big-screen hit has returned to theaters producing mixed reactions. While the original featured a white woman (Natalie Wood) playing a Latina, the arrival of Rachel Zegler in the lead role of Maria has satisfied even the pickiest of nitpickers.

Everyone agrees that seeing Rita Moreno back, no longer as Anita but in the role of Valentina, the widowed owner of Doc’s Drugstore, has been the best move of the entire film.

Colombia’s Marithea is the only female rapper fighting for the crown at the Red Bull Battle 2021 World Finals

Marithea started jamming when she was just 14 years old. Moving forward five years later, in 2019, she became the first woman and Afro-Colombian to win a Red Bull Regional and placed third in that year’s Final and took second place in the Crossroads of Champions. Today and first national champion at the Colombian National Final, Marithea, will represent her country at the Red Bull Batalla World Final 2021.

Afrofusion superstar Burna Boy will become the first Nigerian artist to headline New York’s Madison Square Garden

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Photo courtesy of Billboard.

In the spring of 2022, Afrofusion superstar Burna Boy will become the first Nigerian artist to headline New York’s Madison Square Garden.

He will perform a one-night-only concert, titled “Burna Boy Presents One Night in Space,” on April 28. The show at MSG follows other impressive concerts at London’s O2 and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl this year and coast-to-coast festivals at New York’s Governors Ball and San Francisco’s Outside Lands.

Bad Bunny Transformed the World at his ‘P FKN R’ Concert in Puerto Rico

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Bad Bunny went big and went home at his “P FKN R” show in Puerto Rico on Friday night (Dec. 10), which also marked his first concert in more than two years since his X100Pre Tour.

Lines at San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium began to surround the stadium hours before the doors opened at 4 p.m. The crowd was packed with fans, who were in the stands for the first time in more than two years since his X100Pre Tour. As soon as the doors opened, fans toured the Bad Bunny museum, which included two huge Bad Bunny inflatables and displayed actual belongings of the artist, such as his Bugatti car and countless awards, to name a few.

The man of the hour, which was scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., didn’t hit the stage until 11:35 p.m. after all the fans were inside, and after a nearly 10-minute introduction highlighting the best of Puerto Rican culture, athletes, activists, and artists.

Megan Thee Stallion graduates

“Hotties you can watch me graduate today,” Megan Thee Stallion wrote on social media, sharing the broadcast link of her TSU graduation with her 34 million combined Twitter and Instagram followers. The 26-year-old three-time Grammy Award winner graduated Saturday afternoon from Texas Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in health administration.

Vicente Fernandez, the titan of ranchera music, passes away

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Mexican music legend Vicente Fernández has died. The king of ranchera music has passed away in a hospital in Guadalajara, Jalisco’s home state. He was 81 years old.

Fernandez died on the same day that Mexico celebrates the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe. For Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, December 12 has a special meaning. It marks the date when, in 1531, the Virgin Mary allegedly appeared to Juan Diego, a Mexican Indian, in the last of her apparitions.

Fernandez was such an icon that Telemundo interrupted its live broadcast of the Virgin of Guadalupe celebrations in Mexico to announce his death. News of his death quickly flooded social media, and major Mexican publications announced his passing.