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Meet Pacha Massive, The Latino Duo Serving As Musical Catalysts For Change

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Latin alternative duo Pacha Massive has been lauded for seamlessly fusing English and Spanish language with electronic beats and traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The former has allowed the duo Nova (founder/producer) and Patricia Lynn (singer) to connect with American-born Latinos and audiences across the globe.

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Take the group's newest album, for instance. Where We Come From echoes many of Pacha Massive’s cultural influences, like Nova’s upbringing in the Dominican Republic and Patricia's Mexican background, while offering a collection of personal encounters that resonate with the human experience. But what truly sets Pacha Massive apart from the millennial surplus of "alternative" artists is their desire to be the change they wish to see in the world.

"[We want] to provide material to kids that are growing up under the same circumstances that I did, where genius is being wasted under a system that largely ignores them and a community where the need to survive exceeds the need to nurture the future leaders of this country and the world," says Nova.

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Who said originality was dead? Get to know more about Pacha Massive below.

VIBE Viva: You're 10 years in the game. Who was Pacha Massive then and who is Pacha Massive now?
Pacha Massive: Then, Pacha Massive was only dreaming about sharing music with the world. Now, the focus has shifted to making sure every single note and sound on that music makes a positive contribution in a world that needs it more than ever.

If you had to, what would you label your music? Also, what sounds and rhythms go into making it?
We like to call it Global Bass. Global because it is from and for the world, and Bass because it is characteristic of Afro-global culture, which is very prominent in the Caribbean, where I'm from. But also because, to me, the bass as an instrument and the frequency spectrum is almost mystic, it physically grabs and shakes your entire body and every particle within it. The bass, along with a nice drum groove, put you in that dance trance you can't escape.

Who would you love to collaborate with, American or non-?
So many people, but whenever you're asked that question your mind goes blank! But off the top of my head? Wizkid from Nigeria. If you haven't heard of him, do yourself a favor and look him up, I love what he's doing. Quest Love—he's a musical genius. I don't think I need to say much about him. Snoop, because he's Snoop Dogg/Lion! And Vybz Kartel.

How does your ethnic backgrounds play a role in your musical careers?
It's the foundation of my music, sometimes more obvious than others. But as a kid, almost literally, I would eat drums for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the Caribbean, we're blessed enough to have many African traditions thriving, like Palo [music] and Guloya [dances]. These are traditions that have existed much longer than the 500 years of the mixing, blending, and fusing we've been doing in this side of the world.

Talk a little about the new album.
It's been a true labor of love in more ways than one. First is the fact that we do this and sacrifice everything for it because we love the art. I have never in my life wanted to do anything else. And second, because this album was largely inspired by relationships. My own and that of the many people I've been lucky to come across in my musical journey.

What has been your biggest achievement thus far, and what do you look forward to accomplishing next?
[Receiving] messages from fans telling me that they are happy to finally have someone with whom they can identify, that they no longer needed to pick one language over another, that they could embrace it all without losing their identity.

That's deep.
That way of thinking is dead.

And accomplishments?
To provide material to kids that are growing up under the same circumstances that I did, where genius is being wasted under a system that largely ignores them and a community where the need to survive exceeds the need to nurture the future leaders of this country and the world. To setup youth programs here and globally, where kids that can't go to school because they have to sell peanuts or shine shoes to support their families, can go in at any time and have access to knowledge, encouragement, and communication to the rest of the global village. That's what I'm pushing for.

 

 

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The iconic Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez that sparked the creation of Google Images is now a luxurious watch.

To mark the brand's Spring-Summer 2020 collection, the brand has decided to reprise the Medusa Frame jungle print by way of a sleek timepiece. In addition to the new collection, this also marks the 20th anniversary of Donatella Versace's legendary jungle print. Roman numbers are found in the dial along with an interchangeable black leather strap for additional styling. The piece will cause Versace and J.Lo fans a pretty penny at $1,495.00 when it hits retailers in May.

Since her jaw-dropping fashion moment, the actress-singer has rocked the print a few times. A jumpsuit version was worn in the visuals for "I Luv Ya Papi" back in 2014 with a revamped version of the gown making its way to Milan Fashion Week in 2019.

But the jungle print wristwatch isn't the only second coming of the print. The brand will also release shirts, heart-shaped necklaces, Squalo sneakers and beaded as a three-dimensional décor on Virtus handbags.

Originally worn to the Grammys in 2000, Lopez's take on the dress was both a music and fashion moment. Although the dress was worn by Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, Donatella Versace and Sandra Bullock (in another color), Lopez's daring look cemented her spot in pop culture.

“I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t think it was all that risqué, to be honest,” Lopez told Vogue in 2019. “I was more excited it was the Grammys. I wasn’t even thinking about the dress all that much. I was just glad I had something to wear.”

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'Hustlers' Inspiration Sues Jennifer Lopez's Production Company For $40 Million

Samantha Barbash has filed a federal lawsuit against Jennifer Lopez's production company and others apart of the megahit Hustlers, with claims that her likeness was exploited in the film.

According to PEOPLE, Barbash's suit includes Lopez's production company Nuyorican Productions, STX Entertainment, Gloria Sanchez Productions and Pole Sisters LLC. Lawyer Bruno V. Gioffre Jr. claims filmmakers tried to “obtain a consent and waiver from Ms. Barbash for the production of the film and their ultimate portrayal” of her and failed after Barbash refused to sign over her life rights. The film was still made as it was based on a 2015 New York Magazine article titled, “The Hustlers at Scores,” about Barbash and several co-workers who drugged wealthy clients for their money.

Released in 2018, critics and fans fawned over Lopez's strong performance but Barbash shared in several interviews she wasn't impressed. She is now seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages. Barbash and her lawyer pointed towards specific scenes in the film that weren't accurate like Lopez’s character “using and manufacturing illegal substances in her home where she lived with her child.”

“I’m a businesswoman. J. Lo doesn’t work for free. Why would I? At the end of the day, I have bags that are worth more than what they wanted to pay me," Barbash told TMZ in September 2018. "She had my birthmark that I have. I used to have a piercing on the top of my lip. She had it on the bottom. She had a tattoo on her finger. I had it on my wrist. But her mannerisms? No. I am nothing like that in person.”

Hustlers proved to be a hit at the box office, grossing over $33 million in its opening weekend. Lopez has also received critical praise for her performance and earned a Golden Globe nomination.

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Camila Cabello Issues Apology For Resurfaced Racist Tumblr Posts

Camila Cabello has released another apology about disturbing racist posts she shared on her Tumblr page in her teens. Her Tumblr account, which went by the name "vous-etess-belle," shared various posts that mocked African-Americans and Asian people. The posts were pretty corny as they used stereotypes like chicken and watermelon to mock black people. One post also made fun of hip-hop music with a meme of Lil Wayne.

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The posts from the Tumblr page were circulated on Twitter by way of user @motivatefenty. While the posts were ultimately taken down, Cabello now 22, posted a lengthy apology on Twitter.

"When I was younger, I used language that I'm deeply ashamed of and will regret forever," she wrote. "I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it. I apologized then and I apologize again now."

I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. pic.twitter.com/iZrnUawUAb

— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 18, 2019

The singer has apologized in the past for her behavior and went through a revamp of sorts in 2016 by showing love to the Black Lives Matter movement, supporting Dreamers and donating money to various charities.

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"I'm 22 now, I'm an adult and I've grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain [this] carries in a way I wasn't before," the post continued. "Those mistakes don't represent the person I am or a person I've ever been. I only stand and have ever stood for love and inclusivity, and my heart has never, even then, had any ounce of hate or divisiveness. The truth is I was embarrassingly ignorant and unaware. I use my platform to speak out about injustice and inequality and I'll continue doing that. I can't say enough how deeply sorry and ashamed I feel, and I apologize again from the bottom of my heart."

As previously mentioned, Cabello's past behavior has been highlighted in the past. The former Fifth Harmony singer operated a mock Twitter account called "Ratchet and Sassy" to use the n-word and also used the word to describe former bandmate Normani. She apologized in 2013, calling them immature.

Despite their past, Normani and Cabello are on good terms. In an interview with The Fader, the "Motivation" singer recalled the moment where she was bullied with racial slurs by the group's fans after they misinterpreted the singer's reaction to a question about Cabello.

"[The girls] offered support, but I'm not sure they could be there in the way that I needed because it's not their experience," Normani explained. "They don't have to face on a day-to-day basis the things that I have to. I definitely learned after that that I had to walk a different way. I can't look like everybody else. We're all on good terms. Conversations have obviously been had. I spoke to [Camila] at Billboard Music Awards. I saw her again at the VMAs, and no bad blood at all."

Meanwhile, Cabello's boyfriend, fellow pop star Shawn Mendes has also apologized for "racially insensitive" social posts he's used in the past. "I apologize wholeheartedly for what was said & understand how offensive those posts were," he said in August, according to CBS News. "There is no place for comments like that, and those words do not represent who I am. I stand for complete inclusivity, equality, & love."

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