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Natalia Lafourcade celebrates Mexican son jarocho on her new album, Un Canto Para Mexico.
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On Her Latest Album Musician Natalia Lafourcade Searches For The Soul Of Son Jarocho, Her Family’s Hometown in Mexico


We are in a defining moment for Natalia Lafourcade’s career. For the last five years, she has embraced traditional folk music from Mexico and throughout Latin America. She also recorded with veteran musicians who played with the legendary ranchera singer Chavela Vargas — she brought Juan Carlos Allende and Miguel Peña to the Tiny Desk in 2017.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

From the Pages of Orlando Weekly: Observing the third anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting


This week we observe the third anniversary of the worst day in Orlando’s history. In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, 49 people were shot to death at Pulse. The nightclub posted a terrifying message on its Facebook page, “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running,” as the bullets began to fly. As that merciless Sunday turned to daylight, friends and neighbors rose up to help each other however they could. Blood banks couldn’t handle the influx of donors, who often sat for hours in the sun. Bilingual residents helped translate for the friends and family of the mostly Latinx victims. Like any city, Orlando wants its name to ring out, but not like this. To the …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

What it’s like to be queer and Latinx in Orlando now


A gunman walked into Orlando’s packed gay nightclub Pulse during Latin Night in the early hours of June 12 and unleashed a siege of terror that would ultimately kill 49 people and wound 53. The people who left us forever included an accountant, a bouncer, college students, dancers, a perfume salesman, salon owners and mothers and fathers. And it’s important to note that although the victims were from different races and sexual identities, they were overwhelmingly composed of queer Latinos, Latinas and Latinxs, a gender-nonspecific term. Nearly half of them were Puerto Rican, but there were Mexicans, Dominicans and Cubans, too, and several were undocumented. Locally, LGBTQ Latinxs, like Equality Florida’s Carlos Guillermo Smith, are grappling with the fact that …
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