15 Craziest Vending Machines Around the World

 

You wont believe what some of the vending machines offer!

 

7 Business Ideas to Jump-start Tomorrow!

Are you looking to start a business or want ideas on what you can create to earn some extra cash? If you are then this 2 1/2 minute video can at least point you in the right direction.

 

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Shakira’s Chantaje Music Video

After dominating the radio by becoming number one in 16 countries, “Chantaje,” Shakira’s new hit single featuring reggaeton artist Maluma, is taking over YouTube with both the lyric video and music video.

In six days the lyric video for the song had over 8.3 million views and the music video racked in over 13.2 million views in just four.

The incredibly sexy video, which was shot by Director Juame De La Iguana, features Shakira and Maluma crossing paths in an Indian deli that leads to a secret nightclub in a back room.

Enchanted by Shakira‘s presence, Maluma leaves the deli and follows her into the hidden, yet chic club.

Throughout the video, Shakira’s tries to seduce Maluma into getting on the floor by playfully dancing and giving him some shots to drink.

When wearing a pink wig, a bustier cutout top and black and see-through silver skirt ensemble doesn’t work, she goes to the men’s bathroom, ditches the wig and reveals her signature blond locks. Later, she has on some dangerously short shorts strapped with a strategically placed leg harness on the outside.

When she catches Maluma watching her change she starts dancing seductively.

After everyone clears the club and Shakira does a sultry dance in between two mirrors, Maluma finally comes around and the two dance hand in hand towards the end of the video.

EL POETA CALLEJERO: UN TIGRE DECENTE PREOCUPADO POR LAS INJUSTICIAS SOCIALES

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Gerardo Gabriel Santana, mejor conocido por sus millones de fans como El Poeta Callejero es un joven al que podríamos definir como tímido y comedido. Mucho más allá de la súper estrella de música urbana nos encontramos conversando con un joven agradable, quien piensa detenidamente sus respuestas y quien lleva como bandera y mensaje, la justicia social.

Este deseo de igualdad y justicia social incentivado en gran parte por sus orígenes humildes y la pobreza que vivió en la niñez se ve claramente reflejado en las letras de sus canciones.

A pesar de los rumores sobre su fanatismo religioso, incoherencias o largos silencios en recientes entrevistas, el poeta callejero se define como “un tigre decente”, decidido a hacer lo correcto y a luchar por ser una mejor persona con el único arma que conoce, su arte, sus letras, su poesía que nace y se alimenta en el lugar que lo vio nacer y crecer: La Calle.

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HABLAMOS DE TU NUEVO ÁLBUM?

El título del álbum es “Tigre Decente” y en eso es lo que me es convertido, en una persona hábil para desenvolverse en el lugar donde me tocó vivir y decente porque soy correcto.

Dentro del álbum hay una canción que le dedico a mi hija y se titula mi bendición. Se ha hecho una serie especial y diferente que se usó con los temas del CD., un video de 40 minutos donde se desarrolla una historia con la música del álbum y que cuenta lo que es un tigre decente y porque.

ES DIFÍCIL SER UN TIGRE DECENTE EN REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA?

Es realmente difícil.

QUÉ HAY DETRÁS DE TU NOMBRE ARTISTICO: EL POETA CALLEJERO?

Yo crecí en la calle, nací en la calle en la entrada de una iglesia. Así fueron mis inicios y toda mi vida involucrado en la calle y poeta porque yo amo la poesía y la gente me empezó a llamar poeta pero qué tipo de poeta , bueno uno callejero.

PORQUE TUS LÍRICAS Y EL CONTENIDO DE TUS CANCIONES ES DIFERENTE AL RESTO DE LOS ARTISTAS URBANOS?

Me importa mucho lo que sucede a mí alrededor, soy una conciencia viviente que analiza lo que me rodea. Mi objetivo principal es ser un mensajero de lo que me rodea y exponerlo en mi arte.

QUE INJUSTICIA SOCIAL TE PREOCUPA?

La desigualdad, la pobreza y que los que están en posición de ayudar por sus conocimientos o influencia no lo hacen. Porque beneficiarse solo unos pocos no entendiendo que todos somos iguales.

SE HA HABLADO ÚLTIMAMENTE QUE LUCES INCOHERENTE, QUE TIENES PROBLEMAS DE ADICCIÓN O DESÓRDENES DE PERSONALIDAD. QUE PASA REALMENTE CONTIGO?

Yo solamente evito las conversaciones banales y triviales.

ES ESTA NUEVA PERSONALIDAD UNA ESTRATEGIA PUBLICITARIA?

A los hijos de Dios, los planes del enemigo, les terminan favoreciendo. La gente puede llegar a pensar que es una estrategia, entonces yo lo tomo con una actitud positiva y agradezco a Dios.

ESTAS PASANDO POR UNA DEPRESIÓN?

Mira yo vengo de una casa que tenía una lona como techo, que el piso era de tierra, que las camas tenían chinches  y  quemabamos los colchones con trementina en las noches para matarlas y aun así yo era feliz. Imagínate ahora estoy en mi casa con aire acondicionado, con gente apoyándome, siempre con más deseos de superarme y motivado a dar lo mejor al público.

UN MENSAJE PARA EL PÚBLICO EN ESTADOS UNIDOS?

Estamos coordinando una gira próximamente, espero verlos pronto y síganme en instagram a @elpoetacallejero

 

 

 

My Entrepreneurial Perspective on Bilingual Latino Media

Originally published in LatinTRENDS Magazine

In case you haven’t heard, CNN Latino shut down just a year after its launch!  NBCLatino.com closed its doors after sixteen months!  What’s going on? What happened? Why? These are some of the questions many are asking…including myself.

CNN Latino (not CNN en Espanol) was a bold effort to continue CNN’s commitment to the U.S. Hispanic marketplace. The Spanish-language programming, which aired in Miami, Los Angeles, New York and other top Hispanic markets, ceased this month after failing to meet “business expectations,” according to a company spokesman.

NBC Latino, whose tagline read “The Voice of American Hispanics,” quietly closed its doors last month. NBC announced the sudden closure of the Latino-centric site last November. The large-scale site was often praised for offering Latino-focused news, providing access to larger audiences to Latino-themed information, and drawing massive amounts of Latino readers/viewers. The news platform offered informed coverage for bicultural Latinos, often addressed the positives of the community, reported the educational status of Latinos. Many in the Latino community objected to the decision, though there were no actions taken to push NBC to reconsider.

Adrian Carrasquillo, a former editor at nbclatino.com said in a recently published article on buzzfeed.com: “NBC Latino probably needed to be better appreciated and taken more seriously inside the building.  One of those weaknesses is a failure, at times, to grasp what people care about on the internet, how we organize ourselves and our media now.

“Having Latino journalists in the newsroom is not some bullshit exercise on a diversity checklist, but an acknowledgement that the newsroom should reflect the country, the people you are writing about, the audience”.

It is, moreover, an obvious practical advantage: Every journalist brings his or her roots and experience to the job, and a newsroom can’t afford to be cut off culturally from a huge piece of American life in the 21st century. The missed opportunity at my old workplace bothers me most of all. There is no shortage of Latino media that misses the mark out there. Indeed, Latino media in the U.S. needs to revamp itself and understand what its audience is and what they care about”.

I have been operating this company for thirteen plus years now, and I can relate to Mr. Carrasquillo’s statements. The fact is that it is that running a successful and profitable media company is not a “walk in the park”. It is a very difficult endeavor, probably one of the most difficult businesses to develop into a profitable enterprise.  And profitable it MUST be, as no business can survive without more money coming in then goes out. “However, it is achievable” with a great team and lots of work, but We have been doing it. you can see video of our 100th issue celebration a few years ago in video below and You can read a bit on our history (trials and tribulations) that I wrote in regards to our 100th issue of publishing this magazine: 

 

 

“I believe the main reason with the two recent closures on CNN Latino (Spanish language TV) and NBC Latino (English Language website) and a lot of other corporate start-ups, is that the initial intent is wrong to begin with”.  Most of these start-ups were / are launched for the purpose of gaining market share from these big conglomerates, another word’s “to make money”. That purpose does not work, to be profitable is something that has to be a very important part of your plan…it better be, just not the initial intent.  I also hope that the suits at these companies are not of the belief that by just slapping the Latino name next to their logo gets them closer to a home run. It doesn’t! You have to run the bases first! If someone one wants to start a media company in the Hispanic market; you must first care about the community, and I do mean its people and their problems, dreams and aspirations. It has to be from that perspective. You have to fill a gap, search for a need and your intention must be integrated with integrity, it has to be real!  You really have to care! (And when you do you are ready for war, you are prepared for that long journey and to overcome painful moments that will show up), because the community that you are serving will pick up whether you care or don’t.

 

As I mentioned before…it is business and therefore money and profitability are important for the sustainability and growth of the enterprise. My experience has thought me that when the initial intention is born from caring and seeking to fill a need in the community, the money will follow. It won’t happen quickly, the journey may be long, longer then the threshold of corporate patience perhaps, but market share comes and the money follows…and money is a beautiful thing, at least it can be. In the case of starting a media enterprise, it just can’t be your beginning and end game, especially in today’s world. You must care about your audience!!

Christina Milian Wants Mariah Carey’s Ex

 

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By lovebscott.com

On The Wendy Williams Show, actress Christina Milian was put on the hot seat while she was trying to promote the remake to the 1975 cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

After Milian gave some shoecam and chatted about her daughter Violet with Wendy, things quickly became about her love life.

When discussing Violet’s Instagram following, Milian mentioned what it was like to co-parent with The-Dream and said “that they got along,” that “she loved his new wife [Lalonne Martinez],” and she “liked her a lot.”

Not one to shy away from uncomfortable questions, Wendy then turned the topic to Milian’s short-lived romance with rapper Lil Wayne. When asked if she would take the rapper back, Milian was not at all for the idea, but said, “that she was able to separate the relationship thing with business.”

Wendy later asked Milian “which of her exes would she spy on” if she had the power of invisibility, she mentioned her first real boyfriend, and Mariah Carey’s ex-husband, Nick Cannon.

“I’m curious about what Nick is up to,” said Milian.

Of course, Wendy couldn’t let that response go and kept pushing to learn more. At first, Milian was open to a friendship and collaborating on another movie with Cannon, her first lead role was in Love Don’t Cost a Thing, with her former paramour, but she eventually relented that she would be open to a relationship since they are both single.

Do you think Christina Milian and Nick Cannon should get back together?

Bruno Mars Resurrects 90s R&B and Soul on SNL

Photo by AsiaStarz

Photo by AsiaStarz

Puerto Rican American superstar, Peter Gene Hernandez, also known as Bruno Mars made a big comeback the past two weeks with the release of two new songs, a music video and an amazing performance on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL).

On Friday, Oct. 6, Bruno kicked things off to high gear with the release of his new track “24 K Magic” and its accompanying music video.  The funky throwback record is his first song in almost four years and the complementary video is a smorgasbord of everything 90s.

Versace blouses, door knocker earrings, track suits and gold chains were on full display along with Bruno’s killer dance moves.

Oct. 15 marked his fourth appearance on SNL, and when he came, he came to slay with excellent vocals, more impeccable dancing and the debut of his second track “Chunky.” Watch both SNL performances below.

Bruno Mars’ new album 24 K Magic will hit stores on Nov. 18 and the tour for his third album will start Dec. 27, 2016.

 

Gina Rodriguez Needs to Rap on Jane the Virgin

Earlier this week, the fierce Gina Rodriguez, star of Jane the Virgin presented the world to “Cutz,” her rap alter ego on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

The host sneakily dug into the NYU alum’s past and asked her about her rap days. While at first stunned by Fallon’s reveal of her MCing ways, to a national audience on live television no less, Rodriguez admitted to not only rapping on campus but to writing lyrics and being a part of a duo with her friend who went by Lady Fury.

Despite Lady Fury & Cutz’s enthusiasm for making original music, the duo stuck to the tried and true musical classics at college parties.

We would write foolishly, then when we got invited to college parties and they would be like oh, rap! And we would be like right of the dome, phew!!! Not off the dome… but we were dropping those rhymes all over NYU.

Then Fallon popped his hand up with a hidden mic surprising Rodriguez in hopes that she will spit a few bars. Although she looked like a deer in the headlights at first, she was game and with an assist from The Roots she went in on Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” even though Fallon was hoping for a possible freestyle or Lady Fury & Cutz piece.

Watch below.

Are you hoping for a Jane the Virgin rap episode after watching Rodriguez drop some bars on the Tonight Show? I sure am.

Jane the Virgin third season premieres on Monday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. E.T. on the CW.

 

This Year Women Ruled the VMA’s, but the Guys were Good Too

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By having over 200 million records sold, eight studio albums to her name and 14 number one singles in just a little over a decade Rihanna became this year’s recipient of the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the Video Music Awards.

While she may not have beat out Michael Jackson in records sales (around 600 million), she did beat him out this year in the amount of number one hits she has (his is 13).

The Barbadian hitmaker opened the show to a slew of her biggest pop songs dancing in a bubble gum cutout outfit and killing it on the dance floor.  This was only the first of four medleys she had throughout the night.

Hyperactive comedy duo Key and Peele spent the show commentating on the presenters, winners and performers while trying to create meme-worthy catchphrases of the night’s most momentous occasions. Some of their jokes were spot on, the rest were simply flat and repetitive sexual innuendos.

The most anticipated act of the night was none other than Britney Spears. Nine years passed since her lackluster performance in 2007, in which she looked more like a deer in the headlights instead of a pop princess. On stage, she had a steamy musical number with rapper G-Eazy of her hit “Make Me,” which was a definite return to form for the singer-dancer. Later they both performed one of his hits, “Me, Myself and I” to a cheering crowd.

Presenter Alicia Keys highlighted that it was the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech and later gave a stirring poem, in which she said “that all women and men are created equal,” before she announced the nominees for Best Male Video.

Calvin Harris won for “This is What You Came For,” which was co-written by his former beau, Taylor Swift, who he definitely did not thank.

Kanye West was Kanye West as he made non-sequiturs about his music idols, his love for his wife and his feud with Taylor Swift, in which he addressed his controversial music video “Famous.”

It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV. The audacity to put Anna Wintour next to Donald Trump. I put Ray J in it, bro. This is fame bro. I see you Amber…my wife is a [gangsta], not a lot of people’s wives would let them say that.

West later referenced the high level of crime in his native Chicago, shouted out Chance the Rapper and finally introduced his “Flashdance” inspired video “Fade.”

Not to be outdone, Beyonce took the stage for almost 20 minutes as she did an angelic rendition of “Pray You Catch Me,” which she followed up with a racy “Hold Up” where she smashed the camera with a baseball bat and topped it all off with an Olympic-like synchronized “Formation” dance that is worthy of a gold medal. She was later presented the Video of the Year Award by four of the Final Five od the USA women’s gymnastic team.

Jimmy Fallon shocked the audience by dressing up as Ryan Lochte and wisecracking about how he wrote “Sorry,” instead of Justin Bieber, which left the swimmer’s rival, Michael Phelps, in stitches.

Rihanna rounded out the night with medleys of her soul, dancehall and R&B songs showcasing some of her best vocals. Her performances were raw, powerful, sexy, emotional, and definitely unapologetic. In other words, truly her.

The sweetest moment of the night, however, was when Drake in a sharp tuxedo presented her the Vanguard Award and reminisced about first meeting Robyn Rihanna Fenty in 2005 as an extra in her first music video as she beamed at his congratulatory speech.

We loved the woman who hasn’t changed since day one. She’s someone I loved since I was 22-years-old.”

Rihanna would go on to remark on how her award was so much bigger than herself.

My success started as my dream. But now my success is not my own. It’s my family’s. It’s my fans. It’s my country’s. It’s the Caribbean as a whole. It’s women. It’s black women.

When she finished her speech she walked off the stage with Drake hand in hand. It was truly a remarkable night for women indeed.

Tiesto Brings John Legend with him to Santo Domingo in ‘Summer Nights’ Video

DJ Tiesto Brings John Legend with him to Santo Domingo in ‘Summer Nights’ Video

 

 

 

Dutch DJ Tiesto cranks up the summer heat and fun in Santo Domingo in his new music video, “Summer Nights“, featuring the incomparable singer-songwriter John Legend.

 

The great Roberto “manos de piedra” Duran and a look at the art, science & viciousness of Boxing

The great Roberto “manos de piedra” Duran and a look at the art, science & viciousness of Boxing

Roberto Durán (born June 16, 1951) is a Panamanian former professional boxer, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. A master in-fighter in the ring, he was nicknamed “Manos de Piedra” (“Hands of Stone”) during his career.

He finally retired in January 2002 at age 50 (having previously retired in 1998) following a bad car crash in October 2001, with a professional record of 119 fights, 103 wins with 69 knockouts. Up until his fight with Wilfred Benítez in a light middleweight title clash in 1982, he was trained by legendary boxing trainer Ray Arcel

How great was Roberto Duran? He was a master of the “sweet science” of boxing. considered as the best lightweight (135 pounds) ever. Roberto was ferocious and highly intelligent fighter that could do it all. The video exemplifies this perfectly. It shoes in different segments his mastery of the ring and his mastery of the sweet science ( along with the animal like killer instinct that made him great).

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Highlights of what you will see in this video of Duran below, will reveal that the way Duran moved was in fact artistic… a vicious art, perhaps, but there was also a science (precision) behind him and his every move. For those of you that are into boxing this video will show you or remind you what boxing truly is… a tough, but beautiful sport, which brings out the best in men…and now women also, BUT, to those of you who are just casual fans or who are contemplating taking up the sport as a way to exercise, to get in shape and or deal with stress, you should 100% take it up, its one of the best all around sports to partake in for mental and physical conditioning. You don’t have to spar (box) and get hit if you don’t want to, there are many boxing programs today that are safe in that way. However, I must WARN YOU! once you start to feel in some type of boxing shape, you may very well want to try it for REAL in the ring with a practice opponent AKA a sparring partner. if you do decide to try it Have fun…but before you begin get the docs approval, based on your physical. at the end of this article I have included some gyms in New York which you may want to try.

What you will see in this video “The Tao of Roberto Duran”

  1. Fainting..(make them believe one thing, but give them another)
  2. The art of slipping, ducking & rolling with lunches…(a la Mayweather)
  3. Ducking, weaving & counter punching…(making your opponent miss & make them pay for it)
  4. Turning & pivoting…(take away your opponents balance & momentum…use all you got to keep them confused and frustrated)
  5. Shifting ( as in baseball, the change up pitch confuses the batter. Keep em confused)
  6. putting with the jab…( an illusion to give them something else)

 

Check out this country song about Duran, called “The eyes of Roberto Duran” by Chris Gaffney

 

Roberto Duran singing Salsa ( with his own band) in the early 90’s…he wasn’t too bad.
but its best that he stuck with boxing…

Where to go for a boxing workout or training in NY

Mendez Boxing Midtown NYC: http://www.mendezboxingny.com/

Church Street Gym downtown NYC:  http://www.csboxinggym.com/

Gleasons Gym, downtown (DUMBO) Brooklyn: : http://gleasonsgym.net/index.html