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Yo-Yo Ma Sends Message Of Unity By Playing Cello On Both Sides Of US-Mexico Border


World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma is most known for his musical talents. The 63-year-old Ma recently brought his cello skills to the U.S.-Mexico border to make a statement about global unity. The musical performance was a part of an event – called Day of Action, celebrating the relationship between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. For Ma, the performance went beyond just music but a call to action urging people to “build bridges, not walls.”

The performance is part of Ma’s Bach Project, where he performs music by Sebastian Bach in various locations around the world.

Ma played Bach’s Suite No. 1 in a park across to the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge, one of the bridges that connects both U.S. and Mexican cities. The bridges are significant not just for where they’re located but their role in U.S-Mexico relations.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, 37 percent of the $612 billion in exports and imports between the U.S. and Mexico last year came through Laredo’s three international bridges. The bridges are also one of many ports of entries along the border where asylum-seekers and other immigrants can go to request entry in the U.S.

“As you all know, as you did and do and will do, in culture, we build bridges, not walls,” Ma said in a speech at his performance. “I’ve lived my life at the borders. Between cultures. Between disciplines. Between musics. Between generations.”

When performing on the Mexico side, Ma played the same songs and gave a similar speech on that end. Despite having a translator for him, Ma tried his best to speak Spanish to the crowd.

Many at the performance couldn’t help but feel inspired my Ma’s work.

Mateo Bailey, 16, who lives in San Antonio, also plays the cello and is the son of Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey. He told NPR News that Ma’s message connected to him because of his Mexican-American background.

“I’m half-Mexican as well as half-American,” Bailey told NPR. “For him to connect cello with what’s happening in the world is like, it’s a cultural bridge that was just built, and it’s amazing.”

For Ma, the performance is a reflection of what he wants to see in this world during divided times. Music is universal to so many people and is a way various different cultures unite as one.

“We live in a world of boundless possibility, but we also face daunting challenges, even to our very survival,” Ma says about his Bach Project. “I believe that during times of stress, confusion, and insecurity, we should share sources that offer comfort, purpose, and meaning. Bach does that. When his music touches us, it reconnects us to our common humanity.”

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Camila Cabello’s Performance At The Grammys Made Everyone Cry As They Remembered Kobe Bryant And His Daughter

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Camila Cabello’s Performance At The Grammys Made Everyone Cry As They Remembered Kobe Bryant And His Daughter

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The 62nd annual Grammy Awards was filled with tributes to Kobe Bryant after his tragic and shocking death in a helicopter crash with his daughter in Calabasas. Artists included tributes to the basketball legend in their performances last night but one performance made everyone think about the father and daughter who died.

Camila Cabello sang her new single “First Man” about the love between and father and daughter and things became very emotional.

Cabello’s song “Frist Man” is a song dedicated to the love between a daughter and father. A special love that cannot be explained to those who have not experienced it. It is a bond filled with trust, safety, protection, and appreciation.

Cabello sang the song to her father, who was sitting in the front row, and he could not contain his emotions.

Latino fathers aren’t known for their public display of emotions. It isn’t because they don’t feel the emotions but it is just a common thing for Latino dads to stay stoic and strong. Seeing Cabello’s father crying while his daughter sings to him is a touching moment.

Her performance was bringing social media users to tears.

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You can see the emotions in Cabello’s eyes as she sang her sweet song dedicated to the love and sacrifices of her dad. It is a special reminder that our parents have done so much to get us to where we are.

The song had a special meaning since it was the same day that Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant died in a helicopter crash.

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On the morning of Jan. 26, 2020, before the Grammys, news broke that Kobe Bryant died when a helicopter crashed in Calabasas. The entertainment world was shocked when TMZ reported the crash. Bryant, who was 41, played for the L.A. Lakers for 20 years. His daughter was following in his footsteps and was part of the basketball community. In their rush to report the story, TMZ reported Bryant’s death before the family could be notified.

A mixture of the days’ events and the connection between fathers and daughters led to an emotional reaction from fans.

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There was a lot of build-up to the performance. Many speculated, based on the kind of hype the performance was getting, that Cabello might be singing a special song to Shawn Mendes. Mendes and Cabello fans are not-so-secretly hoping for the pair to become a couple.

Even parents felt the love in the song.

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Who couldn’t text their parents or children after seeing this performance? The love between a child and their parent is something special. It is an unconditional love that comes with heartbreak when the child moves away. It is a bittersweet relationship filled with so many ups and downs but it is beautiful in its longevity.

The performance really hit home for some viewers who recently lost their own parents.

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The loss of a parent is a hard moment in anyone’s life. They are the person who knows you best and has known you your entire life. Losing that kind of connection is tough and painful but a part of life.

So, take some time and call your parents today. They want to hear from you.

*cries in Spanish*

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Camila Cabello And Shawn Mendes Took To Instagram To Show Off How They Really Kiss After Criticism

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Camila Cabello And Shawn Mendes Took To Instagram To Show Off How They Really Kiss After Criticism

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have been fanning speculation of a possible relationship since they released their music video for “Señorita.” One of the biggest takeaways fro some fans was all about their kiss. Sure, it was a little bit awkward and clunky, but that’s kind of the point, right? Well, Cabello and Mendes took to social media to show off how they really kiss and people have a lot of questions and emotions. (The full video is in this post if you want to check it out.)

The infamous kiss on Instagram is causing a lot of secondhand embarrassment among the stanships.

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It is truly a wild video. Like, who even kisses like that? It is really a moment that will live forever in social media history. Tbh, some people are lowkey just jealous that they didn’t get a chance to kiss either of them.

If Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes were trying to make their fan question their existence, they have succeeded.

It is hilarious in a way. Everyone thought they could jump in and tell them how they are supposed to be kissing, however, they never asked for the advice. It just goes to show you the power and influence of social media.

Some fans are acting like this was something they never asked for.

However, by tweeting that they are doing it all wrong is asking for it, y’all. If you were one of the people on Twitter talking about their kiss, know that you are the reason this kiss happened. You are the reason everyone on Instagram has to see this kind of sloppy kissing that we’ve only seen in teen movies.

Shawn Mendes: “So, we saw on Twitter and stuff, you guys saying stuff about the way we were kissing and how it looks weird, like, we kiss like fish.”

Camila Cabello: “Yeah. It really hurt our feelings.”

SM: “We just want to show you how we really kiss.”

CC: “Yeah.”

It has been a complete mood killer for some of the fans.

The first emotion most people have when hearing of a Cabello and Mendes kiss is that they have to see it. The second emotion is that it is so unnecessary to kiss like that.

With more than 14 million views on Instagram, it is clear that the people want this kind of content.

Act all offended, if you want. The facts are in and they show that the fans are all over this video. People cannot get enough of the two pop stars kissing in their own very unique ways.

Some are threatening to banish Cabello and Mendes from the internet.

But, why? The people want and need this. How dare you try to deprive the Instagram community of this precious and necessary content.

However, if you want not to see this, don’t scroll any further in this post.

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It is perfectly fine if you don’t want to see this. There is nothing forcing you to watch. But, who doesn’t want to?

Watch the most iconic kiss ever captured on camera below. (Spider-Man could never.)

Yasssss, queen. Get. It.

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