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Maluma and J Balvin's Bromance Is the Best Part of "Qué Pena"

The song is the first collaboration from the two jet-setting musicians.

Maluma and J Balvin just dropped a new video for "Qué Pena," and in many ways, it seems straight from 2010.

It's mostly about the two singers in a club meeting women whose faces they remember from previous encounters; eventually they realize that though they'd spent the night with them in the past, they don't remember the women's names. It's a tongue-in-cheek ode to drunk hookups and overconfidence, set over a sultry beat.

The video is an ode to lavish consumption, selfies and self love, picking up ladies, and gesticulating at the camera in front of dozens of candles.

For a pop song, it's rather long—stretching to nearly 4 minutes. But if you manage to watch the video at least three quarters of the way through, you'll notice that Maluma and J Balvin seem to have quite a cute rapport going. Is it a bromance or a romance or some combination of both? It's hard to say, but regardless their affectionate, touchy relationship is probably the best part of all of it.

Maluma, whose real name is Juan Luis Londoñdo Arias, is a 25-year-old Spanish-language musician who also happens to be one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. His album 11:11 dropped in May and features collaborations with Madonna, Ricky Martin, and Ty Dolla $ign.

This is the first time he's collaborated with fellow Colombian musician J Balvin, though apparently the two have been wanting to work together for nearly four years. In 2018, Balvin told Billboard that he wanted to work with Balvin and create a movement for new urban singers in Colombia. "If Maluma and I can support each other to start a movement and inspire others, we will do it," he said.

"They know this will mean so much to their country of Colombia, and show unity within the Reggaeton movement," a source told Page Six. "Their collaboration is pivotal as they both globally represent the movement of Reggaeton that came out of Colombia."

Reggaeton is a music style that originated in Puerto Rico in the 1990s. It's a fusion of hip hop, Latin American, and Carribbean styles, and usually blends rap and vocals. The music has struggled to gain recognition from mainstream sources like the Latin Grammys, leading to some controversy, which is likely why Balvin and Maluma wanted to collaborate so badly. Or maybe they just love each other.

The music video was filmed in New York City, and was directed by Colin Tiley. Check it out below.

Maluma, J Balvin - Qué Pena (Official Video) www.youtube.com

Andrea from the mega hit AMC show The Walking Dead, was a polarizing character for fans of the show but there is no question the actress who played her, Laurie Holden, is a real life badass.

It turns out that the actress is the member of a group called Operation Underground Railroad whose mission statement is to save people around the world from human trafficking, and last week they took down a dangerous ring in Colombia.

The group, led by ex-CIA officer Tim Ballard, posed as members of a bachelor party in Cartagena, Colombia and solicited human traffickers for underage prostitutes—prostitution in Colombia is legal except with individuals under the age of 16—Once the traffickers agreed to provide a number of girls, Operation Underground Railroad lured them back to a rented mansion decked out to look like a party was happening and video taped the men taking money in exchange for the underage girls. The group then sent the video to local authorities to apprehend the sex traffickers.

The penalty for trafficking underage prostitutes in Colombia is 16 years.

Learn more about Operation Underground Railroad here

Via ABC News

A suspiciously bodacious Venezuelan woman was busted at Madrid International Airport for trying to smuggle 3.7 pounds of cocaine…inside her breast implants!

Authorities noticed the 43-year-old behaving strangely during a routine screening of passengers returning from Bogota, Colombia, according to ABCOnline.

Female agents, noticed "irregularities and deformities" in her boobs during a frisky frisking session, and nervous narcotic knockers spilled the beans. Literally. She was taken to a local hospital where the implants and the $2.5 million worth of contraband was removed.

According to New York City board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Schulman, you just remove the saline from the implants and slide mounds of cocaine in it's place. This method of smuggling illegal drugs is common, Schulman explains, only because security personnel fear that lawsuits might result if their searches become too zealous. Surely, there are more risks than adjusting to your new breasts.

"There's obvious risks with that because it was probably not done under sterile conditions, so there's risk of infection and also the body absorbing that cocaine, which could cause sudden death from a cocaine overdose," he said.

Meanwhile, the discarded implants have been renamed "Lindsay" and "Lohan."

We all know soccer (or rather, “fúbol”) fans are hardcore when it comes to their fanaticism for the beautiful game—so let’s face it, Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany earlier this week can’t have been easy for the host nation’s footie lovers to stomach.

But, World Cup organizers are hoping a shrine to slain Colombian footballer Andres Escobar, situated in Rio de Janeiro, will help fans remember how far sports mania can go, and how dangerous and regretful the consequences of that can be.

Maybe the most poignant moment following Brazil’s defeat was David Luiz’s tearful apology, where he pretty much summed up the disappointment to a T.

“I just wanted to give joy to the people who suffer so much. Unfortunately we could not, sorry everyone, all Brazilians. I just wanted to see people smiling…” said Luiz.

Total. Fucking. Bummer.

But at least things weren’t as bad as they could be. Not sure what I’m talking about? Let’s take a little trip down memory lane, back to the 94’ World Cup.

It’s Colombia Vs the United States – Colombia’s second match of the tournament. In attempts to cut out across U.S. midfielder John Harkes, defender Andres Escobar ends up deflecting the ball… into his own net.

That’s right, Andres Escobar, the “Gentleman of the Field” (El Caballero del Fútbol) scored a goddamn OWN GOAL… but, not just an own goal… the deciding goal…Colombia lost the game 2-1.

Their World Cup dreams were dashed and they were heading home.

10 days later, Escobar was dead.

How’s that for a shock-and-awe inspiring headline?

The 27-year-old was gunned down outside of a nightclub, in a Medellin parking lot. And at a time when most of the county was only too aware of the influence and power of the drug cartels, it wasn’t long before rumors started to spread about who was responsible for the murder.

Escobar had gone to the club with some friends to try and get his mind off the World Cup. But soon after walking in, he left, to avoid the harassment and heckling that he had been met with—witnesses say patrons starting chanting “own-goal, Andrés, own-goal!” as he entered.

Escobar was shot six times in the parking lot of El Indio nightclub after an argument with men who were later tied to the cartels.

Needless to say, a lot of the other Colombian players were freaked….the.... fuck….out.

Faustino Asprilla, the team’s center forward, said he was assigned 20 bodyguards after the murder. Others went into hiding. Several decided they would never play for their country again.

Humberto Castro Muñoz was later identified as the triggerman and sentenced to 42 years in prison. Muñoz was a driver for renown drug traffickers Pedro David and his brother Juan Santiago Gallon Henao—but, through it all, he refused to implicate his bosses, who were with him at the time of the murder. He was subsequently released after just 11 years.

20 years later, fans are taking time to make sure that Escobar is remembered during the 2014 games. In a small pavilion in the quiet, sun-kissed gardens of Rio de Janeiro’s Museu da Republica, a shrine stands in honor of the murdered player.

Going forward, let’s hope we can learn from the past, keep our mistakes at bay, and act as rationally as we can despite all our irrational urges.

Pablo Escobar may be long gone but he continues to wreak havoc throughout Colombia way after his death.

In the early '80s Escobar was solidifying himself as the world's largest distributor of cocaine. Through complex methods of smuggling and the use of extreme violence he built a drug empire like the world had never seen. However, at the same time, he was building something else, a zoo.

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Escobar built a mansion called Hacienda Napoles, 200 miles outside of Bogota, where he shipped exotic birds and animals which included elephants, tigers, giraffes and yep, hippos.

Following his death in 1993, Hacienda Napoles became abandoned (It was briefly turned back into a zoo at one point and then into a theme park, complete with water slides) and while the other animals were transferred to existing zoos around the country the hippos remained, and in the agreeable Colombian climate began to multiply at an alarming rate, which does not bode well for the Colombian people.

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Known as the most dangerous animal in the world, the Colombian government is at a loss of what to do with this growing epidemic of dangerous hippos.

People started phoning in sightings of a mysterious animal roaming the countryside in rural Antioquia, 200 miles north-west of Bogota, back in 2007—14 years after Escobar’s death.

"They found a creature in a river that they had never seen before, with small ears and a really big mouth," Carlos Valderrama tells BBC, going on to explain that as the head of a local wild life charity he was tasked with informing villagers that the mysterious creatures were actually hippos.

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"The fishermen, they were all saying, 'How come there's a hippo here?'" he says. "We started asking around and of course they were all coming from Hacienda Napoles. Everything happened because of the whim of a villain."

Escobar started out with just four hippos—three females and one male—but they’ve bred at an alarming rate and although no-one knows the exact number, it’s estimated there are now between 50-60 hippos running wild.

And, they are rapidly expanding their feeding and hunting ground, with hippo sightings reported up to 155 miles away from Hacienda Napoles.

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