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Las Notis: Cardi B Responds to Kylie Jenner ‘WAP’ Controversy, Puerto Ricans Speak Out After Botched Primaries & More

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla

Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on politics, media news + other going ons in Latin America and the diaspora—all in one quick digest. 

Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today.

  • Puerto Ricans are calling for the resignation of Juan Ernesto Dávila, president of the island’s election commission, after officials temporarily halted primary elections because of missing ballots. Hundreds of voters were turned away after centers shut down, revealing botched planning for which many people still feel they’re owed an explanation. [CNBC]
  • The family of Sean Monterrosa, the 22-year-old killed by police outside of a Walgreens in Vallejo, California, is suing the city and the officer involved in the shooting. Their federal lawsuit maintains that the Vallejo Police Department did not discipline or retrain police officer Jarett Tonn after Monterrosa’s killing. [Huffington Post]
  • A new CDC report using pediatric data from 14 states says that similar to patterns we’ve seen with adults in the country, Black and Latinx children are affected by the coronavirus at disproportionate rates. [The Hill]
  • Cardi B responded to backlash over Kylie Jenner’s cameo in “WAP,” the Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion collaboration released last Friday. “Why did I put Kylie on my music video? She treated my sister and daughter so lovely at her kid’s bday party. Travis and Set are real close and Kris Jenner have been giving me advice on certain things I ask for and her husband real cool with mine,” Cardi said in since-deleted tweets that also maintained the controversy was “not about race.” [TW]

  • Joe Biden seems to be turning to commentator Ana Navarro for some support during recent virtual campaign events and other Latino outreach efforts. Navarro is a Republican who says she voted Democrat for the first time in 2016 and has been known to speak out forcefully against Donald Trump. [NBC Latino]
  • Brazil officially recorded more than 100,000 coronavirus deaths this weekend, the second-highest figure in the world after the U.S. The number of deaths in the country has more than doubled in 50 days, after the first 50,000 deaths were spread out over three months, showing the intensity of the spread there. [BBC]
  • The search for five Afro-Caribbean Garifuna men abducted at gunpoint by men in police uniforms in their homes in Honduras continues. Several of the men were environmental and Indigenous activists, and their disappearance has rallied Garifuna communities and sparked Black Lives Matter protests in the region. [The Daily Beast]
  • According to the NYT, a deep-rooted fear of hospitals has led some people in Mexico to avoid getting the care they need amid the coronavirus pandemic.