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We recap the 2024 Super Bowl : Pop Culture Happy Hour

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Usher performs onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Usher performs onstage during the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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This year’s Super Bowl featured an exciting game in which the Kansas City Chiefs beat San Francisco 49ers. It also featured an attention-grabbing halftime show from Usher, many Taylor Swift sightings, and a big announcement during the commercials: Beyoncé is releasing a new album in March, and she just dropped two new singles.

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Cuban cabaret artist Juana Bacallao dies at 98

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Cuban singer-entertainer Juana Bacallao performs at the “One-Eyed Cat” cafe in Havana in 2010.

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Cuban cabaret sensation Juana Bacallao died Saturday in her hometown of Havana, according to a statement on social media from Cuba’s Ministry of Culture. She was 98 years old.

The famed, globe-trotting vocalist performed alongside artists such as Nat King Cole and Benny Moré. Her name became synonymous with the glamorous Cuban nightclub scene of the 1940s and 1950s.

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But her career spanned almost her entire lifetime.

“She marked a milestone in the history of Cuban cabaret, from the 50s of the last century until just a few years ago,” said the Ministry of Culture’s statement.

Known for her husky voice, gaudy sequined dresses, blonde wigs and risqué performances, Bacallao thrilled audiences at Tropicana and other legendary Havana nightspots. According to a 2010 Denver Post article about one of Bacallao’s performances, she asked the crowd, ‘”Do we have any virgins here?’ before suggesting that some of the male patrons ought to pay extra for staring at her so hard.”

Bacallao was the artist’s main stage name. She was also known as Juana La Cubana. Her real name was Amelia Martínez Salazar, according to the Ministry of Culture.

Born in a working-class neighborhood in Havana in 1925, Bacallao was orphaned at 6 and attended Catholic school, before she was said to have been discovered as a teenager while cleaning houses by bandleader Obdulio Morales.

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“Owner of a very special sense of Cuban and Creole humor, she took her art and wit to countries such as the United States, France, Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Spain,” said the statement on Facebook. “Her physical departure represents a sensitive loss for the Cuban music scene.”

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'Wait Wait' for February 24, 2024: Hail to the Chief Edition

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This week, we celebrate Presidents’ Day by revisiting interviews with guests who would ABSOLUTELY win the popular vote. So cue up the band, and be ready to hail to Ray Romano, Rosie Perez, and more!

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Ray Romano attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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