The Birth of Hispanic Stars and the Death of Vine

The Birth of Hispanic Stars and the Death of Vine

Vine, the short-form video network announced in a saddening message that it would be shutting down the ability for users to create new content, but will be keeping the website online and app running, at least for now. They sent out sincere thanks to both creators and team members for all the laughs and growth over the years.

Twitter acquired Vine in 2012,  and it quickly climbed to the No. 1 app on the iTunes App Store. Recently, it was down at the spot No. 284 which isn’t surprising considering that Twitter has been more focused on its other video product, Periscope, and joining the live streaming movement… O sea, RIP Vine.  Yet, TechCrunch reported that discussions have already begun to possibly sell Vine and give it a second chance at success.

For the odd, ironic and hilarious Hispanics who made themselves into superstars via 6-second clips on Vine, there surely are bright futures in social media ahead.  Below we highlight our two favorite Hispanic creators that made it big thanks to Vine and whose content will never stop resonating with bicultural, bilingual Hispanics in the US.

LeJuan James

LeJuan James, a Puerto Rican and Dominican comic genius, made Vines using mixes of both English and Spanish showing scenarios of what it is like to grow up in a Hispanic household and be Hispanic in the US and all the hilarious adventures that comes along with it. For many young Hispanics, it is content that they could identify with and the fact that he includes his real family members in the video clips allowed for parents and grandparents to engage and laugh alongside the entire family. With almost 520,000 followers, we’re not the only ones who are obsessed with him! Here are two of our favorites which represent the relationships within a multi-generational household and the burning desire to dance in any situation involving the right tune:

Oscar Miranda

US born Oscar Miranda tends to write all the post descriptions in English and speaks in all English in a good amount of his videos. What is it about his Hispanic-centered content that brought him over 560,000 followers on Vine and over one million across all social media platforms? He demonstrates what it is like being Hispanic and peacefully living alongside the non-Hispanic culture and documents the hilarious situations that arise along the way.