YouTube’s “Binging With Babish” isn’t your normal cooking show. Every couple of days host Oliver Babish takes a dish from a movie or television show and gives viewers a quick class on how to make the meal for themselves.
In a recent episode, Babish featured pollo a la plancha, the tasty Cuban dish shown in the Oscar-winning movie “Moonlight.”
As Babish points out in the video’s description, it only takes a few simple ingredients (onions, chicken, cumin, garlic, lime – to name a few) to make pollo a la plancha turn out amazing. If you’re planning on surprising your family or significant other with a nice homemade meal, this dish is definitely a surefire way to score some brownie points.
Pride Month is here and that means it is time to highlight the already celebrated LGBTQ+ shows and movies that have made a mark on us. Since Pride and the COVID pandemic are coinciding, it is a good time to watch some of the best examples of LGBTQ+ Latino entertainment.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, “Moonlight” brought Afro-Latino, Black, and queer storylines together. The movie follows a young Black man in Miami and his own trials and tribulations growing up with a mother who is addicted to drugs. His life is changed thanks to an Afro-Cuban man who takes him under his wing and shows him how to make it through his adolescents.
“To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar”
One of the most popular classic films in LGBTQ+ cinema. “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar” follows three drag queens who drive from New York to Los Angeles for a national drag beauty pageant. Chi Chi Rodriguez, played by Joh Leguizamo, convinces the two competing queens to let him ride with them. Along the way, Rodriguez learns what it means to be a drag queen and the queens all learn a lot from a small, rural community filled with unexpected love and understanding.
“Pose” brings the ballroom culture straight to your living room. Set at the beginning in 1987 New York City during the peak of the AIDs epidemic, “Pose” empowers the queer people of color of the time. Ballroom culture is an underground dancing culture that has jumped into the mainstream because of “Pose.” The show takes the narrative of HIV-positive people of color in the time and empowers them rather than tears them down.
“Tangerine” is the story of a prostitute on a mission. The main character gets out of jail and learns that their boyfriend and pimp has started a new relationship with another woman. So, she and her friend set out to find him and teach the two a lesson for straying from her while she was incarcerated.
“Genetfied” is the latest Netflix hit and it is all about gentrification and the fight to keep Boyle Heights Latino. In the overall story, there is a lesbian relationship that is leaving everyone with all kinds of envy.
“One Day At A Time”
Netflix really misstepped here when they pulled the plug on their production of “One Day At A Time” but Pop TV saved the show. The first three seasons are currently on Netflix so you can still watch all of those episodes and enjoy the growing openness of Elena as she comes out.
“La casa de las flores”
This telenovela is truly one of the most incredible projects with LGBTQ+ characters today. Even Valentina, the famed drag queen from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is in the latest season solidifying the shows LGBTQ+ status.
The Golden Globes has given us some very memorable Latino moments in the past. Who can forget when they confused America Ferrera for Gina Rodriguez? Well, the 2017 Golden Globes was able to give us a couple more memorable Latino moments and this time none of them came from cringeworthy gaffes.
Ryan Gosling totally gave his wife Eva Mendes all the glory for his win as Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
“While I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer,” Gosling said during his speech. “If she hadn’t have taken all that on so that I could have this experience, there would surely be someone else up here other than me today. So sweetheart, thank you.”
This speech seriously had some Golden Globes viewers weak at the knees.
I just fell more in love with Ryan. How is that even possible. Beautiful speech, beautiful man❤ #GoldenGlobe
Director Barry Jenkins talked to the press after winning the award and credited the success of the film to its fans. Jenkins also spoke about how the film, maybe because of the political climate, has served as a way for people to see themselves reflected in entertainment and reaffirm their belief that their stories matter.
Fellow Cubans were thrilled to see a story like Moonlight‘s make it to the top of the pile.
“There was one performance this year that stunned me — it sank its hooks in my heart,” Streep told the audience, referring to the time Trump mocked a disabled reporter with whom he disagreed. “Not because it was good; there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. It kind of broke my heart when I saw it, and I still can’t get it out of my head, because it wasn’t in a movie. It was real life.”
Her moment gave Latino celebs in attendance life, according to Gina Rodriguez.