Culture

A Trans Latina Is Having Her Quinceanera Aired By HBO As A Docu-Series Exploring The Time Honored Tradition

HBO followed five Latinas during four quinces and this is what they got.

HBO and Mexican actress-singer Thalía teamed up to create “15: A Quinceañera Story,” a docu-series that shows the significance of the celebration across different Latino cultures. The four-part documentary, which airs on HBO on Dec. 19-22, will profile four quinceañeras with four very different stories. Here are the five young Latinas featured in the four-part documentary special.

1. Zoey

Zoey first caught the media’s attention last year with the release of a documentary about her life titled “Raising Zoey.” The film followed her story of acceptance as a transgender Latina living in south Los Angeles. In “15: A Quinceañera Story,” Zoey’s trans godmothers, who never got to have their own quinces, are able to partake in her special day. As the documentary shows, the trans women and Zoey having her own quince marks a change in the cultural acceptance of trans people in American and Latino society.

2. Rosi

Rosi, a Guatemalan-Cuban-American, is all about embracing all aspects of her identity. Rosi has to deal with political and international immigration laws in order to have her family attend her quince. The 15-year-old eventually has to move her quince abroad to Havana, Cuba because her grandfather’s visa to travel to the U.S. for the celebration gets denied.

3. Ashley

Ashley’s story is all about immigration and the current debate gripping the nation: her father has already been deported and her mother is a DACA recipient. Ashley, who lives in East Los Angeles, is also an amateur boxer whose first fight is scheduled very close to her quinceañera. To make things even more complicated, Ashley’s boxing coach is dealing with his own deportation proceedings.

4. Jackie and Nina

Jackie and Nina are best friends living in San Antonio. The two are avid escaramuza (rodeo) riders and are Mexican-Americans who are multiple generations deep in the United States. Jackie and Nina, who have been best friends all through childhood, want to enter womanhood together. Their love for each other and traditional Mexican horse riding leads the pair to have a joint quince centered on an escaramuza.


READ: This Quinceañera Theme Was So Legit, Even The Centerpieces Followed The Theme

Share this story with all of your friends by tapping that little share button below!

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Farina Dances for Arcángel in a Martini Glass in “La Boca” Music Video

Latidomusic

Farina Dances for Arcángel in a Martini Glass in “La Boca” Music Video

That long-awaited Farina and Arcángel project is finally seeing the light of day. The two Latin hip-hop giants teamed up for the sexy “La Boca” music video that was released on Feb. 17.

Farina first opened up about her album with Arcángel last year.

Farina is one of the leading female rappers from Colombia. Arcángel is a Puerto Rican pioneer in the reggaeton music scene. There were rumblings about a collaborative album between the two last year.

“I have an album coming with Arcángel,” she told Remezcla last October. “It’s the first time that a man and a woman are making an urbano album together. It’s an honor for me to be making history in that way.”

“La Boca” is a strong introduction to their collaborative project.

The first taste of that project is here. Farina and Arcángel join forces for the first time for “La Boca.” In the reggaeton banger, the two rappers exchange steamy lines about sharing a kiss with plenty of tongue-action. Farina embraces her baddie side as she boasts about the talents that her mouth possesses. Farina and Arcángel are a great duo and they deliver the goods with this alluring and hypnotic collaboration.

The music video for “La Boca” is just as captivating. In the gold-colored visual, Farina dances in a martini glass in front of Arcángel.

“Working with Arcángel was a dream come true,” Farina said in a statement. “I learned so much from him, and at the time felt like a little girl meeting her idol. I’m so proud of the result of our collaboration and can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for them.”

“La Boca” follows Farina’s stellar collaboration “Tick Tock” with Mexican pop stars Thalía and Sofía Reyes. The trio teamed up last year for the Facebook Watch series Latin Music Queens.

Read: Meet Bad Bunny’s Collaborator Mora: Our 5 Favorite Songs on ‘Primer Día de Clases’

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

HBO’s ‘Allen v. Farrow’ Documentary Sparks Potential Lawsuit

Entertainment

HBO’s ‘Allen v. Farrow’ Documentary Sparks Potential Lawsuit

Updated Feb. 24, 2021.

Dylan Farrow’s name has been tightly linked to the story she has been telling since 1992.

For three decades her account of being molested by her adoptive father, director Woody Allen, while in her mother Mia Farrow’s attic in Connecticut and molested her when she was seven years old has not wavered. She first told the story at the time of the incident to therapists, then she told police, and years later in 2014, she wrote an oped to the New York Times and again in 2017 for the Los Angeles Times. In 2018 she spoke about the incident in a televised interview with CBS and now she’s telling the same story, which many have cast doubt on in a four-part documentary from HBO titled Allen v. Farrow.

Allen v. Farrow investigates the abuse allegations and subsequent custody battle that gravely affected Farrow’s career but has only recently begun to create problems for Allen.

The new documentary series aired its first episode which examined the ways in which Allen’s behavior toward Dylan struck family, friends, and even a psychiatrist as inappropriate. The episode details how Allen took up an obsessive interest in Dylan after her adoption.

“I was always in his clutches,” Dylan remembered in the first episode. “He was always hunting me.” Dylan goes onto recall instances in which Allen would “direct” her on how to suck his thumb and what to do with her “tongue.” At one point a family friend backs up this behavior saying she’d seen Dylan doing this one time while other family members and acquaintances said they’d also witnessed Allen’s oddly sexual treatment of Dylan.

Allen has always denied the allegations brought forth by Dylan and has largely gotten away from the stain of such claims to continue his career based on the “woman scorned” trope.

Allen has proven to be the exception to the #MeToo movement in Hollywood despite many who claim to support the efforts to end sexual abuse in the industry. Prominent actresses like Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, and even Selena Gomez worked with Allen in the decades after he was accused of abuse. Gomez starred alongside Timothée Chalamet in Allen’s 2017 film A Rainy Day in New York, which was eventually shelved by the movie’s production company, Amazon Studios after Dylan reiterated her claims in the 2017 op-ed.

Since the 90s, Allen has maintained that Farrow, his former partner of 12 years, conducted a smear campaign against him after she discovered his affair with her 21-year-old adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn.

At the time of their tumultuous divorce, which came as a result of the affair, Allen claimed that Dylan had been coached by Farrow. In response to the documentary, Allen denied interview requests for the documentary and described it after the fact as a “hatchet job riddled with falsehoods” and a “shoddy hit piece.”

As a result, Allen v. Farrow v. Skyhorse v. HBO might be up next. 

Skyhorse Publishing, the publisher behind Allen’s latest book, “Apropos of Nothing,” has threatened to sue the makers of the new docuseries for sampling excerpts from the famous director’s audiobook. 

“Neither the producers nor HBO ever approached Skyhorse to request permission to use excerpts from the audiobook,” Tony Lyons, president of Skyhorse said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “[W]e believe that its unauthorized use of the audiobook is clear, willful infringement under existing legal precedent . . . We will take the legal action we deem necessary to redress our and Woody Allen’s rights in his intellectual property,” the statement went on. 

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com