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Salma Hayek And Penelope Cruz’s Friendship Show What Strong Female Friendships Are Made Of

Hollywood’s two leading Spanish language ladies, Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz, have long garnered attention for their friendship and love for each other.

Here are the fun facts behind their relationship.

1. The phrase “ride-or-die” should basically be an ode to them.

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During filming for their project “Bandidas” the pair took a flight together that almost had a tragic ending. In an interview, Cruz once said, “a thought came across my mind that if I were to die at that moment at least I’d die with my best friend.” 

2. They’re always down for a good prank.

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In a 2005 episode of “Punk’d,” Penelope Cruz played a hilarious joke on Salma Hayek. 

3. They have nicknames for each other.

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“She’s one of my best friends. We call each other huevos [eggs]. It was because when we were working together, we didn’t have children yet, so we used to sleep much more than now. So it was a way to call each other lazy,” Cruz said in an interview.

4. Sometimes people think they’re dating and they’re about it.

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In an interview with David Letterman, Cruz felt compelled to explain why she’d been caught grabbing Hayek’s bottom in a photo. “We are like sisters and we have some sense of humor. We did that in front of 100 photographers. And the story now is that we are lovers”

5. They trust each other more than you would your own hermana.

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When was the last time you let your sister take a pair of scissors to your hair? For Hayek and Cruz it’s been fairly recent. “When I was nine years old I used to spend a couple of hours a day washing and cutting hair at my parents’ salon and still, today, I’ll do everyone who lets me – like Salma Hayek, who is one of my best friends,” she says. “I’ve done her hair when the power went out in her house, with just a candle. That one really trusts me,” Cruz said.

6. They support each other like no other.

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“It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of. It’s magical. It gives you hope,” Hayek told Vogue in an interview that highlighted Cruz’s success. 

7. They’re each other’s heroes.

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In an interview about her favorite Hollywood Heroines, Hayek hit a number of names but was quick to also point out her love for Cruz. “But then Penélope [Cruz] has always been my hero and my friend. We’ve known each other for at least 20 years.” 

8. They adore each other’s worst qualities.

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“Other things that in other people would be neurotic or whatever, would be unbearable — on her they’re very graceful,” Hayek said in an interview where she detailed Cruz habits of playing with her food and ruining the plots of TV shows. “She has this bad habit because she tells you the ending of every episode.”

9. They’re all about each other’s dreams.

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“It is great to see somebody who you think deserves it get everything she has ever dreamed of,” Hayek told Vogue in an interview. “It’s magical. It gives you hope.”

10. They’re all about that goddess worship.

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“Penélope is a motherly creature, a warrior by nature,” Hayek said in a Vogue interview.

11. They’re friendship spans decades.

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The two actresses have been friends for over 20 years.

12. They’ve got strong selfie game.

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In a recent photo on Instagram Hayek posted a caption that read “Good #friends are forever. Los buenos #amigos son para siempre.” 

13. They just get each other.

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“The best thing about Penélope’s sense of humor is that it’s primarily about herself,” Hayek said.

14. They have a strict honesty only policy that wouldn’t work for most relationships.

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“We really respect each other, but if one asks a question to the other one, we know we’re going to hear the truth. And I think that’s why we are close friends and closer every day because there’s no B.S. in our relationship,” Cruz said of Hayek.

15. They get each other’s sense of humor.

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“The best thing about Penélope’s sense of humor is that it’s primarily about herself,” said Hayek about Cruz.

16. When they get together they live life on the dangerous side.

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News reports revealed that the two pals slept at a drug trafficker’s house for several days during the 2006 shoot of Bandidas.

17. They’re not afraid to get real with each other.

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After Hayek revealed that Harvey Weinstein had abused her during the making of Frida in 2002, she admitted that her dear friend wasn’t so happy wither. “Penélope was really angry at me, because I didn’t tell her what was going on while it was happening,” she said. “But, you know, I didn’t realize Harvey was doing it to other people, too, so I thought, ‘Why dump your stuff on someone and take away from their professional relationship with him?’ At that time Harvey was doing the best movies.”

18. They’ve supported each other financially.

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“Thank you my soul sister for your love of my country Mexico and your generous donation to UNICEF,” Hayek wrote after Cruz donated money to Mexico’s earthquake relief. 

19. Promoting each other’s success is just so natural for them.

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Fans of the duo will notice that it’s rare for one to be without the other for their film debuts.

20. The Academy Awards thinks they’re the same person.

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After the 2014 Oscars, the award show captioned a photo of Cruz with Robert De Niro as Hayek instead.

21.  They top the list of most Celebrity BFF goal lists

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Do a quick Google of the actresses names and you’ll likely find the top slots filled with listicles about the pair.

22. Cruz does Hayek’s makeup.

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“I like my career, but I love getting people ready for something because it’s a part of me. I can cut anyone’s hair no problem. I can do a blow-dry, I can put in rollers, I can wax somebody’s legs. I could have another job. The power had gone at Salma’s house and her make-up artist couldn’t come, so she called me and said, ‘You have to get me ready for this premiere’, and I lit some candles and did her hair and make-up too. No one noticed that it wasn’t done by a professional, so I was very proud of that,” Cruz said in an interview.

23. They love to wish each other happy birthday!

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In a post to her Instagram account, Hayek wished her bestie happy birthday with the words “You continue to #inspire me and I #feel #blessed that we are #friends.”

24. They’re 8 years apart.

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Hayek who was born in 1966 is 8 years older than Cruz who was born in 1974.


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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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