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30 Pictures to Walk Down America Ferrera‘s Memory Lane

Would you have thought, looking at this nice, cute high school girl in the late 90s, that one day she’d be the red carpet beauty we know today? Let‘s jump in our DeLorean and go back to funky 90s to see how everything started.   

1. You Remember Ugly Betty!

Source: Devil America. Digital Image. Teen Vogue. September 18, 2016.

Some people say they knew very early on that they were “made for the stage”.  Maybe that’s true of our America?  Here she is in a Halloween parade, dressed as a little devil.

2. High School in the L.A Suburbs.

Source: Yolanda. Digital Image. Rotten Tomatoes.

So many of us are so far from who we’re going to be in high school.  But America Ferrera was getting close already.  She got the part in a Disney Channel movie, “Gotta Kick It Up!” when she was just 18.  

3. A Hit at Sundance.

Source: Ana García. Digital Image. Hello Giggles. March 10, 2017.

A few months later the acting thing started to take off!  Just 4 months later she lands her big Sundance break with the movie “Real Women Have Curves” by giving voice to young women who were struggling to love themselves and finding opportunities in life. This could‘ve been considered the birth of her inner activist…

4. Making a name for herself.

Source:  Thunder Monkey. Digital Image. Remezcla. March 6, 2015.

Years passed and America’s bubbly personality was catching on… She landed roles films and TV, like Lords of Dogtown and the CSI franchise. But much bigger things awaited…

5. Movie Career on the Rise.

Source: Carmen Lowell. Digital Image. HuffPost. October 19, 2014.

America made the jump back to the big screen, this time as one member of a “sisterhood” that passes around a certain pair of pants.  All four sisters, America, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel and Amber Tamblyn, have gone on to bigger things, and we hope more pants.

6. It’s Ugly Betty Time.

Source: Betty Suárez. Digital Image. Bustle. May 10, 2015.

You know when you heard that title you said, “say what?”  Then you watched the show and said, “ah, so she’s supposed to be ugly, but really she’s cute….”  You know you loved some Ugly Betty back in the day.  And America was great on it!  Season 1, she won the Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award.  Take that, Meryl!

7. Changing Red Carpet Looks.

Source: Sisterhood Premiere. Digital Image. Superior Pics.

Around this time, America started hitting the red carpets like mad.  A new hairdo and some radically different eyebrows from Ugly Betty turned some heads!

8. Got her 1st Major Win.

Source: Big Steps. Digital Image. Zimbio. January 15, 2007.

2007 was looking like a great year for America (and it was!). She started the year earning her biggest win of her career, the globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

9. Commended by the Secretary of Labor.

Source: Praises. Digital Image. Alchetron.

After her win at the Golden Globes, Hilda Solis, The United States Secretary of Labor commended her for “helping to break down stereotypes and provide a role model for young Latinas”. And she definitely was…

10. Taking TV by Strom.

Source: Yet Another Win. Digital Image. Zimbio. January 28, 2007.

Just a few weeks later she earned herself her 2nd major award when she won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series at the SAG Awards… once again for her role as Betty Suárez. She was becoming television‘s IT girl and we were loving every minute of it.

11. She’s featured in TIME Magazine.

Source: America @ Spirit Awards. Digital Image. Zimbio. February 24, 2007.

As an outspoken Latina, America always has the media’s ear.  As the proud star of a network comedy (based on a Colombian telenovela), she broke down borders left and right.  No less a source than Time Magazine took note, naming her one of the most influential people of 2007.

12. Became Comedy Royalty.

Source: Emmy Win. Digital Image. Glamour. July 6, 2017.

Won a Primetime Emmy Award and became the 1st Latina to win a Primetime Emmy as a Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Way to go America!

13. Supported Hillary.

Source: Hillblazer. Digital Image. Soul Brother. November 10, 2008.

America, alongside her co-star Amber Tamblyn and Chelsea Clinton led the organization Hillblazers, a platform created for young voters who were supporting Hillary.

14. Pretty Betty.

Source: Pretty Betty. Digital Image. PopSugar. March 11, 2010.

Later in the show’s run, Betty got a bit of a makeover.  Some fans were upset, but not America, who saw it as a natural progression for the character.  Plus, she noted how men are constantly rewarded for changing their looks on screen, while for women, it’s seen as “very brave”.

15. Wedding Bells.

Source: America‘s Wedding. Digital Image. People. June 28, 2011.

America had met her longtime boyfriend Ryan Piers Williams when he cast her in one of his short films at USC.  They were together from that time on, and in 2011, they wed.  Since then, they’ve made several films together.  Click through for news on their latest production…

16. Debuted in Theatre.

Source: Roxie Hart. Digital Image. Celebuzz. November 8, 2011.

After the big success that was Ugly Betty, doors opened for America… one of them took her to London‘s West End to debut in theatre as Roxie Hart in the Chicago musical. I bet all that dancing was a real challenge.

17. College Graduation.

Source: USC Graduation. Digital Image. USC News. May 20, 2013.

Early in her college career, America made the choice to give up her passion for acting and follow her passion for social activism.  But a professor helped convince her she could do both.  In 2013, she graduated from USC with a degree in international relations.  Juggling college with major film and TV roles took ten years, but she did it!

18. New and Improved Red Carpet Look.

Source: César Chávez Premiere. Digital Image. PopSugar. February 14, 2014.

The fashion world had to turn its head when America did red carpets for Cesar Chavez.  The former “Ugly Betty” star showed off a new sense of elegance and grace in a navy blue gown for the Berlin Film Festival premiere.

19. Big Biopic Role.

 
Source: Helen Chávez. Digital Image. Lionsgate Publicity.

America played Helen Chavez, wife of Cesar, in the 2015 movie Cesar Chavez.   Aside from wanting to tell the story of a Latino icon, America loved that the film showed him as a human being, a husband, and father.

20. Produced by Conference:

 
Source: Empowering a New Generation. Digital Image. Variety. June 4, 2016.

America as a panelist at the Produced by Conference, to help mentor a new generation of TV, film and new media producers.

21. Standing Up For What’s Right.

 
Source: DNC 2016. Digital Image. Instagram @americaferrera. July 18, 2016.

America has become a political force in her own right.  She takes a stand for immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, and even spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention alongside Lena Dunham.  Keep an eye on this one!

22. 5th Anniversary Celebration.

Source: Surfing USA. Digital Image. Daily Mail. June 23, 2016.

And since she swims a lot anyway…America and husband Ryan tried out a new pastime on their fifth wedding anniversary: Surfing!  Surfing is just a liiiiitle bit harder than it looks, so we’re pretty impressed with this pic!

23. Fighting Her Inner Saboteur.

 
Source: Victory. Digital Image. NY Times. November 30, 2016.

Since wrapping Ugly Betty and getting married, America has expanded her workout routine.  Since training for and running her first triathlon, she has completed several more.  She says it’s a great way to silence her inner saboteur and feel good with who she is.

24. Was front and center at the Women‘s March.

Source: America in Politics. Digital Image. Inquisitr. January 22, 2017.

America has always spoken loudly when it comes to defending the rights of those whose voices are not being heard. That‘s why in 2017 she became the opening speaker at the Women‘s March in Washington. We couldn‘t be more proud of one of our favorite Latinas.

25. Became Selena.

Source: Selena. Digital Image. Vivala. November 1, 2017.

In last year‘s Superstore Halloween Special, her character Amy went to work dressed up THE one and only Tex-Mex queen, Selena Quintanilla… and it was EVERYTHING! ?

26. New friends like Jay and Bey

Source: Family Feud. Digital Image. Instagram @americaferrera. December 29, 2017.

When you’re a smart, funny, politically active TV star, you start to make friends.  For example, noted film director Ava DuVernay, who directed Jay-Z’s latest video, “Family Feud.”  She joined an all-star cast (Brie Larson, Michael B. Jordan) to play a freedom fighter from the future.  

27. Pregnancy with Traveling Pants:

Source: Sisterhood. Digital Image. Instagram @americaferrera. January 2, 2018.

Okay, so here’s the not-that-big secret.  America and her husband Ryan are expecting their first baby!  They made it public in late ‘17.  Her “Sisters” are all still friends and were there to celebrate.

28. Taking a Stand Against the Industry.

Source: Time‘s Up. Digital Image. InStyle. January 7, 2018.

We know she‘s always fighting for a cause so it‘s no wonder he became one of the signatories for the Time‘s Up Legal Defense Fund in response to the #Metoo Movement created against sexual harassment women’s face in the workforce.

29. Sharing With Michelle.

Source: Secrets. Digital Image. Instagram @americaferrera. January 18, 2018.

America got the opportunity not only to take a picture with the amazing Michelle Obama but also got the opportunity to share the good news about her pregnancy with her… How cool is it that the former 1st Lady congratulates you one becoming a Mom?? Not gonna lie, we‘re a bit jealous!

30. Strong, Successful Woman

Source: We Love America. Digital Image. GotCeleb. January 19, 2017.

A lot has happened since 2002, and America Ferrera’s looks have undergone many changes.  But what has stayed the same are her talent, her tenacity, her charm and her dedication.  Who knows where the next 16 years will take her!

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

Photo courtesy Forward Latino

An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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