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Mexican-American Chef Aaron Sanchez’s Memoir Is Being Turned Into A TV Series

Any fan of the Food Network is familiar with Mexican-American chef Aaron Sanchez. The beloved award-winning chef and restaurateur has not only proven his skills on TV—he’s also written several cookbooks, and now he’s ventured into the realm of memoir. Published by Abrams Press on October 1st of this year, Sanchez’s memoir Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef chronicles the formative years of his youth, following Sanchez from his lively culinary New York roots to New Orleans, where his prolific career really began. The narrative is an honest, personal, and intimate glimpse into the life of a fatherless Latino boy turned top-tier culinary superstar.

“I’ve achieved this position as one of the most influential Latin chefs in this country,” says Sanchez. “There’s no formula, per se, but hopefully what I’ve gone through will inspire others.”

Indeed, the book has been well-received by readers around the country, with many folks relating to Sanchez’s Mexican-American upbringing. His mother, Zarela Martinez—like so many Latina mamás—was an outstanding cook, and she also worked as a highly successful chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. She served as a source of major inspiration for Sanchez throughout his youth, and in 2013, she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of American Food for bringing authentic Mexican fare to American diners.

“One of the things she impressed on me very early in my life is developing my own style,” Sanchez said. This advice has proven essential for his success, as Sanchez is known for his unique approach to pan-Latin cuisine. Although Sanchez can trace his professional trajectory back to his mother, his familial relationships are at the root of the next big development in his career.

ABC has reported that a new family restaurant comedy based on Sanchez’s new memoir is currently in development—and Eva Longoria is one of the producers.

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While it is still untitled, the television project will focus on the character Zoila Sanchez, who has a passion for telling stories through her food. In order to achieve her dream of opening a restaurant, Zoila moves her twin sons from El Paso to New York—which, as one of the most metropolitan cities in the world, is a far cry from a humble Texas town. As the family navigates their strange new world, they discover that food is the best (and, maybe, the only) way to cultivate connection, and their adventures in cooking draw them even closer together. The three-person family is based directly on Sanchez, his mother, and his own twin brother, and their experiences during that time of their lives.

UnbeliEVAble Entertainment—the production company created in 2005 by Eva Longoria—is producing the series, with Rob Sudduth, Ben Spector, and Longoria at the helm. Like Sanchez, Sudduth also grew up in a south Texas Latino family, and he even pitched a series to ABC back in 2017 based loosely on his life as a queer Latino man returning home. As of right now, his writing credits include the upcoming Netflix comedy series Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters, Lifetime’s American Princess, and Netflix’s On My Block.

And, of course, we are all familiar with Longoria. We know her as Isabella Braña from The Young and the Restless and Gabrielle Solis from Desperate Housewives. Since the two hit shows that catapulted her career, she’s focused more of her energy on philanthropy and socially conscious filmmaking.

Since the development of UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Longoria has made it her mission to advocate for Latinos through documentary filmmaking, as well as other genres of film and television. She also founded the Eva Longoria Foundation in 2012, to provide Latinas with the resources to succeed in school and business.

Longoria uses her platform to draw attention to inequities that directly affect the Latinx community—specifically women. Yet she emphasizes that her success is not based on her identity as Latina; rather, she has made a point to use her success as a means to rally for Latinx folks everywhere.

“I made my fame as Eva Longoria, not as ‘Latin Eva Longoria,’” she told Buzzfeed in 2018. “I’m the one who climbed the mountain and screamed, ‘I’m Hispanic!’ But I didn’t become famous because I was Hispanic. I think there’s a very big difference.”

She states that growing up, her mother insisted that she and her siblings be socially conscious and socially active throughout their lives. Through her Foundation and UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Longoria has set out to do just that.

Neither Sánchez nor Longoria has commented on the Where I Come From series yet, but stay tuned for more updates on what is sure to be a fascinating and enriching story about a famous Latinx chef finding success through family and food.

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That’s A Wrap? Cardi B Has Reportedly Filed For Divorce From Offset

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That’s A Wrap? Cardi B Has Reportedly Filed For Divorce From Offset

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Three years have passed since Cardi B and Offset got married and quite a bit has happened for them in the interim. They’ve had a child, they’ve both managed to make Billboard music hits and come out with multiple albums. They’ve dealt with public spats, accusations of infidelity, breakups and reunions.

Now, it looks like they’re officially ending it.

That’s right, it looks like it might just be the end of the road for Cardi B and Offset.

According to reports, the “WAP rapper” has filed for divorce.

Cardi filed for divorce from the Migos member earlier this week on September 15. The divorce petition was filed with the Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Offset and Cardi both continue to put Kulture first through this troubling time,” a source reportedly told Us Magazine. According to reports, the couple has a hearing set for Wednesday, November 4.

In December 2018, Cardi confirmed that she had split from Offset in an Instagram video where she claimed they “grew out of love.”

“So everybody been bugging me and everything and you know I’ve been trying to work things out with my baby’s father for a hot minute now,” Cardi said. “We are really good friends and we are really good business partners — you know he’s always somebody that I run to talk to, and we got a lot of love for each other — but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time. It’s nobody fault I guess we just grew out of love, but we are not together anymore. It might take time to get a divorce and I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father.”

At the time, Offset begged to be taken back and gave her a long apology on Instagram.

“I only got one birthday wish and that’s to get my wife back Cardi,” Offset revealed. “We’re going through a lot of things right now, a lot of things in the media. I want to apologize to you Cardi. I embarrassed you. I made you go crazy.”

Soon after, the couple reunited and made things official at the 2019 Grammys. As part of an interview with Vogue this past January, Cardi opened up about forgiving Offset’s infidelity.

“Everybody has issues,” Cardi explained. “I believe in forgiveness. I prayed on it. Me and my husband, we prayed on it. We had priests come to us. And we just came to an understanding like, bro, it’s really us against the world. He has my back for everything, I have his back for everything, so when you cheat, you’re betraying the person that has your back the most. ‘Why would you do that?’ We have come to a clear understanding. For me, monogamy is the only way. I’ll beat your ass if you cheat on me.”

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The Motion Picture Academy Just Dropped Diversity Requirements For Oscar Nominations And It’s Pretty Lit

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The Motion Picture Academy Just Dropped Diversity Requirements For Oscar Nominations And It’s Pretty Lit

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Equity is coming to the Oscars.

The Academy Awards have long received critique and backlash for their lack of effort to ensure diversity among its nominees. The criticism of these practices dates back to its first show in 1929. Since then, only 6.4% of academy award nominees have been people of color. Since 1991, only 11.2% of the academy’s nominees have been people of color. What’s worse, according to research, white actors have managed to build their careers on winning Oscars for roles in which they played the parts of POC. In fact, more women who are white have won Oscars for brownface and yellowface portrayals of women of color than actual actresses of color.

This year, the Academy is finally making an effort to change.

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced they made new eligibility requirements for the top prize at the Oscars.

Under the new guidelines for the ceremony’s Best Picture award, films are required to meet two out of four standards. They are: “on-screen representation, themes and narratives; creative leadership and project team; industry access and opportunities; and audience development.”

“We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry,” the Academy said in a statement.

The new changes will be required in the Best Picture category starting with the 96th Academy Award which will air in 2024.

“The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them. The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality,” Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement.

The academy’s newest requirements outline that “films must have at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors represent an underrepresented racial group, with at least 30 percent of all actors in minor roles from underrepresented groups.”

It gets better though! The show will require those submitting projects to ensure diversity and inclusion behind the camera as well. The academy is also encouraging projects to ensure women who are either part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, and part of the LGBTQ+ community as well as people with disabilities.

Here’s to a better award show!

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