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Ally Brooke Borrowed The Hair Clip Selena Quintanilla Wore For Her Tribute On ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Former Fifth Harmony member and artist Ally Brooke gave a winning performance on Dancing With The Stars last night. The 26-year-old Mexican singer paid homage to Selena Quintanilla and the 1997 film, starring (future-Oscar-winner)  Jennifer Lopez, Selena. Judges gave Brooke and her professional dance partner Sasha Farber the highest score of the night. Audiences found Brooke’s performance to be an emotional tribute with many saying they cried on Twitter. 

The moment must have been cathartic for Brooke who was branded the “worst” dancer of Fifth Harmony and subjected to online bullying because of it. Brooke joined the cast to take a stance against bullying and show the world what she is really made of — last night she did just that. 

Ally Brooke channeled her hero Selena Quintanilla last night. 

Fans rejoiced as Brooke gave a touching tribute to Selena Quintanilla on Dancing With The Stars. She performed a rumba number to Selena’s “Dreaming of You.” Brooke shares both Mexican and Texas heritage with the famous Tejano singer who passed away in 1995 when Brooke was just two years old.

The theme of the evening was “Movie Night.” Brooke and her pro-partner Sasha Farber took their outfit inspiration from the 1997 film starring Jennifer Lopez. Wearing shimmering metallics and an asymmetrical skirt, the pair gave an intense performance that resonated with the audience. The “Lips Don’t Lie” singer won with the highest score of the night, tying with Kate Flannery, with a score of 24 out of 30. 

Judges were stunned. “I had chills the whole time,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. Brooke gave a shout out to the Quintanillas after her routine. She’s a true stan. 

“I want to give them a shout out, all the Quintanillas. Suzette, we got to see her a few days ago,” she said while showing off a Selena-style pin in her hair. “Selena’s in my heart forever. I hope I made her proud.”

Selena is her #1 inspiration.

Brooke wrote a bilingual post on Instagram, sharing her admiration for the “Como la Flor” singer in English and Spanish.

“Tonight was for you Selena, My #1 inspiration I hope I made Selena’s family and fans proud. This was so beautiful for me to do. The Rumba to Dreaming of You! I love you forever.” Ally wrote. “Esta noche fue para ti Selena, Mi inspiracion #1. Espero haber enorgullecido a la familia y fanáticos de Selena. Poder hacer esto, fue muy hermoso para mi. ¡La rumba, a la cancíon Dreaming of You! Te amare por siempre.” 

The audience stans Brooke’s performance.

“I can’t listen to Selena’s Dreaming of You without tearing up. Aly’s tribute to her was so beautiful,” one user wrote.  

“Watching dwts once again with my mom and she BAWLED watching Ally and Sasha’s dance. She loved Selena a lot and said Ally looked like her while dancing,” another user wrote. 

“Ally made Selena proud in Heaven. It made me cry,” another wrote. 

Ally Brooke has something to prove. 

We’ve all seen the memes. Brooke was regarded as the worst dancer of Fifth Harmony. Throughout her stint in the girl group, fans and haters alike would share GIFs of Brooke’s choreography, singling her out from the rest to poke fun of her imperfect moves.

“HAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! Shout out to me trying to be extra cute for the Japanese TV show  lol & that choreo thoooo,” Brooke wrote in response to a meme, showing she doesn’t take herself too seriously. 

 While it may seem like innocuous fun, having thousands of people point out you’re not the best at something cannot feel good. Brooke is a singer first, and dancing is an unfortunate requirement of being in a girl group, even if it is not necessarily something everyone is trained in. We can’t all be Normani, Brooke knows that better than anyone else.

“I’m excited to take it on myself,” Brooke told ET of following in Normani’s footsteps, who also appeared on the show. “Obviously [Normani’s] experience on the show, being there was amazing. She had the most incredible time. And she, girl, is like a whole other level. She is so amazing and so talented. She did unbelievable.”

When Brooke premiered on DWTS and received a score of 20 out of 30, she described the experience as nothing short of liberating. 

“That felt honestly liberating for me,” Brooke told Erin Andrews through tears. “I just want to say up here while I have the opportunity, if anyone ever feels like they’re scared to do something because they got made fun of or bullied, I want you to know that you can do it, and I hope that I can be an inspiration and voice for you guys.”

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It’s Finally Justina Machado’s Time to Shine

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It’s Finally Justina Machado’s Time to Shine

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On Monday, beloved (and not to mention, underrated) actress Justina Machado sat down for a wide-ranging interview with the Los Angeles Times.

In it, Machado covers everything from her lengthy career, to the sad state of Latinx representation in Hollywood, to the offensive phone call she had with a tone-deaf TV exec in the ’90s.

Finally, after almost 25 years of hard work in Hollywood, Machado is dominating America’s Monday nights with two high-profile gigs: a spot on “Dancing With the Stars” and the return of “One Day At a Time” to CBS after it was unceremoniously dropped by Netflix.

Naturally, with so much on her plate, the Puerto Rican actress in not only mentally, but physically exhausted. After all, “Dancing With the Stars” is notorious for its grueling practice and shoot schedules. “Every day when I come home, my routine is dunking my feet in [an ice bath],” she told the LA Times. “The first week and a half of rehearsals, forget about it–I was crying.”

But Machado is glad that she took the DWTS opportunity for what it means in terms of Latinx representation on network television.

“The thing about ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is it reaches so many more homes than [‘One Day at a Time’]…,” she told the publication. “I know they’ve had Latinas on the show, but they need a whole lot more. And so I was like, ‘I’m going to do that. I’m going to be that Puerto Rican woman that’s on that show.’”

Throughout the interview, Machado gets candid about what it’s like to be a Latina in the American entertainment industry–which is an unforgiving business.

She described the beginning of her career as plagued by insecurity. Before she began a professional acting career, Machado was convinced she couldn’t make it as an actor because professional acting “wasn’t a part of [her] world.” “Nobody was an actor in Chicago that I knew, in my neighborhood, in the inner city of Chicago,” she explained.

After she finally established her footing in Hollywood, she was then met with further doors slammed in her face in the form of racism and anti-Latino sentiment.

Like when an executive called her to tell her why her TV show wasn’t moving forward, back in the ’90s.

“He literally called my house, nice man… and said, ‘My God, your pilot is so great. Everybody loves you, everybody. But we don’t think America is ready for a Latino family.’”

What’s depressing about this story is that Latino representation onscreen still hasn’t gotten much better over 20 years later. But Machado is hopeful that the tides of change are turning

“That was acceptable for him to say…Like, what? And that was the ’90s! And look at today. How many Latino families do you see on television? So America better get ready because we’re here. We’re here.” We know that if Machado has anything to do with the future of TV, we’ll be seeing Latino families more and more often.

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Netflix’s ‘Vampires vs. The Bronx’ Is Your New Quarantine Binge That Hilarious Roasts Gentrifiers

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Netflix’s ‘Vampires vs. The Bronx’ Is Your New Quarantine Binge That Hilarious Roasts Gentrifiers

Vampires vs. The Bronx

Over the weekend, to kick off the start of October, streamers unleashed a whole new slate of movies and series to binge while in isolation. To celebrate the Halloween season, most of the films and series are creep-related, drawing from some of our greatest everyday fears as All Hallows’ Eve content is often wont to do.

Using one of the scariest modern-day realities, Netflix’s newest film Vampires vs. The Bronx digs into one of the world’s scariest concepts: gentrification!

Ahh!!

Netflix’s newest movie, Vampires vs. The Bronx, follows three teenage boys fighting to save their neighborhood from bloodsucking gentrifiers.

The horror comedy film was written and directed by “Saturday Night Live” film segment director Osmany Rodriguez. You might know the director from his work on hysterical shorts for SNL including 2018’s “Complicit” which starred Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump. Rodriguez also wrote the series’ faux Levi’s Woke commercial which featured Ryan Gosling, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, and Kenan Thompson.

According to Deadline, “Vampires vs. The Bronx” watches as “gentrification from an unlikely and deadly source creeps into the Bronx, a group of teenage friends rally to save the beloved local bodega and fight against a supernatural force intent on taking over their home at all costs.”

The new film takes audiences into the treasures of a neighborhood like The Bronx (like local bodegas and block parties) while introducing its worst nightmares (rocketing real estate prices, kale, and strange new business concepts).

So far, the film which was released on Oct. 2, has received rave reviews.

Speaking about the new Netflix pic, film reviewer RogerEbert.com describes the film as an observation of gentrification “for what it is—a form of white supremacy—and makes it an unmistakable evil, in which the pale monsters try to demoralize the residents by referring to the Bronx as ‘somewhere where no one cares when people disappear.'”

The best part? The new horror-comedy blasts us with all of the Latinidad.

With references to Sammy Sosa, characters who make up the full spectrum of U.S. Latin Americans (including Afro-Latino, and Haitian) this one seems like a classic in the making!

Check out the trailer below!

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