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We Recast ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ With The Brujas We Wished Played The Roles

Latino representation on the television and in Hollywood isn’t great, let’s face it. When predominantly white actors and actresses steal the show for a show on brujería, however, that’s when you know something is up. We reimagined the critically acclaimed American Horror Story: Coven series with Latinas at the heart of the casting, and we are positive you’d want to see this all-star witch-cast with your Latin faves line-up.

Rosario Dawson as Cordelia Foxx, née Goode

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Imagine this glowing goddess as the reigning Supreme of the Coven! Dawson has shown her glory in action films like Unforgettable. Her uncanny ability to maintain an earthy charisma while being stern and even glamorous win her our top pick for Cordelia in the Bruja Remix of American Horror Story: Coven.

Amara La Negra as Zoe Benson

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Amara’s sweet pop-fueled innocent looks make her a natural to play the role of Zoe Benson, a member of the Witches’ Council and instructor at Miss Robichaux’s Academy. Amara’s classes would be one of the most important to sign up for! We would love to see her take the lead in this strange but breathtaking role.

Sofia Vergara as Myrtle Snow

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If we could pick anyone to play Myrtle Snow, it would be Sofia Vergara and her eccentric performance skills to take over the coven. As head of the Witches’ Council, she is the fashionable childless auntie supreme. Add a little Colombian flavor to that, and you’ve got the performance of a lifetime in haute couture.

Diego Boneta as Kyle Spencer

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We needed someone youthful and heartthrob-esque to take the role of the beautiful Kyle Spencer, the undead Louisiana boy who fell for Zoe before being killed with the rest of his fraternity. Boneta has skillfully played alongside Hillary Duff in Mexico and most notably played the starring role in the Luis Miguel biopic aired by Telemundo. Plus he was in Scream Queens so we know he understands the thriller/horror thing.

Salma Hayek as Misty Day

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Hayek’s sultry looks would make her the perfect choice to play Misty Day, the soulful witch from the swampy bayou. Misty’s power of resurgence, the magical ability to bring souls back from the dead, make it one of the most important brujas in the coven. Hayek would be killer for helping bring that which was once lost back to life.

Selena Gomez as Madison Montgomery

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Teenage party queen Madison Montgomery should be played by none other than the starlet Selena Gomez. Gomez has the adorable tiny-face to play a teenager character along with the range to play a telekinetic witch who could plot revenge on dozens of people at once. Bonus: Gomez, like Madison, grew up a child star and would play to character perfectly.

Danny Trejo as Spalding

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The convict turned Hollywood actor Danny Trejo would make a fantastic Latino-flavored Spalding for this Latino recast. The mysterious butler is missing his tongue, so we wouldn’t get the chance to hear Danny’s magnificent accent, but the chance to see some real cholo representation in the elderly world is too much to pass up.

Ivonne Coll as Delphine LaLaurie

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It’s hard to imagine Coll, the abuela from “Jane the Virgin” as a monster who tortured people but her humor is what we are focusing on. She is a funny actress and we loved laughing at LaLaurie as she tried to get out of her cage and wailed about being treated like dirt.

Raquel Welch as Fiona Goode

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Raquel Welch made her career as one of the sexiest women in Hollywood history, and we think her aging beauty queen aesthetic would be prime material to play Fiona Goode. Fiona, Cordelia’s late mother and former Supreme of the Coven, spends her life jet setting and hobnobbing with celebrities. She fears no one and is prepared to do what it takes to live forever, as long as she looks young and beautiful doing it.

Sophia Pineda as Nan

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Sophia Pineda, a well-regarded teenage painter, could easily cross-over to on-screen art to play Nan. Sophia, who like Nan has Down Syndrome, represents the youth and rigor of the character who refuses to be underestimated. Nan posses the power to control people’s minds and move inanimate objects without touching them.

Gina Torres as Marie Laveau

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In truth, we struggle to have anyone ever replace Angela Bassett for the role of Marie Laveau, but for the purposes of this thought experiment, we’ll daydream Gina Torres in her place. Marie is the legendary former Voodoo Quen of New Orleans, and she represents the equivalent of the Supreme in her form of magic, Voodoo. She runs the rival gang to the witch coven and is ready to defend her territory should anyone try to cross her.

The Kid Mero as Papa Legba

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Can you imagine the comedian and Twitter star Kid Mero as the shadowy gatekeeper of the spirit world? We certainly can. His trickster personality would fit the role perfectly, and even if he were a bit funnier than the original, we’d need it to lighten the very dark show a bit. Just imagining the Kid Mero awkwardly taking someone’s soul away because they missed his joke is enough to make us crave this recast as badly as ever – maybe not enough to sell our soul but close.

Rita Moreno as Anna Leigh Leighton

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Could our beloved Rita Moreno play one of the oldest Supremes seen on the show? We think so! Anna Leigh Leighton is supposed to be the Supreme who reigned before Fiona Goode. Goode, who’s diplomacy lead to truce agreement between the coven and Marie Laveau, was taken out by a power-hungry Fiona Goode

Cardi B as Kaylee

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Who said Cardi B wasn’t fuego? There’s no one better than her to play Kaylee, the young pyrokinetic witch that can set things on fire with the power of her mind. Imagine her turning down the chance to join the coven with her characteristic “Okkkkkrrrrrrr!”

Jennifer Lopez as Joan Ramsey

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Jennifer Lopez could make being bad look so good. That’s why she’s our pick to play Joan Ramsey, the evangelical, fervent Christian who lives next to the Academy with her son. Imagining J.Lo peeking over her fence to see what the bad witches of the coven are up to is inspiring to say the least.

Javier Bardem as Louis LaLaurie

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Javier Bardem would play excellently as the damning husband of Delphine, Louis LaLaurie. Javier’s previous roles as an evil pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and the villain in No Country for Old Men have poises him to be a deliciously evil bad guy we love to loathe.

Paula Garcés as Pauline LaLaurie

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Garcés’ youthful, mean-girl looks would make her the perfect person to play Delphine’s youngest daughter, Pauline. Pauline is a brutal villain and we’d like to see someone like Paula try out her bad side with this character.

Kid Cudi as Bastien

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Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi – more commonly known as Kid Cudi – would make a lovely Bastien. The tragic lover of Marie who is turned into a Minotaur, Kid Cudi’s Afro-Latino background would fit perfectly into Bastien’s ill-fated storyline.

Gael García Bernal as Hank Foxx

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Who better to play Cordelia’s two-faced husband, Hank Foxx, than Gael García Bernal?  García Bernal is handsome and believable as a loving husband but has the skills necessary to play a charmer with a secret dark side. We root yes on this one.

Yesenia Guadalupe as Queenie

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Instagram phat-fashion model Yesenia Guadalupe would give us serious big girl feels if she got the chance to play Queenie. Her mesmerizing photogenic personality alongside her style would give her the boost we need to make this all-star cast exactly what brujas want.


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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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