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Disney+ Is Putting A Cuban-American Woman In The White House With New Series, ‘Diary Of A Female President’

It’s only been a few days since it was announced that “Diary of a Female President” would be airing on Disney+, and we still can’t get over how awesome the show’s gonna be. Wait, you don’t know what we’re talking about? Well, sit down and strap yourself in babes, because we’ve got a television series coming out that depicts a Cuban-American girl who ends up becoming the President of the United States. Awesome, right?

Tell me more!

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Starring Tess Romero and Gina Rodriguez, “Diary of a Female President” is a ten-episode comedy that depicts 12-year-old Elena as she navigates the trials and tribulations of middle school – and reflects on her destiny to become the President of the United States. While there aren’t many specifics out about the program, it’s clear that the show will be heavily influenced by the diverse cast and writers. Ilana Peña, the head writer and producer for the show, shared her excitement about “Diary of a Female President” last weekend, saying, “It’s based on my childhood, and it really feels like this show is my heart … I love that it’s getting told now and to see it come to life in such a magical way with our amazing cast and crew.”

Ok, so when can I start binge watching this show?!

The only thing that’s got us reeling is that the show’s not available to be viewed, as of yet. It’s set to air on Disney+, a new subscription channel that’s not unlike Netflix. Unfortunately, Disney+ is yet to be launched – we’ve gotta wait until November 12 before we can subscribe to it. And “Diary of a Female President?” It’ll arrive to the channel sometime in 2020. In the meantime, though, watch this space!

Okay, but is there gonna be anything else worth watching on Disney+?

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Well, it’s Disney, so of course there’ll be plenty to watch on their new channel. Apparently the new service is going to host over 7,000 television episodes, and about 400 to 500 movies! “The Mandalorian” is another live-action instalment being added to the Star Wars franchise. And, as you probably guessed, it’ll be available on Disney+. Why do we care about “The Mandalorian?” Because our fave Dornish prince from “Game of Thrones,” Pedro Pascal, is starring in it! It’s not hard to be keen for some drop-dead gorgeous Latino eye-candy, even if he is bounty-hunting his way across the universe.

I mean, they’re gonna have Pedro Pascal. Say. No. More.

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We’re probably letting our Star Wars nerd flag fly a bit much now, but there’s another Latino-led show that you need to know about. Diego Luna will be starring in a series that focuses on his Star Wars character, Cassian Andor. And, for those of you who loved Anthony Mackie as the Falcon in the Marvel universe, well, he’ll be reprising his role for the TV series “Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” At the end of the day, you’re not going to be starved for good content once November hits.

It’s pretty fantastic that we’re getting some diversity on screen. 

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It’s not just fantastic that we’re getting some diversity on screen – it’s also super important. See, the thing is that diversity isn’t just a PC catchphrase, it’s tied in deeply with theories around how the media we consume influences the way we think. What we watch on TV shapes how we think about norms. A norm is something we consider “normal,” and we might not really think too deeply about why we consider something a norm. For example, a simple social norm we practice is that we usually face the door when we stand in an elevator. Another less-simple example of a norm is that, depending on how people of color are represented on screen – or not represented at all – shapes the expectations we have of them.

Diversity on-screen is important for POC but also…white people?

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Ultimately, having diversity on screen is vital not only for people of color to see someone like them on screen navigating the trials and tribulations of a narrative – it’s also important for, dare we say it, white people, to see it too. It renegotiates the expectations and norms when it comes to people of color. This is, essentially, a vehicle for change in today’s politically conservative environment. And since Disney+ is set to launch worldwide, this means that Disney is facilitating this process on a global scale. Bueno.

Anyway, next time someone wants to quiz you on why diversity is so important, you’ve got a straightforward way of explaining it to them. And, of course, you can make your love of Disney and its new offering sound super intellectual. Pop culture dissection and all that, right?

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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Recently, news broke that beloved Mexican-American director Robert Rodriguez is set to executive producer Disney+’s new Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett. This news broke at the same event that Disney announced that Rosario Dawson will be getting her own Star Wars series on Disney+, a Mandalorian spinoff entitled Ahsoka.

Pair these events with Pedro Pascal headlining The Mandalorian, and it appears that Disney is making some real and concerted effort to hire Latino talent.

And the pattern didn’t just start this year. Since the franchise’s reboot in 2015, Disney has consistently hired Latinos to take part in Star Wars Universe in front of and behind the camera.

In light of this, we’ve compiled a definitive list of all of the Latinos that have been involved in the Star Wars Universe. Take a look below!

1. Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron

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Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac was one of the first Latinos to set off Disney’s streak of hiring Latino talent for the Star Wars franchise. Isaac (nee Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada) played Poe Dameron, a fighter pilot who rose in the ranks to become General of the Resistance. He appeared in all three movies of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

2. Pedro Pascal as Mando

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Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal plays the titular character in The Mandalorian (his true name is a spoiler), a solitary bounty hunter who travels to the “outer reaches” of the galaxy in order to protect Baby Yoda.

3. Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano

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This season, Rosario Dawson played Ahsoka Tano in The Mandolorian–an alien of the Togruta race who is also a Jedi knight and army commander. It was also recently announced that the actress of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent would be headlining a spinoff series on Disney+ entitled Ahsoka.

4. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

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Mexican actor Diego Luna played Rebel Alliance soldier Cassian Andor in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luna will also star in his own standalone series revolving around Cassian Andor on Disney+ called Andor.

5. Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata

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Mexican-born actress Lupita Nyong’o played alien pirate queen Maz Kanata via motion capture in all three of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

6. Benicio Del Toro as DJ

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Boricua actor Benicio Del Toro played the villainous hacker DJ in The Last Jedi.

7. Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa

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Brooklyn-born Boricua actor Jimmy Smits played Bail Organa in two of the Star Wars prequel movies, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as well as reprising his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

8. Horatio Sanz as Mythrol

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Although you might not recognize him through such heavy character makeup, Chilean-America comedian Horatio Sanz played Mythrol, a wanted fugitive that was carbon-frozen by Pascal’s character in the first episode of The Mandolorian.

9. John Leguizamo as Gor Koresh

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Again, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize John Leguizamo amidst all the heavy alien makeup, but the Colombian-American actor played the character Gor Koresh in The Mandolorian–boastful forager of the Abyssin alien race.

10. Robert Rodriguez

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As we reported above, Robert Rodriguez is a legendary Mexican-American director who helmed a popular episode of The Mandolorian entitled “The Tragedy”. He is now set to executive produce a new Disney+ Star Wars series called The Book of Boba Fett.

11. Adria Arjona

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Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona has not officially appeared in any Star Wars properties yet, but it was recently announced that she will be appearing in Diego Luna’s Star Wars spinoff series Andor as a yet-to-be-named character.

12. Pablo Hidalgo

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Pablo Hidalgo is the definition of behind-the-scenes talent. The Chilean-Canadian LucasFilm creative executive is in charge of keeping narrative and creative cohesion between all of the stories within the Star Wars Universe. In essence, he is the definitive Star Wars expert.

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Chadwick Boseman’s Role As T’Challa In ‘Black Panther’ Will Not Be Recast In The Sequel

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Chadwick Boseman’s Role As T’Challa In ‘Black Panther’ Will Not Be Recast In The Sequel

Chadwick Boseman’s role of T’Challa in “Black Panther” will not be recast in honor of the cator’s legacy. Boseman died unexpectedly of cancer earlier this year sending shockwave of grief through Hollywood and his fanbase.

Disney is honoring Chadwick Boseman by not recasting his role in the sequel to “Black Panther.”

According to NBC News, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told investors that the company had no plans to recast Boseman’s role in the superhero sequel. There has been speculation about what Disney would do about the historic role. At one point, executive producer Victoria Alonso had to deny rumors that a virtual double was being used to fill Boseman’s role on the movie.

“I wanted to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family. Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past,” Feige said, according to reports. “It’s for that reason that we will not recast the character. However, to honor the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film. Writer/director Ryan Coogler is hard at work on the sequel now, and we’ll bring the film to you in theaters July 8, 2022.”

The MTV Movie and TV Awards: Greatest of all Time honored Boseman with the “Hero for the Ages” award.

“The second you first saw him onscreen or had the opportunity to meet him in person, his energy and intensity was undeniable,” Robert Downey Jr. said as he and Don Cheadle gave tribute to Boseman. “There was something different and special about Chadwick Boseman. Mr. Boseman truly embodied what it meant to be a superhero. His impact as a groundbreaking leading man, as an icon on screen… it won’t be quantified by the box office records he broke but by the legion of fans who will celebrate him for many years to come.”

Boseman, who died of cancer at age 43, was not just a hero on screen.

Boseman’s death added a devastating loss in the middle of a deadly pandemic. The death was a surprise to many as Boseman kept his cancer a secret. Fans and co-stars paid tributes to Boseman because of the importance he made in Hollywood representation.

The sweet honor to the late actor was received with love and respect from fans.

Continue to rest in peace, sweet Chadwick.

READ: Lupita Nyong’o Penned A Heartbreaking Tribute To Black King Chadwick Boseman

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