The annual New York City Dominican Day parade has grown exponentially since it started back in 1982 as a series of small celebrations throughout Washington Heights. It was a fairly small parade at its inception. But now as Dominicans are poised to become the largest Latino minority in New York City, hundreds of thousands make sure to come out to the parade. With their population on the rise, recent break out rap star Cardi B. knew she had to be at the parade to represent. Of Trinidadian and Dominican decent and a South Bronx Native, Cardi B. was there in full effect, wearing a Dominican flag themed outfit, bandana, flag, and a float. She was lit.
Cardi B. made sure to show up at this year’s Dominican Day Parade and sing her hit song “Bodak Yellow” along the entire route.
The news sent shockwaves around the world when it was announced that a basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, died on Sunday in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant, a legendary shooting guard for the LA Lakers was just 41 years old and was one of nine victims to have died in the accident. His death has brought together people from a diverse range of backgrounds, but it’s especially painful for Latinos, who were among the first to embrace the Black Mamba and with whom Kobe had a major impact as a member of the Lakers. Fans around the world are left mourning a basketball legend and processing his complicated legacy.
Death of the 41-year-old basketball legend shook communities around the world.
News broke on Sunday that the 41-year-old had died, along with nine others, in a tragic helicopter crash in the hills outside of Los Angeles. The identity of all aboard are still undisclosed at this time, pending further investigation and conversation with next of kin, according to an LA County Sheriff at a press briefing earlier today.
Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa Bryant, and three other daughters – Natalia Diamante, Bianka Bella and Capri Kobe, who is only 7 months old.
While it was unclear who else was with Bryant at the time of his death, TMZ Sports confirmed that his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, was one of the passengers who died in the accident. Gianna and Kobe were on their way to the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.
Preliminary investigations report that the helicopter went down in dense fog that had grounded most other aircraft in the region.
Bryant was known to use his helicopter to commute between his home in Newport Beach and the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. However, for this journey, he was commuting to a sports academy in the Valley.
Los Angeles is known for dense fog and this Sunday morning was no different. In fact, the dense fog had led to the temporary suspension of flights from LAX and most other civilian helicopter operations.
As news of the star’s death spread, so too did the heartfelt messages of loss and grief.
“[This] is why I don’t wait for tomorrow,” J Balvin wrote. “So many surprises in life that the present escapes us.” Dozens of others weighed in as well.
AOC sent her condolences to the victims and their families in a tweet saying: “Deeply shocked at the news of Kobe Bryant and four others lost today. Sending all my thoughts to their families and loved ones in this devastating moment.“
Bad Bunny had a special message about the super star’s untimely passing.
“I never would have imagined this would hurt so much!” he said. “I still remember the first time I saw a game of basketball at 7 years old with my dad, and it was a game with this genius, and from that day forward he became my favorite player x100pre!! I’ve never mentioned it because it doesn’t necessarily have to do with music, but this man has been an inspiration in many aspects for me to be who I am today. RIP GOAT!!! Rest in PEACE!!!! Thank you for inspiring me so much!! Thanks for so many emotions!!! How sad I feel!!! A legend is gone!! Along with a beautiful child and basketball promise, Gianna… It breaks my soul too know that I was going to meet, and share time, with you soon…”
And Anuel AA shared his take on the tragedy, one that many people could relate to.
“Wow, my hero died,” he said. “This is unbelievable. I’m here crying as if I knew him, heartbroken. Rest in peace, legend, you left a mark on the world. May God continue blessing his family and fill them with strength. Wow what sadness. [Kobe Bryant] your name will live forever.”
Kobe Bryant shared a special kinship with his Latino fans, who he said were the first to embrace him.
As the tributes pour in, many are remembering the impact Kobe had on LA’s Latino community.
A few years ago, he thanked the Latino community for their support.
“Latino fans are important to me, because when I arrived [in Los Angeles] they were the fans who most passionately embraced me,” he said. Bryant added that his Spanish was “not that good,” but this appeared to have been a modest assessment, as he routinely conducted full-length interviews in Spanish, which endeared him even more to Latino fans. He said that he was inspired to learn the language because of his wife and because his Latino fans “mean everything” to him. He told Univision in a separate interview that he learned Spanish through watching telenovelas with his family.
However, Bryant’s story wasn’t one without its blemishes. He was accused of sexual assault in 2003.
Bryant’s sexual assault case was another scandal that rocked the sport’s world and his own image. The charges brought against him were serious. He was accused of raping a hotel employee while at a Colorado resort – a claim that he denied saying the sexual encounter was consensual. The case was eventually settled out of court, according to The Guardian.
As much of the world is still in shock regarding the untimely loss of such an iconic man, his success as a basketball great will live on.
Facebook Watch announced just this week, that they will be creating a spin-off of their original series Red Table Talk —except this time it will feature Latinx musical icon Gloria Estefan. The Miami based show which will feature latinx celebs will be titled; Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Here’s everything we know so far.
Facebook Watch is turning Red Table Talk into a franchise.
With the green light for a second series from Pinkett Smith and Westbrook Studios, señores y señoras, we’re getting a Latinx spinoff. Set in Miami, Red Table Talk: The Estefans, will feature music icon Gloria Estefan, her daughter and rising musician Emily Estefan and her niece and Daytime Emmy Award-winning TV host Lili Estefan.
We’ll see all three generations of the Estefans talk about things that matter.
Like the original program, the spinoff will feature the three women of different generations discussing social and personal issues with family, celebrity guests and experts. Pinkett Smith and Gloria Estefan will both serve as executive producers.
“I’m incredibly proud of Red Table Talk, and thrilled to build upon this franchise with my family and with Gloria, Emily and Lili.”
In a Deadline article Jada Pinkett Smith added, “Red Table Talk has created a space to have open, honest and healing conversations around social and topical issues, and what’s most powerful for me is hearing people’s stories and engaging with our fans in such a tangible way on the Facebook Watch platform. I’m excited to see the Estefans put their spin on the franchise and take it to new places.”
Red Table Talk debuted in May 2018 and has aired 50 episodes on Facebook Watch over two seasons. The show has over 7 million followers on Facebook and spawned a main discussion group with over 600,000 members as well as other group forums. “Red Table Talk” promises candid conversations of current social and cultural issues including race, divorce, domestic violence, sex, fitness and parenting.
Facebook did not announce an expected premiere date for “Red Table Talk: The Estefans.”
In a statement, Gloria Estefan said: “I’m incredibly excited to carry the ‘Red Table Talk’ torch with my family in Miami. Jada and I have spoken about this a lot and feel my daughter, niece and I can tackle issues important to us and our fans with a new and fresh voice.”
Gloria Estefan’s journey to becoming one of the biggest Latin American pop stars began in 1959.
In 1959, Gloria’s family fled Cuba for Miami. She met Emilio Estefan in 1975; the two married in 1978, and shortly after that Emilio’s band, the Miami Latin Boys, changed their name to Miami Sound Machine —the biggest crossover act of the 80s and 90s.
Gloria Estefan has had one of the longest and most successful careers of any contemporary pop star.
And she’s done it in two languages, recording numerous Spanish-language albums, such as Mi Tierra (1993), Abriendo Puertas (1995) and Alma Caribeña (2000), all of which won Grammys for Best Tropical Latin Album. In 2015, President Barack Obama presented Gloria and Emilio with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 2017, it was announced that Gloria is one of the recipients of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors.
We can’t wait to see what the Estefans bring to the (red) table.
Not to disregard the Pinket Smith efforts because they brought much needed discussions to the public with the creation of this show. The original Red Table Talk discussed race, relationships, culture, mental health and more —but we’re excited for the Estefans to discuss issues that affect the Latinx community specifically.
Facebook Watch knows that by giving the show a different angle, they can target another demographic group —and the Latinx community is on board with the representation.
“We’ve been fortunate enough to be in business with such wonderful partners and are thrilled to expand the Red Table Talk franchise with Jada Pinkett Smith, the Estefans and Westbrook Studios,” said Mina Lefevre, head of development & programming for Facebook Watch. “Red Table Talk is a shining example of how content, community and conversation come together on Facebook Watch. We’re proud to keep this conversation going around topics our fans care about.”
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