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Chuy Bravo Dies in Mexico City Just One Week After His 63rd Birthday

Chuy Bravo, made famous on Chelsea Handler’s late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately, has died at 63 years old. Bravo, born Jesús Melgoza, had just celebrated his 63rd birthday last week, on December 7, and reportedly died suddenly late Saturday night in Mexico City. Bravo was in the nation’s capital visiting family when he suddenly experienced enough stomach pain to land him in the hospital, where he shortly after died.

Chuy Bravo was the first Latino sidekick on a late-night cable television show. While Bravo was best known as Chelsea Handler’s “little nugget,” Bravo’s life experiences were enough for two people. Bravo was born with dwarfism in Mexico, and would later immigrate to the United States, fall victim to the family disease of alcoholism, overcome near-homelessness, prostate cancer and get sober, and become a famous comedian.

A week to the day before Bravo’s death, Chelsea Handler paid tribute to his life on his birthday, Dec. 7.

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“Happy Birthday to my OG Nugget @chuybravo,” Handler captioned the above photo, adding, “I love this picture because–not only does it look like Chuy just launched out of my peekachu, I look like a member of ZZ Top. Happy birthday Chuy, and thank you for 8 years of heavy petting.”

Bravo landed his role on Chelsea Handler’s show after he heard that they were casting for a little person. “I thought, ‘why not?’,” he told Latina, saying that the two “hit it off right away.” When Bravo first rolled up to the studio for filming, Handler saw him in his beat-up car and said, “Oh no Chuy. You can’t be driving around in this,'” he recalled to Latina. “She took me to the dealer and bought me a new car. She didn’t have to do that and it inspired me to also give back.”

Bravo gave back in a big way by creating The Little Nugget Foundation to help alcoholics in his Mexican hometown.

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Bravo was born in Tangancicuaro, Michoacán, Mexico on Dec. 7, 1956, as the youngest of seven children. He immigrated to the United States when he was 15 years old, and settled in the San Fernando Valley outside Los Angeles, graduating from Sylmar High School. He went on to appear in films like “The Honeymooners” (2005) and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” (2007), which all helped him land his breakthrough role as a co-star on Chelsea Lately from 2007 to 2014.

Still, before the fame, Bravo nearly became homeless. He told Latina that he thinks his alcoholism was sparked when he “was young and trying to follow a crowd. At the time, it was what my friends were doing so I was just trying to keep up. It ended up catching up with me in the long run.” Bravo used his experience, strength and hope to launch The Little Nugget Foundation to offer a rehab center for alcoholics seeking recovery in his hometown, Tangancicuaro. “I know all of the problems they are going through because I lived through them,” Bravo related to the outlet. “The government and the drug lords don’t help the situation either. Places like these need our help. I visit the foundation often and bring them food, clothes – whatever they need. I try to help in any way that I can,” he added.

Family, friends, and fans are pouring out their condolences.

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“I loved this nugget in a big way, and I took great pleasure in how many people loved him as much as I did and do,” Handler shared to Instagram hours after the news broke. “@chuybravo gave us so much laughter and I’ll never forget the sound of his laughter coming from his office into mine. Or his “business calls” with his “business manager,” or his shoe rack with all his children-sized shoes. I’ll never forget him coming to Christmas with my family one year in the Florida keys, and when my niece who was 5 or 6 at the time—saw him, she ran in the other direction saying she was scared. My sister and I were mortified and were apologizing to Chuy, who told us, “it’s ok, lots of little kids get scared when they see big kids coming their way.” I love you, Chuy!”

Many of Bravo’s friends are in shock to hear of his sudden death. “Wow I can’t believe this. We just spoke on the phone the other day. I’m heartbroken. Wish I got to see you again. Rest In Peace buddy,” commented one friend on Instagram. Bravo himself told Latina during a 2012 interview, “I have been through a lot in my life, but I’ve overcome my struggles and now I’m finally living my life.” Rest in peace, Chuy Bravo. You will be missed.

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Mexico Wins International Award For $100 Peso Note Featuring 17th-Century Nun Sor Juana

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Mexico Wins International Award For $100 Peso Note Featuring 17th-Century Nun Sor Juana

Over the last few years, Mexico has been updated its currency to make it more secure from counterfeiters and to highlight the country’s diverse history. One of the country’s newest bills is a $100 peso note featuring a 17th-Century female historical figure and it’s winning major international awards for its design and history.

Mexico’s $100-peso bill has been named banknote of the year for 2020 by the International Bank Note Society (IBNS). As printer and issuer of the note, the Bank of México beat 24 other nominees to the award, and the Sor Juana bill led the way from the start of the voting process.

The note features national heroine Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, with the monarch butterfly biosphere reserve on its reverse.

In its announcement the IBNS wrote: “Mexico’s award-winning entry may provide a template as other countries reconsider how they design and promote new banknotes.  The successful design in eye-pleasing red combines Hispanic architecture, a famous female Hispanic literary figure and a tribute to the world’s fragile ecosystem.”

Past bank note of the year recipients include Aruba, Canada, Uganda, the Faroe Islands, two time winner Switzerland and three time winner Kazakhstan, among others.

So who was Sor Juana and why was she important to Mexico?

Born in 1651, Sor Juana was a self-educated nun and intellectual renowned for her poetry, writing and political activism, who criticized the misogyny of colonial Mexico.

Beginning her studies at a young age, Sor Juana was fluent in Latin and also wrote in Nahuatl, and became known for her philosophy in her teens. Sor Juana educated herself in her own library, which was mostly inherited from her grandfather. After joining a nunnery in 1667, Sor Juana began writing poetry and prose dealing with such topics as love, feminism, and religion.

Mexico was up against 24 other countries in the nomination process.

In second place was Kate Cranston who appears on the Bank of Scotland’s 20 pound note. The businesswoman appears on the obverse and she is recognized for being the owner of the famous tea rooms inaugurated in 1903 and that today are a tourist attraction.

In third place there was a triple tie between the 20 pound note of the Ulster Bank of Northern Ireland whose design features flora and buskers. The one from the Bahamas of 5 dollars with the image of the junkanoo dancer, and the one of 50 dollars from Fiji.

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Protesters In Mexico Take To Streets To Demand Justice For Dog Brutally Killed By Man With An Axe

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Protesters In Mexico Take To Streets To Demand Justice For Dog Brutally Killed By Man With An Axe

Residents of one Mexican city have taken to the streets to demand justice for a local stray dog who was brutally killed in an axe attack last month. Video of the incident was uploaded to social media and quickly went viral, leading to large protests in the Sinaloan city of Los Mochis.

Hundreds marched in Los Mochis to seek justice for a dog killed by man with an axe.

Hundreds took to the streets in Los Mochis, Sinaloa to demand justice for Rodolfo, a mixed breed dog killed with an axe on March 21. They showed banners that read “Justice for Rodolfo & for all who have no voice,” “We won’t stop until we have justice,” and “Justice for Rodolfo,” among others.

Despite the COVID-19 regulations, the participants in this new march, children, women and men, calmly marched through the center of the city of Los Mochis to make it clear that they are against animal cruelty and demanded justice for Rodolfo, who was a local stray dog. The demonstration gained traction after a video of the attack on Rodolfo, also known by Heart, Pirate and Shorty, was uploaded onto social media.

The predominantly young crowd marched to the state prosecutor’s office where environmental activist Arturo Islas Allende delivered a criminal complaint. Many brought their pets to the march and carried placards demanding the killer be sentenced to prison. One placard read: “Justice for Rodolfo and for all those that don’t have a voice.”

The suspected attacker, José “M,” a student at a Sinaloa university, has already delivered a preparatory statement to officials. Islas Allende questioned the morality of the killer. “We don’t want a psychopath like him as our neighbor,” he said.

The suspect’s girlfriend claimed that he killed the dog to protect her.

The girlfriend of the alleged attacker took to social media in his defense, saying the dog had attacked her days earlier and injured her face and hands.

On her Facebook account she claimed that medical treatments for her injuries had cost 8,000 pesos (US $400) and uploaded photographs of the injuries caused by the dog’s bites.

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