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Eva Longoria Said Felicity Huffman Is Handling The College Admissions Scandal With ‘Grace’ And Where Is Our Credit?

It’s been a far fall from positive public opinion for the actresses involved in the recent college admissions scandal.

Both actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman had solidified themselves, at the very least, as two of TVs most lovable moms on screen. From Loughlin’s role as Aunt Becky on the 90s classic “Full House” to Huffman’s as the whip-smart and empathetic Lynette Scavo of “Desperate Housewives” few from the past could imagine that the two stars would now be facing charges of potential prison-time for fraud. That is, after attempting to cheat the college admissions system.

It’s a sad story worthy of a Lifetime retelling but the truly most upsetting part of the story is how these women’s choices will affect many students of color for the rest of their lives. Even worse? Like male comedians gearing up for their #MeToo comeback, these disgraced actresses will likely be back in the graces of willfully ignorant, and privileged, fans in no time.

Need proof? Just take a look at Eva Longoria.

On Wednesday, Eva Longoria complimented Huffman on her involvement in the college cheating scandal.

The Mexican-American actress from Texas shot to stardom as Huffman’s co-actor on “Desperate Housewives” where she was rumored to have made a whopping $325,000 per episode. (That amount alone could pay for several college tuitions at institutions across the country.) Like the rest of the country, Longoria likely learned of Huffman’s role in the scandal, when news of her involvement was splashed across the headlines of media outlets everywhere. And yet, Longoria recently seemed to make an appeal for Huffman.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Longoria praised Huffman for handling the scandal with “grace” saying, “I think she has a heart that is bigger than the sun and that’s the Felicity I know and that’s the woman I choose to support and love… She was humbled by what happened and I think she did handle it with as much grace as she could in that situation.”

Huffman’s reputation has undoubtedly been tainted and hurt by her willing participation in the college admissions cheating scandal but what about the students who were hurt by her bribes and fake test scores?

This past May, Huffman pled guilty to paying $15,000 to a fake charity that facilitated altering her daughter’s SAT test for college admission. She is scheduled to receive a sentence on September 13 that we can only guess will be the equivalent of a light tap on the hand. Huffman will likely move forward with her life as an actress and will have to deal with the peskiness of having the scandal brought up in reviews by The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, Huffman’s involvement in a scheme that included at the LEAST 50 students (the majority of whom were white) has proven that students of color need affirmative action so much more than we might have thought. Huffman’s involvement is another reminder that students of color and other groups that are marginalized, including students who are disabled, often see doors of opportunities shut in their faces thanks to wealthier peers.

But yeah Eva, super happy Huffman is handling this with grace. Here’s hoping someone’s parent doesn’t buy their kid of color a spot as an actress in the increasingly diverse world of entertainment before you get out of the slinger.

Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Wearing Blackface In 2000 ‘SNL’ Sketch

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Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Wearing Blackface In 2000 ‘SNL’ Sketch

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Jimmy Fallon is the latest celebrity to face consequences from blackface clips resurfacing. The talk show host and comedian is facing backlash after a clip of him on “Saturday Night Live” impersonating Chris Rock in blackface resurfaced.

A 20-year-old clip of Jimmy Fallon in blackface on “SNL” impersonating Chris Rock.

The clip is circulating on social media and has sparked a debate over cancel culture and blackface in our society. The comedian is the latest in a line of prominent people that have had to apologize for offensive images of them in blackface resurfacing. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and fellow comedian Sarah Silverman have also apologized publicly for moments of blackface in their past.

Fallon owned up to the incident and tweeted an apology.

People have come to Fallon’s defense since the video has resurfaced. One of those people is Jaime Foxx.

“He was doing an impression of Chris Rock. It wasn’t black face [sic],” Foxx commented on an E! News Instagram post. “We comedians, I know it’s a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch. On a show called ‘In Living Color’ we played every race. Let this one go. We got bigger fish to fry … #changecourse.”

The revelation of Fallon in blackface brought a clip of Jimmy Kimmel in blackface to light.

Fallon fans are calling on social media to give Kimmel a similar treatment because of his own example of blackface for comedic appeal. Kimmel’s blackface incident hasn’t caused as big of a reaction as Fallon’s.

Social media users are in a fierce debate over what Fallon’s fate should be in the time of cancel culture.

Blackface has a long and documented history of oppression in the United States. The practice of blackface dates back to the 1830s in the U.S. and it later caught on in Britain. Blackface was usually used in minstrel shows that would play on stereotypes of Black people and helped in the proliferation of racism and prejudice.

Some people are trying to make whiteface a thing but Twitter users are not having it.

Critics are quick to differentiate blackface from whiteface because of their historical context. While blackface has a direct link to racism, slavery, and Jim Crow, whiteface is different according to critics. Whiteface does not build itself on racism, oppression, and racial segregation.

What do you think about the Jimmy Fallon blackface clip?

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

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