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The ‘Fast And Furious’ Franchise Is Adding More Latino Talent To The Upcoming Film

The street racing and action-packed franchise ‘Fast And Furious’ is back for its ninth installment. Spanning from 2001 to 2020, a whole generation of us grew up alongside the intense car races, elaborate heists, and Dom’s signature at-the-hood-of-a-car lectures. Fast forward nearly 20 years later and just like a NOS button propels a car to the finish line, the ‘FF’ franchise is showing no signs of slowing down, it’s only getting bigger. Film creators have announced the casting of a Latino superstar to be featured in the next installment. And if you, like us, love reggaetón, you’re in for a treat. 

The Fast and Furious franchise recruited Latin trap superstar Ozuna. 

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Reggaetón superstar Ozuna, one of Latin music’s biggest exponents, has landed a role in the street racing action franchise ‘Fast and Furious’. Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, better known as Ozuna, will be joining Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, on the ninth installment of the action classic. 

This would be Ozuna’s second venture into film after his debut appearance on the 2018 Dominican film “Qué Leon,” a family comedy directed by Frank Perozo and starring the Latin Trap star alongside Dominican actress and model, Clarissa Molina. “Qué Leon” already has a sequel in store, and the singer-turned actor is set to reprise his role as Jose Miguel Leon next year. 

The singer-turned-actor is a successful musician in the Latinx community and we can’t wait to see him make a splash in Hollywood.

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The reggaetón star turned singer, won two Latin American Music Awards last year, and led the list of nominations with a total of nine. He also has a nomination for a 2019 Latin Grammy Award for best urban song for his single “Baila Baila Baila,” which he co-wrote with songwriter Vicente Saavedra. Ozuna also won 11 Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2018, becoming the biggest winner in the history of the ceremony. Hopefully, his acting career will be just as successful as his music career has been. 

Dom Toretto himself announced Ozuna’s involvement via an Instagram post. 

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Vin Diesel, who will be leading the cast of old and new characters, confirmed the involvement of the Puerto Rican singer via his Instagram account. 

“As you know, we have often found great talent in the music industry to cross over into film. They are expected to leave all the accolades at the door to embrace the character with integrity… and that is exactly what Ozuna has done. Very proud of your work and role in Fast 9! Pa Mi Gente! All Love, Always…” The 52-year-old also used the hashtag of #YoungSantos in his post, suggesting that Ozuna’s character will be aligning himself to Vin’s character.

It looks like Ozuna is booked and busy for the rest of the year —but his newfound acting career is not getting in the way of new music.

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The singer is also set to appear in the sequel of his debut film “Qué Leon.” The next installment of the Dominican film, “Los Leones” is already in pre-production. The ‘Baila Baila Baila’ singer, will also be releasing his third album, “Nibiru,” in late November followed by an international tour.

‘Fast & Furious 9’ has more surprises in store.

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Justin Lin, who directed “Fast & Furious 6,” returns to direct the ninth installment with the franchise’s mainstays Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Jordana Brewster. Only this time, several international actors are joining the ranks. Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron are coming back, joined by newcomers John Cena and hip-hop singer Cardi B. 

Vin Diesel announced that Cardi B is also involved but whether she’s playing a substantial role or only making a cameo appearance, hasn’t been disclosed. 

Vin Diesel made the news public in an Instagram post with the rapper, who said, “I’m tired, but I can’t wait. I ain’t gonna front, I think this is going to be the best one.” 

This is the second high-profile acting gig for Cardi, who might be following in the footsteps of many other hip-hop stars into a film career. For now, her role in the film remains undisclosed. Wouldn’t it be great to see her take the wheel in a race car?

Keanu Reeves might also be joining the cast.

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In an interview with Screen Rant, the franchise’s long-time writer Chris Morgan revealed that he sat down with Reeves to discuss him potentially joining the forthcoming film. “I sat down with him and we’re talking about [it],” Morgan said. “I wanted him to be in the Fast universe for a very long time. We’re just trying to find… the hardest thing is always time and competing schedules and then designing the right thing together. My fervent desire is to bring him into this franchise for sure.”

The screenplay was written by Dan Casey based on a story by Lin and Alfredo Botello. Fast & Furious 9 will come out in May 2020, following a number of delays. It will follow the recent spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, which starred Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham. The last official Fast & Furious film was Fast & Furious 8, also known as The Fate Of The Furious, which came out back in 2017.

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Sasha Calle Is Officially The DC Universe’s First-Ever Latina Supergirl

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Sasha Calle Is Officially The DC Universe’s First-Ever Latina Supergirl

The DC Universe just got a heck of a lot more Brown.

This week, it was announced that 25-year-old actress Sasha Calle is poised to be the franchise’s newest superstar. Known for portraying Lola Rosales on “The Young and the Restless,” the actress will take on the role of Supergirl in the DC film franchise.

Her first appearance as Supergirl expected to debut in the upcoming movie “The Flash.”

Calle, who is of Colombian heritage, is set to become the first Latina ever to play the role of Supergirl.

Calle earned her first breakout role in 2018 after being cast in the long-running CBS daytime drama “The Young & The Restless” as a food truck owner and the youngest sister of brothers in the midst of a toxic rivalry.

Calle earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama Series category last year for her part in the series.

“On behalf of everyone at ‘The Young and the Restless,’ we’d like to congratulate Sasha Calle on making history and being chosen to play the first Latina Supergirl,” the daytime drama’s executive producer Anthony Morina and co-executive producer/head writer Josh Griffith shared in a statement. “The role of Supergirl is a perfect fit for someone of Sasha’s immense talent, and we wish her all the best as she takes on this groundbreaking role.”

According to Deadline, Calle beat out 425 actresses for the part of Supergirl.

Andy Muschietti director of The Flash gave Calle the good news about her role over Zoom.

“Can I freak out for a second?” Calle asked before announcing the news to someone offscreen. “I got it,” she said to the person off-camera while doing a dance in her chair. Turning back to Muschietti, Calle admitted “I’m probably not going to stop crying all day.”

Calle shared the moment to her Instagram admitting she was still processing the big news.

“A Latina superhero?!” Calle wrote of the news in Spanish. “On what planet?! Well, on this planet! What joy and what pride.” Thanking her mom, Calle wrote, “I adore you with everything I have. You are an example of a superhero.”

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Cardi B and Mariah Carey Teamed Up to Talk About Confidence, Insecurity, and Prejudice in the Music Industry

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Cardi B and Mariah Carey Teamed Up to Talk About Confidence, Insecurity, and Prejudice in the Music Industry

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At first glance, you may not think Cardi B and Mariah Carey have much in common. But the two chart-topping divas might actually be more similar than they are different.

Cardi B once called herself the “strip-club Mariah Carey”, so Interview magazine recruited the Afro-Venezuelan songstress herself to interview Belcalis.

In a new conversation in Interview magazine, Cardi B and Mariah Carey teamed up to talk about the challenges they’ve had to face as famous women of color coming from tough backgrounds.

And in case you thought otherwise, Mariah Carey was not throwing any softballs. The conversation was intense. The women covered everything from confidence, to body image, to prejudice in the music industry. It didn’t seem like either of the women held back.

Mimi opened the interview by asking Cardi if she ever felt beautiful as a child. Surprisingly, Cardi responded opened up about a topic that society doesn’t take about very often: anti-Blackness in the Latino community.

“I’m Trini and I’m Dominican, there’s a lot of Dominicans that look a certain type of way [in the Bronx]. They have soft, pretty, curly hair. Growing up, guys would ask me weird questions like, ‘If you’re Dominican, why is your hair so nappy?'”

Cardi went on to admit that she bleached and permed her hair when she was young to the point where she damaged her hair. But she soon learned to take care of her natural hair and appreciate it for what it was.

Cardi’s confession about her hair prompted Mariah to reveal her own vulnerable story. “It was a very traumatizing thing for me having a black father and a white mother, because my mother, who raised me, didn’t really know about textured hair,” Mariah said.

The superstar duo also touched on the sensitive topics of racism and prejudice in the music and fashion industries.

In fact, MC point-blank asked Cardi B: “Do you feel that the record industry or the fashion industry, from your perspective, is inherently racist?”. Cardi explained that she wouldn’t technically use the word racist, but has “felt prejudice.”

“I have been involved in endorsement deals, and then I found out that certain white people got more money for their deals from the same company,” she said. “So it’s like, ‘When you’re not paying me what you’re paying these other people, why is that?’ It’s kind of insulting.”

Cardi also added that Black artists have a tougher time getting dressed by designers and getting seats at fashion shows, even though hip-hop culture influences fashion in so many ways.

Cardi B and Mariah Carey then bonded over the fact that both of them could only be themselves throughout their careers in the public eye.

Mariah applauded the fact that the public doesn’t require celebrities to have a squeaky-clean image anymore. “I do think people are much more accepting now,” she said. “…I do feel like people are, at least in some circles, allowed to be themselves and express themselves more than they were back in the day.”

“People expected me to be something specific, but I can only be me,” she added. “We’re similar in that way.”

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