Gina Rodriguez appeared on “The Ellen Show” this week and danced salsa to raise money for breast cancer research and Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico. It’s right in line with what Ellen has been doing on her show lately: donating to causes that her guests feel very strongly about. Ellen also donated money to Hurricane Maria relief when Ricky Martin visited on the show.
Rodriguez was backstage before the show practicing her moves.
Rodriguez has been especially vocal on social media about Hurricane Maria Relief in Puerto Rico. She also appeared on a song with Lin-Manuel Miranda and many other artists to help bring aid to the devastated island.
Rodriguez raised more money by teaching Ellen’s executive producer, Andy Lassner, how to dance salsa.
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Rodriguez is a patient salsa teacher, because this guy’s got two left feet. But hey, it’s all in good fun if you’re raising money for a good cause. Wepa!
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?
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+?
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.
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.
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?
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?
Hot sauce has been a kitchen table staple for Latinos for thousands of years. The Aztecs pretty much invented it. We put it on eggs, on snacks, on meat….you probably have that person in your life who would put it on their finest cardboard and eat it up, the stuff is so popular. Anything that brings vegans and carnivores together at the dinner table deserves to be celebrated. Enjoy this roundup of hot sauces from all over Latin America to try out with your next meal.
1. Mexico: Cholula
Made in Chapala, Jalisco, the sauce is made with a blend of piquín and arbol chiles. It’s often put up against Tapatio on American restaurant tables in a Coke vs. Pepsi level battle of the condiments. But we know there’s room for both. However, if you’re really dedicated, you might be able to join the Order of Cholula for exclusive offers.
2. Belize: Marie Sharp
Made in Stann Creek, Belize, Marie Sharp started her line of hot sauces in her kitchen where she experimented with blends of Habanero peppers and jams and jellies made from fruits and vegetables picked from her farm. The brand has long outgrown the kitchen and went international. We stan an entrepeneurial queen.
3. Costa Rica: Banquete Chilero
This thicker sauce from Costa Rica gets its flavor from habanero peppers and carrots. Some might compare it to an asian sweet and sour sauce.
4. Guatemala: Picama’s Salsa Brava
This mild, green sauce has a ketchup-like consistency and is made with serrano peppers. The color is straight up neon, but some people swear by it, stocking up on bottles when they visit Guatemala. Also, don’t you love when an abuela comes through like this?
5. Honduras: D’Olanchano
This hot sauce uses Tabasco peppers grown in the Olancho valley and later aged in wooden barrels to acquire its taste.
6. Nicaragua: Chilango
Chilango Chile sources their ingredients from all over the world to create unique flavors in their line of hot sauces. The Cabro Consteño is made with the Nicaraguan yellow “goat” pepper grown on the Atlantic coast. The Habanero Chocolate gets its name from the dark, brown pepper it uses for flavor. It doesn’t actually have chocolate in it – whether that relieves or distresses you.
7. Panama: D’Elidas
This yellow is made with Habanero peppers, mustard, and vinegar. Hot sauce lovers report getting a lot of that mustard taste in the sauce, so adjust expectations accordingly. People are known to fill up their suitcases with bottles before leaving Panama.
8. Brazil: Mendez Hot Sauce
Mendez Hot Sauce is a brand out of Central Brazil where creator, Rafael Mendez strives for sustainable business practices that help his community. The sauce uses the locally sourced Malagueta pepper which creates work for local farming families, lifting many of them out of poverty.
9. Chile: Diaguitas
Diaguitas is the most popular hot sauce in Chile, coming in a few flavors. It’s light on ingredients, letting the peppers speak for themselves. It’s salty, so handle with care to balance that taste out on your food.
10. Colombia: Amazon Pepper Sauce
This brand uses a variety of Amazon peppers that grow at the edge of the rainforest in the Andes Cauca Valley. They blend the chilis with other tropical ingredients. They have a mild flavor that stands out made with guava.
11. Ecuador: Ole
Ole carries a few different flavors, but it always goes back to the ingredients to make a hot sauce unique to the region it comes from. Ole uses the tena pepper which only grows in Ecuador. They have it on its own where you get the fruit taste with a lash of heat. They also put it in their Tamarillo sauce which couples the tena with the fruit from the pepper tomato tree.
12. Peru: Salsa de Aji Amarillo
What’s actually the most popular thing to do in Peru is to just make your own hot sauces. However, sometimes you can find bottled sauces that will satisfy the craving. The Peru Chef makes one with the aji amarillo pepper which has a subtle sweetness to it and is a cornerstone of Peruvian cuisine.
Of course, there are many hot sauces from all over Latin America that you’ll simply have to travel for if you want the best like Llajwa sauce from Bolivia. You could also probably stay home and get some bomb green sauce from King Taco.
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