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Here Are Some Movies And TV Shows On Netflix Featuring Cubans

So, you know how the Cuban government closely monitors and controls all media in the country? There are only five communist channels, and internet is extremely limited and closely monitored. That means that there are very few glimpses into life on the island available for public consumption.

Netflix happens to be streaming documentaries on the ground in Cuba, Shows featuring Cubanos, and feature-length films about some of the most famous people to come out of Cuba. Here’s what you should do with your weekend.

1. The Godfather: Part II

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Let’s start with the most iconic film to star a Cuban actor: Andy García. García was born in Havana to an English teacher and attorny/avocado farmer. The family moved to Miami after the Bay of Pigs. Fun fact? García wanted to become a basketball player until he came down with mono and decided to become an actor.

2. Cuba and the Cameraman

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Cameraman Jon Alpert spent 45 years traveling to Cuba and documenting it’s progress and change through his lens. He follows three families over the course of decades and it’s “as clear and wide a window [into Cuba] as you’re likely ever to find,” according to David Ehrlich.

3. 3 Days in Havana

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Fair warning: this is a Canadian film, but it actually was set in Cuba. The main star is a Canadian businessman who gets involved in an assassination plot after befriending another white guy in Cuba. Cuban visibility really needs work in the entertainment industry, but this list gets better.

4. Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown

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Season 6, Episode 1 takes place in Cuba’s fishermen towns, Havana, and Santiago. He takes a deeper dive into the food culture, which was once scarce, and now beginning to boom. He eats at a (what, once, would have been banned) sushi restaurant in a fishermen’s town, and tells the restaurant owners that they’re about to become millionaires. I’d really like to help with that. ?

5. Celia

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Based on the real life of Celia Cruz, this TV series depicts what it might have been like to be the 1950s young, black singer in a Cuba that is entrenched in sexism, racism and dark political times. Need to feel inspired? This is for you.

6. Bring it On: Fight to the Finish

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Played by mitad Cubana Christina Milian, Lina Cruz transfers from East L.A. to Malibu Vista High School after her mom remarries. Watch her take over “The Sea Lions” (worst cheerleading team name ever, right?), and navigate as an out of place POC in a snobby school. Spoiler: she’s the whoop-ass that climbs to the top. IDC what you think about Bring it On movies, you’ll be cheering for her.

7. Daredevil

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Rosario Dawson is half Afro-Cuban and is owning the Netflix screen. She plays the love interest and life-saving nurse in Netflix’s Original Daredevil TV series, and is often the thread throughout the Marvel series. Rep it up, Rosario!

8. Rent

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We can’t talk about Rosario without mentioning her incredible performance in the musical film Rent. She plays Mimi Marquez, an HIV-positive heroin addict and stripper, and love interest. I remember rewatching this movie over and over again, and obsessing over her as a kid. She f*cking slays.

9. Jane the Virgin

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Ok, I’ll be done gushing about Rosario after this one, but c’mon, if you haven’t seen Jane the Virgin, the first American telenovela featuring (almost) all Latino characters, ? get ? on ? it.

10. Four Seasons in Havana

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Want to watch a movie set in Cuba, but need a hit of some crime drama? Follow detective Mario Conde as he investigates Havana’s crimes throughout the course of the year.

11. Gambit

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Did you know Cameron Díaz’s father is Cuban? Yup, she’s one of those blue-eyed, blonde Cubans, and she’s one of the highest-grossing U.S. box office actresses in the country. She’s since retired to publish a couple books, but you can still stream her on Netflix!

12. One Day at a Time

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This reboot of the original show features a modern day Cuban-American family, the politics around undocumentation, sexuality, and what it’s like to be a single mother. This one is a must-see.

13. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba

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Set during the Cuban Revolution, we watch a young journalist travel to Havana in his quest to meet Ernest Hemingway. P.S.-this is a true story, if that makes you feel any better about another movie where Cubans are just the backdrop. But at least it’s set in Cuba!

14. Scarface

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This iconic film about Cuban refugee Tony Montana, who becomes the drug kingpin of Miami has raised a lot of criticisms from expatriates. I mean, the film is incredibly violent and portrays Cubans as criminals and drug traffickers. What do you think? Comment below!

15. The Office

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Oscar Nuñéz was born in Havana, and his parents were actually classmates with Fidel Castro at the University of Havana. He went to Parsons School of Design for writing, and became a certified dental technician before breaking out in comedy.

He plays Mexican character, Oscar Martinez, and endures some very cringe-worthy moments in the show. If you’re here for the cringe, come through for Oscar.

16. The Place Beyond the Pines

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Born in Miami to Cuban parents, Eva de la Caridad Méndez (aka Eva Mendes), stars as the love interest in this film alongside Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. She was the first POC to star as a love interest from her performance in Hitch. TY for pioneering for all of us, Eva.

17. You Get Me

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Bella Thorne’s father was Cuban, who died young. She started working as a child actor to help support the family, and has since made it to the big screen. In this Netflix Original, she plays Holly, an unwell girl who becomes obsessed with a one night stand and goes to great lengths to keep their ‘romance’ alive.

18. Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution

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This historical documentary takes a deep dive into the lives of revolutionaries Frank País and José Antonio Echeverría and their role in the overthrow of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. You’ll also see Rita Moreno help narrate!

19. El Che

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This is the story of a Spanish-Mexican writer, Paco Ignacio Taibo II, and his journey to trace the footsteps of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, the inspiration for the Cuban Revolution.

20. The Cuba Libre Story

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A Netflix Original, this documentary recounts the tumultuous history of Cuba, dating back to its Spanish conquest, the effects it had on its native peoples, the freedom fighters and Cold War political ploys from the top-level government. This is a TV series, with just one season from 2015, so keep watching to get the next season signed!

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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