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Here’s What The OINTB Cast Has Been Up To Since Last Season

In case you missed it, “Orange is the New Black” (OITNB)’s Season 6 will be premiering on Netflix on July 27, so clear your schedules. The show has been a major catalyst in raising Americans awareness about the injustices that are so embedded in the prison system–from the 1 in 6 versus 1 in 17 chance of a Latino going to prison versus a white male, to the social consequences of the wave of privatized prisons and how immigration policies today funnels into that system. OITNB also employs an incredible Latina cast, and since the last season release, they have been using their platform to get loud about the issues that matter most to them.

They’ve been hanging out with each other.

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On-screen besties, Flaca and Maritza, are just as good of friends IRL. Diane Guerrero (left) and Jackie Cruz (right) are basically living their character’s out-of-jail dream as beauty icons and influencers. Here’s what else they’ve been up to.

Diane Guerrero has used her platform for immigration reform.

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Guerrero has her own personal story of being separated from her family when she came home from school one day to an empty house. Her undocumented parents and older brother had been deported back to Colombia, while she stayed behind with her American citizenship, because she was born in New Jersey.

Caption: “SCHOOLS NOT PRISONS 🦋”

Guerrero also received an honorary doctorate.

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Guerrero grew up in Boston after being taken in by other Colombian families. She attended Boston Arts Academy and went on to work in a law office before she decided to pursue a career in acting. She was invited back to her alma mater, Regis College, to give the commencement speech.

Meanwhile, Cruz has been taking selfies with her fans. ❣️

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Cruz was born in Queens and grew up between Los Angeles and Santiago, Dominican Republic. She was raised by a single mother until she moved out at 16 years old and became homeless. A year later, she was hit by a car and fell into a coma. She survived, but only after suffering from a collapsed lung and brain surgery.

Cruz also dropped a single, “La Hora Loca.”

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When Cruz was in high school, she was in a band called Krush Velvet and even came close to signing an album deal with with will.i.am producers. Last year, she released a music video called “Dog,” meant to fight back against the patriarchy and violence against women.

Just last month, she released a single in both English and Spanish that we’ll all want to play the moment our tios ask us to make him una cafe con leche. Response: “You gon’ have to work.”

We’ve been swooning at Cruz’ selfies from around the world.

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Fun fact: Cruz and Kourtney Kardashian were friends after meeting in an art class, and the two were filmed kissing on “Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami.” Cruz doesn’t like to be labeled but has been with women before, and is with a man currently.

📍Taken at the Hohenzollern Bridge.

Caption: “Infinity and Beyond kinda ❤️🔒🇩🇪 #loveislove”

Elizabeth Rodriguez has been cast in Hulu’s “Chance” series.

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In the show, la boricua Queen plays una doctura named Kirsten Clayton, in one of her most chill roles ever. Fun fact: Rodriguez has been nominated for a Tony for her performance in a 2011 play called The Motherfucker with the Hat. Mami’s talented.

Caption: “#actorslife #waiting 4hours #iloveacting #hollywood #Chance#Hulu Esperando 4 horas en mi trailer para trabajar #lavidadeactriz”

Rodriguez has also been getting busy taking selfies with coquito.

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Como una boricua real. 💃🏽 My mom definitely takes some ✨classy✨ pics with her frosted glass of coquito every Christmas.

If you live in NYC like Rodriguez, we hear all the good things about “Brooklyn Coquito”. Get coquito wasted and @ us.

And using her middle finger for good.

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When Trump went to visit Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria decimated the island, he took the opportunity toss paper towels at the victims as if that is what they wanted from the President of the United States.

On International Women’s Day, the whole cast repped “Phenomenal Women”

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Caption: “Today is #InternationalWomensDay, which celebrates the achievements of women across the globe. Over the last year, we’ve seen an unprecedented movement for women’s rights, and one thing is clear: our time is now. We are phenomenal, and we will make the world a better place for all women. Show your support with this Maya Angelou-inspired tee from @phenomenal.ly. 💃🏻💃🏼💃🏽💃🏾💃🏿”

They were all over the world, but together in spirit (and shirt).

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Caption:

“I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
— Maya Angelou

Thank you @phenomenal.ly Cheers to all the women who didn’t just knock on the door of the boys club. They kicked that door down and continue do so. Special shout out to @girlswhocode and @williemaerockcamp you’re next.”

Their captions were everything.

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Caption: “Reflecting on the achievements of the women workers who started the fight for equal rights and better labor conditions and celebrating those across the globe making the world a better place for all women. How to be a #phenomenalwoman and not to die in the attempt?! You can show support with this Maya Angelou-inspired tee from @phenomenal.ly. #internationalwomensday ~ “¿cómo ser mujer y no morir en el intento?” #diainternacionaldelamujer”

Selenis Levya took the opportunity to speak to how Latinas specifically suffer worse.

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Caption: “Today is #LatinaEqualPayDay. It represents the fact that the gender pay gap is greatest for LATINAS , who must work 11 extra months in 2017 to catch up to what non Hispanic, white men made in 2016. It’s an injustice to all women that Latinas earn only .54 cents for every $1 that goes to white men. Soy Una Mujer FENOMENAL- and I deserve EQUAL PAY! Support seven women’s orgs with this Maya Angelou inspired tee from @phenomenal.ly”

Levya’s compassion extends even beyond humans.

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Of course, she’s hella active in human rights issues, and she still finds time to make it to Animal League. Here’s why:

“Thank you @animalleague for all you do !! Adopt!!! My furbabies have forever changed me! Help this baby and many other #dogs and #cats find forever homes💙🙏🏼 #getyourrescueon#adoption”

Oh, and she met Joe Biden.

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Caption: “When you see your #VicePresident @vp44 and you’re both excited about the moment !!! I said to him ” we miss you, please help us”…….. what he said was spectacular!! #hopeful this is us at the @antiviolence courage awards my face still hurts from my EXTRA cheesy smile #highlight #grace #elegance #intelligence #eloquentspeaker I needed this 🙌🏼💙👏🏼🇺🇸”

And casually became a cartoon duck.

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Of course she looks badass with an eyebrow arch that could kill.

Caption: “Meet M”ma !!! @disneychannel @disney @ducktalestv – I’ve always wanted to be a cartoon 🦄😜…carry on ✌🏽#shescute”

Dascha Polanco is stunning as always.

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We know her as Dayanara “Daya” Diaz, but you should really get to know Dascha Polanco. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she immigrated to the U.S. when she was young. She always wanted to be an actress but felt self-defeated because of her weight.

Polanco majored in Psychology at Hunter College and started working in hospital admin in the Bronx with the intention of becoming a nurse. Then she gave it one last shot and landed this gig.

Her hair game has been legendary this summer.

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You can see it in the hashtags. 😂

Caption: “Anoche … dime ? How was your night ? #ismellgood #selflovery#changinghairstyleslikemyundergarments”

Not pictured: Polanco is sporty af.

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In the last year, she’s participated as a celebrity guest on the basketball courts and now in the Major League Baseball’s All Star game. You win my heart, Dascha.

Jessica Pimentel is even more badass IRL than Maria Ruiz in OITNB.

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Pimentel is the lead singer of heavy metal band Alekhine’s Gun and is also a vocalist in Brujeria. When she’s not filming for OITNB, she’s screaming heavy metal!

No matter who your favorite is, you can assume que está viviendo, aprendiendo y creciendo.

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At the end of the day, they’re all just Latinos, like us, who show the world what a Spanish Harlem is made of. You won’t find any stereotypes on OITNB, or in the cast mates.

Caption: “Living. Learning. Growing ~ Viviendo. Aprendiendo. Creciendo”

The Teaser Trailer for The Final Season of “Orange is the New Black” is Making Us All Weep

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The Teaser Trailer for The Final Season of “Orange is the New Black” is Making Us All Weep

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Award-winning Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” has given us both problematic and deeply satisfying character development, plot twists, and grief. This summer, its seventh and final season will be streamed to Netflix, and nobody’s ready.

OITNB just shared a teaser trailer to its final season, and while it gives us little to no information about the plot of its finale, it is consistently making viewers cry.

Folks are literally crying over the touching OITNB final season teaser.

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The teaser ends with Piper Chapman and Alex Vause meeting each other–one in street clothes and the other still in prison uniform. OITNB writers have taken us on an emotional rollercoaster with these two, and we’re hoping they really do get to walk off into the sunset.

Netflix has shared some stills, including this one of Piper on the outside.

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It’s a little strange to see so many people not in uniform, especially Piper. Fans are hoping #Vausman is endgame material and that they will be reunited on the outside.

Many fans are finding the anticipation for Season 7 to be bittersweet.

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The hashtag #OrangeForever is trending because the fandom really is forever. Let the entire series re-binge commence. We have two months to get back up to date with everything.

We did see Maritza back on set with Flaca, which means #Flaritza is back!

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We see the two fooling around behind bars, singing along to the series’ theme song, laughing away. Of course, this shook the fandom.

Diane Guerrero is back for the final season!

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The actress did not appear in Season 6 for even a single scene after writers concluded Season 5 with a separation of #Flaritza. Guerrero appeared in several different films, including The Godmother and Killerman during production of Season 6.

#Flaritza fans are reigniting the #FlaritzaForever hashtag in standom.

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It wouldn’t have felt like the series finale if these two comadres weren’t hand in hand. We’re here for more #Flaritza content.

One fan noticed that the red bucket in the final trailer scene read this message:

Yup. That sums it up. Seems the cast, crew, and fans are ready to see the story conclude in the best way possible.

Other fans are making a clear and direct appeal to the writers to give us what we want.

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The wounds from the Game of Thrones finale is having a ripple affect on other fandoms. So we’re using our communication tools and being clear and direct. No loose ends.

Of course, the gays are screaming.

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Myself included. What will I do without all my favorite prison lesbians giving me that chingona attitude I bring into my everyday life? I cry.

The entire series will be available on Netflix on July 26.

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And yes, Dascha, we will remember all your voices and faces. 😭

So without further ado, prepare to weep.

All good things must come to an end. We’re not ready. Thank you for all the memories and we can’t wait to see what is going done in the final season of OITNB.

READ: BFF QUIZ: If You Were Cast In ‘OITNB’ Would You Be Flaca Or Maritza?

Jackie Cruz, Selenis Leyva And More Latino Netflix Stars Talk Diversity In Hollywood

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Jackie Cruz, Selenis Leyva And More Latino Netflix Stars Talk Diversity In Hollywood

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month Netflix invited its Latino stars from “Orange is the New Black” and “On My Block” to chat over aguas frescas about diversity and what it’s like to be Latino in Hollywood—and things got real.

Jackie Cruz and Selenis Leyva from OITNB, sat down with Jason Genao and Jessica Maria Garcia from “On My Block” in Los Angeles’ Topanga Canyon to talk about what roles they were first offered as Latinos when they were starting to break into the business.

Selenis Leyva was the veteran at the table and discussed the misconception of actors not wanting certain roles.

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Leyva said she has played the prostitute over and over again until she got moved up to…drum roll…girlfriend of suspect. Jackie Cruz, Leyva’s OITNB co-star” chimed in that she was also given roles in a similar vein including inmate, rape victim, and heroin addict.

“I don’t have a problem with playing the maid. I don’t have a problem with playing the prostitute,” Leyva says. “I have a problem if that’s all you think I can play.”

Cruz chimed in saying that the various prostitute roles is why she is grateful for OINTB for changing things up.

Leyva asked her if it really did and that when Jason Genao chimed in saying that it is because of OITNB that we have “On My Block.”

“I think it has. It went from ‘Orange’ to ‘On My Block,'” Genao says. “You know, Lauren and Eddie and Jeremy come and pitch ‘On My Block’ and they’re like ‘No, it’s only black and Hispanic people. Is that the show you want?’ And they’re like, ‘That’s the show we want.’ And that’s the show we got.”

The conversation then evolved to how Latinos are often shut out of award shows.

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“The representation is out there, and yet, we only are invited to either attend the after-parties or to hand out the awards,” Leyva says. She further compared handing out trophies to handing out food at the faster parties and asked what the difference was.

A message to the academies: you can, and should, do better.

Watch the full video below as the stars discuss Hollywood’s lack of representation.

READ: People Are Calling For A Boycott Of Paramount Studios Because Of Their Severe Lack Of Latino Representation

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