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Jackie Cruz Is Working To Diversify Hollywood With Her Own Production Company

Jackie Cruz and Spotify are using music to highlight the need for more diversity in Hollywood. The ‘Orange Is The New Black’ actor and singer has teamed up with the music streaming company to bring attention to this issue. As someone who grew up without representation in media, Cruz understands the importance of getting more people in front and behind the camera to tell stories that will resonate with diverse audiences. That’s why she is advocating for more inclusivity in Hollywood and even started to create her own production company to achieve that goal.

Jackie Cruz wants to bring attention to the lack of true inclusion and diversity in Hollywood, and Spotify is helping her with that cause.

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Cruz says that what Hollywood lacks most is opportunities for people with brown skin because right now it’s “very black and white.” Cruz believes that it is important for Hollywood to start thinking outside the box in terms of representation and search out stories encompassing Latinx, Middle Eastern and Asian stories.

“There are all types of people in the world and we don’t all look the same, so we all deserve representation,” Cruz says.

“I felt like the first time I was represented was Flaca,” Cruz says about her OITNB character.

The Netflix show “Master of None,” created and starring Indian-American comedian/actor Aziz Ansari, also gave Cruz a chance to see her own experience mirrored. Particularly when the show delved into the immigration story of the Ansari’s character’s parents.

“I felt represented recently when watching ‘Master Of None,'” Cruz says. “He’s a first generation American just like me but his parents have an accent. They’re not from here and they still have their culture, just like me being Dominican.”

The lack of opportunities for brown-skinned people is what Cruz credits for the division amongst Latinx people in Hollywood.

“Everyone wants that one Latino role that all of us audition for and only one of us gets,” Cruz explains. “Instead of complaining about it, do something about it.”

Cruz encourages people to use their own platforms to create content that resonates with other brown people.

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“You have a platform and you have a power to create your own work and your own content. That’s what I’m doing,” Cruz says. “I’m not just going to sit and complain about Hollywood. I’m just going to continue to give myself opportunities and the people around me opportunities that are just like me.”

One way Cruz is taking her fight to increase diversity in media to the next level is by creating her own production company called Unspoken Film.

The mission of Unspoken Film is simple: Pushing for equality and giving opportunities to women in Hollywood.

“It’s not about just acting. It’s the people behind it – the writers – who it all comes from,” says Cruz. “That’s why I’m looking for incredible women writers to get in a room to create some powerful stuff, break barriers, and to, honestly, create opportunities so there’s no more division and we’re all unified.”

Inclusion, and an excited audience, are why Cruz says OITNB has been so successful.

“‘Orange Is The New Black’ is popular because of our audience,” Cruz says. “We’re popular because people are connecting with us because they are seeing themselves on television, whether it’s for the first time or not. That’s why we’re popular. We need more shows like ‘Orange Is The New Black.'”

“I’m working really hard and I’m feeling like I have more power than I even know,” Cruz says.

Cruz wants people to understand that they have the power to create the kind of content they want to see. You don’t have to wait for the opportunity to come around when you can create it yourself.

“That’s the future goal: to just create content and work with my fellow actors who are willing to trust me in my vision,” Cruz says. “But it’s not about me. The whole thing is about opening doors for others that are more diverse.”

More representation, according to Cruz, will inspire future generations by giving them an example of what they can be.

Having grown up without seeing representation on screen, Cruz felt like she could never achieve her dreams. After all, it’s difficult to see yourself succeeding in your dream if you’ve never seen someone like you fulfilling that role. Whether they want to act or be a doctor, representation is vital for youth.

“That’s what’s going to inspire our youth to be the best they can be and to know that they can be whatever they want to be because they’re watching it,” Cruz says. “They’re visualizing it because we’re showing them. I wish I had that. I didn’t have that but I want to create a lane where there is that.”

Now that she is an actor and role model to Latina girls, Cruz wants to use her platform to encourage them to be themselves.

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After recently posting a video online, one of her followers commented “You inspire me to be myself.” That left a huge impression on Cruz, who herself struggled to embrace herself. However, the moment she did, “everything changed.” Now she wants others to feel that sense of empowerment.

“That’s what I want to tell the audience; be yourself,” Cruz adds. “It’s important to be unique and be yourself. I’m not going to sit here and say I wasn’t a follower because I was in high school. But the moment I started being myself, that’s when it started happening for me.”

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Cuban Gossip Blogger Perez Hilton Made A Living By Being Mean But Now He’s Trying To Change

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Cuban Gossip Blogger Perez Hilton Made A Living By Being Mean But Now He’s Trying To Change

Recently, there has been quite the reckoning over how the media and society treat celebrities and influencers. Perez Hilton was one of the leading influencers when it came to haunting young famous women and LA ‘It Girls’ thanks to his up-to-the-minute celebrity gossip blog. 

Whether he was detailing their very public spirals out of control or drawing cartoon penises on their photos, Perez Hilton was there to capitalize on everyone else’s drama. Now the father of three says that he’s sorry for his past cruelty and is working to remake the world of celebrity gossip.

Hilton has apologized for his years of cruelty but does he deserve forgiveness?

For several years in the mid-aughts, Perez Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira Jr., was the most talked-about celebrity blogger in the world. And although his readership has taken a severe dive, his posts frequently pop up and remind the public that he was once the Queen of Mean. 

“I’ve apologized countless times,” Hilton, who lives in Los Angeles with his mother and three children, told Buzzfeed News. “A lot of what I did during that time was reprehensible and toxic. But that wasn’t everything. I wasn’t just nasty and mean and cruel and hurtful. I was also positive and supportive.”

But Hilton admits that he knew even at the time that what he was writing and what he was putting out into the universe was wrong. “Attention was my drug. A drug addict, in the moment, knows what they’re doing is wrong. Most of them wish they weren’t using, but they’re doing it anyway,” he tells Buzzfeed News.

Through all the writing and posts, Hilton has a lot to be sorry for.

One of his actions that gets him the most criticism is his obsession with outing famous men, including Lance Bass, Neil Patrick Harris, and Dustin Lance Black. “Two years before I came out, I was really bullied on the internet by bloggers, that’s when Perez Hilton just started and was just really malicious against me,” Bass said in 2007

Thanks to these cruel posts, Hilton would often face criticism from The Advocate and AfterEllen.com

Despite his efforts, his cruel reputation continues to follow him. 

Regardless of his mea culpas and attempts to reform both himself and the content on his site, his mean-spirited reputation has always followed him. That was made all the more clearer following the release of Framing Britney Spears.

The film really focused on her relationship with the press and paparazzi which was always waiting for her to slip up and get it on camera. Although Hilton wasn’t mentioned in the film, his old posts about Spears began resurfacing on Twitter. One, titled “Britney’s Breakdown,” ends with, “Take her children away!!!!!!” repeated five times in bold. 
Thanks to the explosion of social media apps and everyone having a camera at their fingertips thanks to smartphones, the celebrity gossip industry has changed a lot. Now, it’s impossible for a gossip blogger’s work to go unchecked. And now, most people even consume their by-the-minute celebrity updates on Instagram accounts like deuxmoi and The Shade Room.

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Interracial Couples Are Officially Getting Emoji Representation

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Interracial Couples Are Officially Getting Emoji Representation

Representation matters.

When it comes to interracial couples, this is certainly true. In 2017, The New York Times posed the question “where are all of the racial couples?” in an article about the representation of mixed-race couples on screen. The pieces pointed out that for many years, the entertainment industry “forbid depictions of interracial relationships. From 1930 until the late 1960s, the Motion Picture Production Code banned ‘vulgarity and suggestiveness’ so that ‘good taste may be emphasized.'” The piece put a bold underline under the fact that decades have passed since these codes were dismantled. In fact, the same year of the article’s release, the Pew Research Center revealed that the number rose to 10 percent, including 11 million interracial marriages in total.

These statistics oddly haven’t always extended to even our most innovative forms: texting to name just one. Up until recently, texters weren’t able to express their mix-raced love via iPhones.

Now thanks to a new update, they are!

New updates to Apple‘s iOS 14.5 are bringing interracial couples to your texts this Spring.

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Apple is working to make our texting experience more inclusive and representative for all phone users. In a recent update from Unicode, the system that produces emojis, Apple has announced that they will be unveiling new designs and new options for emojis that already exist as part of iOS 14.5.

New designs for the emojis will be more representative of people with disabilities as well.

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They include a person with a bird, flaming heart emoji, a healed heart, and new skin tone variants for kissing couples and couples with heart emojis. There will also be accessibility-themed emojis which include an ear with a hearing aid, a guide dog, a prosthetic leg, and a prosthetic arm.

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