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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.


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Soundcloud Latino Rappers And Their Controversies That Shook Their Fans

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Soundcloud Latino Rappers And Their Controversies That Shook Their Fans

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Hip hop and rap music has always been embroiled with controversy and conflict, and Soundcloud rappers are no different. In case you haven’t listened to a Soundcloud playlist in a while, this type of music is also called mumble rap. Basically, the lyrics are sometimes indecipherable. Latino artists have been making a name for themselves in the microgenre, but not without hitting some bumps along the way. Here are three of the artists who have stirred some kind of controversy.

1. Lil Xan

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Born in Redlands, California to Mexican parents, Diego Leanos bounced around motels before dropping out of high school and working as a street cleaner while selling drugs. Lil Xan starting getting noticed on the streaming music site SoundCloud when he began making music. Following a massive hit with his song “Betrayed,” Lil Xan got people upset when he said in an interview that Tupac Shakur was a 2 out of 9. He was also hospitalized recently for eating too many Hot Cheetos. To top it off, Lil’ Xan has been telling magazines that his relationship with Noah Cyrus was forced on them by the record label. With all of these mini controversies on his plate, perhaps that’s why Lil Xan said he would retire from music after the death of Mac Miller in September 2018.

2. Teikashi 6ix9ine

Oh boy, we might need a whole separate article to talk about all of the controversies Teikashi 6ix9ine has been a part of. Raised in New York by his Mexican mother and Puerto Rican father Daniel Hernandez began releasing songs in 2014. He became an internet meme thanks to his rainbow locks and grills. In the fall of 2015, Teikashi 6ix9ine pled guilty to three felony counts stemming from a case of using a child for sexual acts. This summer he was also arrested for an outstanding warrant for allegedly choking a fan at a Houston mall. Then there’s all the feuds he’s had with other rappers. It’s safe to say that 6ix9ine is one rapper that should be canceled.

3. Lil Pump

Another rapper known for his bright dreadlocks and run-ins with the law is Miami-born Gazzy Garcia, a.k.a. Lil Pump. His song “Gucci Gang” became a top three hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and cemented the notion that Gucci is one of the hottest designer brands to be sporting. Earlier this year, Lil Pump was arrested for discharging a weapon in an inhabited place. Police were called to investigate shots fired at his San Fernando Valley home after people tried to break into the home. Police found that bullet hole in the door showed the bullet exiting the house, not entering. Police even investigated his mother for endangering a minor for having an unsecured gun in the home because Lil Pump was only 17 years old at the time. He was also arrested for driving without a license in Miami and said he would be bowing out of the public eye to serve a parole violation. But on September 29, he appeared on Saturday Night Live with Kanye West dressed as a Fiji water bottle.


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