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People Spent Thanksgiving Weekend Watching ‘Coco’ And The Emotions Are Strong

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“Coco” is finally in theaters in the U.S. after a long, anxious wait by many fans. Finally, millions of Pixar fans got to see the holiday of Día de los Muertos beautifully told on the big screen. The movie tells the story of a young aspiring musician named Miguel who is willing to against his family’s wishes to pursue a career in music. When he “seizes his moment” in order to pursue his dream, he finds himself in the Land of the Dead searching for a family member who can help his musical aspirations come true. Miguel learns a lot about his family and himself as he tries to make it back to the Land of the Living in one piece.

Not only did “Coco” become the biggest box office hit in Mexican movie history, it also beat out “Justice League” to become the number one movie over Thanksgiving weekend.

Here’s how fans across the country reacted to finally seeing “Coco” in theaters.

“Coco” gave some families a chance to teach the little ones about Dia de los Muertos.

The importance of this movie is underscored by the push for more accurate and diverse representation in media. A study by Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism showed that not only are Latinos ignored in Hollywood too often, they are also cast in stereotypical roles.

Some Mexican-Americans were able to relate to the story on a very personal level.

Sometimes art does imitate life. When it happens on a wide scale, it turns into something beautiful and magical.

It was more than the story that got audience members crying.

The lack of representation for so long left many unaware that it was something they needed. When they finally realized they never saw themselves in films this big it was hard to hold back the tears. Not to mention that “Coco” surpassed “Justice League” at box offices this weekend by earning $71.2 million.

Seriously, representation matters and “Coco” has taught that to some grown adults.

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Some moviegoers literally wore their Latino pride to the theater.

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There was also a lot of confusion about the “Frozen” short that played before “Coco.” Some complained that it was too long…

While others perfectly captured how confusing it was to watch a Pixar short play before a full-length Pixar film.

The movie is helping younger Latinos connect with their culture and understand the cultural significance of death.

That is beautiful.

And if you haven’t heard by now, there’s a good chance that you’ll shed a tear (or LOTS of tears) watching “Coco.”

Seems like studios should really take some notes and try telling more diverse stories. Perhaps they just haven’t heard that yet.

Be ready. This is going to be one movie people don’t stop talking about.

And why would they stop?


READ: Pixar Hired Cultural Consultants To Help With ‘Coco’ And It Looks Like They Definitely Helped Shape The Movie

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This Years Grammy Nominations Are Diverse AF And We're Loving The Latino Love

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This Years Grammy Nominations Are Diverse AF And We’re Loving The Latino Love

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The 2018 Grammy Nominations were released on Tuesday by the Recording Academy, and after a year of record-breaking music by Latino artists, it’s refreshing to see them nominated for the most coveted awards in music.

The Recording Academy released some of their more exciting nominations via Twitter this Tuesday.

Featuring many black and Latino artists, these are some of the most visibly diverse nominations in recent memory. Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars are all nominated for “Record of The Year.”

One of the more momentous Latino nominations is for “Despacito,” the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee juggernaut that topped the Billboard charts for weeks.

Featuring vocals by Justin Bieber on the remix and co-written by Panamanian song writer Erika Ender, the song raked in the most views for any video on YouTube ever (more than 4 billion) and tied for most consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 Billboard chart. The song was so massive it topped the #1 slot in several countries around the world simultaneously. Per Fonsi’s excited tweet, “Despacito” was nominated three times, which means Daddy Yankee and Bieber are also up for three statues.

Cardi B’s banger “Bodak Yellow” was also nominated.

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With this song, Cardi B became the second solo female rap artist to top the charts, beating out Taylor Swift, who had just recently dethroned “Despacito.” “Bodak Yellow” also helped Cardi B break the record for most consecutive weeks by a female rap artist at #1 on the billboard chart. Both of these accolades were once held exclusively by Lauryn Hill. “Bodak Yellow” was nominated for two Grammys. One nomination for Best Rap Performance and the other for Best Rap Song. For the latter nomination, Cardi B is credited as one of the writers on the song under her pen name “Washpoppin,” a pen name that really deserves its own award if you ask me.

Another Latino artist nominated is Residente, of Calle 13 fame, for his self-titled album.

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He took to Facebook to express his feelings on his win, stating that while it’s a great honor that people hear his music, that it took him away from his son and family, which he says will never happen again.

“I spent 2 years making this album, I dedicated all my strength to it, I worked with musicians from 11 different countries that are not known for their music and they sing in 8 different languages. It has been the most ambitious project in my career but the most difficult part of the process was missing out on family moments, moments with my son that will not happen again. No prize or recognition will ever give me back that time lost of seeing my son grow. The only thing that encourages me is knowing that after so many sacrifices to make my art there are people that somehow this album moves them, touches them and feeds them a desire to know the world.”

Shakira’s album “El Dorado” was nominated for best Latin Pop Album.

Shakira took to Twitter to thank her fans as well saying it wouldn’t be possible without them.

Bruno Mars’ album “24k Magic” brought in five nominations, including one for his single “That’s What I Like.”

There’s been no comment yet from Mars, probably because he’s busy on the South American leg of his tour. This week alone he’ll have been in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Ecuador. The man is busy.

Check out the rest of the nominees including Juanes, Natalia Lafourcade, Alex Cuba and others on The Recording Academy’s website, here.


READ: These Artists Used Their Platform At The Latin Grammys To Send A Powerful Message To Puerto Rico


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