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Latinos Won Big Victories At The Golden Globes Last Night But Our History At The Show Is Too Short

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The 2019 Golden Globes have come and gone, and the two things that we learned from the 3-hour long show is that a) Latinos in Hollywood are still very much underrepresented and b) if it wasn’t for Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” the whole show would have been a much dire situation for Latinos. Cuarón’s film did take home two top-notch awards including Best Motion Picture: Foreign Language, and Best Director.

We didn’t have the Latino representation we had hoped for, it got us to thinking about the Golden Globes of yesteryear. Here are some of those memorable moments of past Latino winners following the new class of Latino Golden Globes winners.

Alfonso Cuarón, “Best Director” for “Roma,” 2019

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During Cuarón’s acceptance speech, he thanked his leading ladies: “Thank you very much Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira. We need to begin to understand exactly how much we have in common.” He went on to say: “Cinema at its best…builds bridges to another culture. As we grow these bridges…we begin to realize that while they may be strange, they are not unfamiliar. We begin to understand exactly how much we have in common…This film would have not been possible without the specific colors that make me who I am,” he continued. “Gracias famila y  gracias Mexico.”

“Roma” – Best Motion Pictures: Foreign Language, 2019

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The film has been the talk of the industry as it has started winning awards shortly before its official release. The lead actress Yalitza Aparicio, an indigenous woman, was the cover of a recent Vogue Mexico magazine making history.

“The Assassination Of Gianni Versace” – Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, 2019

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“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” which featured a Latino cast did win for “Best Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.”

Sadly, actor Edgar Ramirez lost for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” as did Lin-Manuel Miranda for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” – Best Motion Picture: Animated, 2019

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“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” centers around Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino Brooklyn teen who is in the fight for his life as he becomes the new Spider-Man. A glithc in a villain’s machine leads to Spider-People for different universes joining him on his fight to save the world and restore order. The movie was produced by Cuban-American writer-producer Phil Lord.

“Coco” – Best Motion Picture: Animated, 2017

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“Coco” was an instant classic when Disney/Pixar released the film in 2017. Every Latino in the country knew of the movie and it is the highest-grossing movie of all time in Mexico. The win at last year’s Golden Globes wasn’t a surprise and it made for a great moment in Latino cinematic history.

“Moonlight” – Best Film: Drama, 2017

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“Moonlight” was one of the most celebrated films the year it was released as it followed the story of an Afro-Cuban man guiding a young black man through life in Miami. There was some confusion at the Oscars when “La La Land” was accidentally named Best Picture when it was in fact “Moonlight.” They took home the Golden Globe earlier that year for Best Film: Drama.

Alfonso Cuarón – Best Director for “Gravity,” 2014

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Alfonso Cuarón is no stranger to the Golden Globes. The “Roma” director won in 2014 with his hit movie “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock.

Rita Moreno – “Best Supporting Actress” in “West Side Story,” 1962

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Rita Moreno hit the big screen as Anita in “West Side Story” and made a name for herself as she danced and sang on screen. One of the first historic moments in Latino cinema.

Andy Garcia – “Best Supporting Actor” in “The Godfather Part III,” 1990

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The Godfather franchise is one of the most recognizable film franchises in Hollywood history. Not only does Andy Garcia give the character depth, the films saved Paramount Pictures for going under.

Jimmy Smits – “Best Actor in a TV Drama Series” in “NYPD Blue,” 1995

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Everyone was talking about this show when it was airing. For good reason, too. The storylines were so intense, it felt like you were part of the story as you watched the characters navigate the scary and hard life as a New York police officer.

Gina Rodriguez – “Best Actress in a TV Series or Comedy” for “Jane the Virgin,” 2015

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“We can, and we did,” remember those incredible words during her acceptance speech? Gina Rodriguez was tearful when she accpeted the award for her work in the show the gave Latinos depth in the midst of the 2016 presidential election when our community was under attack.

Guillermo Del Toro – “Best Director for a Motion Picture” for “The Shape of Water,” 2017

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Guillermo del Toro is one of the most inconic directors of our time. He has created worlds and universes that changed everything we know about the world around us and it is incredible. He has a talent you just can’t teach.

Gael García Bernal – Best Performance By An Actor in a TV Series (Comedy) for “Mozart in the Jungle,” 2016

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We loved this show and fans were so bummed when it was canceled in order to create a “Lord of the Rings” show. Bernal is a national treasure for Mexico and his work to push the Mexican film industry is noteworthy.

Alejandro González Iñárritu – Best Director for “The Revenant,” 2016

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Alejandro Iñárritu is one of the most prolific directors of all times. He continues to dominate the award show season whenever he releases a new film.

“The Revenant” – Best Film: Drama, 2016

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“The Revenant” was so brutal to watch but cinematic for sure. There is no question why this movie deserved the awards it won during its year. Iñárritu has really made himself know.

Oscar Isaac -Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Show Me a Hero,” 2016

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Oscar Isaac has been a household name for us for a very long time. Him winning awards for his work seems like a no-brainer.

Benicio del Toro – “Best Supporting Actor” for “Traffic,” 2000

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We loved Benicio Del Toro in “Traffic.” Who didn’t? He was the character and we were all better for having watched the film.

Alejandro Iñárritu – “Best Motion Picture” for “Babel,” 2006

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Did you watch “Babel”? Such a hard-hitting film, which we need more of today. The way one event imapcts the lives of so many people around the world is incredible.

America Ferrera – Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series for “Ugly Betty,” 2007

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“Ugly Betty” was America Ferrera’s breakthrough role, there’s no doubt. The love and admiration fans showred on the show made for a longlasting career for Ferrera.

Javier Bardem – Best Supporting Actor for “No Country for Old Men,” 2007

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We need more Javier Bardem ASAP, tbh. When can we see this man on screen again?


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There Is Going To Be A Remake Of Disney’s ‘Hercules’ And It Is Going To Have An All Black Cast

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There Is Going To Be A Remake Of Disney’s ‘Hercules’ And It Is Going To Have An All Black Cast

There’s a new live-action stage version of Disney’s 1997 animated film “Hercules” at the Public Theater in New York City — and Hercules is Black as hell

In 1997, San Francisco Gate’s Peter Sack described the film as, “The great old Greek is turned into a ’90s-style athlete who gets endorsements, sandals named after him and a chance to stand tall among nymphs and muses.”

Sound familiar to you? Lest we not forget this was the same era that Michael Jordan did Space Jam and Shaquille O’Neal did Kazaam. The original animated film took inspiration from major athletes of the time and thus, it inevitably heavily references Black and hood ’90s culture. If you watch it now the sneakers, the gospel music, the humor, it probably seems so obvious. 

One might wonder with all these references to the Black popular culture of the ’90s, why didn’t the creators just make Hercules Black? Well, they finally have.

The story of Hercules.  

While most of us were forced to read and re-read Hercules in secondary school, not everyone may know the story. Hercules is the son of the king and queen of the gods, Zeus and Hera. When a prophecy foretells that he will eventually defeat the god of the underworld, Hades, Hercules is kidnapped as an infant. Unable to kill him, Hades is able to take his immortality away but not his strength. The baby Hercules is raised by a mortal couple. At 18 he figures out his real origins and is determined to become a hero so that he can return to Mount Olympus with the gods.

Meet your new Hercules.

Hercules at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, through The Public Theater’s Public Works Program is based on the 1997 animated film, and has kept Alan Menken’s musical score. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he also created the music for Disney’s Aladdin. Jelani Alladin stars as the demi-god Hercules. Krysta Rodriguez plays his love interest Megara.

The difference between the stage musical and the film is that Disney has finally chosen to embrace their story’s Blackness. Rather than simply coding their narrative as one with allusions to Black culture, they’ve put that Blackness at the forefront and center. That’s what we call growth! Everybody loves Black culture, it’s time we start loving the people who make it. 

Danielle C. Belton of The Root describes the original as having flirted with African-American culture, while this new version embraces a multicultural cast. 

“While the film Hercules only flirted with African-American music and culture—the muses who were the “Greek chorus” throughout the film were patterned after classic, Motown-style Black ‘50s girl groups,” she writes. “This version of ancient Greece and the Greco-Roman gods features quite a few Black, Asian and Latinx people, including Jelani Alladin as the titular teenaged Hercules, and, of course—all five of the doo-wopping muses are…sistas with voices.”

How Hercules gave nods to Black culture. 

Hercules is something of a hood icon. It was the first time many kids probably saw Black women portrayed as the muses and Greek chorus. This gaggle of doo-wopping muses sang the funky, soulful Hercules theme. There were also pivotal aspects of hood culture, some of it is even social commentary. Hercules’s character is parallel to the superstar basketball players of the ’90s, their rabid fans, and endorsement deals. The creators, Ron Clements and John Musker, even referred to Hercules as the Michael Jordan of his time. 

In the movie, we see a young Hercules’ as he rises to fame for being a demi-God with some serious strength. When the hero-worship begins, he snags a sweet endorsement deal — but these aren’t Nike Jordans — they’re fresh to death Hercules sandals called Air-Hercs. When the villain Hades sees that one of his minions is rocking the Hercules sandals his response is simple and iconic: what are those?The phrase has now become a popular meme on Black Twitter going so far as being referenced in the “Black Panther” movieThe hero even has his own version of a Gatorade sponsorship, the drink is called “Herculade.”

A Latinx Megara embraces feminism.

Unlike other Disney women of the era, Megara was never waiting to be saved. She was sarcastic, witty, and pretty unimpressed with Hercules’ attempts to holler at her. Krysa Rodriguez’ Megara puts feminism at the forefront — again we see subtle codes made explicit. 

“In a new song, a pants-clad Meg imagines a world without men, envisioning it as a utopia where she could do as she pleases. A dopey, lovestruck Hercules, seeking to demonstrate his feminist credentials, replies clumsily, ‘My mom’s a woman,’” writes Adrienne Westenfeld for Esquire.

Diversity is always an improvement. We live in a multicultural world, there is never anything wrong with reflecting that in the stories we tell. After all, it’s the stories we tell that teach us who we are and who we will become. For Hercules that is learning the truth about his traumatic past to create a better future — for America, well, it’s no different.

Tessa Thompson’s Latest Instagram Is A Tribute To A Girl Who Could Not Wait To Get Her Picture At The ‘MIB’ Premiere

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Tessa Thompson’s Latest Instagram Is A Tribute To A Girl Who Could Not Wait To Get Her Picture At The ‘MIB’ Premiere

When the original “Men In Black” premiered in 1997, there’s no denying it was a mega box office hit. In fact, we’re a bit more surprised that it took this long for there to be another installation to the franchise. Now, 22 years later, the new version, fittingly titled, “Men In Black: International” the film is more inclusive, which is certainly appreciated in this day and age.

It’s because of this diverse representation that Latinas can see themselves on the big screen.

Last week, during the “Men In Black” premiere Tessa Thompson spotted a little girl who was dressed just like her in the movie.

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Thompson recounted the moment on Instagram and discussed how much she’s been through with the filming of the movie and doing press all over the world. She said it was this moment that meant so much to her.

“These past couple weeks have been almost a blur— except, my favorite moment of all— meeting the one person I really made @meninblack for. Hers was the first face I saw when I arrived to the premiere— and it’s still on my mind. And what she said to me, I’ll never forget.”

This moment really signifies why representation matters so much.

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People seem to forget how many others are excluded when we see a movie or TV show, so when you see a person that looks like you starring in a massive project, it’s an encouraging thing that means to so many. Now we’re wondering what that little girl said to her. Please tell us, Tessa!

Thompson’s role in the new “Men In Black” also came with a couple of changes including something she didn’t want to say just because Will Smith said it in the original.

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Thompson said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she didn’t want the new movie to be too much like the old one, which makes sense especially because this is 2019! We don’t need to regress to 1997.

In the original movie, Smith says “I make this look good” after he first puts on his suit. Thompson said she would never say that line.

“I wouldn’t have said it. In fact, I think someone did ask me to — just as an option — and I said no. M [her character] is just different from that character [Agent J/Smith]. Yeah, I was really conscious of too much nostalgia. Also, inside of that, there were moments when I thought, ‘Let’s lean in.'”

Yes!! That is why we need more women of color in movies!