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Laz Alonso Is The Kind Of Person That Is Not Shy About Showing How Much He Loves His Mom

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Thanks to “Fast & Furious,” we have been gifted awareness of the iconic Laz Alonso. But no thanks to any of the gossip magazines, there is zero chisme around his personal life. Turns out he’s a man of integrity gaining success in Hollywood, no joke.

As it turns out, the Cuban-American actor has lived multiple lives and climbed to the top of several careers before making it in Hollywood. Today, he uses his platform to forward Afro-Latino visibility on television and in American culture.

You might recognize him as Tsutey in “Avatar.”

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Alonso had to become an expert horse handler to work within the technology.

He told Showbiz Junkies, “My character did a lot of horseback riding but you have to be able to control the horse in a very small, limited space, because if the horse gets out of control and goes beyond the space, he’ll break into a million pieces, the computer crashes and we have to wait a half hour.”

Alonso is Afro-Cubano.

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In an interview with Hollywood Unlocked, he had to explain how he could be 100 percent Cuban and 100 percent Black, “We get caught up in where the ship dropped us off versus where the ship picked us up.”

Both his parents are Cuban and moved to Washington, where Alonso was born and raised. But still, a niño has to visit his homeland to caption #TBTs with “real kids carry machetes.”

He also takes great pleasure in his mami’s accent.

Caption: “Coda Flah! 🤣”

I would pay money for someone to interview both Alonso and his mother at the same time. Just imagine the playful and adorable chemistry the two would have on camera.

Alonso identifies as “Black first.”

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Alonso makes a good point. Being an African man attached to his Latinidad means being attached to the colonial influences that treated his ancestors like slaves.

He told Hollywood Unlocked, “When a cop pulls me over, oh ok, I’m not going to shoot him or beat his *ss because he’s Cuban. I’m Black, and I’m dealing with the same struggle. We all gotta unite and fight for the same struggle.”

Alonso is an Aries.

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He was born on March 25, 1974, meaning he’s a fine 44-year-old stud. And single, in case you were wondering.

He worked on Wall Street before BET.

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He graduated from Howard University with a BBA in Marketing and eventually became an investment banker at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street.

He’s also a devout Christian and always gives thanks to God first.

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Caption: “#TBT me thanking my best friend and lord for the blessing of winning the #naacp #imageawards for leading man in a motion picture. Very proud day.”

He looks great in uniform, tbh.

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Caption: “Happy birthday to @iamjamiefoxx whom I also get to #TBT to my first film that went to theaters, #Jarhead. We had to go to bootcamp to get ready for the film, and we slept in tents in the desert in the middle of winter. Not going to say which actor had a fully heated tour bus to sleep in but he looked out and would go get us Popeye’s and feed us when we would be up doing fire watch all night in the cold. We had to always be ready because the drill instructors would ambush us at all hours to keep us on our toes. One of those nights we even got ambushed by Ray Charles himself! 🤣😎😭”

Filming “Traffik” made him ‘more sensitive’ to people’s circumstances.

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He can’t just shake the educational value of a film that delves into the reality of human trafficking like he could filming “Fast and Furious.” Today, he can’t look at a moving truck without wondering if there might be people inside. 💔

He volunteers with The Cinema School in The Bronx.

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It’s the only high school in the country that is focused on vocational training in the film industry. Whenever he’s in New York, he mentors the kids and gives them tips for making it in Hollywood.

He’s single and has never been married.

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He’s confessed that he wants his own family and is just doing the work to ensure it’s all the right fit. Plus, his #10YearChallenge was hilarious.

He has a strict rule against dating his fellow actresses.

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The wrap party… that’s a different story. He told “Hollywood Unlocked” that he doesn’t “sh*t where he eats.” Makes sense.

But his mom is begging for grandkids, like every mami with a child older than 15 years old.

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He told Wendy Williams that his mom is unteaching him everything he learned as a kid, “Don’t practice safe sex; just send the kid to me; I’ll raise him. Just get it done, hurry up.” 🤣

He’s a reality TV junkie.

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In a radio interview, Alonso admitted that he lives for reality TV. The genre is basically the modern day telenovela, so we get it.

His favorite food is his tía’s pasteles de guayaba.

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Caption: “My aunt Margot teasing me with the homemade fresh pasteles de guayaba (Guava pastries)! She needs to UPS now!”

He has his own line of mojito mixes called Remy Martiny.

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Caption: “So last week @jencooperphotocame by the house to taste my new @remymartinv raspberry mojito remix & it turned into a photoshoot lol. If you only heard the non stop jokes that ensued. @remymartin will definitely add laughter to life! #onelifelivethem”

He’s a total “Game of Thrones” nerd.

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What do you think of this homemade Halloween costume from 2017? We’re here for it.

He has a dopplegänger in Miami.

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Caption: “#TBT to when I met @ryanpress215 aka my twin forever ago in Miami. I kept hearing I had a twin in Philly and I was like yeah whatever, I had been hearing that my whole life about anyone light skinned or had a curly fro, till I met this dude. It was awkward AF cuz for the first time in my life I was like oh snap this can’t be happening, I thought I was 1 of 1! I can’t let @BET see this dude, I had just gotten on. First thing I said to him was aw hell naw, u better never commit a crime or I’ma hunt u down myself! U ain’t about to F*#% my life up! Both our crews laughed, cracked jokes and we been cool ever since. Luckily he’s not a criminal! 😂 🤣”

You can find his latest performance on Amazon Prime’s “The Boys.”

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Prime will release it sometime in 2019, and we can expect to see Alonso playing a vigilante superhero named Mother’s Milk who are here to take down corrupt superheroes.

Laz Alonso’s favorite passion project has been “Black and Latino.”

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He told Huffington Post, “For me it was really important to participate in the documentary because being Black and being Latin is something that at times I have to explain in my entire life how you can be both. And a lot of people think that you can be either one or the other because they don’t understand that race & ethnicity are two different things. You can be both. The same way that Latins can be Black & Latin is the same way you can be Black and Jamaican, or Black and British, or Black and Canadian. It doesn’t mean that you’re not Black.”

READ: Here Are Some Of The Most Important Afro-Latino Figures Who Have Changed And Are Changing The World

Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

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Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

Netflix has officially selected a Latina to keep the legacy of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla, alive. For its highly anticipated show “Selena: The Series,” the big-time streaming platform has tapped Christian Serratos, AKA Rosita Espinosa of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series.

Twenty-four years after her tragic death Selena is, once again, being brought back to life on the screen.

Little information has been released by Netflix about the series, but Serratos casting will undoubtedly launch quite a bit of chatter.

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The series, which was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix last December, has already garnered quite a bit of anticipation online. Back in 1997, the casting process for the singer had the Latino community astir for months until it was finally revealed that then-dancer, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez (still known as a triple threat for her moves, voice and acting chops) had earned the role. The Boricua’s casting caused quite the controversy primarily because she was not Mexican. This time around, Netflix kept the controversy in mind while conducting casting. In a recent interview with NBC News, Moisés Zamora– who is the head writer and one of the executive producers for the show– explained how crucial it was for him to ensure Mexican- identity was strongly included in the show.

“I associated her with my family and being Mexican in America,” he told the outlet at the time while highlighting how the younger singer was shaped by her identity of being a woman of Mexican heritage who also grew up in Corpus Christi while speaking English.

For the latest portrayal of Selena, the executive producer was involved in the casting of Serratos, a Latina of both Mexican and Italian descent.

Serratos knows all about breathing life into deceased characters.

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For four seasons she has raged against the undead in “The Walk Dead” and in her earlier career played Angela Webber, friend to Bella Swan lover of vampires, in Twilight.

According to outlets, it’s unclear how the series will tackle Quintanilla’s vocals.

Back when Lopez took her turn as the singer, she was made to lip-sync to Quintanilla’s vocals. We’re pretty sure that if Netflix doesn’t decide to do the same, they’ll be in good hands because Serratos voice is banging. She even sings “Baila Esta Cumbia” in this compilation!

So far fans of Selena are on board with the news.

While buzz online hasn’t quite ramped up, we’re pretty sure once news of the casting catches on Latina Twitter will be doing the washing machine for days.

And it appears Serratos has the Selena Fan Club seal of approval.

And it’s no wonder why! Serratos cuts a pretty uncanny resemblance to the Tejano beauty.

Of course, while most of the reactions to Serratos casting have been positive the TWD club is a bit worried.

Okay TBH it feels like a worthy sacrifice.

Like literally people are bummed.

Pero… like I said! Serratos as Selena will totally be worth it.

(Jeeze… wonder if she’ll die by zombie attack?)

But there is a silver lining to the upset.

If fans of “The Walking Dead” are this bummed over possibly losing Serratos, that means she must be pretty damn good at taking on great roles. So here’s to Serratos and her new role! Hopefully, for TWD fans she’ll be able to juggle both… if not bidi bidi bom bom.

A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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A Judge In Mexico City Has Approved One Couple’s Request For Recreational Cocaine

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In a historic step toward ending the country’s deadly “war on drugs”, a judge in Mexico has approved the request of two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. Víctor Octavio Luna Escobedo, an administrative court judge in Mexico City, made the historic decisions saying “the consumption of cocaine doesn’t put one’s health in great risk, except in the case that it’s used chronically and excessively.”

Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), a nongovernmental organization filed injunction requests on behalf of the two individuals. It pursued the case with goals to trying to change Mexico’s drug policy. At the core of the organization’s argument is that criminalizing consumers causes even more violence. If the ruling is ratified by a higher court, it would be the first time any cocaine use has been legal in Mexico.

According to Mexico Daily News, the Mexico City judge set a string of stipulations for the unidentified couple in order for them to use the cocaine. This includes regulating the amount they intake to 500 milligrams per day and not working, driving or operating heavy machinery while under the influence of the substance. This also includes not being able to consume cocaine in public, in the presence of children, or even encourage others to consume it.

So is cocaine really legal in Mexico? Here’s what you need to know. 

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The order by the judge to the country’s health authority has many wondering if one day Mexico could, at some point, legalize cocaine use, but only on a case-by-case basis. As of now, the judge’s ruling must be reviewed by a higher court panel of judges for the case to move forward. 

“We have been working for a safer, more just and peaceful Mexico for years, and with this case we insist on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs other than marijuana and design better public policies that explore all available options, including the regulation,” Lisa Sanchez, director of MUAC, said in a statement.

The judge wrote in his ruling that the use of cocaine has certain benefits if consumed responsibly. “Ingestion can have various results, including alleviating tension, intensification of perceptions and the desire for new personal and spiritual experiences,” the judge said.

While two people have been allowed to take the drug, there is a bevy of injunctions and court orders that have followed. Which means the judge’s decisions could still be overturned.

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 Cofepris, Mexico’s national health regulator, is being ordered to authorize the two people to legally possess, transport and use cocaine. But Cofepris says that such authorization is outside its power and has now blocked the court order as a result. The rulings are set to be reviewed by three collegiate court judges that will then set forth the legal standing of judges ruling.

The next step in the decision will be an appeal to the circuit court. This essentially means that the case could land all the way up to Mexico’s Supreme Court. Even if the decision is then upheld, cocaine wouldn’t suddenly become legal in Mexico. While in the U.S., a Supreme Court ruling makes it the law of the land, In Mexico the Supreme Court must hand down similar rulings in at least four other cases.

“This case is about insisting on the need to stop criminalizing users of drugs… and design better public policies that explore all the available options, including regulation,” Sanchez said.

The ruling could be a landmark moment and opportunity for debate in Mexico, where a 15 year-long drug war has taken the lives of many. 

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Mexico has become a central battleground and transit point for cocaine being transported to the United States. Trafficking gangs have also grown immensely since 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderón sent in the country’s army to fight drug traffickers. More than 20,000 people have been killed and 40,000 disappeared since then. This year has already been a stark reminder of the deadly drug war as Mexico is on pace to have the most murders on record.

“This case represents another step in the fight to construct alternative drug policies that allow [Mexico] to redirect its security efforts and better address public health,” Sanchez said. “We have spent years working for a more secure, just and peaceful Mexico.” 

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