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Los Angeles Declared Today Coco Day And This Is How People Are Celebrating

“Coco” is officially out on Blu-Ray and DVD and fans are over the moon.

Whether you purchase it on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray or DVD, “Coco” will finally be yours to own. The added features make it so special.

According to The Geekiary, some bonus features include commentary with director Lee Unkrich, co-director Adrian Molina, and producer Darla K. Anderson who discuss a proof of concept which was produced to get the project approved; how to draw skeleton by Danny Arriaga, the character art director who teaches you how to draw a skeleton, Pixar-style; and, of course, deleted scenes!

To mark this beautiful occasion, Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo declared Feb. 27, as Coco Day in L.A.

Cedillo held a special ceremony in front of City Hall, in downtown Los Angeles, alongside Unkrich, Anderson, and actor Anthony Gonzalez, who is the voice of Miguel.

The dedication in L.A. was filled with fans, “Coco” creatives, musicians, and dancers.

The mariachi performed “Un Poco Loco” and “Remember Me.”

The cast of “Coco” was there to celebrate the big day. 

Guests included comedian Gabriel Iglesias (voice of the clerk), creative consult and illustrator Lalo Alcaraz, Renee Victor (voice of la abuelita), and more.

Gonzalez danced and sang for attendees. 

We had no idea he knew the zapateado.

The ceremony also included a Day of the Dead altar and Mexican bread.

They really decorated City Hall so beautifully.

People also celebrated at Disneyland California Adventure Park.

The theme park located adjacent to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, had the grounds decked out in Coco-themed decorations.

The Disney theme park also had folkorico dancers and a mariachi.

It truly feels like Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Dead all rolled into one.

If you can’t be in L.A. for Coco Day, there’s other ways to celebrate.

The L.A. Public Library released a list of children’s book that celebrate Day of the Dead and Mexican culture.

Who is going out to buy the movie today?

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The film is currently No. 2 on iTunes and it’s been less than 24 hours.

READ: ‘Coco’ Had An Alternate Opening That Explains Dia De Los Muertos And It Is Beautiful

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This Virgen de Guadalupe Mural Was Vandalized In Los Angeles And The Community Is Devastated

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This Virgen de Guadalupe Mural Was Vandalized In Los Angeles And The Community Is Devastated

La Virgen de Guadalupe means so much to so many. Especially the Latino community in Van Nuys, California, near Los Angeles, which is reeling after an important mural depicting La Virgen was vandalized overnight.

Although security cam footage captured an unknown man defacing the mural, the suspect is still at large and the community is asking for help in finding out who committed the vandalism.

A suspect was caught on camera destroying a mural with La Virgen de Guadalupe.

The community of Saint Elisabeth Church near Los Angeles is asking the community for prayers after a mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe was vandalized on church grounds. 

The parish’s security system recorded video footage of an unknown man dressed in black approaching the mural with a sledgehammer at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning. He can be seen smashing the tiles that make up Our Lady’s face several times before fleeing.

On Friday, April 23, Father Di Marzio led a prayer service, which was livestreamed on the parish Facebook page. Some 30 parishioners gathered to sing and pray a decade of the rosary in front of the mural, which is roped off with caution tape, while nearly 100 others joined online. In closing, Fr. Di Marzio encouraged parishioners to “continue to pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary to help us, and to touch the heart of the person who did this.” 

Also on Friday, a local artist, Geo Rhodes, was scheduled to visit the mural and discuss a plan for repair, arranged by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “We hope that soon we will restore the image, or have a new one more beautiful than the one we had before,” Fr. Di Marzio said.  

La Virgen de Guadalupe is extremely important to the church.

The hand-painted tile mural stands between the church and the rectory. It was installed over 35 years ago as a “symbol of community unity,” said business manager Irma Ochoa. Each square tile was sponsored by a parish family. Overlooking a small altar, the mural has become a popular place for parishioners to pray and light candles, asking Our Lady for special blessings. 

“I feel an unspeakable sadness,” said Fr. Antonio Fiorenza, who is in residence at the parish. “But I feel pity for the one who made this sacrilegious gesture. I pray for his conversion and for all those who show contempt to the Virgin Mary.”

To donate to the restoration fund, visit stelisabethchurch.org

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

Beverly Hills, one of the most well-known destinations in the country and world has long been a thriving and prime area for real-estate. Long before it was colonized by the Spanish, and was largely populated by rich white elites, the Indigenous people of California known as the Tongva, thrived there.

Hundreds of years later, in the 1830s, when the area was colonized, Maria Rita Valdez Villa, the granddaughter of Spanish colonists Luis and Maria Quintero and the great-granddaughter of an African slave was granted the original 4,500-acre of Beverly Hills, then known as El Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas.

Yes, as it turns out the foremother of Beverly Hills was a Black Latina!

During her ownership, Maria Rita oversaw cattle ranching and farming.

According to LA Magazine, Rita “was well known for holding a yearly celebratory rodeo under a famous eucalyptus tree at what is now Pico and Robertson boulevards.”

Sadly, after working the land for so much time, three Indigenous Californian outlaws attacked the ranch in 1852. The attack led to a shootout amongst “a grove of walnut trees at what is now Benedict Canyon and Chevy Chase drives” and eventually in 1854 Maria Rita decided to sell the area to investors Henry Hancock and Benjamin D. Wilson for $4,000.

Perhaps there’s a chance for justice for Maria Rita in the end.

Recently, Los Angeles County officials revealed that they were contemplating returning a beachfront property that was seized from a Black family nearly a century ago.

According to the Guardian, Manhattan Beach used “eminent domain” in 1924 to force Willa and Charles Bruce, the city’s first Black landowners, of the land where they lived. “The Bruces also ran a resort for Black families during a time when beaches in the strand were segregated,” explained the Guardian in a recent report. “Part of the land was developed into a city park. It is now owned by Los Angeles county and houses lifeguard headquarters and a training center.”

Manhattan Beach county Supervisor Janice Hahn announced that she was looking into ways to restore justice for Bruce family. Options include delivering the land back to the family, paying for losses, or potentially leasing the property from them

“I wanted the county of Los Angeles to be a part of righting this terrible wrong,” Hahn explained in a recent interview with KABC-TV.

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