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These Movies Encapsulate The Black And Afro-Latino Experience From Sci-Fi To Documentaries

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What are you doing to celebrate Black History Month? If your answer is something such as “what can I do?” Here’s a tip: lots! Education and understanding is the first step at correcting ignorance of other cultures. We’ve narrowed down the best movies about the Black experience that will feed your soul and your mind. While some of these may be fictional (even sci-fi), there’s still an abundance of truth within them. This kind of binge-watching is actually good for you, so happy Black History Month!

“Loving”

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While many of us might be in interracial relationships, these legal unions weren’t always allowed. If it weren’t for the love and bond between Mildred and Richard Loving, many of us wouldn’t be able to get married simply because of the color of our skin. “Loving” tells the story of this extraordinary couple who fought for love and won.

“Moonlight”

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Being Black is hard enough, now imagine what that must feel like for a gay Black boy. The discrimination and bigotry toward this community, within their own community, is horrific, which why this movie is so important to witness.

“The Color Purple”

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Based on the book by Alice Walker, “The Color Purple” shows what life for Black people was like during the slave era and its lasting repercussions. The movie is powerful, moving, and unforgettable.

“BlacKkKlansman”

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If you watch this movie without knowing it’s a true story, there’s no way someone would ever fathom that something like a Black man infiltrating the KKK could be possible. But it is, which makes this movie even better. Directed by Spike Lee, and based on the story of Ron Stallworth, the film not only looks at life for Black people post Civil Rights movement, but how it is today.

“Get Out”

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Yes, “Get Out” is a scary af movie, but what makes it scarier is understanding how the feelings of being in the “Sunken Place” is very accurate and very real. Gentrification isn’t something that can just happen in communities; it can also occur to your mind.

“Malcolm X”

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This movie starring a young Denzel Washington tells the story of American Muslim minister and human rights activist, Malcolm X. While he and Martin Luther King Jr valued the same equality, they had very different beliefs on how to achieve that. This film focuses on his life, his work, and his legacy.

“Black Panther”

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“Wakanda Forever” isn’t a make-believe place that exists in another world. It is also a state of mind. That is something that will resonate with you after watching “Black Panther” which is way more than a superhero movie.

“13th”

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If you genuinely want to feel depressed but also educated you must watch this Ava DuVernay-documentary. It will not only school you on the incredibly unjust justice system in the country, but it will also show how America has been against Black people from the very start.

“Sorry To Bother You”

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One of the trippest movies about the Black experience has to be “Sorry To Bother You” about what it’s like trying to get out of poverty while being Black and seeking to climb that social ladder.

“Pelo Malo”

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Trying to be beautiful as a brown person isn’t an easy thing, especially when society tells you the white and straight hair is better. In “Pelo Malo” — bad hair— we meet a young Venezuelan boy who wants to straighten his curly hair and as a result, causes tension with himself and his single mom.

“Roots”

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Written by Alex Haley — “Roots” became a phenomenon as a mini-series not only for an extraordinary cast but more important because of its historical value. The story centers around a slave named Kunta and his family, which begins in the 1800s. It’s a compelling look at slavery in America and what people will do for their freedom.

“The Pursuit of Happyness”

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Chris Gardner, a single father of a young boy, is a smart man, there’s no question about that. However, being an intelligent Black man sometimes isn’t enough in this country. This true story shows what exact determination looks like, and what the human spirit is capable of especially when you’re trying to raise a family.

“Selma”

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While many of us might know the story of Martin Luther King, some of us don’t understand the kind of work he did in communities that resulted in his massive legacy. “Selma” shows precisely that.

“Black In Latin America”

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What does being Black actually mean? The answer to that is the focus to this 2011 documentary starring Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. who explores “how Africa and Europe came together to create the rich culture of Latin America and the Caribbean.” The documentary features Black people from six countries including Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru.

“Standing in the Shadows of Motown”

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To understand the birth of rock and roll is to realize that it began with the rhythm and blues, which is a sound that was created by black singers and musicians. “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” is a documentary that shows how America embraced the sound and music of Black people but only when a white man was singing it.

“12 Years a Slave”

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When we see movies about slavery, for some reason, they always take place in the south. One reason for that is because there were Black people on the northeast coast that were living as free people. “12 Years A Slave,” tells the true story of one such Black man that was educated, a musician, and was free, until he wasn’t.

“Hoop Dreams”

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Black boys that live in poverty in the inner city who dream about getting out of that situation can at times only turn to their talents as their ticket out. For some it could be as artists, for others it can be sports. “Hoop Dreams” looks at the lives of a few young men in Chicago who have aspirations of going pro in the NBA. However, sometimes their reality can keep them from getting there. This is an extraordinary documentary about what it looks like to have a desire to improve your life.

City of God”

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Someone’s life can dramatically be different if only they made a left turn instead of a right. For two friends growing up in Rio — and in one of the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods in the world – one chooses to be a photographer while the other gets involved in the drug world. But are they all that different especially when they’re from the same place?

“Fruitvale Station”

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Police brutality in the U.S. is a real thing that had existed long before we ever had cell phones to capture it. “Fruitvale Station” is a true story about a young Black man who was killed at the hands of police, thankfully because of good people watching out for each other, we can know the truth about what happened that night.

“Buena Vista Social Club”

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When Fidel Castro took over Cuba, it’s as if time stood still and even the music of that time was erased simply because of politics. In this documentary, we meet old Cuban musicians that reunite to bring back the music of pre-Castro when Cuba was still thriving, which in turn jump starts their musical career once again.

“Barry”

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Former President Barack Obama made history when he was elected the first Black president of the United States, so his story is a crucial one to know. In “Barry” we see how the young man came to be one of the most believed presidents of all time.

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Foundation Used To Only Have Three Colors, Here’s How We Went From Nudes To Fenty

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Foundation Used To Only Have Three Colors, Here’s How We Went From Nudes To Fenty

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Ah, foundation. Literally the basic building block for most of our beauty routines. It’s been around literally since the early ages and continues to thrive and impact the ways in which beauty brands develop their own platforms. But foundation wasn’t always as inclusive and complex as it used to be While it’s not uncommon to find foundation in it is starkest  blanket shades, literally dubbed light, medium, and dark, beauty brands like Fenty, Estée Lauder and Maybelline New York have all pushed for foundation hues that complement the broad spectrum of skin tones. But how did we make such progress in beauty? And where did foundation originally come from? 

Here’s a brief and insightful look at how foundation became another household item that we cannot live without.

In the beginning, foundation was only for the rich and powerful.

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Believe it or not, makeup goes back all the way to Biblical days where it was referred to as “face painting.” Just check out the Old Testament (Ezekiel 23:40). It was also used by rich Romans and Greeks during 200 B.C. However, the practice of using makeup for spectacle purpose could be seen more prominently in the 17th-century by monarchs such as Queen Elizabeth I and in the 18th-century men began to wear it too as made fashionable by Louis XV. Back then, this group of elites would wear foundation while artists painted their portraits as part of s social affairs, and actors would then go onto wear their looks onstage. While the foundation was only worn by the wealthy, the makeup itself was made out of toxic ingredients including zinc oxide, glycerin and calamine lotion.

Foundation, as we know it today, has its roots in Germany and Poland.

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Originally, German actor Carl Baudin created greasepaint to use as a tool to use on stage so his wig line would be hidden onstage. The greasepaint was made out of zinc white, ochre, and vermillion in lard. Weird, right? But it worked and he began to sell it. Then in 1914, Polish makeup icon Max Factor created his own formula that was a mix of pigment and lard and invented. Factor created the makeup specifically for actors in Hollywood and it worked so well on film that the product became a hot commodity. The Hollywood industry only used Max Factor foundations on sets. The term people used for the foundation was called pan-cake because of the density of the product but also it wasn’t only in liquid form but packed powder. 

The evolution of foundation in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s

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For the most part, foundation just came in three shades, white, medium, and dark, which didn’t leave much room for those of us with a skin tone that didn’t fall into any of those three tones. While cosmetic companies began to manufacture their own foundation, for the average woman the main brands were Maybelline and Cover Girl. Both those brands sold compact powder cases that provided inexpensive coverage that provided coverage for faces. 

Loose powder foundation. Finally a breakthrough!

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As foundation continues to evolve, we now have foundation that comes in all forms including loose powder. While liquid provides extensive coverage that basically gets applied just like paint, for women who want a natural look can easily turn to loose powder for that flawless look. In the late ’90s Leslie Blodgett, a makeup executive at Bare Escentuals, changed the foundation game when her company created Bare Minerals, released a loose powder foundation that had SPF and other vital minerals for your face. Now every cosmetic company sells their own version of loose foundation powder. 

Foundation for everyone.

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Foundation has come a long way. It’s not the pan-cake makeup of yesteryear, nor is it made just for the rich and famous. It comes in a variety forms, including liquid, matte, powder, sticks, and so much more. The great thing about this evolving makeup is that it comes in all tones and for all skin types, and it’s no longer made with harmful ingredients. Today, cosmetic companies have found ways to create a product that not only provides coverage but that can also help your skin. There’s a huge portion of the beauty industry that sells products that are vegan, animal-cruelty free and made of organic ingredients. Imagine if Max Factor knew how foundation was made today, he’d probably think you were joking and argue that foundation could not be made without the use of animal lard. The reality is that today trying to choosing which foundation might have become a bit more complex since he started making foundation but as a result, mostly everyone is able to find a brand that works for their skin tone,  beauty standards, and wallet. 

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Aristemo Will Soon Be Broadcast All Over The US Thanks To Univision Distributing This Gay Love Story

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Aristemo Will Soon Be Broadcast All Over The US Thanks To Univision Distributing This Gay Love Story

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Telenovelas have long been typecasting all the stereotypes we’ve grown up to believe to be true, and then to unlearn all over again. We’ve met the seductress duplicitous female villain, the overreactive, drama queen female ‘lover,’ and the steel-jawed masculine heart-breaker hero who finally finds his integrity and reunites with his inhumanly patient lover. Oh, and all the woman are highly sexualized and overall just the most feminine. Telenovelas have long codified the binary and the love stories of heteros. Not anymore.

Televisa’s El corazón nunca se equivoca (ECNSE) premiered in Mexico earlier this summer, and, now that Univision is picking up the novela, the U.S. is about to get its first-ever gay couple to star in a novela. 

El corazón nunca se equivoca (ECNSE) is the spin-off of novela Mi marido tiene familia that we’ve all been waiting for. 

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We got to meet stars Aristóteles “Aris” Córcega (Emilio Osorio) and Cuauhtémoc “Temo” López (Joaquín Bondoni) meet and fall in love in Mi marido tiene familia. That said, they met as teenagers while living under their parents’ ignorant roofs. Now we get to see them build their own lives. Together, the duo has been lovingly dubbed “Aristemo” or “Emiliaco,” depending who you ask.

In Mi marido tiene familia, we watched Aristemo endure a lot of homophobic hate.

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Being gay in a homophobic society is incredibly isolating and dangerous. Suicide rates are nearly twice as high in the LGBTQ+ community than in the hetero community. That’s not because they’re gay. It’s because people are told that “God hates fags.” Fans have been rooting for Aristemo ever since they graced the television screen because they offer hope to all the gay niños out there watching.

ECNSE will follow Aristemo as they move from Oaxaca to Mexico City to follow their passions.

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Of course, passion ensues. They escape Oaxaca’s brand of homophobia for Mexico City’s brand, but, as is the reality for our LGBTQ+ community, Aristemo finds and cultivates a safe space for them to love each other freely. Instead of sneaking around their parent’s houses, they hide away in their own shared apartment together, free at last.

Claro, leaving the crime scene of their families’ homophobia doesn’t heal those wounds as quickly as they hoped for.

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You can expect to see a reasonable representation of life for LGBTQ+ youth in Mexico City. LGBT youth are far more likely to experience depression, suicidality and mental illness than hetero folks. Instead of the “happily ever after” ending we typically get from novelas, we get to see a more realistic next chapter in Aristemo’s lives together as they cope with their own depression, suicidal thoughts, and the emotional distress that homophobic political campaigns inflict. 

American fans are emocionada AF.

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This fan took the time to screenshot grabs of an interview with Bondoni and Osorio, because the duo is just as cute off-screen as they are on-screen. “Ay pero bro, que bonito lo miras,” the fan captioned. “EMILIACO EN USA!”

We’re all learning lessons in love from Aristemo.

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Apparently, Aristemo not only goes on to create a safe space for themselves, but they also take in other LGBTQ+ youth. 😭We’ll meet their new friends, Diego (Nikolás Caballero) and Carlota Cervantes (Ale Müller), and watch how this little family learns to take care of each other and unlearn the drama that their families created for them.

The broader Aristemo family diaspora is currently weeping pride tears everywhere.

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“I’m so proud and also very excited 🙂 can’t wait for aristemo to make history in the us,” tweets one fan. “Creo que sin importar lo que pase, nos sentimos muy orgullosos,” tweets another. No novela drama we’re about to witness will change how proud we are to finally give this love story the spotlight. Why? Because the heart is never wrong [cries in gay].

America, you can watch El corazón nunca se equivoca on August 13, 2019 at 9p.m., only on Univision.

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It’s prep time, mi gente. Gather your friends, your micheladas and a few Costco sized bags of Fritos, because the emotional eating is about to take over your life. Plus, know that you have 26 episodes to binge, which in novela world, is simply not enough. Still, we’ll take it. Mil gracias, Univision.

READ: Univision Makes History, Announces First Telenovela That Will Star Gay Couple In Leading Role

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