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Netflix Is Bringing Latin American True Crime Stories To The US With Their New Series ‘Historia De Un Crimen’

Netflix is betting big on its Latin American audiences by churning out new content made by and for Latinos. Its first series premiere this year from Netflix Mexico was meant to pack a punch and fans seem to feel the heat with “Historia de un Crimen: Colosio.”

“Historia de un Crimen: Colosio” is supposed to be the first of its Latin American crime anthology series a la American Horror Story.

Aired to coincide with the 25th anniversary of his death, the Colosio series centers around slain Mexican presidential candidate for the PRI party, Luis Donaldo Colosio, who was assassinated in 1994 during a campaign stop in Tijuana.

Fans are reliving the moments they followed the story when it was developing IRL.

The series’ first couple of episodes shows the buildup to the assassination, flashbacks to Colosio being told he is the president of Mexico’s hand-picked successor by President Carlos Salinas de Gotari, and the strategy for Colosio’s presidential campaign.

It seems that people are here for a crime anthology focusing on Latin America because corruption is rampant.

Head writer for Colosio the series is Rodrigo Santos, says in an interview although the PRI party brought change to Mexico, it was sometimes done through violent means, which is demonstrated in the series.

Some viewers are comparing the political real-life drama to another well-known Netflix series.

As the series progresses, viewers see the aftermath of how Colosio’s own party had its hand in the controversial investigation into his murder. You also see the dogged determination of two Tijuana cops who were threatened during their own investigation and the treatment of Mario Aburto who was arrested for the murder. Viewers even experience Colosio’s dying wife’s race against time for the truth on her husband’s murder.

To tell this intricate story, Netflix enlisted Natalia Beristáin and Hiromi Kamata.

Beristáin and Kamata are the first women to lead a team for Netflix Mexico. The new perspective and input is likely the driving force behind a new vision for programming on the Netflix Mexico side.

Viewers are embracing the directors’ storytelling in the series because of its refreshing nature.

True crime is definitely having a moment in pop culture from podcasts to scripted series to documentaries. It is hard to look around and not see several examples of true crime telling the stories we all want to hear.

It is coming highly recommended by Netflix users, in case that matters.

Critics are having a harder and harder time to reach audiences because social media is so prevalent. How many times have you check Twitter to see what people are saying about a new show or movie? How many times has that impacted your decision about seeing a movie? See.

But, it is a great way to learn some history about one of the most notable moments in Mexican history.

Beristáin and Kamata, both Mexico City natives, had cut their teeth as assistant directors and directors of feature films, and has Beristáin won awards at Mexican film festivals.

Some of the cast include Ilse Salas who plays Diana Laura Riojas de Colosio, Cuban actor Alberto Guerra as lawyer-turned-Tijuana-cop Federico Benítez, and Jorge Antonio Guerrero from “Roma.”

He is building up his acting resume with role after role for the streaming giant—this time as the man implicated for Colosio’s murder, Mario Aburto.

With its choice of directors, cast and scriptwriting, Historia de un Crimen: Colosio is a must-watch on your binging list. 

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Cultural Gifts Afro-Brazilians Are Responsible For Creating And Sharing With The World

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Cultural Gifts Afro-Brazilians Are Responsible For Creating And Sharing With The World

Brazil has the unfortunate history of being the country in the Western Hemisphere that transported the largest number of slaves from Africa.

This also means that the cultural legacy of Afro-Brazilians has left an impact on everything from the music to the food of Brazil. The following traditions, entertainment, and customs are just some of the ways negroes or pretos (the term used in Brazil to people with noticeably African features and skin color), and pardos (multiracial Brazilians) are influencing Brazil. Essentially, Brazil is beholden to their Afro-Brazilian population for some of the most iconic Brazilian things.

1. Samba


It is hard to imagine that the national music of Brazil was under police oppression until the 1930s. Some people were even arrested for dancing or playing samba publicly in the 19th century. Now, decades later, it is one of the most celebrated cultural contributions Brazil has made to the world.

2. Capoeira

African slaves in Brazil started practicing the martial art form of capoeira. Although regions of Brazil reprimanded Africans from practicing capoeira, Africans would keep practicing the art form, saying that it was a dance. This allowed them to learn to fight against their oppressors while seemingly dancing. The acrobatic movements are performed low to the ground and done with music.

3. Pagode music

This Brazilian country folk type of music started in the 1950s with the fusion of “Coco” and “Calango de roda” rhythms and the lyrics talk about love, nature, country life, booze and animals. Many Afro-Brazilians have helped pioneer this type of music and their legacy on the art form is palpable.

4. Flavorful cuisines

Some dishes that were already in existence in Brazil, such as feijoada, were given variations by ingredients and cooking styles used by African slaves. Expensive ingredients for the feijoada had to be substituted for more affordable substitutions such as pig ears, beans and manioc flour. The acaraje dish found around Brazil that is made from black-eyed peas is also found in Nigeria and Ghana.

5. African diasporic religions

Different types of religions practiced by blacks stem from their African roots, such as Candomblé. These different religions were brought over by African slaves to Brazil and are still practiced throughout the country, mostly in urban centers.

It took centuries for Brazil to finally recognize these important contributions from Afro-Latinos and stop criminalizing and ostracizing their contributions. Now the world can eat, drink and be merry thanks to the customs of Afro-Brazilians.

READ: The Brazilian Government Is Forcing Black People To Prove Their Blackness When Applying For Government Jobs

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