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Some Non-Latino Celebrities Are So In Love With Our Culture And People That They’ve Started To Learn Spanish

No wonder so many non-Latino celebs love our idioma. Our good old Spanish, español or castellano (as it is actually known in Spain) is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, only behind linguistic powerhouses like Hindi, Arabic, and Mandarin. Spanish is the product of overlapping processes of colonization, war and migratory flows. The roots of its words are as diverse as Arabic (after all, the Moorish conquest of the Iberian Peninsula lasted eight centuries) and Latin, as the Roman expansion in the area left deep, expanding roots. Spanish is spoken in almost every continent: yes, Africa (Morocco) and Asia (The Phillippines) included. In the United States, Spanish is an unstoppable cultural force that now permeates all aspects of social and cultural life on both coasts. 

Today, Spanish is as diverse as our people. Argentinian Spanish, for example, has adopted many words from Italian and is known as lunfardo (beer in Argentina is not cerveza but birra, the Italian word; work is not trabajo but laburo). In Mexican-American communities in the United States Spanglish is taking a hold. No wonder many celebrities have fallen in love with our language, or have met a media naranja that teaches them la lengua de Cervantes. Here is a list of celebs that se pueden defender solitos speaking español. Some of them learnt it from birth, while others have challenged themselves. One thing is for certain, querido lector, if you speak Spanish and English you should hold your head up high. Not many people are bilingual in this blue world, so it should be a source of pride and NUNCA PERO NUNCA a source of shame. Con la cabeza en altoporfavorcito. 

Viggo Mortensen, el gaucho

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The famous actor and poet has lived in Argentina, so he speaks an almost perfect Buenos Aires Spanish. We mean, could he even be cooler than this? He is a big big big fan of the Argentinian soccer team San Lorenzo, so he often travels to Argentina. 

Matt Damon, la media naranja

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This action hero found love in the most unexpected place. It is common for Hollywood celebrities to date each other (often marrying and divorcing in the space of a few months or years), but our Jason Bourne met an Argentinian bartender in Miami by the name of Luciana Barroso y fue tocado por Cupido. Matt has done everything he can to be fluent in Spanishpues pero claro, es un caballero. 

Natalie Portman, la cerebrito y mujer poderosa

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This woman is amazing. She is talented, smart, gorgeous and true to her beliefs. On top of all of that, she is truly multilingual. Apart from English and her native Hebrew, she speaks conversational French, German, Spanish and Japanese. Ay, no manches. Truly, she is one in a million. And now that we are speaking of Miss Portman, we gotta say this: Moby, no manches, te pasaste de lanza, viejo cochino mentiroso

Chris Hemsworth, el Thor australiano

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Our cinematic Thor is married to Elsa Pataky, an amazing Spanish actress. Even though the couple and their kids live in the beach paradise of Byron Bay, Australia, they speak as much Spanish at home as possible. He often talks about this publicly, like in this segment with Ellen DeGeneres. 

Alexis Bledel, la chica Gilmore 

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This young actress, who was made famous for her role in the super amazing female power role Gilmore Girls, was born in Houston, but her parents were an Argentinian and a Mexican-American, so she grew up in a Spanish-speaking household and didn’t actually learnt English until she tuvo que ir a la escuelita. OMG, so cute and amazing. 

Gwyneth Paltrow, la madre superpoderosa 

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The ganadora del Oscar turned health guru is super fluent in Spanish. It is so uncanny to see her roll her Rs perfectly. Wanna see? When she was 15 she went to Toledo and fell in love with the language. She has an excellent Spanish accent…. wow… Look at this. It is a bit uncanny to be honest, but in the best possible way. 

Matthew McConaughey, el gringo texano con alma de mexicano

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The Oscar winner, who most recently gave us nightmares in his career-defining role in the HBO show True Detective, is a true Texan, and as such knows that Spanish is here to stay. As he says here, his hometown has a population of 82% Mexicans, and is just 90 minutes North of the Mexican border. He often tells the story of his siblings having mostly Spanish-speaking friends. If only all gringos who grow up alongside the border were like this… El mundo seria un lugar mejor. 

David Beckham, el rey de los merengues

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Cue in Spanish accent (yes, from actual Spain): pues pero claro, macho, si este inglesito jugaba pa nosotros. Yes, David built a career and an international following playing for the Real Madrid, one of the elite soccer teams in the Iberian Peninsula and all of Europe. he of course picked up the language while having a jet setter life in Madrid with his wife Victoria and kids. His language skills must have come in handy when he was playing in the US soccer league for the Los Angeles Galaxy. 

Ben Affleck, el Batman con alma latina

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Ben and his younger brother Casey (puaj, we can’t stop to throw up a little when mentioning his name, given the #metoo allegations against him), lived in Mexico for a while. When Ben was 13-years-old he filmed a children’s show South of the Border, and he picked up the language. Here, you can see him conduct a WHOLE INTERVIEW in Spanish. He has worked with Mexican talent like cinematographer Chivo Lubezki and has filmed in Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. His favorite Spanish word? SACAPUNTAS!

Tom Hiddleston, el ex de la Taylor

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The famous British actor, who plays Loki in the Marvel Universe film series, learnt Spanish in his university years and truly makes an effort to conduct interviews in our mother tongue when dealing with Spanish-speaking networks, as you can witness hereGracias, hermano Loki. Inclusivity and diversity are strengthen with everyday acts like this! 

Jeb Bush, el hermano que no fue presidente

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Jeb Bush was the chosen one, George Sr’s son and part of the political elite. But as luck would have it, it was his brother George W., and not him, who would walk into the Oval Office as the most powerful man on Earth. Jeb speaks fluent Spanish, and he is married to Colomba Bush, a Mexican-American. As Florida’s governor and later as a presidential hopeful Bush often spoke Spanish during events. 

Will Smith, el genio que concede deseos

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The man in black and newfound Aladdin genie is fluent in Spanish. By the way, Will was extra famous in Latin America since his early years, when he starred in the show known in the region as El príncipe del rap.

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Three Other Minneapolis Police Charged In George Floyd’s Murder, Chauvin’s Murder Charge Upgraded

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Three Other Minneapolis Police Charged In George Floyd’s Murder, Chauvin’s Murder Charge Upgraded

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Update June 3, 2020, 12:17 p.m. PST: Protests for justice for George Floyd have continued unabated for a week across the country. The protests are having an effect on the investigation into the murder of George Floyd and Attorney General Keith Ellison is pursuing more charges.

Senator Amy Klobuchar broke the news on Twitter about the new charges being filed in George Floyd’s death.

Sen. Klobuchar represents Minnesota and has received criticism over her tenure as the Hennepin County district attorney. Sen. Klobuchar did not seek charges against fired police officer Derek Chauvin in a 2006 police-involved shooting. Chauvin is the man seen in the video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck.

After a week of sustained and growing protests across the country, AG Ellison is upgrading Chauvin’s charges from third-degree murder to second-degree murder and the three other officers in the video will be charged with aiding and abating second-degree murder.

“This is a bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd,” reads a statement by George Floyd’s family and their attorney Benjamin Crump in a joint statement. “We are deeply gratified that Attorney General Keith Ellison took decisive action in this case, arresting and charging all the officers involved in George Floyd’s death and upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder.”

Update June 1, 2020, 2:00 p.m. PST: An independent autopsy paid for by George Floyd’s family has found that he died as a result of asphyxiation. The announcement comes after days of unrest across the country that has attracted international attention and support.

An independent autopsy conducted at the request of George Floyd’s family claims that his death was a homicide.

According to multiple reports, an independent autopsy on George Floyd found that he died as a result of “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”

According to the autopsy conducted by Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson, Floyd died at the scene from the weight of the officers on top of him. His being handcuffed and his positioning on the ground by the cops contributed to his death.

“What we found is consistent with what people saw,” Dr. Baden said in an emailed release, according to HuffPost. “There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death. Police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breathe. That’s not true.”

Minneapolis officials have not released a full report on the medical examiner’s autopsy. However, officials have made it a point to say that there was no evidence that Floyd died of asphyxiation from the officer kneeling on his back and neck.

The country has witnessed ongoing protests since the video of Floyd’s death circulated on social media. Derek Chauvin, the police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck, has been arrested and charged with Floyd’s death. Protesters are demanding that the three other officers, who have been fired, be arrested for assisting and contributing to Floyd’s death.

Original: George Floyd is the latest Black man killed by the police. The Minneapolis resident was allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 when police were called. The resulting arrest and death were captured on video and have gone viral on social media. Stephen Jackson, one of Floyd’s closest friends is rallying support against the police officers responsible.

Fired police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested for George Floyd’s death.

The news broke on the morning of May 29 the fired police officer Chauvin was arrested for Floyd’s death. Black leaders gathered at Minneapolis City Hall and cautiously celebrated the news of justice. Organizers and community members are not satisfied with one arrest. Protesters and organizers are calling for all of the officers involved in Floyd’s death to be arrested. He is being charged with thrid-degree murder and manslaughter.

Floyd’s arrested sparked national outrage and reignited the “I Can’t Breathe” protests. The death of Floyd reminded people or Eric Garner who told police he couldn’t breathe when he was killed in 2014.

Minneapolis has faced mounting pressure from around the country as protests have sprung up demanding justice. The nation has been watching images of Minneapolis on social media and news channels.

Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player and Floyd’s best friend, has taken to social media to grieve and organize.

Jackson took to Instagram when he first learned about Floyd’s death. Jackson shared that Floyd had moved to Minnesota to get his life back on track. Floyd was working as a truck driver and was changing his life, according to Jackson.

“This is what I’ve got to wake up to. This is what I’ve got to wake up to, huh? Floyd was my brother, man,” Jackson says in the video. “We called each other twin, bro. Everybody knows that me and Floyd called each other twin.”

Jackson adds: “My boy was doing what he was supposed to do and y’all killed my brother, man. I’m on my way to Minnesota, man. Whatever I can do. I can’t let this ride, dawg. Y’all not going to be mad until this hits your front door. It’s bullshit.”

The sentiment has been echoed by supporters of Floyd who are seeking justice.

Surveillance footage released from a restaurant where the arrest took place shows a different story than what was originally reported by the police. The police officers at the scene claimed that Floyd was resisting arrest and that that was when the officers attacked. According to released surveillance video, Floyd was not resisting arrest.

The four officers involved in the death have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department, but people are demanding justice.

Protests have popped up across the country as people demand justice for Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin, the police officer identified as the man who knelt on Floyd’s neck till he died, has 18 complaints against him for excessive force. Protesters are demanding the Chauvin face charges for the death of Floyd.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who ran for the Democratic nomination, has been called out for not filing charges against Chauvin in the past.

Chauvin has a long record of excessive force and Sen. Klobuchar seemingly ignored it. According to The Guardian, Chauvin was involved in a police shooting of an unarmed man in 2006. Sen. Klobuchar was the Hennepin county attorney at the time and did not bring charges against Chauvin for his involvement in the 2006 shooting. Instead, the case went to a grand jury in 2008 where it was determined that no charges would be brought against the officers involved.

As of now, there are no plans from the police department to bring charges against the four former officers.

Mike Freeman, Hennepin County’s current attorney, told the press that there was evidence that supported the police officers. Freeman said that while the video is graphic, there is evidence supporting that the police did not commit a crime in the arrest.

The mayor of Minneapolis is pushing to Hennepin county attorney Mike Freeman to file charges.

“There are precedents and protocols sitting in the reserves of institutions just like this one that will give you about a thousand reasons not to do something,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told the press. “Not to speak out. Not to act so quickly. And I’ve wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: ‘Why is the man who killed George Floyd, not in jail?’

Other Hennepin County officials have expressed a similar concern. The pressure is mounting on the Minneapolis Police Department to arrest the officers involved in Floyd’s death in the hope of seeking justice.

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

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