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Netflix Is Paying The ’13 Reasons Why Cast’ More Than The ‘On My Block’ Cast Of Color, Here’s Why That’s Caca

About two weeks before the cast of “On My Block” is scheduled to sit down for the first table read of Season 3, the series’ lead characters Sierra Capri (Monse), Diego Tinoco (Cesar), Jason Genao (Rudy), and Bett Gray (Jamal) are reportedly looking to get an increase in their pay per episode. According to Deadline, the cast is “still at a standstill with Netflix with their salary negotiation talks, with the two sides very far apart.”

As a result, the salary negotiations are causing major speculations about the future of the show. 

The “On My Black” cast is looking to come to an agreement of similar salary figures to that of the “13 Reasons Why” cast.

 Last summer, it was reported by Deadline that the cast of “13 Reasons of Why” was working with Netflix for contract renegotiations and salary bumps ahead of Season 3. Additionally, the “Stranger Things” cast reportedly went from making around $30,000 to $250,000 an episode. 

According to Pop Buzz, “Capri, Tinoco, Genao, and Gray are all reportedly seeking a raise in their salaries ahead of the upcoming season 3.  For the first two seasons, they are said to have earned $20,000 per episode. Season one and two both contained 10 episodes. Each of the main four cast members would have earned an estimated $400,000 for 18 episodes.”

The upcoming third season has reportedly been cut down to only 8 episodes.

“If they keep the same salary, they will earn $40,000 less than their work on the first two seasons, despite the growing success of the show, and the actor’s profiles,” reports Pop Buzz.

Just one month after season 2 of “On My Block” was released, the show was renewed for a third season earlier this year in April. This came as a surprise to many viewers since it took some time to confirm a renewal for season 2. 

Jason Genao, who you may remember from the TV series “The Get Down” and the movie Logan, also recently appeared in the fantasy and Sci-Fi movie, “Max Winslow and the House of Secrets,” according to his IMDb page. Brett Gray also recently appeared in Ava DuVernay’s groundbreaking Netflix series “When They See Us.” Jessica Marie Garcia is reportedly playing a character in Gina Rodriguez’s latest Disney+ TV show, “Diary of a Female President” set to premiere next year. 

With the actor’s profiles gaining momentum, it’s no surprise that they want their salary to reflect their talent.

Deadline reports that the reps of the four actors went into negotiations asking for $250,000 an episode and Netflix countered with an offer for $40,000 an episode. 

Since these negotiations, there reportedly has been no communication since. “Netflix is yet to formally pick up the actors’ options, which is needed for them to continue, or pay relocation fees for the cast to travel to Los Angeles for the table read and filming.” 

People on social media also had some thoughts about why it’s proving to be so difficult for a cast of Black and brown young actors to come to terms with salary negotiations compared to their white counterparts. 

“And then there is the inclusion aspect,” writes Nellie Andreeva in a Deadline article. “‘On My Block’ is a rare Netflix series with a cast whose members are actors of color, so the issue of equal pay is coming up in conversations. Additionally, ‘On My Block,’ which depicts a group that has been underrepresented on TV, inner-city youth, has been used by Netflix executives as an example of their commitment to diverse storytelling following the recent cancellation of ‘One Day at a Time.'” 

In Deadline’s report, it’s also noted that Netflix argues that their hesitance toward a salary increase for the “On My Block” cast is that the series is produced under a “low-budget model.”

“But if despite its lower budget, ‘On My Block’ is able to perform on par and sometimes better than far more expensive Netflix series, that should serve to the creative auspices and talent’s advantage that they are delivering a profitable show and should be rewarded,” writes Andreeva

In either case, it looks as if Netflix is slowly losing the trust of its actors of color. 

In a nutshell, it’s difficult to trust for Netflix to do the right thing for the cast of “On My Block” when at the end of the day, it may come off as if the streaming service is simply profiting off these young actors without paying them their dues. 

After all, On My Block was listed as Netflix’s most-binged show in 2018 in the U.S.

The numbers should speak for themselves. And la gente should get that dinero!

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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