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Oscar Nunez From ‘The Office’ Is Using His Name To Help The World One Cause At A Time

There’s no question that Oscar Martinez, played by Oscar Nunez, is the only character in NBC’s hit show The Office that you’d actually want to be friends with. He played an accountant who wanted to be acknowledged as the intellect of the office but was instead reduced to a gay Mexican token by his boss Michael Scott. While his character was fictional, in a way, it gave insight to so many of us dealing in work environments with ignorant people.

The man behind the character actually has next to nothing in common with the persona he plays. Except for the first name. We think his story will give you life, támbien.

Oscar Nunez is Cuban, not Mexican.

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Oscar Nunez was born in Colón, Cuba on November 18, 1958. That’s right. He’s a Scorpio, or can’t you tell?

His parents were classmates wi Fidel Castro.

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They all went to the University of Havana together. During the rise of Castro’s regime, their family fled to Venezuela first, and then to the United States.

First, they moved to Boston when he was 2 years old, and then landed in Union City, New Jersey.

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As a first generation Cuban-American, habla español y ingles. All those bits with Oscar yelling at the camera about what a pendejo Michael is was just pure off the cuff rage at a fictional character.

Nunez went to fashion school.

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Oscar Nunez started out at the Fashion Institute of Technology and then went to Parsons School of Design for writing. It seems like he first wanted to make his break as a writer.

He’s a certified dental technician.

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His father was a lawyer and his mother a dentist. After he graduated from Parsons, he went to the Magna Institute of Dental Technology to become a dental tech. This guy is mega educated.

He started up his comedy career in New York and joined The Groundlings.

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While there, he wrote and starred in a production called “Smooth Down There.” Now, he goes back as a famous comedy celebrity alum for special performances.

Nunez was a finalist in the ABC Latino Writers Project.

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I mean, makes sense right? Oscar Nunez went to school for writing. I think I speak for all of us in saying that we want to see your written work, Oscar.

He won’t play roles that diminish Latinos.

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While he’s 100 percent condescended to in The Office and treated differently because of his Latinidad, his character has all the integrity around his culture. The whole time Oscar knows he’s better than Michael and the bigots around him and the audience knows it.

He worked in the industry for years before making it on The Office.

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Some of his credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Reno 911!, 24 and Malcolm in the Middle. He went on to become the creator and producer of Halfway Home which explains his almost season-long break in The Office Season 3.

He’s not gay.

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When Oscar Nunez initially signed onto the show, he assumed his character’s sexuality would be straight. It wasn’t until later on in the show that the writers wrote in this plot twist, which helped account for his absence when Michael Scott sexually harasses him and he gets a company paid vacation.

He has a wife and kid.

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He married his longtime girlfriend Ursula Whittaker, who also happens to be an actress. The two had their first child, August Luce Nunez on October 4, 2012, and they all live together in Los Angeles.

You might remember him as the stripper in The Proposal.

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That’s right. Oscar Nunez gyrated on Sandra Bullock. In the 2009 film, he also played the caterer, soda jerk and clergyman who ended up marrying Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. He’s multitalented in life and on screen.

Nunez used his fame to call an end to cosmetic testing on animals.

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Oscar Nunez teamed up with Cruelty Free International to call on the U.S. to keep up with the European Union to end cosmetic testing on animals.

He’s also used his celebrity platform to show what a bad chef he is.

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Here’s the plot twist: he signed onto Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition for a chance to win $25,000 for a charity of his choice. So, still selfless and pure.

He played Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Sitcom

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The series is a radio play that tells the story of how the power couple had to navigate the cultural tensions and obstacles to allowing a Latino with an accent on television. Think of it as a podcast reenactment of the true story behind the infamous show, I Love Lucy.

He is State Farm’s latest rep.

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He’s the agent “that gets you,” which means he’ll play rock, paper, scissors with basketball star Chris Paul all night, and will serve the perfect lay up. Yes, please, you actually rep me, Oscar!

He participated in a Kickstarter campaign to bring back the show The Aquabats! Super Show!

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When you’re passionate about comedy, you dress up like this and participate in a punk rock musical comedy show on The Hub Network. It was canceled in 2014, and the cast has to start their own Kickstarter and telethon to raise money for its reboot.

It worked.

He rocked the boat as a judge on the 2010 Miss USA pageant, asking about Arizona’s immigration laws.

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Apparently, the crowd started booing before he finished asking the question about whether laws like SB1070, which allow state law enforcement to check the federal immigration status of individuals, should exist. Miss Oklahoma said she believes the state should have a right to create the laws, and the contestant got second place. Boo-yah.

The reason his parents fled Cuba was because of their Catholic faith.

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Nunez’s parents didn’t want to live in an atheist country and willingly fled for that reason. He grew up super Catholic and came to the U.S. for its freedom of religion.

If you want more Nunez rn, you can tune into People of Earth.

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Oscar Nunez is in ten episodes and plays Father Doug. Yup, he plays a priest. His parents would be proud.


READ: 13 Things That Inevitably Happen When You’re The Only Latino At The Office

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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