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The Funniest Latino on Twitter Just Got A Huge TV Deal

Last week, ABC announced they are developing a sitcom about a Mexican-American family based on the life of writer Shea Serrano. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is based on Serrano’s experience of “growing up in a family with five uncles who all have different perspectives on manhood.”

Not familiar with Shea Serrano? Over the last few years, Serrano has gone from being a funny Twitter follow to a two-time New York Times best-selling author. Along the way, his witty, humorous takes on basketball (and other things) has helped him build a dedicated fan base, the FOH Army, who are ready to support Serrano in myriad ways, including raising money for charity.

Shea Serrano was a middle school teacher who picked up freelance writing to make ends meet. Serrano says he was “forced” to join Twitter in 2009 after getting a freelance gig for About.com.

I started following him in 2013 because his Twitter profile pic was Miklo Velka from “Blood In Blood Out.”

And that alone cracked me up.

It was super rare to see a Latino on Twitter talking genuinely about his life and culture in a hilarious yet touching way. And as his gained followers, others in started to notice. He’s written for various publications, most notably Grantland and now The Ringer.

Here’s a tiny portion of tweets that prove Serrano is an all-star on Twitter:

In 2013, he published “Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book.”

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The book, developed with fellow Texan Bun B (of UGK fame), featured coloring pages, paper dolls and other fun things for rap fans to do. It wasn’t just about Bun B — it featurs rappers such as Drake, Tupac and Childish Gambino. Fans loved it.

He followed that with “The Rap Year Book” in 2015, which put Serrano on the New York Times Best Seller list.

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Yeah, you can say that pretty much catapulted him to another level of awesome.

This month, Serrano released “Basketball (and Other Things),” his third book.

The book is based on Serrano’s email newsletter, which feature Serrano’s riffs on basketball, hip-hop, and pop culture as well as illustrations by Arturo Torres.

In a conversation with mitú, Serrano talked a bit about his latest project, a collaboration with Mike Schur, creator of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Parks and Recreation.”

What is it like to be a superstar?

[Laughs] I don’t know that that is the case. I stopped teaching about two years ago, which is not that long ago. But, yeah, it feels weird and fake.

What made you stop teaching?

I was in a position to be able to write and pay all the bills that we needed to pay. Before then it was a joined thing. I had to combine the teacher money and the writing money to get to where we needed to be.

What does your wife think about your latest project?

She was excited about it. Larami and I actually came up with the idea for the show together. She was excited because that was the first time her and I officially worked on something. Before then, I would ask her about writing and it was like, “How can I fix this? How do I fix that?” So with this thing, with the TV show, we were sitting down together and coming up with ideas and writing this thing as a partnership. So she was really excited about it, and I was too because she’s a lot smarter than I am. And I knew it was going to be good if she was putting her energy into it.

So she’ll be credited on the show.

Yeah, hopefully, it’ll be one of those situations like, “Created by Larami Serrano and Shea Serrano, and written by Shea Serrano.”

Can you tell us what the show will be about?

I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about it just yet because it’s still developing. But it will star Mexicans, which will be cool.

What I’m most excited about is that its not like, “Hey, let’s sit around and talk about what it’s like being Mexican.” It’s not that. It’s more of a situation where they happen to be Mexican, but that’s just the wallpaper for the situation, but that’s not the big piece. [The show] will be based on when I lived in San Antonio before I met Larami.

What do your parents think about your new TV career?

I was keeping my mom and dad along with each step because it’s a long process to get to where we are. So by the time they announced it, they already knew that it was probably going to happen. So they were doing the parent thing like “We’re proud of you… whatever, it doesn’t matter.” My mom was like, “Am I on the show? What’s my character like??”

Serrano’s latest book, “Basketball (And Other Things)” debuted at number two on the New York Times best-sellers list (in the Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous section).

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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Twitter Has Busted a Ring of Fake Accounts That Posed As Black Trump Supporters

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On Monday, Twitter announced that it has suspended 15 Twitter accounts of “Black Trump supporters” that they discovered were fake. The accounts were similar in nature, tweeting out nearly identical messages, like “YES IM BLACK AND IM VOTING FOR TRUMP!!!” and “VOTE REPUBLICAN”. The accounts quickly amassed thousands of followers and retweets.

The fake “Black Trump Supporter” accounts were discovered by social media disinformation researcher Darren Linvill, who flagged the accounts and reported them to Twitter.

The accounts violate Twitter’s rule barring users from using the platform “in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience.”

The Twitter accounts sourced their profile photos through internet image searches. One profile photo even included the search term “black man photo” at the top of the profile photo–proving that someone stole the photo from the internet and (sloppily) cropped it. Others were revealed, via reverse-image searching, to be generic stock photos of Black people.

The accounts seemed to follow a pattern: the Black Trump supporters were devout Christians, veterans, blue-collar workers, police officers…you get the picture. 

“They are impersonating Black Trump supporters, Black authoritative figures such as veterans and police officers, and various prominent individuals in order to gain rapid traction and virality,” said cybersecurity manager Lee Foster to The Washington Post.

Linvill says that the accounts don’t necessarily appear to be a coordinated campaign, although he did find traces of the Russian alphabet  in the accounts’ online records. Linvill hypothesizes that the accounts might have had monetary motives–they often tweeted out links to buy Trump merchandise. 

Another theory is that, based on the timing, whoever created the fake accounts is trying to change what appears to be the persistent narrative that President Trump is racist. The accounts became much more active in recent months, around the time when Trump refused to condemn white supremacist groups on national TV. These “Black Trump supporters” make it seem like he actually has the support of Black Americans. 

But polls and surveys prove that Trump is highly unpopular among Black Americans. The Pew Research Center shows that 81% of Black voters support Biden in the upcoming election. 

These most recent fake Twitter accounts are one of the many ways that the Republican Party has been attempting to manipulate voters this election cycle. Along with spreading disinformation, the party has set up unsanctioned ballot drop-off boxes across California. The Governor of Texas, Rick Abbott (R) also made headlines recently for restricting the amount of official ballot boxes in Texas to only one per county–a move that critics slammed as a transparent attempt to suppress the Latino vote.

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The ‘How It Started’ Memes Are Filled With The Funny And Wholesome Content We All Need In 2020

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The ‘How It Started’ Memes Are Filled With The Funny And Wholesome Content We All Need In 2020

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It is not a lie to say that 2020 has been a year of disappointment and high-stress scenarios. We’ve had to quarantine from a virus, wildfires are destroying a lot of land, and well, everything else going on has just made things worse. Fortunately, on Twitter trend is giving everyone a chance to see that things can get better.

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a tough year for everyone but one Twitter trend is making life a little better.

We’ve all seen the “How It Started” memes taking over social media in recent weeks. The memes are both funny and inspirational with some showing some amazing glow ups and others showing the crushing reality of everyday life. We have all felt like the man crying over 2020 at some point over the last 7 months. It’s like this year just doesn’t stop.

Relationships are a big part of this meme trend.

Oof. This is painful and so many of us know this to be true. 😭 Sure, we can all blame our relationship woes on the current state of the world. However, that would just be doing a disservice to ourselves and our love lives. Most of us who are single now have been single for a very long time pre-Covid. But, hey, no one knows that you’re lying if you blame Covid.

A few wonderful people highlighted their transition into their true selves.

Stunning. Show-stopping. Magnificent. We love to see it. There is nothing better to see in this world than someone living their authentic truth. Like, go and do your thing. Slay all of the hearts you see, honey, and take no prisoners. We are all better in their world to be surrounded by people living in complete honesty.

The Lil Nas X joined in on the fun and highlighted his own meteoric rise to fame.

The “Old Town Road” singer really did make a big name for himself. Not only did his song get made into a duet and remix with every artist imaginable, he beat Mariah Carey’s record. Lil Nas X went from someone that no one knew to unseating Mariah Carey for longest time spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts.

There are some very clever takes on this meme.

So, like, who else feels like they are being personally attacked by this meme? College might have been years ago but these memories linger. Tequila is just one of those things that so many of use have to learn the hard way and those lessons stick with you.

Simone Biles gave us one of the most memorable glow ups of the meme challenge.

Simone Biles is one of the most legendary women to ever walk this planet. The way she was able to make herself known around the world as the best gymnast is no short feat. She is and will always be one of the best women to represent the U.S. in the Olympics.

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