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This Reunion Proves The Cast Of ‘Blood In Blood Out’ Are Still Tight 25 Years After

La Plaza Cultural de los Artes in Los Angeles hosted a screening of the 1993 classic “Blood In, Blood Out.” The movie stars Benjamin Bratt (Paco), Damian Chapa (Miklo) and Jesse Borrego (Cruz) as three cousins whose lives take very different paths after their gang, los Vatos Locos, get into a violent altercation. Here’s a summary in case your memory is a little fuzzy when it comes to the film:

Miklo goes to prison, Paco joins the military and eventually becomes a police officer, while Cruz, an artist, struggles with drug addiction.

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The film not only had lots of standout characters…

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… it also had lots of memorable quotes. Like this one:

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This one:

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And this one:

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Um, this one is probably best explained by watching the movie.

Several cast members, including Jesse Borrego, as well as director Taylor Hackford, reunited at a screening in L.A. to meet fans, sign autographs and participate in a Q&A.

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Here’s a list of the cast members from left to right: Ray Oriel (Spider), Carlos Carrasco (Popeye), Freddy Negrete (Tattoo Artist), Enrique Castillo (Montana), Victor Rivers (Magic Mike), Jenny Gago (Lupe), Raymond Cruz (Chuy), Jesse Borrego (Cruz), Valente Rodriguez (Frankie) and Geoffery Rivas (Carlos).

During the Q&A, the director and cast members recounted what it was like to work on the now-iconic film.

Panel discussion with the cast of Blood In Blood Out

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Hackford revealed that Benjamin Bratt originally wanted to audition for the role of Miklo, a character of mixed ethnicity, because Bratt related to the character (Bratt’s mother is Peruvian and his father is German). The director then explained that Damian Chapa made more sense in the role because Miklo needed to be someone who “hated his white skin.” Hackford later spoke about being a “gabacho” working on a Chicano movie, saying that he assembled a team that could help him tell an authentic story: “When you are not of [the culture], you trust the people around you.”

Jesse Borrego said he was excited to work on the film because his fellow actors were immersed in their roles: “From the first time we did the table read, you could see that everybody was bringing their ‘A’ game.”

Valente Rodriguez, who you may recognize as Ernie from “George Lopez,” said a joke about how Benjamin Bratt’s footwear helped score him the gig. When Bratt showed up on set wearing penny loafers, Rodriguez said something like “What’s your gang name, Penny?” Rodriguez joked: “I think that’s what got me the job.”

Raymond Cruz (“Training Day,” “Breaking Bad”) shared a brief anecdote: “I remember we were working and people used to walk up and would hand me and Valente weed. I said, ‘Hey, Val, why do people keep handing us weed?’ And he goes, ‘I don’t know but don’t say anything.'”

Carlos Carrasco (“Speed,” ‘Dro’s dad on “Insecure”) said he was grateful because he initially felt like an outsider. Carrasco, who is from Panama, said he felt like a phony during his first day on set, but he was accepted by his castmates and, eventually, the fans of the movie: “The embrace and inclusion that I experienced from this wonderful group of people, and later, from you, the community and the audience, has really changed my life.”

Adan Hernandez, the muralist who worked on paintings featured in the film, also participated in the Q&A.

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He revealed that he created 30 original pieces for the film, including the above painting of Cruz. Actor Jesse Borrego said Hernandez’s work was so powerful, that to this day, people ask him, “Hey, do you still paint?”

Benjamin Bratt, Damian Chapa and Danny Trejo were unable to make it to the event due to their work schedules, but Trejo took time out to send a brief message to the attendees.

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“I wanna give a shoutout to all the people that are there. Sorry I couldn’t make it. La Onda don’t shine shoes, remember that!”

Nearly 25 years after its release, “Blood In Blood Out” remains a cult classic. They weren’t kidding when they said “Vatos Locos Forever!”

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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