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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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J.Lo’s Social Media Challenge Has Backfired Spectacularly And People Are Having Too Much Fun

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J.Lo’s Social Media Challenge Has Backfired Spectacularly And People Are Having Too Much Fun

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Social media challenges are everywhere and some of them are super fun. However, J.Lo’s attempt to create a social media challenge for the anniversary of her song “Love Don’t Cost A Thing.” The challenge has drawn more trolling responses than genuine and here’s why.

J.Lo was probably expecting a different reaction to #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge.

J.Lo’s song “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” was released 20 years ago and it was a very important moment in Latino pop culture. We all know the song by heart and if you say you don’t then you aren’t being honest. Yet, J.Lo’s way of trying to celebrate the song’s release is, well, bizarre. We should keep in mind that we are dealing with an ongoing pandemic and it is winter, but J.Lo wants you to find a beach, walk around, and through your clothes and jewelry everywhere?

In fact, one of the responses questioning the challenge has more likes than the original post.

J.Lo literally just walked on the beach and threw her jewelry and clothing around. Like, what is happening here? There are so many questions right now and the text of the original tweet offers no real guidance. How is this a fun challenge?

@_nellerita makes a good point. We don’t have valuables that we can just throw around for a social media challenge. Most challenges involve dances, which gives a set parameter of what to do. This is just too open ended and, quite frankly, a wild concept.

Legit, people have a lot of questions about what is happening with the challenge and the tossing of jewelry.

A lot of people don’t have jewelry just laying around, tbh. We might have an Apple watch that is the only real thing we wear but why would we throw it? It is clear that J.Lo was hoping to see people recreate the iconic scene of the music video when she stripped down to go into the water. While the moment is iconic, it is something that we are not super eager to recreate as we stay isolated during this Covid winter.

Overwhelmingly, this has been the reaction to the #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge.

Most of Twitter is just sitting there trying to figure out what exactly is going on with J.Lo and her challenge. We appreciate someone getting people involved and mobilized. We also want to see our people succeed. However, some things need to be thought out a little bit more than this social media challenge.

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.

Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.

People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.

Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.

The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.

In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.

Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.

Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.

Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.

You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.

Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.

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