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Meet Tayshia Adams, the First Mexican and African American ‘Bachelorette’

If you’re a fan of “The Bachelorette”, you know this season was unprecedented. The first Bachelorette, Claire Crawley (who is half-Mexican and thus, the first Latina Bachelorette) fell in love-at-first-sight with one of the show’s contestants, Dale Moss and left the show early to pursue a relationship with him.

So “The Bachelorette” producers were in a bit of a pickle: what to do with the remaining suitors? These men had signed up to leave their jobs, their friends, their family in the middle of a deadly pandemic. They had sacrificed a lot to be on “The Bachelorette”.

Enter: Tayshia Adams, the 30-year-old phlebotomist from Santa Ana, California.

Oh, and she happens to be the first Mexican and African American “Bachelorette” ever.

That means this year, “The Bachelorette” has had 2 Latina leads after never having had a Latina lead in the eighteen years the show has been on.

Tayshia immediately captured the hearts of both her suitors and her audience with her charisma, her kindness, and her megawatt smile. In an exclusive interview with mitú, Tayshia told us that being cast as the Bachelorette is a “win” for minorities who “haven’t felt seen before on the show.”

Tayshia, whose father is African-American and whose mother is Mexican, has close ties to her Mexican roots. She told us that she would spend summers in Mexico when she was a kid.

“As a kid, when I would go for months at a time, I would actually come back knowing how to speak just Spanish,” she told us about her childhood summers. “It was so funny because it took a hot minute to come back, and my dad would be like ‘What?’ Because my Dad doesn’t speak Spanish.”

In fact, Tayshia still spends time with her Mexican family. “We [still] go to Mexico and spend time with my uncles out there. My uncle’s a priest out there, my other uncle is a senator.”

Tayshia’s season of “The Bachelorette” has stood out for the frank conversations she and her suitors have had about race and ethnicity.

In one headline-making episode, Tayshia and her date, Ivan (also biracial), discussed their feelings in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement. The conversation made headlines because The Bachelor franchise has never openly discussed race or racism before.

Tayshia told mitú that, growing up in a primarily white community in Santa Ana, she wasn’t exposed to a lot of racism or tough conversations about race.

“Growing up it was a different time,” she said when asked if her family had tough conversations about race when she was growing up. “I feel like cultural assimilation plays into it.”

But she added that 2020 has sparked a new dialogue within her family; one that she’s thankful for.

“I do think the conversations from this year and from this summer encouraged us to have the conversations even more, and talk about it in ways that we maybe never had before,” she said.

About “The Bachelor” franchise’s less-than-stellar track record about casting diverse contestants, Tayshia believes a new chapter has started.

“Regardless of the past, I’m seeing a change now,” she told mitú. “And I’m a part of that change. I think we can continuously go back and forth, but we’re progressing and we’re moving forward and I’m just so happy that, this year specifically, I’m able to be a part of that.”

Catch “The Bachelorette” on ABC every Tuesday night at 8pm.

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Cardi B Says She’s Planning on Releasing a Line of Hair-Care Products For Afro-Latinas

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Cardi B Says She’s Planning on Releasing a Line of Hair-Care Products For Afro-Latinas

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Looks like Cardi B is following in Rihanna’s footsteps and getting into the beauty game! According to a recent Instagram post, the Bronx-born rapper is going to be releasing a line of hair-care products for Afro-Latinas this year.

“This year I will be coming out with a hair[care] line that I been working on at home for my hair and my daughter’s,” Cardi announced on Instagram on Tuesday.

She explained that the decision to make hair-care products for Afro-Latinas was inspired by her realization that it’s “time for people to educate themselves on nationality, race and ethnicity.”

“Being Hispanic/Latina don’t make your hair long, don’t make your skin light, or don’t make your face features slim, [e]specially Latin countries from the Caribbean islands,” she explained further. “DNA [has] something to do with your hair, not your nationality.”

As many Latinos know, many non-Latinos are uneducated about the diversity of Latinidad. People expect all Latinos to look like Eva Longoria or Salma Hayek. But as we know, Latino is an ethnicity, not a race. Latinos come in all different shades, with vastly different features.

The comments on Cardi’s post were elated at the news that she would be releasing hair-care products for Afro-Latinas.

“Thank you!!! I’m Panamanian and they act like we don’t exist!” wrote one fan.

“Hair doesn’t have ethnicity. It has texture. It’s not black hair or white hair. It’s curly hair or straight hair. Kinky hairy or curly. 4a or 4c. People just generalize it and don’t understand,” wrote another.

On Twitter, another fan wrote: “Ok fav let’s talk about the hair care line you talking about so I can buy it and I won’t have to keep making the mask, forget everything else.”

Cardi’s decision to make hair-care products for Afro-Latinas came from (what else?) a Twitter argument.

When a Twitter user decided to challenge Cardi’s Blackness (again). The argument started when a Twitter user was claiming that Cardi’s hair pattern disqualifies her from being considered “Black.” So Cardi took it upon herself to educate her followers about the existence of Afro-Latinos. She also gave her followers a history lesson on the Dominican Republic.

The conversation got so frustrating that Cardi tweeted: “I think I’m going to do a video of different Hispanic people or Latin people or w.e. the correct term is nowadays. Cause people be thinking that every Hispanic is Mexican or something and must have the same hair texture, color, and features.”

Cardi B has always been passionate about hair-care. Last year, she shared a DIY hair mask recipe that she uses on her and Kulture’s rizos.

The hair mask consisted of argan oil, castor oil, olive oil, and mayonnaise. Since then, the at-home hair mask has gained a small but vocal fan club online.

If her hair mask recipe is a preview for things to come, we can’t wait to buy Cardi B’s hair-care products for Afro-Latinas.

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Chris Harrison Is ‘Stepping Aside’ From Hosting ‘The Bachelor’ After Public Outcry Over His Racially Insensitive Remarks

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Chris Harrison Is ‘Stepping Aside’ From Hosting ‘The Bachelor’ After Public Outcry Over His Racially Insensitive Remarks

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If you’re a Bachelor Nation fan, you’ve probably heard the news: long-time “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison is going to be “stepping aside” from hosting duties in the wake of recent controversy.

The move comes after Harrison caught major blowback for defending a current contestant who attended an antebellum plantation-themed frat party in 2018.

The contestant in question also liked various problematic social media posts before she appeared in this season.

The backlash (mostly directed at Harrison’s tone towards former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay) was fierce. Current and former BIPOC and non-BIPOC contestants condemned Harrison for his comments and asked for an apology.

Harrison did apologize before releasing a statement saying he would be taking a break from hosting duties for a “period of time”.

“The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions,” he wrote. “To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special.”

For those not well-versed in The Bachelor world, this news is shocking because Chris Harrison has been hosting The Bachelor since its premiere in 2002. He is the show’s voice, face, and figurehead. His name is synonymous with the brand.

And while some people are happy to accept Chris Harrison’s apology, others still have their reservations.

Colombiano and season 13 winner Bryan Abasolo took to his podcast to call Chris Harrison’s apology “weak”.

Abasolo, who is married to Rachel Lindsay, started off his comments by saying that he had “highly respected” Harrison before his comments but now, he “definitely lost respect” for the Bachelor host.

Abasolo also said that Harrison’s comments were “irresponsible”, “hurtful” and “flat-out unacceptable.”

“Chris comes out and says this, and to me it makes me wonder like, ‘Damn, is this how everyone on the top feels?’ I hope that isn’t the case, but this is the figurehead. Is this the sentiment that we are trying to overcome, still in 2021?”

“[Chris was] adamant about it, vented Abasolo. “Quite frankly, the apology…I thought it was weak, not gonna lie.”

“You said everything you’ve said in public, I believe that it should be standard that you should apologize by showing your face and speaking in public the same as your words were aired in public when you said them.”

Abasolo also explained that while he “doesn’t believe in cancel culture” that the public “needs to see the growth” from people in the spotlight who mess up.

“You have too big of a platform and you’re too big of an influencer for you not to lead by example in this situation,” Abasolo said. “I just pray that we see that evolution from him play out for everyone to see.”

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