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Television Is Portraying Immigrant People Of Color As Criminals At A Much Higher Rate Than Their White Counterparts

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The Opportunity Agenda, a non-profit social justice communication lab, released a new study that looked at the way immigrants of color are represented in mainstream television.

According to the study, between April 2014 and June 2016, Latinx immigrants were the group of people most likely to be part of a storyline that included “unlawful activity” or incarceration. The study broke down the data to show that 50 percent of Latinx immigrant characters were portrayed committing unlawful acts, compared to 33 percent of black immigrants, 25 percent of Muslim immigrants, and 9 percent of white immigrants.

“For many TV viewers, shows are their primary source of knowledge about these fellow Americans. And even for people who have personal experience with diverse communities, the repeated drumbeat of similar, often-problematic depictions shapes conscious and subconscious perceptions,” Alan Jenkins, executive director of The Opportunity Agenda, told Forbes.

The study also finds that Latinx immigrant characters are the least likely to be leading or recurring characters in television shows. They are, however, more likely to be non-recurring and minor characters.

You can read the full study here to learn more.

(H/T: Forbes)


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Netflix Resurrected This Telenovela Villain Once Again To Give OITNB Some Life And It's Genius

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Netflix Resurrected This Telenovela Villain Once Again To Give OITNB Some Life And It’s Genius

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Netflix is dropping season 5 of “Orange Is The New Black” on June 9 and they are getting everybody excited. In the latest teaser to hit the Internet, Netflix LATAM teamed up with one of the most notorious telenovela villains in history…again. That’s right, Soraya Montenegro ended up at Litchfield Penitentiary and BFFs Marisol “Flaca” Gonzalez and Maritza Ramos could not handle their excitement. This is the second time the infamous novela villain has been resurrected to bring some life to the Netflix original series.

Soraya is back with OITNB besties Flaca and Maritza.


The iconic telenovela villain is back to the franchise much to Flaca’s surprise who first sees her setting up shop in her new bunk next to her. When Flaca realizes that it is in fact Soraya, she (understandably) starts to fangirl and grabs her partner-in-crime Maritza so they can bask in the icons glory together. Once Flaca and Maritza get their freak out out of the way, they then beg for a reenactment of the “Maldita Lisiada” scene that made Soraya the international icon she is today.

Jailhouse besties Flaca and Maritza take their moment with the most famous of telenovela villains to recreate her most iconic scene.

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However, Soraya isn’t happy with how they act it out so she gives them a little tip on how to make it believable.

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Flaca is all of us when she clearly loses her mind at the fact that she is being choked out by Soraya. Maritza is just as star struck as she watches a legend at work. The promo continues to show Soraya crying in Spanish because memes are life, tbh.

Fans are over the moon with Netflix’s cultural crossover.


“Thanks Netflix ??,” wrote @danitalva1707.

And some fans are clearly deeply in love with the way Netflix is promoting the upcoming show.


For those days when words won’t cut it, a Soraya gif will always do the trick.

Not to mention that being extra will only benefit Netflix.


“Netflix is the best,” wrote @AbbeyStarKF. Well played, Netflix, well played.

Fans of the series are *dying* because of their uncontrollable excitement.


*takes a deep breath in and a deep breath out*

So…


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