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The ‘Vida’ Trailer Is Here And It’s Beautifully Queer And So Exciting

Believe it or not, it’s only been a year since Starz debuted critically acclaimed “Vida” had its first season, but fans feel like its been a lifetime. Inspired by the short story “Pour Vida” by Richard Villegas Jr., Starz is giving us all what Eastside LA really is: brown and queer woman building our futures.

The trailer for Season 2 is finally out with just a few weeks left to wait until we can binge all ten episodes of the GLAAD award-winning series. That’s right–an extra four episodes than last season.

The writer’s room is going to be all Latino again.

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Virtually everyone in the room is female-identified and half of them are queer. Showrunner Tanya Saracho has explicitly said that this is a show about gentefication, but as a queer Latino, the queerness “had to be there.”

Emma is really working out that internalized homophobia.

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Which means that Season 2 is going to be less panic attack-inducing and more steamy than the last season. We also get glimpses into a queer wedding–whose, no nos sabemos.

Fans are really, truly screaming for Emma and Cruz’s ship.

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Yes, Cruz and Emma met at Emma’s mother’s funeral, but together, they’re creating life for #VidaStarz fans everywhere. If we’re to believe what this trailer is dishing out, these scenes are just a teaser for what’s to come.

Emma and Lyn finally begin to rebuild their late mami’s business and maintain its identity.

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The sisters didn’t know that their mother, Vidalia (“Vida” for short) was queer and owned the bar with her nonbinary partner, Eddy. Now, Eddy, Lyn, and Emma are all working together. Of course, in Season 2, it seems Eddy will be recovering from the assault that left them in the hospital at the end of last season.

The trailer alludes to more conversation around colorism both in our own culture and outside it.

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We see the new addition, Raúl Castillo, as a handyman telling Emma “Mexicans, we don’t usually do things like that. When she claps back that she is Mexican, he’s quick to tell her: “Could’ve fooled me.” We see Emma confiding in her friends who tell her directly that she’s “passing,” which quickly cuts to a scene of Emma crying.

Other themes certainly include the tremendous amount of financial stress the sisters are under. We hear Emma talk about foreclosure and we see flashes of emotion across everyone’s face.

Oh, and the tagline for the season is that it’s “operating on Chingona level.”

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Mari asks a friend if she feels like she has her shit together. Answer: “F**k yeah, I’m operating on chingona level.” We also see Mari wearing a bandana around her face, marching in the street at night. This is the kind of energy we could all use in our lives.

It also looks like Lyn is going to take to the stage this season.

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The first scene in the trailer shows Lyn tapping on a mic. What will the sisters make of their mom’s bar this season? What will Lyn make of herself?

The sisters are “ready to buck” this season.

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Don’t think when Emma tells Lyn that they have to “really buck up if this is going to work” that Lyn doesn’t reply with, “I’m ready to buck.” It sounds like they’re going for a “swanky, Instafamous lounge” look for the renamed bar, “Vida.”

The first two episodes already premiered at Tribeca Film Festivals, and writer Chelsey Lora made a statement at the panel.

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Caption: “New red carpet clutch tradition. On my way to our amazing @VIDA_STARZ premiere at #Tribeca. Please support our show by binging it May 23, I promise you will laugh & cry. #FuckICE. #supportLatinx #abolishICE #VidaStarz”

However, you’re honoring this Season 2 trailer.

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Light your candles, brujas. Channel the poderosa chingona vibes Starz is giving u all.

Watch the full trailer below!

READ: Starz Is Giving The Story Of Gentrification In Boyle Heights A Different Spin With Their Show ‘Vida’

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Kevin Hart Backs Ellen DeGeneres Despite The Fact That Fans Canceled His Opinion A Long Time Ago

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Kevin Hart Backs Ellen DeGeneres Despite The Fact That Fans Canceled His Opinion A Long Time Ago

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In 2019, comedian and actor Kevin Hart received a torrential downpour of heat from fans after a series of homophobic tweets and jokes he’d made in the past had been recovered and publicized. As a result, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ousted him from his position as host of the Oscars that year and fans demanded that he issue a mea culpa. After a day, Hart tweeted an apology to the LGBTQ community but later announced that he was reconsidering stepping down as host after comedian Ellen DeGeneres expressed support for Hart to do so. At the time, DeGeneres defended Hart and called the Academy to rally for Hart to be able to host again.

Around that time, DeGeneres also hosted Hart on her show and urged him to ignore the backlash he’d received. At the time, DeGeneres dismissed his critics as “haters.”

Now it seems that Hart feels that it’s his turn to defend DeGeneres.

In the wake of allegations and criticism about the show’s toxic workplace culture as well as DeGeneres’s role in facilitating it, Hart took to Instagram on Tuesday to say that he will love the comedian “for life.”

“It’s crazy to see my friend go thru what she’s going thru publicly,” the actor wrote in a post featuring the two stars smiling together on her show. “I have known Ellen for years and I can honestly say that she’s one of the dopest people on the f—— planet. She has treated my family and team with love and respect from day 1.”

“The internet has become a crazy world of negativity… we are falling in love with people’s downfall. It’s honestly sad..” Hart continued. “When did we get here? I stand by the ones I know and that I love. Looking forward to future where we are back to loving one another… this hate s*** has to stop. Hopefully, it goes out of style soon…”

Hart finished his post writing that he does not mean “to disregard the feelings of others and their experiences.”

Hart continued writing that the point of his message is “simply to show what my experiences have been with my friend. Love you for life Ellen.”

Last week, DeGeneres addressed allegations about her show and apologized. “My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that,” she explained. “Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

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Emmy Nominations Snub Latino Actors Again Despite Great Roles This Year

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Emmy Nominations Snub Latino Actors Again Despite Great Roles This Year

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Once again, the Emmy nominations have overlooked the Latino roles that made the years memorable. From Rita Moreno to Mj Rodriguez, there were roles the covered a lot of Latino culture, and yet there was no mention from the Emmys.

The Emmy nominations are out and it is another slap in the face to the Latino community.

Latino representation in Hollywood has been a major issue for decades. Recently, there has been more and more pressure to equalize the representation of media to better reflect society. However, the Emmys still don’t get it. Instead, the only Latino recognized by the Emmys is Alexis Bledel as a Guest Actress in a Drama for “A Handmaid’s Tale.”

However, the J.Lo/Shakira halftime show was nominated for four awards.

The halftime show made history with at least 1,300 calls to the FCC complaining of the perceived overly sexualized nature of the show. Now, the performance is nominated for outstanding variety special (live), outstanding directing for a variety special, outstanding lighting design/direction for a variety special and outstanding music direction.

Yet, in the time of “One Day at a Time,” “Vida,” “Gentefied,” and “Pose” how did this happen?

There are so many shows highlighting the evergrowing representation of the complete Latino experience. There are obviously so much more to cover and bring to light, yet with the massive successes of the Latino-led shows right now, many are disappointed in the Emmys clear lack of representation.

“But not Rita Moreno, who has been killing it on One Day at a Time for four seasons. Not Laura Gómez, whose performance in Orange Is the New Black’s excellent final season was alternatively haunting and inspiring — and as timely as it gets,” Laura Bradley wrote for the Daily Beast about Bledel being the lone Latino acting nomination. “Not Melissa Barrera or Mishel Prada of Vida, a series that pushed past stereotypical Latinx stories to discuss deeper, more nuanced issues that pervade our community before it was canceled too soon.”

It is a frustrating reminder to the Latino community that so much work still needs to be done.

Latinos today have shows that they can point to as showing their experience. We have characters and actors we cling to because of their representation. The shows are also successful. “One Day at a Time,” for example, was removed for Netflix and a global effort started to save the show. Twitter was buzzing with people across the globe trying to get Netflix to reverse course on the sudden and devastating cancelation. Fortunately, Pop TV come through and saved the beloved show to keep bring us stories from the Alvarez family.

The Latino community deserves better and we need to keep making noise.

Latinos are a diverse and growing community in the U.S. We have stories that still need to be told and we have stories that are being told. They are being told with authenticity and passion. The lack of Latino representation at the Emmys is something that we are all very aware of. It is necessary to make sure that we all have a seat at the table.

Basically, it is time for the Emmys to do better.

Latino roles are out there and thriving. It is long past time for them to get the recognition they deserve.

READ: Indya Moore Told Reporters On The Red Carpet That They Do Not Identify As Latina And Here’s Why

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