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The Latin Grammys Just Announced A New Host That Has Fans Excited For This Year’s Awards

It’s official: award season is among us. We just celebrated the Billboard Music Awards and Latin Music Week and now we’re on to the 21st Latin Grammys.

Despite the insane year we’ve all experienced, it’s safe to say that one highlight of the year has been the music. From Bad Bunny and Cardi B to J Balvin, Maluma, and Karol G, we’ve been blessed with some serious bops this year.

To help us recognize all the incredible talent from our community, the academy has announced they’ve tapped Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio to co-host this year’s show. The Indigenous-Mexican’s star continues to shine bright ever since her debut in the 2018 film Roma and we can’t wait to see her taking on this exciting new role.

The Latin Grammys have tapped Yalitza Aparicio to co-host the upcoming award ceremony.

It’s been a year since her historic Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her debut performance in Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, and she’s been busy ever since. Now, we’ll get to see her take on another major awards show: The 21st Latin Grammys.

The Indigenous Mexican actress will co-host Latin music’s biggest night after original co-host Roselyn Sánchez dropped out due to an injury. The Latin Recording Academy announced Wednesday that Aparicio would take over hosting duties alongside actress Ana Brenda Contreras and singer Carlos Rivera.

“We had been in discussions for some time about having me host, but it was the theme of the night that really caught my attention,” Aparicio told EW of her new gig. “I really believe in that message, especially now as we find ourselves in such critical times where so many people are feeling isolated. 

“Music has the power to motivate and to lift our spirits. I select what I’ll listen to based on what my needs are at the time. If I need some energy, I crank up the Reggaeton. I’m the type of person that needs music in order to get my day going. If I don’t play Reggaeton in the morning, I’ll go back to sleep.”

The announcement comes shortly after the original host – Roselyn Sánchez – was forced to drop out due to injury.

Of course, we’re excited to see Aparicio taking the stage to co-host this year’s award ceremony. However, before she was announced as a co-host, Puerto Rican actress Roselyn Sánchez was set to host.

“Friends, with a heavy heart, I must inform you that I will no longer be participating in the Latin Grammys ceremony this year,” Sánchez wrote on Instagram last week in Spanish. “I suffered a fall, and my doctor put a boot on me. The doctor’s recommendation was to avoid standing for long periods of time or wearing heels. I’m going to miss you.”

Aparicio has been proud to represent her community on the big screen and at events and ceremonies around the world.

Ever since her debut role in Roma, Aparicio has been no stranger to award season. She made history last year as the first Indigenous Mexican performer to be nominated for lead actress after winning hearts as Cleo, a resilient housekeeper caring for a middle-class family in 1970s Mexico City while enduring great personal loss.

Aparicio – a former schoolteacher-turned-actress – has proudly been using her platform to advocate for domestic workers and Indigenous communities after representing them on the big screen in Netflix’s Roma.

“Every step I take, I carry with me a community that doesn’t see themselves reflected in media. I work hard to ensure we are represented the right way,” she told Entertainment Weekly upon Wednesday’s Latin Grammys announcement. 

“I am conscious of the fact that I am not alone in this world. We are an important part of society, and I carry every voice out there that feels silenced due to lack of representation in Hollywood. I know who I am, and nothing will deter me from lifting up others.”

Although they’ll be very different from year’s past, the upcoming ceremony looks like it’ll be a must watch.

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Thanks to the pandemic, this year’s awards ceremony will obviously be quite different from years past – but they still sound like it will definitely be worth tuning into.

Although there won’t be a live audience nor a red carpet, the 21st Latin Grammy Awards will feature a heavy lineup of some of the year’s top artists, including performances by Anitta, J Balvin, Camilo, Lupita Infante, Juanes, Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández, Ricky Martin, Carla Morrison, José Luis Perales and Prince Royce.

Other previously announced performers include Anuel AA, Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny, Calibre 50, Pedro Capó, Julio Reyes Copello, Alex Cuba, Alejandro Fernández, Karol G, Kany García, Guaynaa, Los Tigres del Norte, Víctor Manuelle, Ricardo Montaner, Christian Nodal, Debi Nova, Fito Páez, Nathy Peluso, Raquel Sofía and Sebastián Yatra.

Also exciting is that this year, the academy introduced three new categories: Best Pop/Rock Song, Best Reggaeton Performance, and Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song. Leading this year’s nominations are Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna, all of whom received nods for the coveted record of the year trophy.

The ceremony is set to air on November 19 on Univision via live broadcast from Miami, while concerts will be taking place at various places around the world. Will you be tuning in?

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“Charmed” Just Announced Its First Transgender Character and Fans Are Excited

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“Charmed” Just Announced Its First Transgender Character and Fans Are Excited

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The reboot of “Charmed” continues to make strides with representation on screen. The hit CW show which centers on three Latina witch sisters has consistently gone out of its way to showcase actors and characters of diverse backgrounds. And now, on the eve of Transgender Awareness week, the fantasy series is introducing its first transgender character.

According to Deadline, transgender actor J.J. Hawkins will be joining the series’ third season.

Hawkins will be playing a character named Kevin, a trans college student who “inspires one of the Charmed Ones to take on a very formidable opponent.” This casting announcement is significant because it shows that the “Charmed” team is taking calls for informed casting to heart. Not only is “Charmed” writing in a trans character, but the show took pains to hire a transgender actor as well–a casting choice that is, sadly, still rare in Hollywood.

In interviews, “Charmed” executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman (who also created “Jane the Virgin”), has talked about how important bringing diversity to the “Charmed” reboot is.

“We’ve had the chance to see three white witches [in the original],” Urman told a group of TV critics in 2018. “And obviously coming off ‘Jane,’ I know so much more about what it means to be on screen, to see yourself represented, to see yourself being the hero of the story.”

Urman also explained why the writers decided to make one of three sisters (Mel) queer as opposed to all three sisters being straight, like in the original series. “This should be a normal thing,” she said during the same discussion. “Just a relationship with two people loving each other.” It appears that the “Charmed” team is also taking the same approach with trans representation. Hopefully the writers will take steps to portray Hawkins’ character as a normal, well-rounded person with an interior life.

In the past, other Hollywood projects have come under scrutiny for casting cisgender actors to play trans characters.

The most famous example of this was when Scarlett Johansson announced that she would be playing a famous trans man named Dante “Tex” Gill in an upcoming biopic on Gill’s life. While Johansson experienced massive blowback for this, she initially doubled down on her decision before stepping back from the film. But still, Hollywood continues to make the same mistake.

Very recently, Halle Berry also made headlines when she told her Instagram followers she was researching an upcoming role where she would be playing a trans man. To make matters worse, Berry kept mis-gendering her character. Thankfully, Berry listened to both her fans and trans activists and withdrew from the role, saying “the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories.”

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Michael B. Jordan May Be 2020’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’, But He Used To Be The World’s Cutest Kid

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Michael B. Jordan May Be 2020’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’, But He Used To Be The World’s Cutest Kid

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Michael B. Jordan has been named 2020’s “Sexiest Man Alive” by People Magazine. Jordan will be the fifth non-white man to be given the title since the magazine started the tradition in 1985. He takes the mantle from last year’s winner, John Legend.

Naturally, people are excited about Jordan’s new title, as the thirst for the 33-year-old actor has been very real since he burst onto the mainstream scene with his transcendent performance in 2015’s “Creed”.

But the love for Michael B. Jordan truly solidified after he gave a scene-stealing performance as the sexy, scary villain Eric Killmonger in 2018’s “Black Panther”.

But what makes Michael B. Jordan so sexy isn’t just his looks, but his heart. Casual observers and fans alike were impressed by the actor’s activism in the tumultuous summer of 2020. After the killing of George Floyd mobilized much of America to take to the streets and protest police brutality and anti-blackness, Jordan was right there next to everyday civilians, making his voice heard by marching in the streets.

“I think there’s a time and a place for everything,” Jordan said about his activism to People. “I’ve been picking my moments to make the most impact. We can all take action—big or small—to help create the change we want to see.”

But although Michael B. Jordan has always been talented, he hasn’t always been sexy.

Back before all the fame and fortune transformed him into a global superstar, Michael B. Jordan was just a cute little kid.

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Over the years, Jordan has shared adorable baby photos of himself with his fans over Instagram. Jordan started his career modeling and acting as a young kid. After a few bit parts, he got the attention of Hollywood by playing a ___ on the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire”. After that, his career was off to the races. He played a troubled teen on “All My Children” and then a football player on “Friday Night Lights”.

Finally, in 2013, he took movies by storm when he starred in the heart-wrenching police brutality drama “Fruitvale Station”–his first of many collaborations with director Ryan Coogler (who went on to cast him in “Creed” and “Black Panther”).

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Jordan told People that he owes his down-to-earth attitude to the way his parents raised him and his two siblings. “My mom and dad sacrificed so much to provide for my sister, brother and me,” he said. “I’m just grateful. Honestly it’s like they all have had such an impact on me and who I am and how I approach each day.”

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Michael B. Jordan says that more than anything, the title of “Sexiest Man Alive” is exciting to him because of how the women in his family will react. “When my grandmother was alive, it was something that she collected, and then my mom naturally reads it a lot and my aunts as well,” he told People. “This is one that they’re definitely going to have a special place for.”

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