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Jessica Pimentel’s Double Life As A Dope Rock Band Frontwoman Is Pretty Amazing

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Jessica Pimentel is the woman who brought OITNB’s Maria Ruiz to life. While most people who know Pimentel know her as her OITNB character, there is a whole other side to this Latina’s star power and résumé: she is a heavy metal rocker. Yep, she shreds the guitar and screams with the best of them. Most recently, you might have seen Pimentel rocking out with Peaches on the stage during Samantha Bee’s Not The White House Correspondents Dinner.

We all know about Jessica Pimentel as Maria Ruiz on Netflix’s hit show “Orange Is The New Black.”

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Pimentel was one of the standout characters from the 4th season *spoiler* when she started to get involved with overthrowing Piper Chapman and her underground underwear business.

But when she isn’t trying to take over Litchfield, Pimentel is casually rocking out with her heavy metal band Alekhine’s Gun.


Alekhine’s Gun is my favorite band I’ve ever been in. We started in 2009, and it’s very personal. This is the first time I got to create my own thing in a band,” Pimentel told Thrillist. “I came up with the name because I’m a dork and I love chess, and I also felt that this music could convey a special message to an audience, and the best way to connect with an audience sometimes is to get down there and look in their eyes.”

Now, it isn’t like she just fell into being the frontwoman for Alekhine’s Gun overnight.


According to Thrillist, Pimentel first discovered metal when she was about 12 years old. At first, she admits that the kind of music scared her but her mom never really controlled what she listened to so she kept exploring until she understood it. The deeper she has gotten into the world of metal music, the more she has put into her performances, like her corpse paint makeup. She doesn’t even mind that Rihanna stole her corpse paint look.

Pimentel first started her musical career when she was a little girl playing the violin, which she still plays (not the same violin, obvi).


But it wasn’t long until her mother bought her her first guitar.

Her latest gig was performing alongside Peaches at Samantha Bee’s Not The White House Correspondents Dinner special.


Talk about a fierce look.

She was part of an all-woman rock band for the night and it looks like she had a great time.


“I get out of jail to go play a little Rock n Roll and end up running right into #FIG @alysiareiner showed up last night to hang out and support @fullfrontalsamb and had no idea I played guitar for @peachesnisker ! SURPRISE!!!!” Pimentel wrote on an Instagram post.

Her mom even did what most Latina moms do and recorded her daughter shredding her guitar on tv.

When your mom tapes you on TV……than gets mad because you didn't play longer. Love you Mama! #jessicapimentelmusic

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You can check out a performance by Pimentel and Alekhine’s Gun below!


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This Poet Destroys The Haters Shaming Us For Speaking Spanish And Then Takes Pity On Them

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This Poet Destroys The Haters Shaming Us For Speaking Spanish And Then Takes Pity On Them

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Anacristina Chapa’s poem “On Being Bilingual” has a message for those who don’t like it when people speak Spanish. It goes a little something like this: she doesn’t have time for people who try to whitewash her culture of which she is so proud. Despite her frustration, Chapa feels pity and sorrow for the people who are so uncomfortable with a different culture that they feel compelled to lash out.

Poet Anacristina Chapa comes out of the gate swinging with her latest spoken word poem, “On Being Bilingual.”

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She continues: “Or, for the sour mouths that speak stupidity into existence by saying things like, ‘This is America. We speak American in America.'”

After that “spicy” intro, she defends her culture and slams those who disrespect it.

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Chapa goes in on how even her 87-year-old, non-English speaking grandma will tell you that “American” is not a language. Chapa argues that “American” as it has been used is nothing more than a title used to try to justify ignorance as something that should be valued.

She also has a message for those who feel Spanish is destructive to American culture.

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Forget the mic. This poet just dropped the whole damn stage with that line and she isn’t even done.

She even gives some props to the importance of language as a way to transcend borders.

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And, yes. She tells anyone listening who feels uncomfortable with that to, “Be scared.” ✊?

She also touches on the benefits to being bilingual.

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Chapa isn’t just saying things that sound good and rhyme, either. Being bilingual has potential benefits tied directly to mental health including a stronger resistance to dementia, better concentration skills, and a stronger sense of empathy.

Chapa also displays sympathy for those who question whether Spanish has place in the U.S.

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Imagine living in a world where everything happening around you is trying to erode your own identity because you believe that someone living their life directly lessens yours. That must be a truly terrifying and worrisome experience.

She also offers them a little advice.

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Because we are far too vibrant of a culture to be defeated and don’t get it twisted: we aren’t trying to force anything on anyone. We are simply living, breathing and existing within our culture.

You can check out her full poem below and it is ? ? ?.

READ: This Poem Is For Anyone Who Has Ever Had Their Name Butchered And Apologized For It

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