She’s Not Running For President, But Oprah Did Just Donate Two Million Dollars for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico

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Still recovering from Hurricane Maria, arts and culture programs in Puerto Rico have received millions from media mogul, Oprah Winfrey. In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria claimed the lives of 3000 American citizens, in the US territory of Puerto Rico. However, disaster relief from the government has been slow to arrive. Fortunately, celebrities, like Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Anthony, and Bethenny Frankel are willing to give financial support.

For her part, Winfrey donated to The Hispanic Federation and The Flamboyan Arts Fund, one million dollars to each. The Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOS Disaster Relief & Recovery Program assists in providing basic needs to Puerto Ricans.

The Flamboyan Arts Fund is, according to People Magazine, “focused on continuing the island’s rich heritage of arts, culture and creative development.”

Meanwhile, President Trump who stated publicly that Puerto Ricans “want everything done for them,” is still insisting, as recently as April 2, that Puerto Rico has received 91 billion in relief aid. In fact, only 40.7 billion dollars of relief have been approved by Congress. Furthermore, FEMA officials have gone on record saying only a fraction of the 41 million has made it to the island.

In a tweet that followed his announcement about the 91 million in aid, the president said that he is the best thing to ever happen to Puerto Rico.

Winfrey said, in a statement, that she was inspired by Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to donate.

Miranda recently brought his Broadway play to Puerto Rico to help the island heal and to bring attention to the oft-forgotten arts in the recovery efforts after a disaster. Celebrities such as Jimmy Fallon and Quest Love mingled on opening night of the Puerto Rican production. Miranda, whose father is a native to Puerto Rico, reprised his role as Alexander Hamilton for the island. Oprah Winfrey attended the Puerto Rican production at the Bellas Artes in San Juan.

Winfrey’s donation has been covered by many news outlets and many on Twitter are praising Winfrey for her good deed.

This twitter user was quick to praise Winfrey after the news broke.

CNN and Telemundo contributor, Ana Navarro-Cárdenas praised Winfrey too.

Navarro-Cárdenas also noted the irony of the Trump administration’s suspect support of Puerto Rico in light of Winfrey’s donation. You may also recognize Ana Navarro-Cárdenas as a co-host on The View.

Some, however, have called Winfrey’s donation a publicity stunt.

Publicity stunt or case of no-good-deed-goes-unpunished?

The dead man referred to in the tweet is Michael Jackson. It appears Winfrey is being criticized for support of the portrayal of Michael Jackson in the recently released documentary Leaving Neverland. In her special Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Leaving Neverland, Winfrey interviews
James “Jimmy” Safechuck and Wade Robson who accused Jackson of sexual abuse in the documentary. The interviews were taped before an audience of sexual abuse survivors. Those criticizing Winfrey appear to devoted Michael Jackson fans, but Winfrey is also being accused on Twitter of protecting Harvey Weinstein. Connections to Weinstein remain unclear, especially in light of her acceptance speech for the Cecile B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes in 2018. The speech focused on racism, violence against women, and the #MeToo movement.

Only time will tell if Winfrey is being punished for her good dead, or if any revelations about shadowy allegations will be made. For now, her generosity towards Puerto Rico does seem to be infectious.

Florida Senator, Rick Scott is donating too.

Just one day after Oprah Winfrey announced that she would donate to the Puerto Rican relief efforts, Florida senator, Rick Scott made a similar announcement. Rick Scott has pledged a portion of his salary to aid Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria who are now living in Florida.

Good deed or publicity stunt, it appears that Oprah Winfrey’s donation is inspiring others to give. The donation also appears to be keeping the spotlight on Puerto Rico. The people of Puerto Rico, American citizens, many of whom have just recently had their electricity restored are still waiting for all 40 billion dollars of the aid committed by Congress to find its way to the island. They’d probably like to see the 91 billion that the president keeps talking about.

If "Never Been Kissed" Had An All Latinx Cast


If “Never Been Kissed” Had An All Latinx Cast

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Who doesn’t have a soft-spot in their hearts for the quintessential Drew Barrymore ’90s rom-com “Never Been Kissed”? For those of you who don’t know, “Never Been Kissed” (which turned 20-years-old on Tuesday) is the story of Josie Geller, a young, mid-level reporter who is tasked to go undercover as a highschool student to infiltrate the school’s clique of popular kids and report on all of the scandalous things they’re getting up to. While she’s on assignment, she ends up falling head-over-heels with her English teacher (a dreamy Michael Vartan).

Sure, the storyline seems borderline inappropriate in our post-#MeToo era, but die-hard fans of the movie still celebrate it for its tender and affectionate portrayal of a nerdy, virginal bookworm who takes the phrase “unlucky in love” to another level. And although we love “Never Been Kissed”, there are unfortunately very few Latinos in the cast (although it does mark the film debut of a young Jessica Alba). So in celebration of “Never Been Kissed”‘s anniversary–and in order to bring attention to the issue of Latinx representation in the media–we’ve re-casted the original roster so it includes an all-Latinx talent pool.

1. Tessa Thompson as Josie Geller

If ever there was an actress–let alone a Latina actress–to fill Drew Barrymore’s shoes, it would undoubtedly would be powerhouse performer and “Sorry To Bother You” star Tessa Thompson.

2. Tessa Thompson has that relatable, cutesy quality that makes us want to do everything in our power to protect her.

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Not to mention, Thompson could convincingly play a teenager in her own right–let alone an adult–playing-an-adult-playing-a-teenager.

3. Jay Hernandez as Sam Coulson

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If any of you have seen Jay Hernandez in “Bad Moms”, then you know that this man can sell both sexy and responsible.

4. Jay Hernandez has a charisma that mixes intelligence with sex appeal

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More than anything, it’s important that Sam/Mr. Coulson comes off as genuinely smart and respectful, otherwise this role could easily veer into “creepy” territory.

5. Wilmer Valderrama as Rob Geller

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Sure, we love Wilmer Valderrama now, but we also remember the days when he was one of Hollywood’s most notorious playboys.

6. Valderrama would be great as Josie’s lovable slacker brother who dreams of his high-school glory days.

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Not to mention, we’d love to see Valderrama play Rodriguez’s brother.

7. Anjelah Johnson as Anita

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Both hilarious actresses have the comedic timing to pull of the role of the sex-obsessed co-worker and best friend to Josie Geller.

8. Laz Alonso as George

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Cuban-American actor Laz Alonso would be great as Josie’s right-hand man to her under-cover operation, George. Not to mention, he has the same levels of swag–not an easy feat!

9. John Leguizamo as Gus

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Like John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo is a kooky character actor that has the ability to play both serious and comedic roles.

10. Emiliano Diez as Rigfort

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Originally played by the legendary director Garry Marshall, the role of newspaper owner and Josie’s boss would be a great fit for “George Lopez” actor, Emiliano Diez.

11. Diego Bonita as Guy Perkins

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Who better to play a teen heartthrob and the unfortunate reminder of Josie’s unfortunate past than pretty-boy Diego Bonita? We already know he rocks at starring in teen-centric storylines (hello, “Pretty Little Liars”).

12. Michael Trevino as Jason

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We love Mexican-American actor Michael Trevino, but if we learned anything from “The Vampire Diaries”, it’s that he’s very capable of pulling of an air-headed dumb jock, just like James Franco did so perfectly 20 years ago.

13. Victor Rasuk as Tommy

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What good is a group of popular guys without a third meat-head to round out the gang?

14. Cierra Ramirez as Aldys

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Although Cierra Ramirez is all grown up now compared to her early days on “The Fosters”, we still think of her as the brilliant computer whiz, Mariana. Since we know she can convincingly play a cute nerdy girl, we think she’d be perfect to play the role of Josie’s first friend as an undercover teen: Aldys.

15. Lauren Velez as Cynthia

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Lauren Velez is exactly the type of actress to fill in Octavia Spencer’s usually un-fillable shoes as the no-nonsense coworker, Cynthia.

16. Naya Rivera as Kirsten

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Initially played by legendary Latina actress Jessica Alba, Naya Rivera would be a great updated choice to play the leader of the mean girls, Queen-B Kirsten. Not only is she beautiful, she’s also just the right amount of scary!

17. Sofia Carson as Kristen

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The less powerful and laughably interchangeble other-half of the Kirsten/Kristen duo. Sofia Carson isn’t as menacing as Naya Rivera, but we’re sure she’d have a great time playing a ditz after playing such strong characters throughout her career.

18. Camila Mendes as Gibby

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Gibby is the “Gretchen Weiners” of this “Never Been Kissed” popular-girl group. Who else but Camilla Mendes to fill the role of the requisite brunette best-friend?

19. Isabela Moner as Rob’s Girlfriend

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Isabela Moner gives off the perfect vibe of both sexy and cute to be Rob’s high school girlfriend (who also happens to be a gymnast).

20. Tony Revolori as Merkin

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As Josie’s nerdy coworker, we could totally see “Spiderman: Homecoming”‘s Tony Revolori pull of this role. He has both the talent and the physicality to make this his own.

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