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People En Español Names Yalitza Aparicio One Of ‘Los 50 Más Bellos’ And We’re Crying Along With Kate del Castillo

Just because award season is over, that is no reason to think we have seen the last of the incomparable Yalitza Aparicio. The Academy Award-nominee is taking a break from acting (she is looking at scripts), but that does not mean she’s stepping away from the spotlight, in fact, it is shining on her more than ever. After being named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential people, Aparicio is attaining even more stellar titles that are perfectly suited for her.

Yalitza Aparicio is gracing the cover of People En Español’s “Los 50 más bellos” issue.

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Looking like a boss in a white suit, Aparicio stood alongside her acting peers including Kate del Castillo, Eiza Gonález, Gina Rodriguez, and Natti Natasha. The magazine hits newsstands on May 2.

Aparicio and Del Castillo seemed to have bonded during the shoot.

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“With these incredible women and grand fighters, it was marvelous meeting them,” Aparicio said on Instagram. Del Castillo followed the compliment by responding, “it was such a pleasure sharing this with all of you. And Yali, now I know why everyone is in love with you.”

If movie producers are reading this, can you please make a movie featuring these two ladies? We can tell their connection would shine on the movie screen.

Here’s one more for the road.

Yup, they need to be in a movie together.

The decision to feature Aparicio on the cover of People Espanol is particularly special considering what she has gone through this year.

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As excitement around the Academy Awards built the actress recieved unwarranted racism from her community of actors in Mexico.

Telenovela star Sergio Goyri used racist slurs to say that he didn’t feel Yalitza Aparicio deserve an Oscar nomination.

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In the video above, the veteran actor is discussing his reasoning as to why Aparicio should not get a nomination for an Academy Award.

“Que metan a nominar a una pinche india que dice, ‘sí señora, no señora’, y que la metan a una terna a la mejor actriz del Oscar” he said in Spanish.

To summarize Goyri’s racist and vulgar language, he said that an Indian who only says “yes ma’am and no ma’am” is not worthy of a Best Actress award.

The actor quickly apologized for his offensive use of words and issued a video apology to Aparicio.

“It was never my intent to offend anyone. I apologize to Yalitza, who deserves [the Oscar nomination] and much more,” the 60-year-old said on Instagram. “For me, it is an honor to see a Mexican be nominated for an Oscar.”

Mexican actress Gabriela Platas said that while she didn’t agree with Goyri’s opinion, she defended his freedom of expression about the topic. 

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Platas is facing backlash for defending Goyri’s words, whether she agrees with him or not.

“I never defended the expressions,” Platas tweeted. “I said that I think Cuarón’s casting elections are great, and that I do NOT agree with what Goyri said, but that he is in his right to express what he wants in his private environment.”

Aparicio responded to Goyri’s offensive remarks and said she is proud of who she is and where she is from. 

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“I am proud to be an Oaxacan indigenous woman, and it saddens me that there are people who do not know the correct meaning of words,” Aparicio said in a statement to The Guardian.

“Roma” director, Alfonso Cuarón, also came to the defense of Aparicio this week by saying that Goyri’s words should be a broader discussion as to why people, particularly in Mexico, have those feelings, and also why the media perpetuates stereotypes.

This was not the first time Aparicio has been the target of racist comments from other white Mexican actresses.

Last week, Mexican actresses Dolores Heredia, Blanca Guerra, Regina Orozco, and Vanessa Bauche were rumored to have been part of a chat in which they wanted to ban Aparicio from being nominated for Best Actress in the Ariel Awards in Mexico, which is the equivalent to the Oscars. Most of them have since come forward to deny the accusation.

READ: Yalitza Aparicio Admits Her Greatest Fear Is Speaking In Public And Not Being Able To Express Herself Correctly

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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