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Gina Rodriguez Gets Back Into Our Good Graces With Her Latina Representation In ‘Someone Great’

If you have yet to watch the newest rom-com to drop on Netflix, you need to get on it. It will satisfy your craving for laughs, tears, romance, and encourage a deep sense of nostalgia and introspection. ForJane the Virgin” fans waiting for the latest season to become available, this will satiate your love for Gina Rodriguez. She’s the star and a producer. But this Gina is not Jane.

Instead, she is Jenny- a flawed, foul-mouthed, hyper-passionate music writer on the verge of a new phase of life. Jenny has recently broken up with longtime boyfriend Nate (LaKeith Stanfield) after she receives a dream job on the other side of the country. She spends the next day heartbroken, seeking the help of her friends to embark on their last hurrah of their twenties in New York City. There’s booze, there’s drogas, there’s lots of foul language and sex. And yet, the movie never strays from the unconditional love that runs underneath the female friendships and the truths of the time before “real” adulthood hits.

We tend to think of coming of age stories as revolving around a child’s passage to adulthood.

“Ladybird” and “Real Women Have Curves” come to mind. The little birds leave the nest and the fall is painful and liberating. But the same can be said of the return-to-Saturn time of our late twenties when we go from young adulthood to “real” life. This is where we find our primary characters. Friends Jenny, Erin (DeWanda Wise), and Blair (Brittany Snow) have a history that runs all the way back to college. They know each others’ ticks and have kept long receipts.

The movie centers around their struggle to support their friend through the grieving process of a breakup while beginning their own grieving process of saying goodbye to her as she moves to San Francisco.

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This marks the end of an era and forces the women to look forward to making different life choices that will help them become the people they want to be.

For anyone who’s lived in New York City and moved away, who’s had close friendships they’ve moved away from, or who’ve lost the love they thought was the “one”, this movie will touch a lot of tender areas in ways that are inspiring and fun. It’s a few partsThe Sweetest Thing” with a touch of “Sex and the City” and just the right amount of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” It’s a story about saying goodbye to who you thought you were and moving into who you’re going to be, all while boldly feeling all the emotions that come with loss, change, love, and celebrating yourself.

“Someone Great” meets the needs of a nostalgia film for the modern audience.

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The three friends are from diverse backgrounds and it’s touching to see the way that years of friendship have allowed their cultures to beautifully blend together. Jenny, who is Latina, interjects Spanglish phrases into casual conversations with her friends when she’s keeping it super real, calling Erin “Mentirosa!” for not owning her own relationship baggage. Erin, who is reluctant to fall in love with her new girlfriend Leah (Rebecca Naomi Jones), is forced to face her fear of intimacy and vulnerability. Blair, who represents the approval-seeker in a lot of us, is learning the value of speaking to her true desires instead of shrinking to please.

It shouldn’t stand out as extraordinary that we see multicultural women of differing sexual identities being friends, but as far as romantic comedies go, it’s rather groundbreaking.

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We see our characters proudly displaying their “woke” merch. Blair’s favorite coffee mug has “Feminist” written boldly in hot pink and Jenny wears a crop-top reading, “Latina AF” that she receives several compliments on. The truth bomb-laden lines delivered by Wise are especially funny, edgy, and on-point. These are real women who make it a point to stay up on current events and make no apologies for their desires, their word choices, or their right to take up space. As far as coming of age stories for women, this is a new genre entirely.

The movie is only made better by the soundtrack, that rivals “Garden State” for its ability to capture not only the moment at hand but the emotions that run beneath the character arcs.

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Jenny is seen early on drinking heavily while dancing to “Truth Hurts” by Lizzo. She’s spilling liquor, singing loudly and dancing in her underwear. There is no bra or thigh gap visible on our heroine, but there is sadness, anger, and beautiful, real cellulite. It’s a breath of fresh air, as is the moment when Selena’s “Dreaming of You” comes on in a bodega and pulls Jenny into a trance that makes the friends sing like it’s 1995 and they have their whole romantic lives ahead of them.  Ryn Weaver’s “Reasons Not to Die” captures the feeling of “ride or die” friendship that Jenny reflects on in a forlorn cab ride across the Williamsburg Bridge.

In a time when women are fighting for the right to take up space, women of color specifically, we need films like this one to remind us what “normal” looks like. It’s a fearful, uncertain time before career climaxes, marriage, and motherhood. It’s questioning whether any of those are necessary for a happy and fulfilling life. It’s about people with a variety of identities and backgrounds seamlessly fitting together within the container of friendship. And perhaps at its most gut-wrenching and true note, it’s about the first love and not the last love, revealing the fine line between passion and dysfunction.

For anyone who is looking to reminisce, to look into the mirror and see themselves again at 29, this film feels like it was made for you.

But it was also made for those who are living this truth now, on the edge of what’s next, wondering whether the future will live up to expectation.

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Jennifer Kaytin Robinson wrote and directed what feels like a love letter to uncertainty and the treasure that can be found in the midst of confusion and companionship. Watch this movie with friends if they’re nearby, or facetime them with a glass of wine after if they’re a phone call away.

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.

Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.

People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.

Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.

The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.

In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.

Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.

Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.

Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.

You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.

Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.

READ: People Are Keeping Kobe Bryant Murals Safe

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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