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Next Time Someone Says Your Name Is Hard To Pronounce, Clap Back With One Of These Lines

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We’ve all had people struggle to pronounce our names. We apologize for being too difficult and allow people to make their own pronunciations, but now poet Zachary Caballero is saying enough is enough. Enough with letting people butcher one of the few things in this world that is totally ours: our name.

So many of us have been too apologetic about having a “hard-to-pronounce” name.

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“I guess that it had to do with the fact that all of my friends were white. No, maybe that’s unfair,” Zachary Caballero says. “Okay. No. Actually, it’s because all of my friends were white!”

And, like many, Caballero was afraid to stand out at a young age, so he just went with it.

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“So I drowned out the voices; watched my honor stumble and be slain,” Caballero says. “Every time my name got dropped on its head I told myself, I told myself that was funny.”

He even shared the relatable story of trying to join in at the joke at your name’s expense.

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“Yes. It is all over the Taco Cabana bathrooms,” Caballero jokes sarcastically. “No. It doesn’t mean bathroom. You can just say Cab-A-Lero instead…if it’s easier.”

But Caballero argues that by doing that, we are disrespecting those who have come before us.

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“When he gave this name to my father to give to his son,” Caballero continued. “Pops! I apologize for all the times that I did not think twice, for all the times I refused to speak up, for all the times I did not protect what grandpa gave to you to give to me. Daddy, I am so sorry for being so selfish.”

And then, he offers up a little advice.

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“Let it scrape across your tongue like you are paving an ancient highway to take you somewhere you’ve never been,” Caballero tells the crowd.

Watch Caballero’s full poem below!


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An Activist Read A Poem Criticizing Inhumane Immigration Policies And ICE Arrested Him Two Days Later Now His Community Is Standing Behind Him

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An Activist Read A Poem Criticizing Inhumane Immigration Policies And ICE Arrested Him Two Days Later Now His Community Is Standing Behind Him

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José Bello came to the U.S. when he was just three years old. In 2018, he was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) only to be released on bond after his community raised $10,000 for his freedom. After his experience in an immigrant detention center, he wrote a poem critical of U.S. immigration policy, titled “Dear America.” Bello read that poem at a public forum at the Kern County Board of Supervisors in May. 

Less than 36 hours later, he was rearrested by ICE and taken back to the Mesa Verde detention center. THE ACLU has filed a petition in the San Francisco district court claiming his rearrest is a violation of first amendment rights. Two months later, he’s still in Mesa Verde detention center, and no decision has been made by his judge.

José Bello is a student at Bakersfield College, a farmer, and a father.

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Here’s a taste of his poem:

“Dear America,

Our administration has failed.
They passed laws against our people,
Took away our rights and our freedom,
and still expect to be hailed?
Chaless!

Dear America,

You and your administration cause fear,
fear through Separation.
Instead of building trust with our people, do y’all prefer this racial tension?

Oppressed.”

A theme runs through his poem, touching on family separation.

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He speaks to all Americans when he says:

“Dear Americans,

You might be asking yourself, “What’s the whole point of repeating these facts?”
Well I am here to let you know, we want to feel safe, whether we’re Brown, Asian or Black.
We don’t want your jobs. We don’t want your money. Were here to work hard, pay taxes and study!”

Chillingly, two days before he was separated from his baby, he said, “We will never be apart, chiquito.”

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“The fight has begun.
“We will never be apart chiquito,” is what I promised my son.
Y’all can try to justify your actions. Try to make excuses.
The bottom line here is that at the end, the people always triumph and the government loses.”

A GoFundMe set up for Bellos says that he received a DUI under “shady circumstances.”

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He essentially forfeited his rights without knowing it, resulting in a no contest charge. He hasn’t had a drink since and has been doing community service work as part of his plea. Bello has been compliant in paying all his fines and attended all his hearings.

There is no other known reason to detain him except in retaliation to his public criticism of the system.

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The ACLU’s filing is entirely predicated on the close succession of the two events being the reason for his arrest, saying it “strongly indicates that ICE acted in retaliation against Mr. Bello for his speech expressing views against the agency’s actions.”

The fear is that the move will chill immigrant activists from speaking out at a time when ICE’s unchecked power and aggression is escalating.

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Still, Bello is writing poetry from the confines of Mesa Verde. This time, he’s simply asking, “why?”

Meanwhile, Judge Kim is weighing her decision after Bello finally had his court hearing July 15th.

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That’s two whole months after he was arrested. Two months away from his child. Judge Kim could take anywhere from two days to a month to make her decision. 

There is a movement is in motion to #FreeJoseBello.

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Jose Bello is a crucial member of the immigrant community in San Francisco. He’s organized a lobbying workshop for his college’s club Latinos Unidos Por Educación. He led and organized an immigrant caravan drive, to help ensure no child went without clean clothes or food. 

You can help by donating to Bello’s GoFundMe to help make his unjustly high $50,000 bond to be reunited with his son.

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The ACLU has said the $50,000 bond is “hugely unjust” since Bello is a student who makes just $20,000 a year. The GoFundMe has only raised $2,375 at the time of this publication. #FreeJoseBello.

Watch his full poem below.

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Lil Papi Of ‘Pose’ Is Breaking Hearts And Changing Relationship Standards Every Episode

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Lil Papi Of ‘Pose’ Is Breaking Hearts And Changing Relationship Standards Every Episode

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Since the premiere of FX’s “Pose,” the show’s subject matter put the series on another level. Had you ever seen a TV series based on the New York City iconic ballroom culture on television before? Didn’t think so. While mainstream programming has ventured into programming featuring the LGBTQ+ community, “Pose” brought forth a new kind of experience, mainly because of its incredible stars. One, in particular, is finally getting the attention he deserves.

Angel Bismark Curiel, who plays Lil Papi, is getting more screen time in season two and people are starting to pay attention.

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We didn’t see much of Lil Papi in the first season, but he was up to no good. The Dominican-American actor did an incredible job that first season. But back then he was selling drugs, and Blanca (played by MJ Rodriguez) wasn’t having it so she kicked him out. This season, however, Lil Papi got his act together thanks to love.

Lil Papi and Angel (played by Indya Moore) have embarked on a new romance and Curiel’s acting skills are in full bloom.

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In season two we see this love blossom, and we didn’t really see it coming, but now that we’re here we’re rooting for these two.

“Angel Bismark Curiel is really stepping it up this season and might even be the MVP of the episode,” AV writer Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya said. “Leading up to this episode, even when they aren’t the main focus of the scene, the chemistry between Lil Papi and Angel has been palpable, and Papi seemingly worships her. It’s sweet, and it’s nothing short of revolutionary to see a trans woman get a beautiful, fully fleshed out love story on a major television show. Mock directs these big romantic scenes superbly, too. Their first kiss is as dramatic and captivating as it should be.”

People are (understandably) drooling over Lil Papi and his swoon-worthy looks.

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Yas, Lil Papi. Look at him on the beach and on the pool serving those Lil Papi looks we have come to love. Who couldn’t fall in love with that smile and face?

Lil Papi’s big love and energy is giving men a very high bar in the love department.

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Looks like men everywhere are going to have to step their game up. Lil Papi is relentless in showing Angel all the love and respect she deserves. Not only does he defend her and care for her, he is unapologetic and unstoppable in supporting all of her dreams and ambitions.

Honestly, the world doesn’t deserve a love as pure and real as Lil Papi’s.

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Fortunately, his love and honesty are giving everyone a glimpse into what you should be expecting from your lovers. They should do anything for you, like Lil Papi. If they aren’t, are they really worth your time?

Oh! It’s also rumored that Curiel is dating author and “Pose” producer Janet Mock.

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Mock and her husband divorced earlier this year, and Curiel captioned the picture above by saying “Date night.” We love them as a couple!

We can’t wait to see what else this season has in store for Lil Papi.

READ: FX’s “Pose” Season 2 Has A Premiere Date And Fans Are Voguing With Excitement

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