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Rita Moreno Turned Her Commencement Speech Into A Sick Rap

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“Do you have the motivation to use your creation for this generation?”

What do you do after winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony? You inspire future artists with a commencement speech at Berklee College of Music… with a rapping twist. At 84 years old, that’s just what Rita Moreno did for the graduates of this Boston college. Instead of keeping it basic, Moreno went all out for the lucky grads by giving them their very own private concert. In the rap, Moreno gave a couple shoutouts to fellow Puerto Rican entertainer Lin-Manuel Miranda and kept things upbeat as she congratulated everyone on their incredible achievement. But as she got more into her rap, her flow got more and more epic. Even if you didn’t graduate from Berklee College of Music, Moreno’s rap is enough to get you pumped.

?Yo! I’m saying. Write your score for more than popularity / Live your life with a clarity of who you are / Your worth on this earth / And as you strive for notoriety at times you’ll be filled with anxiety / Y’all take a long look with sobriety in the mirror and know / You’re here on earth with worth!?

Yass, Rita! Way to slay that speech. Now go enjoy your honorary doctorate in music, girl.

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‘One Day At a Time’ Has Been Canceled (Again)

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‘One Day At a Time’ Has Been Canceled (Again)

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Fan-favorite sitcom “One Day At a Time” has, once again, been canceled. The rebooted show that centered on a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles originally streamed on Netflix and then moved to the Pop network after Netflix pulled the plug in 2019.

But now, Pop has also decided not to renew the series, disappointing fans everywhere.

Like the first time the show was cancelled, viewers took to social media to grieve. “You know how there are only some jokes that only your Latino friends get?,” wrote one Twitter user. “ODAAT was that one show where we got that humor. Like those conversations with each other where we open up about things we can’t even tell our parents. Mental health, identity, etc. It’s so important.”

Just recently, the show’s producers talked about their plans for the upcoming season. “We have so much more to tell, and especially with everything that’s going on in this world, every day, I’m like, oh my gosh, Elena would say this. Elena would say that. Elena would say this. It’s just ripe with things that this family would be talking about,” producer Gloria Calderon Kellett told Deadline. “This family, we have so much for them to go through still.”

Like in the aftermath of the last cancellation, the cast of the series took to social media to kickstart a campaign to keep the show on the air.

“I can and have written essays on how much this show means to me, but it boils down to #RepresentationMatters and man does ODAAT do that for so many, myself included,” Tweeted actress Isabella Gomez, who played rebellious teen Elena Alvarez on the show. “Maybe we can make magic happen again? Tell us why you want the Alvarez family back with #SaveODAAT”.

Back when ODAAT was canceled by Netflix in 2019, the show fans as well as its fans rallied together to make #SaveODAAT trend. Shortly after the hashtag went viral, the show was picked up by Pop. But Pop was acquired by a different company and it seems like ODAAT has become collateral damage in the merger.

Justina Machado also posted her reaction to the news on Instagram.

Machado expressed her sadness at the turn of events, but also remains hopeful that the show will find a third life somewhere else.

“Sadly, the news is out,” she wrote on Instagram. “And we weren’t so much canceled as we were a byproduct of a business model changing at the channel that bought us.”

“I’m not sad just yet, y’all,” she continued. “We still have some hope for new homes. Hang tight, my loves. You know that if I go down, I will go down swinging for this show (& cast & crew) I love.”

Crossing our fingers that this important show finds the permanent home that it deserves.

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Introducing Latido Music: Your Source For The Latest And Greatest In Latin Music

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Introducing Latido Music: Your Source For The Latest And Greatest In Latin Music

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Music is a major part of culture and that is something we Latinos have known for a long time. There is a cellular activation in your body when you hear music from your own culture. Latido Music is here to give you a one-stop shop to get all of the Latin music needs to feed your soul.

Latido Music is your new 24-hour resource for all things Latin music.

Latin music is one of the fastest growing genres of music right now. People around the world are falling in love with the artists that have sang our experiences for years. Bad Bunny is Spotify’s most streamed artist of 2020 and the level of love for Latin music is still climbing.

Latido Music is here to create the centralized location for all of those Latin music needs. It is all about serving up the most relevant artists that create that truly intersectional sound and vibe we all love and need.

Latido Music wants to bring mitú readers and followers to music and music lovers to relevant content.

It is more than just giving you the same artists you see everywhere. Latido Music is going to do the searching for you to bring you the newest artists you should know. From regional Mexican music to Neoperreo, Latido Music is out there to find the best sounds for your ears.

“It’s an exciting day for mitú and for the Latido Music brand. It’s the first opportunity to unite LatinX lovers of music across social, editorial and connected TV,” Stephen Brooks, president of Latido Networks, says. “I’m looking forward to our mitú community discovering the Latido Music channel, and conversely the TV audience being able to read insightful and informative content about their favorite artists and genres.”

Latido Music hopes to highlight Latinos in the music industry in multi-dimensional ways.

“We’re launching this vertical as a means to explore and share the Latinx perspective within the music industry,” says Cynthia Zavala, Director of Account Management, Brand Strategy. “Just like our LatinX communities, music is not one-dimensional especially music listened to by our audiences. With this new initiative, we hope we’re able to highlight new stories from the music industry and how it’s impacting our society.”

So, sit back, follow those social pages, and get ready to experience the best that Latin music has to offer.

Latido Music is making it their mission to bring together music lovers with the artists that speak to their intersectional experience. Music is a crucial and necessary part of culture and sharing culture often means sharing music. Stay tuned to see what Latido Music will do to expand your knowledge and love of Latin music.

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