Large Latino families function as their own telenovela. From the villainess, a.k.a. your evil prima, to the very complicated plot twists, it’s a miracle if we make it out sane. At the same time, there is nothing more comforting as your familia.
Someone is always around to pick up all the chisme.
So, Residente of Calle 13 just received a Nobel Peace Summit Award, which is awarded to personalities in entertainment and culture who stand up bring awareness to social issues. How did that happen you ask? Residente, a.k.a. René Pérez, has been a very loud and progressive voice for several causes throughout his time with Calle 13. He’s supported everything from LGBT rights to the eradication of human trafficking, all while making pulse-pounding music. Here are just some of the things René Pérez did to deserve the Nobel Peace Summit Award.
Dude supports LGBT rights globally and has not been shy about saying so.
apoyando hoy a @ElFenomenoCruz gracias por representar a tu país y a toda la comunidad #LGBT. Emile griffith lo agradece desde el cielo
Residente was one of the first people to congratulate and stand behind Puerto Rican boxer Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz when he came out as gay.
“Pero la verdad es que no tiene nada de malo, es normal,” René said about being gay. René’s uncle was gay and died of AIDS, which encouraged the rapper to support the rights of other in the LGBT community. He has even used his experience of losing a loved one to AIDS to educate youth.
Calle 13 teamed up with MTV and UNICEF to make a movie called Invisible Slaveswhich tackled human trafficking.
“We support Assange because he is a victim of media manipulation. He is accused of releasing information to which we should have had access, because we deserve to be well informed,” René said in a statement. “He brought out in the open a lot of people and he’s being blamed for that, when it is not Assange who is killing people.”
“When I started using the car, it made me feel uncomfortable owning it … because I realized that the car stood for everything that is wrong with society,” René told DailyMail. “Material goods aren’t what makes life worthwhile.”
On April 14, 2015, René joined a crowd protesting the nation’s increasing violence against unarmed civilians. The protest included a speech by Cornel West (pictured above with Residente) and a march across the Brooklyn Bridge and shutting down traffic to bring more attention to the issues gripping the African-American community.
René has used his fame in the Latino community to bring awareness to the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students in Mexico.
During the 2014 Latin GRAMMYs, Calle 13 used their time on stage to bring attention the plight of the families of the missing 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico. Pérez wore a shirt that read “Ayotzinapa – Faltan 43.” At the end of their performance, René Pérez said, “Ayotzinapo somos todos.”
Oscar López Rivera was part of FALN (Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional) which is fighting for Puerto Rico’s independence. He was among 16 Puerto Rican nationals that were arrested for seditious conspiracy against the United States in the early 1980s. René has been a vocal and visible ally to Rivera, calling for him to be released after serving 33 years of his original 75-year sentence.
The Nobel Prize was also awarded, in part, to the use of his lyrics to promote social causes like…