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Non-Latinos Stand Up for Equality

It’s not just Latinos standing up for Latinos. People from other backgrounds have our backs too. There are so many reasons why people are willing to line up behind us to make some real change. Check out why Japanese, African-American and white youth are taking a stance to support us.

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“Sister, Sister” Actress Tia Mowry Broke Down In Tears Describing A Racist Incident She Experienced As A Teen

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“Sister, Sister” Actress Tia Mowry Broke Down In Tears Describing A Racist Incident She Experienced As A Teen

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Back in the 90s, Tia and Tamera Mowry were experiencing the height of their fame while on the hit show “Sister, Sister.” The series which followed Tia and Tamera as Tia Landry and Tamera Campbell saw two actors play the part of two identical twins separated at birth and then accidentally reunited in their teens. It won several Emmys and Kids’ Choice Awards and cemented itself as essential Black TV. As a result, the twin sisters scored roles on other series, movies, and all kinds of media attention. And not for a lack of racist incidents that attempted to hold them back

Recently, Tia opened up about her experience as a Black teen actor in the 90s and shared a story that clearly still hurts her heart.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Tia shared that she and her sister were once rejected from appearing in a teen magazine cover because of their skin color.

Speaking about the incident, Tia recalled how she’d been subjected to racism when she was a teen on the show and attempting to be on the cover of a popular magazine at the time.

“It was around Sister, Sister days. The show was extremely popular. We were beating — like in the ratings — Friends around that time,” Tia said. “So, my sister and I wanted to be on the cover of this very popular magazine at the time — it was a teenage magazine. We were told that we couldn’t be on the cover of the magazine because we were Black and we would not sell.”

The actress teared up as she went onto recall that “Here I am as an adult and, wow, it still affects me, how someone could demean your value because of the color of your skin,” she said. “I will never forget that. I wish I would have spoken up. I wish I would have said something then. I wish I would have had the courage to speak out and say that isn’t right.”

Years later Tia says she has used that moment to drive her in raising her two children.

Tia (who is a mother to Cree, 9, and Cairo, 2) says that “to this day, I’m always telling my beautiful brown-skinned girl that she is beautiful.”

“What I’ve done with my children is [reading] books,” she explained to People. “You can read incredible books to your children about Rosa Parks, about Martin Luther King Jr. — pivotal people that had a huge impact within the movement.”

“The other thing is through television, especially during this time,” she went onto explain. “I was just having my children watch a whole bunch of [things] that starred a lot of African American actors, and one of them is [TheWiz. You had Michael Jackson, Diana Ross. It was just such a great story. And my son … he loved it, [and] it’s important.”

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ICYMI: Bad Bunny Has Dropped A New Song And He’s Taking On Racism And The Upcoming Elections

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ICYMI: Bad Bunny Has Dropped A New Song And He’s Taking On Racism And The Upcoming Elections

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In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many celebrities used their platform to highlight his story and to speak out against the racial injustice so prevalent in the United States. However, one big voice was conspicuously absent: Bad Bunny.

At the height of the Black Lives Matter conversation, Bad Bunny was called out by fans for remaining silent on an issue so many were talking about. It was one of his biggest stumbles. As a vocal critic of Puerto Rican politics, as a vocal proponent of LGBTQ+ communities, many had expected the reggaetonero to add his thoughts to the conversation.

Fans finally received what they wanted in the form of an Instagram post but to many, the damage had already been done. Now, San Benito appears to be trying to redeem himself with a new, surprise track that addresses #BLM and many other issues.

Bad Bunny’s Compositor Del Año has been released and he touches on many topics that he’d previously left untouched.

In his new track, called ‘Compositor del Año’ (with a Soundcloud link that ends in “f—k2020”), Bad Bunny is opening about the ongoing social issues that have been centerstage. He addresses important issues including racism, immigration, the importance of voting, and his support for Biden, among other topics.

‘Compositor del Año’ is apparently a response to the critics who said he hadn’t spoken out enough during the height of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In the 2-minute, 34-second song he raps (in Spanish), “It’s 2020 and racism is worse than COVID/ A black man with a gun, that’s a criminal, but if he’s white, they say that’s a hobby.” He adds how a badge is used as a “license to kill” but “it’s being white that makes you lethal/and being Black is what makes a white person/easy to shoot you.”

He also delves into the 2020 election and his support for Joe Biden.

Although the song appears to be a clear response to the backlash he received for remaining silent on #BLM, the song also addresses the upcoming elections.

He reinforces the importance of voting in “Compositor del Año” saying “There are more important things than sitting down to criticize the achievements of an artist,” adding “There are more important things like fighting for the rights of immigrants.”

He addresses Trump as a “mamabicho” and encourages people to vote to oust “quien nos jodió ante’.” He also raps: “I loved you before but not anymore. I liked you but not anymore. I was there for you but not anymore. … I won’t give you a break. I don’t want your fake love.”

He also goes into the controversy surrounding his win at the 2020 ASCAP Latin Music Awards.

Bad Bunny’s new track also goes into how the hatred toward him is misguided. Some of the lyrics sound like a response to the critics who said he didn’t deserve the songwriter of the year award from the 2020 ASCAP Latin Music Awards in July. Many took to social media to question his victory due to his sometimes explicit lyrics.

Bad Bunny has a clear message for the haters, expressing that there are more important issues going on in the world. “They fight because they gave me composer of the year but not for what matters.” There are more important things than sitting down to criticize the achievements of an artist,” he continues, such as encouraging the youth to vote. “There are more important things like fighting for the rights of immigrants.”

At the end of the track, the “Yo Perreo Sola” singer expresses his dream to change the world and end poverty. “But I can’t; it’s not my fault,” he says. “Before being born, all of this already existed. We only have to teach and learn, live and grow. Understand that we will always see something that will hurt us. To have faith, to believe that it is going to be possible.”

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