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This Latino Has Been Killing It Since The Days Of ’Blade Runner’ and ‘Miami Vice’

Actor and director Edward James Olmos has been fighting for DECADES to make Hollywood diverse. Before many of you were in diapers, tbh. He hasn’t just talked the talk either. Nope, he’s been a pioneer by selecting a wide range of roles that have showed off his acting chops. So, sure, some audiences may know him as the iconic Pachuco from “Zoot Suit,” or the gang leader from “American Me,” but he is impossible to typecast — because he’s pretty much played EVERY type. Check it out.

Gaff in “Blade Runner”

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In the 1982 science fiction classic directed by Ridley Scott, Olmos plays a longtime Blade Runner working with the LAPD to hunt down and destroy replicants hiding in Los Angeles. “Cityspeak,” the language that Gaff communicates in — a mixture of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Hungarian and Japanese — was largely developed by Olmos.

Martin Castillo in “Miami Vice”

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The stars of the show may have been Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas, who played the characters of Sonny Crocket and Ricardo Tubbs, but they answered to no-nonsense Detective Lieutenant Martin Castillo — the baddest badass on the show. Castillo was reserved, revered and didn’t need to raise his voice because he could make the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention with his steely glare. Olmos scored an Emmy and a Golden Globe for this role.

Jaime Escalante in “Stand and Deliver”

Olmos as Escalante
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Olmos earned an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante, a high school math teacher who taught calculus to working-class students that everyone thought were just a bunch of soon-to-be dropout malcriados. And, of course, he taught us finger math.

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Pitmaster in “The Simpsons”

Olmos in The Simpsons
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Olmos made his debut on the longest-running U.S. animated series during season 27. On an episode entitled “Cue Detective,” Olmos voices the role of a wise and mysterious BBQ pit master who sells Homer a magical smoker. (No, it’s not the kind you put your weed in.) “Never been cooled down, never been cleaned — mixing meat, fat and smoke into pure magic,” says the man to Homer.

Admiral William Adama in “Battlestar Galactica”

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Get this, the role of Admiral William Adama, the commanding officer of “Battlestar Galactica,” was actually written with Olmos in mind. Olmos absolutely killed it, becoming one of the series’ most beloved characters. For his portrayal of Adama, Olmos was also nominated for an ALMA Award, which recognizes the positive portrayal of Latinos in TV, film and music .

Virgil Sweet in “Talent for the Game”

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The character of a veteran baseball scout for the California Angels was perfect for Olmos given that one of his first aspirations in life was to become a professional baseball player. He was so good he even became Golden State batting champion.

Justice Roberto Mendoza in “The West Wing”

Olmos in The West Wing
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On the first season of the political serial drama, Olmos played a jurist and an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court. On the show, he was appointed in 2000 — that’s a whole nine years before Sonia Sotomayor was appointed in real life.

Jess Gonzalez in “American Family”

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Finally, thanks to PBS, Latinos could see a dramatic series about an American family that resembles theirs on broadcast English-language TV. Olmos played the conservative patriarch who identified as “Spanish” rather than Mexican (insert eye-roll here). The thing is, we all know a man like him. Some of us are related to that man, and even though we don’t always agree with him, we love him because behind all that gruffness is a loving person.

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Julian Nava in “Walkout”

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Olmos directed and portrayed Julian Nava, the first Mexican-American to serve on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, in this HBO film about the 1968 East L.A. walkouts. The walkouts were a series of protests organized by Chicano students who were tired of being treated like crap.

Michael Axford in “The Green Hornet”

Olmos in The Green Hornet
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Wait, what?! A Latino actor in a comedic action-crime film gets to play a former-cop-turned-reporter at The Daily Sentinel instead of some kind of criminal or petty thug? Phew, how refreshing.

Robert Gonzales in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”

Olmos in Agents of SHIELD
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On this comic book-inspired ABC show, Olmos played a high ranking S.H.I.E.L.D (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) agent. Let’s face it, it’s still rare to see a Latino actor play the role of a leader in an organization that is meant to protect people.

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Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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Family Sets Up GoFundMe To Help Paletero In Chicago Retire

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Every now and then there is a video or some news that bubbles up through the noise that makes you feel good. There’s another one of those stories coming out of Chicago thanks to a family helping a local paletero.

A viral video shows a family buying a paletero’s entire cooler of paletas.

The family wanted to help the paletero finish his work for the day because it was Father’s Day. After buying him out, the family decided to go one further for the older mand and set up a GoFundMe to help him retire for the life of selling paletas. Don Rosario, the paletero in the video, is 70 years old and is a staple of the East Side community in Chicago.

A GoFundMe for his retirement is raising a lot of money to help him out.

Selling paletas is exhausting work. Walking around all day long in the heat while trying to sell paletas is a demanding job. This family is taking it on themselves to help Rosario finally retire from the work so he can rest and enjoy his golden years.

There was so much love for Rosario that the fundraiser had to be closed and then reopened.

The family who set up the GoFundMe closed the fundraiser at one point, according to an update. This is because they were waiting to get his contact info and the fundraiser has exploded to more than $40,000. Then, after getting the info and enough interest to keep donating, the fundraiser was reopened. If you want to add to Rosario’s growing pot, you can click here.

The act of kindness that started on Father’s Day is still going and giving people hope.

These are dark times. We are still battling a virus. The U.S. is being forced to finally confront centuries of racial inequality. There are so many things happening that can make us mad. However, stories like these remind us that there is still so much good happening out there.

This is a ray of light in a world that is often so confusing right now.

“We’ve been left speechless, there were people from all over the states donating,” Michaelangelo Mosqueda, the GoFundMe creator, told Block Club Chicago. “It has been really eye-opening to see that when we all come together we do some great things for others.”

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Three Other Minneapolis Police Charged In George Floyd’s Murder, Chauvin’s Murder Charge Upgraded

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Three Other Minneapolis Police Charged In George Floyd’s Murder, Chauvin’s Murder Charge Upgraded

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Update June 3, 2020, 12:17 p.m. PST: Protests for justice for George Floyd have continued unabated for a week across the country. The protests are having an effect on the investigation into the murder of George Floyd and Attorney General Keith Ellison is pursuing more charges.

Senator Amy Klobuchar broke the news on Twitter about the new charges being filed in George Floyd’s death.

Sen. Klobuchar represents Minnesota and has received criticism over her tenure as the Hennepin County district attorney. Sen. Klobuchar did not seek charges against fired police officer Derek Chauvin in a 2006 police-involved shooting. Chauvin is the man seen in the video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck.

After a week of sustained and growing protests across the country, AG Ellison is upgrading Chauvin’s charges from third-degree murder to second-degree murder and the three other officers in the video will be charged with aiding and abating second-degree murder.

“This is a bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd,” reads a statement by George Floyd’s family and their attorney Benjamin Crump in a joint statement. “We are deeply gratified that Attorney General Keith Ellison took decisive action in this case, arresting and charging all the officers involved in George Floyd’s death and upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder.”

Update June 1, 2020, 2:00 p.m. PST: An independent autopsy paid for by George Floyd’s family has found that he died as a result of asphyxiation. The announcement comes after days of unrest across the country that has attracted international attention and support.

An independent autopsy conducted at the request of George Floyd’s family claims that his death was a homicide.

According to multiple reports, an independent autopsy on George Floyd found that he died as a result of “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”

According to the autopsy conducted by Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson, Floyd died at the scene from the weight of the officers on top of him. His being handcuffed and his positioning on the ground by the cops contributed to his death.

“What we found is consistent with what people saw,” Dr. Baden said in an emailed release, according to HuffPost. “There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death. Police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breathe. That’s not true.”

Minneapolis officials have not released a full report on the medical examiner’s autopsy. However, officials have made it a point to say that there was no evidence that Floyd died of asphyxiation from the officer kneeling on his back and neck.

The country has witnessed ongoing protests since the video of Floyd’s death circulated on social media. Derek Chauvin, the police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck, has been arrested and charged with Floyd’s death. Protesters are demanding that the three other officers, who have been fired, be arrested for assisting and contributing to Floyd’s death.

Original: George Floyd is the latest Black man killed by the police. The Minneapolis resident was allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 when police were called. The resulting arrest and death were captured on video and have gone viral on social media. Stephen Jackson, one of Floyd’s closest friends is rallying support against the police officers responsible.

Fired police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested for George Floyd’s death.

The news broke on the morning of May 29 the fired police officer Chauvin was arrested for Floyd’s death. Black leaders gathered at Minneapolis City Hall and cautiously celebrated the news of justice. Organizers and community members are not satisfied with one arrest. Protesters and organizers are calling for all of the officers involved in Floyd’s death to be arrested. He is being charged with thrid-degree murder and manslaughter.

Floyd’s arrested sparked national outrage and reignited the “I Can’t Breathe” protests. The death of Floyd reminded people or Eric Garner who told police he couldn’t breathe when he was killed in 2014.

Minneapolis has faced mounting pressure from around the country as protests have sprung up demanding justice. The nation has been watching images of Minneapolis on social media and news channels.

Stephen Jackson, a former NBA player and Floyd’s best friend, has taken to social media to grieve and organize.

Jackson took to Instagram when he first learned about Floyd’s death. Jackson shared that Floyd had moved to Minnesota to get his life back on track. Floyd was working as a truck driver and was changing his life, according to Jackson.

“This is what I’ve got to wake up to. This is what I’ve got to wake up to, huh? Floyd was my brother, man,” Jackson says in the video. “We called each other twin, bro. Everybody knows that me and Floyd called each other twin.”

Jackson adds: “My boy was doing what he was supposed to do and y’all killed my brother, man. I’m on my way to Minnesota, man. Whatever I can do. I can’t let this ride, dawg. Y’all not going to be mad until this hits your front door. It’s bullshit.”

The sentiment has been echoed by supporters of Floyd who are seeking justice.

Surveillance footage released from a restaurant where the arrest took place shows a different story than what was originally reported by the police. The police officers at the scene claimed that Floyd was resisting arrest and that that was when the officers attacked. According to released surveillance video, Floyd was not resisting arrest.

The four officers involved in the death have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department, but people are demanding justice.

Protests have popped up across the country as people demand justice for Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin, the police officer identified as the man who knelt on Floyd’s neck till he died, has 18 complaints against him for excessive force. Protesters are demanding the Chauvin face charges for the death of Floyd.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who ran for the Democratic nomination, has been called out for not filing charges against Chauvin in the past.

Chauvin has a long record of excessive force and Sen. Klobuchar seemingly ignored it. According to The Guardian, Chauvin was involved in a police shooting of an unarmed man in 2006. Sen. Klobuchar was the Hennepin county attorney at the time and did not bring charges against Chauvin for his involvement in the 2006 shooting. Instead, the case went to a grand jury in 2008 where it was determined that no charges would be brought against the officers involved.

As of now, there are no plans from the police department to bring charges against the four former officers.

Mike Freeman, Hennepin County’s current attorney, told the press that there was evidence that supported the police officers. Freeman said that while the video is graphic, there is evidence supporting that the police did not commit a crime in the arrest.

The mayor of Minneapolis is pushing to Hennepin county attorney Mike Freeman to file charges.

“There are precedents and protocols sitting in the reserves of institutions just like this one that will give you about a thousand reasons not to do something,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey told the press. “Not to speak out. Not to act so quickly. And I’ve wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: ‘Why is the man who killed George Floyd, not in jail?’

Other Hennepin County officials have expressed a similar concern. The pressure is mounting on the Minneapolis Police Department to arrest the officers involved in Floyd’s death in the hope of seeking justice.

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