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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.

READ: 15 Reasons Everyone Should Watch ‘Stand and Deliver’ Again

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.

READ: Watch These Latino Movies And Try To Say You Aren’t Proud To Be A Latino

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.

READ: We Asked, You Answered: When Did You First See Yourself Represented On TV?

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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