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The One and Only Reason Latinos Would Want to Live Iowa

There are 50,000 Latinos in the state of Iowa and Joe Henry is getting in touch with every single one of them. He’s leading the effort to organize the Latino community into a voting block for the Iowa caucus.

“It is important the Latino community participate in the presidential caucuses,” the robocall says. “If we don’t participate in the Iowa caucuses, then everyone else gets to decide for us what issues are important and which candidates will address those issues.”

Henry is a real estate agent, a political activist and a board member of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). These robocalls are his answer to get the Latino community get involved in the caucus.

Now, if you sense a bit of guilt-tripping in the robocall, that’s because there is. “There’s a little bit of guilt instilled into that,” Henry says. “Many of us have that Catholic upbringing — guilt definitely works in many Latino families to get people engaged in the process.”

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If this guilt trip works, 10,000 to 20,000 Latinos — who are mostly under the age of 35 — will vote. And if that happen’s, it’s speculated that this will make Bernie Sanders the most popular democratic candidate in Iowa.

“We have young people coming of age every year now, turning 18, getting registered to vote,” he says. “We are reaching a significant point in time where we have enough registered voters where we can participate in the caucuses in a significant way. Never before have we been able to do this.”

So if all goes as planned, Latinos in Iowa might make history.

Read more about Latinos and the Iowa caucus at Mother Jones here.

And in case you were wondering why the Iowa Caucus is important, watch the video by the LA Times below:

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Has Brought Us Some Serious Talent But These Are Our Favorite Latino Judges In Herstory

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Has Brought Us Some Serious Talent But These Are Our Favorite Latino Judges In Herstory

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It’s no secret that drag and, in particular, drag queens have made their way into the mainstream. Much of their success is easily attributed to the hit show RuPaul’s Drag Race, which has helped catapult hundreds of queens into the spotlight.

The show, which is now in it’s 12 regular season (plus countless spinoffs), has one eight Emmy Awards – but above all else, it’s helped create a community for LGBTQ persons who hadn’t grown up seeing people like them on TV. So many people say that the show has helped them accept their identities. It’s also helped launch the careers of dozens of drag queens.

It’s no surprise then, that the show has also attracted some of the biggest names in entertainment – from Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga to Ricky Martin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, several high-profile judges have helped judge the completion for their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.

Mike Ruiz

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Mike Ruiz was a tasty addition to the regular lineup of ‘Drag Race’ judges – having made several appearances over the course of the show. Although he hasn’t returned since season 6. He often launched the season with a photoshoot in which he had to find the perfect shot of each queen.

Maria Conchita Alonso

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The Cuban-born telenovela star made her debut on Drag Race in the very first season of the show – where she helped judge the first ever ball. She made her way back to Drag Race during season 5, where she came back to coach the queens on their telenovela acting skills alongside Wilmer Valderrama. It’s obvious this two-time guest judge has a special place in her heart for drag!

Rosie Perez

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The Acadamy Award-nominated actress also made her Drag Race debut on the show’s very first season, where she helped judge the first ever girl group competition. She judged alongside Mary Wilson and the duo were definitely one of the season’s highlights.

Jessica Alba

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Jessica Alba was one of the biggest-named actresses to appear as a judge – especially in the earlier seasons. She made her debut on Drag Race in season 7, which was jam packed full of big name guest judges – Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Mel B – just to name a few.

Jessica Alba didn’t disappoint fans on her visit to the show either having fun with the queens as they shot their parody music video. The winner of the episode – Kennedy Davenport – also scored a three year supply of products from Alba’s The Honest Company.

Demi Lovato

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Another season 7 judge, Demi Lovato’s appearance on the show left the queens gagged. She appeared in the season just two episodes after Ariana Grande had been on so the queens were being treated to some of the biggest names in pop.

Demi Lovato was joined by guest judge John Waters – who’s iconic films inspired the episodes maxi-challenge, of which Ginger Minj won. For the lip synch – between Miss Fame and Pearl – the queens got to perform Demi Lovato’s “Really Don’t Care.”

Christina Aguilera

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Getting none other than Christina Aguilera (a.k.a. Xtina) to appear in the premiere episode of season 10 (a.k.a. season X) was definitely a very clever idea. Besides, Christina Aguilera has been considered an important LGBTQ+ ally since her music video for “Beautiful,” which featured same-sex relationships during a time when this was not necessarily trendy for popstars to do.

On Drag Race, Christina Aguilera was more than willing to have fun. She even did a bit in which she pretended to be season 9 contestant Farrah Moan (who many believe looks like the singer). Overall, Xtina did not disappoint Drag Race fans!

Guillermo Díaz

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Cuban-American actor Guillermo Díaz made his Drag Race debut in season 11 on the third episode, alongside pop star Troye Sivan. The two were there to help judge one of my favorite maxi-challenges to date – the teams had to select a pop diva to worship in their TV evangelist show.

In the lip synch challenge, the bottom six queens lip synced to Jennifer Lopez’s “Waiting for Tonight” and it was everything.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Drag Race was one of the most revolutionary shows when it first started. Here were drag artists going on national TV and performing their art form, when it was still considered extremely taboo. Times have changed, thankfully, and so much so that one of the nation’s leading politicians made a guest judge appearance on the show. Enter: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who made her debut on the show during season 12, episode 7.

This episode featured by far the very best ‘rusical’ every performed on the show – honoring pop queen Madonna. AOC was very visibly into the performance and gave plenty of constructive criticism and praise to the queens. She even snuck backstage during the taping of Untucked to have more one-on-one time with the queens, and reminding them of the power of their art form and their voice.

Ricky Martin

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars’ Season 5 is already a hit with fans and maybe Ricky Martin had something to do with it. Fans are loving him on the judges’ panel and didn’t hold back from expressing their love for him. The Puerto Rican singer-actor watched every performance with equal enthusiasm and awe — especially the last one where queen India Ferrah and lip-sync assassin Yvie Oddly battled it out in the elimination. 

And pretty much all of Twitter agreed that Ricky Martin has only gotten better with age – calling him the ultimate trade of ‘All Stars’ Season 5.

Did we miss any of your favorite judges? Or who would you like to see make a guest appearance on Drag Race?

Cardi B Talks 2020 Elections With Tío Bernie And Endorses Joe Biden

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Cardi B Talks 2020 Elections With Tío Bernie And Endorses Joe Biden

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Cardi B has become a surprising voice in American politics. The rapper has used her platform and her name to mobilize and politically educate her followers. She first became a political voice when she addressed the government shutdown and caught the attention of politicians and political pundits. Since then, the rapper has continued to make her voice heard in the political arena.

Cardi B spoke with Bernie Sanders in a livestream and officially endorsed Joe Biden for president.

For Cardi B, the biggest factor in supporting Biden for the presidency is the future of the country. Like many Americans, Cardi B is heavily concerned with the current direction the country is heading.

“I’m just gonna go with Joe Biden because I cannot see the next step of America being ran by number 45,” Cardi B said during the conversation after admitting that she needs to do more research.

Cardi B, who has talked with Sen. Sanders before, isn’t shy about using her platform to educate her audience.

Cardi B first got the attention of political pundits when she sounded off on Instagram about the government shutdown. The shutdown, which went through Christmas 2018 and into 2019, was caused by President Trump who was fighting for funding for his border wall despite the economic damage the government shutdown caused the U.S. government.

Fans are stanning Cardi B giving Sen. Sanders a chance to address the 2020 presidential race.

It is one of the most important things a celebrity can do. Cardi B has found a way to use her platform to offer political discussions to her fans. It is something a lot of celebrities shy away from being overtly political for fear of their public image. Cardi B has managed to be very political and still thrives as an artist and rapper.

Some people on social media are ready to crown Cardi B the next superhero to save the U.S.

Like, who is opposed to this idea? Just picture a Cardi B superhero going from American city to American city to save democracy. Let’s hope that this is something that can actually happen.

People are also celebrating Sen. Sanders for doing what he can to help the Democratic Party coalesce around Joe Biden.

Sen. Sanders has pledged that he would back the Democratic nominee for the presidency. It seems that he is following through on that promise to help the Democratic Party win the 2020 presidential elections.

READ: Bernie Sanders Endorses Joe Biden And Calls On Supporters To Join Him