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A Snapshot of How Much Latinos Make in the Workforce

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The workforce in this country can be difficult to understand, let alone explain. But one thing is clear, race plays an important factor.

Even though we’re getting close to recovering from the recent recession, statistics show that some things, like high unemployment among blacks and Hispanics, has been consistent for the past four decades, and it’s a lot higher when compared to white unemployment.

READ: If We’re All about Diversity, Why Do Non-Latinos Keep Getting Cast as Latinos?

What’s also hasn’t changed — and you probably know this — is that Hispanics are more likely to drop out of high school and work a low-wage job, like farm laborers, maids, and house cleaners. Blacks form clusters of health aids, security guards, and bus drivers. While whites are in managing positions, like construction and farm management and CEOs.

Because blacks and Hispanics are more likely to drop out of high school than to earn a bachelor’s degree, the racial divide in the workforce will probably stay the same for another 40 years.

Learn more about the racial workforce divide in the U.S. here.

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Eva Longoria's New Sitcom Pokes Fun at Telenovelas

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Eva Longoria’s New Sitcom Pokes Fun at Telenovelas

Eva Longoria is back on TV.  This time she’s starring in a telenovela. Well, sort of.

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Longoria is the lead in Telenovela, a sitcom about novela actors who create more drama off screen than in front of the camera.

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The series was originally going to be titled Hot & Bothered.

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Longoria plays Ana Maria, a Latina TV star who’s got a big problem…

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She can’t speak Spanish.

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Longoria told Variety the character is rooted in her own reality. “I grew up in Texas, I’m Mexican-American and I’m close to my Mexican roots but I didn’t speak Spanish and I don’t have an accent,” said Longoria.

READ: Mexico Has No Problem Admitting They Stole These Telenovelas

The cast also features LOTS of Latinos. Here’s Puerto Rican actor Amaury Nolasco…

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He’s playing the telenovela villain.

Real-life telenovela star Jencarlos Canela…

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He’s the telenovela heartthrob.

As well as Jose Moreno Brooks and Diana Maria Riva.

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Moreno Brooks plays a supporting actor on the telenovela while Riva plays Longoria’s best friend.

Longoria, who is also a producer on the show, told Glamour her projects aren’t just aimed at Latinos.

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Longoria said, “What I want to do is create great content on television and movies. It is not my role to program only for Latinos, and you can’t really assume that Hispanics only want Hispanic content,
adding,  “But I do think that we are severely underrepresented in television and film. And instead of complaining about not seeing ourselves, we should become film producers, directors, and writers, and tell our story.”

Watch the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3tOzrFgpx4

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