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Diego Luna Joins A Long List Of Latinos In Sci-Fi

Diego Luna, who’s made a career of being a heartthrob on planet Earth, looks to expand his reach into a galaxy far, far away.

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Luna will star alongside Felicity Jones in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”  

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We don’t know much about the film, other than it’s set shortly before “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,”  and that it will be focused on a rebel mission to steal the plans of the Death Star.

Disney is being so secretive that we don’t even know what Luna’s role in the film will be.

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From what we can tell from the trailer, Luna’s character has that whole Han Solo/”don’t mess with me” vibe going on, which we seriously dig.

This, of course, isn’t Diego Luna’s first sci-fi rodeo. He starred with Matt Damon in 2013’s “Elysium.”

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And he’s not even the first Latino to be featured in a “Star Wars” film.

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Let’s not forget about internet boyfriend Oscar Isaac, who played Poe Dameron in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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The film was a box-office hit and has garnered more than  $2 billion worldwide.

But before there was Poe, there was Senator Bail Organa, played by Jimmy Smits.

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Senator Organa was instrumental in both “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.”

It’s not just the “Star Wars” universe. Latinos are popping up elsewhere. Benicio del Toro had a brief role as the Collector in “Guardians Of The Galaxy.”

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Playing a bigger role in that Marvel cinematic universe movie was Zoe Saldana, who brought Gamora to life.

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Yes, Zoe, the same actress in James Cameron’s “Avatar.”

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Oh, and did we mentioned she plays Uhura in the “Star Trek” reboot?

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Also kicking ass and taking names for Latinos everywhere is Michelle Rodriguez.

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She’s the ruthless and indestructible Rain Ocampo in the “Resident Evil” franchise.

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But before any of these A-listers broke into the sci-fi realm there was…

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Ricardo Montalban.

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He appeared in “Star Trek: The Original Series” as Khan Noonien Singh in 1967.

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A role he would later reprise in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” in 1982.

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KAAAAAHHNNNNN!!!!!!

And, this time he had no mercy.

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That same year, Edward James Olmos, one of Latino cinema’s OGs, appeared in “Blade Runner.”

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For the unfamiliar, “Blade Runner” is about as close as you can get to a sci-fi masterpiece.

But he didn’t stop there. Decades later, he gave life to Commander William Adama in “Battlestar Galactica.”

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This, of course, is nowhere near a complete list of Latino contributions to sci-fi. If anything, it’s just a reminder that Latinos have always played a prominent role in the genre.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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