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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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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

READ: I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts

Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Latino Bookstore In North Carolina Faces Very Uncertain Future Just 6 Months After Opening

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Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a relatively new bookstore in Chapel Hill, North Carolina that is facing a very uncertain future. The Latino-owned bookstore opened its doors to the Chapel Hill community six months ago and now COVID-19 is putting their future at risk.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews is a Latino-owned bookstore in North Carolina that is fighting to survive COVID-19.

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews came from a need that the owners saw in downtown Chapel Hill. A bookshop had recently closed in the area so Jamie and Miranda Sanchez knew that it was time for them to help fill that sudden loss.

“We felt like there was a big hole in downtown,” Jaime told The Daily Tar Heel. “A bookshop creates this whole sense of community for the town so we decided to go forward and try to open our own bookstore.”

The bookstore was serving a community that needed a place to gather and discuss ideas after a former bookstore closed its doors.

“The core of our idea began years ago as the union of Jaime’s heritage and Miranda’s passion for writing and the transportive nature of reading. Wanderers and wonderers, our idea continued to grow in the plazuelas of Mexico and the chocolaterías of Spain, in the plazas of every country where such spaces form quasi-families for both the briefest of moments and the longest stretches of time,” reads the bookstore’s website. “In these spaces, people share everything from decadent chocolate to fried street food, to myth-like tales, to the memories of our own childhood selves chasing pigeons and sucking the sticky droplets from paletas off our hands.”

While the bookstore was well received by the community, the COVID-19 pandemic had other plans.

COVID-19 has swept through the U.S. and the number of cases continues to climb. While New York might be seeing fewer cases, the rest of the U.S. is in an uptick. The virus has forced businesses across the country to close or retool to be online only. That is what Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews did to make sure they can weather the storm.

The owners of the bookstore realized they needed to retool their business strategy when students stopped coming back from Spring Break.

“We started adjusting our plans in early March to accommodate for the new lack of traffic,” Jaime told NBC News. “Students weren’t coming back from spring break, so we had originally thought the locals would come out like they did during winter break to take advantage of the lack of downtown traffic, but that obviously didn’t happen because of coronavirus, so we started getting ready to adjust and pivot online for when we’d no longer be able to sustain brick and mortar operations.”

The Sanchezes are keeping their literary dream alive through the pandemic.

“Jaime’s always wanted to open a business and bring a piece of home to it,” Miranda, who is originally from Tijuana, told NBC News. “We felt that continuing that tradition of having a bookstore in the area would be a good mesh, not just of who we are as people but how we want to engage with our community. A community that works to sustain an independent bookshop has certain values.”

Independent bookstores are one of the hardest-hit businesses since readings and events in the spaces have been canceled.

Bookshop started to help struggling independent bookstores weather the storm. COVID-19 has left millions of people without jobs and businesses are having to close permanently because of the virus. Bookshop is giving independent bookstores a chance to survive the closures and social distancing.

Bookstores serve a vital role in communities. They give people a place to gather and share ideas. The easy access to literature can change the lives of children in underprivileged communities but allowing them to see themselves reflected in new lights. They also serve as a place to explore the world around you by flipping open a book cover.

If you have time on your hands and enjoy reading, check out Bookshop and build up that 2020 reading list.

READ: Celebrities Are Reading Children’s Books To Help Parents And Children Cope With COVID-19