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Dude, So Many Latinos Are Going To Be Part Of The Academy, Finally!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has spent the last two years fighting the assertion that it only cares about white people. Finally, this year, the Academy is taking steps to change the culture of the media company and awards ceremony by inducting the most diverse class in its history. Out of the 683 new Academy members, there are more than 50 Latinos and Latinas ready to make some change. ¡Orale! (or ¡Wepa!, whichever you prefer).

Earlier this year, the Oscars were once again called out for their lack of diversity.

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Remember that #OscarsSoWhite hashtag that took over social media?

And the celebs took no time in tweeting, Instagramming and shouting their outrage. Gina Rodriguez weighed in:

Movement Monday's. This is Oscar Isaac. He is a Guatemalan American actor. This is a picture from Ex Machina directed by Alex Garland and was released this past year. With all this Oscar Talk and lack of diversity I decided to start a movement and speak from the perspective of a Latina American who desires to see more Latinos on screen. There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a tv show soar to the highest viewers possible. The better these projects do financially, the more money they will spend on putting Latinos In blockbuster films, as leads in tv shows Etc. My solution is this, support is needed. Right now there isn't one Latino that can Greenlight a movie. That means no studio will put their money behind a Latino face as a lead of a movie because they don't believe we can make their money back. I am told time and time again "Latinos dont watch Latino Movies. Latinos don't support each other" and sadly that is true. I'm not saying go and see a movie you don't like to blind support, im saying if you want to see us represented on film and tv, if you want to see Latinos nominated for Oscars, we NEED to support one another. The industry sees money, the excuse can't just be racism. We can make a difference in a very powerful way if we unite our support as one Latino community. Oscar Isaac, in my opinion had an Oscar worthy performance in this film. Let's start making noise with where it matters most, where we put our dollars. Go support these films, watch these shows (mine is on tonight by the way, shameless promotion feel free to watch on the CW) and we can take making a change into our own hands. Each Monday I will highlight a latino artist we can support. Let us use our numbers and powerful voices to prove we support one another, to prove we can make a box office hit, to prove they need to support all the various Latino cultures in the media. That can be one part of the solution, so next year we have many movies that are worthy of Oscar contention! #MovementMondays Pick any Latino currently working we can support!

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Rodriguez started #MovementMondays on social media to shine a light on Latinos who she felt weren’t being given their due. That was probably because most people in the Academy were white males, but who can really be sure?

So the Academy is doing something about it. It has invited 683 new members, which include lots of women and people of color. To be specific, 46 percent of the new members are female and 41 percent of the new members are people of color. ?

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Some of the invitees include America Ferrera.

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You might recognize her from a little Disney Original movie called “Gotta Kick It Up!” and her portrayal of Helen Chávez in the Cesar Chávez biopic.

Jorge R. Gutierrez, Animator/Director

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“Book of Life.” ‘Nuff said.

Jacob Vargas, Actor

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Not only was he too in the Cesar Chávez biopic, but Vargas really honed it in for his role in “The 33.”

Luis Guzmán, Actor

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Pretty sure this dude doesn’t need much of an introduction.

Daphne Zuniga, Actor

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She has been the driving force for shows like “Spaceballs” and “One Tree Hill.”

Michelle Rodriguez, Actor

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Good to know there is someone willing to vote just based on talent.

And here is a list of the rest:

Gabriel Gutiérrez, Sound

Fernando Velásquez, Composer

Raúl Antonio Dávalos, Editor

Walter Rippell, Casting Director

Carlos Reygadas, Writer

Enrique Castillo, Actor

Ignacio López Tarso, Actor

Silvia Pinal, Actor

Sal Lopez, Actor

Pepe Serna, Actor

Sara Bilbatua, Casting Director

Lucrecia Martel, Director

Carmen Cuba, Casting Director

Rodrigo Teixeira, Producer

Julie Carmen, Actor

Manuel Teil, Casting Director

Laura Amelia Guzmán, Director

Bárbara Alvarez, Cinematographer

Lula Carvalho, Cinematographer

Enrique Chediak, Cinematographer

Félix Monti, Cinematographer

Pilar Revuelta, Designer

Israel Cárdenas, Director

Juan Antonio Garcia Bayona, Director

Maria Novaro, Director

Affonso Gonçalves, Editor

Pedro Kos, Documentarian/Editor

Sebastián Lelio, Writer

Bernat Vilaplana, Editor

Patricia Riggen, Director

Beatrice De Alba, Make Up Artist

Sonia Grande, Costume Designer

Anna Muylaert, Director

Antonio Pinto, Composer

Belén Atienza, Producer

Fernando Bovaira, Producer

Esther García Rodríguez, Producer

Marisa Paredes, Actor

Renato Dos Anjos, Animator

Pato Escala, Animator

Luis Valdez, Director

Gabriel Osorio, Animator

Pablo Valle, Animator

Roberto Fernandez, Sound

Vera Blasi, Writer

Oscar Isaac, Actor

Eva Mendes, Actor

Jorge Perugorría, Actor

Cecilia Roth , Actor

Tessa Thompson, Actor

Israel Cárdenas, Director

Laura Amelia Guzmán, Director

Lucía Puenzo, Director


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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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The Definitive List of Latinos in the ‘Star Wars’ Universe

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Recently, news broke that beloved Mexican-American director Robert Rodriguez is set to executive producer Disney+’s new Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett. This news broke at the same event that Disney announced that Rosario Dawson will be getting her own Star Wars series on Disney+, a Mandalorian spinoff entitled Ahsoka.

Pair these events with Pedro Pascal headlining The Mandalorian, and it appears that Disney is making some real and concerted effort to hire Latino talent.

And the pattern didn’t just start this year. Since the franchise’s reboot in 2015, Disney has consistently hired Latinos to take part in Star Wars Universe in front of and behind the camera.

In light of this, we’ve compiled a definitive list of all of the Latinos that have been involved in the Star Wars Universe. Take a look below!

1. Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron

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Guatemalan-American actor Oscar Isaac was one of the first Latinos to set off Disney’s streak of hiring Latino talent for the Star Wars franchise. Isaac (nee Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada) played Poe Dameron, a fighter pilot who rose in the ranks to become General of the Resistance. He appeared in all three movies of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

2. Pedro Pascal as Mando

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Chilean-American actor Pedro Pascal plays the titular character in The Mandalorian (his true name is a spoiler), a solitary bounty hunter who travels to the “outer reaches” of the galaxy in order to protect Baby Yoda.

3. Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano

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This season, Rosario Dawson played Ahsoka Tano in The Mandolorian–an alien of the Togruta race who is also a Jedi knight and army commander. It was also recently announced that the actress of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent would be headlining a spinoff series on Disney+ entitled Ahsoka.

4. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor

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Mexican actor Diego Luna played Rebel Alliance soldier Cassian Andor in 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luna will also star in his own standalone series revolving around Cassian Andor on Disney+ called Andor.

5. Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata

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Mexican-born actress Lupita Nyong’o played alien pirate queen Maz Kanata via motion capture in all three of the Star Wars reboot trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker.

6. Benicio Del Toro as DJ

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Boricua actor Benicio Del Toro played the villainous hacker DJ in The Last Jedi.

7. Jimmy Smits as Senator Bail Organa

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Brooklyn-born Boricua actor Jimmy Smits played Bail Organa in two of the Star Wars prequel movies, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith as well as reprising his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

8. Horatio Sanz as Mythrol

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Although you might not recognize him through such heavy character makeup, Chilean-America comedian Horatio Sanz played Mythrol, a wanted fugitive that was carbon-frozen by Pascal’s character in the first episode of The Mandolorian.

9. John Leguizamo as Gor Koresh

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Again, you’d be hard-pressed to recognize John Leguizamo amidst all the heavy alien makeup, but the Colombian-American actor played the character Gor Koresh in The Mandolorian–boastful forager of the Abyssin alien race.

10. Robert Rodriguez

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As we reported above, Robert Rodriguez is a legendary Mexican-American director who helmed a popular episode of The Mandolorian entitled “The Tragedy”. He is now set to executive produce a new Disney+ Star Wars series called The Book of Boba Fett.

11. Adria Arjona

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Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona has not officially appeared in any Star Wars properties yet, but it was recently announced that she will be appearing in Diego Luna’s Star Wars spinoff series Andor as a yet-to-be-named character.

12. Pablo Hidalgo

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Pablo Hidalgo is the definition of behind-the-scenes talent. The Chilean-Canadian LucasFilm creative executive is in charge of keeping narrative and creative cohesion between all of the stories within the Star Wars Universe. In essence, he is the definitive Star Wars expert.

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Cardi B Has a New Facebook Show With the Weirdest Premise

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Cardi B Has a New Facebook Show With the Weirdest Premise

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You know what they say: the devil works hard, but Cardi B works harder. After all, there’s nothing in this world she likes more than checks.

The rap superstar is returning to reality TV with a series in partnership with Facebook that is premiering today, December 17th on Facebook Watch.

You heard it here first, folks! Cardi B will be starring in a show called Cardi Tries in which the Grammy winner will try out activities that she’s not well-versed in.

According to the Cardi Tries promo, Belcalis Almánzar will be trying out out ballet, stunt car racing, basketball, making sushi, making wigs, ranching, teaching kindergarten…the list goes on. And of course, the best part about seeing her “try out” everything will be her hilarious reactions. Say what you want about Cardi, but the girl is hilarious.

The premiere episode features Cardi trying out ballet dancing.

Legendary choreographer Debbie Allen asks her if she’s done ballet before, to which she replies “I used to be a stripper.” We then see her doing ballet, her long blue acrylic talons posed in front of her.

To make things more fun, Cardi will be joined on the show by special guests, like fellow Dominicana Michelle Rodriguez, legendary actress and choreographer Debbie Allen and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers.

Facebook Messenger as a part of the app’s new “Watch Together” feature.

Apparently, the “Watch Together” feature will allow Facebook users to watch the show together with other users in real time. Since COVID-19 has made “Watch Parties” a thing of the past, this new feature could definitely give people that sense of togetherness without actually, you know, being together. Viewers will be able to watch Cardi Tries over video calls on Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and Messenger Rooms.

This isn’t Cardi’s first foray into the reality TV space.

Many of Cardi’s fans were first introduced to her through Love & Hip Hop, where she stole every scene she was in with her infectious laugh and her catchy Cardi-isms (you know the ones).

Cardi also starred alongside Chance the Rapper and T.I. in the Netflix series Rhythm + Flow in which she judged contestants on their rap skills. It’s safe to say that audiences love to watch her do just about anything.

You can catch new episodes of Cardi Tries every Thursday at 12pm EST on Instagram video chat and Facebook messenger.

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