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Forbes Just Released Their 30 Under 30 List And These Latinos Are Among The Honorees

For the last six years, Forbes has been putting together their 30 Under 30 list, which they say offers “an annual opportunity to embrace the optimism, inventiveness and boldness of youth.” There are 20 different lists across 20 industries for a total of 600 honorees and if you’re wondering whether any Latinos made the cut, the answer is “¡claro que sí!” Here are just a few of them.

Bethany Mota, 21

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Aside from being a YouTube-vlogging extraordinaire with more than 26 million followers across social media, Mota is an entrepreneur who has partnered with Aeropostale, Forever 21, and Target. Oh, you may have also seen her on season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Gabriel Mesa, 16

Gabriel Mesa #0 Under 30
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What were you doing when you were 16? At 16, Mesa has already invented the Carbon Battery and a piezo-powered treatment for diabetic neuropathy. Mind blowing, right?

Melissa Villaseñor, 29

J-Lo gets real about why she brought Marc Anthony on stage the other night… ??? #jenniferlopez #marcanthony #skinnybonejones

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Hallelujah, “Saturday Night Live” has a Latina cast member and her name is Melissa Villaseñor. Her celebrity impressions are, well, impressive. Her J.Lo is almost TOO good.

Miguel Garza, 29

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Garza’s sister Veronica started making almond flour tortillas because she has an auto-immune disease that prohibits her from eating any grains. Miguel knew the tortillas were ready to satisfy the cravings of a bigger group of people once they got his abuelita’s seal of approval. He started selling the tortillas to grocery stores and co-founded Siete Family Foods, which now brings in over $1 million a year.

Eliana Murillo, 28

Eliana Murillo 30 Under 30
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Harvard grad, Head of Multicultural Marketing at Google (yes, the Google) and CMO of her family’s organic tequila company, Tequila Alquimia.


See everyone who scored a spot on the lists here.

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Jennifer Lopez Gave A Teary Speech About Change And Being A Young Latina While Accepting The 2020 People’s Icon Award

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Jennifer Lopez Gave A Teary Speech About Change And Being A Young Latina While Accepting The 2020 People’s Icon Award

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Drum roll please… and the 2020 People’s Icon is Jennifer “Jenny from the Block” Lopez!

The E! People’s Choice Awards took place on Sunday and J.Lo took the stage to receive the People’s Icon Award in a stunning red dress. 

J.Lo was honored for her work as an artist, dancer, actress, and for opening the door for more  LatinX representation in the entertainment industry. She has been very successful, from starring as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in the 1997 film to the iconic Versace green dress to her role in the 2019 “Hustlers” movie and her 2020 Half-time Super Bowl performance.

As J.Lo received her award on stage, she was surprised with a virtual message from Nicole Kidman and Renne Zellweger. 

Moments later, Emme and Max, Lopez’s 12-year-old twins appeared on the screen to congratulate their mom and stayed on the screen as support during J.Lo’s acceptance speech.

“Man, 2020 was no joke right? I mean before 2020 we were obsessing about winning this award or getting nominated for that award or we were caught up in who sold the most records or box office opening or crazy stuff like did we get the latest drop or the newest sneakers before anybody else. But not this year. This year was the great leveler,” Lopez told the audience as she began her speech. 

“It showed us what mattered, what didn’t. And for me, reinforced what mattered most: People, all of us, together,” Lopez said and took a pause as the audience applauded. 

“Helping each other, loving each other, being kind to each other. And the importance of that connection, that human touch. I realized that’s what I strive for in everything I do. To reach people, to touch people. I believe that’s what we all want, those shared experiences to know that we’re not in this alone.”  

The artist thanked her fans, family, and friends for having faith and believing in her even when she did not feel motivated. 

“You know I approach my career the same way I approach my life. I lead with life, I feel with my heart and I always try to speak truth in telling stories, singing songs. I do so with the purpose of bringing a little happiness, creating beauty and inspiring others to do the same. From being a little girl in the Bronx, New York, and having the privilege of performing on some of the biggest stages in the world, and even at the Super Bowl earlier this year, that was a biggie! I have seen and learned a lot and I am still learning. I want to thank you and tell you how much I appreciate you for letting me do that in front of you for all of these years,” she said.

J.Lo went on to speak about the struggles and doubts she faced as a woman and a Latina and gave an inspiring message to young girls. 

“As a Latina and as a woman, we have to work twice as hard to get the opportunities, sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions, it made the people around me nervous. ‘You can’t be an actress. You’re an actress, what you want to sing? You’re an artist, you won’t be taken seriously as a businesswoman.’ The more that they said I couldn’t, the more I knew that I had to. So now here I stand so very grateful knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold, but from the love that I feel from all of you,” a teary J.Lo said. 

“The true measure is inspiring girls in all ages and all colors, from all over the world, to know you can do whatever want, as many things as you want and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from. I want them to know your dreams are limited only by your imagination, determination and their willingness to never give up. If I have touched you or them in any small way, then this is the greatest award I could ever receive. I accept this award with great humility and gratitude, and hope we can begin to heal as a country and stand together united and proud, and in harmony,” she said.

At the end of the speech, she gave a message to the Latino community in Spanish. 

“Y a mi gente Latina a donde quiera que yo esté y donde quiera que yo vaya siempre los tengo presente. Y es para mi un orgullo poder representar a los Latinos de todas partes. Con todo mi corazón y con todo mi amor gracias mi gente los quiero mucho y recuerden la vida es un tango y hay que seguir bailando siempre,” Lopez said before leaving the stage. 

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The Motion Picture Academy Just Dropped Diversity Requirements For Oscar Nominations And It’s Pretty Lit

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The Motion Picture Academy Just Dropped Diversity Requirements For Oscar Nominations And It’s Pretty Lit

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Equity is coming to the Oscars.

The Academy Awards have long received critique and backlash for their lack of effort to ensure diversity among its nominees. The criticism of these practices dates back to its first show in 1929. Since then, only 6.4% of academy award nominees have been people of color. Since 1991, only 11.2% of the academy’s nominees have been people of color. What’s worse, according to research, white actors have managed to build their careers on winning Oscars for roles in which they played the parts of POC. In fact, more women who are white have won Oscars for brownface and yellowface portrayals of women of color than actual actresses of color.

This year, the Academy is finally making an effort to change.

On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced they made new eligibility requirements for the top prize at the Oscars.

Under the new guidelines for the ceremony’s Best Picture award, films are required to meet two out of four standards. They are: “on-screen representation, themes and narratives; creative leadership and project team; industry access and opportunities; and audience development.”

“We believe these inclusion standards will be a catalyst for long-lasting, essential change in our industry,” the Academy said in a statement.

The new changes will be required in the Best Picture category starting with the 96th Academy Award which will air in 2024.

“The aperture must widen to reflect our diverse global population in both the creation of motion pictures and in the audiences who connect with them. The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality,” Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a joint statement.

The academy’s newest requirements outline that “films must have at least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors represent an underrepresented racial group, with at least 30 percent of all actors in minor roles from underrepresented groups.”

It gets better though! The show will require those submitting projects to ensure diversity and inclusion behind the camera as well. The academy is also encouraging projects to ensure women who are either part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, and part of the LGBTQ+ community as well as people with disabilities.

Here’s to a better award show!

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