This is Why Gina Rodriguez Doesn’t Speak Spanish Well

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Alright guys, can we all just agree to stop saying that Gina Rodriguez is “not Latina enough”? Homegirl is second generation Puerto Rican and was raised — because her parents believed it would help her avoid being bullied — with English as her first language. So when she tries to speak Spanish on her show Jane the Virgin, we have to give her a break.

In an interview with HuffPost Latino Voices, she responds to all the haters on social media. “I’m going to be reprimanded by a culture that I’m supposed to support and is supposed to support me because of the way I was raised?,” she says. “That is too limiting. That is unfair.” Agreed.

Then, ever-so-boldly, she put the final touch on her response: “I am as Latina as they come. And I am not defined by anybody’s definition of Latina. I don’t actually sit in a definition. I walk in my world, happily and confidently.”


Watch the entire interview here.

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Discarded Items at U.S. / Mexico Border are Not What They Seem

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Discarded Items at U.S. / Mexico Border are Not What They Seem

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You don’t usually find rosaries, bibles, wallets and pictures of loved ones discarded in the trash. But that’s exactly what Tom Keifer found while he worked as a janitor in the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Ajo, Arizona. Why did all these items end up here? It’s the place where people who tried to enter the United States illegally started the stages of processing. “I am certain much of this was not meant to be discarded,” Keifer told CNN.

As part of his new Sueño Americano Project, Keifer presents these objects as collections in pictures to represent the more heartbreaking side of searching for safety and freedom. “These are pictures of how people and their personal belongings are treated,” he says. “If someone wants to judge the ethics and morality of all this, it is up to them to decide what is right and what is wrong.”

See just what is being left behind here.

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