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We Know What The Cast Of OITNB Looks Like Out Of Prison Uniforms, Here Are All The Badass Things They’re Doing

Now that we’ve binged and cried our eyes out now that “Orange Is The New Black” has officially come to an end, let’s take a moment to reflect on life outside of Litchfield. Sure, the Latinas have given us a season to admire and love, but what are all of them doing when not behind bars?

Diane Guerrero, a.k.a. Maritza Ramos

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When she isn’t using pizza to win an election, Diane Guerrero is offering her voice and story to fight for comprehensive immigration reform. The Colombian-American actor has shared very personal and heartbreaking details of the day her own family got deported when she was just 14 years old. Since rising to fame, thanks to her role as Maritza, Guerrero has written a book about her immigration story and has spent time trying to work with politicians to get some form of immigration reform passed.

Jessica Pimentel, a.k.a. Maria Ruiz

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When she isn’t playing the tormented mother who was separated from her children, Jessica Pimentel is rocking out. Seriously! Pimentel is the lead singer of not one but TWO heavy metal bands. Now, heavy metal was not always the path she thought she would take. The woman behind Maria Ruiz trained as a classical violinist, touring all over Japan and the U.S. playing her music. But, tbh, girl slays on the stage as she leads the bands into hella awesome concerts.

Elizabeth Rodriguez, a.k.a. Aleida Diaz

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Elizabeth Rodriguez has captured our attention as the not-so-kind mother trying to make amends on “OITNB,” but when she isn’t playing Aleida Diaz, Rodriguez is all over the stage. With a background in theatre (and a Tony nomination), she continues to own the stage with different shows since becoming a member of the “OITNB” familia.

Laura Gómez, a.k.a. Blanca Flores

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Laura Gómez might look familiar. After all, as as Blanca Flores, she did tell all those white Litchfield inmates that Latinos are in fact taking over the country. ? When she isn’t in prison, Gómez is trying to initiate a change in culture in her home country and in all of Latin America. The Dominican-born actor is using her voice and position in the media to fight alongside the Latin American LGBTQ community for acceptance, rights and protections. While proud of being Dominican, Gómez wants her country to become a safer and more welcoming place for LGBTQ Dominicans.

Selenis Leyva, a.k.a. Gloria Mendoza

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Selenis Leyva is the epitome of a philanthropist. When she isn’t running the kitchen as Gloria Mendoza, she is tackling some of society’s most talked about issues. Not only is she an ambassador for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, but she has taken to the talk shows to talk about body positivity for women. During one interview, she expressed her concern that teenagers, like her daughter, are being taught that their curvy bodies aren’t perfect. As a Latina, Leyva says that you need to own your curves because there are people who wish, and would pay, to have those same curves.

Jackie Cruz, a.k.a. Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales

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Sure, we have all seen Jackie Cruz and her tribute to the one and only Selena, but Flaca has been at this game for a minute. Before she was the Flaca of Flaritza (Flaca + Maritza), Cruz was trying to pursue a career in singing. And she ain’t bad, as you can see in this music video from 2010. Now, all we need to know is when she’ll be dropping her very own full-length solo album. You might also remember her days on “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”

Dascha Polanco, a.k.a. Dayanara “Daya” Diaz

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Dascha Polanco made our hearts stop as the pregnant inmate to a correction officer’s baby (WHY BENNETT?! WHY?). But when she isn’t Daya, Polanco is breaking barriers and using her voice for some good. Photoed above is Polanco when she joined the NFL’s Women’s Apparel push last year. Did we mention that she was the only Latina in the initiative? Way to represent. When she isn’t bringing more Latina representation to sports, she’s using her voice to further abortion rights. She joined the Center for Reproductive Rights as a celebrity voice, reading the stories of those who are brave enough to share their abortion stories.


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Here Are Some Queer Films And Shows To Watch To Start Pride Off Right

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Here Are Some Queer Films And Shows To Watch To Start Pride Off Right

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Pride Month is here and that means it is time to highlight the already celebrated LGBTQ+ shows and movies that have made a mark on us. Since Pride and the COVID pandemic are coinciding, it is a good time to watch some of the best examples of LGBTQ+ Latino entertainment.

“Moonlight”

Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, “Moonlight” brought Afro-Latino, Black, and queer storylines together. The movie follows a young Black man in Miami and his own trials and tribulations growing up with a mother who is addicted to drugs. His life is changed thanks to an Afro-Cuban man who takes him under his wing and shows him how to make it through his adolescents.

“To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar”

One of the most popular classic films in LGBTQ+ cinema. “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar” follows three drag queens who drive from New York to Los Angeles for a national drag beauty pageant. Chi Chi Rodriguez, played by Joh Leguizamo, convinces the two competing queens to let him ride with them. Along the way, Rodriguez learns what it means to be a drag queen and the queens all learn a lot from a small, rural community filled with unexpected love and understanding.

“Pose”

“Pose” brings the ballroom culture straight to your living room. Set at the beginning in 1987 New York City during the peak of the AIDs epidemic, “Pose” empowers the queer people of color of the time. Ballroom culture is an underground dancing culture that has jumped into the mainstream because of “Pose.” The show takes the narrative of HIV-positive people of color in the time and empowers them rather than tears them down.

“Tangerine”

“Tangerine” is the story of a prostitute on a mission. The main character gets out of jail and learns that their boyfriend and pimp has started a new relationship with another woman. So, she and her friend set out to find him and teach the two a lesson for straying from her while she was incarcerated.

“Gentefied”

“Genetfied” is the latest Netflix hit and it is all about gentrification and the fight to keep Boyle Heights Latino. In the overall story, there is a lesbian relationship that is leaving everyone with all kinds of envy.

“One Day At A Time”

Netflix really misstepped here when they pulled the plug on their production of “One Day At A Time” but Pop TV saved the show. The first three seasons are currently on Netflix so you can still watch all of those episodes and enjoy the growing openness of Elena as she comes out.

“La casa de las flores”

This telenovela is truly one of the most incredible projects with LGBTQ+ characters today. Even Valentina, the famed drag queen from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is in the latest season solidifying the shows LGBTQ+ status.

READ: The Trailer For The Final Season Of ‘La Casa De Las Flores’ Is Here And We’re Not Ready To Say Goodbye

The Trailer For ‘The Last Days Of American Crime’ Is A Pulse-Pounding Thriller You Need

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The Trailer For ‘The Last Days Of American Crime’ Is A Pulse-Pounding Thriller You Need

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Édgar Ramírez is one of the most handsome men in Hollywood, tbh. It helps that he is good at what he does as well. The Venezuelan actor and former journalist is in a new movie from Netflix called “The Last Days of American Crime.”

Imagine the story of the last crime ever committed in the U.S.

Netflix’s “The Last Days of American Crime” is a visual retelling of the famous graphic novel. The story is one of crime, big government, and action rolled into one film. Édgar Ramírez plays criminal Graham Bricke and he is after that proverbial last score before committing a crime in the U.S. becomes impossible.

The criminals in the movie are fighting against the implementation of a device the hinders criminals motionless. The device emits a sound that freezes them in their place preventing them from committing any crimes. Bricke experiences the device when robbing a bank and his brother dies.

The rest of the story is one of pursuing the ultimate final heist and getting revenge. The movie will leave you on the edge of your seat while you watch the criminals do everything in their power to make sure their last score is the best and most historic.

“The Last Days of American Crime” is out June 5 on Netflix.

Netflix has been delivering some stellar content with Latino actors in the leads. The trailer for “The Last Days of American Crime” promises a crime thriller with all of the emotional ups and downs you can handle.

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