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A New Documentary Shows There’s More than Two Sides to the Mexican Drug War

“I actually felt safer in the Middle East than I did in Monterrey.”

What do you do when the people who are supposed to protect you become those who hurt you? Kingdom of Shadows, a new documentary about the drug war in Mexico, shows just how blurred the line between law enforcement and cartels has become. The film’s foundation is built on the stories of three people:

Sister Consuelo Morales, a nun-turned-human-rights activist…

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Don Henry Ford, a former drug trafficker…

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And Oscar Hagelsieb, an agent from the US Department of Homeland Security.

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Director Bernardo Ruiz told EFE that a personal stake in the story: “I was born in Mexico. My father is Mexican and my mother is American. I grew up between the two countries and I’m fascinated by the relations between the two, which can’t even agree on the name of the river that separates them (in Mexico it’s the Rio Bravo and in the United States, it’s the Rio Grande). I’m fascinated by the different realities that exist in Mexico and the United States.”

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11-Year-Old MC Soffia will be Your New Favorite Rapper

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11-Year-Old MC Soffia will be Your New Favorite Rapper

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“I Say MC Soffia”

Have you ever met an 11-year-old with the combined confidence and wisdom of ten 30-year-olds? Pretty sure you haven’t, so meet Brazilian rapper, MC Soffia.

This young girl from Sao Paulo — who started rapping at six — is empowering girls, especially young Afro-Latinas in Brazil. Her message: be proud of who you are in spite of the rampant racism in the country.

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“We are black children and that’s for sure,” she sings. “Don’t take from us our right to live.” Drop mic.

“They say [black girls] are ugly because they are black,” MC Soffia tells Nós, Mulheres da Periferia. “They shouldn’t accept that. They should accept who they are. … do not be ashamed.” #Damnstraight

Besides racism, she sings about beauty ideals, education and all the women she admires, most of whom she learned about in history class like Frida, Clementina de Jesus and Cleopatra.

BTW, her pink bow IS on point.

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