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Have You Heard Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong’o Speak Spanish? They Just Did It in an Interview with Jorge Ramos

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Stars Wars: The Force Awakens co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Oscar Isaac are BFFs.

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Nyong’o plays a character named Maz Kanata in the film.

Kanata is a CGI character, so you’ll only be able to hear Nyong’o’s voice in the movie.

Isaac is playing Poe Dameron, a pilot for the resistance.

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The co-stars recently showed off their Español during an interview on Jorge Ramos’s Al Punto. As usual, Ramos wasn’t there for small talk.

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After an initial question about Star Wars, Ramos asked Nyong’o:

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“Have you been able to break stereotypes? How do you define yourself, Lupita?”

Nyong’o replied:

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“I was born in Mexico and I grew up in Kenya… so I have have influences from Kenya as well as Mexico. I went to school in the United States, so that has also influenced me.”

Ramos then asked Isaac the same question:

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“How do you define yourself, Oscar? Do you consider yourself Guatemalan-American? Cuban-Guatemalan-American? Does it matter?”

Isaac replied:

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Full quote: “Pues, soy un ciudadano del mundo, primero. Pero la verdad es que culturalmente, soy Americano. Me crié en los Estados Unidos. Para mi, ser Americano es tener toda esa cultura. Es tener las raíces de todos esos lados… ser Americano no es solo una cosa.”

“Well, first off I’m a citizen of the world. But the truth is that I’m American. I was raised in the United States. For me, being American means having all of those cultures. It’s having roots from all those places… being American isn’t being just one thing.”

Nyong’o and Isaac also spoke with Ramos about the languages they speak at home, Isaac’s desire to visit Cuba and the importance of the Star Wars in popular culture. Watch the full interview here.

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Lupita Nyong’o Surprises Female STEM Students With $25,000 And Their Faces Say It All

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Lupita Nyong’o Surprises Female STEM Students With $25,000 And Their Faces Say It All

Georgia has been in the news for some not so good legislation, much like Alabama. However, the recent news from an Atlanta all-girls STEM school is touching hearts and making people cry. Lupita Nyong’o used her fame and her money to give young girls of color hope for their future.

Actress Lupita Nyong’o surprised female 6th-grade students with a $25,000 donation.

The “Us” star stopped by at the all-girl Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership school in Atlanta to show support for the girls and their studies in science and technology.

“Good Morning America” voted the students “Most Likely To Succeed” for their quail-raising program.

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“I feel like I’m looking into the faces of the future and it gives me deep hope to see how open, how alive and how positive that future could be,” Nyong’ o said, according to ABC. “When I look into this room I see problem solvers. I see creative thinkers. I see activists. But most importantly I see women who are learning how to learn and learners change the world.”

The money will go toward school supplies, classroom projects, and more.

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The girls have been nurturing quail and selling the quail eggs to people in their community. It’s a way for them to provide fresh food and also raise money for their program.

“Being a quail guardian has taught me respect and responsibility and just how to be a better person in general,” student McKynzie Spearman said, according to ABC.

Check out the moment that Nyong’o walked to surprise the students.

Her words will remain with them forever. You can see in the faces of the girls that their life changed by being praised by someone they have immense respect for.

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I Chose The Name Leia When I Transitioned And Meeting Carrie Fisher Is A Moment I Will Never Forget

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I Chose The Name Leia When I Transitioned And Meeting Carrie Fisher Is A Moment I Will Never Forget

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It happened in a galaxy not too far away, meeting interstellar royalty. I was a cashier in a well-known beauty retailer based in the heart of Beverly Hills, California. What started as a trivial shift of organizing lipsticks and rechecking rollerballs became one of the most memorable moments in my life.

I was busy trying to solve the ever-constant mystery of lost pens. Fair to say I wasn’t completely focused on my jobs at hand as I did the meticulous work. I was rather new to Los Angeles and the beauty retail world still learning the ropes.

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It was that in moment a chocolate French bulldog lapped his extra long tongue on my shoes. I bent down laughing, petting him while his tongue spiraled up in between heavy pants. This wasn’t just any pampered pooch off Rodeo Drive, this dog in question was Gary Fisher, the one and only Carrie Fisher’s dog.

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This would be a good moment to clear up any confusion. My name is Leia, Carrie Fisher plays a character in the film series, Star Wars, Princess Leia, and Gary Fisher is obviously the full/accepted name of her dog. I wasn’t always named Leia. Up until I was 22, I was Jacob. I’m transgender. Fisher’s Star Wars character Princess Leia was always someone I looked up to. Her strength and fighting spirit are things I could relate to and I wanted to keep her strength with me. My name was now Leia and I was intentionally channeling that strength to guide me.

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So when I looked up to see Carrie Fisher with hundreds of dollars of sheet masks I was speechless. As a kid, I watched this woman run through the Death Star, dodging Stormtroopers braless! These are some of the most vivid memories I have from my childhood. Now it’s key to note, working in Beverly Hills, the easiest way to get fired is by making celebrities feel awkward. Oscar-nominated bad business is frowned upon. While I rang her up all I could mumble about was that her last-minute gold nail polish purchase was the “same shade as C-3PO,” and we smiled. I then saw Carrie’s eyes lock with my name tag and heard her, “Oh my God! Your name!” I nodded. She nodded. We shared a moment of clarity. I was finally acknowledged by Alderaan. Gary, Carrie, and there was I, Leia. It was the same year she passed away, but that particular day two Leia’s met in the middle. The original Princess Leia who inspired my name and taught me what it meant to be a woman had found me, accepted me, and welcomed me into her tribe. You could say it was a little luck or the Force but it’s something I’ll have a long, long time no matter how brief.

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I still work in the beauty industry and getting clients to remember my name comes down to one simple sentence, “Oh, and I’m Leia… like Star Wars.” The whole concept of naming oneself during a transition of gender is daunting. Many transgender/nonbinary identifying people change their name multiple times. My distinction didn’t take much thought. It was my first day in Los Angeles ordering coffee and being asked for my name, “I’m Leia… like Star Wars.” It was easily understood by the majority of the population and thus I became a part of a smile, of a sci-fi connection, of a Carrie Fisher stand up or book prologue. I was suddenly surrounded by the image of a side bunned, hard ass, space princess and if I could leave that in my wake then I knew I could be that much more memorable. Plus, my closest friends already addressed me as Leia at the beginning of my transition so it just made sense. I remember my encounter with Carrie Fisher fondly every year when May The 4th comes around and the power of that moment continues to impact my life.

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