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For the Doubters, Here is a Sick Stat on Latinos and School

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Time to throw those caps in the air! Since the graduating year of 2011, more and more Latinos are graduating high school across the country.

In fact, high school rates have been breaking records four years in a row. With the rate standing at 76.3 percent in 2014, there was more than 5-point increase compared to the school year 2010-2011.

READ: These Immigrant Parents Worked Their Asses Off in the US and Now Two of their Kids Are in Ivy League Schools

It’s even higher in Texas, where the rate is 84.2 percent, and in California with a 77 percent for the 2013-2014 school year. There’s also a spike among English learners where the rate stands at 62.6 percent compared to 57 percent in 2010-2011.

No doubt, la educación hace la diferencia!

Read more about Latinos graduating from NBC News here.

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Jackie “Flaca” Cruz Talks Nearly Dying and Sexual Orientation


Jackie “Flaca” Cruz Talks Nearly Dying and Sexual Orientation

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Jackie Cruz, the sexy and sassy Latina from Orange is the New Black, has her mom to thank for setting her straight after going through a rough, almost deadly patch.

The young actress was running in the wrong crowd when a drag-racing accident almost took her life.

“I woke from a coma to a collapsed lung, a swollen brain, and barely able to see.” And even though her mom was there by her side, Cruz thought she had disappointed her.

“I thought about all the beautiful women on stage I wanted to be, and I looked at myself, and thought I could never look beautiful like this. I would write to my mom and tell her how sorry I was for disappointing her. Then I got back in shape, started walking, then I started running. I finally started to feel good again.”

READ: Flaca Can Sing! Listen to Jackie Cruz Doing a Cover of Selena’s “Como La Flor”

Luckily, she did because her career is taking off. She’s now filming the fourth season of OITNB, two new films and a Selena cover album.

And although Cruz knows exactly where she’s going with her career, in terms of her sexual orientation, she said “I don’t know. I don’t think that’s a question I can answer yet. I love the person.”

Read more about Jackie Cruz from NOTOFU here.

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