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Most People Have Never Heard Of This Latino Activist, But He’s Getting His Own Movie

It’s safe to say that Hollywood rarely makes movies starring Latinos. Case in point: In 2015, there were as many movies made about monkeys as there were about Latinos. So finding out that Hollywood is gearing up to produce Gustavo García’s story for the big screen is kind of like finding out your dad is really into Chance the Rapper. I mean, it’s not impossible that he’s heard of him, but what are the odds? And good for him. García fought for Latino civil rights when no one else did, and for his efforts, he died in obscurity, forgotten by all but the most rigorous history books and scholars. It’s great that he’s getting his own movie, but for someone so remarkable, it’s alarming at how little is known about the man.

What started out as a small-town murder turned into a milestone for Latino civil rights.

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When Pedro Hernandez murdered his employer in 1951, he was convicted by an all-white jury. This was not a coincidence. At that time, discrimination practices kept Mexican-Americans from serving on a jury in Texas, making it impossible for any Latino to receive an impartial trial. Texas was cool with this violation of the 6th Amendment because this is Texas in the 1950s that we’re talking about. In some cases, Mexican-Americans were denied funeral services because they weren’t white. This didn’t sit well with Gustavo García, who agreed to take Pedro’s case for free.

“My people were in Texas a hundred years before Sam Houston, that wetback from Tennessee.” — Gustavo García.

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Thanks to the efforts of Gustavo García and his legal team, Mexican-Americans were granted the most basic civil rights in the eyes of the law. Their victory came at a time when ignorance was so widespread that even the judges in the Supreme Court used the term “greaser” when referring to Mexican-Americans. Shortly after the trial, Gus fell victim to alcoholism and mental health issues, and maybe that’s why he’s not celebrated more in history books. But one thing is for sure, without Gus’s tenacity, it’s possible our grandparents, or parents, could have been convicted by an all-white jury, whether they were guilty or not.

What we know about the movie.

There’s so much more to Gustavo’s life than we could hope to touch on here. Thankfully, Sandbar Films is bringing Gustavo’s fight to the big screen under the title “The Texas Boys,” which is likely to come out next year. If you’d like to find out more about Gustavo “Gus” García, check out Isidro Aguirre’s book “Dawn of the Matador,” which is what the movie is largely based on.


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‘The Tax Collector’ Director Denies That Shia LeBeouf Is In Brownface

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‘The Tax Collector’ Director Denies That Shia LeBeouf Is In Brownface

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Shia LeBeouf is in the new movie “The Tax Collector” and people are accusing him of brownface for this role. The actor takes on the accent for the role and got a chest tattoo to do the role authentically. For some, it is cultural appropriation and it has started a debate.

Shia LeBeouf is the man in “The Tax Collector” and people have questions.

The pulse-pounding trailer has all of the action you can handle so you can only imagine what the full movie is like. The movie is all about the tax collector having to fight to protect his family when a rival takes over his turf. LeBeouf is ready to do whatever it takes to save his family.

Some people are very upset about the role for LeBeouf.

The tattoos and the accent are too much for people. Some have argued that the role was not at all a way of cultural appropriation. Instead, LeBeouf is playing a white role that happens to have grown up in a neighborhood where he picked up the accent and a certain way of dress.

The argument is going both ways with people fighting to defend him.

While the role could be really problematic for some, others see themselves reflected in it. There are many people defending LeBeouf because they too grow up in a neighborhood and took on the culture of the neighborhood.

The director of the film, David Ayer, spoke out saying that LeBeouf is not in brownface.

“He’s a white guy playing a white guy. He’s not taking anyone’s work away,” Ayer told the LA Times to calm the critics.

What do you think?

READ: Bon Appétit Editor Adam Rapoport Resigns Over Brownface Scandal

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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Disney Just Announced That We Won’t Have To Wait For The Pandemic To End In Order To Watch Mulan— Thank The Ancestors!

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After months of delays and waiting, Disney has announced that Mulan fans will no longer have to wait for a major theatrical release to see the live-action version of the animated classic. On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company revealed that the film will no longer seek a major theatrical release and that the blockbuster’s debut will take place on the subscription streaming service, Disney+.

To see the movie, customers will need to pay an additional $29.99 on top of the cost of the monthly subscription for Disney+

“In order to meet the needs of consumers during this unpredictable period, we thought it was important to find alternative ways to bring this exceptional family-friendly film to them in a timely manner,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek explained in a statement according to Variety. “We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters.”

The company has said that it plans to release Mulan in theaters in areas where Disney+ is not available to audiences.

According to Variety, “The decision to put Mulan on premium video-on-demand further emphasizes the studio’s increased reliance on Disney Plus at a time when most of their business — from theme parks and cruises to movie theaters and retail stores — have been crippled by the pandemic. Research, Chapek says, suggests that bringing a high-profile release like Mulan to homes “will act as a fairly large stimulus to sign up for Disney Plus.”

Mulan had been originally scheduled for a theatrical debut on March 27 and was meant to be Disney’s biggest theatrical release for the year.

Disney shelled out a $200 million budget and in early March the studio set up a lavish red carpet premiere at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Days later, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Disney to postpone the movie’s release. The movie’s debut was then pushed back several times before Disney announced last week that they would indefinitely remove it from the release calendar. Fortunately, they’ve changed their mind and Mulan will debut on the streamer’s new platform on September 4, 2020.

Disney’s latest version of Mulan stars actress Yifei Liu as the titular character based on the legend of a female Chinese warrior who disguises herself and takes her father’s place as a soldier.

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