Her inspiration was the lack of Latino representation in the arts.
Last week, Chicana author Sandra Cisneros was named as one of the recipients for this year’s National Medal of Arts, one of the highest awards an artist, writer and/or musician can get. The author of “The House On Mango Street,” one of the most significant words of Latino literature, was chosen by President barack Obama for “explor[ing] issues of race, class and gender through the lives of ordinary people straddling multiple cultures.” Cisneros was one of three Latinos who received the honorable distinction; accordionist and conjunto god Santiago Jimenez, Jr. (brother of Flaco Jimenez), and Chicano playwright/writer/director Luis Valdez were also honored by President Obama.
To celebrate the author of “The House Of Mango Street,” required reading in pretty much every middle school or high school, here’s a video of Cisneros talking about why she wrote the book in the first place. In short, while at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Cisneros became painfully aware that stories like hers — and ours — were not being told.
America Ferrera has been throwing some expert shade this year, and the Emmys red carpet was no different. During a red carpet interview at the Emmys, E!’s Giuliana Rancic congratulated America Ferrera for “Superstore,” for making it to the prime slot (8 p.m.) on NBC’s Thursday lineup. After Rancic asked Ferrera how it felt to be in that prime slot, Ferrera was *quick* to let Rancic know that the feeling was not new.
Giuliana Rancic’s mistake was assuming that this Latina actor has never led a primetime lineup.
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Rancic: “NBC is so excited about it [“Superstore”]. It’s actually leading Thursday nights, which if you remember, “Friends” held that honor for a really long time. How does that feel?”
America Ferrera: “It feels great. Although, “Ugly Betty” was Thursday nights at 8 [p.m.] so I feel like I’m back home!”
Ferrera has a history of savage clap backs. Who can forget when she called out the Golden Globes for mistaking her for Gina Rodriguez?
But, don’t worry. In the same interview she threw shade at ALL politicians and how they treat the minority vote “outreach.”
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“It’s hilarious that every election, every presidential election, two months before the election, everybody’s like, ‘How do we turn out the minority vote?'” Ferrera said. “You’re too little too late. Like, every year is an election year.”
In her clapback/parody video, Ferrera struggles to name any white entertainers, though Morgan Freeman did get a much deserved shout out.
Oh, there was also the time that Ferrera called out a white male interviewer for pigeonholing her into being split between a woman and Latino for president.
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It really must be such a mystery for white men to know who female people of color would vote for this year. Remember, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio were running for president as Republicans, which means all Latinos must have been lining up behind the only Latino candidates, right?
And, at the Democratic National Convention, Ferrera and Lena Dunham went at Donald Trump.
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Ferrera and Dunham jokingly apologized to America for all the TV celebrities who stick their hands in politics — including TV celebrity Donald Trump. S A V A G E