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This Undocumented Immigrant’s Story Will Be A Movie Produced By Brad Pitt

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From migrant worker to the big screen.

In 1987, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa crossed the U.S./Mexico border. He was 19 years old at the time and didn’t know any English. Unsurprisingly, his first job in the United States was as a migrant worker at a farm outside of Fresno, Calif.

That was just the beginning; Quiñones-Hinojosa was meant for something greater. While working as a farmhand, he saved up enough money for English classes. Next up was community college, then the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with a psychology degree. After Berkeley, Quiñones-Hinojosa went to Harvard Medical School and also became a U.S. citizen. Fast forward to now and Dr. Q, as he’s affectionally called, is the director of the Brain Tumor Surgery Program, the Pituitary Surgery Program, and the Brain Tumor Stem Cell lab, all at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Oh yeah, and he also wrote a book.

But wait, there’s more! Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Q takes time to sign books for his fans… and give a thumbs up!

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He reps Barça …and gives them a thumbs up!

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He also likes to run marathons… and give a thumbs up while doing it.

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Dr. Q is an inspiring figure and the embodiment of the immigrant rags-to-riches story, which is why his life story is being made into movie by none other than Brad Pitt.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pitt’s production company Plan B is working with Disney to bring this inspiring story to a movie theater near you.

Dr. Q’s story needs to be told, especially given that we live in a country founded by immigrants and where being blatantly anti-immigrant can likely earn you a presidential nomination.

You can read more about the upcoming Dr. Q movie over at the Hollywood Reporter.

READ: Watch These Latino Movies And Try To Say You Aren’t Proud To Be A Latino

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9 Latinos On TV Who Awesomely Defy Stereotypes

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9 Latinos On TV Who Awesomely Defy Stereotypes

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It’s no secret that media representation of Latinos is, to put it mildly, not great.  Very few are present in mainstream TV and movies and, more often than not, we’re cast to play stereotypes and/or minor roles. The world needs to see more realistic Latinos reflected back into their living rooms. You know, the awkward Latinos. The smart Latinos. The downright weird Latinos. So let’s take a moment to celebrate the awesomely odd Latinos we DO get to see (and hope that soon we’ll get to see many, many more):

April Ludgate

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April was not here to entertain you, be the sassy best friend or be reduced to just another pretty face. In fact, she’d rather you not be happy at all, because super happy people are kind of annoying. It was pretty great (and different) to have a Latina on TV who was smart, sarcastic and flawlessly flawed.

Amy Santiago

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We say this with love: Amy’s a dork. Like, the dorkiest dork who ever dorked. But her dorky weirdness is just so endearing! She’s a people pleaser, an overachiever and truly, incredibly, hopelessly awkward. Just like a lot of us are, tbh.

Rosa Diaz

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Rosa is a badass to the core, but don’t let her tough exterior fool you: she is layered and is half of the greatest current-day sitcom friendships we’ve seen in a while. Her toughness is balanced by the fact that she’s… kind of weird. Like, owns-an-ax-and-doesn’t-let-her-coworkers-know-where-she-lives level weird.

Cristela Hernandez

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Cristela was a combination of incredibly ambitious and kiiiind of prone to complaining, which is realistic af to most of us. Sure, she wasn’t always the nicest sister or best employee in the whole world, but she was always smart, loyal, funny as hell and HUMAN.

Carmen Peña

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Carmen was, in a word, awkward. Especially around dudes. She was the good kid while her brother, Joe, was the troublemaker of the family. It’s a dynamic a lot of girls growing up in Latino families, especially immigrant and exile families, can really relate to. Cheers to the weird, nerdy girls!

Manny

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Manny is basically an old man trapped in a kid’s body. He takes his coffee black, values good old-fashioned manners and dresses like your dad at a family BBQ. He’s weird in the most awesome way, especially because he doesn’t compromise who he is to fit in. Do you, Manny.

Flaca

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How often do we get to see emo/goth/alt Latinas on TV? Flaca, besides having impeccable taste in music, is an example of taking a character that could very easily have been reduced to a stereotype, and making her complex, complicated and someone we’ll always want to know more about it.

Betty Suarez

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Betty started off as a fish out of water in the fashion world, her quirkiness and awkwardness confusing many of those around her. She didn’t really fit in with the beauty standards of her peers and she knew it. Eventually, she developed a sense of confidence and independence that we couldn’t help but root for. Stay awk, Betty.

And finally this kid, who just wants to be hardcore

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Iconic.

READ: 6 Myths Latinas Can’t Live Down Thanks to Stereotypes on TV

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