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Here’s What Went Down On “Conan Without Borders: Mexico”

After weeks of teasing the “Conan Without Borders: Mexico” show on his social media accounts, O’Brien’s special episode from Mexico City finally aired earlier this week. Throughout the show, it was clear that Conan’s mission was not to bring a taste of the U.S. to Mexico, but to show his viewers there’s more to Mexico’s people and culture than what they hear in political rhetoric. In an interview with Fusion’s Jorge Ramos, O’Brien said his time in Los Angeles had already exposed him to some Mexican culture: “I live in Los Angeles, and Mexicans are a regular part of our lives. They’re incredibly hardworking, they’re funny, they’re terrific. They’ve brought so much to the culture. They are the culture of California.” Here’s what went down on “Conan Without Borders: Mexico.”

In the cold open, Conan made his way into Mexico by crossing the border…

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…and a search of his suitcase revealed he was carrying lots of this product:

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SPF 85. ?

As you can see, from the lighting down to the set, Conan’s show definitely looked like in was made in Mexico.

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That’s because his show was filmed at Mexican TV giant Televisa.

After introducing his house band, Norteño band Calibre .50…

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… Conan did the rest of his monologue en Español. Here, he reveals the nickname Mexicans use to describe him.

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O’Brien, no stranger to appearing in soap operas, then made a guest appearance on the telenovela “Mi Adorable Maldición.”

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He showed incredible range, quickly going from (goofily) expressing anger to (goofily) turning on the charm.

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Conan’s first guest was Diego Luna, star of “Rogue One.”

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After poking fun at Conan’s hair…

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.. the two shared shots of mezcal.

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Luna then talked about his very first sex scene as an actor, which happened before he had sex in real life. “You know, you, probably, when you go, ‘When was the first time I had sex?’ You have to remember, you go to these memories… I can just rent a film.”

He also spoke about a young woman in San Diego who wrote a viral post about her father’s love for “Rogue One.”  Luna said it was very humbling to know that a Mexican immigrant was able to watch him in “Rogue One,” accent and all, and relate to Luna’s character.

O’Brien then met with luchador Cassandro to learn the ropes of lucha libre.

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And he revealed his alter ego, El Gallo Loco.

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Next up was former Mexican president Vicente Fox, who arrived bearing gifts. Staying completely on brand, he gave Conan a pair of black boots emblazoned with the phrase “No F***ing Wall.”

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Fox then explained why President Trump’s comments about Mexicans, and Trump’s desire to build a border wall, made him so angry.

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Fox said that those who migrate from Mexico to the U.S. deserve more respect: “They’re decent, honest and they contribute to the greatness of that nation.”

Conan also threw on a white tuxedo to attend the quinceañera of a young lady named Marisol. In a speech, which he read in Spanish, Conan thanked Marisol for making him a padrino.

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Then they cut the cake and shared a dance together.

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Marisol looked *somewhat* excited to share the spotlight with O’Brien on her big day.

O’Brien also tried playing a little fútbol, but the locals proved too skilled for him.

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So he brought a friend to even things out.

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His friend? Giovani Dos Santos, one of the stars of the Mexican national team and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The locals were impressed.

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And, of course, the ringer made a difference, helping Conan and his team finally get a taste of victory.

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Once they were done kicking the ball around, Dos Santos presented Conan with a Mexico jersey.

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Dos Santos: “When Mexico plays the United States, you have to wear this. OK?”

At the close of the show, O’Brien thanked his Mexican crew for their hard work and expressed how much he enjoyed his stay in Mexico.

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“I think we could do a whole month here. This has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life,” said O’Brien.


Watch full clips of Conan’s Mexico trip @ Team Coco’s YouTube and teamcoco.com.

Hundreds Of Universities, Cities, And Businesses File Amicus Briefs Urging The Supreme Court To Defend DACA

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Hundreds Of Universities, Cities, And Businesses File Amicus Briefs Urging The Supreme Court To Defend DACA

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This week the Supreme Court went back into session, kicking off what’s expected to be one of the most divisive and controversial terms in recent history. Everything from LGBTQ and abortion rights, to yes, DACA, is on the docket, and America will get to see the impact of the addition of Trump-appointee Brett Kavanaugh.

Although judges are expected to be politically impartial, Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation hearing after being accused of sexual assault, left him charging Democrats with unfairly going after his character.

Now, some experts are bracing for a possible “conservative revolution,” after the court overturned two precedents (a highly unusual move) last term, and President Donald Trump has successfully appointed 150 judges to lifetime seats on the bench (whoever told said your vote didn’t matter, lied.)

In its newly started session, the Supreme Court isn’t shying away from hot topic issues – including a decision that will decide the outcome of DACA once and for all.

President Donald Trump’s signature issue is immigration, and in November the court will consider his administration’s decision to phase out DACA, an Obama-era initiative that protects nearly 700,000 young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation. The eventual ruling will have a major impact on way or another in the presidential race.

At issue before the justices is not the legality of the program, but how the administration decided to phase it out.

Plaintiffs, including the University of California, a handful of states and DACA recipients argue that the phase out violated the Administrative Procedure Act, a federal law that governs how agencies can establish regulations. Lower courts agreed and issued nationwide injunctions that allowed renewals in the program to continue. The Trump administration appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, and at the time, the President predicted success: “We want to be in the Supreme Court on DACA,” he said.

Groups of all kinds are filing so-called Amicus briefs to the Suprme Court urging them to protect DACA.

More than 100 different cities from across the country, dozens of major colleges and universities, and some of the country’s largest companies all joined together to defend DACA.

The brief filed by some 165 educational institutions said: “These extraordinary young people should be cherished and celebrated, so that they can achieve their dreams and contribute to the fullest for our country. Banishing them once more to immigration limbo — a predicament they had no part in creating — is not merely cruel, but irrational.”

Even the Mexican government filed a brief with the court.

Mexico has had little legal recourse in it’s fight against Trump’s cruel and (as many consider) illegal policies targeting the migrant community. And a large part of the migrant community (including those attacked at the El Paso Massacre) are Mexican nationals. So the government has been eager to take a stand.

And with the upcoming legal battle regarding DACA, Mexico has staked its position in support of DREAMers by filing an Amicus brief with the court. The brief points out the commitment to human rights and the principles of dignity that should be afforded to all humans – regardless of their migration status.

Meanwhile, children advocates point out that eliminating the program would also harm more than a quarter million US-born children.

More than three dozen child advocacy organizations say White House officials failed to account for a quarter of a million children born in the U.S. whose parents are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program when they repealed it in 2017.

“These children are endangered not only by the actual detention and deportation of their parents, but also the looming fear of deportation,” the groups wrote in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court last week. “The imminent threat of losing DACA protection places children at risk of losing parental nurturance, as well as losing income, food security, housing, access to health care, educational opportunities, and the sense of safety and security that is the foundation of healthy child development.”

Children’s health experts have been sounding the alarm on the impact of toxic stress inflicted on children impacted by the Trump administration’s immigration agenda. Studies have linked toxic stress to developmental issues with children’s brains and bodies and an increase in their risk of disorders ranging from diabetes to depression, heart disease, cancer, addiction and premature death.

DACA was created by an Obama executive order in 2012, and the Trump Administration announced in September 2017 it was officially ending the program.

When the Trump administration officially announced the end of the DACA program in September 2017, there were nearly 800,000 young immigrants around the country who benefited from it.

Three lawsuits challenging the termination of DACA filed in California, the District of Columbia and New York eventually led to courts prohibiting the government from phasing out the immigration program. Those lawsuits argued that ending the DACA program violated the rights of those covered by its benefits and ran counter to a federal law governing administrative agencies, according to SCOTUSblog. The Supreme Court consolidated those three lawsuits and will hear arguments on the DACA case on Nov. 12.

The justices will consider whether the court even has the authority to review the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA and, if so, whether the decision to end DACA is legal.

Predictably, President Trump has urged the court to strike down DACA.

As recently as Wednesday, President Trump said his predecessor had no authority to initiate the DACA program in the first place, and that if the Supreme Court overturns it, as it should, Congress would likely find a legislative solution to allowing DACA recipients to remain in the U.S.

“The Republicans and Democrats will have a DEAL to let them stay in our Country, in very short order,” he tweeted Wednesday. “It would actually benefit DACA, and be done the right way!”

A Newly Restored Version of The 90s ‘Selena’ Classic Film Starring Jennifer Lopez Is Coming To The Big Screen Again

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A Newly Restored Version of The 90s ‘Selena’ Classic Film Starring Jennifer Lopez Is Coming To The Big Screen Again

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Twenty-two years have passed since Latinas across the globe watched in awe as Jennifer Lopez took on the role of Tejano music icon Selena in the biopic of her life. The 1997 classic lovingly spotlighted the singer’s life and death years ago and, in the years since, has been a sort of cultural Latino touchstone for young girls who didn’t have the chance to grow up watching the singer herself.

Now, young Latinas who didn’t get to see the classic in the theaters during its original release will have a chance to do just that this weekend.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced that it will screen a new digital print of the film in theaters this weekend.

Back in 1997, when the film was originally released, “Selena” spent fifteen weeks at the box office. It’s time in theaters proved that Latinos could not only direct films, but they could star in them as well while also drawing massive audiences to movie theater seats. At the time, the film marked a breakout moment for actress, singer, and dancer Jennifer Lopez.

If you’re in NYC this weekend and plan on attending the screening, here are some fun facts to remember while watching!

Fans of Selena protested when they learned Jennifer Lopez was playing Selena.

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Selena’s fans began protesting the film once they learned that Jennifer Lopez was taking on the role of their beloved singer. Many thought that Lopez, a Puerto Rican from New York, was unfit to play the Mexican-American from Texas.

Six other women gave J.Lo a run for her money.

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Three women from the open call were selected and three other actresses including Salma Hayek and Bibi Gaytán were considered.

Jackie Guerra lied about her talents.

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Jackie Guera who played the role of Suzette, wanted the role so badly that she lied at her audition and said that she was an expert drummer. Suzette later gave her private lessons.

“Selena” almost became a victim of brownface.

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The film’s director had to fight to get Lopez the role of Selena. At the time, Warner Bros was considering a non-Latina actress to take on the role which would have been AWFUL.

Jennifer Lopez lip-synched

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Creators feared that fans would be upset if they saw Lopez singing the song on her own. So Lopez was coached to lip-synch instead.

Abraham Quintanilla didn’t want to show Selena’s murder.

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The film which came out just two years after Selena’s death was likely a very hard project for Abraham to work on. He didn’t want to show his daughter’s death but the film’s director convinced him it was necessary.

Constance Marie could be Jennifer Lopez’s sister.

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Lopez and Marie play mother and daughter in the movie. But in real life, Marie is only 4 years older than Jennifer Lopez.