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In Case You Missed It: Diego Luna’s Getting Love, Oprah’s Race Issue, Brazil’s Corruption And More

In today’s world, the news happens so fast that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the latest, breaking developments. Here are five quick headlines to keep you up on the stories that might have gotten lost in the shuffle this week.

Dreamboat Diego Luna was selected to join the cast of “Berlin, I Love You.”

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Diego Luna’s career continues to get tons of love. The 37-year-old actor was tapped to join the all-star cast of “Berlin, I Love You.” The release date for the film, which is currently in pre-production, has not yet been announced, but several cast members have been announced, including Jared Leto, Orlando Bloom, and Gemma Arterton. For fans who can’t wait to see Luna on the big screen, he will star alongside Ellen Page and Nina Dobrev in the remake of “Flatliners” this fall.

[More] The Hollywood Reporter: Cannes: Diego Luna, Orlando Bloom Joining ‘Berlin, I Love You’ (Exclusive)

Brazilian President Michel Temer implicated in a bribery scandal.

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It’s as if Brazil’s President looked at the scandals affecting politicians in the U.S. and said, “Anything you can do, I can do better.” As The Guardian reported, recordings of President Temer allegedly “discussing hush money pay-offs to a jailed associate” have lead to calls for his impeachment and investigations into the alleged corruption running rampant in his administration. Several officials from his administration have resigned already. While Temer’s approval ratings have sunk to the single digits, he has said he will not resign.

[More] The Guardian: Brazil: explosive recordings implicate President Michel Temer in bribery

Undocumented Guatemalan immigrant calls 911 to have himself deported.

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Cesar Sanchez is currently in jail on $2,000 bond after calling 911 in Florida to have himself deported. When the operator asked what the emergency was, Sanchez, “It’s not an emergency, I just want to be deported.” He was charged with misusing 911, which is a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida. He is expected to be handed over by local law enforcement to ICE.

[More] Associated Press: Guatemalan Man Calls 911 and Asks to Be Deported

FUERZAFest’s “Still Here” exhibit examines the “history of erasure” within the Latinx LBGTQI community

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New York’s FUERZAfest’s “Still Here” exhibition honors members of the Latinx LGBTQI community who have been dismissed or ignored from the larger conversation of equal rights. It also challenges the norm that these voices are somehow less important within the community. The “Still Here” exhibit runs through May 21st. For more information, check out their website here.

[More] OUT: Still Here: Exploring the Erasure of Latinx LGBTQ Identities in Art

Oprah Magazine’s May 2017 photo essay, “Let’s Talk About Race” wonderfully addresses stereotypes and society.


A white child trying to find a white doll. Asian women getting pedicures from white beauticians. A white maid waiting on a rich Latina. These are just a few of the images presented in O, The Oprah Magazine’s May 2017 issue. The “Let’s Talk About Race” photo essay “grew out of a big ideas meeting we had with Oprah,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin told the Huffington Post. Kaylin added, “The main thing we wanted to do was deal with the elephant in the room — that race is a thorny issue in our culture, and tensions are on the rise.” Check out the full spread at the Huff Po.

[More] Huffington Post: These Profound Photos Masterfully Turn Racial Stereotypes On Their Head

READ: Latino Man Held At ICE Detention Center Appears To Have Committed Suicide After Being In Isolation For 19 Days

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Brazil Just Passed a Bill That Will Allow Rich Corporations to ‘Skip the Line’ for COVID-19 Vaccines

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Currently, Brazil is one of the world’s epicenters of the coronavirus. In March 2021, Brazil saw 66,573 COVID-19-related deaths. That means 1 in every 3 COVID-related deaths worldwide are occuring in Brazil.

And it doesn’t appear that the numbers will be slowing down anytime soon. While the United States is making strides in their COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Brazil is lagging far behind. And things are about to get a lot more complicated.

On Tuesday, Brazil passed a bill that would allow corporations to buy up as many vaccines as they can get their hands on, and privately distribute them to their employees first.

Elected officials in Brazil are arguing that the country has become so desperate to vaccinate its citizens, that it doesn’t matter who gets the vaccines first at this point.

The country, once renowned for having one of the most robust and efficient public vaccine-distribution programs in the world, has failed to make strides towards getting their citizens vaccinated.

“We are at war,” said the leader of the chamber, Arthur Lira. “And in war, anything goes to save lives.” We don’t know about you, but usually when it comes to war, we’ve heard that soldiers prioritize the health and safety of young, the weak, and the elderly before their own? We digress…

Brazil’s plan to privatize the vaccine rollout has brought up moral and ethical questions.

From the beginning, the World Health Organization has asked countries to first prioritize essential health workers and then high-risk populations when distributing the vaccine.

Anything other than that would promote a pay-to-play schemes in which the rich could protect their lives before poor people could. And poor people are more likely to die from COVID-19 in the first place.

As Alison Buttenheim, behavioral scientist and expert on the equitable allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine said, vaccine distribution should not “exacerbate disparities and inequities in health care,” but instead address them. Brazil’s vaccine rollout plan would fail to do any of the above.

If countries begin to allow the rich to prioritize their own interests during the vaccine rollout, the consequences could be disastrous.

In a time when the world is stoked by fear and uncertainty, the worst thing that can happen is for rich companies to exacerbate inequalities by effectively choosing who lives or dies.

As the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization said at the beginning of the global vaccine rollout: “any distribution of vaccines should advance human well-being and honor global equity, national equity, reciprocity, and legitimacy.”

Poor Brazilians should not be left to fend for themselves against COVID-19 simply because they are poor.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Secret Son Eric Baena Was Seen in Public With His Half-Brother Patrick For the First Time

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Secret Son Eric Baena Was Seen in Public With His Half-Brother Patrick For the First Time

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Over the weekend, some pictures surfaced of a sight we never thought we’d see. Two of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s sons, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena, were photographed together for the first time.

Patrick Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena were photographed hiking in Santa Monica together. This is the first time the brothers had been seen in public together since Baena’s public reveal in 2011.

As a refresher, Joseph Baena is the love child of the former California Governor and his longtime Guatemalan housekeeper, Mildred Patricia “Patty” Baena. Patty worked for the Schwarzenegger family for 20 years without revealing her secret to anyone but Arnold himself.

Joseph’s existence was kept a secret for 14 years before Arnold’s wife, Maria Shriver, discovered the affair. Once she found out, she immediately filed for divorce. According to Arnold, he has provided for Joseph from the beginning. He even bought a luxurious four-bedroom house for Joseph and Patty in 2010.

“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement at the time. “I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.”

Since the public learned of Joseph Baena, he has kept an active public profile.

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On social media, Joseph regularly posts thirst-traps of himself working out or practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu. The spitting image of his father, he is also a bodybuilder, and now, an aspiring actor.

Patrick Schwarzenegger, on the other hand, is a fairly successful actor in his own right. You can find him in movies like “Moxie“, “Midnight Sun”, and “Dear Eleanor”.

The pictures of Patrick Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena are shocking because, up until this point, the public had no idea that the half-brothers even had a relationship.

But if there is any bad-blood between Patrick Schwarzenegger and Joseph Baena, the pictures don’t show it. Instead, they show a portrait of two normal brothers going on an unremarkable hike together in Santa Monica.

We’re glad that these two young men didn’t let the choice of their parents affect the relationship they’ve decided to have with each other. Hopefully, we’ll see more of the duo in public again.

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