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No Pos Wow: Speaking Spanish A Crime, Predator In Mexico, 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.

Peyote tourism and cartels put indigenous Mexican culture on the brink.

Mexico’s Wixárika population has long depended on peyote for religious purposes. However, their peyote supply has recently been put jeopardy by cartels, who murdered two Wixárika activists, and tourists, who are looking for a new kind of high, creating competition for the limited supply. As Aukwe Mijarez told Vice, “We’re upset that people come here and steal peyote because for us it’s a deity, not a drug. It’s part of our identity and we respect it.”

MORE: An Indigenous Mexican People Are Battling Cartels And Peyote Tourism

He couldn’t speak English, so Miami fined him $250.


Just a heads up, if you work for a ride-share service in Miami-Dade and you don’t speak English, it could cost you a fair amount of coin. Uber driver Carmen Hechavarria was given a $250 ticket after he failed to demonstrate to officers a grasp of the English language. Unfortunately for Hechavarria, the ordinance requiring ride-share employees to speak English, which went into effect last year, will be pulled from the books on July 1st, making violations like this a thing of the past. In just the last year, 40 drivers in Miami-Dade, where around 60 percent of the population speaks Spanish, have been warned or cited for violation of this temporary ordinance.

MORE: Uber driver cited $250 in Miami for not speaking English

In Mexico, there are things scarier than the Predator.


The movie “Predator” turns 30 years old this summer and several of the actors sat down to describe their experience filming in Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta jungle. As you might have guessed, the summer conditions were harsh, as was the wildlife in the area. Actor Richard Chaves, who played Poncho, told The Hollywood Reporter that he not only had to pull countless ticks off his own scrotum, but he was also bitten 100 times on both arms by red ants.

MORE: Guns and (Shea) Butter: An Oral History of ‘Predator’

Thank god its Frida.

Frida Kahlo enthusiasts have their eyes (and eyebrows) set on a breaking a record this July 6th at 8 p.m. On what would have been the artist’s 110th birthday, the Dallas Museum of Art will team up with The Latino Center for Leadership Development to break the record for the world’s largest gathering of Frida Kahlo look-a-likes. Those interested in attending the July 6th event can check out the details here.

MORE: Eyebrow arch: DMA seeks to set Frida Kahlo look-alike record

When the going gets tough, the tough get rolling.

When an Arizona state law effectively put an end to Tucson school district’s Mexican-American studies program, Tony Diaz decided to do something about it. As a form of protest, Diaz created the Librotraficante Caravan, which began trafficking into Tucson the very books banned by the law. In just five years, Diaz’s promotion of ethnic studies has gained nationwide attention and is helping ensure that Latinos are being represented even when laws stand in their way.

MORE: Latino activists stand up for ethnic studies and distribute banned books

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Here Are Some Latinos You Might Not Have Known Have Jewish Heritage


Here Are Some Latinos You Might Not Have Known Have Jewish Heritage

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The Spanish Inquisition and imperialism may have catalyzed a Roman-Catholic dominant Latino community, but it’s wrong to assume we’re all Catholic (or recovering Catholics). Just as Latinos can be every shade of skin color, we can also be practitioners of every major religion. While the number of Latino Jews living in the United States is minuscule, there are thriving Jewish communities living throughout Latin America, with as many as 300,000 Latino Jews living in Argentina alone. It’s important to underscore that the majority of Latino Jews’ ancestors immigrated to Latin America to escape religious persecution and rising anti-Semitism in Europe during the Holocaust. Of course, if you go back far enough, you’ll find that the first Spanish-speaking Jews to immigrate to Latin America did so during the Spanish Inquisition when they were either forced to convert to Catholicism or be expatriated. Many traveled to Italy where they were able to arrive by boat to “The New World.” 

Immigration, courage, and identity in the diaspora is a part of Latino Jewish stories, which is why we feel it’s so important to honor those stories. Next time someone makes an assumption about Latino identity, rattle off this list of proud Latino Jews who made their mark on the world.

1. Frida Kahlo


That’s right! Frida Kahlo is beloved in both Latino communities and Jewish communities because Kahlo advocated for her full identity, even when it was dangerous to do so. Kahlo may have been just 47 years old when she died, but she spent the last couple of decades of her life shouting from rooftops her pride in her Jewish ancestry. She did so during an unspeakable time when 6 million European Jews were mass murdered. Kahlo has claimed that her father, Guillermo Kahlo, was a Hungarian Jew who immigrated to Mexico in 1891 but letters from her father himself claim that he comes from a long line of Lutherans. Historians are torn over the truth of the statement given that the stain of Nazi Germany caused so many fear-based lies about family origins.

2. Joaquin Phoenix


While we typically associate Joaquin Phoenix’s religion with the religious cult he was raised in, his mother is actually Jewish. Phoenix was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a mother of Russian and Hungarian Jewish descent. When his mother, Arlyn, moved to California and met Phoenix’s father (while hitchhiking), the two would later marry and join religious cult Children of God. Phoenix spent the early years of his childhood traveling around South America with their cult until they left Venezuela for the U.S. mainland when Phoenix was 4 years old. “My parents believed in God. I’m Jewish, my mom’s Jewish, but she believes in Jesus, she felt a connection to that. But they were never religious. I don’t remember going to church, maybe a couple of times,” Phoenix said during an interview with on his role as Jesus in “Mary Magdalene” (2018).

3. Monica Lewinsky


Monica Lewinsky is best known as the young intern that President Bill Clinton sexually pursued while he was in office, she’s gone on to use her experience as a nationwide cyberbullying survivor to advocate against cyberbullying. Once you look more closely into her ancestral history, it’s easy to see how surviving persecution is ingrained in Lewinsky. Her father, Bernard Lewinsky, was born in El Salvador after his parents escaped Nazi-Germany. When he was 14 years old, the Lewinsky family moved to the United States. 

4. Bruno Mars


While Bruno Mars has referred to his identity as a “gray zone” of ethnicity, the Hawaiin born singer is Latino, Jewish, Filipino and Hawaiian. His father is Puerto Rican and Ashkenazi Jewish and his mother is Filipino. 

5. Sammy Davis Jr. 


The infamous singer, comedian and television personality Sammy Davis Jr. found the Jewish faith later in life. He was born in 1925 in Harlem to Elvera Sanchez, a Cuban-American tap dancer and stage performer. Davis had a near-death experience during a terrible car crash in San Bernadino, California. His friend and fellow comedian Eddie Cantor had given Davis a mezuzah the year prior. Davis wore it around his neck every day for good luck and says the only day he forgot to wear it was the night of the accident. In the hospital, Cantor and Davis had a lively discussion about the similarities between Jewish and Black cultures. Years later, he converted to Judaism and practiced its faith until his death.

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In a Recent Interview, Harvey Weinstein Calls Himself “The Forgotten Man” and Claims He Was a Champion of Women


In a Recent Interview, Harvey Weinstein Calls Himself “The Forgotten Man” and Claims He Was a Champion of Women

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If you thought you heard the last of Harvey Weinstein, you were sadly mistaken. On Sunday, the disgraced former Hollywood producer sat down with The New York Post to defend his legacy. He also used the interview as an opportunity to hit back against accusations that he was exaggerating his injuries for public sympathy. 

In the December 15th interview, Weinstein called himself “the forgotten man” and lamented the fact that his “work has been forgotten” due to the avalanche of allegations that came out against him starting in 2017. “I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago,” Weinstein told The New York Post. “I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it!” 

According to The Post, Weinstein refused to address the allegations against him during the interview.

Weinstein is facing criminal charges over claims that he raped a woman in a hotel room in 2013 and sexual assaulted another woman in 2006. These are just two of dozens of allegations that have been publicly made against Weinstein. At his December 11th court appearance, his bail was raised to $2 million based off claims that he has been violating his ankle bracelet monitoring requirements.

According to the publication, Weinstein only agreed to the interview so he could set the record straight about the state of his health. According to Weinstein, he was forced to rely on a walker to attend his December 11th trial because of the recent surgery he underwent to address an injury he sustained from a car accident. “This was a major operation,” he told the Post.

In a shockingly tone-deaf move, Weinstein referred to Gwyneth Paltrow as one of the women whose careers he championed during his glory days.

“Gwyneth Paltrow in 2003 got $10 million to make a movie called ‘View from the Top,’ ” he said. “She was the highest-paid female actor in an independent film. Higher-paid than all the men”. Paltrow has previously gone on record to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing her while she was an up-and-coming actor in the 90s.

As for his accusers, they refused to remain silent in the face of such outrageous claims. 

Over 20 of Weinstein’s accusers quickly responded to his interview, signing a statement condemning his comments.  “[Weinstein] says in a new interview he doesn’t want to be forgotten. Well, he won’t be,” the statement read. “He will be remembered as a sexual predator and an unrepentant abuser who took everything and deserves nothing. He will be remembered by the collective will of countless women who stood up and said enough.”

Weinstein accuser Ashley Judd also took to Twitter to address the shocking Post interview. “What Harvey Weinstein has said…is a classic example of DARVO. Denying. Attacking. Reversing. Victim. Order,” Judd wrote. “It is a predatorial strategy that seeks to shift attention away from his criminal behavior and put his toxic shame onto survivor victims.”

Rose McGowan, another actress who has accused Weinstein of sexual assault, also addressed Weinstein’s comments. “I didn’t forget you, Harvey. My body didn’t forget you. I wish it could,” she said.

Although Weinstein’s next court date is set for January, the former mogul still chooses to live in the past, when he was a successful and powerful producer.

“[The Weinstein Compay] was a company that took social issues and tackled them,” he told the New York Post. In another part of the interview, he confessed that he wanted New York “to recognize who I was instead of what I’ve become”. Based on the public reaction to his interview, that is simply wishful thinking.

Hollywood wasn’t the only group to condemn Weinstein’s comments.

Twitter was also appalled at the lack of self-awareness Weinstein displayed in his ill-conceived PR play with The New York Post.

This person was quick to point out Weinstein’s obvious lack of remorse for his actions:

It’s truly disappointing that this man can’t see the damage he’s done to countless women’s lives.

This person is skeptical of his claims of “major” health problems.

It seems rather convenient that he’s suddenly relying on a walker to move around. Especially when there’s recent evidence that he can get around without it.

This person assured Weinstein that he would never be a “forgotten” man:

The legacy of his evil deeds will live on long past the legacy of his movies.

This person is shocked that Weinstein is still thinking of his career when so many lives have been destroyed:

Just when you think this man can’t get any more twisted, he proves that his mind is darker than we could have imagined.