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Here Are All The Things You Should Know About Rising Star Ariela Barer From ‘Marvel’s Runaways’

Ariela Barer might not be a name you recognize yet but she is definitely making moves in Hollywood. The 20-year-old plays Gertrude “Gert” Yorkes in “Marvel’s Runaways” on Hulu and even had a role in Netflix’s “One Day At A Time.” Your new favorite bruja is a breakout star and she’s bringing her Latinidad with her.

Barer is the Libra in chief.

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On Twitter, she writes about how she plans to start a cult this year and every sign will join it, except Sagittarius’ who will be sacrificed in Libra’s honor. True story.

Ariela is Jewish-Mexican.

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Both her parents are born in Mexico and they’re both Jewish. She was born in Los Angeles, but only ever ‘vacations’ in Mexico, because that’s where her whole family (besides her parents) live.

She and her sister are newly famous.

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Her big sister, Libe Alexandra Barer, plays Carly Bowman in Amazon Primes’ “Sneaky Pete.” She’s also been in “Parenthood” and a Subway commercial! Boo-yah. Power duo.

She can’t live without Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

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Yup. That girl is team Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and all you Takis fans will have to find a different cult leader.

She had no idea what she was auditioning for when she tried out for “Marvel’s Runaways.”

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She tells Remezcla, “I didn’t really know what I was auditioning for, which was sort of a blessing because it took a lot of the pressure off. I went in without hyping myself up too much about how big the Marvel Universe truly is. I got to go in and just connect with the script and the story and the people. The superhero elements just came naturally after that.”

She originally auditioned for the Molly Hernandez role, but nobody believed she was only 14 years old.

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IRL, she’s 20 years old. So they told her to read for the part of Gert, and she completely connected with the character. She was immediately asked back for a screen test.

She felt like she didn’t even have to try to be Gert. She is Gert.

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“She is someone I relate to completely,” she told Remezcla. “She’s exactly who I was when I was 16. I felt immediately connected to the character and was able to let all my insecurities go out the window. It was so liberating, which is exactly who Gert is as a character. It was a huge weight off my back. It was so perfect.”

Barer loves how Gert shows that superheroes can have anxiety.

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For her, Gert is the superhero of feminism and social activism. Unlike any social activist you follow on the interwebz, you get to see the vulnerable side of Gert. She told Bustle that she’s excited for her character to “open a conversation on mental illness.” Gracias, Barer.

She played Carmen, the goth friend obsessed with how mean Justina Machado’s character is to her.

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Her character ends up shedding light on immigration issues after her parents are deported and she’s forced to move to Texas to live with her uncle.

Caption: “A monitor shot from my very first episode when I could barely hold it together I was so excited to be there & now once again I am that excited cause #onedayatatime comes out on Netflix tonight at midnight!!!”

You might also recognize her from “Atypical.”

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Netflix’s genius original show from the perspective of a highly functioning autistic boy guest stars Ariela Barer. She starts out as his bully and gets punched in the face for it. By the end, she’s secretly smooching him in closets.

Barer is in a band called The Love-Inns!

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She told Sweety High, “It’s special to me because I started the band with my best friend Eden Hain when we were 16, and we’ve grown a lot together through our music.” The two are inseparable.

She doesn’t want you to hit on her.

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Never thought of putting a physical sign on my body. Geniosa.

She’s gay. ❤️ ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ????????

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In December 2016, she tweeted, “Literally everything I do is to get back at the people who called me ugly & gay in middle school. They were right, but it was mean spirited!” The tweet is still pinned to her feed.

Barer won’t cross the picket line.

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Heard about the largest mass teacher strike in U.S. History? Well, Barer is here for it and wants you to wear red in solidarity. Her and Gert son la misma persona, don’t you think?

Barer is one hell of a feminist.

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She’s released an all-female “Lord of the Flies” reminiscent short film called “Ladyworld.” The premise is that eight girls are stranded in a house without electricity, and Barer uses that as a foundation to explore the female psyche. Yes, girl!

She likes cauliflower pizza.

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Yup. There’s one person on this earth that likes cauliflower pizza and it’s Ariela Barer. Her mom grinds up the cauliflower and makes her healthy pizza crust from scratch!

Her dream co-star is Viola Davis.

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Oh and her favorite show is “Jessica Jones.” She’s here for the dark, female-centered masterpieces of Marvel and turns out she’s one of them now!

She’s aiming to be a little less obsessive.

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“I tend to get obsessive over tiny things and overthink everything,” she tells Sweety High. “I’m trying to let things be and deal with things as they are in present time and not so much as they are in the million scenarios I’ve imagined in my head.” Lo mismo.

Her dream world is “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

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She would be happy for the rest of her life if she could just live in the world of TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Her ultimate dream is to do a musical number with Rebecca Bunch. Like, same.

She’s mejor amigas con Isabella Gomez.

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Find the two canoodling on “One Day at a Time” and IRL. I’m so here for this new Latina girl gang of Hollywood! Viva las mujeres!


READ: Isabella Gomez From ‘One Day At A Time’ Is Humbled To Be An Icon To The Latinx LGBTQ Community

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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