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Gina Rodriguez Says Lack of Latinos In Hollywood Is “Devastating”

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Gina Rodriguez is keeping it ?. The actress just penned a piece for Variety that discusses the lack of Latino representation in media. She said the low visibility of Latinos in film and TV is so bad that it’s “heartbreaking and dehumanizing.”

In her article titled “‘The Fact That Latinos Are Not Seen on Screen Is Devastating,” Gina writes…

“It’s important we celebrate, employ and represent all Latinos from European to Afro-Latinos, because it is our responsibility as an industry to give this entire generation positive representation so that no one feels invisible.”

She went on to discuss how much Latinos contribute to the economy and are “prominent and loyal in the consumer market.”

“We still have a long journey ahead,” Gina writes. “This is not just my journey, this is the journey for every young Latino boy or girl who longs to see a version of his or herself on screen. I do see a change slowly happening and I work every day to be a part of that change.”

Gina’s been talking about Hollywood’s exclusivity for a while, including at the SAG Awards red-carpet.

The “Jane the Virgin” star gave specific stats to millions of viewers about how Latinos consume media. And they’d consume more if they were represented in the arts. Figures for “Coco” at the Box Office is proof of that.

Gina’s celebrity pals LOVED her piece in Variety and gave her a shoutout on social media.

Gina is also making huge changes herself. While her Variety piece noted Latinos who have made big strides in Hollywood before her, including Silvio Horta, George Lopez, and Gloria Calderon Kellett, she belongs on that list as well.

She is a vital part to the movement of inclusiveness by producing two new shows for major networks.

Jane 1930's #season4 premieres Oct 13th!

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She is producing a drama for CW and another show for CBS. Naturally she’ll make sure the shows have lots of diverse actors and crew.

READ: Fans On Twitter Are Coming Together To Demand Hollywood Cast Gina Rodriguez As Tessa Thompson’s Girlfriend In Any Project

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Chamillionaire Got Bashed For Helping Out A Mexican Family And This Is What He Responded With

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Chamillionaire Got Bashed For Helping Out A Mexican Family And This Is What He Responded With

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 39-year-old father and husband Jorge Garcia was deported back to Mexico. A video capturing the moment when Garcia hugs his family goodbye at the airport went viral and eventually came to the attention of rapper Chamillionaire.

After learning about the family’s circumstances, Chamillionaire took matters into his own hands and contacted Garcia’s wife, Cindy. Some people were happy and proud that the rapper was helping an immigrant family in need. However, not everyone responded positively.

Some people didn’t understand why, as a black man, Chamillionaire was helping a Mexican family. Many came into his comments saying Mexicans have a long history of anti-black behavior, and as a result the rapper shouldn’t go out of his way to help the Garcias.

After the negative feedback Chamillionaire received, he posted a public video on Instagram, explaining why he’s decided to help this Mexican immigrant family.

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In the video Chamillionaire says, “I know a lot of ya’ll have been misled to believe the toxic narrative that Mexicans are doing this and Mexicans are doing that, like they aren’t valuable contributors to our economy and our society.”

Contrary to this “toxic narrative,” Chamillionaire went on to list ways Mexican people have helped his music career flourish over time, including the two Mexican producers on one of his biggest hits, “Ridin’ Dirty” and his manager who took the song to the top of the charts. The comments sections in the six videos he’s posted about the situation have been full of back-and-forth discourse on the subject.

Even though Chamillionaire initially wanted to reach out to Garcia’s family in private, having the news go public raised awareness about the case.

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Thanks to the story, a GoFundMe Page was set up to help Garcia and his family. With this money being raised, Cindy will have the financial help she needs to pay for all of the legal funds necessary to fix her husband’s immigration status.

As a child of immigrant parents himself, Chamillionaire empathizes with the Garcias and hopes more people will as well.

After all of the feedback Chamillionaire received, these were his final thoughts:

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In response to the videos, many agreed that it was okay for him to be helping others as long as he was also helping his own, to which he replied, “A brother been helping. A brother been woke.”

He ends the video with this final thought: “Don’t let evil agendas turn us against each other.”


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