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After His Son Was Bullied John Leguizamo Learned All About Latino History To Teach His Son To Be Proud

In a Vogue interview last week, John Leguizamo reveals he’s been working for four years to bring his newest show “Latin History For Morons,” currently on a run at the Public Theater in New York City, to fruition. The one-man show, that Leguizamo says he’s been prepping for his whole life, came out of brushing up on his own Latino history in order to help educate his son who was being bullied for being Latino at the time. He wanted his son to “feel proud of their background,” he said in the Vogue interview.

John Leguizamo’s new show spans the entirety of Latino history.


Starting from the Maya all the way to the “Age of Pitbull.” Toma!


Leguizamo says he’s been prepping for his new one-man show “Latin History For Morons” his whole life.

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“I guess my whole life has been preparing me for this show in a lot of ways. I’ve had a lot of those fights growing up, even now on Twitter. And then when my son got bullied, I couldn’t believe it was still going on, even for my kids. It was shocking to me.”

He resents never being taught Latino history in school. Of his education, he says “When I was studying the Civil War, there was nothing about everything we did, not one mention of any participation or contribution, ever. And it would’ve changed my life.”


Leguizamo says “You just hear the craziest shit,” when discussing inequality in Hollywood, where someone told him Latinos just want to watch white people on screen.

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Da fuq?!

When asked about his New York Times op-ed, where he discusses his very own agent telling him “John, you’re so talented but too bad you’re Latin — otherwise you’d be so much further along.” He says “You just hear the craziest shit.” He recalls an interaction with a studio head who told him “Well, you know Latin people don’t really like to see Latin people. They like to see white people.”


But, Leguizamo, is also optimistic and thinks some things are changing.

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Although he acknowledges the inequality and negativity associated in the on-screen portrayal of Latinos, especially as “POTUS 45” (as he refers to President Trump) has fostered the environment to perpetuate those stereotypes, he says that the behind-the-scenes roles are much more promising as Latinos move into producing and directing.


Leguizamo recognizes the theater is a better place to bring politically charged content to life.

On why he often prefers theater to film and TV, he brings up his fellow Broadway show hitmaker Lin-Manuel Miranda and the success of his show “Hamilton,” Leguizamo says:

“Where did Hamilton happen? It didn’t happen in movies and television, because it couldn’t. “So we’re going to do a historic piece on Hamilton and everyone is going to be black and Latin playing our forefathers.” They would say: “But wait, they didn’t speak hip-hop in the 1700s?” It would’ve never happened! But where did it happen? On Broadway, in the theater.”


Here’s an interview he did back in October discussing how ignorant we all are about Latino history.

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I could watch these two all day.


Here’s how you can help John Leguizamo fund “Latin History For Morons.”

[H/T:] John Leguizamo Is Here to Explain Latino History for You

READ: John Leguizamo Just Put Everyone On Blast With New York Times Essay


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New York Radio Host Angie Martinez Is Telling Tekashi 69’s Story In An 8-Part Podcast All About The Rapper

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New York Radio Host Angie Martinez Is Telling Tekashi 69’s Story In An 8-Part Podcast All About The Rapper

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Tekashi 69, also known as Daniel Hernandez, is getting an eight-part documentary podcast series dedicated to telling his life story titled “Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story.” The rapper clearly isn’t done with sharing information, and this time he’s sharing everything about himself. The audio series was born from a partnership between Spotify and Complex.

Praised hip-hop journalist and radio host, Angie Martinez, aka the Voice of New York, will narrate the series, which takes a deep dive into the rise and fall of “2018’s biggest rapper.”

“Tekashi has a polarizing personality and his story has taken us on a roller coaster ride like nothing we’ve ever seen in hip-hop,” Martinez said in the release. “So, when Complex reached out with this project, I was excited about the opportunity to help tell this story.”

Just when we thought the rapper was about to quiet down, the Spotify project was announced.

Tekashi 69 is serving his sentence for racketeering, weapons and drug charges connected to his involvement with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. He was sentenced back in December of 2019, to two years in prison after cooperating with federal authorities to reveal crimes committed by his former gang members. He has since requested to serve the remainder of his sentence at home instead of in a private prison, a plea that the judge presiding over his case denied.

“Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story” will air weekly episodes starting Jan. 28, 2020 on Spotify.

The podcast’s plotline starts back in 2014 when Tekashi 69 was working behind a Bushwich deli counter and a customer, which ended up being his manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, told him he had what it took to become a rapper. The eight-part series will delve into Hernandez’s life from becoming a viral, rainbow-haired personality to a person behind bars for racketeering and firearms charges. 

The fallout from Tekashi 69’s testimony has found him labeled a “snitch.”

His former security will no longer work for him, and he is an outcast from the hip-hop community at large. That didn’t stop him from reportedly signing a $10 million recording contract, although it may cost him more to remain protected than to record and promote the music he allegedly worked on in prison, and there’s no telling who would buy that album anyway.

The Spotify original production tracks back Tekashi’s breakout from Instagram troll to hip-hop’s hottest commodity to cooperating witness in a wide-ranging gang sting that led to the downfall of the Nine Trey Bloods who backed Tekashi 69 in a mutualistic bid for funding and clout. 

The first episode is titled “We Scums, We Not Slimes.”

The episode begins with Tekashi’s infamous interview on the Breakfast Club, where the young rapper declared that he was the “King Of New York.” At this point in his career he had just fired his entire crew, and he felt untouchable. He used the interview as a platform to mock his ex-crew of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, live on the morning show. Many fans still credit this moment as the beginning of the end for the rapper. Days after the Breakfast Club interview, Tekashi was arrested on RICO charges, effectively placing his career on hold.

The episode then gets into how Hernandez ended up behind bars.

Martinez recalls an interview she had with the rapper where he emotionally expressed that he’d “wear sneakers out of the garbage” and he “didn’t shower for two months.” She then asked the question could there have been an opportunity for intervention early on in Hernandez’s youth, “especially given the untreated trauma experienced at a young age.”

Tekashi 69 has already landed an over $10 million record deal with his former label, 10K Projects. 

The deal includes two albums: one in English and one in Spanish. Meanwhile, Showtime is already hard at work on “Supervillian,” 6Tekashi 69 documentary, and 50 Cent’s series “Moment in Time” will also have an hour-long episode dedicated to the rapper. He’s the most wanted man in America in more ways than one.

The new episodes in the eight-episode series will drop every Tuesday, exclusively on Spotify. In each episode, listeners will listen to people who helped to shape the problematic artist: the Scumgang members who mentored him, members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, producers, and the people who encouraged the rapper’s transformation from a Bushwick kid to the multimillionaire, colorful hair rapper, to a convicted felon.

READ: After Tekashi69 Cooperated With Authorities Against His Gang He Now Fears Spending Time In Prison

Salma Hayek Said The Monkey In ‘Frida’ Attacked Her And Left Her Severely Injured

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Salma Hayek Said The Monkey In ‘Frida’ Attacked Her And Left Her Severely Injured

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We adore Salma Hayek. We love her so much. We wish a million Salma Hayek’s were working in Hollywood, representing the Latino community. Just imagine what that would look like! Talented, smart, opinionated, hilarious, feisty, and beautiful (inside and out) Latinas working in film and TV, being seen on the red carpet and showing the world what they are made of. It would be something for sure. How did we ever survive without her? That’s the real question. 

In a brief 11-minute video, Salma Hayek discussed her fashion choices from the past, but through that also shared some remarkable stories since she first launched her career in Hollywood back in 1996.

Hayek, who is now a Hollywood veteran and also starring in the new film “Like A Boss,” opened up a book of fashion from her past. The video, presented by Vogue, showed the actress from the moment she stepped on the scene in Robert Rodriguez’s “Desperado.” There was no way anyone could deny Hayek’s beauty, which meant she made a splash on the red carpet. 

What is so fascinating about hearing Hayek speak about her fashion choices is that she was very determined to express what she wanted and not follow the advice of others, even if she wasn’t being taken seriously just yet. That, of course, changed quickly because Hayek wasn’t your average Hollywood beauty. Hayek had a lot to say and a lot to show whether you liked it or not. 

One of the most shocking (and entertaining) parts of the video is when Hayek explains a monkey that was in the Frida movie attacked her viciously. 

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Hayek recalled the incident while looking at a picture of her first Vogue photoshoot in 2002. Hayek’s portrait was emulating her Frida role and was pictured alongside a monkey that was in the film. It’s widely known that Frida Kahlo had a pet monkey, which she captured in paintings often. 

“I was very proud to be part of Vogue for the first time in my life,” Hayek said. “This monkey, who was named Tyson, actually attacked me during the filming of Frida, and I was really severely injured.” 

Hayek doesn’t explain how she was injured or what the monkey did precisely, but it could have attacked her precious face.

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“But I was brave enough to let him come back and work again in the movie, and then I still did a photoshoot with him for Vogue afterward.” Hayek said jokingly, “I was really hoping he wouldn’t go for my face.”

The monkey in the photoshoot looks pretty shocked as well. He probably couldn’t believe that he was still able to work and not just sent back to the zoo. 

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Some other gems from the video included Hayek going on and on about how she set fashion trends. For example, she was the original Ariana Grande. 

Hayek attended the MTV Movie Awards in 1996 and was nominated for Best Kiss. Hayek discussed her late ’90s fashion sense, which included a dark lipstick and tight black dress, but the real highlight for her was the ponytail. 

“I really like the hair,” Hayek said. “I was channeling Ariana Grande before Ariana Grande was born.” Just for reference, Ariana Grande was around 3-years-old at the time of Hayek’s high ponytail. 

Hayek also launched the tiara headdress look, which was previously intended for royalty or pageant queens only.

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The actress said back in the early ’90s when she was a relative nobody, she wanted to spruce up her look by wearing a tiara. Hayek noted that in the beginning stages of her career, no one wanted to dress a Mexican who probably wouldn’t last in Hollywood. So, to make a grander red carpet entrance, Hayek paired up her dress with a tiara even though her entire team told her not to. Hayek said she was proud of herself for sticking with her gut and taking a fashion risk. 

She said soon after she wore the tiara, Hollywood actresses started wearing crowns too. And she never got credit for being the first to do it. Hayek added that decorating one’s head is just as crucial as wearing jewelry and makeup. She said wearing a headdress became a custom of hers and was probably inspired by Frida’s famous crown of flowers. She said she aims to adorn her head as much as possible. 

Salma, we speak for the entire world when we say, you can wear whatever you want for the rest of your life. We will always love you. 

READ: Salma Hayek’s 29 Boldest Looks