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People Are Calling For A Boycott Of Paramount Studios Because Of Their Severe Lack Of Latino Representation

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Latino leaders are calling for a boycott of Paramount Studios, singling out the company for an industry-wide lack of Latino representation in movies. The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) organized the boycott after it conducted its own study and reviewed UCLA’s “Hollywood Diversity Report.” The NHMC announced that, in partnership with the National Latino Media Council, it would “target Paramount Pictures for their lack of Latino actors, writers, and directors,” which includes a social media campaign, demonstrations and a general boycott of upcoming Paramount films. The studio is being boycotted because it has a failed track record to include Latino talent both in front and behind the camera in recent years.

Twenty of Paramount’s 100 top-grossing films in 2016-17 had seven Latinos out of 160 of the top eight credited actors, one Latino director and zero Latino writers.

NHMC’s President & CEO Alex Nogales said that for years the number of Latinos in Paramount films has gone down and the lack of representation is being felt beyond just movies.

“A UCLA study was released this year on the numbers of Latinos being featured in films and the numbers sickened me,” Nogales said. “If it isn’t that we’re criminals or rapists its something else. If you don’t see yourself on film and television these impressions stick. We’re the most vulnerable in our country right now.”

Nogales’s goal is to persuade the studio to agree to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with various organizations outlining how Paramount can improve inclusivity in its films. NHMC and NLMC met with Paramount COO Andrew Gumpert in June to discuss a potential MOU. According to the NHMC, Gumpert told Nogales three weeks later that he would not sign the MOU.

Despite buying 24 percent of all tickets sold between 2007 and 2016, Latino actors only appeared in 3.1 percent of the speaking roles in front of camera.

Nogales says the NHMC already has MOU’s with studios like ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX that are willing to work with organizations to improve inclusivity. When asked about how he felt when Paramount didn’t agree to the MOU he said it didn’t come as a surprise and was prepared to boycott the studio.

“I thought we were closer to doing a deal but we were prepared also to take on the studio,” Nogales said. “If they’re not going to work with us we’re gonna boycott their products and their films. We are going to harm their bottom line period.”

The studio boycott follows NHMC’s protests against the Oscars last winter, when Nogales told The Hollywood Reporter that the Academy Awards would be the first of “increasingly aggressive wake-up calls to Hollywood studios to end institutionalized racism against Latinos.”

Paramount issued a statement about the boycott saying they are still trying to “build and strengthen relationships with the Latinx creative community further.”

“We recently met with NHMC in a good faith effort to see how we could partner as we further drive Paramount’s culture of diversity, inclusion and belonging,” a Paramount spokesperson told Deadline. “Under our new leadership team, we continue to make progress — including ensuring representation in front of and behind the camera in upcoming films such as Dora the Explorer, Instant Family, and Limited Partners — and welcome the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with the Latinx creative community further.”

“I don’t believe it,” Nogales says. “I think it’s all good words but if you don’t have it in writing it really means nothing.”

Both groups are planning a demonstration August 25 in front of Paramount studios to deliver a petition.

They plan to rally in front of Paramount Studios bringing attention to their lack of diversity in their workforce. The groups are currently sharing a petition to have Paramount Studios include more Latinos in their films and will be asking more organizations to sign on. One of the findings from the NHMC poll study revealed that most Latinos “are willing to take action and flex their purchase power by reducing or boycotting altogether movies from studies that lack representation.”

“Half of all respondents (51 percent) would either reduce or stop watching movies from the worst offending studio altogether,” the survey found, and “two out of five Latinos (41 percent) would talk with friends about their concerns.” The poll results showed that “25 percent report being willing to write a letter,” while one in eight (13 percent) said they would be willing to protest.

Nogales believes Latino representation needs to be addressed because of the importance these roles play in how we all view ourselves.

“The studios inaction demonstrate civil rights violations,” Nogales said. “This isn’t rocket science if you have consumer power behind a movement it will pay off. It might not happen today but one day it will.”


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22 Amazing Airbnb Listings For Your Next Trip to Latin America

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22 Amazing Airbnb Listings For Your Next Trip to Latin America

Thinking of traveling to Latin America soon? That’s definitely a great idea, but you might not be sure where to start. There’s so many great cities and locations to visit, and so many countries to choose from, that you aren’t sure if you should go to the most Instagram-worthy locations or simply go to the best party destinations. But if you’re really looking for a unique experience, then you might want to first decide where to stay… And stay at one of these out-of-this-world Airbnb places instead.

Whether you’re thinking of traveling to Havana, Cuba, or want to stay in a world-famous seashell house in Mexico, these are the 22 amazing Airbnb listings for your next trip to Latin America. There is so much for you to experience, from tree house stays to hotels that are near the beach to being deep in the jungle. You can explore or simply stay in, and nobody will fault you for spending a whole week just relaxing in one of these great apartments or houses. They’ll help you have a wonderful vacation, and you’ll definitely not be sorry once you book one of these places to stay in.

1. Colonial Style B & B By the Sea in Havana, Cuba

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If you’re thinking of visiting Cuba, then you simply must stay in an Airbnb. It’s the best way to experience the island, and this Cuban house offers its guest a special environment in the oldest part of the Malecon Habanero. You’ll have access to the seafront as well as be within walking distance of downtown so that you can see all that La Habana has to offer. 

2. Geodesic Dome Near World Biosphere Reserve in Quebrada de Alvarado, Chile

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Want to camp underneath the stars and have a powerful experience surrounded by a pristine forest and gorgeous nature? Then look no further than this space on the slopes of a national park that is cozy but also will provide you with a perfect place to wind down and relax. 

3. Safe Penthouse with Huge Terrace in Mexico City, Mexico

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Visiting Mexico City may be a dream of yours, and you can certainly explore the center and the whole city when you stay in this adorable Airbnb penthouse. It is large, clean, located in the center, and also private. You can even enjoy the large terrace, which is fully of plants and flowers but also covered from the rain and sun.

4. Cabana Floripa in Florianopolis, Brazil

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You might feel like you are levitating in the middle of the mountains thanks to the glass wall of this adorable house, which provide you with a 360 degree view. The house was designed to be eco-friendly by being built with reusable materials. Beyond that, you’ll have a great time relaxing here and exploring a little bit of Brazil in style and comfort.

5. The Rancho @ Cielo Vanilla in Atenas, Costa Rica

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You’ll be living in a dream in Costa Rica when you visit this one-of-a-kind wooden house. It’s a perfect example of tropical living that’s also eco-friendly and conveniently only 30 minutes to the airport. The place is surrounded by 4 acres of private property, so you have plenty of space to R&R too. 

6. Casa Arbol- Treehouse Life in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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Ever wanted to stay in a tree house as an adult? Well, your wish can now come true with the unparalleled beauty of this one situated in Nicaragua. It’s two stories and actually a treehouse and villa that sleeps up to four guests. Plus, it overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has a shared pool, modern amenities, WiFi, and basically anything else you need to make this the vacation house of your dreams.

7. Villa Stunning Views of the Ocean in Las Terranas, Dominican Republic

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If you’re looking for a little piece of paradise in the Caribbean, then you’ve come to the right place. This house is full of positive energy but also a peaceful place to enjoy the sunshine in the DR. The best part is that, if you’re up for a night of fun, you’re also not that far from the nightlife in Las Terrenas.

8. Eagle’s Nest · The Little Prince’s Pad in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala

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You’ll be set to enjoy an amazing vacation when you visit this Airbnb cozy studio apartment, which is perched just above the tranquil Mayan village of San Marcos. Overseeing the Lake Atitlan, you can cozy up in location to enjoy all of the comforts of home… but with incredible views.

9. The Best Place To Live in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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There’s a ton to do in Buenos Aires, so it’s not surprising that there are also tons of great apartments to rent in all kinds of neighborhoods. Of course, you can have a great time in this one, which is not only located in one of the best neighborhoods in the city, but also provides you with a unique view and gorgeous balcony.

10. Romantic Cabana with View in Armenia, Colombia

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If you’re a coffee lover, then you and your sweetie might especially enjoy a stay in this romantic locale. It’s the coffee region of the Andean mountains of Colombia, and this charming cabana provides you with an incredible view of the bamboo forest and a 5 acre organic farm. It’s the perfect place to relax in nature.

11. All Solar Palapa • Shipwrecks Break in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

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Talk about a unique setting! This rustic home overlooks a beautiful beach, where you can relax, swim and surf. It’s where the desert meets the sea and you can have many hours of watching the wildlife and exploring in this area. Despite the seclusion, you’ll still have WiFi and all the comforts of home.

12. Three Bedroom Apartment with Ocean View in Salinas, Ecuador

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Want to explore the beach and more? Then this is the Airbnb that you should stay in. The apartment is right across the beach and really close to restaurants, which is lovely. You’ll have gorgeous ocean views and can explore the Malecon of Salinas for a walk or even cycling.

13. IpaChic! 2BD + View, Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Why stay in some hotel when you can stay in a gorgeous, remodeled two bedroom apartment that is on a high floor and features spectacular views of the famed Brazilian beach? Located in the heart of Ipanema on a quiet street and very close to the beach, you can enjoy all that this city has to offer… and more.

14. Romantic Suite in Family Home in Valparaiso, Chile

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Valparaiso is a UNESCO Heritage City and you can enjoy so much in this romantic city, especialyl if you stay in this Airbnb that offers views of the Pacific Ocean and more. You’ll be close to the city center and some of the best tourist sites, plus easy access to local transportation. 

15. Magical Home, Gardens, Waterfall in El Roble de Santa Barbara, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has some truly amazing Airbnb places, and this is one of the top ones. You’ll be surrounded by gorgeous gardens and nature, but also be able to walk to a 40 foot waterfall nearby. I mean, talk about a magical way to spend your vacatioN! THere’s also a beautiful kitchen and you won’t be too far from local restaurants either.

16. Casa Florencia Suite in Rincon, Puerto Rico

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Head to Puerto Rico ASAP and experience the island in post-Hurricane Maria. You can volunteer or simply relax, and all of that can be done in Rincon. If you stay here, you will be in the hillside of Rincon and have a glorious mountain view. You might even see some of the ocean from the pool and terraces, which is amazing. Oh, and did I mention that you’ll be a short drive from the main beaches? Score!

17. La Villa de Soledad Boutique B&B in La Ceiba, Honduras

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Want to be in a completely remote location? Then you’ve come to the right place. This Spanish Hacienda style architecture allows you to enjoy many large, open spaces that blend perfectly with the outdoors but also offer comfortable private rooms. Located in the Cangrejal River Valley, you’ll have a peaceful time indeed.

18. Casa na Árvore nas Montanhas in Monte Verde, Brazil

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You can have a wonderful time at this Brazilian house, which is located in a wonderful part of the country. The only caveat with this listing is that there are no English speakers available to help… But if you know Portuguese or are willing to learn a few key phrases, then this treehouse is definitely for you. I mean, how gorgeous, amirite?

19. La Pepita de Marañon Glass Cottage in Las Lajas, Panama

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This perfect little bungalow, which is the first of its kind build with glass bottles in Panama, is a truly unique experience for you to have. You might not have even considered to come to this Central American country before, but you should definitely cozy up in the room and experience the wonderful views of the mountains all around. You might even get to have a relaxing vacation.

20. Cabaña Frente al Mar in Tomé, Chile

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What a great location (and a 5-star rating from most of the guests that stay here), this quiet location is surrounded by excellent views and great privacy. You might be looking for the beach, which is great since you won’t be far from it either. It’s seriously a magical place.

21. The World Famous Seashell House in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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Have you ever seen something so beautiful? This Seashell house is world famous for a reason and has appeared on many “must stay here” lists for Airbnb properties. With this one, you’ll have a private pool, two king beds, a kitchenette, and the entire property. You’ll surely be able to relax when you’re in paradise, amirite?

22. Cabaña Encantada en Bosque in Cariló, Argentina

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Do you want to stay in a little Snow White cottage in the middle of the forest, but in South America? Then here you go! It’s situated in a cul de sac that is perfectly tranquil, and is a great place for you to experience all that nature has to offer. It’s also close to the sea, so you’ll be able to relax in the sunshine too.

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