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Ricky Martin Tells Ellen About His New Acting Gig, Puerto Rico And How His 9-Year-Old Son Wants To Help The Island

“As a member of the LGBT community, we are still dealing with things that we dealt with in the ’90s.”

Ricky Martin recently appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and as usual he brought the charm. And the two covered a lot of ground during his visit.

Martin’s hometown of Puerto Rico came up. The last time he appeared on the show, the singer had helped raise a total of $2 million for relief efforts on the island. He was happy to report that since then that number has increased to almost $5 million. After spending the holidays in Puerto Rico, Martin tells Ellen that although people are happy and grateful to be alive, 53 percent of the island still remains without electricity. Because of this, some children are unable to attend school. It’s all a matter of working together and lending a helping hand, which is what one of Martin’s sons wanted to do, offering to break his piggy bank and give his allowance to kids in Puerto Rico.

In other news, Martin also tells Ellen about his recent role in “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” which recounts the murder of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was gunned down outside his mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

This TV series stars Edgar Ramirez as Versace, Martin as Versace’s longtime partner Antonio D’Amico, Penélope Cruz as Versace’s sister, designer Donatella Versace, and Darren Criss as Cunanan. As part of the LGBTQ community, Martin is extremely honored to play this role. Martin describes the series as “full of light, full of love, full of fashion, [and] full of beautiful colors.” After having the opportunity to speak to D’Amico himself, Martin made it his goal to do justice to the love D’Amico had for Versace, and the depression he faced after discovering his body. The series also gives Martin a chance to shed light on the continuing violence against the LGBTQI+ community, and the disparity of empathy and action afforded to victims from the community.

Even though we are used to seeing Martin on stage, we will now get to see him as an actor in a TV series, which is huge for him. In fact, this appearance on “Ellen” is his very first interview in America as an actor, and this year will also be the very first time he will be attending the Golden Globes. Keep an eye out for the series, which premieres on Wednesday, January 17.


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100-Year-Old Church Closes Amid Fear of Immigration Raids

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100-Year-Old Church Closes Amid Fear of Immigration Raids

After 100 years of serving parishioners, the All Saints Church in Detroit has closed its doors. On Dec. 31 they held their last mass. Many factors are listed as to why the historic church had to close, including financial issues and a newly constructed highway nearby. However, some point the main cause to immigration raids.

A reverend at a nearby church says a rise in immigration raids impacted attendance, and Latinos stopped showing up.

“ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has an informal agreement that they have affirmed that they will not go into churches and not hassle people going to church,” Rev. Marc Gawronski, a pastor at the neighboring St. Gabriel church, told The Detroit Free Press, adding that despite that agreement, “people are even nervous about being able to get up in the morning and go to church.”

The Latino community has always been a huge part of Michigan’s history, dating back to the early 1900s. They’ve also created roots with the local Catholic churches. But now with increased raids many are not even leaving their homes.

The Detroit Free Press reports that only three people showed up to one of the last Spanish-language masses.

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In 2017, ICE conducted several raids throughout Michigan. Many of the raids have targeted Iraqi nationals, as well Mexicans and South Americans.

Last month, 27 undocumented immigrants were detained by ICE in raids conducted in Western Michigan.

“Operations like this one demonstrate ICE’s continued focus on the arrest of dangerous criminal aliens as well as those who enter the United States illegally,” Rebecca Adducci, field office director for Enforcement and Removal Operations in Detroit, said in a released statement. “I applaud the dedicated men and women of ICE who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.”

Raids have increased immensely in the area since the election of President Donald Trump.

The ramp up in raids has caused many undocumented immigrants to stay indoors, and even away from sanctuary sites like churches. Some are even afraid to go to work.

In May, three Latino men were detained while working at an upscale restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

All detainees had no criminal background, but were taken because they couldn’t show proper documentation.

In a released statement on the detainments at Sava’s Restaurant, ICE said:

“While conducting a targeted enforcement action at Sava’s restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers encountered and arrested three individuals on immigration violations. Sergio Cardenas Rubio and Jesus Ortiz Hernandez unlawfully entered the United States without inspection at an unknown date and location. Mohamed Souman lawfully entered the country, but did not depart in accordance with the terms of his status. All three are currently in ICE custody.”

All Saints Church opened on Nov. 1, 1896. Only their soup kitchen that feeds hundreds of families will remain open.

“We knew the parishioners were low, and that could contribute to closure,”  Gabriela Bravo told the Detroit Free Press. “But in my case, I was surprised. I was hoping the Archdiocese would do something to save the church.”

People on Facebook had mixed reaction about the closing of the church.

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READ: A Guy In A Fake ICE Jacket Showed Up To A California Church And Took Pictures Of Churchgoers

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