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Here Are 9 Latinos Who Have Become Triple Threats In The Entertainment Industry

These talented Latinos prove skills can come in many forms—don’t ever put them (or yourself) in a box. From producing films and opening restaurants, here are nine celebs who are inspiring us to reach for las estrellas. After all, we are all capable of becoming triple threats.

1. Selena Gomez: Singer, actress and producer

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Selena Gomez is the name behind one of Netflix’s most popular (and controversial) shows in the last two years, serving as an executive producer for the streaming service’s adaptation of “13 Reasons Why.” Not one to leave her music career behind, Gomez has also been belting out hits this year such as “Back to You” and “Wolves,” as well as having a guest appearance at one of Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour. And don’t forget she first emerged on the scene as an actress, starring on the Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place.”

2. Eva Mendes: Actress, fashion designer and director

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Eva Mendes has recently put acting on hold for a bit in order to raise her family, which should be celebrated. She is still honing her skills in other areas, namely fashion design. Mendes is the face and designer behind her womenswear collaboration with New York and Company, of which she recently launched her fifth collection this past spring. She also has some writing and directing credit under her belt with the film short, “California Romanza.”

3. Gael García Bernal: Actor, singer and producer

Before he was giving us the feels during the song “Remember Me” in Pixar’s animated feature, “Coco,” Gael García Bernal was receiving critical acclaim for his starring roles in “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Motorcycle Diaries,”  “Amores perros” and “Y Tu Mamá También.” Behind the camera, he has executive produced films including the biographical film “César Chávez” and “Desierto,” a film about a migrant who leads a group across the U.S.-Mexico border. He also produced the upcoming Spanish-language series called “Aqui en la Tierra,” which premiered at Cannes this year.

4. Diego Luna: Actor, singer and producer

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Of course you can’t talk about Gael García Bernal without mentioning his bffl, Diego Luna. Both men are multi-hyphenates. Luna has starred in films such as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and partnered up with García Bernal as executive producer and director of “César Chávez.” He also sang covers for his starring role in the animated flick, “The Book of Life.” Luna and García Bernal also co-founded the Ambulante film festival, which showcases documentary films across Mexico for two months.

5. Jennifer Lopez: Actress, singer, dancer and the list goes on

What *can’t* J.Lo do? She has been wowing audiences for decades, from her killer dance moves in her Fly Girl days on “In Living Color,” her breakout acting role in the movie that will be #foreverinourhearts “Selena,” starring in romcoms including “The Wedding Planner” and “Maid in Manhattan” to singing about some bling bling on “El anillo pa cuando.” When she gets a break from all of that, she also produces and judges in the NBC television series “World of Dance.”

6. Rosario Dawson: Actress, singer and dancer

One of the OG Latina powerhouses, Rosario Dawson made her feature film debut in “Kids” back in 1995, and then went on to show off her pipes and dance skills in “Rent.” Dawson also helped create the four-issue comic book series, “O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce,” which was published in 2006.

7. Danny Trejo: Actor, producer and restaurateur

Playing the Machete character isn’t the only thing actor Danny Trejo is slays. After roles in multiple films and trying a hand at producing, the Echo Park-born-and-raised actor decided to take a bite out of the culinary world. He opened the first Trejo’s Tacos location near Miracle Mile in Los Angeles and a second one at USC Village in late 2017. Now he has six restaurants under the Trejo name, including three Trejo’s Cantinas.

8. John Leguizamo: Actor, screenwriter/playwright and producer

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As the son of Colombian immigrants in Queens, John Leguizamo used his comedic skills to defend himself from school bullies. Now he isn’t needing much defending. Leguizamo is out front with his sparring comedy, displayed in his recent Broadway show, “Latin History for Morons,” which was nominated this year for a Tony Award for Best Play. He has also written and produced a variety of one-man shows on stage. Leguizamo ended up taking home a Tony Special Award for Lifetime Achievement. Apart from his Broadway accolades, he has also played major roles in feature films including “Carlito’s Way” and “Romeo + Juliet.”

9. Dulce María: Actress, singer and dancer

Mexican actress, singer and dancer Dulce María first proved her acting skills in the telenovela classic “Rebelde.” She then catapulted with her co-stars into singing by forming part of the group RBD, which originated from the telenovela. She has recorded three albums as a solo artist, with DM as her most recent album.


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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Is Back For A Second Season: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Is Back For A Second Season: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

Since Netflix aired Narcos, the crime thriller retelling the rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia led by drug lord Pablo Escobar, the story has enjoyed indomitable success. After three seasons, Netflix and the show creators Chris Brancato, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard, created “Narcos: Mexico” a standalone story. Shifting the focus from Colombia to Mexico, the series tells the story of the Mexican drug trade all the way from the 80s down to what it is today. So, is there going to be a second season to the story? The answer is yes! 

Netflix announced the second season last year, just three weeks prior to the premiere of the first season. This upcoming season would make the franchise’s fifth installment. Little is known about the upcoming Narcos: Mexico 2 so far. There are numerous theories and speculations about what could possibly happen. So here’s all we know as of yet.

When will it be released?

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Netflix hasn’t announced an official release date yet. The series first dropped in November 2018, and production on season 2 began filming in Mexico City last year—where the first chapter was also filmed. All three seasons of Narcos and the standalone series have ten episodes per season, so if we follow the patternseries are usually released around the same time of year, we could expect a similar premiere date for the next installment around November this year.

The Plot and cast

At the end of the first season, it was revealed that Scoot McNairy, the unseen all-knowing narrator, was an agent who will lead a task force to indict those responsible for DEA Agent Kiki Camarena’s death, which is set up to be the plot for season two.

It’s speculated that viewers would witness what happened after the death of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent played by Michael Peña, who was captured and tortured before his death. The good guys in the DEA are expected to bring justice to the murder of one of their associates. And it’s been suggested that Kiki’s death would intensify the government’s war on drugs. 

“What occurred in Guadalajara gave beginning to the primary cartel. From that, others would observe. And the violence and cash and medicines, they simply fucking explode. It modified the DEA, too. Perhaps it woke us up, I don’t know,” Walt Breslin (Scoot McNairy) stated in the final moments of Season one, hinting at a possibly deepened war between the United States’ law enforcement and the drug cartel in season two.

Diego Luna and Scoot McNairy are set to return to the new installment of Narcos: Mexico. The cast will include Alejandro Edda as Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, Teresa Ruiz as Isabella Bautista, and Tenoch Huerta as Rafael Caro Quintero. It’s not certain if Alyssa Diaz will return to her role as Mika Camarena, the wife of Kiki. 

Depending on the direction the writers take Narcos: Mexico, the show could also see the rise of the Sinaloa Cartel in the late 80s as a result of Gallardo’s downfall after his capture and incarceration in 1989. 

Gallardo is currently serving his 37-year jail term in prison in Mexico for killing Kiki Camarena. The now 73-year-old said he was suffering from ill-health and wished to complete his sentence under house arrest. According to The Associated Press, Gallardo was denied the request. In a court ruling back in February of this year, it was decided that despite his advanced age, he was not qualified for release. 

Is there a trailer for season two?

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Gaumont International Television, the production studio behind Narcos: Mexico, has kept the show under wraps. We haven’t seen any trailers for the upcoming season revealed. It seems like we will only get to see images from season two after the production wraps. Diego Luna has said that the filming is still going on, so all we can do is keep a close eye on his social media to spot a sneak peek. 

The show recently received a WGA nomination in the “Episodic Drama” category. Diego Luna also received recognition for his role as Felix Gallardo. The Mexican actor was awarded a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series after the first season of Narcos: Mexico.

Going back to the roots of the modern drug war, Narcos: Mexico is set in a time when the Mexican trafficking world was loose and disorganized, run by independent growers and users. Throughout the show we will witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s with Felix Gallardo at the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire. A tragic chain of events unfolds as the drug trade grows and governments declare war against narco-trafficking for years to come. Season one is available to watch now on Netflix if you’re down for a binge run before the release of the second installment later this year.

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Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

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Selena Gomez Announces New Netflix Series ‘Living Undocumented’

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Selena Gomez continues her reign as a Netflix producer with Living Undocumented. It is always great when celebrities use their platforms to enrich and educate. Gomez has a huge platform and can generate huge numbers. 13 Reasons Why blew Netflix’s expectations out of the water, and I can’t help but think it’s because of Gomez’s enormous Instagram following. The girl has reach. 

As you might have guessed, Living Undocumented is a documentary series that follows the lives of undocumented immigrants as they navigate life under the looming threat of increasingly cruel immigration policies and ICE raids.

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“I am so humbled to be a part of Netflix’s documentary series Living Undocumented. The immigration issue is more complex than one administration, one law or the story you hear about on the news. These are real people in your community, your neighbors, your friends—they are all part of the country we call home. I can’t wait for you guys to see this and hope it impacts you like it impacted me. Available globally October 2,” Gomez wrote.

Living Undocumented 

Living Undocumented will focus on eight undocumented families. Premiering on October 2nd on Netflix, the show will chronicle the families as they face possible deportation. The narratives will range from hopeful to infuriating, but the series will put a human face on a dehumanized group of people. 

It cannot be said again that the United States has always struggled with two contradictory narratives: the one where it is a beacon of hope for the tired, hungry, and poor, versus the one where it has upheld numerous racist and xenophobic immigration policies. This is an issue that predates Trumpito, even if he has kicked it into it’s most degrading form. 

“I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented because, over the past few years, the word ‘immigrant’ has seemingly become a negative word,” said Gomez. “My hope is that the series can shed light on what it’s like to live in this country as an undocumented immigrant firsthand, from the courageous people who have chosen to share their stories.”

Gomez is joined by executive producers Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Mandy Teefey, Anna Chai, and Sean O’Grady. Chai will also co-direct the series.

“Living Undocumented is designed to illuminate one of the most important issues of our time. But rather than discussing this issue with only statistics and policy debates, we wanted viewers to hear directly from the immigrants themselves, in their own words, with all the power and emotion that these stories reflect.”

Humanizing immigrants is key

People don’t just bring guns into Walmarts to kill 22 innocent humans beings for no reason. It is no secret that President Trump’s dehumanizing language was a catalyst for the El Paso shooting. The suspect whose name shall not be invoked told officers he was looking to kill “Mexicans.” Mexicans — the Latinxs Trump referred to as rapists and criminals. The mass murderer also said he wanted to stop a “Hispanic Invasion,” in his manifesto. Trump called Central Americans “invaders.” 

According to Pew Research Center, this year they found that 58 percent of Latinx adults say they experienced discrimination because of their race or ethnicity. Across all races and ethnic groups, two-thirds of individuals surveyed say that expressing racist views has become more common since Trump was elected. 

This year, at a Trump rally, supporters were cheering about shooting immigrants. 

“How do you stop these people?” Trump asks. Then someone yelled back, “Shoot them.” Trump smiled. The crowd cheered. Three months later, the El Paso shooting took 22 lives.

“The language that criminalizes and makes Latinos out to be evil is affecting our own citizens and it’s going to have both short- and long-term consequences that we are starting to see in the Latino population,” Elizabeth Vaquera, an associate professor at George Washington University who studies vulnerable groups, told the Washington Post.

A Bipartisan Non-Issue Becomes A Partisan Issue

This immigration “issue” started off as a hoax but through Trump’s horrible policies he created this new immigration crisis. In 2017, when Trump took office, migrants arrested at the border were at the lowest level in three decades. 

Three former employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wrote in Politico, the border crisis is all Trump’s fault.

 “It is Donald Trump himself who is responsible. Through misguided policies, political stunts and a failure of leadership, the president has created the conditions that allowed the asylum problem at the border to explode into a crisis.” 

Public Religion Research Institute survey found that 80 percent of Democrats view the fact that the majority of the United States will be nonwhite by 2045 as a good thing, while 61 percent of Republicans say it is bad. 

The barrage of harmful rhetoric has turned what was not even a problem into a national crisis with opinions straddling partisan lines, and a heightened hatred of Latinx people. Living Undocumented might be exactly what this country needs.