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Broadway Legend Chita Rivera Will Be Honored With The Lifetime Achievement Award at This Year’s Tonys

Chita Rivera might not have won an Oscar for her portrayal of the beloved Anita of “West Side Story,” but she is the Broadway star that first put the no-nonsense Latina on the map. Long before Rita Moreno won her Oscar for her performance of the Puerto Rican shark girl who loved America, Rivera captivated audiences with the work she did for the character on stage. Still, despite never getting quite the same amount of credit as Moreno did in Hollywood, Rivera has established herself as a legendary Broadway icon in her own right.

As a winner of not one, but two Tony Awards for Best Lead Actress in A Musical, the Puerto Rican entertainer will now be honored by the award for her lifetime achievements and contribution to theater.

The Broadway legend became the first Latino American to have ever received a Kennedy Center Honors award back in 2002.

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The Broadway veteran found fame in 1957 when she landed the original role of Anita in the Broadway production of “West Side Story.” In the six decades since, the performer has scored 10 Tony nods and two wins. Her first Tony Award came in 1984 for her performance in “The Rink” and again seven years later for her 1993 role in “Kiss of The Spider Woman.” Rivera has been known as the pioneer of Broadway roles, having also been the originator of characters like Velma Kelly in “Chicago” and Rosie in “Bye, Bye Birdie.” Besides her many Tony nominations and awards, Rivera was also honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

In a statement issued to the Hollywood Reporter, Rivera spoke of what the award means to her saying, “I could never have imagined the amazing journey I have had in the theater. I would not trade my life in the theater for anything as the theater is life.”

Rivera and Moreno’s public relationship served as a shining example of Latina empowerment.

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There’s no doubting the entertainment’s industry love some girl on girl fighting. Still, despite the many female stars who fell victim to Hollywood’s efforts to create dramatic rivalries (the bitter relationship between Betty Davis and Joan Crawford is still talked about to this day, and it’s hard to find a mainstream digital media site that has not analyzed the female stars of Sex and The City bit by bit), Rivera and Moreno remained respectful toward each other throughout their careers. Despite various efforts to muster up friction (there is even a play about Chita’s life that includes a fight between the two stars), both actresses have expressed their fondness for one another. Rivera, who has often been mistaken for Moreno in interviews, once called Moreno a “great friend” after she had to correct a Fox news host who believed she had played Anita on screen.

In a 2009 profile interview, Moreno said of attempts to cause controversy between the two actresses, “Oh, it’s gotten very old and boring at this point. Chita performed at the Rrazz Room recently, and of course I went to see her, and we laughed and carried on a lot. And she came to see my show at Feinstein’s in New York, which was really delicious because she has the most raucous, dirty laugh you’ve ever heard.”


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This Quietly Posted IMDB Page Could Mean ‘Coco 2’

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This Quietly Posted IMDB Page Could Mean ‘Coco 2’

To say our worlds were rocked when Pixar finally gave us a touching film about la cultura a few years ago would be the biggest understatement of the century. ‘Coco,’ the 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy starring Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal and Benjamin Bratt filled our hearts and also brought us to tears. Still, as satisfying as the film was, there’s no doubt it left us craving more. And it looks like we might just get it.

An IMDB page for Coco 2 has been created and I’m sorry but I can’t stop freaking out!!

According to IMDB user anthandsoc-95189 who appears to have long had the inside scoop on upcoming films, ‘Coco 2: Return To the Land Of the Living’ is in the works! Some digging around has also revealed that another sight might have information on the plot and characters of the sequel film. Of course, this information has yet to be confirmed and might be purely a wish, but if it is we’ll dream big!

According to IMDB ‘Coco 2’ will take place 6 years after the first film

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The IMDB page says “It’s been 6 years since the events happened for Miguel. But when Hector, Imelda, and his great grand-abuelos need Miguel’s help to come back to the Land of the Living because some mysterious sinister masked skeleton is haunting and rules their world with an iron fist and sword and hates music.”

Which means, if IMDB is correct, we haven’t seen the last of Mama Coco!

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Sweet Coco could have a really big role in the new film!!

Of course, other sites have other insights into the could-be sequel…

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Because of course everyone has an opinion!

According to Fandom.com ‘Coco 2’ will take place six years after the first film.

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We’ll see Miguel’s family attempt to throw him a fiesta, but sadly Miguel, still upset about Mama Coco’s death, will be upset.

When Miguel meets a sophisticated, ghostly and well-bred skeletal spirit Miguel will attempt to return to The Land Of The Dead for a vacation.

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Now that’s an insane idea for a spring break.

In this version of the sequel, Miguel will a dark black hole to go back to The Land Of The Dead, to see Papa Hector and Mamma Imelda.

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Of course, Miguel will be astonished when he sees his old family members for another time and finally gets to see Mama Coco.

Soon enough, Miguel is racing against time, once again, to avoid being a skeleton.

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But this time, Marcel might not be so bothered by the idea of living amongst the dead for forever.

Of course, all of this is speculative. Who knows if Pixar has plans for a sequel in the works, but as one fan points out this clip by Pixar on the DVD release has some great hints!

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Fingers crossed!

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

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Video Dug Up From Cardi B’s Past Shows Her Saying She Used To Drug And Rob Men

Stay grateful you did not grow up in the era of Snapchat/ Instagram/ Facebook kids because you can delete but your recorded actions can still come back to bite. Cardi B knows the story. While the Afro-Latina queen of Trap isn’ making any apologies, the latest video to be dug up from her past is requiring her to give some answers.

Video of the singer, recalling a time in her life in which she felt forced to drug and rob men while seducing them has resurfaced.

Over the weekend, video of the “Money” rapper recalling how she used to drug and rob men resurfaced.

The video, which was recorded during an Instagram live broadcast, sees Cardi as she goes on a tearful verbal tirade about her past. This after, someone apparently questioned her success and accused her of not “putting in no fucking work.”

“I had to go ‘oh yeah, you wanna fuck me? Yeah yeah yeah let’s go to this hotel.’ And then I’d drug [expletivie] up and I’d rob them. That’s what I used to do.”

Users online were quick to comment.

“The fact that cardi b admitted to drugging and robbing men she would take back to a hotel for sex blows my mind,” wrote Twitter user @itsangelaa. “That’s not ‘keeping it real.’ that’s a crime.”

“I wonder what woulda happened if it were the other way round,” @BTSisthecauseo5 commented.

At the onset of the backlash, the rapper seemed to take the comments rather lightly.

The following day she also tweeted “IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE, IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE and I love it.”

On Tuesday, however, after users on Instagram and Twitter continued to simmer, she was forced to issue comment.

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In a post to her Instagram, the rapper responded to the comments about the video by saying: “I’m a part of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are.”


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