With The Mark Of Actresses Like Francia Raísa, Has Hollywood Booted The Sexy Latina Stereotype?

Francia Raísa has experienced a full year of empowerment. Last September, the Mexican-American actress made headlines when she underwent kidney surgery to give her friend Selena Gomez part of her own, and in the months that followed she was cast in ABC’s spin-off to “grown-ish” a television series that has been lauded for its portrayal of a successful, normal upper-class Black American family.  Looking back, it’s easy to see that the Latina who once starred in Freeforms “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” has come a long way as an actress and influencer of the entertainment Industry.

In her latest interview, she opened up about the aspects of her life and career she had to come to terms with in order to do so.

In her latest interview, Francia Raísa admits to white-washing herself to get jobs in Hollywood.

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The famous Latinas of 2018 appear to be a far cry from the ones most of us saw featured in Hollywood just a few years ago, let alone the ones we grew up watching. They’re unapologetic about their bodies, aren’t leaning into accents they might not have ever had, and they’re certainly not letting their Latina-status be used as a tool to exoticize or sexualize themselves on screen. In fact, a lot of them look quite a bit like Francia Raísa does. They pronounce their names properly, where hoops and nameplates when they want to, and they’re speaking out against the stereotypes Latinas face in casting and in Hollywood.

Speaking to Bustle about the mindset that got her to a point where she could play parts that weren’t stereotypical, Raísa admits that it wasn’t something she did so early on in her career. “Pursuing this career in general, it’s really tough, and there are things that people told me not to do, Raísa says before revealing that when going out to audition for parts she was told to pronounce her name in a way seemed more Americanized. “There were things that people told me to do that, for a second, I was like, I’m not comfortable, but I went off what they told me. Because I was just so desperate to make it, I was willing to do anything.”

Speaking to young women about staying true to themselves Raísa says stepping outside your comfort zone is essential.

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For Raísa, breaking rules has been a huge part of her growing experience as an actress, career women, and confident Latina. “So it means being comfortable in your own choices and your needs and wants, and getting out of your comfort zone and going for it — in all aspects of life,” she says.

Learning when to say ‘no’ has been another big aspect of that experience. She says that at one point she learned to say “‘No,’ I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to wear tight, short dresses. I don’t want to pronounce my name this way, because it is pronounced with an accent. Because I am Latina, and I’m very proud of it. And I don’t want to make myself seem more white just because that’s what’s more acceptable in society.”

H/T Bustle

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This Quietly Posted IMDB Page Could Mean ‘Coco 2’


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 García 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

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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!

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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

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

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Because of course everyone has an opinion!

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

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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.

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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!


Fingers crossed!

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


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.


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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