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Latinas Are Gearing Up To Run 2019: From Tessa Thompson’s Role in The New ‘MIB’ To J.Lo’s Skin Care Line, Here’s A Look

As 2018 inches toward its finale, we can’t help but look forward to the new year and get excited for all of the exciting and unpredictable things that 2019 has in store. Among the things we’re excited about is a newly-announced skincare line from the venerable Jennifer Lopez, which is set to be released in late 2019. But Lopez isn’t the only Latina that has exciting projects lined up in the new year. In fact, so far 2019 is shaping up to be a year chock full of Latina-Power so far. In addition to Lopez, we’ve rounded up some Latina-Power Projects to look forward to in the new year, starting with the ageless goddess herself.

Jennifer Lopez

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In response to a question about her skincare routine during her promotional tour of Second Act, Lopez revealed that she “will be coming out with a skincare line” that she’s been “working [on] for a long time”. She further explained why she decided to release it after her makeup collection, saying, “I don’t want to put [just] anything out”. According to Lopez, she hopes the line “encompasses all of the things I’ve learned, all of the secrets I have”. And suddenly, 2019 can’t come fast enough.

Gina Rodriguez

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There will be no escaping Gina Rodriguez in 2019–not that we’d want to. Not only will her action-thriller Miss Bala (a film with a 95 percent Latinx cast and crew) hit theaters in February, she will also be voicing the iconic Latina character Carmen San Diego in Netflix’s animated re-boot, set to premiere on January 18. And lest we forget, the fifth and final season of Jane the Virgin is rumored to be premiering in early 2019, officially making next year the property of Gina Rodriguez.

Cardi B

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Cardi B can’t–and won’t–slow down. Not only is she scheduled to make regular, showstopping appearances into 2019, but she’ll also be making money moves with her lucrative partnership with Reebook. It’s safe to assume that Cardi isn’t going anywhere for a long time.

Rita Moreno

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As we announced before, Rita Moreno is set to appear in Steven Spielberg’s much-anticipated remake of the beloved classic, Westside Story. According to Deadline, the actress will play an “expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store” from the original movie. According to Moreno, she is “tingling” over the opportunity to re-visit the story that made her a legend. She further stated: “Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself revisiting this seminal work, and to be asked by Steven Spielberg to participate is simply thrilling!”. We can’t wait to see her back on the silver screen where she belongs.

Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson isn’t letting some out-dated name of a movie stop her. In 2019, the talented Mexican-Panamanian actress will be starring in a “Men in Black” reboot with Chris Hemsworth. The fact that an Afro-Latina is headlining a movie that literally has “men” in the title is so refreshing–we can’t wait to see Thompson break down more barriers in 2019.

Isabela Moner

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As soon as we heard that a live-action version of “Dora the Explorer” would be coming to a theater near us, we couldn’t wait to see what Latina fabulosa would fill Dora’s little white tennis shoes. Luckily for us, we weren’t disappointed. Peruvian-American Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner was announced as the actress who had won the part among many. Moner stated that she was “excited and honored” to get to play the iconic character. “I grew up watching the show, and for me, especially as a Latina, Dora was an amazing role model”, she said. We can’t wait to catch Moner in theaters on August 22nd.

Valentina Garza

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Yes, we’re sad that “Jane the Virgin” is coming to an end, but we can’t help but be excited about its recently-announced spinoff. And in even more exciting news, this time the show will be run by Cuban-American writer/producer Valentina Garza. This will mark the first time a Latina has been a showrunner of a CW show. No news yet on when the new anthology series will premiere, but either way, Garza will have her hands full with development and pre-production all of 2019.

Anjelah Johnson/America Ferrera/Emilia Serrano

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In November, deadline announced that it was developing a sitcom called “All Fancy” that is starring Mexican-American comedian Anjelah Johnson, written by Mexican-American writer Emilia Serrano, and produced by Honduran-American actress, philanthropist and overall powerhouse America Ferrera. According to “Deadline”, the series will revolve around Johnson playing a “newly successful 30-something Mexican-American woman who often goes against cultural and social expectations”. Kudos for these Latina ladies making waves in Hollywood.

Gina Torres

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Finally, Cuban-American actress Gina Torres is getting her day in the sun. After co-starring in “Suits” for six years, USA Network has given Torres her very own spinoff that is currently in production and set to premiere in 2019. According to Deadline, the series, entitled “Second City”, will center on Torres’s iconic character Jessica Pearson as she “enters the dirty world of Chicago politics”. It’s so rare that a Latina–let alone an Afro-Latina–has the chance to star in her own show, that we’re jumping up and down for joy because of this one. We know Torres will be her usual, mesmerizing self in this role.


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America Ferrera Brings Actors Across The Border To Visit Migrant Shelters

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America Ferrera Brings Actors Across The Border To Visit Migrant Shelters

America Ferrera has never been a celebrity to stay quiet in the face of injustice, so it’s no surprise that the actress-activist has boldly responded to the Trump administration’s policy requiring migrants seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico.

Last week, the Superstore star led a group of actors, including Gina Rodriguez, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Wilmer Valderrama, Roselyn Sanchez and Kendrick Sampson, across the southern border to a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico.

There, the group learned how the policy was impacting migrants while speaking directly with immigration lawyers and shelter managers as well as families and children. They hope through this real-life education that they will become better equipped to challenge the Trump administration in the US.

“It is easy for me to look at these human beings and see myself. … This could very easily have been my reality in this lifetime,” the Honduran-American actress told the Associated Press about the trip.

The “Remain in Mexico” policy limits the amount of asylum requests border patrol can attend to per day. The process, which has also forced refugees, including thousands of Central American families who have filed for sanctuary from violence and poverty in their home countries, to stay in Mexico, has slowed down the process and created case backlogs in the immigration system and overcrowding in shelters in Mexican border towns.

“We were able to bear witness to how the current administration is treating refugee families. We MUST demand better,” Washington said in an Instagram post. “Let me be clear: it is legal to seek asylum. When people cross our borders, their human rights come with them. We must protect those human rights.”

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According to NBC News, the visit was organized by nonprofits Families Belong Together and Harness, an organization started by Ferrera, Valderrama and Ryans Piers.

Jessica Morales Rocketto, who heads Families Belong Together, told the news outlet that one of the women she met at the shelter had been waiting with her toddler since November to apply for asylum.

“People get to the border and think that’s the end of the journey, but it’s only the beginning,” Morales Rocketto said.

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20 Of The Most Bizarre Things to Happen On ‘Jane The Virgin’ Now That It’s Almost Over

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20 Of The Most Bizarre Things to Happen On ‘Jane The Virgin’ Now That It’s Almost Over

The fifth and final season of “Jane The Virgin” will be premiering next month, and while we’re happy that we’ll find out all the details behind the shocking twist that concluded last season, we’re sad that one of our favorite shows is coming to an end.

Fans have so closely followed Jane Villenueva through the twists and turns of her life, that her presence on their TV screens will be sorely missed. And since “Jane the Virgin”‘s last season ended on such an unexpected cliffhanger, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate the coming return of the soap-y dramedy with a list of all of the most bizarre things that have happened on “Jane” so far.

1. Jane Getting Accidentally Artificially Inseminated

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That’s right–we’d be crazy not to start this list with the one that started it all and arguably the craziest plot point so far. In case you need a refresher, the premise of “Jane the Virgin” revolves around the story of a young virgin (Jane) who is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine gynecological exam. Pretty crazy stuff–but the series executes otherwise eye-roll inducing plot lines with such realism and humor, it’s hard to resist!

2. Jane Finding Out Her Father is a Famous Telenovela Star

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Early on in JTV’s first season, Jane discovers that the father she’s never met happens to be the most popular telenovela star on TV, Rogelio De la Vega. Over the course of four seasons, Rogelio and Jane’s relationship evolves from an awkward friendship to a rock-solid father-daughter relationship.

3. Roman Zazo Returning From The Dead–And It Actually Being His Twin Brother, Aaron

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When previously-murdered Roman Zazo arrives at Petra’s door, it was easy to jump to the conclusion that he had faked his own death (this is “Jane the Virgin”, after all). However, we soon found out that Zaz had a secret twin brother named Aaron whom he’d never mentioned before.

4. Rose Being the Infamous “Sin Rostro”

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During the first season of “Jane the Virgin”, Sin Rostro was a mysterious villain that seemed to be one step ahead of everyone. What was worse, was that no one knew who he (or she) was. Fans were shocked when the criminal mastermind behind all of the chaos at the Marbella turned out to be Stepmother-cum-lesbian lover Rose Solano. No one saw that coming!

5. Mateo Getting Kidnapped as a Newborn

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Every mother’s worst nightmare came true on Season 1, Episode 22 of “Jane the Virgin”. While Jane was resting after giving birth to Mateo, a woman dressed as a nurse took him and delivered him to Sin Rostro (aka Rose). Luckily, Mateo was quickly rescued by Michael.

6. Rogelio’s New Assistant  Being His Mystery Stalker

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Usually the jokester of “Jane the Virgin”, it was unsettling for fans to see Rogelio deal with PTSD after being held against his will by his assistant, Lola, who was secretly the stalker who’d been anonymously threatening him.

7. Petra Inseminating Herself with Rafael’s Sperm Without His Permission

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Petra has never been afraid of getting her hands dirty to get what she wants, and she’ll use all the resources at her disposal to her advantage. In order to bind Rafael to her forever, a jealous Petra steals his frozen sperm sample and inseminates herself with it. The plan worked–she ended up pregnant with twins, assuring that her and Rafael would never be rid of each other.

8. Petra Having a Long-Lost Identical Twin Sister

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This story line was bizarre, but it also made for some great comedic moments. Unbeknownst to Petra, she had a long-lost twin sister named Anezka whom her mother had given up for adoption. Anezka was the opposite of Petra–weak, timid, afraid, and very un-stylish. But she had some great one-liners!

9. Magda Being Able to Walk

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Viewers of “Jane the Virgin” always knew of Petra’s mother, Magda, as wheelchair-bound, but we were kept in the dark as to the details. That’s why it was truly shocking when we see Magda (who we thought was paralyzed) standing from her chair in Season 1, Episode 9.

10. Magda Pushing Alba Down the Stairs

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It turns out, Magda only leaves her wheelchair for truly nefarious reasons. After Alba heads to Petra’s room to confront her about meddling in Jane’s life, she stumbles upon a hostage being kept in Magda and Petra’s room. In order to keep her quiet, Magda pushes her down the stairs, obviously with the intent to kill.

11. Sin Rostro Disguising Herself as Michael’s Police Partner, Susanna

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There was always something a little off about Michael’s new police partner, Susanna, but we always chalked it up to the fact that she was allegedly an undercover agent working to expose Michael for corruption. It turns out, that was all a ruse. Susanna was actually Sin Rostro (Rose) in disguise the whole time!

12. Finding Out Alba Wasn’t a Virgin When She was Married

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This plot-twist wasn’t as wacky as some of the other more out-there situations that Jane Villenueva finds herself in, but it was shocking nonetheless. After years of Alba warning Jane about the perils of extramarital sex, while simultaneously slut-shaming Xo for her sex life, we came to find out that Alba was not a virgin when she was married.

13. Anezka Paralyzing Petra and Assuming her Identity

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In one of the most telenovela-like story lines so far, Season 3 finds Petra’s long-lost twin sister, Anezka, injecting her with a paralyzing poison and assuming her identity. Luckily, Jane eventually suspects something is amiss and exposes Anezka.

14. Rogelio and Darci Having a  Baby

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When Rogelio and Darcy Factor decide to enter into a non-romantic co-parenting relationship in Season 3, we couldn’t have been happier for the both of them. However, the mid-season 3 year time-hop revealed that the two had grown to hate each other. It was definitely bizarre when Darci showed up a few episodes later pregnant with his child, and determined to keep it.

15. Michael Dying

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Michael dying in Season 3 was a massive shock to everyone watching the show, primarily because he had just endured a long recovery after being shot by Sin Rostro, and all signs pointed to him being fully healed. That’s why it was a shock to everyone when he died of heart failure after taking the stressful Bar Exam.

16. Britney Spears Randomly Showing Up as a Guest Star

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Britney Spears was always one of the celebrities that Rogelio loved to name drop, but like most of the celebrities he claimed to know, we never expected her to ever appear in the flesh. So color us surprised when the Princess of Pop herself showed up to the Marbella in Chapter Twenty-Seven!

17. Isabel Allende Randomly Showing Up as a Guest Star

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Any JTV fan worth their salt knows that Jane’s favorite author, and the one who’s career she hopes to emulate, is celebrated Chilean author Isabel Allende. Viewers collectively squealed when she showed up in a cameo as herself in Season 4, Episode 8.

18. Petra Killing Anezka

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Twin sisters Petra and Anezka had a strained relationship, to put it lightly, but we never thought either of them would act violently towards the other. That is, until Anezka threatened the lives of Petra’s children, prompting Petra to attack Anezka, which resulted in Anezka falling off a balcony.

19. Xiomara Being Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

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Sometimes the most terrifying things that happen to us aren’t the most outrageous. Xo getting diagnosed with breast cancer was shocking because it was so unexpected. Jane’s mother was arguably the most vivacious character on the series–she seemed practically invincible. Xiomara coming face-to-face with her own mortality was definitely jarring.

20. Michael Coming Back From the Dead

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And now, the twist to end all twists. After a three years (which translated into a full season) of grieving and healing from the loss of her husband Michael, Jane discovered that he was still alive. Since this was the finale of Season 4, we’re not sure what happens next! Sounds like it’s straight out of a telenovela, right?

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