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Yalitza Aparicio Gave The Best Advice Ever On Plaza Sésamo

Growing up as a little brown girl, rarely (if ever) did I see a person that looked like me on TV. Sometimes, on Spanish-language programming, I’d see Latinas who had darker skin tones — but more often than not they were parodied versions of what white people assumed indigenous people to be. Unfortunately, those stereotypes are still with us today. However, thanks to Sesame Street, I did have a brown Latina role model that I could look up to, and that was Maria, played by the fantastic Sonia Manzano.

Now, another beautiful Latina — who was once unknown, but has captivated the world with her talent will do what Sonia once did for me.

Yalitza Aparicio made a special apperarence on Plaza Sésamo to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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Aparicio joined 3-year-old Muppet, Abby Cadabby, and the two had a lovely chat about believing in oneself, how imagination can help you achieve your dreams, and how to be persistent about your goals in life.

The brief segment began with Aparicio showing Abby on a globe all the places she’s been able to travel since the release of her Oscar-winning film “Roma.” Abby said in Spanish “when I grow up, I want to travel the world just like you!”

Aparicio said that she too dreamed of traveling the world when she was a little girl. Abby asked the Oscar-nominated actress what advice she had for her to make her dreams a reality, and Aparicio gave her the best response ever.

Aparicio advised Abby: “if you believe in yourself and work really hard, you’ll be able to accomplish all of your dreams.”

Then Aparicio told Abby to repeat the phrase over and over “if I can imagine it, I can accomplish it” so she never forgets how to reach all of her goals.

Now those are words to live by!

Click here to watch the segment.

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Indigenous Mexicans Were Able To Watch A Special Screening Of “Roma” In Their Native Language Of Nahuatl

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Indigenous Mexicans Were Able To Watch A Special Screening Of “Roma” In Their Native Language Of Nahuatl

The official countdown for the Oscars is long over, but there are still some that have yet to see “Roma” — which received the most nominations of any other film. While the general public has either seen “Roma” in the theater, the majority have watched it on Netflix. Yet still, the streaming service is a privilege, and many understand that, which is why some have made it possible for a marginalized community to see the movie that is in large part about them.

Ecocinema, an organization which aims to bring cultural movies to underserved communities had a screening of “Roma” for indigenous Mexicans in Cuentepec, Morelos.

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To celebrate Día De La Lengua Materna — Day of the Mother Language — Ecocinema had a screening of “Roma” to a small community in Cuentepec, which is about a two-hour drive south from Mexico City.

The population there is roughly 4,000 people and they speak the indigenous language of Nahuatl. That meant organizers had to translate the movie.

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Ecocinema worked alongside with the people of Cuentepec to make sure they had the translation down correctly. “Roma” director, Alfonso Cuarón, has aired his grievances about the discrepancies in which his film was translated incorrectly to audiences in Spain.

From the looks of it, audiences in Cuentepec certainly enjoyed the movie.

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We love that this community was able to enjoy this incredible film, and understand how rare it is to see the representation of themselves on the big screen.

We love this close up of a little boy who looks completely mesmerized by the movie.

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It almost appears as if he is crying.

Here’s another beautiful image of women captiavated by the film.

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We can only imagine what they must be thinking while watching an actress who looks so much like they do.

Actress Yalitza Aparicio also shared her adoration for this screening and the recognition of embracing indigenous languages.

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“Our mother tongues is a sign of our cultural richness and diversity,” she said on Instagram.

Aparicio, who is from the town of Tlaxiaco in the state of Oaxaca, has been praised by her indigenous community for excelling in her role and bringing much-needed representation to the film industry.

“Yalitza from Tlaxiaco in Hollywood, that’s just wow! She’s such an inspiration to me,” Arleth Velasco, a 16-year-old from Tlaxiaco, told The Guardian. The community there is planning to watch the Oscar award show outdoors in their main plaza on Sunday.

“The film shows everyday life of our community, it is a reality that Mexicans who criticize Roma don’t want to accept,” Velasco told the publication, and was referencing, the disparaging remark that a Mexican telenovela actor said about Aparicio. “Yalitza’s triumph shows that people like me with few resources, us ‘indios,’ can be someone.”

READ: White Mexicans Are Despicably Targeting Yalitza Aparicio, But She Is Standing Proud Of Her Indigenous Background

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‘Roma’ Star Yalitza Aparicio Says She Wants Everyone To Stop Aging Her

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‘Roma’ Star Yalitza Aparicio Says She Wants Everyone To Stop Aging Her

By this point, anyone with a Netflix account or just general access to the internet has an idea of Yalitza Aparicio. The newly minted actress and star of Netflix’s “Roma” has garnered various award nods including an Oscar nomination for best actress, stunned on red carpets and become the face of the progress and representation in Hollywood so many people of color have thirsted for.

In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, the actress from Tlaxiaco, Mexico spoke about her hopes to break barriers and stereotypes in films. 

Speaking about her desire to not be described as “the face of Mexico” Yalitza told the magazine that the country, like Latin America, is made of “very different sort of hues and characteristics.”

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“What I would like to see is for more of that diversity to be represented,” Aparicio explained. “For there to be more of those faces that you’d see and live within your day-to-day. For example, for me, growing up, I never got to see people who looked like me or like any other people that I grew up with. That, over time, made me lose interest in cinema and to really focus on things that I considered to be more like reality because everything that I saw in the film just seemed completely like fiction.”

On the various stereotypes, the actress would like to see mainstream media rid itself of, the actress said she wants a start with the portrayal of mothers.

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“Another thing that I really like about the movie is that you see a single mother, which was not something that’s looked upon very nicely, but you see the strength of that mother and her ability to survive. I think that’s also very valuable,” the actress said.

The actress revealed the film gives her quite a bit of hope for the future of Mexico City and how it is perceived.

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“For the people who are Mexican, that they don’t forget certain aspects of our history, and for people who are not Mexican, that they get to learn more about all the different languages and different landscapes that make up Mexico.”

Speaking honestly about the process of filming, Aparicio admitted that she caught stage freight on a few occasions.

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“There were many things. One of them was just being surrounded by cameras and trying to forget and not get so nervous, to be able to just act and do the things that were being asked of me. Something that I always forget to say in interviews is that I actually had to learn Mixteco. I don’t actually speak Mixteco. The person who taught Mixteco to me is Nancy [García], who plays Adela in the film. Because we didn’t have a script, we had to practice right before the shoot every day in how to pronounce it and how to get it right.”

On her Vogue Mexico cover, Aparicio says she was deeply moved by public reaction.

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“I wasn’t expecting how much happiness people expressed at seeing such a different face on the cover of something like Vogue México. A lot of people wrote to me and said to me that it really meant a lot to them to see that because they aspired to that and they didn’t think that they could do that. For me, the thing that means the most to me is giving people a sense that this is possible, that this opportunity would actually be something that could happen.”

Aparicio credited her mother for helping her develop the right presence for her role.

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“I would give my mom the credit for that. I think she really is the one who inculcated certain values like these in me. It goes back to my mom.”

Of course, Aparacio’s family is very excited about her success.

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“They’re very happy, and like myself, they’re very surprised to hear some of the things that are happening because they don’t know anything about this world. They just keep encouraging me to keep moving forward.”

In regards to the nonstop screenings and red carpets, Aparicio says she still grounded.

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“It has been overwhelming. A lot of actors who have a lot more experience than me come up to me and tell me that in fact my experience is a really overwhelming experience, that everything that’s happening is really big. I’m very aware of the fact that this might not happen again, so what I really try to do is ground myself in appreciating every moment and taking full advantage of what I can learn from every single moment I’m living through.”

Of course, the opportunity to wear established designs for the red carpets has been one huge perk from her view.

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“It’s very fun because I really sort of sometimes can’t get why they’re putting certain things on me or how they’re combining certain colors. Then I see the photographs, and I’m really taken aback by how great it all looks. It’s amazing to me because I’m not even good at combining colors.”

Speaking about her future in Hollywood, Aparacio admits she’s uncertain if she’ll continue acting.

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“At some level, yes, I do feel that responsibility and particularly toward people who look like me, a way in which I could continue to inspire them and give them the strength to keep doing what they’re doing. In that respect, I do feel a responsibility. Then also I feel like I discovered a love for acting that I’m still curious to see whether it’s something that I would deepen — [whether] it’s actually a love for acting, or whether it’s just an illusion that I’m living through at the moment.”

Surprisingly, the actress says that the first thing spent her big Roma check on was books.

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YA: The first thing that I did, because I was finally receiving an income, was buy a bunch of books. Now I can have some books that I’ve been wanting. The Lovely Bones — I bought that in Spanish. The Little Prince. One that’s called La Tregua in Spanish, a book by Mario Benedetti who’s a very well-known novelist.”

When it came time for Teen Vogue to do follow up questions with the star, they asked if there was anything else that she wanted to talk about and she said:

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“That I’m 25 and not 26 like some people are saying.”

LOL girl.

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