Four Months After Making History, Ilia Calderón Continues To Fight For Afro-Latinos

In 2016, a Pew Research Center study revealed that nearly a quarter of U.S. Latinos self-identify as Afro-Latino. It’s a reality that likely flies under the radar for America’s average media consumer. And it’s no wonder why considering that today’s most popular examples of American Latino representation on screen come in the forms of Salma Hayek, Jennifer Lopez, Becky G, and Selena Gomez, and U.K born non-Latina, Catherine Zeta-Jones. (whose various roles as Latina characters are evidence of the fact that major industries are more inclined to hire Latinos for projects when they look only a shade darker than white.)

Noticero Univision’s Ilia Calderón is one example of how, even in the age of 2018, the inclusion of Afro-Latinos on screen remains a problem.


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In November of last year, the long-time journalist broke headlines when her role of co-anchor for Univision’s evening television news program was announced. As the flagship’s newest anchor the Colombiana had broken a major barrier in Spanish and English-language TV when, by taking the position, she simultaneously became the first Afro-Latina to anchor an evening newscast show for a major U.S. broadcast network.

In a recent interview with NBC News, the Emmy award-winning anchor explained how Afro-Latinos have it even harder when it comes to carving out a career path.

“I’m not gonna lie, I think it is hard. We are a minority within a minority, so the representation is not there,” Calderón explained. “However, Univision is showing other companies that Black Hispanics can be successful too, and hopefully the company sets an example for other companies, in the media and elsewhere.”

Calderón and the emerging faces of other Afro-Latinas like Zoe Saldana, Cardi B, and Amara La Negra have steadily begun to smash the Black and white only lens society sees through.

There is an onslaught of problems in the Latino community when it comes to embracing and accepting the minority groups that make up its identity. Afro-Latinos, Taínos, and Asians are just a few of the groups typically disregarded in national conversations about the Latino populations in the United States. Still, in spite of the fact that we come in many different shades and colors, the media continues to persistently favor those of us are lighter in color. It’s a tactic that primes audiences to lean into ideals that favor Euro-centric ancestry over the many other aspects of our genetic makeup.

Fortunately, the uptick of hip-hop artists like Amara La Negra and Cardi B, and actresses like Zoe Saldana and Lupita Nyong’o are beginning to challenge societal notions of Latino appearances. Slowly but surely, these Afro-Latinas are dismissing Latino stereotypes and beauty ideals and paving a way for their success on their own.

Read: How Afro-Latinas Are Turning Out To Be Marvel And The Sci-Fi Genre’s Secret Weapon

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Six Students Killed In São Paulo School Shooting Soon After President’s New Decree Loosens Gun Restrictions


Six Students Killed In São Paulo School Shooting Soon After President’s New Decree Loosens Gun Restrictions

At least six students and two employees were killed after two gunmen entered a school in São Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday. The gunmen– who are said to be former students at the school– killed themselves after the attack, according to police.

Police say that the shooters arrived at the school during a lunch break.

While the motives behind the shooting remain unclear, police say that the alleged gunmen were between the age of 20 to 25 and had opened fire on their former school during a lunch break. The two men are said to have shot an education coordinator and a supervisor before raging their attack on students who were out in the schoolyard. Soon after, the shooters went on to the school’s linguistic center.

According to reports, at least 17 other people were injured, including the gunmen’s first victim, a man who was working at a car wash in front of the school.

Brazil contains some of the highest murder rates in the world, but school shootings in the country have always been rare.

Unlike the United States, where school shootings have become commonplace in the news cycle (4 have already been reported in 2019 so far) the last major shooting in Brazil was in 2011. At the time, 12 children were at a Rio de Janeiro school.

Brazil’s newly-elected president, Jair Bolsonaro, recently signed a decree that makes buying guns easier in the country.

Sao Paulo Gov. Joao Doria has issued three days of mourning for the city.

In an itnerview with reporters, Doria said “I went to the place and was shocked by what I saw, our solidarity to all.”

Doria also told authorities that families will be offered financial assistance for medical and psychological help as well as funerals.

Brazilians and Latinos on Twitter have been quick to send their support and condolences to the country.

And many have been quick to express fears in a potential rise of gun shootings across the globe.

The shooting occurred almost a year since the shootings terrorized Parkland, Florida last year.

Last year, on February 14, a shooter at Parkland, Florida school Stoneman Douglas High School, killed seventeen students and staff members and injured seventeen others.

The victims of the attack soon arrested the attention of the country with a large campaign that advocated for tighter gun control legislation.

They made appearances on Ellen Degeneres and major news outlets, held a debate with the NRA and led a march on Washington.

Even J.K. Rowling was moved by Fuentes and the conviction that helped her to finish her speech.

@jk_rowling is this real? Oh my god I love you, thank you for believing me.3,5804:55 AM – Mar 25, 2018Twitter Ads info and privacy346 people are talking about this

Rowling’s tweet was, for many, validation of a spreading comparison on social platforms of the Parkland survivors to Dumbledore’s Army from the Harry Potter books. Think about it, these kids are bright, proving themselves to be fearless while under threat and also ready to fight for and save an entire country.

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News Of This Woman Killing Her 11-Year-Old Daughter Because She Suspected Her of ‘Having Sex’ Is Proof Of The Perils Of Purity Culture


News Of This Woman Killing Her 11-Year-Old Daughter Because She Suspected Her of ‘Having Sex’ Is Proof Of The Perils Of Purity Culture

In a tragic and shocking incident of domestic abuse, a woman in Florida stabbed her 11-year-old daughter to death on Sunday because she suspected she was having sex. The woman, Rosa Rivera, 28, inflicted roughly 15 stab wounds on her daughter, Aleyda Rivera’s, body because, according to Rivera, her daughter was smiling “different”, which prompted her mother to believe she had become sexually active. Rivera then drove her daughter to Winnie Palmer Hospital to be treated, but according to authorities, her daughter had already died from her injuries.

The case has captured the attention of the local media in Orange County, with the community reeling from such a shocking act of violence against a child.

According to an eye witness, before the homicide occurred, the girl denied to her mother that she was having sex. Her mother proceeded to remove the girl from the public area, placed her in her car, and stabbed her repeatedly in her back. At the moment, police believe that the girl was neither sexually active nor sexually abused.

This case is one of the nearly 700,000 incidents of child abuse that occur in the US annually.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina has asked anyone who knows of domestic abuse situations to report them to the authorities.

Latinas on Twitter have been grieving the loss of this young Latina who would’ve turned 12-years-old this Thursday.

So sad for this young beautiful girl that passed may god protect you in heaven ????— мєℓι ʝ (@MeliJudd) March 11, 2019

Child abuse and domestic violence are issues that are rarely talked about but effect thousands of people every year. When cases like these make headlines, it’s always jarring.

This woman simply said what everyone else was feeling.

This breaks my heart????— Ilona Perry (@IlonaAnn) March 12, 2019

Tweets like this are representative of the larger Orange County community in Florida who are grappling with the death of this young girl.

This Latina claims she was there when the tragedy happened:

I was driving right behind her pulling into the valet. I saw her attack the nurse with a knife trying to talk to her. I saw her get out the car. I saw hospital staff run to the car and just stare in shock with mouths open wide. This woman was not right…. ????— Betsaida (@betsycorrea258) March 11, 2019

Some Twitter users are demanding to know whether the woman was on drugs or mentally ill.

Other Twitter users have expressed rage at the fact that something like this could happen.

Pls what’s his happening to this world we live in?How can you stabb your own daughter 11 times! That’s is very baberic.She should face the consequences of the law.— charisshine (@kid28_cool) March 12, 2019

It is unlikely that Rosa Rivera was in her right mind when she committed an atrocity like this.

If you or someone you know are victims of domestic violence and/or child abuse, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence helpline at 1−800−799−7233 or call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.

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