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Gina Rodriguez Posted A Photo About Latina Power, But Twitter Isn’t Cheering On It’s Lack of Diversity

It’s exciting to have voices like Gina Rodriguez in Hollywood. Not only is the “Jane The Virgin” star putting in work to broaden media perceptions of what it means to be Latina, the actress is also doing an amazing job of increasing Latina solitary behind the scenes. She’s making the entertainment industry cooler, holding it accountable for it’s lack of diversity, and also making it a hell of a lot more diverse than it was just a few years ago. When it comes to highlighting the struggles of Hollywood’s inclusivity of Latinas in media, Rodriguez is wearing all of the hats. Still, there’s quite a lot left to be improved. Yesterday the actress posted an image on Twitter that inadvertently highlighted a major failure on Hollywood’s part and just about everyone on Twitter is talking about it.

In a photo posted to her Twitter and Instagram accounts, Rodriguez did a little bragging about all of the Latina power in her midst.

Fiercely Latina. #LatinaPower ????

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It’s pretty exciting for most fans to see. Mostly because the 15 women in the photo are all successful Latinas in the industry.

Fans were so excited they even gave the crew of Latinas their own name and we are so about it.

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And if you don’t think Gina’s L-Force is loads cooler than T-Swifts squad, you’re a little cray.

Still, fans were quick to point out that something pretty big was missing from the photo.

A little thing called diversity. Even though the photo includes women from various Latin American countries, backgrounds and physical sizes… It was really lacking in its range of color, nawwhudaymean?

Of course, it’s exciting to see our girl Rosario Dawson coming forth to represent Latina women of color in the photo.

“The Unforgettable” actress of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent has long been a representation and voice for Afro-Latinas on screen. Also, Rodriguez has been vocal about her own Afro-Latina identity. Still, users made a great point about the common features all of the women in the photo share.

And as one user pointed out, it’s unfair to put the burden of representation on Dawson alone.

Especially because she is not representative of all the women that make up the Latina rainbow.

Rodriguez’s photo is a reminder that there’s still so much work to be done in terms of fully representing all women in the media, although this is a step.

Of course it’s exciting and inspiring to see so many famous Latinas standing together in one pic. Still the photo highlights a huge problem in the media. When it comes to Latino representation in Hollywood it typically takes a full stop at light-skinned or white Latinas. More popular faces of color like Zoe Saldana, Judy Reyes, Soledad O’Brien and Dawson are beautiful, but they still don’t do the job of fully encompassing diversity. After all, Latinas can be black, Asian, from all types of indigenous tribes, mixed-race, and so much more. And we are capable of so much more, including representing ourselves on screen. We’re pumped for Gina’s L-Force! We’re also super ready for them to bring more color to the conversation.


Read: The Way This Woman Compares Moros To Race Issues In America Will Blow Your Mind

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Royal Baby Already Being Called A Chimp Proving WhitePeople Still Can’t Stand Black Power And Have Inferior Jokes

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Royal Baby Already Being Called A Chimp Proving WhitePeople Still Can’t Stand Black Power And Have Inferior Jokes

In 2015, Emmy award-winning host Rodner Figueroa was rightfully dumped from Univision after calling Michelle Obama a monkey during “El Gordo Y La Flaca.” During a segment of the show, the host cracked “Michelle Obama looks like she is of the cast of ‘The Planet Of The Apes,'” as he pointed to a set of pictures of the First Lady. His words shocked and infuriated most people, but let’s be real, few POC were surprised.

Non POC have been associating Black people with monkeys for ions in an effort to denigrate them as less worthy of human than white people.

It is exactly what BBC DJ Danny Baker did and intended to do when he made a joke recently about the debut of the Black Royal Baby yesterday.

The broadcaster Danny Baker was fired by BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday after he published a racist post on Twitter yesterday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son, Archie, was compared to a chimpanzee.

The tweet, which has since been taken down by Baker, featured an old photo of a couple holding the hands of a suited chimpanzee. The caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”

Fortunately, it didn’t take long for the BBC to give the host the boot and in response tweeted the most unexceptional apology for a racist attack since Rodner Figueroa issued an apology for calling Michelle Obama a monkey and griped at her in an open letter blaming her for his own firing. (“I was verbally notified that a complaint from your office led to my dismissal,” Figueroa whined at the time.

Like Figueroa, Baker also refused to take his medicine and blamed just about everyone else for having “diseased” minds and misinterpreting the tweet.

“Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up. Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased,” he wrote in a tweet.

Yes, mi gente, if you ever need an example of how not to make an apology/ blame everyone else for your own wrongdoings just look to a racist white person. Of course, on different levels both Baker and Figueroa’s racist comparisons stem from an even greater issue. Black Power intimidates people who are both white and weak.

But you know what? The Black Baby Prince (and FYI he might a “lord” not technically a “prince” but we’re gonna call him that Black Baby Prince because that is the respect his Black Power deserves) and Michelle Obama stay strong and Black. And like the rest of us who’ve endured similar jokes they are always, always above the peons who couldn’t tell a bad joke from a good one if it fired them from their jobs, swiped their paychecks and slapped them on the face.

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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 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…

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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.

‘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.

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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.

‘Coco’ / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VplFL0KS75s

Fingers crossed!

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