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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.


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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…

‘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.

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

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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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bve_d3sFet7/

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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