Friday, July 23, 2021

Disney debuts trailer for new Latino animated movie, ‘Encanto’, set in Colombia

Walt Disney Studios just released the trailer for its newest animated movie, ‘Encanto’, set in rural Colombia. The story follows the Madrigals, who live in an enchanted place where every child has extraordinary powers or an encanto, except one. Mirabel, who is 15, is the odd one out and struggles to find her place in […]

Supreme Court Upheld Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ in Arizona Voting Laws Ruling

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld the 2016 laws, 6-3, that experts say makes it harder for people of color to challenge voting laws. Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), said that the ruling makes clear that the Supreme Court is “woefully disconnected from social […]

Biden Announces Government Strategy to Encourage U.S. Citizenship

According to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services official, the Biden administration is introducing an effort to encourage eligible immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship. The effort comes from one of President Biden’s early executive orders that called on federal agencies to develop “welcoming strategies that promote integration, inclusion, and citizenship.” An official further stated, […]

California High School Stripped of Basketball Title After Tortillas Incident

A predominantly white high school basketball team in Southern California has gotten their regional title revoked after tortillas were thrown at a mostly Latino opposing team following a championship game last month. In a news release the California Interscholastic Federation stated, “After a thorough review and analysis of the incident following the conclusion of the […]

Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria, and Chef Jose Andres Named for the Latino Museum Board

For the Latino Museum Board, Sofia Vergara, Eva Longoria, and Chef Jose Andres among other have been named Actresses Sofia Vergara and Eva Longoria, musician and producer Emilio Estefan, and chef-activist Jose Andres have been appointed to the board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Latino, Smithsonian Board of Regents. Also named […]

Vice President Harris Makes her First Visit to the Southern Border

Last week, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Southern border in El Paso, Texas to see a migrant processing center following the criticism she received for not visiting the US- Mexico border. The Vice President toured the El Paso Central Processing Center, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility and spoke with 5 young girls […]

High School Basketball Coach Fired After Tortilla- Throwing Incident Involving a Predominantly Latino team

A school board in Southern California decided to fire a basketball coach in the wake of widespread criticism after tortillas were thrown at an opposing team. The board’s decision comes after some people in the audience threw tortillas to the Latino team as an altercation ensued at the end of a division championship between Coronado […]

New report reveals 2,600 Latinos were killed by the police or in custody in the past 6 years

While the true scope of the impact of policy brutality is difficult to know, a new report found that in recent years more than 2,600 Latinos were killed by police or died while in custody. The report was released last week by UnidosUS in partnership with a group of researchers, scholars, activists, and family members […]

Orlando’s LGBTQ Latino Community is Healing & Mobilizing 5 Years After the Pulse Massacre

Joel Junior Morales moved to Orlando a few years before the Pulse massacre in search of “his people”, LGBTQ people and Latinos. He found them but Orlando’s queer community at that time was less visible. He frequented Pulse, a beloved gay nightclub known for drag shows and Latin Nights. The bar was one of the […]

Ground Braking Movie ‘In the Heights’ Rejects Old Latino Movie Tropes

Lin- Manuel Miranda was only 19 when he first wrote what he called “a very bad musical” that saw only five notes make it into the final version of the “In the Heights”, which won four Tony Awards following its Broadway premiere in 2008. Now, after a long journey to get the right studio to […]