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Xochitl Gomez Plays LGBTQ+ Character America Chavez in ‘Doctor Strange’ Sequel

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Xochitl Gomez is set to bring the LGBTQ Marvel character, America Chavez, to life on the big screen for the very first time in the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which premieres on...
Lifestyle

Latina Entrepreneur Launches Business With Latinx & BIPOC Investors

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
What would you say if we told you that the first-ever kid snack brand with no hidden sugars or masked veggies to go to market was Latina-owned and founded? What if we told you that brand is now ranked among...
News and Entertainment

BIPOC Kept Hollywood Afloat but Representation Still Low, Study Finds

Latinx representation in Hollywood is far from representative of our population in the U.S. and there’s a lot of work that needs to happen behind and in front of the camera. UCLA just released its annual Hollywood Diversity Report, and...
Culture

Afro-Cuban Photographer Emerald Arguelles is Dedicated to Uplifting Black Women in Her Work

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
What we don’t see all that often is photography dedicated to showcasing real Black women in all their beauty. Afro-Cuban photographer Emerald Arguelles is committed to changing that though. The 26-year-old former Marine turned to art when her time in...
Culture

New La Borinqueña Exhibit in San Juan, Puerto Rico Aims to Educate & Unite the Diaspora

As soon as I stepped through the door of Chocobar Cortés late in June 2021, I was met by a wall plastered with an image of the indy superhero La Borinqueña, created by Nuyorican graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, it was...
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Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay Gets Slammed for Attempt at Puerto Rican Pegao

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay of Hell’s Kitchen fame attempted to make Puerto Rican pegao on the most recent episode of his YouTube series, Scrambled: On the Road, and quickly drew the criticism of viewers who took to social media to...
Culture

Afro-Boricua Author Jaquira Díaz Talks Queerness, Pride and Representation

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
It’s been a busy couple of years for Puerto Rican author Jaquira Díaz since publishing her critically acclaimed memoir Ordinary Girls in 2019. She’s gotten married, lived through a pandemic, continued work on her first novel and embarked on several...
Culture News and Entertainment

Authentic, Tear-Jerking & Joy-Inducing, ‘In the Heights’ Gets it Right

It took a few days for me to have a spare near two-and-a-half hours to sit down and give In the Heights my undivided attention. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this film, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by...
Culture Family

9 Cartoons Featuring Latinx & Indigenous Characters

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Representation means so much to our kids as they process their identities, and there’s absolutely no denying that Latinx and indigenous representation is still severely lacking in the entertainment world. Case in point: 89-year-old Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno, was...
Culture News and Entertainment

10 Films Directed by Latinas You Need to Watch

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
It still absolutely boggles our minds that Latinos make up such a significant percentage of the U.S. population, yet we continue to be so grossly under-represented in the world of television and movies.  Latinx actors are routinely looked over even...
News and Entertainment

Puerto Rican Director Ángel Manuel Soto Will Direct Blue Beetle, the First Latino Superhero Movie

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson
Update 3/18/2022: George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo and Damián Alcázar have joined the cast includes Xolo Maridueña, Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escovedo and Harvey Guillén. The film hits theatres August 18, 2023. They join a cast that includes Xolo...