Villegas's fame will help her with many of these basic necessities, but she is sure to experience some of the judgment I experienced for her decision to become a young parent. I hope she knows how important it is that she push back on this stigma.
Diversity on stage will give people of different backgrounds a reason to explore forms of entertainment new to them. Audiences want to relate to characters that look and sound like them.
The largest and most comprehensive exhibit of Cuban art ever presented on the West Coast holds its gala opening this Saturday and Sunday at Arena 1 Gallery in at the Santa Monica Airport for the start a 5-week run.
Their sound is different from anything in the Latino indie scene, as it contains elements of funk, soul and electric music in it. Their lyrics are all in Spanish, paying homage to their roots, as both Raquel and Luis grew up in the island.
History will not remember "The Fast and The Furious" as a work of art, but it will be the pioneering franchise that allowed a multiracial cast, predominately Latinos, to take center stage as full-fledged characters and not as caricatures of themselves - pillaging the box office in the process.
The menu is long with tapas, dumplings (above), large plates, vegetables, paellas and charcuterie, so I just asked Ureña to send out whatever he'd like. We cried "no mas!" after two hours of amazing food.
Latinos have made many more contributions in literature, journalism, military, business and finance, arts and entertainment, as well as politics. Despite this it seems the narrative, especially for those in a position to command the attention of a wide audience, is to relegate Latinos to nothing more than criminals and toilet cleaners.
Yes, some of us are immigrants, but we are more than just immigrants because there's no such thing as just immigrants. We dream, we create, we accomplish. We are who we say we are. Not what anyone labels us as.
Here's a story that stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump's troubled depiction of undocumented individuals in America. As a child Rafael Agustin Guerrero was brought to California from Ecuador by his parents.
Last year's number one rising girl's name was Aranza, the name shared by the Mexican singer who performed the theme song for the ultra-popular telenovela, Mirada de Mujer.
You can't conflate entertainment with charity or support. It's disingenuous to blame the community for our flopped ventures.
Ballet Hispanico's troupe is diverse to reflect "who we are as hybrids in the world." Pieces like Mancillas' are about what it means to be mortal and flawed, not what it's like to come from a specific race or ethnicity. The world isn't cookie cutter, and neither is Vilaro's company.
With a few ridiculously backward paragraphs and veiled and not-so-veiled claims of reverse racism at its finest, Deadline TV editor Nellie Andreeva made sure that the Hollywood portal looked as dated and as zombie-like as the WordPress website it sits on.
Several groups tried to make it into a film, but it was not until Disney took interest that it came to screen. Costner had been offered the role twice before and turned it down, but he said the third script created a character that he really believed could coach a winning team.
What Sundance 2015 illustrated is that both nationally and internationally, Latino themes are not only for Latino filmmakers to explore; rather, Latino filmmakers are increasingly sharing universally relevant and commercially marketable themes in their movies.
Certainly, the lack of variety in Hollywood is not the biggest problem in the world today, yet it is a serious issue and one that we can do something about. In the true U.S. tradition of protest we can boycott movies and shows that are discriminatory as a tactic to force change.