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UPLIFTT | June 21, 2017

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Also called a movie or motion picture, is a series of still images on a strip of plastic which, when run through a projector and shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving images.

Embrace of the Serpent: Cultura Occupying Space

March 11, 2016 |

One warm morning in Santa Barbara, California, I coordinated a field trip with my Latino students to see Embrace of the Serpent during the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

As we were waiting in our VIP line with … Read More

African American Exceptionalism and the Truth Behind the Rage over Zoe Saldaña Playing Nina Simone

November 9, 2015 | 26

In a recent article from the Huffington Post, Zoe Saldaña talks about the Nina Simone biopic that has been controversial all over the Black blogospheres. Saldaña said: “the people behind the project weren’t my cup of tea.” She also said, … Read More

Why Black Students in Higher Education Need to Keep it 100%

September 30, 2015 |

In the movie Dear White People there are three types of Black people at the universities and colleges. Being at an Ivy Leaguer and observing my surroundings has really taught me a lot of things in regards to those definitions.

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A Star is Born in Pocha: Manifest Destiny—Veronica Sixtos

September 24, 2015 |

Once in a while the stars align to give birth to a new one. That’s exactly what happened to Veronica Sixtos in Pocha: Manifest Destiny. A star was born.

The 23 year old makes her leading debut as the … Read More

Kenneth Castillo & Marigold The Matador

July 31, 2015 |

One of the most prolific Latino indie filmmakers is at it again. Kenneth Castillo is working on his 7th feature film, Marigold the Matador. As avid fans of kenneth’s body of work, we decided to dig a little deeper and ask him … Read More

The Error of Blaming The #Latino Community for Celebrities’ Flops

June 12, 2015 |

I’ve always wondered why certain celebrities say that Latinos aren’t united and don’t support each other. Especially when it comes to Hollywood.

You can’t conflate entertainment with charity or support. It’s disingenuous to blame the community for our flopped ventures. … Read More

Warning Shots to @NPR- Apologize to Latinos or We Will Boycott You

April 12, 2015 |

After getting wind of the way NPR mishandled Latino USA for its alleged biased coverage of Chicago’s mayoral race between Jesús “Chuy” García and Rahm Emanuel, I had to wait a couple of days to write this. I could not … Read More

Latino Cartoon Characters

January 22, 2015 |

This is a work in progress list of Latino Cartoon Characters in the States. From positive to negative portrayals, from accurate to stereotypical, from great to offensive. You decide.

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Guerra Y Paz: The Racial Politics of Hollywood

January 22, 2015 |

Get your angry emails and unfriend buttons ready as I’m about to take a Cleveland Steamer on something very popular called American Sniper. Over the weekend, I didn’t make it to the movies but I did have the privilege of … Read More

Rosie Perez – The Most Fascinating View on Television

November 6, 2014 |

After nearly 20 years of being on the air, ABC finally hired an identifiable Latina co-host on The View. In September, when the show began its new (18th!) season, actress, choreographer, activist, and author, Rosie Perez, joined the show as … Read More