Hoping to lead by example, Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez has launched Movement Mondays in order to highlight and increase the visibility of Latino actors and actresses. Her first post, featuring Oscar Isaac, can be seen on her Instagram right now.
With all this Oscar Talk and lack of diversity I decided to start a movement and speak from the perspective of a Latina American who desires to see more Latinos on screen. There are 55 million Latinos in this country and although we all come from various backgrounds our unity can make a movie explode at the box office or a tv show soar to the highest viewers possible. The better these projects do financially, the more money they will spend on putting Latinos In blockbuster films, as leads in tv shows Etc. My solution is this, support is needed. Right now there isn’t one Latino that can Greenlight a movie. That means no studio will put their money behind a Latino face as a lead of a movie because they don’t believe we can make their money back. I am told time and time again “Latinos dont watch Latino Movies. Latinos don’t support each other” and sadly that is true. I’m not saying go and see a movie you don’t like to blind support, im saying if you want to see us represented on film and tv, if you want to see Latinos nominated for Oscars, we NEED to support one another. The industry sees money, the excuse can’t just be racism. We can make a difference in a very powerful way if we unite our support as one Latino community.
She will be featuring a different artist each Monday and she is asking her followers to do the same. Keep an eye on her Instagram for more.
I think she raises a valid point, Hollywood is all about the $$$ and if they see that there is money that can be made, they are more likely to go after that market like a dog after a bone.
Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 days Later) is assembling a kick-ass cast for his next movie, Annihilation. So far Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Natalie Portman (Star Wars, Thor) are in, and today word broke that Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) is in talks to join them.
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE *takes a breath* EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
Annihilation is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel of the same name. It follows a group of women, a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor, who are sent on an expedition into Area X, a mysterious place that is cut off from the rest of humanity. They are the 12th expedition into this area and the previous 11 did not have happy endings.
The source material for this movie sounds exciting, especially since the characters are all written for women, and this cast sounds like it can really take the story to the next level. The film should shoot later this year for release on 2017. We will try to keep you up to date as this story develops.
For anyone who doesn’t understand that representation matters, I dare them to watch Gina Rodriguez talk about what Rita Moreno means to her. Gina wondered where all the Puerto Ricans were, so her mom showed her Rita Moreno. Now we owe Mama Rodriguez and Rita for the delightful Jane the Virgin.
Last night on the Kennedy Center Honors, Gina gave a moving speech on what Rita has meant to her. It’s short at just over a minute, but I can tell you that there is high probability that you will be sniffling by the time that 1:13 is up.
After praising the Golden Globes for putting out a more diverse group of nominees than some other awards I could name, I must now gift the the unfortunate person behind the Official Golden Globes Twitter account with the They All Look Alike award. Whomever this unfortunate, and probably after today unemployed person is, they confused their own presenter America Ferrera with nominee Gina Rodriguez:
Don’t you just love it when a troll gets a spanking? The worst trolls are the ones who are ignorant but don’t let that ignorance stop them from making dumb-ass statements.
Recently one of these trolls decided to take Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez to task for her Spanish language skills. Now keep in mind this guy lives in Spain, so he has no clue how things work in the USA:
Easy for a guy who lives in an Spanish speaking country to say, isn’t it?
The October Glamour Magazine focuses on TV and two of our favorite WOC are gracing the cover. Taraji P Henson and Gina Rodriquez split cover duties with Emma Roberts, talking about how they have broken racial barriers in Hollywood.
Remember during the Sony email scandal the executive talked about how a black person couldn’t open a film over seas? Well Taraji’s experience is some what different:
“[Cookie] is everybody’s alter ego. She crosses cultures,” Henson tells the magazine of her Empire character. “[Last year] we went to Paris and screened the pilot for a thousand people. Lee Daniels [the series’ co-creator] brought me onstage. The audience stood up on their feet and clapped. I cried because, for so long in Hollywood, I’ve been told that black women don’t do well overseas, that they can’t open a film overseas.”