BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Amanda Serrano, Karol G, And More

Oh, the Monday blues!

We’re working from home today, still wrapped in our blankets and waiting for the steaming coffee to give us the strength to fire up the machines.

But before we begin our day, we want to share the most important news of the weekend with you.

From Amanda Serrano’s epic fight to Karol G’s comments on the importance of her performance at Coachella, these are the most important news from the weekend.

Karol G talks about the importance of her Coachella experience

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Colombia’s reggaeton star Karol G told the media that she has not overlooked the importance of her participation at Coachella. With 20 Latin artists in its colorful and iconic lineup, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2022 will go down in history as one with unprecedented Latin American representation.

No Latina has ever headlined this internationally renowned festival, and it is very rare to see women headlining there. Only five women have done so since the festival’s inception 23 years ago, including Billie Eilish this year.

“Many artists start off on other Coachella stages and scale-up through the years. My first participation at Coachella, though it wasn’t as a headliner, was on the main stage, and two artists ahead of the headlining act,” Karol G, 31, said, seemingly amused at her own accomplishment. “That was a big commitment for me. … t was a moment for me to show who we Latinos are, to introduce a culture that many people may still not know very well.”

Latino Authors and Activists March Against Book Bans

Last Thursday, writers, artists, and activists, as well as supporters of the League of United Latin American Citizens of Texas (LULAC), the nation’s oldest Latino civil rights organization, boarded buses from San Antonio and Houston to Austin, staging a “March for Culture” along Cesar Chavez Street and then rallying at the Capitol. Their protest is the most visible protest against the Texas book ban organized by Latinos so far.

Jon Huertas and ‘This Is Us’ creator Dan Fogelman to launch fund for Latinos

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As NBC’s ‘This Is Us’ prepares to say its final goodbye on May 24, the cast and creator are leaving behind a legacy that will include a scholarship fund to support Latino students with big dreams in Hollywood. Jon Huertas, fellow cast members Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson, and series creator Dan Fogelman have partnered with the arts advocacy group Nosotros to create the Somos Nosotros Fund. It will be used to strengthen the quality of inclusion from a creative perspective.

TikTok signs Anitta to launch #Rompiendo program to highlight Latin music


Introducing Rompiendo: A new @tiktok series highlighting artists who are crushing it in Latin music! Starting with Brazil’s own @anitta 🇧🇷

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TikTok has announced the launch of a new program called #Rompiendo, which aims to “highlight the success and impact” of Latin music and artists on the app. The social media company’s program includes promotion, playlists, inclusion on TikTok radio, and a social media feature @MusicOnTikTok.

The first #Rompiendo artist in the new program is Brazilian star Anitta, whose track “Envolver” has been used in more than 2 million videos after the song and its dance challenge went viral on TikTok. A new #Rompiendo artist will be announced every two weeks.

Boxer Amanda Serrano doesn’t feel defeated after Saturday’s setback

For Amanda Serrano, Saturday’s setback was not a defeat. The fact that two women brought 19,187 people to Madison Square Garden and both generated a million-dollar purse was triumphant in many ways, regardless of the outcome.

Showing traces of her fiery bout with Ireland’s Katie Taylor on her face, Serrano showed up to the post-event press conference relaxed, happy, and proud of her performance and what both she and Taylor accomplished.

Women demonstrate in northern Mexico against disappearances

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Photo courtesy of EFE.

Dozens of women held a peaceful rally on Saturday against gender-based violence and disappearances in Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua, bordering the United States. The protest march kicked off in the city’s downtown area of the city where the demonstrators expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of government response to these problems.

The women, dressed in black and purple, wore cardboard and blankets with slogans such as “¡Grito por las que ya no tienen voz!” (I shout for those who no longer have a voice!), and “¡Todos deberíamos ser feministas!” (We should all be feminists!).

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