BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Ariana DeBose, Puerto Rican Parade, And More

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Happy Monday, dear readers.

It has been a long time since we started a week with so much news already in the oven. This weekend was one of the most eventful in recent months.

From Ariana DeBose’s performance at the Tony Awards to the marches for LGBTQ+ rights and gun control, these are the most important news of the weekend.

Ariana DeBose kicks off the Tony Awards with an incredible performance

Oscar-winner Ariana DeBose kicked off the 75th Tony Awards with a rousing mashup performance of songs from classic Tony-winning musicals such as “Cabaret,” “Company,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “Hair” while wearing a sequined outfit inspired by Michael Jackson, the subject of the 10-time-nominated musical MJ.

Cristela Alonzo and Anjelah Johnson-Reyes team up with comedians to raise $11k for Uvalde

Cristela Alonzo and Anjelah Johnson-Reyes team up with comedians to raise $11k for Uvalde BELatina Latinx
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Several comedians came together to host a benefit comedy show to help raise funds for the 21 victims who were killed in the Uvalde mass shooting on May 24. Cristela Alonzo organized the show, announcing on Instagram they raised $11,000 from the show that took place on Monday, June 6 at Hollywood Improv Cub in Los Angeles. 

Illinois Senators Are Latest Co-Sponsors of Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act

Founders of the new Latino Media Network promise 'journalistic integrity’ in new talk radio station BELatina Latin
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While movement this week from the House Committee on Natural Resources is likely focusing on a consensus Puerto Rico Status Act for a hearing before the August recess that could get the draft bill past committee and onto the House floor, Illinois’ two Senators have added their name to a growing list of upper chamber co-sponsors of a current self-determination bill that contains no consensus provisions with the island colony’s statehood proponents.

Founders of the new Latino Media Network promise ‘journalistic integrity’ in new talk radio station

Illinois Senators Are Latest Co-Sponsors of Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act BELatina Latinx
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At a time when Latino representation in media is still lacking and the power of Latino outlets owned by Latinos barely even registers, two Latinas with ties to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised $80 million to form a new national network of radio stations. The Latino Media Network, as it’s called, is acquiring 18 existing radio stations.

Jennifer Lopez on Co-Headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show: “It Was the Worst Idea”

Jennifer Lopez on Co-Headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show- It Was the Worst Idea” BELatina Latinx
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In her new Netflix documentary “Halftime,” Jennifer Lopez reveals why she was against the NFL’s plan to have two headliners at the 2020 Super Bowl. The Grammy-nominated artist shared the stage with Shakira in what was a historical moment for Latina representation. However, behind-the-scenes Lopez was stressed out about her ability to make an impact during the show due to the small amount of time she and Shakira were each allotted to perform.

Thousands march in southern Mexico to support LGBTQ+ community

Thousands march in southern Mexico to support LGBTQ+ community BELatina Latinx
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Thousands of people on Saturday took to the streets of Tuxtla Gutierrez, in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, for the LGBT+ pride parade, to showcase the diversity of the community and call for the recognition of its rights. More than a dozen groups gathered in the Mujer Soldado park, from which they moved in a convoy of around 70 vehicles decorated with rainbow flags and balloons to the center of the city.

After 2-year hiatus, National Puerto Rican Day Parade returns to Fifth Avenue

It was a Sunday of festivities on Fifth Avenue for the 65th National Puerto Rican Day Parade. As CBS2’s Leah Mishkin reported, the crowd was ready after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic. There was a sea of flags and plenty of music and dancing. After two years of not having the parade, the rain definitely did not stop the crowd from showing up.

Patriot Front leader among those arrested near Idaho Pride

Patriot Front leader among those arrested near Idaho Pride BELatina Latinx
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After the arrest of more than two dozen members of a white supremacist group near a northern Idaho pride event, including one identified as its founder, LGBTQ advocates said Sunday that polarization and a fraught political climate are putting their community increasingly at risk. The 31 Patriot Front members were arrested with riot gear after a tipster reported seeing people loading up into a U-Haul like “a little army” at a hotel parking lot in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, police said.

Senate negotiators reach framework deal on a bipartisan gun package

Key senators announced a framework agreement on new gun legislation Sunday, marking a breakthrough on a collection of measures to combat gun violence, including “red flag” laws and enhanced background checks on gun buyers. The chief negotiators of the deal are Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., an outspoken proponent of gun safety laws, and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a firm Second Amendment advocate who has promised the new measures won’t affect the gun rights of law-abiding Americans. The final bill hasn’t been written yet, sources familiar with the negotiations said.

‘Enough is enough’: thousands rally across the U.S. in gun violence protests

Rallies for gun reform were held in Washington, New York, other US cities, and around the world on Saturday, seeking to increase pressure on Congress to act following a spate of mass shootings. In Washington, the son of an 86-year-old victim in the Buffalo supermarket shooting said: “Enough is enough. We will not go quietly into the night.” The March for Our Lives rallies came less than a month after 10 people were killed in the racist attack in Buffalo, New York, and 19 children and two teachers were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.