BELatina’s Best of the Week: Janicza Bravo, Benjamín Pérez, and More

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Here’s a recap of the news you may have missed this week in BELatina’s daily content.


As much as we’d like to say we’re full of energy this Friday, the truth is there just isn’t enough coffee to cope with the emotional exhaustion of the past few days.

Bill Cosby is out of prison while the judge again denied Britney Spears’ request to remove her father from conservatorship, and we’re having a hard time keeping faith in humanity.

But then we remember the beautiful and empowering stories we told this week, and we feel like we can close the week with peace of mind knowing that we are still fighting to change the world from our little foxhole.

These are our top stories of the week.

Benjamín Pérez The Advisor BELatina Latinx
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We spoke with Benjamín Pérez about education and the narrative of the Latinx Experience

Pérez, also known as Pérez the Advisor on Instagram, is the founder and host of Find You Purpose and the Latinx Greek Life Podcast.

Rather than feeding into the toxicity of machismo, Pérez uses his voice to uplift the entire Latinx community. He does so in a manner that exposes his vulnerability, which is often a stigma for Latinos in the community. 

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Séssi told us her story and inspired us to continue conquering spaces

Working alongside Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer Gavriel “Vein” Rafael, Séssi’s music carries the weight of a relatable emotional past, exploited through the lens of a gritty New York upbringing. Séssi’s sense of community and spirituality, combined with her dedication to being a source of inspiration for those fighting for their dreams, keeps her going.

Liniker Barros as Cassandra Mañanas de Septiembre BELatina Latinx
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We celebrated with Liniker Barros her new role in ‘Mañanas de Septiembre’

“Mañanas de Septiembre,” Amazon Prime Video’s latest project in Latin America, tells the story of Cassandra, played by Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer Liniker Barros, and opens a whole chapter on the representativeness of trans Latinas through impeccable performances, script, and music.

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We discovered that the talent behind the success of ‘Zola’ is Afro-Latina

As so many people on Twitter that October night in 2015, Janicza Bravo spiraled down with waitress Aziah “Zola” King and dove into her 148-tweet story about an unexpected journey into the depths of Florida’s exotic dance scene.

Like someone narrating a thriller, King enraptured users with her details about prostitution, murder, and suicide, making more than one director jump for the life rights to make what was already a movie in itself.

But Bravo didn’t have the money to compete against a pre-scandal James Franco. However, once the disgraced actor pulled out of the project, Bravo went for it.