BELatina’s Weekend Briefing: Rita Moreno, Karol G, and More

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BELatina’s Weekend Briefing is a weekly summary of the most important news you should know before starting the week.


Ready to start the week? Neither are we.

Although the weekend seems to have passed in the blink of an eye, here are the news stories you need to know to start your Monday off on the right foot.

From Rita Moreno to the Mexican national soccer team, here’s what you need to know.

Karol G Announces 2021 Bichota Tour Dates

Karol G announced the dates for her first U.S. tour starting this fall, calling them the “most exciting shows” of her entire career. As reported by Billboard, the “Bichota Tour,” a month-long tour under the title of her hit single, will kick off on October 20 at Denver’s Mission Ballroom. For more dates, click here.

FIFA Punishes Mexico’s National Team for Homophobic Chanting

International soccer’s governing body punished Mexico on Friday for the use of homophobic slurs by its fans on several occasions this year, the Washington Post reported.

FIFA’s disciplinary committee fined the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) about $65,000 for fan behavior at two matches of the men’s Olympic qualifying tournament for U-23 teams held in March in Guadalajara.

FIFA also investigates incidents at the Mexican national team’s friendly against Iceland on May 29 in Arlington, Texas.

Rita Moreno Apologizes

On the eve of the premiere of her documentary, iconic Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno had to do some PR stunts after her comments against critics of the new movie ‘In The Heights.’ In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Moreno assured that “You can never do right, it seems,” referring to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s work. “This is the man who literally has brought Latino-ness and Puerto Rican-ness to America. I couldn’t do it. I would love to say I did, but I couldn’t.”

Moreno had to retract the comments two days later, saying on Twitter to be “incredibly disappointed with myself.”

VA to Cover Gender Confirmation Surgery for Transgender Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs moves to lift a 20-year ban on gender confirmation surgeries for trans people and will allow the procedure to be covered by VA benefits, Rolling Stone reported.

“[This is] allowing transgender vets to go through the full gender confirmation process with VA by their side,” McDonough will say, according to prepared remarks obtained by the Military Times for an event at the Orlando VA Healthcare System in Florida. “We’re making these changes not only because they are the right thing to do, but because they can save lives.”