BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Buffalo, Abortion Rights, Selena Gomez, And More

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Happy Monday, dear readers!

We start the week with renewed energy after a weekend disconnected from reality.

As usual, we bring you the most important news to start your week — and we’re really sorry to come bearing bad news.

From the horrific shooting in Buffalo to nationwide protests for abortion rights, here are the weekend’s top stories.

11 dead after a boat believed to be carrying migrants capsizes off Puerto Rico

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Eleven people died Thursday after a boat believed to be carrying dozens of migrants capsized off Puerto Rico, authorities said.

None of the people spotted in the water during a “mass rescue” effort about 10 miles north of Desecho Island appeared to be wearing life jackets, the Coast Guard said in a release.

As of Thursday night, 31 survivors had been found in what the Coast Guard described as a suspected “illegal voyage.”

The Smithsonian’s American Latino museum will open its first exhibit next month

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The National Museum of the American Latino will debut its inaugural gallery in the National Museum of American History on June 18. The new American Latino museum likely won’t open in its own building for at least another ten years. Still, the Smithsonian will roll out exhibits until the museum finds its permanent home.

The initial show, called “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States,” aims to “illuminate US Latinos’ historical and cultural legacies,” the Smithsonian said in a statement. Inside the interactive gallery, which is named for the family of late Smithsonian donor David Molina, artifacts are organized by themes like “colonial legacies” and “immigration stories.”

Thousands across the U.S. rally for abortion rights

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Thousands gathered in Washington and at hundreds of events across the country on Saturday to rally for abortion rights.

The demonstrations come as a direct response to the leaked draft of an opinion by the Supreme Court signaling that it is positioned to overturn Roe. v. Wade, the 49-year-old decision that guaranteed a person’s constitutional right to have an abortion.

Racially motivated shooting in Buffalo leaves ten killed, many injured

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Ten people were killed during a mass shooting Saturday afternoon at a Buffalo grocery store in what law enforcement officials described as a racially motivated hate crime.

Law enforcement authorities said Payton Gendron, an 18-year-old White man, approached the store in a predominantly Black neighborhood and opened fire on shoppers and employees, shooting 13 people, including a security guard.

The massacre ended when Gendron surrendered to police outside the store. Later Saturday, he was charged with first-degree murder and held without bail. He pleaded not guilty.

Selena Gomez joins comedian Melissa Villaseñor in a Latino-filled segment on Saturday Night Live

Selena Gomez and Melissa Villaseñor—as Sofia and Vanessa, respectively— channeled their inner chola on SNL for a sketch that saw the Latina duo hosting a talk show, A Peek At Pico. Both Gomez and Villaseñor are of Mexican descent.

Their show focused on the comings and goings around the city of Pico Rivera, located in Southeast Los Angeles County, featuring commentary from Sofia and Vanessa discussing what’s been going on in their lives, focusing on the most mundane. For example, Gomez’s Sofia can’t get over this new eyeliner she tried recently that poked her in the eye.

“The eyeliner poked me in the eye,” she said with a thick accent. “That’s sad.”

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