BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Latino Artists at Coachella, And More

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Happy Monday, dear readers!

Does anyone else regret not going to Coachella? 

This weekend was definitely full of amazing pop cultural news. While I cried watching Shania Twain return to the stage, Latin artists swept the music festival’s first weekend.

From Becky G and Karol G’s new video to JLo’s documentary, here are the weekend’s top stories.

Becky G and Karol G’s new single hits #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and released a new video

After its release in February, Becky G and Karol G’s first collaboration, “MAMIII,” finally has a video. The artists have blessed fans with the official music video, which premiered last Friday. For the video, directed by Mike Ho, the Mexican and Colombian artists were joined by famous model Mia Khalifa and actor Angus Cloud, best known for his role as Fezco or “Fez” in the HBO series Euphoria.

Latin artists wow audiences at Coachella Festival

Images and videos from last Sunday’s Coachella Festival have left many wishing they had gone. While Harry Styles and Billie Eilish were at the top of the festival’s famous lineup, Latin artists were not far behind. On Saturday, Anitta got everyone dancing while Karol G and Becky G rocked the stage the day after. Other artists also included Layla Benitez, Nathy Peluso, and Cariño.

Leslie Grace talks about the importance of the role of Batgirl for Afro-Latinas

In an interview with Popculture, the “In The Heights” actress spoke about the incredible opportunity to represent Afro-Latinas on the big screen.

“No matter what opportunities come my way, I always feel like I carry my family’s name, my people’s hustle and struggle, and resilience and excellence with me,” she said. “Anytime I audition for anything, I just give my best. And I hope that the right role comes at the right moment. So when I got the news, I didn’t really soak up the magnitude of that. It wasn’t until afterward that I was just like, ‘Yo, we’re really changing things out here. We’re really marking a new wave of representation.’ Which I think is so important not only visually but as well as being in certain spaces where you can talk about the details that do matter when certain people play certain roles. And I definitely had the opportunity to do that on this run.”

Latinos in the House of Representatives Reject Democratic Super PAC Interventionism

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Andrea Salinas has the backing of major Latino groups and half of the Latino Democratic legislators in the House of Representatives. She also has the support of the campaign arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in her bid to become the first Latina elected to Congress from Oregon.

However, House Majority PAC — closely aligned with Speaker Nancy Pelosi — dealt an unexpected blow to Salinas’ campaign last week. In a newly drawn district with more than 20% Latinos, the House Democrats’ main super PAC decided to intervene in the primary and invest $1 million in TV ads on behalf of a white, first-time candidate.

Karamo Brown becomes America’s first queer Afro-Latino with a daytime talk show

Karamo Brown, the Afro-Latino star of Queer Eye, has just become America’s first Afro-Latino queer with a daytime talk show. This Cuban-born reality television personality, author, actor, and activist will soon take over our television screens with his self-titled show. Karamo’s talk show will premiere in the U.S. in the fall of 2022, according to Tracie Wilson, executive vice president of NBC Universal Syndication Studios and E! News.

Jennifer Lopez documentary to open Tribeca Film Festival

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The superstar co-presented the show alongside Shakira in February 2020, with appearances by Bad Bunny, J Balvin, and Lopez’s daughter Emme. Last week, film festival organizers announced that the Netflix project, titled “Halftime,” will premiere at the United Palace in Washington Heights on June 8. “It is an honor to be selected for Tribeca’s opening night and so fitting to celebrate this critical milestone in Jennifer’s life and career just a few miles from where she grew up.” Director Amanda Micheli via a statement.