BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Tonys, Immigration, And More

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Photo courtesy of The New York Times.

Today is Monday, September 27th, can you believe it? In no time, we are celebrating Halloween, and in the blink of an eye, we will be taking down the Christmas decorations. Sometimes it’s scary how fast time goes by, isn’t it?

To make sure you don’t miss the biggest stories in this fast-paced world, we bring you the biggest news of the weekend.

From the Tony Awards to the saddest scenarios in immigration, these are the news you need to know before starting your week.

The Tony Awards were full of surprises

This past Sunday, the Broadway community celebrated the Tony Awards with special recognitions. Moulin Rouge! The Musical took home the Tony Award for Best Musical. The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez’s elegiac two-part drama about the scourge of AIDS, inspired by E.M. Forster’s Howards End, won the Tony Award for Best Play.

After thanking and acknowledging three queer artists who inspired him (Forster, Terrence McNally, and Miguel Pinero), Lopez noted that he was the first Latino playwright to win a Tony Award for Best Play. He said that while the Latino community makes up 19% of the U.S. population, the figure is reduced to only 2% on Broadway.

The future of Germany and Europe was debated in a close election

Germany’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD) have claimed victory in the federal elections, telling outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party that it should not remain in power. The news is a relief for the European axis, which is fearful of the resurgence of the extreme right in the Spanish and French polls.

Farewell to Roberto Roena

The legendary salsero, a member of the Fania All Stars group, passed away last Thursday at 81. Roena was known for being one of the original members of the renowned Puerto Rican salsa orchestra “El Gran Combo,” as well as a founding member of the orchestra “Cortijo y su Combo” and the musical group “Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound.”

Violent eviction of Venezuelan migrants in northern Chile shows another face of reality in Latin America

In the Chilean town of Iquique, the rejection of the immigrant has exploded this weekend in the form of protests and acts of great violence.

On Saturday, protesters burned tents, mattresses, bags, and even toys in a camp for undocumented immigrants. Law enforcement also had to intervene to control scuffles provoked by some people who wanted to assault Venezuelans in the streets.

And in case you missed it…

Bad Bunny and his longtime girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri finally made their red carpet debut at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Berlingeri was there to support El Conejo Malo as he took home ten awards throughout the night, including one for Entertainer of the Year.