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BELatina’s Weekly Recap: Victoria Justice, Dembow, AFI Fest, BIME, and More

Happy weekend, BELatina readers!

Who’s ready for some rest and recreation? We know we are ready to cozy up with some chamomile tea and a good book – it really is the little things that rejuvenate your soul. 

This week we covered plenty of Latine-related topics – from the “Victorious” lead actress being Latina, “La 42’s” prominence in dembow, to what’s going on in the film and international music industries.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what you might’ve missed this week!

Did You Know That The ‘Victorious’ Lead Actress Is Latina?

Did You Know That The ‘Victorious’ Lead Actress Is Latina? belatina latine

Did you know that the main actress in “Victorious,” Victoria Justice, is Latina? We didn’t either. All this time we had a Latina-spearheaded popular Nickelodeon show and we didn’t even know it! What a pleasant surprise for many!

In a recent interview with Netflix, she talks more about her Puerto Rican culture – and we can’t get enough of it. “As some of you may know, my mom is Puerto Rican. Today, I am sharing some of my favorite parts of my Boricua culture with you,” Justice said on a TikTok clip for Netflix’s Con Todo.

A New Era of Dembow is Emerging From Dominican Sector, ‘La 42’

Credit: YouTube/ Angel Dior, Piropi

As Dembow gains mainstream popularity, you may have been hearing of “La 42” — also known as “La 42 de Capotillo” — in the Dominican Republic.

“La 42” (la cuatro-dos) has been making it to the headlines and becoming a well-known area, even for tourists and foreigners, after different music artists portray life in the sector. It is often included in their music videos as well.

“La 42” made it to the stage of Bad Bunny’s “World’s Hottest Tour” when artist Ángel Dior, who calls himself “El Rey De La 42,” joined el Conejo Malo during last Friday night’s sold-out concert.

Here’s The Latine Talent Featured At This Year’s AFI Fest

The AFI (American Film Institute) Fest is back! This year, the 36th annual edition of the film festival will take place from November 2-6 at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California. 

The full program features 125 titles, of which 53 percent are directed by women, 32 percent are directed by BIPOC filmmakers, and 11 percent are directed by LGBTQIA+ filmmakers, per their official website. 

Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ on Netflix is Exactly What Fans of Horror Needed


Guillermo Del Toro has a new series on Netflix that is sure to be thrilling for all fans of horror. 

“Cabinet of Curiosities” is an anthology series with a collection of episodes directed by different people inspired by a tale of short stories. It was created by the Mexican filmmaker, Guillermo Del Toro. 

The entire season will be released this week on Netflix.

The Future of the Music Industry is at the Forefront of BIME, The International Music Conference

The international music conference, BIME, is happening now from Oct. 26-29 in Bilbao, Spain. BIME is known for uniting music professionals from around the world and in all music industry sectors. It’s described as the “epicenter of innovation, technology and networking, and the future of the music industry.” 

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