BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Ariana DeBose and More

BELatina's Weekend Recap- Ukraine, Premios Lo Nuestro, And More BELatina Latinx
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Happy Monday, dear readers.

We start the week with a broken heart because of what is happening in the world but are convinced that the work we do from our small trench can bring some light to these dark days.

However, we know that an informed person is an empowered person. That is why we bring you the most important news of the weekend so you can start the week with all the information you need.

From Ariana DeBose’s SAG Award to Promised Land, these are the most important news of the weekend.

Ariana DeBose becomes the first queer Afro-Latina to win a SAG Award

Ariana DeBose took home the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her turn in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story on Sunday night—an accolade that is helping to break the glass ceiling for queer Afro Latinas in Hollywood. She is the first openly queer woman of color to win an individual film Screen Actors Guild Award.

ICYMI: Bad Bunny sweeps the Premios Lo Nuestro Awards

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Bad Bunny, currently performing the Los Angeles stop of his U.S. arena tour, was the big winner of the 2022 edition of Premio Lo Nuestro. Although not present at the awards, Bad Bunny won six trophies, including album of the year. He was followed in several wins by Calibre 50, Camilo, CNCO, Grupo Firme, Karol G, and J Balvin with three each.

Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court

Biden nominates Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court BELatina Latinx
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President Biden announced Friday the nomination of federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace retiring Justice Stephen G. Breyer. This historic choice fulfills the president’s pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court and would make Jackson, 51, just the third African American in the high court’s 233-year history.

Canela Media Becomes One Of The Largest Funded Latino-owned Companies

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Canela Media has become one of the largest funded Latino-owned companies after securing $32 million in a Series A funding round. 

Canela Media, a New York-based digital media technology company, launched in 2019 to cater to Latino and Spanish-speaking communities, announced today that it raised $32 million in a Series A funding round.

The company says it currently reaches more than 50 million unique Hispanic viewers across its over 180 premium Spanish-language websites. 

Dancers in colorful attires kick off Bolivia’s Oruro carnival

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Revelers dancing to the rat-a-tat-tats of drums punctuated with the sound of cymbals twirled their way to the Virgin of the Socavón to kick off Bolivia’s main Oruro carnival after a yearlong suspension due to Covid-19.

The folk dancers performed traditional morenada and diablada after months of preparation for the pulsating street festival that has revelers clad in colorful costumes, wearing layers of makeup and dazzling masks.

Miami-Dade and Latinos could determine Florida

Miami-Dade and Latinos BELatina Latinx
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Democrats have faced bruising losses over the past three election cycles. In 2020, Joe Biden lost the state by more than three percentage points, a considerable margin for Florida, where elections have often been decided on razor-thin lines. And Biden’s underperformance in the state was most evident in Miami-Dade County, which has the highest concentration of Hispanic voters. He won the county by seven percentage points, compared with Hillary Clinton’s 30-point margin over Trump in 2016.

‘Promised Land’ was praised by critics but had few viewers

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A humble immigrant family who achieves great riches and power is the “quintessential American story,” according to Matt Lopez, creator of the new television drama “Promised Land.”

Yet shortly after Lopez’s interview, the show, which debuted in January and was praised by critics, was pulled off ABC’s prime-time schedule after five episodes due to low ratings. The episodes can be streamed on Hulu, where the remaining episodes will air exclusively starting Tuesday.

After a devastating week, Ukraine and Russia sit down for discussions

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Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei welcomed delegations from Ukraine and Russia for talks on Monday, assuring delegates that they should feel “completely safe.” The exact location of the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on Monday has been kept secret for security reasons. 

Meanwhile, Moscow’s stock exchange will not open Monday, the Russian Central Bank said, after the country’s currency plummeted in the wake of Western sanctions.

Around 500.000 people have been displaced due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the world remains on edge while witnessing the most dangerous conflict since WWII.