BELatina’s Weekend Briefing: ‘Selena,’ AOC and The Strokes, Texas, and More

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BELatina’s Weekend Briefing is a weekly summary of the most important news you should know before starting the week.


It never ceases to amaze us what can happen in a span of three days. From ‘Selena’ to AOC at a Strokes concert to the border wall in Texas, here’s what was going on while we did laundry and tidied up the house this weekend.

‘Selena’ writers said Netflix disrespected the singer and the staff 

When news broke that the story of the beloved Tejana, Selena Quintanilla, was going to stream on Netflix, fans were ecstatic. However, the creation of this series, which planted its way into Netflix’s Top 10 List for several days, was not always rainbows and butterflies. According to Los Angeles Times, the writers of the show encountered disrespect from Netflix.

“I feel like our work was cheapened from the start. We were never given a fair chance,” writer and co-executive producer Gladys Rodriguez told The Times.

The allegations are based on the series receiving a minimal budget from Netflix (well under $2 million), whereas other series, such as The Crown, received $13 million per episode.

The immediate success of ‘Selena’ would have justified a higher budget and more.

If it’s a number game, then it had it. In fact, it was watched in about 25 million households for 28 days after its debut.

The importance of representation in media has been established by now (so we hope) and it needs to get done properly.

Now is the time to not only give Latinxs and other underrepresented communities space but also the respect (and compensation) merited.

Selena Quintanilla’s legacy deserves so much more.


Another act of racism during a high school graduation

Just a week after Latino student Ever Lopez went viral on social media when his school principal denied him a diploma, two black students were involved in a racist incident at a Mississippi school.

Ikeria Washington and Layla Temple were named West Point High School’s 2021 valedictorian and salutatorian last Friday. But almost immediately, parents of other white students near the top of the rankings demanded a recount, and the high school decided to break with tradition and name two valedictorians and two salutatorians.

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Young woman who filmed George Floyd’s murder receives a Pulitzer Prize

Darnella Frazier, the teenager whose cell phone recording of George Floyd‘s murder last summer sparked massive protests and, eventually, the service of justice, received a special citation last Friday from the Pulitzer Prize board.

The board said her video highlighted “the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.”

Goodbye Bibi

For the first time in 12 years, Israeli lawmakers voted Sunday to form a coalition government led by someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu. The legislature’s decision ended the reign of the country’s longest-serving prime minister, embroiled in multiple scandals and responsible for violence against the Palestinian community in recent years.

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Photo: New York Times.

Texas wants to build its own border wall

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said last Thursday that the state would build a border wall with Mexico, as promised by former President Trump, expanding, in fact, one of the former president’s projects.

“Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows,” Abbott said of border crossings while offering few details about the wall.