BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Supreme Court, West Side Story, And More

Supreme Court Roe BELatina Latinx AP
Photo courtesy of AP.

Happy Monday, people!

Can you believe it’s December 6? Can you believe that in three weeks, 2021 will be over? (insert panic gif here).

But even if the days seem to vanish in our hands and our perception of time is permanently distorted since the pandemic in the BELatina newsroom, we are always with one hand on the tiller.

That’s why every Monday, we bring you the news you may not have read over the weekend, and that’s important to keep your finger on the pulse of the world as we start another week in high spirits.

From the peril of Roe v. Wade at the hands of the Supreme Court to “West Side Story,” here’s what you should know to start your week.

Roe V. Wade at risk at the Supreme Court

Last week, oral arguments on the Mississippi abortion case showed the real risk Roe V. Wade is at risk in the hands of conservative justices on the Supreme Court.

The court’s three liberal justices said overturning Roe or another landmark reproductive rights ruling known as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America v. Casey case would damage the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.

“Will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the constitution and its reading are just political acts?” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor. “I don’t see how it is possible.”

The first queer Latinx series is coming to Amazon Prime Video

From the incredible creator of “One Day at a Time,” Gloria Calderón Kellet, Prime Video will bring the first queer Latinx series to our homes.

“With Love” is a new five-episode series about love in its many forms and the trouble we go through to find it.

“With Love” follows the Diaz siblings, Lily and Jorge Jr., who are on a mission to find love and purpose. “In each of the five episodes, Lily, Jorge Jr., and the entire Diaz family navigate the highs and lows of love during a different holiday throughout the year: Christmas Eve/Nochebuena, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, the Fourth of July, and Dia de Los Muertos.”

Women’s Tennis Association suspends tournaments in China over Peng Shuai case

Peng Shuai BELatina Latinx
Photo courtesy of Getty.

The Women’s Tennis Association announced that it would immediately suspend all tournaments in China due to the “unacceptable” response to star player Peng Shuai’s sexual assault allegations against former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. 

Last month, Peng’s accusations on social media were censored within minutes, and the tennis player then disappeared from the public sphere.

Mayor of Cataño, Puerto Rico, pleads guilty to corruption

Puerto Rico mayor BELatina Latinx NBC
Photo courtesy of NBC.

Mayor Felix Delgado of the town of Cataño pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and receive kickbacks after being accused of awarding 50 contracts worth nearly $10 million to an asphalt company.

Delgado will be sentenced in March 2022 and will face up to five years in prison.

Biden administration to expand “Remain in Mexico” policy

Remain in Mexico BELatina Latinx Getty
Photo courtesy of Getty.

On Thursday, the United States reached an agreement with the Mexican government to revive the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Under Trump, the policy allowed 70,000 migrants seeking to enter the U.S. to be sent to Mexican border cities. Many lived in squalid camps or overcrowded shelters and were targeted by criminal gangs.

Casting “West Side Story” with Latino communities was a mandate from the beginning

New York Premiere Of West Side Story
Photo courtesy of Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images .

Steven Spielberg said he wanted to “get it right” in casting Latino talent for the roles of Puerto Ricans and Shark members in his film adaptation of West Side Story. “We just wanted for this movie to get it right in the way that we wanted every single person who plays a Puerto Rican to be from the Latinx community, and that was a mandate from the get-go,” Spielberg said.