BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Tensions in Cuba, Migrant Crisis in Europe, And More

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Happy Monday morning.

First and foremost: Britney is free. For us millennials, this news has been cause for celebration for the past two days.

However, this Monday comes loaded with other important news, such as the rise of anti-LGBTQ hate crimes in the Florida region or the brewing immigration crisis in Belarus.

From the reappearance of Jashyah Moore to tensions in Cuba over the march of artists, here’s the news you need to know to start your week.

Jenny De Leon joins the list of LGBTQ+ hate crime victims this year

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Jenny De Leon, a 25-year-old trans-Latina, was murdered in Tampa, Florida, last week and is now one of at least 46 trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people known to have died from violence in the United States this year. That number could rise considerably as many assaults go unreported. Still, 2021 has become the deadliest year for LGBTQ+ people in the United States, Advocate reported.

Another political crisis in Europe uses migrants as chess pieces

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has decided to open his borders to thousands of migrants and facilitate their passage to the European Union, via Poland, in retaliation to European Community sanctions. As a result, thousands of migrants are stuck at the border between the two countries, while tensions between the Belarusian and Polish armed forces rise.

A nine-year-old boy is the latest victim of the Astroworld festival catastrophe

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A 9-year-old boy crushed during a crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival in Houston died Sunday, bringing the death toll at the catastrophic concert to 10.

Ezra Blount had been watching from his father’s shoulders as Travis Scott rapped from the elaborate stage when the crowd erupted. His father, Treston Blount, struggled for air and lost consciousness, he later told an online fundraiser, and Ezra fell and was trampled.

He was transported to a hospital and placed in a medically induced coma on life support, suffering significant brain, liver, and kidney trauma. According to a statement issued by the family’s lawyers, he died Sunday, becoming the youngest person to die from injuries sustained at the festival.

Cuba withdraws press credentials from Efe journalists

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Cuban authorities on Saturday revoked the press credentials of the Efe Agency team in Havana, two days before a planned protest that the government has declared illegal.

Officials did not offer a reason for the decision or clarify whether the measure was temporary or permanent.

The move comes six weeks after the Press Center withdrew the accreditation of Efe’s Havana bureau chief.

Britney is free

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On Friday, a Los Angeles judge ended the guardianship established by Britney Spears’ father in 2008 with immediate effect.

The guardianship had power over her finances and career decisions, as well as important personal matters such as visitation with her teenage children and whether she could remarry.

Latin American travelers may not enter the U.S. for lack of WHO-approved vaccines

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The relaxation of travel restrictions to the United States has not come without consequences for people traveling back and forth from Latin America. The new policy announced by the U.S. government will leave out millions of Latinos who, despite being vaccinated, do not have WHO-approved doses.

Only six vaccines have been approved by WHO, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: those of Pfizer, Moderna, Jansen, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and Sinopharm. Those not approved are Russia’s Sputnik V, China’s CanSico and Cuba’s Abdala, Soberana 02, and Soberana Plus. In many countries, people cannot choose the vaccine they receive and depend on the one distributed by the government.

Tension rises in Cuba in the run-up to an artists’ march not authorized by the regime

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A standoff began Sunday between Cuba’s communist government and young activists who have called for a peaceful march for change on Monday. Cuban state security surrounded the home of Yunior Garcia, an artist who has become one of the country’s leading activists and organizer of the demonstration. 

State television has devoted programming to Garcia in recent weeks, accusing him of being financed by the United States. The government, which banned Monday’s march, has incessantly accused the U.S. of trying to destabilize the country.

Netflix removes Latina character from its “Uncoupled” series after criticism for the stereotypical portrayal of community

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Mexican-American actress Ada Maris openly rejected the role of a housekeeper in the upcoming Netflix comedy series “Uncoupled” as she felt it crossed the line of offensive.

The series stars Neil Patrick Harris in the role of a successful forty-something New York professional who has to navigate the dating scene again after Colin, his husband of 17 years, abruptly leaves him. “Uncoupled” was created by Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman for Jax Media and MTV Studios.

The character has two scenes. Carmen is introduced as being “nearly hysterical on the phone” with Michael because she thinks there’s been a burglary in the apartment when she sees that Colin’s possessions are missing.

“Mister, I just get here and they stole!”

The broken English continued in Carmen’s next line: “They stole! They rob you! I don’t know how they get in.”

Maris wrote an open letter to the producers. She shared it with Variety, asserting that she felt an obligation to make an example of what she read in “Uncoupled” to raise awareness among writers and producers about the damage done by one-dimensional portrayals that cross the line into the demeaning.

In a statement to Variety, Netflix apologized to Maris and said the character was no longer part of the series.

“We’re sorry that Ms. Maris had a negative experience, and this character will not appear in the series,” a Netflix spokesman said.

Jashya Moore, the 14-year-old Afro-Latina reported missing nearly a month ago in New Jersey, was found in New York City

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Jashyah Moore, who went missing from her home in New Jersey nearly a month ago, has been found safe in New York City, authorities said Thursday.

“Jashyah is currently safe and is being provided all appropriate services. She will be returned to New Jersey shortly,” Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens said in a news release.