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Desi Arnaz: A Pioneer of the Television Sitcom
Discover how the I Love Lucy star changed TV
Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-born American actor, musician, and TV producer. He is best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo in the cult classic American TV sitcom I Love Lucy. Co-starring alongside his then-wife Lucille Ball, the pair are credited as the inventors of the syndicated rerun as they were more than just actors in the show – they were key in making it into such a success. The show ran from 1951-1957 and spanned six seasons with 180 half-hour episodes in total, which was previously unheard of for a TV show.
Arnaz became part of one of the USA’s most watched shows, but his life wasn’t always glitz and glam, even if it might have seemed that way in the beginning. Born into a prominent Cuban family in Santiago in 1917, Arnaz’s father, Desiderio Arnaz II, was mayor of Santiago, the original capital of Cuba. His mother, Dolores de Acha, was the daughter of one of the founders of the Bacardi Rum Company. If that wasn’t enough of a claim to fame, Arnaz’s grandfather, Don Desiderio, was a physician who accompanied Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill in 1898.
Arts and Culture
One Day at a Time is in danger of cancellation. Here's why we need to save it.
From the pilot we could tell this sitcom was different, despite having all the hallmarks of our beloved TV family comedies: the live studio audience; the extra bright studio sitcom lighting; the three-wall living room set. But this family unabashedly spoke Spanish without translation and the first episode dealt with everything from racism and feminism to veterans and depression. We may not have been in the audience, cheering when living legend Rita Moreno made her grand entrance by opening her own damn curtains, but by god it was immediately evident to anyone who watched that One Day at a Time was going to be the light we so desperately needed, the comfort food — ropa vieja, if you will — that would nourish us even after our binge was over. As Lydia (Moreno) tells her adult daughter Penelope (Justina Machado) after she breaks down over her failed marriage: “I got you.”
The facts about Republicans’ hysteria over brown people
President Donald Trump tweeted a new ad that is almost too racist to believe on Wednesday.
The ad from Trump’s campaign, which accuses Democrats of allowing Mexicans and Central Americans to murder Americans, is the latest escalation in Republicans’ very obvious attempts to stoke fear about brown people and distract from unpopular conservative policies. The president’s party is widely expected to lose control of one chamber of Congress in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
While smearing immigrants is a time-honored tradition for many on the right, the president’s efforts to make a major campaign issue out of a migrant caravan traveling north from Central America (and currently 1,000 miles away from the U.S. border) has been echoed by prominent Republicans, Fox News, and numerous other propagandists in conservative media.
But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s dig into the data to show why Republicans’ recent cherry-picking has no basis in reality.
California: Latino voter apathy reflects disconnected media
Trump May Finally Be Getting Too Racist for America
Gay Trump supporter who brandished knife at Kathy Griffin show doesn’t feel he did anything wrong
Carl Pacheco says he was just hoping to have a good time when he showed up to Kathy Griffin’s recent show in Houston in a bright red “Make American Great Again” hat, a t-shirt with pictures of Trump’s face on it, and carrying a knife.
Richard Nunez and his wife, Michele, also attended the show. Afterwards, they got into a heated altercation with Pacheco in the parking lot, OutSmart reports.
“We were one of the last few to exit the hall,” Richard Nunez explains, “and made a comment to ourselves like ‘Whaaat is he wearing?’ and ‘Is that for real?’ and he responded with a comment similar to ‘Do you want a political debate?’”
“As my wife entered the vehicle, she closed the passenger door and rolled down her window,” Nunez continued. “She made a derogatory statement to the Trump supporter and he made another derogatory statement right back.”
In a video that was uploaded (and since deleted) from YouTube, Michele Nunez can be heard saying, “Hey, asshole, f*ck Trump!” To which Pacheco responds, “F*ck you, f*cking c*nt!”
Meet the hot Latin singer who had everyone ‘salivating’ at the VMAs
For many at the VMAs on Monday, the big question of the evening wasn’t who would win Video of the Year — but the identity of a mysterious (and gorgeous) Latin performer.
Celebrity Big Brother: 1,000 complaints over use of N-word
More than 1,000 complaints have been made about Celebrity Big Brother to the media watchdog Ofcom - after just five days of it being on air.
They relate to when contestant Rodrigo Alves used the N-word in a conversation with another housemate.
Some viewers suggested Channel 5 should have removed him from the show for using the offensive word.
How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future
When Fernandez was 19, he was elected to the city council. On his first day in office, in 2015, he stepped up to the short dais in Wilder City Hall and sat alongside the four other council members. A local reporter noticed something no one else had: There were five Spanish surnames on the council members’ nameplates. Almazan. Rivera. Godina. Garcia. Fernandez. The story soon went national. For the first time ever in Idaho—a state where non-Hispanic whites make up 82 percent of the population—voters had elected an all-Latino city council.
Rita Moreno Absolutely Kills It With Spine-Tingling Independence Day Performance
Screen legend Rita Moreno delivered a goosebump-inducing reading of “The New Colossus,” the Emma Lazarus poem written for the Statue of Liberty, during an Independence Day celebration on Wednesday.
Backed by the Boston Pops as part of its annual July 4 “Fireworks Spectacular,” the 86-year-old described seeing Lady Liberty, then launched into an unforgettable version of the sonnet engraved in bronze on the statue’s pedestal...
National Coming Out Day: 16 Latino Celebrities Who Are Not Afraid To Love Who They Love [PHOTOS]
The originators of the idea were Rob Eichberg, a founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O'Leary, then head of National Gay Rights Advocates. From this idea the National Coming Out Day was born. Each year on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live truthfully and openly.
According to Human Rights Campaign, one out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is one in 10.
In honor of National Coming Out Day, we’ve put together a list of Latino celebrities who have come out or are definitely allies to remind us that you can love who you love and be happy for people loving who they want to love.