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New FOX Sitcom 'Bordertown' Will Shatter Latino Stereotypes

Out to humorously change the way Americans view Latinos. 

Bumblebee Man from The Simpsons and child surveyor Dora The Explorer will no longer stand alone as the animated representatives of the Latino community on the small screen. FOX’s “Animation Domination” is ready to receive the Latin funk it so desperately needs with the premiere of Bordertown in 2016.

The original series, created by Mark Hentemann and executively produced by Seth MacFarlane, tells a comedic story of how a white border patrol agent struggles to put aside his insecurities and political bias to befriend his neighbor, an ambitious, family-oriented Mexican immigrant.

Set in the fictional town of Mexifornia located near the Mexican border, Bud Buckwald  (voiced by The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria) and his family live in a very diverse neighborhood where a cultural shift is underway. While Bud remains slightly fearful of the cultural changes, Ernesto Gonzalez (voiced by Nicholas Gonzalez) and his family break all stereotypes of the modern Latino family with their success and help Bud see the great things integration can do for the community.

The groundbreaking show will help break the mold of the average Latin sitcom by offering a comedic point of social views, such as deportation. The series also portrays how successful the Latino families can become in the U.S. With “¡Ask a Mexican!” columnist Gustavo Arellano and famed cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz on staff, Hentemann and MacFarlane have gone above and beyond to guarantee an authentic perspective, which will establish a new standard for future Latin comedies.

Unsurprisingly, Bud’s early rapport with his Mexican neighbor Ernesto was heavily clouded by intimidation and jealousy. Since he owns his own landscaping business, Ernesto and his family are wealthy and have achieved the American dream Bud and his family are still in pursuit of.

Bud’s initial hostility towards Ernesto is reminiscent of non-Hispanic U.S. citizens who resent undocumented immigrants for dominating the workforce. In the trailer, Bud scoffs at Ernesto’s humble abode as he looks off to his own rat-infested home. However, as their families become more intertwined, Bud and Ernesto learn to embrace their friendship.

“[Ernesto] is industrious, hard-working, unflappable,” says the show’s creator Mark Hentemann. “He came here to pursue the American dream, and he’s achieved it in many ways.”

Unlike FOX’s past animated series like American Dad and Bob’s Burgers, Bordertown embraces more aspects of the Latino culture, from nostalgic family moments to Spanish slang. During a panel at the NALIP Media Summit, Alcaraz spoke about his role as one of five Latino writers for the show and commented on defending Mexican phrases like “pocho” in order to keep it in the script.

“It used to be an insult, but now it’s like a cool thing or whatever. So the Standards and Practices person was not having it, but the whole episode was about being a pocho, about going back to Mexico and not knowing what the hell’s going on. So it’s really a weird space for us."

There are still mere signs of cheap stereotyping, like the taco and burrito references and drunken Spring Breakers puking into a sombrero. However, the show overall is a step in the right direction for Latinos on mainstream television. With other Latin-based shows like NBC’s Vlad set to hit primetime in 2016, Bordertown has the potential to recreate the misguided stereotypes of the past and become another hilarious addition to TV history.

Along with Gonzalez and Azaria, veteran voice actor Carlos Alazraqui, "Pedro" from Napoleon Dynamite Efren Ramirez, Family Guy actress Alex Borstein, and 30 Rock joker Judah Friedlander contribute to the diverse cast.

Bordertown premieres on FOX Sunday, Jan. 3 at 9:30 PM EST.

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Cypress Hill To Make History With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

After 30 years in hip-hop, Cypress Hill is due to make history with their latest accolade. The multi-platinum selling group is set to become the first Latino American hip-hop collective to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The induction ceremony, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, takes place on April 18 in front of Greenleaf Restaurant located on Hollywood Blvd.

George Lopez and Xzibit will help unveil the star alongside Rana Ghadban, president & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The free ceremony is open to the public and will be live streamed via WalkofFame.com.

“We are proud to honor the first Latino American hip-hop recording group,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame said in a press release. “They have been successful as a group for three decades and we know they will continue their success for many years to come.”

Cypress Hill, comprised of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa, is noted as the first Latino-American hip-hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum selling albums with more than 18 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, Cypress Hill became the first rap group to have two albums in the Billboard 200 thanks to the success of their self-titled double-platinum debut and their sophomore effort, Black Sunday. The album went on to sell more than three million copies and spawned the rap classic “Insane in the Membrane.”

Cypress Hill released their ninth studio album, Elephants On Acid, last year. Following the Walk of Fame induction ceremony, the group will perform at the famous Whiskey a Go Go club in Hollywood.

 

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Miguel Drops Spanish-Language EP 'Te Lo Dije'

In an ode to his Mexican heritage, Miguel has released a five-track project that is the Spanish/Spanglish version of his 2017 War & Leisure album. Te Lo Dije features collaborations with fellow Spanish-speaking artists Kali Uchis, C. Tangana, Dante Spintetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur, as well as Mexican Mariachi girl band, Flor de Toloache.

Miguel's Spanish-language project is one that he has been teasing his fans with, hence the name of the EP, Te Lo Dije. The phrase means "I told you so" in Spanish and also happens to be the name of a song on the EP. On this collaborative effort, Miguel is mixing in his R&B vibes with his Latin ties, so for fans looking for a mixture of both, they can listen the Spanish version of his hit, "Sky Walker" featuring Spinetta and Horvilleur. Uchis can also be found on "Carmelo Duro" showing off her Colombian roots.

This is the 33-year-old artist's first Spanish-language project and he even said that he thinks he likes "these songs better in Spanish." The R&B artist took to his Instagram account to his express his excitement on Te Lo Dije, as well as give props to people who helped him through the process.

"FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR," he wrote. "TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español)."

 

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FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR ! TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español) I want to thank my cousin @yeyasmiles and @flordetoloache, @kaliuchis and @c.tangana and everyone that helped me translate these songs 🙏🏾. I think you might like these better in Spanish. Enjoy . Love you

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Make sure to listen to Te Lo Dije here.

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Jennifer Lopez Took Trips To The Strip Club With Alex Rodriguez To Prep For "Hustlers" Role

In the forthcoming film Hustlers, Jennifer Lopez is playing a single mother from The Bronx named Ramona, who also happens to be a stripper. During a recent interview with Hot 97’s Ebro Darden on his show on Apple Music Beat’s  1, the 49 year-old superstar revealed she and fiancé Alex Rodriguez visited a strip club in New York City—solely for research purposes.

“Alex was very excited about me doing a stripper movie,” she said. “He helped me do research by going to a strip club in NYC with me and we watched the show and afterward I chatted to some of the girls.”

“Of course he knew that world (the stripper world) very well from when he was a young athlete, going to the clubs and stuff,” she continued. “He helped me a lot with the preparation for this movie and was very supportive.”

 

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I’m a hustler baby... I just want you to know... #Ramona on fire 🔥 On set and in character for #hustlersmovie #stxentertainment

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Additionally, J.Lo discussed the movie’s main plot and the training she had to do to get her body ready for the role.

“It’s a movie from the perspective of female hustlers. Sort of a female Goodfellas vibe. I’m always training for something,” she said. “For the movie Hustlers my body had to be fit, so I started preparing my body. Me and Alex went on a strict no sugar, no carbs diet first for ten days then for 5 days. Also dieting is easy when you are 20 and gets harder the older you get. I’ve got a video coming up on my YouTube channel about my dieting and staying fit.”

Watch a clip of her talking about Hustlers below. There is no set release date yet for the film.

 

 

 

 

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