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Dascha Polanco Believes Hollywood’s Obsession With “Fake Latinas” Disallows Black Latinas

"When you look at Latinas who are succeeding in Hollywood, they’re super thin and you really can’t tell if she’s Latina or not.”

It’s been a longer road coming for Dascha Polanco. The Orange Is The New Black actress told Vivala on Monday (June 12) that she’s developed insecurities due to pressures from Hollywood to conceal her Afro-Latina identity.

Polanco admits to doing “one of the DNA things” and getting her results back and discovering that she’s from the Iberian Peninsula and 31 percent of her genetic make-up tracks back to African country, Mali. Upon discovering the history of her DNA and realizing how much of it was visible to the naked eye, she couldn’t help but wonder if her natural identity was what was holding her back from securing roles.

“I just thought, ‘Oh my God, if only I had lighter eyes. If only I had lighter hair. If only I was skinny. Oh my God, if I was a size 0, I know I would get more work. I could play an Italian right now! This is why you’re not getting a job.”

The OITNB inmate reveals that Hollywood is looking for “fake latinas,” as she admits that when going after a Latinx role, she was told she looked “too Latina.”

“We have to be ‘Fake Latina’. And here’s the thing about ‘Fake Latinas’ - when you look at Latinas who are succeeding in Hollywood, they’re super thin and you really can’t tell if she’s Latina or not.” - Dascha Polanco

Even though the craft she chose sometimes offends her by labeling her identity unacceptable, she’s finding ways to embrace and love herself—and spread the #SelfLovery around.

“Every day, I am learning how to love myself more. Something I’m working on is #SelfLovery. This is this whole project that I’m working on where we’re including men and women, to just take a moment to self-analyze and just say, ‘I love myself.’”

And she’s bringing her fans to “walk with [her] in this.”

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Jay-Z Praises Debut Of Jordan Peele's 'Us' Movie

As part of the celebratory activities that took place after the debut of Us, Jay-Z decided to partake in the words of felicitations and congratulated director Jordan Peele for another cinematic feat. On Sunday (March 24), Mr. Carter issued a statement on the achievement, as posted by Roc Nation's Twitter account.

"For US by US. Congrats on the #1 movie in the world," the "Moonlight" rapper said. In a past interaction, Peele said Jay-Z helped him to get over the notion of a sophomore slump when he worried about another stellar follow-up to Get Out. In an interview with MTV News, Peele remembered Jay-Z stating, "It doesn't matter, you already did that."

According to Variety, Us (MonkeyPaw Productions), raked in $70 million at the domestic box office last weekend (March 22). The horror film stars VIBE cover star Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Elizabeth Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and more.

On the topic of featuring a black family at the center of this film, Peele said to VIBE that it'll open up new perspectives of what an African-American unit looks like onscreen. “To be able to normalize this idea of representation in film, we have to be ready to represent the spectrum of where we are as African-Americans," Peele said. "I hope it’s therapeutic to be able to see a black family buy a boat in a movie, to be able to play the good guy and the bad guy, and not have it be a movie that has to be about race. I think that’s good within our community, and it’s good for the outside communities to be able to see — don’t put us in boxes.”

"For US by US. Congrats on the #1 movie in the world." - Hov pic.twitter.com/Dbk1R1y2dp

— Roc Nation (@RocNation) March 24, 2019

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Winston Duke photographed on March 18, 2018 in New York City by Stacy-Ann Ellis.

Winston Duke: Photos From The VIBE Cover Shoot

Winston Duke talks his role in Us, his "Trinbagonian" roots and his journey in Hollywood.

Enjoy photos from the shoot below.

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Barack And Michelle Obama Congratulate Jennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez On Engagement

The news of Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's recent engagement has received some serious love from the former POTUS and FLOTUS.

Taking to Twitter to post the presidential sincerity, A-Rod showed off the handwritten note from Michelle and Barack Obama. “This means the world to us. #44," the engaged couple captioned the image. The note also offered marital advice to the couple.

“Jennifer & Alex -- Michelle and I just wanted to congratulate you on your engagement. After 26 years together, we can say that whatever challenges life may bring, sharing them with someone you love makes it all better. All the best, Barack Obama.”

This means the world to us. #44 pic.twitter.com/TyIQTMAOpW

— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) March 22, 2019

3.9.19✨♥️

A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on Mar 12, 2019 at 9:21am PDT

Earlier this month (March 9), Rodriguez proposed to Lopez with a diamond ring reportedly worth more than a million dollars. The pair dated for two years.

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