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La La Anthony Talks Battling Uniform Identity As An Afro-Latina Actress

"We come in all colors... There are so many different shades, and I think Hollywood has yet to realize that.”

La La Anthony’s roots in the entertainment industry are immersed in the urban sector. Often times, the sector is heavily-associated with the African American community. Identifying as Afro-Latina, you’d think this would benefit the MTV VJ-turned-actress, but it’s created greater roadblocks in her career.

The Power actress recently spoke with Latina about overcoming the issues in not being viewed as the typical Latina in Hollywood.

“I definitely don’t feel like I’m what Hollywood thinks of when they think of a Latina actress at all,” the Brooklyn native told the mag. “They are imagining a different look, a different vibe. People still tell me, ‘You speak Spanish? You’re Spanish? You’re Puerto Rican? They can’t wrap their minds around it.”

Something that Anthony believes the industry neglects to understand is that Latinx identity is racially diverse. Pleading to help Hollywood understand that members of Latinx lineage comes in all “shades,” “textures,” and “colors,” the 38 year-old television personality reveals, “The industry just hasn’t been thinking outside the box when it comes to Latina women.”

“We come in all colors. My grandfather was extremely dark and from Puerto Rico, but his brother had blond hair and blue eyes. There are so many different shades, and I think Hollywood has yet to realize that.” - La La Anthony

Last month (June 12), Orange Is The New Black star, Dascha Polanco admitted to Vivala that she’s often pressured to conceal her Afro-Latina identity.

“We have to be ‘Fake [Latinas].’ And here’s the thing with ‘Fake Latinas’ - when you look at Latinas who are succeeding in Hollywood… [they’re] super thin and you can’t really tell if they’re Latina or not,” the 34 year-old actress told the site.

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Forever 21 Faces Backlash Over White Model Wearing 'Wakanda Forever' Holiday Sweater

It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season which means all of the corntastic sweaters with your favorite artists and cartoons will appear on shelves. One in particular was quickly removed from Forever 21's website after they featured a white model rocking a Black Panther-themed sweater with the popular saying, "Wakanda Forever."

The debauchery started on Tuesday (Dec. 18) when the retailer's Twitter account shared a photo of the colonizer model in the sweater along with annoying paw print emojis. The sweater, priced at $34.90 was a bit too bright to begin with, but consumers were quickly thrown off at the entire presentation.

It also seems like the model is their go-to guy as he's displayed all over the site. While there was a perfectly able-bodied black male model also on the site, he was reduced to wearing a knockoff of knockoff sweaters that went on sale.

The image might've been taken from the website, but the internet never forgets. See the reactions below.

Screenshots are forever. @Forever21 .

Y'all really put a COLONIZER in a Wakanda shirt. pic.twitter.com/pnM7BY06yI

— This page cannot be reached. △⃒⃘ (@Unaamorcita) December 18, 2018

this sweater just called 311 because Shuri's making too much noise in her lab pic.twitter.com/Npd7nxwhJP

— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 18, 2018

They got a super pale, blond, blue-eyed model in a Wakanda Forever sweater... 🤣🤣🤣

I wanna speak to your advertising department, @Forever21. Someone approved this and thought this was going to work. 😂 https://t.co/aWefYUeBfY

— Britain (@sanefacade) December 18, 2018

Not even Wakanda can escape gentrification. @blavity @blackpanther @urbanintellectuals @forever21 #forever21 pic.twitter.com/XBwJyyUCk2

— Jesuorobo's Thoughts (@Jesuorobo) December 18, 2018

Wow Forever 21 is tone deaf af. Colonizers aren't praised in Wakanda. Try again.

— Iyesha Riley (@Iyeshalovette) December 18, 2018

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Black Eyed Peas And Nas Release Animated Music Video For "BACK 2 HIPHOP"

On Monday (Dec. 17), the Black Eyed Peas released their music video for the '90s- throwback- influenced record "BACK 2 HIPHOP" featuring Nas, off their latest album Masters of the Sun Vol. 1.

The cinematic-like, five-minute visual features each member of the 'Peas with their own scene, where  they spit bar after bar. The colorful video is part-animated and part live-action, and incorporates inspiration from of the golden age of hip-hop as Ancient Egypt meets the Sci-Fi genre.

All three members wear red and black through the first part of the video, while Nas appears as the Great Sphinx of Giza, reminiscent of the look fans may recall from the cover of his album I Am. A young woman lip-syncs the song's hook, which samples Soul II Soul's 1989 classic hit "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)."

While Pasha Shapiro directed the video, will.i.am reportedly came up with the concept. The hip-hop group was ecstatic to be able to work with the legendary Queens rapper, revealing, "It was 'iLLMatic,' such an honor to rock with NAS. He is such a huge inspiration to our crew!"

 

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BACK 2 LIFE, BACK 2 HIPHOP, BACK 2 BEP... Hit the link in bio to check the @complex video premiere for BACK 2 HIPHOP feat. @nas 🙏#mastersofthesun

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On Wednesday (Dec. 19), the group will be performing the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Their seventh album, Masters of the Sun Vol. 1, was released in October and saw the group going back to their old-school roots with political themes.

What are your thoughts on their new music video? Sound off in the comments.

READ MORE: Will.I.Am Is Wrong About The State Of Hip-Hop

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Viral Stars Daddy Long Neck And Wide Neck Release Single Accurately Titled "Neckst Up"

These days, it pays to have a viral moment. Charles Dion McDowell, known as wide neck after several of his mugshots (and neck jokes) went viral, has teamed up with another unique fellow to make some kind of music together.

On Sunday (Dec. 16), Wide Neck along with Daddy Long Neck, a social media personality with more 1.4 million followers on Instagram, released a music video for the comedy rap song "Neckst Up."

In a nervous soft relaxed tone, McDowell raps, "Shawty lick me up call me up neeeckst Shawty wanna f**k call me up neeeckst / Shawty suck me up call me up neeeckst / Shawty make it clap call me up neckst."

In the video, Long Neck and Wide Neck stroll through the mall wearing t-shirts that read "All Necks Matter," while taking pictures with fans and having an attractive lady entertain them while sitting down on the bench. The leading lady in the video even goes as far as licking the two internet stars with her long tongue.

Since the release of the video, "Neckst Up" has reached over a million views on YouTube. After McDowell went viral, he connected with Daddy Long Neck, whom he shares a similar abnormal body condition.

Check out the video above.

READ MORE: Let Jacquees Tell It, He’s The Jodeci Of This R&B Game

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