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Facts About Judy Reyes That Will Make You Petition Hollywood To Cast Her More

Judy Reyes is one of those actresses that you feel personally close to, and expect her to forever be in your life. Best known for her role as Carla Espinosa on “Scrubs,” we don’t know why we don’t get more of her on the big screen.

Reyes is passionate about representation and puts her money where her mouth is, behind projects that include Latinos, written by Latinos, produced by Latinos.

“In order to get those stories told, we need more writers, more executives. It’s just so complicated because we’re multicultural, multiethnic, all different colors and all different cultures,” she tells Shondaland. “It’s not just Mexican or Puerto Rican. We’re Afro-Latinos. We’re indigenous Afro-Latinos. We’re rich, we’re poor. Oftentimes the powers that be shy away from telling that story. We have to tell them ourselves at the end of the day, in order to have greater representation.”

Let’s hear what she has to say.

Judy Reyes was born in the Bronx.

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Like so many of our other favorite celebrities, Reyes was born and raised in The Bronx. Did she and J.Lo ever cross paths in the street or help Young Cardi tie her shoes? We’ll never know.

She identifies as Afro-Dominicana.

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Caption: “Me and my dad Jorge Maria Reyes. Classy. Kind. Generous. Charming. Courageous. How I miss you.”

She was born a Scorpio.

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Scorpio traits include an endless depth of emotion that has clearly fueled Reyes into the realm of acting. She has range.

She has a twin sister.

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Her sister, Jocelyn is also an actress, and you may have even thought she was Judy the whole time Jocelyn was on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” Judy Reyes has had more success in the acting world that Jocelyn, as that was her last appearance.

“Scrubs” wasn’t the first time she played a nurse.

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We lovingly remember her as Nurse Carla, but have collectively forgotten her role on “Bringing Out the Dead.” Granted, it was 1999 at the time, but she proved her worth as a nurse and it paid off.

She has a daughter named Leila Rey Valencia.

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She and her long-time boyfriend George Valencia had her together. She’ll be turning 10 years old this year.

Reyes dressed her daughter up as Selena for Halloween 2018.

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That’s because mami knows how to raise her daughter right. Iconic. She absolutely nailed the look with her daughter.

Reyes is an outspoken feminist.

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It’s not feminism if it’s not intersectional.

Caption: “Today is #LatinaEqualPayDay, when we “catch up” to what white, non-hispanic men were paid in 2017. The gap is widest for Latina workers, who on average only get 53 cents for every $1 a man is paid. The gap has widened since last year, and for some, it’s even worse. This is an injustice, and there’s still so much work to do for Latinas to be treated equally. I am #PhenomenallyLatina, and I support Latina equal pay!”

Reyes advocates even harder for women in the Dominican Republic.

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Caption: “I stand with thousands of women marching in the Dominican Republic today to end the total abortion ban. It’s time for the country’s leaders to vote in favor of health, life and #DignityForDR · In the Dominican Republic, women can be sentenced to 3 years in prison for an abortion. The time is now for politicians to change this cruel law. #DignityForDR”

“My Latina point of view is just that: I’m the daughter of an immigrant. And I think [what’s been going on] is bullsh*t.”

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She tells Shondaland, “I’m first generation Dominican from Dominican parents, so I can’t turn a blind eye to what’s going on in terms of immigration. It’s the least that I can do to be honest about how I feel.”

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Reyes marched with Justina Machado at The Women’s March.

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Reyes and Machado are both on Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” reboot that features a relatable Cuban-American family. In it, Reyes character is met in a veteran support group and is the Lesbian 411 for Machado’s character’s newly out daughter.

She’s also making waves on TNT’s “Claws.”

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In it, she plays a butch lesbian salon lookout. We learn that she went to college to become a teacher but was convicted of attempted murder after her husband stabbed her girlfriend. Yeah. You want to watch this show.

Her part as “Quiet Ann” is largely mute.

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She told Shondaland that “Achieving success playing the sassy nurse on ‘Scrubs’ was the most amazing thing in terms of generating the career that I have. I get to be the sassy this and the sassy that. It makes money for people. It makes money for me. But I still want to be able to play something else. So once this opportunity to play Quiet Ann came along, I became nervous about actually speaking. I wanted to do right by her and do right by the show. I incorporated that nervousness into everything the character was going through.”

Quiet Ann is a “gift” for Reyes.

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“There are issues with being curly haired or dark skin, not as ingenue as opposed to a character….Those are the frustrations that I’ve experienced a lot,” she told Modern Brown Girl. “Trying to break out of a typecast once you’ve been known as a character for so many years. Which is why I’m so grateful for Quiet Ann right now. I have a real blessing to play something completely different from anything that I’ve played before.”

Reyes is celebrated by the LGBTQ+ community for her unapologetic allyship.

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Caption: “I stand in unity with LGBTQ youth of every background, race, religion, gender, identity, and sexual orientation. I refuse to allow hate and discrimination to divide us. Stand w me on #SpiritDay, today October 18. #GLAAD #SpiritDay ?️‍? #clawstnt?? I stand in unity with LGBTQ youth of every background, race, religion, gender, identity, and sexual orientation. I refuse to allow hate and discrimination to divide us. Stand w me on #SpiritDay, today October 18. #GLAAD #SpiritDay ?️‍? #clawstnt??”

Her Instagram might be “Claws” No. 1 Stan account.

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That reads #ClawsUp and we are so here for the play on #TimesUp and just pure obsession with the show. Plus, those gold hoops. ?

Her favorite show growing up was “Charlie’s Angels.”

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She also loved “The Love Boat” and “Three’s Company.” She’s already turning 50 years old this year.

She founded her own theater company for people of color and diverse backgrounds.

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The LABrynth Theater Company (previously known as The Latino Actors Base) states its mission as “to deliberately interrupt the racial status quo by giving voice to artists of color and reflecting a world where color is the norm and not the exception.” Brava, Reyes.

She’s also been honored to play the lead in all-female cast “Devious Maids.”

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Reyes says she was thrilled to be part of something based off all the novelas she grew up watching. The perks of working with so many other Latinas in a show was everything.

She credits the Latinos in her life as her inspiration.

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She told “Modern Brown Girl,” “The people who gave me more inspiration were activists, other Latinos heavily involved in the theater. I came of age within in a strong theater community with a lot of diverse actors, Latinos in particular.”

Now, she’s the inspiration. Tweet this if you want more Reyes on screen.

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A Geographer Just Created A Digital Map Of Mexico Highlighting Taco Shops And It’s A Thing Of Beauty

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A Geographer Just Created A Digital Map Of Mexico Highlighting Taco Shops And It’s A Thing Of Beauty

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One of the biggest changes that the so called digital revolution has brought to our lives is the capacity that today’s computer systems have to process huge amounts of data. Processors today are able to run algorithms that bring together millions of data entries to find trends, cluster groups of similar objects and generate visualizations that can help us understand even the most complex aspects of science and culture. This is known popularly as “big data” and has changed the ways in which governments and companies understand reality and make decisions. For example, before high speed processing mathematicians took literally years to make sense of census data and find correlations between factors such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, age and literacy levels.

Guess what? This can be done today with a few clicks as computers bring together millions upon millions of data entries and make sense of it all. It all sounds very geeky, but big data is defining how we live our lives, from how traffic lights coordinate to how much tax you gotta pay each year.

So all this geeky, nerdy stuff should be put to good use, o no?

Enter Mexican geographer Baruch Sangines, a true wizard when it comes to generating great data visualizations.

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This young scientist is the Chief Data Scientist at a company called Jetty, and he does some pretty groundbreaking research on pressing social issues such as housing and poverty.

His LinkedIn profile is pretty impressive: “Experience in public and private sector with skills to analyze and visualize data related to: commuting, transit, housing, tourism, migration, security, and urban environment. Expert in territorial analysis and passionate about the cartography and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to visualize small and big data”. Wow. hold your horses, Einstein! He is a proud graduate of Mexico’s National University and has Master’s Degree on Demographics and Statistics. 

So why did he go viral on Mexican social media in the past few days? We mean, science is sexy but not viral sexy (sadly!). All because of this map:

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No, it is not a visualization of WiFi points in Mexico. No, it is not a rendition of cartel activity. No, it is not a highlight of the areas in which development runs at a faster pace. It is about something much, much more relevant to everyday life in Mexico lindo y querido. Any guesses?

Nothing is more important than a delicious taco when you most need it! 

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Just look at that tortilla, a bit crispy, a bit soft… and that perfectly marinated meat… 

Well, Baruch created a visualization of taco stands in Mexico and nos ponemos de pie ante tal maravilla! 

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Baruch called this visualization Taco Universe, and it showcases all the registered taco stands and shops in the country. We can clearly see that there is a high concentration of taco shrines in the capital Mexico City, and that hotspots like Cancun and Cabo are also highlighted, perhaps thanks to gringo tourism craving fish tacos. The scientists used the database Directorio Estadístico Nacional de Unidades Económicas (Denue) (Statistical National Directory of Economic Units) from the federal census agency INEGI. The map highlights how taco culture is primarily based in the center of the country, with local varieties such as Puebla’s tacos arabes (a shawarma like type) increasing the traffic in that area. 

But it is important to note that many taco stands are not accounted for (and that is not this scientist’s fault).

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Thousands of Mexicans subsist in an informal economy with businesses that are not registered and pay no taxes. Among these businesses, mobile taco stands reign supreme. There are hundreds of taco stands all around the country that are set up informally. Sometimes you can find the most delicious tacos there! You can also find informal vendors selling tacos de canasta, a variety that is literally carried in a basket. This map does not take these informal enterprises into account, even though they are key to Mexico’s taco culinary tradition. 

So you are curious about tacos de canasta now, aren’t you? 

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Well, just look at these crispy, sweaty, fat-rich babes. Tacos de canasta are filled with guisados or stews, or with refried beans. We are almost sure that Baruch did not include them in his map, but we can forgive him for making us crave unos taquitos (we bet you are calling your comadres or compas right now to hit the taco stand) and showing us how Mexico is a country that despite its many challenges still finds time to live up to the old adage: barriga llena, corazon contento. 

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