America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post
It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.
America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”
“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.
After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.
While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.
“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.
Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.
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Two Mexican acts have the biggest Latin song in the world right now. Christian Nodal and Gera MX’s genre-bending “Botella Tras Botella” debuted in the top 10 of Billboard‘s Global 200 chart this week. There’s no doubt that this collaboration will be on heavy rotation this Cinco de Mayo.
Christian Nodal and Gera MX mixed regional Mexican music with hip-hop.
Nodal from Sonora and San Luis Potosí native Gera MX released “Botella Tras Botella” on April 22. The song blended Nodal’s signature mariacheño sound (a mix of mariachi and Norteño) with Gera MX’s hip-hop edge. The guys commiserate over heartbreak by kicking back a few chelas. In the music video, Nodal and Gera MX are hanging out together. The black-and-white visual has over 82 million views on YouTube.
“Botella Tras Botella” also cracked the U.S. Hot 100 chart.
Like a Mexican “Dákiti,” “Botella Tras Botella” entered the top 10 of Global 200 chart this week. The chart pulls streaming data from 200 countries and territories, including the U.S. Nodal and Gera MX’s collaboration enters the chart at No. 9. It’s the only Latin song in the top 10. “Botella Tras Botella” also impressively cracked the all-genre U.S. Hot 100 chart at No. 60. This song marks Nodal and Gera MX’s first entry on the Hot 100 chart.
Christian Nodal is keeping regional Mexican music fresh.
With reggaeton and Latin trap’s grip on the globe, “Botella Tras Botella” is an example of the power of regional Mexican music has through Gen-Z acts like Nodal. And for this to happen just days before Cinco de Mayo is amazing. The Mexican holiday will definitely keep the song streams coming in.
Nodal’s last album AYAYAY! was released in May 2020. He’s currently in a relationship with Latin pop princess Belinda.
As recently as last month more than 5,000 children languished in jail-like conditions inside U.S. Border Patrol facilities, often for longer than the 72-hour limit set by federal law. But, according to the Biden administration, that number has dropped by 84% as the agencies charged with migrant detention make significant progress.
Questions remain, however, about where these children are being sent to instead and why there remains a need for jail-like conditions in the first place.
The number of kids in jail-like Border Patrol facilities drops 84% compared to March.
The number of unaccompanied migrant children held in jail-like conditions by US Customs and Border Protection dropped nearly 84% in the span of a month, according to a White House official. As of last Wednesday, there were 954 children in CBP facilities, down from a peak of 5,767 on March 28, the official told CNN.
The average time that kids are in CBP custody is now 28 hours, compared to 133 hours on March 28, the official said, a nearly 80% reduction in time spent in Border Patrol detention.
In an interview with NBC News this week, Biden suggested that the situation with unaccompanied children is now under control, saying, “It’s way down now. We’ve now gotten control,” and touted “significant change in the circumstances for children to and at the border.”
In recent weeks, the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for the care of migrant children, has opened up a string of temporary shelters to accommodate minors. That’s allowed for an increasing number of children being transferred out of border facilities to spaces equipped to care for them at a quicker pace.
The drop in children in custody is a welcome sign given the conditions they faced.
In some cases, children were alternating schedules to make space for one another in confined facilities and taking turns showering, often going days without one, while others hadn’t seen the sunlight in days.
While the administration works to address root causes of migration, it’s also had to contend with growing numbers of children in government custody. As of April 27, there were more than 22,276 children in HHS care, according to government data.
Biden on NBC again warned Central American parents against sending children to the US.”Do not send your kids, period. They’re most — they’re in jeopardy going– making that thousand-mile trek,” Biden said. “And so what we’re doing now is we’re going back to those countries in question where most of it’s coming from and saying, ‘Look, you can apply from your country. You don’t have to make this trek.”
The shift in strategy comes as a new poll shows Americans overwhelmingly support new immigration policy.
A vast majority of Americans approve of the idea of engaging countries abroad to address the causes of migration before it happens, according to a new nationwide poll released Thursday.
Pollster Civiqs found that 85 percent of survey respondents agreed that the United States needs to engage with other countries to address migration patterns.
On a partisan basis, 86 percent of Democrats and 87 percent of Republicans, as well as 81 percent of independents, agree with that approach, according to Civiqs, which conducted the poll for Immigration Hub, a progressive immigration advocacy group.
The poll found that 57 percent of Americans accept illegal immigration when the immigrants are fleeing violence in their home countries.
That support is lower for undocumented immigrants who come for other reasons; 46 percent agree with immigrants arriving illegally to escape poverty or hunger, while 36 percent do if the migrants are seeking to reunite with family members, and 31 percent do if the migrants are looking for jobs in the United States.
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