As many of us sluggishly got through our Mondays, Gina Rodriguez spread her positivity. First, she highlighted Laz Alonso, an actor of Afro-Cuban descent, as part of her #MovementMondays – a hashtag she is using to lift up Latinos in Hollywood – praising him for furthering the conversation of what it means to be a Latino.
“In this country, there has been an ongoing conversation about encompassing the Latino community in one vision, but that’s impossible because we come in all different shades and sizes, with different traditions, different slang, and different life experiences,” she said. “…If we can highlight what makes our individual Latino culture (Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Chilean etc) special and yet unite as a whole then we can be empowered as a solid and strong community of 55 million plus. Our Latino community includes Afro-Latinos, my amazing father Gino Rodriguez happens to be an Afro-Latino.”
View this post on Instagram
#MovementMondays This is Laz Alonso. He was born in Washington DC of Afro-Cuban descent. You can find him currently on The Mysteries of Laura on NBC and in many movies including Avatar, Fast and the Furious, Miracles of St. Anna. He has been quoted saying "I have a Cuban influence from my ethnicity, so I feel 100 percent Cuban and 100 percent Black and nobody can take that away from me." In this country there has been an on going conversation about encompassing the Latino Community in one vision but that's impossible because we come in all different shades and sizes, with different traditions, different slang and different life experiences. It's not about understanding every little detail about the vast Latino communities but instead understanding that we have ancestry everywhere and are capable of looking many different ways and that being ok and acceptable! I want to celebrate our differences and I want to use our differences in the Latino community to bring us together as one. If we can highlight what makes our individual Latino culture (Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican, Chilean etc) special and yet unite as a whole then we can be empowered as a solid and strong community of 55 million plus. Our Latino community includes Afro Latinos, my amazing father Gino Rodriguez happens to be an Afro Latino. Pictured above is Laz Alonso, a phenomenal actor that can navigate through two different cultures and has the ability to celebrate and find pride versus limitations in both! Other Afro Latinos we have seen and can continue to celebrate include and are not limited to @zoesaldana #GinaTorres #LalaAnthony #ChristinaMilian #LaurenVelez tag your favorite Afro Latino and let's celebrate and unite via our many beautiful faces!
Then, later in the day, she headed to Conan, where she eagerly offered to throw hands with Conan O’Brien. (Probably because she has already popped James Corden in the face.) They mutually decided that he didn’t want those problems after Gina went on about how her father taught her to box.
And there’s also an adorable story about how excited she was when she got recognized in Macao.