There are no Brown or Black Latino leads in this film and that is disappointing. This is the same criticism that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s movie version of “In the Heights” received, rightfully so. But the whiteness of “Father of the Bride” is even more stark.
The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture opened this month in Riverside. It’s a celebration of Chicano art.
Cheech Marin is best known as the Latino half of the Cheech and Chong duo of the 1970s and 80s. Their comedy on stage and film ranks among the greatest in America, Latino-inspired or not. Marin is best known as a critically-acclaimed actor, comedian and musician, but now the world will learn about his art collection, art advocacy and Chicano art fanaticism.
Many credit Olmos for the bravery it took to risk his career and reputation on such a violent and dark subject matter. Moreover, the anti-crime and Latino community wake-up call messages behind “American Me,” continue to resound today.
Latino representation and firsts may have been unfairly overshadowed. Ana María Ferreira, a literature professor born in Colombia, writes about some of the Oscar firsts for Latinos.
Watching Acuitzeramo on HBO Max, I was overwhelmed with nostalgia but also reminded that time had turned my memories of Acuitzeramo into romantic snippets; that I had conveniently forgotten the bad parts.