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Fidel Castro arrives at the cinema with controversy over the actor who plays him: "He's not Latino!"


Also, why the unstoppable rise in the price of insulin affects Hispanics in particular; the triumph of a legendary DJ, and a scorer with no legs. Everything in Axios Latino.


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1 topic to highlight: How the price of insulin affects Latinos

The Senate's failure to include

an insulin price cap in the health care and climate bill passed this weekend may hit Latinos especially hard.

Big picture

: They are 70% more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes, according to CDC data.

  • Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet, which many Latinos face due to economic factors.

  • Diabetes complications also affect Latinos more, with higher rates of vision loss from glaucoma and kidney failure, according to medical studies.

  • They are 1.3 times more likely to die from diabetes complications than non-Hispanic whites, according to statistics.

What's happening

: Insulin, a key to treating diabetes, has doubled in cost in recent years, and is especially unaffordable for Hispanics, Blacks, Native Americans and people of Asian descent, with less access to health insurance.

Illustration: AĂŻda Amer/Axios

News push

: Seven Republicans voted with Democrats to cap the price of insulin at $35, but it was not enough to break the 60-vote threshold: the measure needed three more votes.

In her own words

: That measure would have "had a tremendous impact on the


community ," Yadira Sánchez, executive director of Poder Latinx, a Hispanic political mobilization organization in Arizona, Florida and Georgia, told Axios Latino.

  • "We need laws that really cap the cost, especially as inflation hits our families the hardest," he added.

Rep. Joaquin Castro

(D-Texas), whose grandmother died of complications from diabetes and whose mother also has the disease, said the high cost of insulin is "fundamentally a health equity issue."

  • "This is not a partisan issue, and it's shameful that Republican senators are more focused on protecting Big Pharma's profits than helping diabetics stay alive," Castro said.

2. Controversy over a film by Fidel Castro

The choice of James Franco

to play Fidel Castro in the film

Alina of Cuba

is generating criticism among Latino actors, writers and activists.

The origin of the actor who will play Fidel Castro is not the only controversy surrounding 'Alina de Cuba'

Aug. 8, 202201:57

News Momentum

: Franco, who is not Hispanic (of partial Portuguese descent), will star in the film alongside Cuban-Salvadoran Ana Villafañe, who plays the title character: Alina Fernández, Castro's daughter.

  • Filming will begin in Colombia on August 15, reported Variety.

The reaction

: John Leguizamo, an actor born in Colombia, denounced the


on the social network Instagram: "I have no problem with Franco, but he is not Latino!"

  • "How is it that Hollywood not only excludes us but steals our stories? No more appropriation of Hollywood and


    companies !" LeguĂ­zamo published.

The Other Perspective

: One of the film's producers, John Martinez O'Felan, said they were guided by Fidel Castro's "Galician ancestry" and "studied all the actors with Latino roots in Hollywood to find someone with a facial structure Similary".

  • Alina Fernández Revuelta supports the choice of James Franco to play her father.

Actor James Franco next to an old photograph of Fidel CastroPhotographs: Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images;

Stig Nilsson/AFP via Getty Images

The intrigue

: Only 5% of movie leads were played by Latino actors or actresses in 2020, according to a report on diversity in Hollwyood made by UCLA.

  • The Latino population amounts to 19% in the US but has an even greater weight, almost a third, in the number of movie tickets sold, according to a study by the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

3. Petro calls for an end to the drug war

Colombia's new president, Gustavo Petro,

promised to end the war on drugs at his inauguration on Sunday, a call that may test US policy in Latin America, long focused on cooperation in the battle against drug trafficking. drug trafficking.

"We did it".

Gustavo Petro asks for the sword of BolĂ­var to swear as president of Colombia

Aug. 8, 202202:08

Why it matters

: Petro, a former guerrilla fighter and former mayor of Bogotá, forms with Vice President Francia Márquez the first leftist government in a country that had moved in unison with the United States in recent years on issues such as the fight against drugs, the politics with Venezuela and other regional challenges.

  • A senior official in the Joe Biden administration told Axios last week that this change may become an area of ​​friction.

  • But he added that it is "premature" to conclude that the US and Colombia cannot cooperate in the fight against drug trafficking, and said that the Biden administration has recognized that its drug policy must "evolve."

In his own words

: "It is time for a new international convention that accepts that the war on drugs has failed completely," Petro said, "the time has come to change the anti-drug policy," he added, "for one of strong prevention of consumption in developed societies" and measures "that allow life and do not cause death".

  • "Are we going to wait for another million Latin Americans to be murdered and for overdoses to rise to 200,000 in the United States?" questioned the Colombian president.

Petro has promised

to adjust longstanding policies on issues such as glyphosate crop eradication, express extraditions and training of security forces by US experts.

  • He also mentioned on Sunday the possibility of peace negotiations with armed groups such as the ELN and the Clan del Golfo.

4. A pioneering DJ still spins Chicano classics

Art Laboe was one of the first DJs

to play R&B and rock music in California, endearing himself to Mexican-Americans for his


and on-air salutes to recluses.

This week he turned 97, and still!


Picture: Laboe has been in radio for nearly eight decades.

In his most recent show, in addition to programming music, she allows relatives of incarcerated people to send them dedications.

Art LaboeRussell Contreras/Axios

  • The Art Laboe Connection Show

    airs from 6pm to midnight in California every Sunday on FM93.5 KDAY.

    It is also broadcast on the internet.

  • Laboe has amassed a following from three generations of Latinos in Southern California and the Southwest.

Scholars say Laboe

helped integrate dance halls in times of segregation because Latinos, blacks and Asians alike, as well as non-Hispanic whites, were drawn to the DJ's multicultural music.

  • At 97, he plans to present a concert in October in San Bernardino, California.

5. Summary of key news in Latin America and the Caribbean

At least one person has died

and 16 are still missing in Cuba from a massive fire at a fuel depot that started over the weekend and has continued to spread.

  • More than 120 people were injured and 24 remain hospitalized, according to the latest tally from authorities.

  • The fires threaten Cuba's power supply as the island already grapples with massive blackouts.

Massive explosions shake industrial zone in Cuba where oil tanks burn

Aug. 8, 202200:36

Wanda Vázquez, former governor of Puerto Rico,

presented her court statement on Monday saying she was innocent of the corruption charges against her.

She was arrested last Thursday by the FBI, although she was immediately released on bail.

  • Vázquez faces up to 20 years in prison for an alleged bribery: he is accused of accepting money from businessmen in exchange for appointing a banking regulator friendly to those businesses.

6. ⚽️ Farewell smile: the scorer

A 13-year-old boy in Colombia

with a double leg amputation is the top scorer on his soccer team.


: Juan José Escobar has perfected his headed goals in plays that his teammates at Prado Fútbol Club help him prepare.

"It's all in the mind": Young man with no legs becomes the star of his soccer team

June 8, 202202:13

  • Last year, Escobar and his team were crowned amateur minor league champions in Medellin.

  • Juanjo underwent amputation when he was 1 year old because he was born without a tibia or patella. Telemundo. 

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Source: telemundo

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