Excuse me while I put modesty aside and toot my own horn. I was featured on ChatterBlock in their Best Blogs in the Bay Area article.
I am in excellent company and highly recommend you check out the other featured blogs. It’s always nice to come across a new bloggy treasure.
Speaking of treasures, I just found out that Lupe Ontiveros has passed and I’m really choked up about it. As a Latina and an actor, this woman inspired and touched me with her talent.
I don’t remember the first time I saw her work, but I also don’t remember a time when I didn’t think she was brilliant. The woman defied stereotypes even when she was cast in “stereotypical” roles. I think her friend Alex Nogales put it best in his Piece, A Farewell to Lupe Ontiveros:
It shouldn’t have been so hard for somebody of Lupe’s immense talents to be recognized and embraced… Nobody should doubt brilliance. When somebody has a true gift we are all better off if they are allowed to use it fully and freely.
Thank you Lupe for sharing your talent despite obstacles, thank you for showing me that you don’t have to look a certain way or deny any of yourself to shine. Thank you for persevering.
I literally just found out that she passed and I’m crying, so I’ll end it here so I can have a moment with my grief. Isn’t it strange that someone you never met can touch your life in a way that makes you so sad when they pass?
And now your Friday Fortune Cookie
(don’t forget to add “in bed” at the end, if you are so inclined):
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