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They’re not forcing the Latina stereotype on her—they’re just letting her be who she is and letting her personality prevail. The Latina [label] is just an added part to her, but it isn’t everything she is and that’s what I resonated with. I was born in the U.S., and raised here, but I very much still identify with my Brazilian culture. I’m not more Brazilian than I am American or vice-versa—I’m very much a combination of all of those things. Veronica is very much the same way. I think [Riverdale] is doing a good job with seeing beyond her ethnicity.

Camila Mendes photographed by Robin Harper for V Magazine

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Being a Latina yourself and playing Veronica as a Latina character, how do you feel like you’re defying stereotypes?

I think it’s the idea that they’re not forcing the Latina stereotype on her—they’re just letting her be who she is and letting her personality prevail. The Latina [label] is just an added part to her, but it isn’t everything she is and that’s what I resonated with. I was born in the U.S., and raised here, but I very much still identify with my Brazilian culture. I’m not more Brazilian than I am American or vice-versa—I’m very much a combination of all of those things. Veronica is very much the same way. I think [Riverdale] is doing a good job with seeing beyond her ethnicity.

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Being a Latina yourself and playing Veronica as a Latina character, how do you feel like you’re defying stereotypes?

I think it’s the idea that they’re not forcing the Latina stereotype on her—they’re just letting her be who she is and letting her personality prevail. The Latina [label] is just an added part to her, but it isn’t everything she is and that’s what I resonated with. I was born in the U.S., and raised here, but I very much still identify with my Brazilian culture. I’m not more Brazilian than I am American or vice-versa—I’m very much a combination of all of those things. Veronica is very much the same way. I think [Riverdale] is doing a good job with seeing beyond her ethnicity.

This Charlottesville Documentary Is Required Watching For Americans in 2017

HBO’s “Vice News Tonight” was on the ground amid the chaos and violence that hit Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend and the resulting documentary is an education. 

Correspondent Elle Reeve primarily follows white nationalist leader Christopher Cantwell throughout the 22-minute piece. Interspersed throughout are interviews with ex-KKK leader David Duke prominent white nationalists Robert Ray and Matthew Heimbach, and counter-protesters like Charlottesville locals and members of Black Lives Matter.

The documentary follows everything that happened from Friday night’s protest to Sunday’s vigils.

Most heart-wrenchingly, there is footage of the driver who killed Heather Heyer while she was crossing the street and the horrifying aftermath ― the wailing in the streets, the passersby covered in blood that is not theirs, the shocked faces.

Reeve also takes us into Cantwell’s hotel room, his bed covered in weaponry, where he tells us he anticipates even more violent protests. 

This account of Charlottesville, from the inside, is a raw and unfiltered look at America today. And it is truly terrifying.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

Black history month day 14: social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman Frederick Douglas.

Frederick Douglas was born a slave in Maryland in February of 1818. It is likely that his father was also his first master. He celebrated his birthday on February 14, although there is no official record of his date of birth. He was taught the basics of reading by his master’s wife, but her husband discouraged it believing that an education would draw slaves to want freedom. Douglass later insisted that education was the pathway to freedom, and his eloquence stunned many people and challenged the idea that blacks were not capable of being educated enough to enter society as free citizens. In fact, Douglass was so well spoken that many accused him of having never been a slave.

Douglass wrote several autobiographies. Describing his experiences as a slave. His 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, became a bestseller and was influential in promoting the cause of abolition, as was his second book, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855).

After the Civil War, Douglass remained an active abolitionist as well as a women’s suffragist. He was active in the Republican Party. Douglass became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate and Vice Presidential nominee of Victoria Woodhull, on the Equal Rights Party ticket.

After escaping slavery, Douglass married a free black woman, Anna Murray and the two remained married for over 40 years and had several children. After Anna died, Douglass remarried to a white feminist and abolitionist named Helen Pitts. Though interracial marriage was certainly rare at the time, Pitts and Douglass were quite in love and paid no mind to detractors, many within their own families. Douglass responded to the criticisms by saying that his first marriage had been to someone the color of his mother, and his second to someone the color of his father.

I think it’s the idea that they’re not forcing the Latina stereotype on her—they’re just letting her be who she is and letting her personality prevail. The Latina [label] is just an added part to her, but it isn’t everything she is and that’s what I resonated with. I was born in the U.S., and raised here, but I very much still identify with my Brazilian culture. I’m not more Brazilian than I am American or vice-versa—I’m very much a combination of all of those things. Veronica is very much the same way. I think [Riverdale] is doing a good job with seeing beyond her ethnicity.