It’s always more powerful to put a face to an epidemic. Like Piper Chapman has put a face on women in the prison system, Diane Guerrero, best known for playing the spunky Maritza on Orange Is the New Black, recently revealed on CNN the heartbreaking story of her parents being deported back to their native Columbia:
“I got home, and their cars were there and dinner was started and the lights were on, but I couldn’t find them,” she said, choking up. “It was really hard.” When Pereira asked about her relationship with her parents now, the actress lost her composure. … “But I love them so much,” she continued. “And I just hate that they have gone through this. And I know I’ve been by myself, but I feel like they have lived a very lonely existence.”
Frankly, we’re not sure what’s worse–Guerrero’s family being ripped apart or that no government officials ever informed her of what happened or checked on her despite the fact that she is a US citizen and only 14 at the time.
Team Blackness also discussed the train wreck that was the new Aaliyah movie, another Cosby rape allegation, and a rape by a Ferguson police officer of a pregnant woman while she was detained.