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Showbiz isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Showbiz isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

We’ve all heard or maybe even thought it before, now haven’t we?  Just tune into TMZ or pick up a tabloid and ‘get to know’ your favorite celebrity and what they’ve been up to. Most of us would be more than just peeved if someone was all up in our business. Hell, people have been shot and killed because of it.  That said, if the opportunity to be ‘famous’ ever arrised, a lot of those same people wouldn’t hesitate to take it. The lack of privacy kind of sucks, but hey, it’s what you signed up for when you decided to be an entertainer.

Although, privacy, or the lack there of,  isn’t the only draw back. For some, depression is a huge factor.

Depression in general is a battle that many suffer and deal with on a daily basis.  Why would it be any different for celebrities?   Just last year, Robin Williams made the decision to end his life.  He had been battling depression for many years and had spoken out about it.

The exact causes of depression aren’t known. Though, there are many factors that have been coined as a cause. One of those being ‘life events’. Yea, everyone, at some point in their life experiences something that just beats them down, whether its the death of a loved one, financial problems, or so on.  However, for some the pain is never ending and a brighter future never seems to be within grasp.

In March, 1980, a young entertainer by the name of Hugo died of a brain aneurysm, after repeatedly bashing his head against a wall.   Hugo was ‘drafted’ in 1968 to put on daily shows.  Like the 1969, Vietnam draft, if you were selected, you were obligated.  It was the same for Hugo.  He did not voluntarily sign up to entertain the masses.  No, he was forced and not given any other choice.  On top of that, he was confined to a space smaller than what you can only compare to being in solitary confinement, being that there was no one there of his kind or that spoke his language.  Hugo wasn’t even a teen when selected.  Hence, like anyone else forced to do and be something that they are not, Hugo rebelled the only way he could. From the start, Hugo put up a fight and at times refused to rehearse or perform. Banging his head against a wall and breaking windows was nothing to him.  He wanted out!

In 1970, Lolita was ‘drafted’ to keep Hugo company and to perform together.  I mean, who doesn’t love duets, right?

They didn’t immediately integrate them though, fearing possible aggression or violence.  Think about it, you’re being held against your will, being forced to act a certain way, and now they throw a stranger into your tiny ass cell, whom you are supposed to be buddy buddy with!… Ha!… yea, trust no one.  Although, this one does share the same color skin.

Now, here’s the kicker.  Unbeknownst to those in charge, it just so happened that Lolita was from Hugo’s very own clan!  Yes, finally someone he could talk to… relate to!  Maybe they can beat this together!…

Hugo and Lolita, immediately started communicating to each other from their separate cells in their native language.  They were rather loud as their cells were not close by.  No one else could speak it, therefore they didn’t think much of it.  Finally, in 1971, they were reunited and shared the same tiny cell for almost 10 years.

Their duet career and his imprisonment came to an end when Hugo put an end to it by what has been called an act of suicide.  His body, as if nothing more than waste, was dumped in the county landfill shortly thereafter. Lolita, was left to be a solo performer.

It is nearly 35 years later, and Lolita is still enslaved by these monsters in the very same cell that she shared with Hugo initially in Miami, FL. She has not had any contact with anyone of her kind since Hugo’s death. Daily shows are still part of her regimen as is her deprivation of freedom.

The one thing that Lolita has going for her right now is a growing group of activists or what is now being called a movement to set her, and others like her, free.  Her family is still alive and well, and continues to reside in the same area from which she was taken – Puget Sound, WA. These activists are fighting for her freedom with the goal of reuniting her with her family.  

Just this past Saturday, purposefully Martin Luther King weekend, hundreds took to the streets of Miami and internationally, pushing for her immediate release and end to her slavery. This march was the realization of a very motivated and persistent activist by the name of Robin Jewell and her small team of 6.  

There were even celebrity activists, such as Robbyne Kaamil, Shannen Doherty, and Holly Marie Combs who marched alongside the crowd in hopes of change.  Joanna Krupa also attended the event and spoke to the crowd among others.Holly Combs, Robynne Kaamil, and Shannen Doherty

This event has passed, but the fight continues.  Lolita is not yet free and she won’t be unless we keep the momentum and pressure on NOAA (the government agency in charge of her fate).  NOAA will be making a decision on Lolita’s future this coming Monday, January 26.

You too can help set her free by contacting NOAA before the 26th and …”asking for Lolita’s freedom, immediately!”

NOAA’s contact info:

  • Phone: 301-427-8400
  • Email: PR.Webmaster@noaa.gov
  • Twitter: @NOAA

I think we all agree that death should not be anyones ONLY promise of freedom. If it is, it better damn well stand for something!

This is dedicated to Hugo and ALL who have suffered in slavery and lost their lives.  Let’s not let Lolita join this death toll, and let’s put an end to slavery once and for all.

{View all Pictures from the March}

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