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Actress Diane Guerrero tells Regis grads to speak up

Diane Guerrero receives an honorary degree at Regis College.
Diane Guerrero receives an honorary degree at Regis College.

“Orange Is the New Black” actress Diane Guerrero, who was 14 and living in Boston when her parents were deported to their native Colombia, told Regis College grads that now is not the time to be silent.

“My story is just one of millions that show how much we need to reform our immigration system,” she said. “It does not do any good to remain silent, whether we are talking about ourselves, our immediate community, our community as Americans, or as the Class of 2018. We all want a better world, and that means fighting through the discomfort, fighting through the taboos, fighting through the vulnerability and shame, being OK with not having the answers.

“We are all here because of a community who has believed in us,” said Guerrero, who attended Regis after graduating from Boston Arts Academy. “We got a break and not everyone gets that. Those treated unequally, the disenfranchised, we must unite to be the community who believes in them. That’s what I learned from Regis. And we cannot unite by remaining silent.”

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Guerrero has talked about her backstory extensively, and also written about it in her memoir, “In the Country We Love.”

Meanwhile, Cavaliers players Tristan Thompson and Jordan Clarkson, in town to play the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, dined the other night at Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge in the Seaport. . . . Model Kylie Jenner’s BFF Harry Hudson partied at The Grand, also in the Seaport, with Frank Walker, who opened for Kygo at TD Garden. . . . And Waka Flocka made a surprise appearance at London on da Track’s show at The Grand. We’re told he performed a few tunes, wiping sweat off his brow with dollar bills.