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Here Are 25 Reasons To Love The #LatinaFuerte That Is ‘Jane The Virgin’ And The Latina Behind The Show, Gina Rodriguez

If you have not seen “Jane the Virgin” yet, ?? stop ?? what ?? you’re ?? doing ?? NOW. This is your modern day telenovela, chock full of an actual immaculate conception (read: artificial insemination), Puerto Rican abuelitas that are everyone’s Nana, and d r a m a  that could only brought to you by the Latinas that basically run the show.

Here are 25 more reasons to love the show that just keeps giving back to us all!

1. “Jane the Virgin”  gave the CW Network their first Golden Globes nomination.

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Why? Because everything Latinas touch is gold. That’s why. Don’t even question me on this one. Gina Rodriguez is also pretty awesome soooo…..

2. Oh, and Gina won that Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series Musical or Comedy.

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In her acceptance speech, she thanked God and her father, saying, “”My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today is going to be a great day. I can and I will.’ Well, Dad — Today is a great day. I can and I did.” I’m not crying.

3. The next year, she was included in Eva Longoria and America Ferrera’s joke about the Globes mistaking Latinas for each other.

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The Globes mistaked Gina Rodriguez with America Ferrera during the nominations ceremony for the 2016 Awards. America Ferrera introduced herself as “America Ferrera, not Gina Rodriguez,” pointing out that Latinas on screen aren’t one and the same. SMGDH

4. Ivonne Coll, Abuelita in the showwas no nun in her hayday.

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Caption: “Tbt 1969 when I was a hippie! The communes’ name was “El K-rajo” I was surrounded by musicians, artists, craftsmen…and that is the place where I stand that is the place where I started to find the Artist in me… #puertoricolohacemejor #AbrahamBonilla #condominioelcentro #ivonnecoll #AlbaVillanueva #Janethevirgin” ? ? ?

5. Gina Rodriguez, aka Jane, was given a director role in the last season.

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Oh and she slayed. “We do magical realism, we do fantasy, we do crazy costume changes, we do green screen. For my episode I had a wolf, a stunt, green screen,” Gina told Variety. 

6. …and she hashtagged #TimesUp in her announcement.

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Caption: “#Janethevirgin Add another Latina director to that list. #TimesUp” She told The View, “As a woman of color, I think that being able to have the opportunity to direct and to be able to direct my show is very exciting.” Agree, agree, agree!

7. Eva Longoria also directed the show for an episode.

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Because you can’t have enough Latinas telling everyone what to do. It creates the actual magic of “Jane the Virgin,” tú sabes?

8. Gina calls America Ferrera the ‘Moses’ of Latina roles.

CREDIT: America Ferrera in Ugly Betty (2006). Digital Image. IMDB.com. 21 March 2018

In an interview with Backstage, Gina gushes about America: “I think America [Ferrera, who played Betty] did a lot of amazing things for women who weren’t born naturally thin, and America is gorgeous. We are all gorgeous in our own beautiful, unique, perfectly imperfect ways. … That was very helpful to have those people that came before us; the Moses, if you will…the parting of the seas.”

9. Gina Rodriguez gives credit of her talent to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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In an interview with BUILD Series, she literally points out her teacher, Rosemary Quinn. “Rosemary Quinn is the best. You want to be an actress? Learn from that woman. ‘Cause she will change your life. Clearly, clearly.” And then she started tearing up. #Same

10. Before that, Gina was one of thirteen teenagers accepted into Columbia University’s Theatrical Collaboration.

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She was 16. Look at that muñeca linda, I just want to pinch her cheeks!! And now I want to pinch myself. I am my mother.

11. Like ‘Ugly Betty,’ Jane doesn’t wear makeup.

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America Ferrera is one of the first to represent a normal Latina in American living room televisions and us more curvy, non-beauty pageant winning Latinas felt more fire than ever. And while not all of us are pregnant virgins, Jane is guapa AF, just like us.

12. Oh, and she’s not about being pigeonholed in her sexuality.

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So don’t ask, k? Just embrace that we’re all attracted to her, no matter how you identify.

13. Gina is all about using her “Jane the Virgin” fame for good.

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Sometimes, your T-shirt says it all in this pic of her at the Women’s March in 2017. Caption: “Sisterhood squad. #WomensMarch”

14. The executive producer, Jennie Snyder Urman, wanted the show to be a cross between “Ugly Betty” and “Gilmore Girls.”

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Brava, especially if you want to add “Como Agua Para Chocolate” and ‘True Detective’. TBH, “Jane the Virgin” is chock full of hallucinations of choirs singing about sex, actual characters impaled on ice sculptures, everyone’s telenovela-obsessed abuelita and a modern day immaculate conception.

So, yeah. It’s not like any other show.

15. Gina Rodriguez declined a breakout role in Devious Maids before auditioning for “Jane the Virgin.”

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“I want to affect people, I want to create change, and there are sacrifices that come along with that.” Gina was offered a role in “Devious Maids” and, because it didn’t align with her mission she sacrificed that break-out role, and good thing!

16. Diane Guerrero, aka Lina, also auditioned for a role on “Devious Maids.”

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“I wanted the part so bad,” she told Remezcla. Guerrero didn’t get the role, but we’ve been crushing on her hard all throughout “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin.” I don’t think my heart could handle another show.

17. Gina is the youngest of three sisters.

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All the academic theories about youngest siblings are lost on Gina. She paves her own path (in case it wasn’t the most obvious).

18. Her older sister paid for her education at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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Ivelisse Rodriguez Simon is an investment banker, and I trust her with all my money. The middle sister, Rebecca, is a doctor. That is a well-educated group of Latinas. #BoricuaPrideAF

19. Their parents are Puerto Rican.

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They were born and raised in Chicago, and taught that they can do anything they set their minds to. They grew up Catholic and Gina recalls giving up any self-doubt while waiting to find out if she got the role of Jane to God. And then screaming on the street when she did snag the role. #BoricuaFire

20. Gina once played Frida Kahlo in a play.

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Oh, and it was a world premiering play called, “The Last Moments in the Life of Frida Kahlo” at the American Stage Theatre. This pic though is just your casual celebration in a Frida Kahlo themed party.

21. You’ll probably find Casper the Dog on set.

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#WomensRights & #AnimalRights–you’ll find it all on the set of “Jane the Virgin.” And all throughout Gina’s Insta account. I mean, Casper *deserves* to be treated like a star.

22. “Jane the Virgin” is based on Venezuelan telenovela “Juana la Virgen.”

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In the original, Juana is only 17 years old and ends up escaping to the mountains with Rafael, her baby daddy. Here’s to hoping Jane finds her happy ending… on a mountain of grilled cheese sandwiches.

23. No Latina-run show could tolerate anything less than leading male actor, Justin Baldoni’s adorable obsession with his now-wife.

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Watch this 25 minute proposal video and don’t cry. Then watch his TED Talk, “Why I’m Done Trying to be ‘Man’ Enough”. Don’t cry. Dare you.

24. Gina is the co-founder of ethical lingerie company Naja.

CREDIT: Gina Rodriguez. Digital Image. Naja.com. 21 March 2018

Naja is a lingerie company that primarily employs single mothers, allowing them to work from home while still taking care of their families. It also uses recycled goods, and is ethically sourced. Of course Gina is part of this. Yes, I’ll buy your lingerie, bae!

25. Gina wants to be the Latina Meryl Streep and we’re here for it.

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Ever since she was 15, she’s had the dream to be the Latina Meryl Streep. Gina tells Backstage, “[Meryl] transforms and gets gritty and peels off layers of her skin. She’s not afraid. And I’m not afraid either. Jane is a gift I can give, a platform I can use to talk to girls and women and say, ‘Yeah, I’m not makeup-ed up, I’m not weaved-up, and I am beautiful.’ ”

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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