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18 TV Shows About Real ‘All American’ Families That Aren’t ‘Roseanne’

In the days since the “Roseanne” revival debuted and set records, many fans of the show that once embraced feminism and discussions of class have undoubtedly been disappointed. With a main character no longer open to diversity and change and is instead a staunch Trump supporter, many of us have felt left down.

If you’re boycotting the show but still looking to watch something about a family check out these shows that are well aware of the fact that the immigrant experience has always been a cornerstone of American culture.

1. One Day At A Time

Netflix / One Day At A Time

Latins have waited way too long for this Netflix original that speaks to a truly ‘all American’ experience. In this heartfelt series that examines and explores what it means to be Latino and American, Justina Machado and Rita Moreno star as a mother daughter pair raising a Cuban family. This show address nearly every topic that comes up in today’s households, particularly ones whose families are of color.

2. Jane The Virgin

ABC / Jane The. Virgin

Jane Villanueva is the daughter of a teen mother aspiring to be a teacher and author. The show speaks to the Latino household epxiernece with the satirical romantic comedy- telenovela take you didn’t know you needed. The show’s complex storytelling embraces Latino expereinces, feminism, politics and family values.

3. Modern Family

ABC / Modern Family

This mockumentary style family sticom centers around the Pritchett family a league split up into 3 different types of families that are so common in today’s America. You get the nuclear family, step- and same-sex all in one show. The Pritchet family includes Gloria Delgado Pritchett, a passionate Colombian mother who raises a son often told to hide his cultural background and shows him to embrace it.

4. Cristela

ABC / Cristela

Cristela was only around for one season and was canceled by ABC back in 2015, still the show is available to stream online and speaks in very real ways to the American experience. Cristela Hernandez is a Mexican-American law school graduate living in Dallas, Texas with her sister and pursuing the American Dream by taking up the job of an unpaid intern at a law firm. 

3. ¿Qué Pasa, USA?

ABC / ¿Qué Pasa, USA?

“¿Que Pasa, USA?” seasons have been over decades but it’s portrayal of a bilingual American family is still relevant. As the first bilingual sitcom on television, the show had an equal mix of English and Spanish in every episode (perfect for the Latino looking to learn). The show showcased a multigenerational Cuban-American family living in Miami and working to hold on to its culture while also adapting to Americna life. 4. On My Block

Netflix / On My Block

It’s not “Stranger Things,” or “The Wonder Years” but this Netflix series is pretty close. The show about a rough inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood exmaines the lifes of four streetsmart teens from families of all kinds of backgrounds. There’s Monse Finnie, an Afro-Latina, Ruby Martinez, a Mexican math whis, Jamal Turner a nerdy Black kid and Cesar Diaz a smart kid pressured into gang life.

5. Blackish

ABC / Blackish

ABC’s show about the Johnsons focuses on a Black family living in today’s America where racism is still very alive but Black people are capable of thriving. The show’s viewpoint on what is like to raise kids in a America today just works.

6. The George Lopez Show

ABC / George Lopez

It’s been years since one of TV’s most visible Latinos said goodbye to this show about a man raising a Latino nuclear family while suegra looms large. 7. Chico And The Man

NBC / Chico And The Man

Freddie Prinze stars in this 70s series with four seasons about an optimistic Chicano who turns an ignornant and hard-drinking mans opinon about Latino culture around. Now that’s a show Roseanne’s audience could stand to watch.

8. Fresh Off the Boat

ABC / Fresh off The Boat

ABC’ show about an Asian-American family brings in all the ’90s nostalgia, touches on hip-hop culture and the immigrant experience. The Huangs are a Taiwanese family navigating culture clashes and embracing the Ameircan dream. Their family speaks to Asian experience in way that is completely universal.

9. Ugly Betty

ABC / Ugly Betty

This show based  on a Colombian soap opera became a hit back in the early 2000s and no longer airs new episodes on TV but reruns are easy to come by. The show was a winner of two Golden Globes and highlighted the life of Betty Suarez a Meixcan American attempting to make it big in the print world as a writer.

10. Trollhunters

Netflix / Trollhunters

It’s an animated film with trolls, sure, and has little focus on Latino traditions but the show is pact full with Latino talen. Guillermo Del Toro brings you into his imagination in a show that brings a  good mix of comedy, action, and plot to the table.

11. Stuck in the Middle

Disney / Stuck in The Middle

“Jane the Virgin”’s Jenna Orteg stars as Harley, the middle child of a pretty big Latino famiy. The whipsmart and resourceful teen uses science to solve most of her everyday problems and achieve her goals. 

12. Nina’s World

Universal Kids/ Nina’s World

Families looking to fill their “Dora Explorer” kick will love this show about a young Latina attempting to connect with her Latino roots. The best part? Abuelita Yolie’s voice is performed by Puerto Rican reina Rita Moreno.

13. Elena of Avalor

Disney / Elena of Avalor

Disney’s first Latina princess, Elena  isn’t the kind of princess waiting arround to be rescued. She battles her own obstacles and fights for her family.

14. Gran’pa Knows Best

HBO / Gran’pa Knows Best

this show based ona web series airs on HBO Latino and allows William Caballero’s 86-year-old abuelo, Victor Muriel, provide the world with his own musings about the world. The show answers real question from viewers and doles out some hilarious advice. 

15. The Fosters

Freeform / The Fosters

This progressive blended family has been around since 2013 and follows the lives of the Foster family which is led by a lesbian couple as they raise four adopted children in San Diego.

16. East Los High

Hulu / East Los High

Catch this series on Hulu as it depics all of the teen drama from an American Latino experience you could ever want. Starring Danielle Vega, Gabriel Chavarria, Alicia Sixtos, and Vannessa Vasquez the show is Hulu’s longest running series.

17. The Get Down

Netflix / The Get Down

This Baz Luhrmann TV series is available on Netflix and focuses on the hip-hop scene of 1970s Bronx, NY. 

18. Atlanta

FX / Atlanta

Donald Glover’s show about two counsins helping each other rise to the top of Atlan’s music scene focuses on the lives of their families as they try to define the line between “real life and street life.”


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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

El Charro Negro
Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

El Charro Negro
Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

El Charro Negro
Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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