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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

CREDIT: 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

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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

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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

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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?

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

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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

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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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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