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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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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?

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

CREDIT: 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

CREDIT: 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

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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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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