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20 Latino-Inspired Shows Ready For You To Netflix ‘N Binge This Month

We’re all already fans of Netflix for changing the name of the game with TV as we know it, but they’ve done more than nix the ads for us. Netflix features content made by and for Latinos like no other subscription service. It’s own productions (Netflix Originals) are letting us stream relevant content from Pablo Escobár to Spanish language telenovelas, to stories of Angelino teens just going to high school.

Here are our top picks:

1. “Jane the Virgin,” The CW

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As if I could ever not lead with “Jane the Virgin.” It’s America’s first English-language telenovela, and all I want to do is watch star Gina Rodriguez’s face as her character navigates through all the twists and turns of life in present day Miami with a detective boyfriend and a casual accidental artificial insemination.

2. “La Reina del Sur,” Telemundo

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Kate del Castillo stars in this hit Telemundo telenovela, which had the biggest budget and highest rated finale of any Telemundo show to date! She plays the character of legendary Teresa Mendoza, who is known as the bold woman who climbed to the top of the drug trafficking ladder. #SheABoss

3. “The Day I Met El Chapo,” Netflix Original

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If you think Kate del Castillo is a Queen on-screen, check out this docu-series sharing her untold story of her encounter with El Chapo Guzmán, the world’s most wanted drug lord. I’m screaming.

4. “Riverdale,” The CW

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Starring Camila Mendes as the Archie Comics brought to real life character, Veronica Lodge, “Riverdale” will make you gasp at the 1950’s inspired, present day drama around every corner. Plus, seeing Latinos as the richest family in town is refreshing af.

5. “Cristela Alonzo,” Netflix Original

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If you’re into standup, Alonzo will get you a case of the jajas, especially if you also grew up with a Mexican mother. Look out for some Selena warm and fuzzies.

6. “Celia, La Serie,” Telemundo

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Colombiana Carolina Gaitán stars as Celia Cruz in this Telemundo series commemorating the life and achievements of the young black singer in 1950s Cuba. Try not to be inspired by the stories of Cruz overcoming racism, sexism and more to make it into your parents radio sets and your AirPods.

7. “Cuba and the Cameraman,” Netflix Original

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This documentary was filmed over the course of 45 years, and chronicles the fortunes of three Cuban families throughout intense political change from the 1970s to 2016. The filmmaker, Jon Alpert, is an Emmy-winning producer and you can tell throughout this short documentary.

8. “Ingobernable,” Netflix Original

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Kate del Castillo stars as the First Lady of Mexico, Emilia Urquiza, who is fighting for peace in her country, while she divorces her husband, the President of Mexico. Need some female leadership in your life? Let Kate del Casitllo lead the way.

9. “La Niña,” Netflix Original

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Just watch this trailer. Ana María Estupiñán stars as the Colombian child guerrilla fighter grown up as she faces her childhood trauma head on, and uses her steady hand to become a doctor. Season 1 is avail for binging!

10. “Los Punks: We Are All We Have”

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You know that East Side/Echo Park “hipster” look? It came from Punk Latinos who have found community in punk rock music. This documentary features Latino teens in South Central, Boyle Heights and East L.A. and their underground scene.

11. “Malcriados,” Dynamo

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This Colombian remake of Mexican hit, “Nosotros los Nobles,” features a rich widower cutting off his rich, spoiled children to teach them the lesson of… life? I promise it’s funny.

12. “Marias: Faith in Womanhood”

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Finally! A documentary that takes a deep dive into the cultural meaning, and ripple effect, of so many Latina women named Maria, after the Virgin Mary. Hear from women in Brazil, Nicaragua, Cuba, Peru and Mexico and what their shared name means to them.

13. “The Fosters,” Freeform

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This offbeat drama shares the story of an interracial lesbian couple who decide to adopt two twin Latinx kids, and the ups and downs of their developing lives with biological, adopted and foster children. Prepare to cry. And laugh. And binge.

14. “Pablo Escobar, el patrón del mal,” Netflix Original

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Ok, there are a LOT of shows on Netflix about Pablo Escobar, but this one, starring Andrés Parra is top charting. In a series format, we see the life of Escobar while he was a petty thief all the way up to how he became the head of a drug-trafficking empire.

15. “On My Block,” Netflix Original

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Please, please, please, watch this show. It’s about the life of four inner-city Los Angelinos who are childhood best friends. We meet these smart, funny and tough teens as they begin high school and I’m here for the whole ride.

16. “Girls Incarcerated,” Netflix Original

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This docu-series follows the lives of teen girls who find themselves locked up in Indiana’s Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility. Let’s talk about how prison systems are filled with Latino and Black Americans and start when they’re kids. You’ll cry, but you’ll also laugh and be inspired by their bravery to go back to their lives outside the prison. I’m counting down the days till Season 2.

17. “Grey’s Anatomy,” Freeform

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Grey’s Anatomy has been around for forever, and when Sara Ramirez’s role as Calli Torres first debuted, she was one of the few Latinas on mainstream television. Her character is a badass orthopedic surgeon, who tells it like it is, and whose relationship with her dad, and with her own sexuality develops throughout the series, in ways that only we can relate to.

18. “Narcos,” Netflix Original

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Confession: I can’t make it past the first 30 minutes of the pilot, because this show about drug kingpin Pablo Escobar don’t hold back on the drama, the violence, and the savagery it takes to make it to the top. Set and filmed in Colombia, it eventually features other drug kingpins throughout the years and is a cult classic.

19. “Mexico Diseña,” Netflix Original

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Ever bought a copy of Elle Mexico? Here’s the competition show behind the design covers, where 11 fashion designers compete for their work to be featured on the cover, on the runway at Fashion Week Mexico and lots more. The first season is on Netflix and the theme is Total Black.

20. “One Day at a Time,” Netflix Original

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So, I don’t remember the original this Netflix Original is based off of, but your mom probably does. This reboot gives us a glimpse into a fictional Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles. The show tackles important issues like immigration, sexism, PTSD, homophobia and racism that Latinos face every day.

21. “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix Original

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Thought I would e v e r  forget OITNB? A true cult classic, “Orange is the New Black” touches on corruption in the private prison industry, the systemic racism that disproportionately locks Latinos and African Americans up, and the drama, the love and communities made behind bars.

The Netflix Production Of Selena Finally Cast Abraham And Abraham Jr.

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The Netflix Production Of Selena Finally Cast Abraham And Abraham Jr.

We’ve been there every step of the way. From the announcement late last year that Netflix and the Quintanilla’s would be teaming up to bring us the official coming-of-age story of Selena to the audition process of the series, to the casting of Selena herself. It’s been thrilling just to experience the process because that means we’re that much closer to filming the actual show. Now we have two more additions to the series. 

Actors Ricardo Chavira and Gabriel Chavarria will be playing the roles of Abraham senior and Abraham Jr. — Selena’s father and brother. 

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Deadline is reporting that actors Ricardo Chavira and Gabriel Chavarria have been cast in the “Selena: The Series” — which is also been referred to as “the official story of Tejano music legend, Selena Quintanilla.” If you’re wondering why Netflix isn’t announcing any of the actors that are being cast in the project, it’s because they are keeping hush about it entirely, which we find a little strange.

Why won’t Netflix officially announce this news, considering it is their project? We’re going to assume that they don’t want to commit to any of these actors. For example, what if the actors don’t reflect what the Quintanillas want? They can change them at any point, but the thing is, that could happen regardless if Netflix made it official or not. It’s all a little bizarre. It’s also quite noticeable that the actors aren’t saying a thing about it on social media either. 

You may remember Ricardo Chavira as Carlos Solis in “Desperate Housewives.”

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Yes, he played Eva Longoria’s husband! He’s also had a slew of roles since including on “Burn Notice,” “Santa Clarita Diet,” and “Jane the Virgen.” 

Chavira, who tweets regularly, has yet to comment on his new role. There’s also no information about the series on Imdb.com, at least not about the actors. 

Gabriel Chavarria will play Selena’s brother. Most recently he starred in the USA Network/Syfy series “The Purge.”

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Chavarria could also be seen in “East Los High” as Jacob Aguilar, the film “War for the Planet of the Apes,” and as Danny in the movie “Lowriders.” He’s also staying mum on the topic as well. 

Last month, it was also announced that Christian Serratos from “The Walking Dead” was cast in the title role of Selena.

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Netflix, the Quintanillas, and Serratos, of course, is you guessed it, remaining tight-lipped about the topic. So all of this information is based on unnamed sources. 

The only “official” word about this project came last year from Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla.

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Suzette released the following statement last year: “Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel a great responsibility to do justice to her memory. With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.” 

As far as Netflix is concerned, all we have is this trailer. *Sigh*.

There’s no information as to when the series will be released but it probably won’t be anytime soon if we’re getting information released this late in the game. However, we’re going to throw out another theory, so bear with us. According to E! News, the series is set to begin shooting next month in Mexico. We’re thinking this marketing strategy is building up in this manner because of Telemundo’s release of “El Secreto de Selena.” 

The family is very much against that series, so what a better way to distract from that show — which continues to air on Sundays — than to release more information at a slow pace and keep the conversation going on this Netflix series. Remember, we still haven’t heard who will be cast in the role of Selena’s mom or Selena’s sister. We’re certain as that information is known the big reveal or some huge announcement will happen thereafter. Maybe around the holidays. And, yes, we’ve been thinking about this a lot. But mark our words: this is all a big marketing ploy and we’re loving every second of it. 

READ: Netflix Officially Cast The Role Of Selena Quintanilla And ‘Twilight’ Fans Will Be Thrilled

Cardi B Is Set To Host A Rap Competition Show On Netflix And We Can’t Handle This Huge News

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Cardi B Is Set To Host A Rap Competition Show On Netflix And We Can’t Handle This Huge News

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Cardi B can’t seem to stay out of the headlines. She’s always in the news and I, for one, stan. Sure it may not always be for the best reasons (like her felony charges for a strip club fight or her apparent feud with a group of 10 year old boys) but she keeps things real and she keeps them fun.

For real though, what would our world look like without some Cardi B drama? I don’t want to find out.

And the ‘Press’ rapper seems to be all over the place right now. She’s got her movie ‘Hustlers’ coming out and she’s making appearances at pretty much every single award show. She’s living her best life. And now, she’s trying to help America’s next rap star live theirs.

So it’s true, Cardi B is going to be hosting a rap competition show on Netflix.

Netflix has officially announced a premiere date for Rhythm + Flow, the streamer’s long-awaited hip-hop competition series hosted by Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I.—and it’s coming this October.

Rhythm + Flow was first announced in 2018 as a series that would bring together some of music’s biggest names in order to “find fresh talent and help undiscovered hip-hop artists pursue their dreams.”

According to Deadline, each of the ten, hour-long episodes will follow the judges from Los Angeles to New York to Atlanta to Chicago on their quest to “help undiscovered artists pursue their come up,” and Netflix will roll out each phase of the competition separately over the course of three weeks.

A show like Rhythm + Flow feels like it should be an obvious hit. Reality shows often appeal to wider audiences and are cheaper to produce than scripted series. Netflix has also seen recent success with reality competition shows like glassblowing series Blown Away and an Emmy nomination for the baking show Nailed It.

Unlike most shows on Netflix though, this one won’t be one that you’ll be able to binge watch all 10 episodes in one sitting.

Don’t expect to just blow through the whole season in one sitting, though. According to Netflix, the show, which follows amateur rappers vying for American Idol-style stardom, will be one of the only series on the platform to roll out weekly instead of dropping all at once.

The first four episodes will focus on the auditions, and are set to drop together on October 9. The next three episodes, where the contestants will shoot music videos and rap battle, will air the following week, and the last three, including the finale, will air on the 23rd.

Cardi B has hyped up the show on her Instagram and shared what she’s looking for in America’s next rap star.

“I‘m looking for somebody that when I’m going to my car I’m gonna remember their music, I’m gonna remember their face, I’m gonna remember their personality,” Cardi B said in an Instagram video announcing her role as a judge last November. “We wanna find you, we wanna discover you.”

Fans of the “Money” rapper are totally here for the new show.

And it’s true, Cardi B seems to be on a role. First, she’s in the big new movie alongside Jennifer Lopez and now she’s got her own major TV show coming out on Netflix. Bravo girl, bravo!

Many commented that they couldn’t imagine a more perfect set of judges for this type of show.

Between Cardi B, T.I. and Chance The Rapper, this show is gonna have some serious talent on that judging panel. And with all the sass and drama that Cardi B is known for, it should definitely make for a good entertaining show.

Others noted that it was about damn time that there was a rap competition show.

For years, we’ve had series like American Idol and The Voice that have largely focused on pop and country music.

The genres of hip hop, trap, and rap have all largely been ignored by the mainstream networks. So, it’s refreshing to see that Netflix is taking a huge step forward in producing a show that will feature the rap scene and its unique culture.

Her future as a TV show host though could be in jeopardy depending on how her upcoming trial goes.

Cardi is facing two felony charges for attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury. She has also been charged with various misdemeanors (including reckless endangerment) and violations (including harassment)

The alleged incident took place at Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York in August 2018. Two bartenders at the club allege that Cardi B ordered her associates to attack them with bottles and chairs, according to TMZ. Although Cardi B has pled not guilty to the charges, she has an uphill court battle.

You can check out the gag-worthy trailer below:

This trailer has us counting down the days. We didn’t want summer to be over but oh my god can it be October 9th already please?

What do you think? Are you excited for this series? Let us know in the comment section below.