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20 Latino 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

The CW

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

Telemundo

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

The CW

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

Telemundo

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

Freeform

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

Freeform

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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A Netflix black Hispanic production that I 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.

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

Photos: State of California, Gabriel’s Justice/Facebook

Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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