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These Over-The-Top Personalities Have Given Us Some Of Our Favorite Reality TV Moments

While Latinos have been shut out of reality TV for the first decade of its genre, we have seriously exploded on the screen. Can you even imagine a world where Cardi B., Joseline Herandez or Carmen Carrera weren’t household names?

Here are the Latinos who carry their shows!

1. Cardi B., “Love & Hip Hop New York”

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She used to strip right across from her school and worked her way into Billboard’s top charts. We can thank #LHHNY for introducing Cardi B’s Dominican realness to the show and all the bangers that have blossomed with it.

2. Evelyn Lozada, “Basketball Wives”

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This Boricua made her claim to fame with basketball star Carl Crawford on “Basketball Wives,” but she’s working her spin-off, “Livin’ Lozada.” …and she’s here for Cardi B, too.

3. Joseline Hernandez, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”

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Presenting thee Puerto Rican Princess of reality TV. Hernandez quit #LHHATL in a firestorm. If you missed her, prepare yourself for her new spinoff: “Joseline Takes Miami.”

4. Patricia De León, “Rica Famosa Latina”

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She’s a Panamanian bombshell (read: beauty pageant winner), actress and TV host. In the latest season of Rica, “Famosa, Latina,” Patricia De Léon is living life unfiltered and was recorded getting into a physical fight with Luzelba Mansour.

5. Luzelba Mansour, “Rica Famosa Latina”

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The two of them were seen at dinner when Patrica De León attempted to throw water in her face, but when Mansour went to defend herself, her arm was sliced open. The star needed 30 stitches. Ouch!

6. Bianca Espada, “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”

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She’s the newest addition to “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills,” and we love seeing rich Latinas as close to IRL as it gets. Spoiler alert: she’s the best new cast member.

7. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, “dThe Jersey Shore”

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Snooki is the long lived queen of making out with guidos and doing whatever tf she wants on “The Jersey Shore.” This babe is reppin’ Chileans on show and has since had a family of her own.

8. Jwoww, “The Jersey Shore”

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Snooki’s BFF, JWoww is half Spanish and half Irish. These are the only photos in existence where they are not attached at the hip. JK (but seriously, #friendgoals).

9. Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, “The Jersey Shore”

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Half Puerto-Rican, half Italian, Ortiz-Magro is 100 percent guido Puerto Rican, and has a short temper to prove it. We love Ortiz-Magro for being proud of his roots on and off the air!

10. Laurie Hernandez, “Dancing with the Stars”

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At only 16, and already a gold medalist gymnast in the freakin’ Olympics, Laurie was a favorite to begin with and became the first Latina to WIN “Dancing with the Stars!” Get it, Laurie!

11. Carmen Carrera, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

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Try to find us not talking about Carmen Carrera, the Puerto-Rican Peruvian goddess originally found on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Carmen has since come out as trans and is modeling for some huge brand names both commercially and on the runway! Get it, girl!

12. Paula Abdul, “American Idol”

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We grew up watching Paula try to be the balanced judge on “American Idol,” but her famedom goes way back to being a star cheerleader for the LA Lakers and top choreographer. Thank you for your service, Abdul.

13. Cyn Santana, “Love & Hip Hop New York”

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Cyn Santana is an Afro-Latina, of Salvadorian and Dominican descent. We know her from “Love & Hip Hop,” but she’s still telling people like it is long after her departure. Like that time trolls told her her nose was getting “too big” during her pregnancy and called the troll out.

14. JR Martinez, “Dancing with the Stars”

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When he was just 19, Martinez was on a routine patrol with the U.S. Army, when he suffered major burns across a third of his body and face. Since then he’s become a motivational speaker, father, actor AND the Season 13 winner of “Dancing with the Stars.”

15. Juan Pablo Galavis, “The Bachelor”

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After 11 years of programming, Juan Pablo Galavis was the very first bachelor of color in the show’s history. An ex-soccer player who grew up in Venezuela, people super hated him when he didn’t truly fall in love with anyone after spending, like, 40 hours with them. Can you blame him?

16. Adore Delano, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

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Danny Noriega (Adore Delano) was one of the first openly gay contestants on “American Idol.” Now, she’s a well-rounded Renaissance Queen on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” With the voice, the looks, and the diva presence, we hope becomes a permanent fixture of the show.

17. Yara Sofia, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

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Yara Sofia is the Puerto Rican drag queen we all aspire to be. She’s so fierce that she was invited back for the All Stars season, even though there may have been a lip syncing debacle. We’re here for her.

18. Amara La Negra, “Love & Hip Hop Miami”

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She’s Dominican, she’s black and she’s damn proud of where she comes from and where she’s going. We love her from #LHHMIA, and, now we get to hear her on Spotify! You better go support.

19. Christina Milian, “Christina Milian Turned Up”

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Esa Cubana has her own reality TV show after becoming a breakthrough songwriter/singer, dating Nick Cannon for a few years, and even starring in “Be Cool” with John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Christina has had a well-rounded career and now we get to see how she does it all on her own show!

20. Rogelio de la Vega, “The De La Vega-Factor Factor”

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Oh, how I wish we could bear witness to this (#fakenews) “Jane the Virgin” reality TV show starring character Rogelio de la Vega and his fake wife, The High Dollar Matchmaker. Good thing we have a zillion other reality TV shows to keep us busy!

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS just announced that it is committing to making at least 50% of the casts of their unscripted shows Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). CBS also announced that they are devoting 25% of their unscripted budget to BIPOC creators. The changes are expected to take effect in the 2021-2022 season.

“The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling,” said CBS CEO George Cheeks. “As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our Network.”

CBS’s unscripted TV shows include fan-favorite staples like “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race”, “Big Brother”, and “Love Island”. The network has regularly come under fire for failing to cast diverse talent in both their scripted and unscripted programs. Unlike other broadcast networks like ABC (Grey’s Anatomy, literally any other Shondaland show) or NBC (This Is Us, Superstore), CBS has a reputation for white-washing its programming.

Last year, a former CBS Diversity & Inclusion executive wrote an op-ed in Variety accusing the company of having a “white problem”.

“While CBS proudly touts its diversity programs, a close look beneath the surface reveals that the company is unconcerned about creating space for minorities,” wrote Whitney Davis, who is a Black woman. “CBS continues to promote its diversity initiatives in public, while internally minorities are practically invisible.” 

In June of this year, a group of Black “Survivor” alumni created a petition demanding that the stalwart show make 30% of its cast BIPOC. They also asked that BIPOC are given “equitable screen time and opportunities to participate in marketing and promotional events.” The show’s Black alumni alleged that they were ostracized, gaslighted, and short-shrifted while they were contestants on the show. The petition received almost 8,000 signatures to-date.

As is expected, fan reactions have been mixed. Some people are happy that CBS is making the effort to fix the structural problems of their company. But others feel that the commitment is forced and will result in BIPOC cast members being treated as tokens.

This person is confident that CBS’s unscripted shows will simply improve by including more people of color on their cast lists.

If anything, this decision will add some much-needed change to their tired formulas.

This person was ready to submit their application.

Now that people know the playing field is more even, we’re sure that CBS will receive a more diverse pool of applications.

This person has doubts as to how CBS will approach choosing and casting POC.

It’s one thing to talk about diversity, but it’s another thing to actually choose people who represent a range of diverse cultures.

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The Trailer For the ‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Just Dropped and Slater Is Front and Center

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The Trailer For the ‘Saved By the Bell’ Reboot Just Dropped and Slater Is Front and Center

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The trailer for the “Saved By the Bell” reboot dropped on Tuesday and it actually looks…good? We’re so excited, we just can’t hide it. The series has long been in the works, with the reboot being announced all the way back in September 2019.

The reboot will revolve Zack Morris (who is now a California governor) after he “gets into hot water” after he closes a bunch of low-income high schools. Governor Zack’s brilliant idea is to send the kids affected by the school closures to the “highest performing schools in the state”, which naturally, includes Bayside High. According to the synopsis, “the influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.” We never imagined “Saved By the Bell” tackling class-conflict before, but hey! Weirder things have happened in 2020.

Much of the original cast is slated to appear, including Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Zack Morris, Elizabeth Berkley as Jessica Spano, Tiffani Thiessen as Kelly Kapowski, and of course, Mario Lopez in the legendary role of Slater. Thankfully, Slater appears like he will be in the show quite a bit, playing a coach to the high school students (why aren’t we surprised?).

In addition to the original cast, it looks like the series has also added a bunch of new characters to flesh out the new series. One of those characters will be “Mac Morris”, Zack Morris’ mini-me son. And judging by the trailer and promotional materials, the show’s lead will be a Latina character named Daisy, played by newcomer Haskiri Velazquez.

Lopez has been vocal about his excitement for the reboot, recently telling Women’s Day that the reboot is “much funnier, to be quite honest.” “It’s got a different look and feel and much more mature ‘Saved by the Bell’,” he explained. “But I think they [struck] a good balance with this nostalgia in the new version.” He also teased that he might “bring back the mohawk,” but it appears we weren’t that lucky.

And now that we saw the trailer, we have to agree with Lopez. The new series appears to be a sort of tongue-in-cheek meta-commentary on the cheesiness of the original ’90s series. The plot device of the “outsiders” (i.e. lower-income students) coming into Bayside High is genius. It means the show can be cheesy and over-the-top while poking fun of it’s self in a self-aware way. In other words, it’s the best of both worlds.

The series is set to premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 25 on NBC’s streaming service Peacock.

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