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

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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!

SPOILER ALERTS: The Latest Episode Of HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ Is Proof It Could Surpass GOT In Cult Status

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SPOILER ALERTS: The Latest Episode Of HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ Is Proof It Could Surpass GOT In Cult Status

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On June 13 2019, HBO premiered “Los Espookys,” it’s Spanish-language horror comedy from the mind of Fred Armisen. Needless to say, we were immediate fans. Between the subtly hilarious script and its impeccable delivery, the series proved from episode one that it’s worth the watch. Don’t even get us started on how much we love the horror elements we’ve seen so far.

The second episode of “Los Espookys” is just as addictive and entertaining as the first. Titled “El Espanto de la Herencia,” the episode is so good, it demands a recap.

Here are some of the most spooky and most hysterical parts of “Los Espookys” episode two.

Last week, we met Renaldo, Úrsula, Tati and Andrés, four friends bonded by their love of horror.

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The gang was encouraged by Renaldo’s uncle, Tio Tico, to pursue that passion and turn it into a career. Calling themselves Los Espookys, they were approached by a mysterious woman who wants to use their terrifying talents. With this in mind, it’s time to brainstorm how they’ll approach this next job.

However, before we can check in with Los Espookys, the series introduces us to the US Ambassador.

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Her name is US Ambassador Melanie Gibbons and she’s received an important letter. The letter — which is in Spanish, not coded as she first suspects — informs her that her friend Ignacio Ferracuti has died. However, he’s left his 18.9 billion peso fortune to whoever can survive a night in his haunted mansion.

To borrow Ambassador Gibbons words, “Okay, twist!” She’s been chosen as one of five strangers to compete for his fortune. It’s all very exciting for her.

Similarily, Los Espookys are excited for this upcoming challenge.

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We finally get to see to the official Los Espookys headquarters — which happens to be Renaldo’s garage. While Andrés pushes for avant-garde and challanging tricks, Renaldo wants to stick to the basics. Úrsula just wants confirmation that they’re going to be paid.

Meanwhile, back in LA, Tio Tico is in an unusual situation.

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Following last week’s encounter at a major celebrity party, Tico has been mistaken for an elusive artist. Due to this mix-up, he’s been roped into speaking at an art panel. The whole thing has snowballed and Tio Tico is just along for the ride.

Unfortunately, Andrés is finding it hard to balance his life as Prince of Chocolate and his spooky calling.

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Being the heir to a chocolate fortune is hard. As his boyfriend reminds him, Andrés has duties he needs to commit to or else he will be removed as heir. However, the curious man is preoccupied with uncovering the mystery of his birth and his new side gig. What is a Chocolate Prince to do?

Finally, it’s the big night!

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Too bad Renaldo has been ditched by the other members of Los Espookys. Andrés, Úrsula y Tati have all shown up last minute, leaving Renaldo to set up. What’s worse, nobody hired the actors they need so Renaldo has to step in as the creepy butler. Let’s just say, the role is out of his range.

Still, the goal of the haunted house is to get rid of one contestant in particular. The Mysterious Woman announces to Los Espookys that Sr. Ferracuti’s son is a contestant and must not win. However, he seems impossible to shake with the frankly unimpressive scares.

Los Espookys are in a funk and they need some serious rallying.

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Andrés is obsessed with the dead ends he keeps getting in his search for his origin. Úrsula is obsessed with getting paid. Tati is obsessed with Snap Chatting her shady internet boyfriend.

Renaldo is about to give up but some unexpectedly good advise from Tati inspires him. After a rallying call from Renaldo, Los Espookys are back. They’re going to pull off the scariest trick they can.

We don’t want to give away the ending, but the episode wraps up with the possibility of more jobs in their future.

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Will Tati continue her internet relationship? Will Andrés learn the origins of his birth? What sort of adventure will Los Spookys get into next week? We’ll have to watch to find out.

HBO’s New Spanish-Language Series Is Exploring Another Widely-Held Love Within Our Culture

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HBO’s New Spanish-Language Series Is Exploring Another Widely-Held Love Within Our Culture

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There are certain universal similarities throughout the Latinidad that binds us to one another. We don’t mean stereotypes, but things that we honest to goodness all love. For example, our appreciation for cafecito and a rhythmic beat are accurate clichés tied to Latinx folk. Similarly, HBO’s new Spanish-language series is exploring another widely-held love within our culture.

On July 14th, the television network debuted its new series “Los Espookys” and it’s “horror” theme is very close to our hearts.

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“Los Espookys” is a mostly Spanish-language comedy that includes a healthy dose of horror and camp. Created by Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega and Fred Armisen, the series takes place in an undisclosed city in Latin America. It follows a group of friends —Renaldo, Andrés, Úrsula and Tati — as they turn their hobby of horror and special effects into a business of their very own creation.

While the show’s mix of comedy and horror is completely engaging, “Los Espookys” is also groundbreaking. As mentioned, the series is mostly in Spanish with English subtitles. The portions that aren’t in Español utilize slang and English with Spanish subtitles to communicate to its audience. For a large network like HBO to carry a Spanish language series and air it in primetime is a huge deal. Even more, it reflects how much confidence the “Game of Thrones” network has in the new show.

The premiere of “Los Espookys” opens with a super intense quinceanera. If you think you’ve been to some scary quinces before, just wait until you see this spook-tastic party. As it turns out, everything from the entrails cake to the mutilated waiters is the work of Renaldo and his crew. The party impresses everyone, including Renaldo’s uncle, Tio Tico (played by Armisen). Expressing his support, his uncle encourages the spooky connoisseur to pursue his passion — even if that passion is monsters and mayhem.

The friends get the chance to do just that when the local priest makes an unusual request of the group’s special skills.

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Episode One also reveals more about the group of self-proclaimed “horror technicians.” The black-clad unofficial leader of the group is Renaldo and his life-long friend is Andrés. The electric blue-haired Andrés is the heir to a chocolate company. Called the “Prince of Chocolate,” he is a genuinely intriguing dude with dramatic past. (Note the intense telenovela music that plays whenever he gets contemplative.)

Rounding out the group is a pair of unusual sisters. Úrsula is a dental hygienist with the soul of an artist who is happiest when she’s making something terrifying. Her sister is the odd and unintentionally funny Tita. We first meet Tita when she is hand-spinning the blades of an electric fan to cool down her boss, the priest. Fortunately for us, she only gets more bizarre as the episode goes on.

The cast delivers some great lines but that’s not the only thing that makes “Los Espookys” so entertaining. Improbable situations, subtle humor, and references to popular Latinx culture all add to the series’s appeal, too.

However, it’s the focus on the characters’ love of horror that will really resonate with Latinx viewers — and for a valid reason.

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Whether it’s the scary legends of La Llarona y El Cucuy or the movies of Guermillo del Toro, the Latinidad loves horror. After all, we have an entire holiday completely devoted to honoring the dead. If you need additional proof of this love, look no further than our children — the future of our culture.

In early June 2019, 3-year-old Lucia Brown went viral for her very scary birthday theme. The birthday girl insisted on a party that included Valak, the satanic sister from “The Nun.” It wasn’t just Lucia that enjoyed the theme; her friends also painted their face in black and gave into the darkness.

Yet, a love of horror isn’t something we simply grow out of; it grows with us.

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When we become teens and start to explore our own independence, we strike out towards our own styles. This often means we explore music and clothing to find what best suits us. In these two subjects, we still see marked examples of our cultural love of horror.

The Emo and Goth subcultures have been notably popular with Latinx teens and young adults since its birth. Both categories are usually associated with teens who are not of color and can appear to be at odds with the colorful traditions of the Latinidad. However, there’s something about the Emo and Goth lifestyles that resonate with Latinx folk.

These categories are often hard to describe but most people can place the look when they see it. Both Emo and Goth subgroups focus on self-expression by embracing dark fashions and the mentality of “the individual.” These subcultures also incorporate a healthy dose of horror — using zombies, monsters and the occult in their fashion and art.

Music is the heart of the Emo and Goth subcultures and is what most links the Latinidad to the lifestyle.

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Emo and Goth music often explore dark and emotional topics in their lyrics and evoke feeling with their music. Bands like Morrissey, Joy Division and The Cure led the way for this type of music in the 80’s and 90’s. Later, groups including AFI, My Chemical Romance and The Used became the modern voice of their genre.

For these bands, Morrissey especially has become beloved to Latinx Goths and Emos. Maria Hinojosa’s exploration of this love — entitled “Goths: Latinos on the Dark Side” is an interesting episode of Latino USA that explores this topic.

In it, a guest explains, “For whatever reason, Latinos love Morrissey and no one really knows why. I think it’s the melodrama.”

It could be argued that melodrama is also the reason the Latinidad loves horror.

Many have expressed a sense of community in finding these subgenres so maybe that’s the real reason Latinx folk feel so at home with them.

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Often times, Latinos and Latinas feel excluded from the larger communities we’re a part of. Sometimes we’re marginalized by income level. Sometimes it’s our nationality or citizen status that isolates us from others. We can even be excluded from others within our own Latinx community.

However, a shared appreciation of the Emo and Goth subgenres and all things horror unites us in a mutual love. In a world where we can feel so alone, we can go to a Guermillo del Toro film and feel connected. When feeling as though no one understands us, we can listen to Morrissey and hear our feelings in his words.

In this way, “Los Espookys” also has the potential to unite our Latinidad with something we’ll love. Though we’ve only seen one of the six episodes of this season, the response online has been more than positive. Obviously, the hilarious script combined with the characters’ love of horror makes for a combination that audiences relate to. We can’t wait to see what spooky surprises “Los Espookys” has in store for us still.

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