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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!

“Real Housewives of Dallas” Cast Members Expressed ‘Shame’ At the Reunion Over LeeAnne Locken’s Anti-Latino Tirades

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“Real Housewives of Dallas” Cast Members Expressed ‘Shame’ At the Reunion Over LeeAnne Locken’s Anti-Latino Tirades

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In the spellbinding finale to the most recent season of Real Housewives of Dallas, the entiriy of the cast condemned the show’s villain, LeeAnn Locken, for her racist and xenophobic behavior throughout the season. 

As we reported before, earlier in the season, Locken had a total meltdown when fellow castmates D’Andra Simmons and Kary Brittingham (who is Mexican) poked fun at the entrepreneur venture she spent so much time and money on: the L’Infinity dress. At a group dinner, Simmons and Brittingham publicly criticized the dress, insinuating that it was shoddily made and too complicated to wear. While Locken originally tried to brush off the teasing, she eventually snapped, leaving the table in tears.

Later, when she was being comforted by housewife Stephanie Hollman, is when she began to insult Brittingham based off her heritage.

Locken began her insults by accusing Brittingham of thinking she was “all Mexican and strong,” while really, she “ain’t survived s—”. As the season progressed, Locken continued to harp on Brittingham’s heritage, calling her everything from a “chirpy Mexican” to saying that she should “quit using my English words against me” and “find your own Mexican words.”

Locken’s racist and xenophobic behavior made waves on social media, with people Tweeting out their outrage at Locken’s offensive words. Some fans even created a petition on MoveOn.org demanding that Locken be terminated from the show. “I will not watch Bravo moving forward because they are supporting racism by not terminating her,” said a viewer by the name of Lisa A. “Bravo is perpetuating racism by not dealing with her.”

And while Locken apologized for her behavior this past season via a public statement, fans and viewers were still not having it.

Even Locken’s castmates were visibly put-off, expressing their “shame”, “disgust”, and “disappointment” at her behavior at the reunion.

Cast-member Brandi Redmond was one of the most vocal detractors of Locken’s behavior. “I don’t want to be associated. I feel ashamed,” she said. “And it’s not OK, LeeAnne. It’s not OK.” 

Locken, for her part, vacillated between defending her actions and apologizing for them. When being interviewed by host Andy Cohen about her choice of words, Locken explained that she didn’t know what she was saying was offensive. 

“In Texas, I mean, we use that word all the time, like, for everything,” she said. “Chirpy Mexican?” Cohen further prodded, to which Locken conceded wasn’t true. “No, not that,” she said. “Okay, I apologize…I didn’t use my words well and I didn’t like it when I watched it, I can tell you that. Mentally, I was not present and I was not putting my words together well”.

Locken went on to insist that, despite her actions, she was not, in any way, racist. 

“I’ve spent a lot of hours crying over this and realizing how horrible this was,” she told Cohen. “I know every bone in my body, and I know I don’t have a single bone that believes in discrimination. I believe in inclusion. I believe in acceptance,” she said.

Previously, she had tried to explain her “free love” mindset by illustrating that she couldn’t be racist due to her sexual history. “I’ve slept with plenty of Mexicans, by the way. Hot, f—— lovers, okay? I’ve sat in Julio Iglesias’ lap,” she said in a problematic confessional interview during the course of the season. 

To make matters worse, Cohen revealed that most of the cast members assumed Locken’s behavior would never make it to air.

According to Cohen. most of the cast-members assumed that Bravo would edit out Locken’s racist tirades in order to protect not only Locken, but the larger Bravo brand. Because of that, the RHOD cast avoided talking to Brittingham about what was going on behind her back.

 Obviously, the entire situation left Brittingham feeling hurt and isolated. According to her, the experience was “very sad” and “disappointing” for her. We doubt these women will ever be able to mend their friendship. 

Like every Real Housewives reunion, Twitter was on fire with reactions to the explosive season finale. 

One thing’s for sure: The Real Housewives of Dallas has found a way to combine the intoxicating pull of reality television with the more serious issues of the day (namely, American discrimination against Latinos).

This person had no time for Locken’s labeling her behavior as a “mistake”

She has a good point here. Locken’s continuous behavior is proof of deeper discriminatory beliefs.

This person explained why continuously bringing up someone’s country of origin is, indeed, problematic.

It’s one thing not to get along with someone. It’s another to use their ethnicity as an insult. 

This person applauded Andy Cohen for refusing to let Locken’s behavior slide. 

Although Bravo could’ve handled the entire situation better, at least they’re holding Locken responsible for her words and actions. 

As A Queer Latina, I Can’t Praise Showtime Enough For Their Representation In ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

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As A Queer Latina, I Can’t Praise Showtime Enough For Their Representation In ‘The L Word: Generation Q’

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The highly anticipated sequel to Showtime’s iconic lesbian drama series, “The L Word,” is moving far and beyond the Latina tropes and giving us two very different Latinas of different classes, wealth, and family support systems. And they’re in love. The original series was set in West Hollywood, California, a place as sexuality-diverse as it is accessible only to the wealthy, thereby excluding racial diversity. The sequel, however, is set in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in East LA that has become the de facto capital of queer for a new generation of LGBTQ+ people. Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) is running for mayor of Los Angeles, but is facing setbacks because of the queerness of her love life. Shane McCutcheon (Kat Moennig) has become a successful androgynous model, which hasn’t prevented relationship problems with her wife. Alice Pieszecki (Leisha Hailey) has become the new Ellen Degeneres, with a foundation set before her by the talk show host, Alice is able to offer a provocative talk show defined by feminism and queerness instead of just making people laugh. That very show becomes the grounds where we meet Generation Q. We meet two women who work together and are roommates and follow them back into their home to meet their roommates, girlfriends, and very hot property manager.

Instead of a Persian woman playing a Latina, “The L Word: Generation Q” has two main cast members who are Latina and are surrounded by their Latino family members who become the source of support or conflict in their relationship. Relatable already, no?

Dani Nuñez and Sophie Suarez are the central couple to
“Generation Q.”

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Sure, Alice is starting up throuple’s with her girlfriend and her girlfriend’s ex-wife, but that drama feels far too out there to hit home. Dani and Sophie, however, offer a story we’re all familiar with, especially if you, too, are a queer Latina. Dani Nuñez (left) comes from a wealthy background. She is essentially the heiress to her father’s company, Nuñez, Inc, which deals in promoting opioids. In this alternate reality, the Nuñez’s are reflective of the Sackler family, which has faced harsh criticism as the face of the opioid crisis. America has turned to question crisis by questioning the insular morals of a singular family which has built an empire. “Generation Q’ re-envisions that moral conundrum by giving us Dani Nuñez, the Director of Communications of Nuñez, Inc., who begins to question her morals after Bette Porter asks her point-blank: “How do you sleep at night?”

Meanwhile, Sophie’s morals are perfectly aligned in her career as a producer for Alice’s feminist, queer talk show of the same name.

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Sophie comes from a different class of Latinidad, which includes the perks of a tight-knit family unit. She exudes confidence while wearing a Wildfang coverall suit instead of an expensive business suit. Sophie enjoys the support of her family and knowing exactly who she is and what she wants out of life.

Meanwhile, Dani’s father’s homophobia becomes intolerable for Dani as the two take their relationship to the next level.

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As a queer Latina literally named Dani with a homophobic father herself, I couldn’t feel more seen by how “Generation Q” portrays the psychological hardships that family homophobia can place on a relationship. Dani grew up with an implicit understanding that if her feelings didn’t fit into her family values, that the only way she could feel and process them was in isolation. That learned behavior trickles into her relationship with Sophie, and Sophie has a problem with it. Sophie’s family is constantly around, supporting them, and openly processing their feelings. There are no secrets.

“Generation Q” illustrates the nuances in how the child of a homophobic parent learns to navigate life and how it has much larger effects on their personal relationships. 

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So far, the show hasn’t just given us an Afro-Latina and a brown Latina. It’s given us a range of family dynamics that feel so familiar to so many of us. Whether you have Sophie’s family, who’s constantly bringing over tin-foil wrapped homemade food, even on a tour of a ritzy wedding venue, or Dani’s family, who, in order to please them, you have to compromise too much of your self. 

You can stream Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q” on Sundays.

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