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20 Movies That Came Before ‘Coco’ That Every Latino Kid Needs To Watch

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When it comes to Latino representation on screen, the opportunity our kids get to see characters, stories and actors that are like them are few and far between. Here’s a look at twenty great movies that were made for kids in mind and are starring, produced by, and about Latinos. 

1. The Book of Life

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The 2014 movie is an American  3D computer-animated musical fantasy film starring Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana and Kate del Castillo. It won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film that same year.

2. Ferdinand the Bull

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The 1938 American short was produced by Walt Disney Productions. The movie is based on The Story of Ferdinand which was published in 1936. 

3. Zootopia

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Shakira starred as Gazelle in this 2016 film about a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist. In the film, Shakira plays a famous pop star.

4. Thumbelina

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The 1994 American animated musical fantasy film starred Charo as Mrs. Toad. The movie was based on a  book of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen.

5. Shrek

CREDIT: DreamWorks Pictures

This American animated fantasy was loosely based on a William Steig fairy tale book and put out in 2001. Cameron Diaz starred as Princess Fiona.

6. Puss in Boots

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Antonio Banderas starred in this Shrek spinoff as Puss in Boots. The actors played a talking cat running from the law. 

7. The Prophet

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In 2014, Salma Hayek produced this animated adaption of Kahlil Gibran’s book and took on the role of Kamila. The film did some gender swapping and was previewed at Cannes.

8. Spy Kids

CREDIT: Dimension Films

The 2001 American spy adventure comedy was produced by Robert Rodriguez and starred Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara. The actors starred as a family that fights an evil mastermind together.

9. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

CREDIT: Dimension Films

Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara joined forces again to star in this film in 2003. The movie was another spy adventure comedy that followed the Cortez family on an adventure.

10. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

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Benjamin Bratt starred as Manny, Sam’s Guatemalan cameraman who was also a former doctor, co-pilot, and comedian.

11. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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This 2005 adaptation of the book by Ann Brashares starred America Ferrera and Alexis Bledel. The movie was released in May 2004 and topped the Box office at 42.01 million.

12. Book of Dragons

CREDIT: Paramount Pictures

America Ferrera stars in this 2011 movie about a legend that pertains to new dragons.

13. Ice Age

CREDIT: 20th Century Fox

John Leguizamo stars in this 2002 movie about animals migrating south to escape the winter. For his part, Leguizamo plays Sid a giant ground sloth. 

14. Home

CREDIT: 20th Century Fox

Jennifer Lopez stars along side Rihana in this 2015 hit about a girl who manages to avoid capture of a space invasion. The movie includes Lopez’s ballad song “Feel The Light.”

15. Foodfight!

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Eva Longoria stars in this 2012 animated adventure comedy alongside Charlie Sheen and Hillary Duff. Longoria plays Laxy X the character’s antagonist against a dog who is a private investigator.

16. The Cheetah Girls

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The Cheetah Girls debuted on Disney in 2005 and starred Adrienne Bailon who was a member of the girl group, 3LW.  The movie followed four teen girls living in NYC trying to score their own music label. 

17. Gotta Kick It Up

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America Ferrera starred in this film about a group of Latina girls who compete as a dance group despite the odds that are stacked up against them. 

18. La Bamba

CREDIT: Columbia Pictures

This biographical movie about the short life of singer Ritchie Valens. Esai Morales stars as Bob Morales (Ritchie’s brother).

19. Around the World in 80 Days

CREDIT: United Artists

This 1956 American epic adventure-comedy film starred Cantinflas and David Niven.

20. The Maldonado Miracle

Salma Hayek stars in this Daytime Emmy Award special. Hayek received the award for her outstanding directing in the 2004 movie about a town whose faith is tested when a statue of Jesus appears to be crying real tears of blood.


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Find Out What Are The Ugly Betty Cast Members Doing These Days

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Find Out What Are The Ugly Betty Cast Members Doing These Days

It’s been exactly 8 years since Ugly Betty’s last episode aired back in 2010 and we’re still not over it! This show was not only groundbreaking as it discussed topics rarely seen on primetime television but also because it was centered on a family that was 100% Latino. It’s because we love this show so much that we decided to check out what the Ugly Betty cast has been doing since then.

1. America Ferrera

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Betty Suarez.

Back in 2006, America took primetime television by storm winning the Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG Award for her role as the lovable but fashion-challenged editor’s assistant, Betty. Landing the main role in this Colombian telenovela adaptation not only allowed her to reach fame but also be praised by the Secretary of Labor for her helping break the Latina stereotype in television.

1. America Ferrera

Credit: America. Digital Image. CNN. January  21, 2017.

After her breakthrough as Betty, she supplied her voice for all 3 How To Train Your Dragon movies, went off to London’s West End to play Roxie Hart in the Chicago musical and as of 2015 starred in the show Superstore. America has done more than just TV, in the past few years, she has been very political as we’ve seen give a speech at the 2017 Women’s March and also campaigning for Hillary.

2. Mark Indelicato

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Justin Suarez.

Just like Betty, Justin was another pivotal character on the show. During its 4 seasons, he became a role model for the younger audience, showing them a boy who was comfortable in his own skin even if he was a lot different from other kids. Not only was the show treating Justin’s sexual identity as a non-issue but also showed one of 1st gay teen kisses on TV.

2. Mark Indelicato

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After the show ended back in 2010, he continued his acting career on shows like Hot in Cleveland, became a fashion blogger, photographer, social media influencer, and singer. He’s also political and a strong supporter of the Women’s March.

3. Vanessa Williams

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Wilhelmina Slater.

Vanessa’s role as Wilhelmina Slater was a big hit for her. She was nominated for the Emmy Awards 3 years in a row and she won several awards including the Teen Choice Award for Best Villian on TV. Later on became she was named one of the Best 100 Characters of the Last 20 Years by Entertainment Weekly and also #25 on the list of TV’s Greatest Villians of All Time.

3. Vanessa Williams

Credit: Vanessa. Digital Image. The Today Show. April 14, 2014.

After her role as Wilhelmina, her next hit was the part of Renne Perry in the last 2 seasons of desperate housewives. She has also been a guest star on several hit shows like The Good Wife, Modern Family, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Broad City, and Phineas & Ferb.

4. Ana Ortiz

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Hilda Suarez.

How to forget Hilda Suarez, the amazing single mom that taught her kid to always feel comfortable with who he was, even when others were judging… The world definitely needs more unconditionally supportive parents like her.

4. Ana Ortiz

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After the show, she starred in Devious Maids, and was a guest star on shows like Revenge, How To Get Away With Murder, The Mindy Project and used her voice for Family Guy. 

5. Eric Mabius

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Daniel Meade.

Throughout the 4 season, we saw how Betty helped her (sometimes clueless) boss grow up and become one of the best Editors-In-Chief MODE magazine ever had.

5. Eric Mabius

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After playing Daniel for 4 seasons, Eric appeared as a guest star on shows like Scandal, The Client List, The L Word (final season), and Chicago Fire. He also got the lead role in Hallmark’s film series Signed, Sealed and Delivered.

6. Rebecca Romijn

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Alexis Meade.

During her 2 seasons on the show, Rebecca played Alexis Meade, one of the 1st fully-realized transgender characters on primetime TV. Even if Alexis was played by a cis-gender woman, the importance of showing her as a successful, family-oriented, intelligent woman is undeniable.

6. Rebecca Romijn

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After being on the show for 2 seasons, she continued working on the X-Men franchise as Mystique, starred her own show The Librarians, has been a guest judge on Project Runway and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and lend her voice for cartoons like The Cleveland Show and Adventure Time.

7. Judith Light

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Claire Meade.

Judith’s role as Claire, the recovered alcoholic matriarch of the Meade family earned her an Emmy nomination back in 2007.

7. Judith Light

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After the show, Judith won 2 Tony Awards and was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award. She has appeared on shows like the 2nd season of American Crime Story, Nurse Jackie and is a regular on Amazon Studio’s Transparent.

8. Michael Urie

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Marc St. James.

Marc, the loyal and devious assistant of Wilhelmina Slater made us laugh time after time with his sharp tongue and dark humor. 

8. Michael Urie

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After 2010, Michael had a recurring role in The Good Wife and was a guest star in Modern Family. He has also done a lot of theatre productions and directed a few documentaries.

9. Adam Rodriguez

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Bobby Talercio.

Bobby was Betty’s crush during High School when Hilda and him dated. Bobby’s 1st appearance is until season 4 when he gets reacquainted with Hilda and eventually gets married to her.

9. Adam Rodriguez

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After Ugly Betty, he kept playing Erik Delko in CSI: Miami and also had recurring roles in shows like Jane The Virgin, EmpireCriminal Minds, and even Sesame Street.

10. Tony Plana

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Ignacio Suarez.

Ignacio’s struggle during the show was one of the most important topics covered during the 4 seasons, as he was one of the 1st characters on primetime TV to discuss the immigration issues and fears experienced by many.

10. Tony Plana

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After 2010, Tony has appeared on shows like Desperate Housewives, The Fosters, Jane The Virgin, and One Day At A Time. He has also written and directed episodes for shows like CSI and 24. Just like many of the cast members, he’s politically active.