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20 TV Moms That Remind Us Of Our IRL Mamas

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We’re rolling straight into mom season. While we credit our own mothers for, y’know, raising us by the rule of the chancla, it’s always a thrill to watch Latina moms on TV on their PG behavior.

Here’s all the moms on TV that we can relate to, that we love, and that continue to raise us.

1. Jane, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW

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It would be a disservice to moms everywhere if we didn’t lead this article with Ms. Jane Villanueva, who we met as a suddenly artificially inseminated virgin. Despite the surprise pregnancy, she grew into an incredible mother to baby Mateo. Her perfectionist, organized nature made her into the most structured Latina mom on the planet. Brava!

2. Xiomara, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW

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We wouldn’t even have a Jane Villanueva if it weren’t for 16 year old Xiomara getting knocked up with her in the first place. She was the balanced, cool, singer mom to the old school, religious and morally conservative abuelita in Jane’s life (read: Xo is pro-sex). We love you, Xo.

3. Alba Villanueva, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW

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It’s a dynasty of powerfully strong women, OK! There’s no world where Alba doesn’t make this list. She keeps beautiful traditions alive in the Villanueva family and is one of the only Spanish-only speaking characters on a mainstream American TV show. Watching her overcome the fear of being deported and applying for a green card, and then become an American citizen was a powerful moment we wish for so many of our abuelitas.

4. Hermione Lodge, “Riverdale,” The CW

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The rich family on the block is Latino, ay oh! Can you tell who the real boss in this photo is? Hermione may make some questionable business decisions with her husband, but she’s also a fierce leader. In this season of Riverdale, she’s running for mayor!

5. Gloria Mendoza, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix

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Half Dominican, half Cuban actress Selinis Leyva f*cking slays as the now-behind-bars responsible, claws out mom. When her son got into a terrible accident and landed in the hospital, she spent the last season working as a double agent in the prison, plotting to use their prison guard hostages in exchange for being able to get out and be with her son.

6. Maria Ruiz, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix

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Enter Maria Ruiz, who usurped Gloria in the Spanish Harlem of the prison. She’s even more vicious than Gloria, and used Gloria’s plot against her to get her own deal, all to be released early and see her children sooner. She was forced to have a baby in the prison, so she is really yearning for time with her newborn and understandably so. You can’t help but love and understand the savagery.

7. Dayanara Diaz, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix

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Speaking of moms behind bars. Dayanara had a baby with a prison guard she fell in love with! In order to protect the baby daddy, she seduced another, very unlikeable guard, Powell, to explain her pregnancy. After her love died, she gave her baby to Powell’s mother to take care of in an act of complete selfless love for her baby. Oh, it’s because she shot another guard and was probably going to spend the rest of her life behind bars. Complicada, no?

8. Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, “Modern Family,” ABC

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Sofía Vergara plays a stereotype of moms in “Modern Family.” We love her for being the highest paid actress on television, and for finally giving Latinos a place in a family sitcom. The stereotype of the overprotective mother is not far off. She worries endlessly about Manny, and we’re all having flashbacks of our mom’s not letting us in the ocean past our knees until we were 12. Please tell me it wasn’t just me.

9. Carla Espinosa, “Scrubs,” ABC

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Carla Espinosa is the badassery we all dream to be. She was a Head Nurse, a straight-shooting Dominican, and mother of two daughters. She somehow managed to run around the E.R., deal with the shenanigans of her friends, and raise two kids while staying cool. Rock on!

10. Liliana de La Vega, “Jane the Virgin,” The CW

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Of all grannies, this one’s nickname was “Glam-ma”. She’s the abuela who will look flawless until her last breath, and will shower everyone she loves with gifts, besitos and will hate any woman her perfect boy dates. Hey, I never said she was perfect!

11. Penelope Alvarez, “One Day at a Time,” Netflix

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This reboot features single mom, Penelope, who is raising several kids while dealing with her own PTSD from being in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp. Esa Cubana actually gets the ‘single Latina mom’ character down to a T. Spoiler: she’s incredible.

12. Suzy Diaz, “Stuck in the Middle,” Disney

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The most relatable mom on TV: Suzy often needs alone time to decompress from the chaos of her children. She’s also got that twisted Latina need to mess with her kids’ heads by pretending she doesn’t know what they’re up to and then catching them red-handed. TBH, I would do the same. ?‍♀️

13. Angie Lopez, “The George Lopez Show,” ABC

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Angie Lopez is the generous Latina mom that we all know and love. She heaps on piles of food for you and your friends. She also will not hesitate to knock a few teeth out of a teen punk who commented on her purple bracelets (remember when the color of your bracelets translated to some sexual thing you can’t believe you knew about when you were 12?). #Shero.

14. Gabrielle Solis, “Desperate Housewives,” ABC

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OK, this is not your typical motherhood story, but all of our mothers have watched Gabrielle have an affair with the teen gardener, while her husband crosses the line and messes with her birth control, forcing a pregnancy during which she didn’t know who the father was. Long story short, they eventually have two daughters together, and Gabrielle devotion lies to them and them alone.

15. Theresa Russo, “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Disney

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Played by Maria Canals-Barrera, Theresa Russo is a mere mortal, but a fierce Mexican mother in all the ways you’d expect: she demands control of her house, caring, and hates magic. Ok, all our mom’s are brujas but just replace ‘magic’ with ‘technology’ and you’ve got yourself a mom we can relate to. ?‍♀️

16. Samantha Arias, “Supergirl,” The CW

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Samantha Arias plays a single mother in “Supergirl,” when she realizes she shares origins with Supergirl. The motivation of protecting her daughter, Ruby, is what propels her to make the complete transformation into Reign, Supergirl’s adversary. #TeamReign

17. Marta Estrella, “Arrested Development,” FOX

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Venezuelan supermodel, Patricia Velasquez, plays the Colombian family-first mom in Season 1. She also plays an actress on (fake) telenovela El Amor Prohibido, and ends up falling for her boyfriend’s brother, before finding all the brothers fighting over her. She could never be with someone who doesn’t respect family so she bowed out.

18. Lydia Riera, “One Day at a Time,” Netflix

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You might recognize her as Glam-ma from Jane the Virgin, and that’s because Rita Moreno is the actual best. In a similar vein, Lydia is all about her beauty and is never seen without makeup.  Best quote: “we are Cuban. We don’t get divorced. We die.”

19. Aleida Diaz, “Orange is the New Black,” Netflix

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Sorry, but she don’t deserve a top at the spot because narcissism is too epidemic right now, and she left her daughter Dayanara to raise the rest of her kids. BUT–it seems like her fierce love for her kids feels like a weakness to her that she tries to mask, but can’t when she sees Daya on the news from the outside. She gets to the prison just in time to see her get taken away by police. We love to love her and we love to hate her.

20. Elena “Mami” Márquez, “Dora the Explorer,” Nickelodeon

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OK, so Elena Márquez only makes a couple appearances in the show, and lets her daughter run around all over the place unsupervised, but is portrayed as a kind and caring mother. But def negligent. Who can’t relate to that? ?

‘Our Quinceañera’ Is A Documentary Featuring A Principal Who Has Been Throwing Quinces For Students Who Can’t Afford Them

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‘Our Quinceañera’ Is A Documentary Featuring A Principal Who Has Been Throwing Quinces For Students Who Can’t Afford Them

In the small Mexican-American town of San Benito in Texas, many girls dream of the day that they will make their debut as women to their family and community. But the tabs for orders of gowns, crowns, food, decorations, and DJs often run so high that for awhile such events for the girls in town were out of reach.

Then, Gilbert Galvan, the principal of San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, came up with an idea that meant that not a single girl would be forced to miss out on the opportunity to take part in the tradition.

Since 2015, San Benito has hosted an annual quinceañera event for young girls and their families.

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Nearly five years ago, Gilbert Galvan Sr. found himself being invited to quinceañeras by the students at his school. Then one day, some of the answers from the young women at his school caught his attention. After a few of his female students opened up to him about the fact that they did not have enough money to afford a quinceañera, Galvan Sr. was inspired to do put on a party for them on his own.

In just a matter of months, the educator sought out donations from his community to put on one massive quinceañera. Donations and gifts came in all forms– from cakes and dresses to crowns and the volunteered time of makeup artists and mariachi singers. That was the first year.

In the years that have followed, Galvan Sr. has continued to put on the event where as many as 40 girls have attended at a time. Today, donations for the girls come in from across the country.

The community quinceañera has gained so much attention that it’s now becoming captured in a documentary.

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As reported by FIERCE by mitú last year, Galvan’s son, Gilbert Galvan Jr. —who has worked in the entertainment industry for ten years— was inspired by his father’s efforts and pitched the event as a documentary concept to Fanny Véliz, the award-winning filmmaker and CEO behind Avenida Productions. Now, having been directed by Véliz and given the name “Our Quinceañera” appears to be closer to its release. According to the documentary’s site, the film is in submission for festivals!

During an interview with FIERCE last year, Galvan Jr. said he hoped the documentary will inspire viewers to “embrace their heritage and celebrate the power of community… We want to document this historic event while empowering and inspiring Latina girls across the country to pursue and achieve their dreams.”

Check out the full trailer below!

Lil Papi Of ‘Pose’ Is Breaking Hearts And Changing Relationship Standards Every Episode

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Lil Papi Of ‘Pose’ Is Breaking Hearts And Changing Relationship Standards Every Episode

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Since the premiere of FX’s “Pose,” the show’s subject matter put the series on another level. Had you ever seen a TV series based on the New York City iconic ballroom culture on television before? Didn’t think so. While mainstream programming has ventured into programming featuring the LGBTQ+ community, “Pose” brought forth a new kind of experience, mainly because of its incredible stars. One, in particular, is finally getting the attention he deserves.

Angel Bismark Curiel, who plays Lil Papi, is getting more screen time in season two and people are starting to pay attention.

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We didn’t see much of Lil Papi in the first season, but he was up to no good. The Dominican-American actor did an incredible job that first season. But back then he was selling drugs, and Blanca (played by MJ Rodriguez) wasn’t having it so she kicked him out. This season, however, Lil Papi got his act together thanks to love.

Lil Papi and Angel (played by Indya Moore) have embarked on a new romance and Curiel’s acting skills are in full bloom.

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In season two we see this love blossom, and we didn’t really see it coming, but now that we’re here we’re rooting for these two.

“Angel Bismark Curiel is really stepping it up this season and might even be the MVP of the episode,” AV writer Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya said. “Leading up to this episode, even when they aren’t the main focus of the scene, the chemistry between Lil Papi and Angel has been palpable, and Papi seemingly worships her. It’s sweet, and it’s nothing short of revolutionary to see a trans woman get a beautiful, fully fleshed out love story on a major television show. Mock directs these big romantic scenes superbly, too. Their first kiss is as dramatic and captivating as it should be.”

People are (understandably) drooling over Lil Papi and his swoon-worthy looks.

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Yas, Lil Papi. Look at him on the beach and on the pool serving those Lil Papi looks we have come to love. Who couldn’t fall in love with that smile and face?

Lil Papi’s big love and energy is giving men a very high bar in the love department.

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Looks like men everywhere are going to have to step their game up. Lil Papi is relentless in showing Angel all the love and respect she deserves. Not only does he defend her and care for her, he is unapologetic and unstoppable in supporting all of her dreams and ambitions.

Honestly, the world doesn’t deserve a love as pure and real as Lil Papi’s.

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Fortunately, his love and honesty are giving everyone a glimpse into what you should be expecting from your lovers. They should do anything for you, like Lil Papi. If they aren’t, are they really worth your time?

Oh! It’s also rumored that Curiel is dating author and “Pose” producer Janet Mock.

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Mock and her husband divorced earlier this year, and Curiel captioned the picture above by saying “Date night.” We love them as a couple!

We can’t wait to see what else this season has in store for Lil Papi.

READ: FX’s “Pose” Season 2 Has A Premiere Date And Fans Are Voguing With Excitement

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