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20 TV Moms That Remind Us Of Our IRL Mamas

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? ?

Ally Brooke Borrowed The Hair Clip Selena Quintanilla Wore For Her Tribute On ‘Dancing With The Stars’

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Ally Brooke Borrowed The Hair Clip Selena Quintanilla Wore For Her Tribute On ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Former Fifth Harmony member and artist Ally Brooke gave a winning performance on Dancing With The Stars last night. The 26-year-old Mexican singer paid homage to Selena Quintanilla and the 1997 film, starring (future-Oscar-winner)  Jennifer Lopez, Selena. Judges gave Brooke and her professional dance partner Sasha Farber the highest score of the night. Audiences found Brooke’s performance to be an emotional tribute with many saying they cried on Twitter. 

The moment must have been cathartic for Brooke who was branded the “worst” dancer of Fifth Harmony and subjected to online bullying because of it. Brooke joined the cast to take a stance against bullying and show the world what she is really made of — last night she did just that. 

Ally Brooke channeled her hero Selena Quintanilla last night. 

Fans rejoiced as Brooke gave a touching tribute to Selena Quintanilla on Dancing With The Stars. She performed a rumba number to Selena’s “Dreaming of You.” Brooke shares both Mexican and Texas heritage with the famous Tejano singer who passed away in 1995 when Brooke was just two years old.

The theme of the evening was “Movie Night.” Brooke and her pro-partner Sasha Farber took their outfit inspiration from the 1997 film starring Jennifer Lopez. Wearing shimmering metallics and an asymmetrical skirt, the pair gave an intense performance that resonated with the audience. The “Lips Don’t Lie” singer won with the highest score of the night, tying with Kate Flannery, with a score of 24 out of 30. 

Judges were stunned. “I had chills the whole time,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. Brooke gave a shout out to the Quintanillas after her routine. She’s a true stan. 

“I want to give them a shout out, all the Quintanillas. Suzette, we got to see her a few days ago,” she said while showing off a Selena-style pin in her hair. “Selena’s in my heart forever. I hope I made her proud.”

Selena is her #1 inspiration.

Brooke wrote a bilingual post on Instagram, sharing her admiration for the “Como la Flor” singer in English and Spanish.

“Tonight was for you Selena, My #1 inspiration I hope I made Selena’s family and fans proud. This was so beautiful for me to do. The Rumba to Dreaming of You! I love you forever.” Ally wrote. “Esta noche fue para ti Selena, Mi inspiracion #1. Espero haber enorgullecido a la familia y fanáticos de Selena. Poder hacer esto, fue muy hermoso para mi. ¡La rumba, a la cancíon Dreaming of You! Te amare por siempre.” 

The audience stans Brooke’s performance.

“I can’t listen to Selena’s Dreaming of You without tearing up. Aly’s tribute to her was so beautiful,” one user wrote.  

“Watching dwts once again with my mom and she BAWLED watching Ally and Sasha’s dance. She loved Selena a lot and said Ally looked like her while dancing,” another user wrote. 

“Ally made Selena proud in Heaven. It made me cry,” another wrote. 

Ally Brooke has something to prove. 

We’ve all seen the memes. Brooke was regarded as the worst dancer of Fifth Harmony. Throughout her stint in the girl group, fans and haters alike would share GIFs of Brooke’s choreography, singling her out from the rest to poke fun of her imperfect moves.

“HAAAAAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! Shout out to me trying to be extra cute for the Japanese TV show  lol & that choreo thoooo,” Brooke wrote in response to a meme, showing she doesn’t take herself too seriously. 

 While it may seem like innocuous fun, having thousands of people point out you’re not the best at something cannot feel good. Brooke is a singer first, and dancing is an unfortunate requirement of being in a girl group, even if it is not necessarily something everyone is trained in. We can’t all be Normani, Brooke knows that better than anyone else.

“I’m excited to take it on myself,” Brooke told ET of following in Normani’s footsteps, who also appeared on the show. “Obviously [Normani’s] experience on the show, being there was amazing. She had the most incredible time. And she, girl, is like a whole other level. She is so amazing and so talented. She did unbelievable.”

When Brooke premiered on DWTS and received a score of 20 out of 30, she described the experience as nothing short of liberating. 

“That felt honestly liberating for me,” Brooke told Erin Andrews through tears. “I just want to say up here while I have the opportunity, if anyone ever feels like they’re scared to do something because they got made fun of or bullied, I want you to know that you can do it, and I hope that I can be an inspiration and voice for you guys.”

mitú Readers Shared Their Most Absurd Family Secrets And The Chisme Is Wild

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mitú Readers Shared Their Most Absurd Family Secrets And The Chisme Is Wild

Family can be a great source of many things. They can bring us love and support as well as a sense of belonging. Our familias are often our first introduction to relationships and can be a mirror in which we reflect upon ourselves. They can also be a source of some telenovela sized drama. 

Every family has their secrets but some are wilder than others. We asked our FIERCE readers to dig all the family skeletons out of their metaphorical closets and they were quick to spill the tea. Here are some of the most shocking and scandalous family secrets they shared with us. 

1. The hidden family.

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“Um, that my father fathered several more children [than what] we were told. I think we now have like 12 half-siblings now, only knew if half of them. He’s in his 80s but still, it’s for sure weird. 😣” @misslopez_if_youre_vasty

2. *Queue the novela music.*

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“That my sister almost married our half brother ( not 100% confirm ) and when he found out he went and married another girl with the same name as my sister but different last name he just change the last name at the church.” @karo056186

3. Romantic entanglements.

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 “My husband’s brother left his girlfriend for her sister… who happened to date my husband back in the day. They’re married with a baby now.” @thahomieguera

4. A grandfather in all but blood.

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“That my grandfather (May he Rest In Peace ❤️) wasn’t my biological grandfather. I always wondered why my mom told the doctors that diabetes didn’t run in the family when it was the reason he passed away. 🤦🏻‍♀️” @ivonlabombon

5. A secret straight out of the closet.

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“My moms neighbors tea… the wife thought her husband was cheating so she asked my sister to give her a ride to follow him.. turns out he had a male lover ….now the lady blames my sister for giving her a ride like that’s the problem… and her closet gay husband stayed living there like nothing happened.” @fitmomofdolls

6. Just plain scandalous.

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“That my tia stole my abuelita’s will from my moms room in mexico and that she claims she doesn’t have it cause she left more for my mom and wants my abuelito to write another one with more dinero for her!!!!!” @mishygoldfishy

7. Definitely a premise for a Lifetime Movie of the Week.

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“My mom’s cousin had a boy when she was young while still in Central America. When she immigrated over to the states she had to leave him behind temporarily while she got her life together. My aunt met a man in the US and made a life here. They had 3 daughters. During that time her son grew up and I’m sure became super resentful toward my aunt. At some point my aunt put papers in for her son and brought him to the states. Him and the oldest daughter got SUPER close to the point where it got hella weird. She fell for her brother and they tried to run away with each other. I believe there plan was to go back to Central America. Mind you she was still a minor. He ended up ditching her at the border.” @pessiyerez

8. Throw the whole dad away.

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“So 7th grade. My dad looked me in the face on the way inside our apartment and said ‘Hey! Its time for me to go. I’m leaving your mom next week.’ 🤷‍♀️” @kelly_a_stackhouse

9. This tia sounds cool af.

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“That one of my mother’s older sister’s owned a brothel in Guatemala in the 70s. And would get her military boyfriend to beat the shit out of any of the men that mistreated her ladies. 🤷🏻‍♀️” @pixelatedgum

10. Lost a tio and gained an hermano

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“My uncle was actually my brother….he was raised by my grandma and my mom played along. My mom was young so my grandma didn’t want my mom’s reputation to be ruined. One xmas when I was 15 my step-dad told my brother my mom was his mom. We didn’t believe it but then our mom confirmed it. We talk about it all the time, how we use to call him Tio but now it’s bro.” @arco___iris___

11. Say a rosario after reading this secret.

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“That my grandma thought my grandfather was cheating and so she cheated him with their church’s reverend.” @grestmarie

12. The literal definition of “primo-hermanos.”

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“That someone’s prima’s daughter was pregnant by their son’s father🤷‍♀️ now they’re literally ‘primo-hermanos.’ @_lilasthebest_

13. Fame doesn’t mean much when you’re a cheater. 

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“My grandma dated Freddie Fender back in the 70s, she went to SPI to watch him play.. well she ended up finding him w/ another woman. She was so angry at him she threw his keys in the ocean and left his ass there…men ain’t shit 🙌🏼” @taramdelagarza