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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? ?

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America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

Fans of the hit NBC comedy Superstore may have been disappointed when it was announced that the series would be cancelled after its sixth season, but there’s good news! The series is going to get a Spanish-language version for international audiences and it will be part of a major expansion for the series. 

The show was well-known for tackling important social issues, particularly around immigration. And a Spanish-language adaptation, particularly one produced out of Mexico, will undoubtedly present an equally interesting take on immigration.

NBC comedy Superstore is getting a Spanish-language adaptation.

Although Superstore is coming to an end on NBC, and will no longer feature America Ferrera, fans of the hit series should celebrate that it’s getting a Spanish-language redo. The show, which focused on the lives of employees at a fictional big box store called Cloud 9 in Missouri, premiered in 2015 and ran for six seasons, with its sixth season set to end on March 25.

“Superstore is a bold workplace comedy with a beating heart, known for its courage to tackle important societal issues,” said Enrique Guillen, executive VP of commercial strategy and international development for Universal Studio Group. “We are grateful to partner with Dopamine to adapt Justin Spitzer’s acclaimed comedy and one of Universal Television’s biggest success stories. This pact to co-produce our valuable IP in a foreign language is the first of many such deals to come.”

The new adaptation is being made under the working title Supertitlan and has received an 48-episode order and will be adapted in Spanish for the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets. 

Superstore has remained one of the most popular shows at NBC in its prime. As Variety points out, the Justin Spitzer-created comedy drew in 37 million viewers during its Season 5 run from 2019 to 2020.

And it’s getting a major expansion.

 The Spanish-language adaptation already has a season one order of 48 episodes with each episode coming in at an hour long. For a series that originally consisted of 20 episodes of 30 minutes, that’s a major expansion for the show. For fans of the show, that’s a whole lot more Superstore to look forward to.

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A Mother Was Arrested For Leaving Her Kids To Go To Work At Little Caesars, Now Moms Are Rallying Behind Her

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A Mother Was Arrested For Leaving Her Kids To Go To Work At Little Caesars, Now Moms Are Rallying Behind Her

A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that nearly 2.3 million women in the United States have been forced to leave the workforce as a result of the current pandemic. For many, their reasons for being forced out of work have come as a result of closed schools and a lack of child care. The new statistics underline that Black women and Latinas have been hit particularly hard by the economic crisis with over 1 in 12 Black women ages 20 and over and almost 1 in 11 Latinas remaining unemployed this January.

It’s no wonder that women and mothers are being forced to go to extremes to ensure their children have roofs over their heads and food to put in their mouths.

Recently, one Ohio mother was arrested on charges of child endangerment after facing little options regarding child care.

Twenty-four-year-old Shaina Bell was arrested recently after police officers arrested her leaving her young children in a motel room while going to work at her job at Little Caesars.

According to WFMJ-TV, Liberty Township police wet to a local Motel Six after 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 and found two of Bell’s kids alone in a room. Bell’s 10-year-old told police at the time that the moter was at work and was meant to return by 10 p.m. Bell told officers that she had asked someone to check on her children every hour while she was away. 

Bell was charged with two counts of child endangerment. The charges count as a first-degree misdemeanor which carries a possible maximum sentence of six months in jail and fines of up to $1,000.

In response to the arrest, supporters put together a GoFund Me account with a $5,000 goal.

The page describes Shaina as a single mother to three young children.  “She works hard and she loves her family very much,” notes the page. “On Thursday February 11, 2021 Shaina was arrested at her job and taken to jail for leaving two of her children (ages 10 and 2) alone in their hotel room while she went to work. She was released the next day but found herself in the need of immediate housing.”

“This is a sad story. Arresting single parents in cases like this only furthers the goalpost for them,” one GoFundMe donor commented on the fundraiser page. “An arrest can mean a loss of job & income, court fees, time away from work and barriers for future employment. I hope this young lady is able to get on her feet and get housing for her and her children.”

As of Wednesday morthing, the GoFundMe page has already brought in over $100,000 in donations.

Bell pled not guilty to the charges against her, according to Vice and she was released from jail last Friday. Her next hearing is currently slated for April. 

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