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23 Latinx Documentaries On Netflix to Elevate Your Weekend

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So many of us grew up reading Latin America’s rich history as an aside in a history book written by the white colonizer. As Latinos begin to finally have an honest voice in the film industry, we’re hearing our history told by Latinos.

It’s both thrilling and painful to bear, and these 24 documentaries are at the top of our list.

1.” The Latino List: Volume 1″

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Let’s begin with the obvious. This Netflix Original documentary features some of the biggest Latino names in entertainment, politics, business and science and their truth about what it was like to grow up Latino in America. Spoiler: there were obstacles. Then they conquered them.

This one features America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, and more!

2. “The Latino List: Volume 2”

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Ok, so obviously that topic cannot all fit into one documentary and you’ll need to hear more on point Latino conversations. This volume features insights from George Lopez, Soledad O’Brien, Victor Cruz, and Giselle Fernandez.

3. “Beauties of the Night”

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You know how everyone’s mother was a disco queen back in the day, but you’re still looking for trophies as proof? This documentary features *actual* former disco queens of the Mexican burlesque variety and they have a lot to say. Hear them out.

4. “Whore’s Glory”

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Hey, look! It’s a compassionate documentary of the lives of sex workers in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico. Warning: they use the word prostitute instead of sex worker.

5. “City of God”

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This is not quite a documentary, but is worthy of making this list given it’s status as a four time Oscar nomination back in 2002. It’s based off the true story of a boy named Rocket who grew up in a Rio de Janeiro slum and features his photography from three decades of avoiding a life of crime and drugs.

6. “The Propaganda Game”

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Only one foreigner has ever been given access into present-day North Korea and his name is Álvaro Longoria. Check out what North Korea decided to show the world. Hint: it’s staged, but still fascinating.

7. “Footprints: The Path of Your Life”

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Ever heard of El Camino? It’s a 500 mile, 40 day trek that goes through Spain and is thought of as a spiritual journey. Follow these 10 men who walk the Camino de Santiago.

8. “Fresh Dressed”

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Director Sacha Jenkins dives deep into the evolution of hip hop street fashion from Armani suits, mink coats and feathered hats into Pumas, Lee Jeans and Kangols. Spoiler: New York Latinos played a key role. Just ask my New Yorican mom.

9. “Narco Cultura”

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So many documentaries about Latinos are centered around drug lords. This one is about the narcocorrido singer El Komander, who waves a bazooka around on stage at cartel-organized concertsIt’s a pretty interesting dive into the culture of ciudad Juarez, infamous for being essentially controlled by the cartel.

10. “Countdown to Death: Pablo Escobar”

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There are half a dozen documentaries on Netflix about Pablo Escobar. This one uses wire taps, rare interviews and images to reconstruct the last nine years of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar’s life.

11. “Who Killed Pablo Escobar?”

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Following the path of a crime mystery drama, this 45 minute documentary looks into evidence that surfaced in 2014 about Pablo Escobar’s death. Conspiracy theory: a joint effort between the Colombian and U.S. governments are responsible.

12. “Pablo Escobar: Angel or Demon?”

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When you’re done understand the life and death of Pablo Escobar, now you can ask yourself if he was an angel or a demon. Some people consider him a Robin Hood of sorts, but I’m just going to go ahead and pass judgement on his bloody, murder-y reign in Colombia and go with diablo.

13. “Perú: Tesoro escondido”

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Want to learn more about Perú in a broad sense? This documentary tries to cram 1,000 years of cultural traditions into just an hour and 16 minutes. The footage is breathtaking and speaks to its natural riches.

14. “Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives”

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In the 1990s, Robert “Bobbito” García and Adrian “stretch” Bartos introduced the world to underground hip-hop on their offbeat nightly radio hour. They’re the ones who handed the mic over to unsigned acts like Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan and Big Pun.

P.S. It’s directed by Bobbito himself. True story.

15. “Sunday Ball”

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You know how sports movies can be so moving when the whole town is rooting for the team? This documentary tells the truer version of that story: The city (Rio) is poor, and the players are underpaid playing on dirt fields. Their passion brings the neighborhoods together in celebration

16. “The Cuba Libre Story”

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Netflix has Cuba content on lock. This Netflix Original docuseries recounts a holistic view of Cuba’s history, including it’s colonial conquest and how that impacted the government today.

17. “Cuba and the Cameraman”

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Enter the documentaries featuring white men in Cuba. To be fair, this guy actually spent 40 years immersed in Cuba, following 8 families. Follow their stories.

18. “Mateo”

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Truth: I haven’t watched this. This extranjero falls in love with mariachi while in jail and then sells everything to learn from the best in Mexico. I’ve heard he’s pretty good, but tell us what you think!

19. “The Wolfpack”

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Oh man, where to begin. This documentary follows the lives of seven siblings who were raised in front of the television by an overprotective Peruvian father. They obsessively re-create the films that consumed their lives, even though it’s not quite the freedom they were searching for. The film won a Grand Jury prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

20. “Los Punks”

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Viva Los Punks! Let’s be real, Latinos define punk and Angela Boatwright gives us an inside look of the East Los Angeles teens who keep the punk scene alive.

21. “Marias: Faith in Womanhood”

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We all have at least one tia or middle name named after the Virgin Mary. The documentary interviews a variety of Marias and their different takes on their name and their faith. This one is next on my list.

22. “When Two Worlds Collide”

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You need to be emotionally prepared before witnessing second-hand the Peruvian government wreak violence on the Amazon’s indigenous peoples over land and money. Watch Peruvian President Alan Garcia and indigenous leader Alberto Pizango fight for what they believe is their land. #TeamPizango

23. “The Day I Met El Chapo”

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What could go wrong when Kate del Castillo introduces Sean Penn to wanted drug lord El Chapo? Pretty much everything. Watch the three part series that lands El Chapo in prison. Woops!

Disgraced Olivia Jade Made An Instagram Comeback To Wish Cheating Aunt Becky– I Mean Lori Loughlin– A Happy Bday

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Disgraced Olivia Jade Made An Instagram Comeback To Wish Cheating Aunt Becky– I Mean Lori Loughlin– A Happy Bday

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Since news of the college bribery admissions scandal broke back in March, fans of drama have watched as former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin fell frame the graces of her fans and daughters. Tabloids have closely kept us abreast on just how much or little contact Loughlin and her daughters in particular have had with eachother enough to make it all seem a bit like a telenovela. That is, a telenovela that prompts all kinds of questions when any main character’s family has a falling out. 
 
And yet, over the weekend, an Instagram post is providing that there’s nothing like a good ‘ol birthday post and a chance to post a cute #Throwback to prove that public disgrace can be fickle.

The embattled Full House actress, also known as Aunt Becky, turned 55 on Sunday and her daughters broke their social media silence to wish their mother a happy birthday. 

Since news broke earlier this year that she and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannuli were among dozens of parents involved in a college admissions cheating scandal, they’ve been keeping a low profile. Loughlin and Giannuli have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering for allegedly paying up $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of California. Each charge could lead to up to 20 years in prison. 

Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade took to Instagram to wish Loughlin a happy birthday, captioning the photo, “one day late. happy birthday. i love you so much ❤️” 

Jade, who reportedly felt “resentful” toward her parents for their involvement in the college admission scandal, also suffered backlash because of the scandal. The YouTube beauty vlogger and social media influencer not only lost fans and followers, but she also lost many brand partnerships as well. Brands like Sephora and Lulus cut ties with her immediately following the scandal. 

It was also reported earlier this month that Loughlin and her daughters weren’t on the best terms post-college admissions scandal but were working on it.  “Olivia was angry with her parents at first but now realizes that they were just trying to do what’s best for her, a source told Us Weekly. “Olivia loves her mom and dad very much but is especially close to Lori.” 

Loughlin’s other daughter, Bella Giannulli, also shared a sweet photo of the two and captioned her photo, “happy birthday mama. I love you ❤️”

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Looks like Loughlin is getting a lot of birthday lovin’ despite what the headlines have said about her earlier this year.

In fact, even fellow Full House and Fuller House co-star Candace Cameron Bure, who’s been supportive of Loughlin during this scandalous time, commented on Bella’s post and wrote, “😘💕😘💕 Happy birthday to your mama!!!!!!!” 

Fans and close friends alike have also taken to Twitter to wish Aunt Becky the happiest of birthdays. 

“Happy Birthday to my forever friend with a heart of gold. Love you!,” writes Erin Krakow, who starred alongside Loughlin in the Lifetime series When Calls the Heart, in her caption. She shared the same photo on Twitter and the replies were a mix of negative and positive comments–no surprise there, tbh. 

Fans on Twitter pointed out that supporting your friends through the good times and the bad times (or the times when you’re caught bribing your kids into college) isn’t “easy, but [it’s] truly important.” 

They’re all sweet photos and posts, but they di beg the question of how much time must pass for the court of public opinion to forget its grievances against a problematic person. After all, for her part in the scandal, Loughlin wittingly affected the futures and college education attendance of thousands of college applicants, many of who had never and may never experience even a touch of the privilege her daughters did.

Others responded to the actress asking her to pass on their words of encouragement to Loughlin and sharing that they “miss her terribly.”

“I’m praying for you,” one Twitter fan wrote. Don’t worry guys, she’ll be fine. 

A fan shared a sweet post about Loughlin’s impact on her life and how 55 has never looked so good (on that, we can agree on).

“lori you have been my role model for quite some time, most of my life. i grew up watching you and i first fell in love with you and your character aunt becky,” the fan wrote in a series of tweets. 

More fans continued to rally behind her good friend Lifetime co-star, calling her a “faithful friend,” and wishing Loughlin the best at 55.

“Wishing Lori the very best in the next year! Missing you!,” @MargieTomaszew2 wrote in her tweet. Damn, fans REALLY miss her. 

Another fan advised Loughlin to not let the comments by “haters bring you down.”

“When we are at our lowest we find out who our true friends are. Happy Birthday, Lori!,” she continued in her tweet. Yeah, don’t let comments by the “haters” aka people who actually had to work their way to get into college bring you down, Loughlin. 

Again, more fans kept telling Loughlin just how much they missed her on her birthday.

“Happy Birthday Lori. It’s unfair, we miss you so much,” wrote on Twitter fan. Do you know what’s also unfair? Well, you already know what we’re going to say…

Despite the aftermath of the college admissions scandal, Aunt Becky still low-key celebrated her birthday and some fans won’t let her have even that. 

I mean, the gif says it all really. The resemblance to Piper is also uncanny. 

People reported that on Loughlin’s birthday, the Fuller House actress and her husband “were spotted in Los Angeles on their way to an early morning service at the Church of the Good Sheperd in Beverly Hills.” After the service, Loughlin reportedly hosted an intimate birthday celebration with her husband, daughters, and a few other friends. 

Loughlin and her husband are scheduled to next appear in court on August 27. 

SPOILER ALERTS: The Latest Episode Of HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ Is Proof It Could Surpass GOT In Cult Status

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SPOILER ALERTS: The Latest Episode Of HBO’s ‘Los Espookys’ Is Proof It Could Surpass GOT In Cult Status

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On June 13 2019, HBO premiered “Los Espookys,” it’s Spanish-language horror comedy from the mind of Fred Armisen. Needless to say, we were immediate fans. Between the subtly hilarious script and its impeccable delivery, the series proved from episode one that it’s worth the watch. Don’t even get us started on how much we love the horror elements we’ve seen so far.

The second episode of “Los Espookys” is just as addictive and entertaining as the first. Titled “El Espanto de la Herencia,” the episode is so good, it demands a recap.

Here are some of the most spooky and most hysterical parts of “Los Espookys” episode two.

Last week, we met Renaldo, Úrsula, Tati and Andrés, four friends bonded by their love of horror.

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The gang was encouraged by Renaldo’s uncle, Tio Tico, to pursue that passion and turn it into a career. Calling themselves Los Espookys, they were approached by a mysterious woman who wants to use their terrifying talents. With this in mind, it’s time to brainstorm how they’ll approach this next job.

However, before we can check in with Los Espookys, the series introduces us to the US Ambassador.

Horror DNA

Her name is US Ambassador Melanie Gibbons and she’s received an important letter. The letter — which is in Spanish, not coded as she first suspects — informs her that her friend Ignacio Ferracuti has died. However, he’s left his 18.9 billion peso fortune to whoever can survive a night in his haunted mansion.

To borrow Ambassador Gibbons words, “Okay, twist!” She’s been chosen as one of five strangers to compete for his fortune. It’s all very exciting for her.

Similarily, Los Espookys are excited for this upcoming challenge.

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We finally get to see to the official Los Espookys headquarters — which happens to be Renaldo’s garage. While Andrés pushes for avant-garde and challanging tricks, Renaldo wants to stick to the basics. Úrsula just wants confirmation that they’re going to be paid.

Meanwhile, back in LA, Tio Tico is in an unusual situation.

Horror DNA

Following last week’s encounter at a major celebrity party, Tico has been mistaken for an elusive artist. Due to this mix-up, he’s been roped into speaking at an art panel. The whole thing has snowballed and Tio Tico is just along for the ride.

Unfortunately, Andrés is finding it hard to balance his life as Prince of Chocolate and his spooky calling.

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Being the heir to a chocolate fortune is hard. As his boyfriend reminds him, Andrés has duties he needs to commit to or else he will be removed as heir. However, the curious man is preoccupied with uncovering the mystery of his birth and his new side gig. What is a Chocolate Prince to do?

Finally, it’s the big night!

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Too bad Renaldo has been ditched by the other members of Los Espookys. Andrés, Úrsula y Tati have all shown up last minute, leaving Renaldo to set up. What’s worse, nobody hired the actors they need so Renaldo has to step in as the creepy butler. Let’s just say, the role is out of his range.

Still, the goal of the haunted house is to get rid of one contestant in particular. The Mysterious Woman announces to Los Espookys that Sr. Ferracuti’s son is a contestant and must not win. However, he seems impossible to shake with the frankly unimpressive scares.

Los Espookys are in a funk and they need some serious rallying.

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Andrés is obsessed with the dead ends he keeps getting in his search for his origin. Úrsula is obsessed with getting paid. Tati is obsessed with Snap Chatting her shady internet boyfriend.

Renaldo is about to give up but some unexpectedly good advise from Tati inspires him. After a rallying call from Renaldo, Los Espookys are back. They’re going to pull off the scariest trick they can.

We don’t want to give away the ending, but the episode wraps up with the possibility of more jobs in their future.

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Will Tati continue her internet relationship? Will Andrés learn the origins of his birth? What sort of adventure will Los Spookys get into next week? We’ll have to watch to find out.

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