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Meet The Fresh All-Latino Cast Of The New ‘Party Of Five’ Reboot Dealing With Immigration

As we reported earlier this year, there’s a new version of “Party of Five” that will be seen soon on the small screen. But this version won’t be like the old one. In fact, the only similarity that the two shows have — as we can see now — is that they’re both two families that are without their parents. The coolest part about this new reboot is that the cast won’t be all white, but all Latino.

The “Party of Five” reboot cast has been announced and we have been given an all Latino cast.

The announcement, reported by Deadline, includes the four major roles of the older siblings, and not the little guy.

The original “Party of Five” followed five siblings who were orphaned when their parents were killed by a drunk driver. Audiences watched the five siblings learn how to grow up without guidance after losing both of their parents.

This version of “Party Of Five” will focus on a Mexican-American family who’s parents — named Gloria and Javier Buendía — have been deported to Mexico, leaving their kids to take care of themselves.

And the cast is nothing like we expected. Here they are…

Brandon Larracuente as the oldest brother.

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You may recognize Brandon from “13 Reasons Why” or “Bloodline.” Brandon has been acting since he was eight years old and began his career on the theater stage.

Brandon will be playing the role of Emilio Buendía, an aspiring musician, which Matthew Fox played in the original. Not only does that means he’s the oldest brother, but the main man in charge. But here’s an issue, according to Deadline, “he’s the least responsible of the siblings, and had been enjoying living away from home and the freedom that came with it until his parents’ status was threatened.” Yikes, in fact, Emilio is the reason why the parents first came to the U.S. in the first place.

Emily Tosta as the oldest sister.

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Emily comes by way of shows such as “Mayans M.C.” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” According to her IMDB profile, she was “born in Dominican Republic to a Venezuelan mom and Dominican dad.”

Emily will play the role that made actress Neve Campbell famous. She will be the oldest sister — Lucia Buendía — “a straight-A student with lofty college ambitions until her parents run into trouble with immigration,” Deadline reports.

Niko Guardado as the second oldest brother. 

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Niko (seen on “The Goldbergs” and “The Fosters”) plays the role of second oldest brother of the family, who is the Scott Wolf character. Many may remember that Wolf was pretty much everyone’s crush when the original show was back on in the ’90s. We’re thinking Niko will take that throne easily.

His name on the show is Beto and is the one that really steps up in the family to take over their parents. Since Emilio isn’t the most responsible brother, Niko is calling the shots.

Elle Paris Legaspi as the youngest sister. 

Legaspi will play 10-year-old Valentina, who was once played by Lacey Chabert. The original character was a little bit annoying. She was always in people’s business, whining about this and that, so we hope Elle doesn’t have to do the same.

According to Deadline, Valentina is “precocious and resourceful” but very vulnerable considering she is still a young child without her mom.

We can’t wait to see this!


READ: ‘Party Of Five’ Is Returning To TV With One Big Twist

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Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Wearing Blackface In 2000 ‘SNL’ Sketch

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Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Wearing Blackface In 2000 ‘SNL’ Sketch

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Jimmy Fallon is the latest celebrity to face consequences from blackface clips resurfacing. The talk show host and comedian is facing backlash after a clip of him on “Saturday Night Live” impersonating Chris Rock in blackface resurfaced.

A 20-year-old clip of Jimmy Fallon in blackface on “SNL” impersonating Chris Rock.

The clip is circulating on social media and has sparked a debate over cancel culture and blackface in our society. The comedian is the latest in a line of prominent people that have had to apologize for offensive images of them in blackface resurfacing. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and fellow comedian Sarah Silverman have also apologized publicly for moments of blackface in their past.

Fallon owned up to the incident and tweeted an apology.

People have come to Fallon’s defense since the video has resurfaced. One of those people is Jaime Foxx.

“He was doing an impression of Chris Rock. It wasn’t black face [sic],” Foxx commented on an E! News Instagram post. “We comedians, I know it’s a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch. On a show called ‘In Living Color’ we played every race. Let this one go. We got bigger fish to fry … #changecourse.”

The revelation of Fallon in blackface brought a clip of Jimmy Kimmel in blackface to light.

Fallon fans are calling on social media to give Kimmel a similar treatment because of his own example of blackface for comedic appeal. Kimmel’s blackface incident hasn’t caused as big of a reaction as Fallon’s.

Social media users are in a fierce debate over what Fallon’s fate should be in the time of cancel culture.

Blackface has a long and documented history of oppression in the United States. The practice of blackface dates back to the 1830s in the U.S. and it later caught on in Britain. Blackface was usually used in minstrel shows that would play on stereotypes of Black people and helped in the proliferation of racism and prejudice.

Some people are trying to make whiteface a thing but Twitter users are not having it.

Critics are quick to differentiate blackface from whiteface because of their historical context. While blackface has a direct link to racism, slavery, and Jim Crow, whiteface is different according to critics. Whiteface does not build itself on racism, oppression, and racial segregation.

What do you think about the Jimmy Fallon blackface clip?

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

READ: I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts