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on my block Quotes From Will Speak To Fans Like Never Before

The fandom has reached a consensus: Season 2 of Netflix’s On My Block was somehow even better than the first. Yes, it’s a corny take on the real life struggles that the Latino and Black community face in east Los Angeles, but Latinos need corny TV shows, too. This season shows traumatized young men actually express their vulnerability and hold each other up. It shows a young black woman literally walk out of a room that’s trying to impress upon her “how a girl should look and act like.” It shows the Latino community taking turns to house a homeless teenager trying to escape gang violence, and how even ICE makes safety more difficult to come by.

On My Block gives us all these very real issues and more–alongside imaginary gnomes, an abuelita smoking a blunt with her nieto and too many real laughs. Here’s the best of Season 2:

When Rudy was going to give Olivia a Spanish-English dictionary:

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The whole first episode, we were crying over Rudy’s unopened gift to Olivia for her quince only to find out it was a dictionary.

Rudy: “What’s wrong with trying to improve someone’s skillset?”

When abuelita’s solution to Rudy’s grief was marijuana (pronounced “meri-juan-ah”):

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Abuelita was trying to make all these jokes about how “at least Rudy has his own room, now” and it wasn’t landing. This solution super landed.

And then Rudy started theorizing about Latina’s immortal skin:

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Rudy: Do you ever miss your little adobe hut?
Abuelita: Que?
Rudy: “You know, your little adobe hut back in Mexico. You think all that mud has something to do with why your skin still looks so soft?”

Abuelita had the most abuelita moment to date:

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Raise your hand if your mami, tía or abuela has not told you about that time they were almost abducted by a UFO.

When Jamal and Cesar were trying to convince Abuelita to launder their money for the adrenaline rush:

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I want to meet the writer that’s responsible for this content. Mil gracias.

Say his name out loud:

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It never gets old. ???? This is the payback Jamal gets for stealing an overly personified gnome.

When Jasmin’s response to Rudy asking her to the school dance competition was this:

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This season, not only was Jasmin’s comic relief next level, but we also got to know her better. She became a nuanced character and we can’t wait for more of this.

When Jasmin is making jokes about her father being nonfunctional:

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Rudy went over to her house to apologize for being a pendejo and Jasmin was busy putting sunblock on her completely non-functioning father. He went to Afghanistan and never really came back. When she asked Rudy to put sunblock on him, she even made this joke. ⬆️ How are you so amazing, Jasmin?

“Why do I have to pledge allegiance to something that comes out of a fake country in Italy?”

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Oh sh*****t. Writers of On My Block gave us this moment when Rudy told his mother he wasn’t going to church so he could help out Jamal. Relatable moment.

Mom’s response: “If you can’t hang with Jesus, you can’t hang with Jamal.”

When Mario knocked up tone-deaf white girl Amber:

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“I’m so sorry for your recent loss. As a beneficiary of white privilege, these kinds of tragedies are, like, foreign to me. So on behalf of my people, I am sorry for keeping your people down…I’m about to be the mother of a whitina.”

When Rudy accidentally revealed this three-prong life plan to his friends:

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  • Cesar’s sloppy seconds
  • Get SWOLE
  • Court older women (Juniors and above)

Then, there are all these gender aware moments, courtesy of sweet Rudy:

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We don’t deserve this show. Or we really do deserve this show? Either way, there will be an uprising if Netflix cancels it.

Like when Rudy corrected Jamal on his misuse of female pronouns:

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I’m learning so much. Preach, Rudy–way to combat machísmo the best way we know how.

When Rudy wasn’t having it with his mom’s idea for a gender-reveal cake.

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At first, Mario came in to protest because he wanted the gender of the baby to be a surprise. Thankfully, Rudy had some thoughts on the “bigger issue.”

“We need to wait for the baby to tell us how he, she, or they identify.”

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Standing ovation for the writers of this show. We’re beside ourselves.

“Pero beige? Beige is not our friend. Beige brings out the yellow in our skin.”

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Mario and Rudy’s mom is, at this point, livid: “I no longer identify as the party planner.”

When Jasmin came in to ask the gang if they wanted any ‘refreshments’ only to smack her nalga and slam the door on the way out:

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Jasmin ended up teaming up with Rudy to put on a bomb baby shower. They even paid extras to be there because Amber “has no friends or family.”

When Jasmin had questions about Amber’s pregnancy:

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“You’re a gringa so it’s like soy, almond, or some good sh*t like that.” I’m screaming.

When Jasmin delivered Amber’s baby:

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And then when Amber asked her if she was pooping and Jasmine replied in English, “No, honey, you’re good.”

In Spanish: “Tengo mucho caca! Someone get me a bedpan!”

And basically all of Jamal’s super intense paranoia:

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Someone, meme this por favor. We’re all still triggered from the cancellation of One Day at a Time, so please share this article, tweet about what this show means to you, and have your own watch parties. Let’s keep this Latino representation alive!

READ: Exclusive: ‘On My Block’ Co-Creator Eddie Gonzalez Discusses How His Childhood Came To Life On The Show

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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