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From Abuelita To Ruby, These Quotes From ‘On My Block’ Are The Realest Quotes On TV Right Now

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 Ruby was going to give Olivia a Spanish-English dictionary:

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

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

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

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

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

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Ruby: Do you ever miss your little adobe hut?
Abuelita: Que?
Ruby: “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 Ruby 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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Ruby 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 Ruby 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 Ruby 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 Ruby 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 Ruby:

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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 Ruby corrected Jamal on his misuse of female pronouns:

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

When Ruby 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, Ruby 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 Ruby’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 Ruby 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

‘Narcos: Mexico’ Is Back For A Second Season: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

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‘Narcos: Mexico’ Is Back For A Second Season: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

Since Netflix aired Narcos, the crime thriller retelling the rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia led by drug lord Pablo Escobar, the story has enjoyed indomitable success. After three seasons, Netflix and the show creators Chris Brancato, Doug Miro, and Carlo Bernard, created “Narcos: Mexico” a standalone story. Shifting the focus from Colombia to Mexico, the series tells the story of the Mexican drug trade all the way from the 80s down to what it is today. So, is there going to be a second season to the story? The answer is yes! 

Netflix announced the second season last year, just three weeks prior to the premiere of the first season. This upcoming season would make the franchise’s fifth installment. Little is known about the upcoming Narcos: Mexico 2 so far. There are numerous theories and speculations about what could possibly happen. So here’s all we know as of yet.

When will it be released?

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Netflix hasn’t announced an official release date yet. The series first dropped in November 2018, and production on season 2 began filming in Mexico City last year—where the first chapter was also filmed. All three seasons of Narcos and the standalone series have ten episodes per season, so if we follow the patternseries are usually released around the same time of year, we could expect a similar premiere date for the next installment around November this year.

The Plot and cast

At the end of the first season, it was revealed that Scoot McNairy, the unseen all-knowing narrator, was an agent who will lead a task force to indict those responsible for DEA Agent Kiki Camarena’s death, which is set up to be the plot for season two.

It’s speculated that viewers would witness what happened after the death of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent played by Michael Peña, who was captured and tortured before his death. The good guys in the DEA are expected to bring justice to the murder of one of their associates. And it’s been suggested that Kiki’s death would intensify the government’s war on drugs. 

“What occurred in Guadalajara gave beginning to the primary cartel. From that, others would observe. And the violence and cash and medicines, they simply fucking explode. It modified the DEA, too. Perhaps it woke us up, I don’t know,” Walt Breslin (Scoot McNairy) stated in the final moments of Season one, hinting at a possibly deepened war between the United States’ law enforcement and the drug cartel in season two.

Diego Luna and Scoot McNairy are set to return to the new installment of Narcos: Mexico. The cast will include Alejandro Edda as Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, Teresa Ruiz as Isabella Bautista, and Tenoch Huerta as Rafael Caro Quintero. It’s not certain if Alyssa Diaz will return to her role as Mika Camarena, the wife of Kiki. 

Depending on the direction the writers take Narcos: Mexico, the show could also see the rise of the Sinaloa Cartel in the late 80s as a result of Gallardo’s downfall after his capture and incarceration in 1989. 

Gallardo is currently serving his 37-year jail term in prison in Mexico for killing Kiki Camarena. The now 73-year-old said he was suffering from ill-health and wished to complete his sentence under house arrest. According to The Associated Press, Gallardo was denied the request. In a court ruling back in February of this year, it was decided that despite his advanced age, he was not qualified for release. 

Is there a trailer for season two?

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We’re building an empire. Why stop now?

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Gaumont International Television, the production studio behind Narcos: Mexico, has kept the show under wraps. We haven’t seen any trailers for the upcoming season revealed. It seems like we will only get to see images from season two after the production wraps. Diego Luna has said that the filming is still going on, so all we can do is keep a close eye on his social media to spot a sneak peek. 

The show recently received a WGA nomination in the “Episodic Drama” category. Diego Luna also received recognition for his role as Felix Gallardo. The Mexican actor was awarded a Critic’s Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series after the first season of Narcos: Mexico.

Going back to the roots of the modern drug war, Narcos: Mexico is set in a time when the Mexican trafficking world was loose and disorganized, run by independent growers and users. Throughout the show we will witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s with Felix Gallardo at the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire. A tragic chain of events unfolds as the drug trade grows and governments declare war against narco-trafficking for years to come. Season one is available to watch now on Netflix if you’re down for a binge run before the release of the second installment later this year.

READ: 21 Times Netflix’s “Narcos” Got It Wrong

Disney Is Debuting Their First Jewish Princess And Surprise! She’s Also Latina

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Disney Is Debuting Their First Jewish Princess And Surprise! She’s Also Latina

We all know by now that is no “one way” to be Latinx. Latinos come in a variety of forms, from Black to white, tall to short, descended from Indigenous, African, and European populations. And while Roman Catholicism may be the dominant religion in most of Latinidad, it goes without saying that Latino culture is not a monolith. Latinos practice a variety of religions, from Islam to Buddhism to, yes, Judaism. 

And while most people don’t necessarily think of Judaism when they think of Latin America, there is, in fact, a small but proud population of Jewish Latinos who keep their culture alive through tradition and a strong sense of community. But being a part of such a small community within an already-marginalized community can feel isolating at times. Especially when there are no public role models to see yourself reflected in.

That’s why Tuesday’s news that Disney is debuting a Jewish-Latinx princess sent shock-waves through the internet. 

Walt Disney Television Animation News announced via Twitter that an upcoming Elena of Avalon episode in December would be featuring a “visiting princess” from a “Latino Jewish kingdom”.The as-yet-unnamed princess will be voiced by Jamie-Lynn Sigler, the actress famous for her portrayal of Meadow Soprano on HBO’s seminal masterpiece, “The Sopranos”. 

The Tweet also revealed that the princess would also make an appearance in Elana’s “royal coronation special” next year. Although we do not know any further details of Sigler’s character or her storyline, “Elena of Avalor” writer Rachel Ruderman gave a small preview of what’s to come. “A little over a year ago, I had the honor of writing an Elena of Avalor episode featuring Disney’s first Jewish princess,” Ruderman said via Twitter. She continued: “Jamie Lynn Sigler knocks the role out of the park (wait ’till you hear her song!) Can’t wait to share this one”.

In a move of conscious-casting on Disney’s part, Jamie Lynn Sigler herself happens to be both Latina and Jewish–a giant step for a media giant that can sometimes miss the mark with casting.

Raised by a Jewish father and a Cuban mother, Sigler grew up in New York City as part of a multicultural family.In the past, Sigler has talked about being raised Jewish–attending Hebrew school, having a Bat Mitzvah, and even going on a Birth Right trip to Israel in 2008. 

This episode can serve as an educational experience for many people (including those of Latinx descent) who are unaware that Jewish Latinos even exist. In fact, what some people might not even know, is that the term “Sephardic” (a term used to describe Jewish people of European descent) literally means “of Spain or Portuguese descent” in old Hebrew. In other words, it’s not a stretch to imagine a character of both Latin and Jewish roots on our TV screens. In fact, it’s completely historically plausible!

Naturally, both the Latinx and Jewish Twitter population is super excited at this groundbreaking news.

As we mentioned before, the acknowledgment of Jewish Latinos in popular culture is such a rarity. When the media shines a spotlight on such a marginalized group of people, the advent is worth celebrating. And even though changes are slow in the making, any progress on the representation front is a step in the right direction.

Jamie Lynn Sigler herself expressed her excitement at the news, calling to attention the novelty of her position:

Yes, it’s exciting that the Jewish Latinx population has finally gotten some princess representation, but it’s still a little bit frustrating that we had to wait until 2019 for a Jewish princess. We have a long way to go.

This Latina Jew was incredibly excited at the prospect of having the chance to see her own unique lifestyle reflected onscreen:

The self-styled “Jewyorican” is one of many New York-based Puerto-Rican Jews who identify fully with both cultures. It’s not as rare as people think.

Some Latinx Jews took to Twitter to give some suggestions on how Disney could go about bringing the new character to life:

This Hispanic Linguistics Professor suggested incorporating the ancient Judeo-Spanish language of Ladino into the show. 

This multi-cultural woman celebrated the inclusion of multiple cultures in one character:

Families like hers are the way of the future–at least according to statistics. Although many media outlets still see American families in black and white, the rest of us living our lives know that our identities are increasingly a hodgepodge of cultures. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.