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5 Bewitching Facts About Melonie Diaz Who Plays Mel In The ‘Charmed’ Reboot

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Nuyorican actress Melonie Diaz is ready to invoke some fierce spirits and spells as one of the stars of the CW’s reboot of the 1990s classic, “Charmed.” A seasoned actress of independent films, Diaz has had years of preparation for her new network series role. Find out some interesting facts before the show’s premiere on October 14 at 9p.m./8p.m. CST.

Melonie Diaz is here to give you her opinion—and she doesn’t care if you think she’s a witch or not.

Cast as the first sister in the “Charmed” reboot, Diaz is bringing her fierce personality and distaste for the patriarchy to her portrayal of Mel. Mel who wants to create change and engage in the political conversation in this unprecedented time. She kicks butt and questions men who are parading as sexual predators by day and are actually demons at night. Sounds about right.

She’s politically engaged on social media.

Much like her feminist character on the series, Diaz isn’t shy about expressing her political beliefs. Recent tweets include posting hotline information for those that needed support after the infamous Brett Kavanaugh hearing. She also has no concern when it comes to sharing messages from politicians she believes in.

“I’m angry on a visceral level,’ Diaz told the the New York Times. “The way I feel is, ‘How can we not be talking about this? The world is a dumpster fire!'”

Diaz’s academic curriculum has specialized in the performing arts since she was a teen.

Before appearing on a hearty casting list of independent films and on the Broadway stage, Diaz attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. She then received her degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in film production.

Diaz starred in “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler’s first feature film project “Fruitvale Station.”

In 2013, Diaz appeared as the character Sophina in Coogler’s first feature-length film, which garnered him buzz around the film festival circuit.

Diaz is a proud bookworm.

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She often posts on Instagram the books on her current reading list and has encouraged her followers to support the work of minority women writers. All in favor of asking Diaz to start a virtual book club a la Reese Witherspoon, raise your hand. ✊🏻 ✊🏼 ✊🏽 ✊🏾 ✊🏿


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These Reality TV Shows Were So Successful In The US That They're Being Remade For The Latin American Audience

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These Reality TV Shows Were So Successful In The US That They’re Being Remade For The Latin American Audience

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After a long day or week, sometimes all you want to do is chill and watch some trashy TV — no matter what region you’re in. Typically, that translates to reality TV because, well, it’s not the best representation of humanity. Here are some primetime reality shows that became so popular in the U.S. and Europe, that the shows got adapted for Latin American audiences.

“Acapulco Shore”

Take out Snookie and add in some real tans received by the Acapulco sun. Adapted from its U.S. version of “Jersey Shore,” “Acapulco Shore” premiered on MTV Latin America in the summer of 2014.

The show is still going strong with its fifth season at the Acapulco summer house. It just proves that every part of the world has their very own Jersey shore filled with interesting characters.

“The Bachelor: Em Busca do Grande Amor”

Brazil’s edition of “The Bachelo” only found love on TV for one season. The man giving the roses was much older than his American counterparts who are usually in their late 20s or early 30s. On the contrary, Bachelor Gianluca Perino was 44 years old at the time of filming. Although he was engaged to 28-year-old winner Aane Doux by the end of the show, the relationship only lasted four months. Doux came forward and said it was all a lie. She said Perino had a girlfriend the entire time. This sounds like much more drama than the U.S. version of the show.

“Big Brother: Mexico”

Big Brother is always watching — even in Mexico. Launched in 2002 by Mexican television giant Televisa, the format of the show followed the many successful international versions of “Big Brother.” One of the contestants during the seasons was even a congressman. Jorge Kahwagi of Mexico’s Green Party lived in the “Big Brother” house, with some even accusing him of abdicating his duties.

“MasterChef Latino”

Taking its cue from the British competitive cooking show, “MasterChef Latino” was presented by Telemundo and broadcasted to households in the U.S. The host is Aracely Arambula and the two celebrity chefs judges are Mexican chef Benito Molina and winner of “MasterChef” Season 6, Claudia Sandoval. Venezuelan chef and actress Sindy Lazo is the season’s most recent winner, a chef who had her own show in Venezuela.

“Shark Tank Mexico”

Now in its third season, the cast of “Shark Tank Mexico” had to be wowed by 90 proposals by Mexican entrepreneurs and inventors ready to take a bite out of some investors’ pockets. Some of the sharks include director and founder of Financiera Sustenable Patricia Armendáriz, the sole woman in the group, along with Rodrigo Herrera who is the CEO and founder of Genomma Lab and Carlos Bremer who is the president and director of VALUE Grupo Financiero.

“Factor X”

The first episode of the Spanish version of Simon Cowell’s reality show aired in 2007 and again in 2008 on Spain’s Cuatro network. After an almost decade-long hiatus, Spanish channel Telecinco announced it would be reviving the series and started airing the series in April of this year, with singer Laura Pausini serving as one of the mentors.

“La Voz Mexico”

Although “La Voz” already airing in Spain as the Spanish version of the singing competition of “The Voice of Holland” the show is now coming to U.S. Latino audiences through Telemundo. Luis Fonsi of “Despacito” fame has been tapped as the series’ first vocal coach. We wonder which voice he will turn his chair around for when it starts airing next year. There is also a version airing in Mexico as well as a “La Voz: Colombia” in which Carlos Vives was a coach for the first season.


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What’s your favorite international reality TV series to watch? Tell us in the comments below!

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