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Here’s How Fans Feel About The CW’s ‘Charmed’ Reboot, Which Was Billed As Latina

If you grew up in the 90’s, you were stoked that “Charmed” would be getting a reboot. At first, we thought we’d be seeing the original cast make a comeback, but when word got out that the modern-day brujas would be Latina, we got hechizado. 

Turns out that while all three actresses are women of color, only one of them is Latina irl. Here’s what fans on social media had to say about the casting.

Afro-Latinas are too rare and hard to come by on the screen, which is why people were pumped for the “Charmed” reboot.

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Why? Because Afro-Latinas are often cast as African Americans or not at all. When we see Latinas on screen, rarely are they dark-skinned. They truly are the minority within a minority, so when we heard we were about to witness modern day Afro-Latina brujeria, it seemed like a huge step in the right direction.

Many viewers were totally duped into thinking that we’re witnessing Latina representation.

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I both don’t want to break it to her and also am screaming that anyone even has to. The CW is the primary source of all the Latinx hype and has also remained excruciatingly quiet, essentially continuing to corroborate their claim that this is a Latina centered show.

Also, their mother is white.

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I mean, look, we are totally here for bi-racial diversity in Hollywood. Yet, every Latinx’s mami is the ultimate bruja in our lives. It’s a major missed opportunity to cast a Latina to play the role of the wise, protective mother witch.

Meet Melonie Diaz, la única Latina.

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Diaz was born and raised in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. You might remember her as Blanca from “Lords of Dogtown.” She is an award winning actress and we are shipping la Boricua’s place on the show.

Sarah Jeffrey identifies as African-American.

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Again, we are not faulting the actresses. Sarah Jeffery has been straightforward to the press, clearing up any claims that she is Latina. She’s actually half African-American and half indigenous Canadian.

Madeleine Mantock is the one who broke the spell The CW cast on the Latinx community.

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At a New York Comic Con, Mantock came forward to say, “Playing the Afro-Latina character I think for me I’m just trying to be open. I’m open with the writers and trying to be respectful because I’m Afro-Caribbean. I’m not actually Afro-Latina and I want to make that inquiry because Melonie [Diaz] is actually the only person in her real life who is Latina.”

Some folks are mad that people are even mad.

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The real loss is that The CW exploited the Latinx community for publicity gains, only to reveal their idea of representation is colorist and not cultural.

Even the old cast of “Charmed” is not happy about this reboot.

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Back then Alyssa Milano being Italian was “ethnic.” We’re seeing the cast liking tweets about how the original premiered in 1998 with 7.7 million views vs 2018’s mere 1.54 million views.

Holly Marie Combs, who played Piper, is bitter as hell to not be on the show.

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She tweeted, “I will never understand what is fierce, funny, or feminist in creating a show that basically says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago.” All the fury from a cast we loved so much couldn’t even taint our deep-seeded craving for representation.

Life is just full of disappointments.

That said, having Mantock on the show is still schooling the general public about Afro-Latinidad.

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It would be way less confusing if The CW had cast real life Afro-Latinas as further proof of their important existence in our culture.

Here are some Latinas who would have slayed the role:

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The CW does get credit for integrating consent education and LGBTQ inclusive feminism in each episode.

Tessa Thompson

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If you know Thompson and her work, you know she would have been the perfect magical addition to the reboot. She’s captured fans hearts on HBO’s “Westworld,” dazzled in Janelle Monae’s “Dirty Computer” and stunned on “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Tatyana Ali

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We know her best as Will Smith’s cousin, Ashley Banks, from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” but Tatyana Ali has rarely been cast for her Afro-Latinidad. She would have brought some serious star power and representation. #AliVeraPorFavor

Naya Rivera

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She already has a teen following from “Glee.” She’s an established Afro-Latina actress! Forget everything I said. The CW should have cast new Afro-Latina actresses. Let’s not pretend that they had no options, folks.

The only response we’ve seen The CW take is to put up a Puerto Rican flag in Mel’s room.

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The CW should own up already instead of continuing the charade. Yes, Melonie Diaz is Puerto Rican. No, nobody else on the show is and that still hasn’t changed.

The bottom line is that we need Latinxs to tell our stories.

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From the writers room to the stage. If we’re being told that brujería is about to go down, then we had better feel like it is. Where are all the velas with Saint Anthony on them? Where are the bowls of water at their bedside? Do they even know what a ghost is?

OK, the upside is in the gay:

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Diaz plays Mel, a hella feminist lesbian Latina bruja. So, yes, I 100 percent saw myself on screen and I am so here for that.

Mel’s girlfriend is Asian-American and her character just keeps developing.

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She plays a cop, and after she accidentally drank some Truth Serum, she confessed that she only wears fake glasses to make people take her seriously and that she knows she’s hot and is going to start owning it.

Here for acknowledging the double standard on women to be either sexy or smart and smashing that stereotype. Not here for yet one more fan who thinks that the Power of Three is Latina.

The CW had so many options to give us the Latinx reboot they alluded to.

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Either let Afro-Latinas in on this huge opportunity or allow the women you’ve casted to represent their actual culture. You can’t say that you’re going to represent Latinas, fail to follow through, and stick a Puerto Rican flag on a wall and call it even.

Some fans are already asking for different Latinx shows to start being made.

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The fans have spoken. All the magic happening so far is heavily European influenced. Give us a show that actually represents our culture and honors our abuelas’ brujeria. J-Lo’s Nuyorican Productions, I’m looking at you.


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

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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

Critter’s Brutally Honest Review Of ‘Insecure’ And If It Deserves The Hype

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Critter’s Brutally Honest Review Of ‘Insecure’ And If It Deserves The Hype

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Welcome to my review of the HBO series, “Insecure,” the show that has given the Black community visibility, and accurate lighting, for seasons and I recently came across it and I cannot get enough. Why did I wait so long to watch this highly-praised series? This series centers around Issa, a young modern-day Black woman living in Inglewood, Calif., just trying to get her sh*t together. She’s a little weird, but good-for-TV kind of weird.

Honestly, this is Issa Rae’s world and we’re all #blessed to be living in it, mis bebés.

Here’s a photo you can print at home to build your very own Issa shrine.

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La mía tiene those little succulents in a salsa “El Pato” can, but feel free to do you. 

So, let me lay down some Queen Issa backstory. Before she exploded with her hit series “Insecure,” she wrote and starred in her own web series called: “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.”

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I checked it out. It’s basically “Insecure,” pero sin HBO production dollars (click here for a link to the first episode). Despite being low budget, the web series caught the attention of Pharrell Williams, el hombre ese who looks like a 20-year-old muchacho que canta “Happy.” You know the song. They play it at every wedding and all your pinche tías se alocan and awkwardly try to reformat their salsa pasos to it.

“Because I’m happy… Clap along if you feel like…” Dale tía! Your dance moves no calan, pero no le hace!

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After Pharrell posted the second season of her series on his YouTube channel, the show took off, eventually getting the attention of HBO. That’s when “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” took on its final evolutionary form.

It morphed into “Insecure,” cabrones.

Creit: Pokémon

Now, let’s jump into the series. So I don’t spoil the show and dissect every single season (because y’all got tarantulas to trade on Animal Crossing), I’ll just speak to the main characters of the show. Y si los personajes les parecen “pipiris nice,” pues a huevo.  

Meet Issa: she likes to talk to mirrors and get freaky deaky.

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Earlier when I asked if y’all ever bought chones at Rite Aid, I wasn’t trying to be a cochino. I know you thought I was. But I wasn’t. In season one, Issa gets caught underwear shopping at Rite Aid. That’s a beautiful intro to Issa. The girl is struggling and she obviously isn’t trying to earn seduction points con sus chones baratos. 

She’s been in a five-year relationship with her unmotivated man. She works for a non-profit after-school program in Inglewood and she’s insecure af. The insecurity comes mostly from frustration out of not living the life she wants to live. She’s constantly talking with a different version of herself she sees in the mirror. Mirror Issa es una chingona. She raps. She doesn’t even care about anything and she’s ready to get it. 

Mirror Issa is all the things current Issa is not. But damn, the show gets so real. Issa (the real Issa) is not afraid to show how human flaws can bring out the cringe in people. In the show, you’ll see her character do questionable things, but the truth is we have all been there, fam. Issa’s vulnerability is what makes the show incredible. It’s a very true reflection of how we are.   

Meet Lawrence: Issa’s boo who is always a step behind.

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Lawrence (played by Jay Ellis), is Issa’s long-term love interest. Lawrence’s thing is, the dude is always a step behind. Your amá would refer to him as someone “que no se pone las pilas.” When his relationship is in trouble, Lawrence doesn’t act on it. When he gets a dope app-development job, he pitches an out-dated app idea called “Woot-Woot.” I don’t wanna spoil anything, so I’ll just say the dude siempre espera que las cosas le caigan en su mano. For the record, Lawrence isn’t necessarily a bad guy, but since he’s slow to realize things he ends up having to clean up a lot of messes he could’ve avoided if the menso had just acted a little sooner. As you continue to see more of his character, you’ll realize you can’t judge Lawrence too harshly because we’ve all been a little bit of a Lawrence at one time or another.

Meet Molly: Issa’s BFF who is bothered by everything.

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Molly is a mess. Guuurrll, let me tell you. On the outside, this comadre is hella-put-together: she’s a lawyer, has a fancy apartment, she’s got a super precioso French Bulldog, you guys, no mames, es un pinche tamalito de cuteness.

Pero por dentro la doña Molly se está pudriéndo, guey. Molly’s biggest issue throughout the series is her tendency to sabotage all her relationships. Why? Because everything bothers her. 

This is my theory on Molly: she’s got a perfect set up. You can tell she put up a vision board of her dream life as a kid and she made it all happen. She probably got good grades, worked hard, y a huevo todo le salió bien. Osea, she’s kind of a chingona. BUT, I think Molly assumes acquiring the perfect man works the same way. But no. It 👏 does 👏 not 👏 work 👏 that 👏 way 👏. Although you can work your butt off and one day buy your dream car, you can’t just work your butt off and buy yourself the perfect man. Imagine walking into the tianguis and perfect men are being sold a tres por 10.” My wife would be there now making it rain $10 bills and asking if they come in extra tall and handsome. 

If you want a perfect relationship, you need to find that person willing to work to build a perfect relationship with yourself. Molly dismisses guy after guy because none of them come standard with all her preferences and ideals of a perfect man. Sorry, Molly. If you want perfection, go get you some Gucci, but don’t count on no man being everything you ever wanted right out of the box.  

Meet Kelli: my personal favorite character.

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I’ve put y’all through enough reading today, but just know that if you watch the show, Kelli is a cochina y una loca and she’s gonna make you pee yourself. She has some of the funniest moments in the show — especially the Coachella episode in season 3. Kelli is also a ride or die friend and every group of friends has a Kelli. If you don’t got a Kelli, go get yourself a Kelli.

Speaking of friendship, friendship is one of the strongest themes of the show. Besides all the pedos and drama Issa faces in the series, her girl squad is the only thing that is a constant in her life. And this is refreshing to see because we need more stories with people of color sticking together. Even though Molly goes through men as fast as I go through Flaming Hot Cheetos, and Issa has drama with her own man and work, and Kelli and Tiffany (who I did not mention in this review…but, you’ll totally understand why when you watch the series and meet Tiffany) have their own thing going, the girls always come together. The episodes where they have girls-only getaways are the realest. They unpack all their issues, and they call each other out on their issues, sin tantita pena. This show will definitely make you call up your girls to thank them…and then ask them if they’re still going out con ese sin vergüenza. 

To sum everything up nicely, should you watch “Insecure”?

Mmm-hmm. The show speaks to a generation of young people trying to grow past their own flaws and insecurities, and very few shows do this in a relatable way let alone featuring stories of people of color. Even though you’ll feel seen from the most embarrassing aspects, “Insecure” te va ser cagar de la riza. 

Oh and I almost forgot to mention the music on the show is 🔥! Click this link for the Spotify playlist. Tus nalgas me lo van a agradecer.

Enjoy the show and keep it spicy, fam. And binge it on HBO NOW while you can get a 7-day free trial.