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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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Here’s What We Know So Far About The ‘Rebelde’ Reboot Coming To Netflix

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Here’s What We Know So Far About The ‘Rebelde’ Reboot Coming To Netflix

Nostalgia has a way of taking us right back to who we were when we saw and heard some of our favorite things. “Rebelde” is definitely one of the top nostalgic moments in most Latino childhoods. Well, get ready because Netflix is bringing “Rebelde” back so you can dive back into the stories that will forever hold a special place in your heart.

“Rebelde” is coming back and this is definitely not a drill.

After years of being off the air, the historic and iconic show “Rebelde” is back and people cannot wait. The original cast has been good at keeping our love for them alive as they toured and created music. Most recently, RBD, the surviving band of original Rebelde members, dropped a new single to make the pandemic a little more tolerable.

We already know who is reprising their role in the reboot.

Celina Ferrer, played by Estefanía Villarreal, is coming back as the principal of the school. The official announcement letter was signed by the Elite Way School alumna.

“EWS is renowned for the excellence of its illustrious student body, young people ready to dazzle the world. In these halls, we have shaped icons who have gone on to entertain millions with their talent, and our classrooms have turned students into stars, ready for the big stage,” reads the letter. “Today, our Board of Directors is proud to present the next generation of young people who will become part of our prestigious institution in the upcoming 2022 school year. We welcome our future students Azul Guatia, Sergio Mayer Mori, Andrea Chaparro, Jeronimo Cantillo, Franco Masini, Lixeth Selene, Alejandro Puente, and Giovanna Grigio, who have been selected from an impressive list of applicants. The new students will start wearing the EWS uniform during orientation, which will start on March 1 of this year, thus preparing themselves for the upcoming 2022 school year at this institution, always committed to educating the leaders of tomorrow.”

Here’s a quick look at the new class.

Azul Guaita

Guaita is best known for her impressive TikTok account. She also starred in telenovelas ‘Mi marrido tiene familia” and “Soltero con hijas.” The 19-year-old Mexican actress has garnered more than 2 million followers on TikTok.

Sergio Mayer Mori

Mayer Mori is son of Mexican actor and producer Sergio Mayer and Uruguayan-born Mexican actress, model, producer and writer Bárbara Mori Ochoa. The young actor was in “Un padre no tan padre” in 2016.

Andrea Chaparro

Andrea is the daughter of famed Mexican actor Omar Chapparo. Hopefully the actress brings her unapologetic grunge vibes to the set in her role.

Jeronimo Cantillo

Cantillo is best known for his role in Verdad Oculta and Los Morales as well as his reggaeton music. The actor is bringing his award nominated acting chops and musical stylings to the highly anticipated Netflix reboot.

Franco Masini

Masini is one of the biggest names attached to the new “Rebelde” reboot. With several projects under his belt and more than 1 million Instagram followers, Masini is definitely bringing a large following to the Netflix show.

Lizeth Selene

Selene has made a name for herself as a musician and model. It is pretty impressive that her first acting job is going to be as part of the newest Rebelde class.

Alejandro Puente

Puente is an actor, writer, and director with a lot of success in Mexico. He is best known for his role as Todd Anderson in the Mexican stage adaptation of “Dead Poets Society.” He also stars in “El Club,” a crime drama television show in Mexico.

Giovanna Grigio

Grigio comes to the Elite Way School with 6 million Instagram followers and a lot of experience. The Brazilian actress has starred in several television shows and movies and will definitely bring some strong talent to the show.

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Sasha Calle Is Officially The DC Universe’s First-Ever Latina Supergirl

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Sasha Calle Is Officially The DC Universe’s First-Ever Latina Supergirl

The DC Universe just got a heck of a lot more Brown.

This week, it was announced that 25-year-old actress Sasha Calle is poised to be the franchise’s newest superstar. Known for portraying Lola Rosales on “The Young and the Restless,” the actress will take on the role of Supergirl in the DC film franchise.

Her first appearance as Supergirl expected to debut in the upcoming movie “The Flash.”

Calle, who is of Colombian heritage, is set to become the first Latina ever to play the role of Supergirl.

Calle earned her first breakout role in 2018 after being cast in the long-running CBS daytime drama “The Young & The Restless” as a food truck owner and the youngest sister of brothers in the midst of a toxic rivalry.

Calle earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama Series category last year for her part in the series.

“On behalf of everyone at ‘The Young and the Restless,’ we’d like to congratulate Sasha Calle on making history and being chosen to play the first Latina Supergirl,” the daytime drama’s executive producer Anthony Morina and co-executive producer/head writer Josh Griffith shared in a statement. “The role of Supergirl is a perfect fit for someone of Sasha’s immense talent, and we wish her all the best as she takes on this groundbreaking role.”

According to Deadline, Calle beat out 425 actresses for the part of Supergirl.

Andy Muschietti director of The Flash gave Calle the good news about her role over Zoom.

“Can I freak out for a second?” Calle asked before announcing the news to someone offscreen. “I got it,” she said to the person off-camera while doing a dance in her chair. Turning back to Muschietti, Calle admitted “I’m probably not going to stop crying all day.”

Calle shared the moment to her Instagram admitting she was still processing the big news.

“A Latina superhero?!” Calle wrote of the news in Spanish. “On what planet?! Well, on this planet! What joy and what pride.” Thanking her mom, Calle wrote, “I adore you with everything I have. You are an example of a superhero.”

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