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This Netflix Telenovela Is Taking Over Social Media With A Challenge Tied To One Of The Characters

Netflix’s Mexican comedy-drama series, “La casa de las flores,” is bringing family dysfunction to a whole other level. The 13-episode series, which premiered earlier this month globally, starts out with the series narrator, Roberta, hanging herself at the flower shop owned by the de la Mora family. From there, the drama, one-liners and secrets bloom in a family where nothing is as it seems.

Fans of the show in Mexico and the U.S. are begging you not to sleep on this television show.

It is finally a novela you can binge and not have to wait for the new episodes to air. Goodbye cliff hangers.

People are discovering the majesty that is “La casa de las flores.”

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People are already comparing it to some of the best shows in American pop culture.

The show eschews traditional tired telenovela stereotypes and plot lines in favor of fresh scenarios modern families have to deal with. Things like deleting your sister off the WhatsApp group after an argument, a son coming out to his family at dinner while visualizing a cabaret scene of Thalia’s “A quien le importa” and getting a dog to mend an argument with your partner.—as well as some D-R-A-M-A we hope your familias don’t have to go through (a dead mistress, finding out you have a half-sister from your father’s affair, etc.)

The mastermind behind the show is 33-year-old Manolo Caro.

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Now he is a triple-threat creator, executive producer and director of “La casa de las Flores” on Netflix and he is rightfully proud of it.

An architect by education, Caro now designs and constructs masterful scenes that leave his audiences going “No pos wow.” Following the box office success of his first feature film, the cheekily named “No sé si cortarme las venas o dejarmelas largas¨ (translation: I Don’t Know Whether to Slit My Veins or Leave Them Long), Caro continued to make a name for himself with his films.

Oh, did we mention that Verónica Castro called off her retirement exclusively for this show.

Castro plays Virginia de La Mora, the matriarch of the de la Mora family, a chic and stealthy business woman who likes to keep up with appearances. Think Kris Kardashian but someone you would like to sit and talk with over cafe de la olla and pan dulce. This is Castro’s first series role since 2009.

Meet Paulina de la Mora, who a-nun-ci-ates ev-e-ry syllable.

Paulina de la Mora is the eldest, straight-laced sibling of the de la Mora familia, portrayed by Cecilia Suárez. Her peculiar form of speech has caught the attention of the fans who can’t get enough of it.

Her pregnant pauses has sparked a #PaulinadelaMoraChallenge on las redes.

Who else really wants to make one of these videos? They seem easy enough.

Suárez even joined in on the challenge herself, showing that she can be a good sport.

Netflix may have put in a clause that barred Suárez from speaking as Paulina during appearances but does that stop her from participating in a viral challenge? One can only assume even Netflix would like the publicity despite trying to control how an actor speaks in public.

Paulina’s smart comebacks and personality quirks are gaining loyal fans.

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Paulina is arguably the fan favorite.

But, honestly, can you even blame them?

The rest of the cast includes the lineage of Mexican film and TV dynasties.

Dario Yazbek Bernal, who plays Julián de la Mora, is Gael García Bernal’s half brother, while Eugenio Derbez’s daughter Aislinn Derbez plays Elena de la Mora.

Spanish actor Paco Leon makes a special appearance as Paulina’s ex husband, who is transgender.

We told you there were lots of secrets in this family. Stay with us.

Fans are already eager to start streaming season 2.

The verdict is still out on whether Mexico’s most famous flower shop will be returning for a sophomore season, but it seems it will do so without its matriarch, according to Forbes Mexico. In the meantime, you can still enjoy Virginia’s best phrases on the IG stories on the official Casa de las Flores Insta account.


READ: Remake Of Classic Television Show Means More Latinos On Netflix

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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FBI Arrests Jerry Harris From ‘Cheer’ On Production Of Child Pornography Charge

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FBI Arrests Jerry Harris From ‘Cheer’ On Production Of Child Pornography Charge

Update: September 17, 2020

Jerry Harris, the “Cheer” fan favorite, has been arrested by the FBI.

According to reports, Harris has been charged in federal court with the production of child pornography. The charge stems from a criminal complaint filed against Harris alleging that he sought sexual acts and photos from minors.

Harris was scheduled to appear before a court magistrate on Thursday to face the charge. The charge of the production of child pornography comes with a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if he is convicted.

The charges are connected to Harris’ alleged advances on a 13-year-old cheerleader. Harris, who was 19 at the time, was soliciting photos and videos from the minor on Snapchat in 2018. The charge also states that Harris confronted the young cheerleader in the bathroom at a cheerleading event and asked for solicited oral sex.

The news continues to shock and surprise people on social media.

The news broke earlier this week that the FBI had opened an investigation into Harris because of a complaint filed claiming the sexual misconduct. The charge includes several photos, videos, and messages sent between Harris and minors demanding sexually explicit images from the minors.

Original: Cheerleading star Jerry Harris, 21, gained national attention earlier this year when he was introduced to Netflix viewers in a six-part docuseries called “Cheer.” The series followed the nationally ranked Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team as they prepared for a Daytona Beach competition. Fans of the show became captivated by Harris a cheerleader whose positivity and energy seemed utterly contagious. Soon after his appearance on the show, Harris rocketed to stardom and made appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” nabbed interviews with Variety magazine, and even made a guest appearance on the cheerleading themed song “Mas(k)ot” by Todrick Hall.

A recent revelation however is revealing that Harris’ standing as a lovable household name is no longer.

Recently, fans of Harris learned of an FBI investigation into him is underway and regards allegations that the celebrity cheerleader solicited sexually explicit photos as well as sex from minors.

In a statement to USA Today, Siobhan Johnson, a FBI special agent and public affairs officer said that “The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area.”

Harris has not been criminally charged.

The criminal investigation stems from allegations brought forward by 14-year-old twin brothers. The two minors claim that Harris made them endure a pattern of harassment, both online and at cheer competitions. The two claim the harassment started when they were 13 and Harris was 19 and continued for over a year.

At the start of August, Varsity Brands, a private company that governs the cheerleading industry, reported to police in Florida and Texas that its Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart had learned of “inappropriate sexual conduct” allegations against Harris. Brillhart reported the information to police officials as required by law.

“Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to have sex with him in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions,” reports USA Today.

“As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future,” Brillhart wrote.

Brillhart described Harris as a former employee and emphasized that he was no longer actively working for Varsity at the time of when the alleged incidents took place.

The current lawsuit against Harris claims that the Netflix star solicited explicit photos from the twin brothers and also asked one of the twins for oral sex.

So far, Harris has denied the accusations.

“We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager,” a spokesperson for Harris said in a statement to Variety. “We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.”

The twin brothers are seeking $1 million in damages.

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