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Your One And Only Source Into Manhattan’s Elite Is Coming Back—And This Time The Show Will Feature Non-White Leads

Hello Upper East siders, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite is coming back. The early 2010s series based around a group of filthy rich, super privileged —and mostly white— teenagers is the latest victim of the reboot contagion. We hear that the brand new reimagining of the show, will feature more people of color, as well as queer content —and hopefully…there will be no disappointing finale like last time.

Manhattan’s scandalous elite is back at it with the drama and intrigue.

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The group of privileged teens living on the Upper East Side of New York who couldn’t hide any secrets from the ruthless and anonymous blogger ‘Gossip Girl’ is coming back! —If you were a teen at the time, you probably already know what I’m talking about. Gossip Girl marked an entire generation of fashion-obsessed teens —Serena’s bouncy blonde hair and Blaire’s signature headbands were all over Tumblr and Pinterest, they were ‘friendship goals’ before the term was even invented.

During Vulture Festival last week, Joshua Safran, the producer and writer behind the revival series, revealed that the reboot will be a lot more diverse and that all the leads will be nonwhite.

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““There was not a lot of representation the first time around on the show. I was the only gay writer I think the entire time I was there. Even when I went to private school in New York in the ’90s, the school didn’t necessarily reflect what was on Gossip Girl,” Safran said. “So, this time around the leads are nonwhite. There’s a lot of queer content on this show. It is very much dealing with the way the world looks now, where wealth and privilege come from, and how you handle that. The thing I can’t say is there is a twist, and that all relates to the twist.”

Safran was unable to share more about the twist, but it has been confirmed that the reboot is set to take place at Constance Billard School. 

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The show creators are taking us back to the halls of Constance Billard (!!!) and we can’t wait to find out who will be Queen B this time around. Who are the queen’s minions? Will we still see them sitting on the stairs of the MET?

For the new series, Safran wants to delve deeper into the current relationship that teens have with social media and how it affects them. 

HBO Max reports that the reboot “will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years. “I’m just also interested in high school juniors having a million Twitter and Instagram followers, you know? What is that like? Which was not at all possible the first time around? I just feel like there’s so much to look at,” Safran explained. He also shared that there is a possibility that the original cast might return due to the fact that the show is set at the same school. And we cannot wait to find out what Blair and Serena have been up to.

Although many details are being kept secret, one major piece of news has finally been confirmed. 

According to TV Line, Kristen Bell will be returning to reprise her role as the series’ iconic narrator. “Kristen Bell has always been and will always be the voice of Gossip Girl,” said Josh Schwartz, one of the creators of the show, during a summer press tour. 

Hopefully, this time around, the grand finale doesn’t turn out to be a disappointing one.

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And though it’s been seven years since the identity of Gossip Girl was revealed in the 2012 series finale —yes, I’m keeping count— fans are still shaken to their core by the revelation that (spoiler alert!) Dan Humphrey was behind the blog all along. The announcement of the reboot sparks a little beacon of joy in my heart, in hopes that this time, the show will be more inclusive, diverse and that it won’t mess up the ending for us all yet again.

An official premiere date for the new HBO Max version of Gossip Girl is yet to be announced, so stay tuned while we wait for more details to surface. Xoxo, GG.

A Look Back At ‘The Proud Family’ And Everything We Loved About The Show

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A Look Back At ‘The Proud Family’ And Everything We Loved About The Show

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Disney Channel had an iconic moment during the 1990s and early 2000s. The channel gave use Disney Original Movies that we still remember to this day. Not to mention, the network was pumping out some of the best TV shows animated and live-action. One of those shows that will always be in our mind is “The Proud Family.”

Let’s start with singing along to one of the most iconic theme songs of TV history.

Brought to you by none other than Solange and Destiny’s Child, “The Proud Family” theme song is something you will never forget. Be honest. As soon as this song started playing, all of the words have come flooding back to you and you’re singing along.

This show brought Black culture to the Disney audience like never before.

There is a reason that people are so connected to the show. It was fun, authentic, and delivered by the best cast imaginable.

Of course, so many of us clung to the Afro-Latino Boulevardez family.

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LaCienega Boulevardez was one of Penny’s closest friends and her neighbor. Her parents, Felix and Sunset Boulevardez, along with her abuelo Papi, were always involved with the shenanigans with the Proud family one way or the other. It was a moment in time when we were able to see an Afro-Latino family represented like every other family but with two cultures instead of one.

And it wasn’t until we were older that we got the joke about their names.

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La Cienega and Sunset boulevards are major roads in Los Angeles and La Cienega deadends into Sunset in West Hollywood. That’s right. The daughter and mother from the Boulevardez family are named after two major LA roads.

Alisa Reyes gave her voice to LaCienega Boulevardez.

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The “All That” cast member is the woman behind the iconic Disney cartoon character. Since the show, Reyes has continued acting and has become a musician. If you want to check out her music, you can check out her video for her single “Sexy Hot” here.

Sunset Boulevardez was voiced by Maria Canals-Barrera.

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Before “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” Canals-Barrera was Sunset Boulevardez. Honestly, one of the most iconic Disney moms ever.

Who else knew that Carlos Mencia was the voice behind Felix Boulevardez.

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Now that I listen to it, I can definitely hear it. It wasn’t long after the start of “The Proud Family” that Mencia’s career really took off.

LaCienega Boulevardez holds a very important place in television history, even if she had big feet.

It was one of the first times young Afro-Latina viewers could see themselves finally represented on television. The character existing on a children’s cartoon show makes it even more impactful. It is a storyline and identity so rarely seen on television at the time.

The show included Afro-Latino celebrities into the story with well-placed cameos.

Who could possibly forget Mariah Carey playing Mariah Carey? Her pet monkey François was sick and, fortunately, Dr. Trudy Proud was able to help Carey’s pet get better.

In the time of reboots and revivals, it is nice to go back and revisit some of your faves exactly as they were. All these years later, “The Proud Family” continues to be one of those shows we all love and remember.

Who else remembers watching “The Proud Family” when they were younger?

READ: 25 Latino TV And Movie Characters That Stole Your Niñez

Walter Mercado Was An Iconic Astrologer And A Gender Nonconforming Legend And Now There’s A Documentary About Him Coming To Netflix

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Walter Mercado Was An Iconic Astrologer And A Gender Nonconforming Legend And Now There’s A Documentary About Him Coming To Netflix

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Walter Mercado was a source of wisdom. His horoscopes eased many Latinxs into New Years, months and days full of new possibilities and opportunities. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, Walter was a celebrated daily part of Latino culture—until last November, when he sadly passed away. But his legacy lives on, and this year, he’s getting his own Netflix documentary. Here’s everything we know so far about “Mucho Mucho Amor.”

Late television personality and astrologer Walter Mercado is the subject of a Netflix documentary.

Extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer, psychic, and gender nonconforming legend Walter Mercado charmed the world for over 30 years with his televised horoscopes. And this summer, a the feature-length documentary based on the life and work of the iconic astrologer, “Mucho Mucho Amor” will stream on Netflix. And it’s scheduled to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film was selected to premiere at the 2020 Sundance Festival.

The independent-film festival announced its lineup earlier this month, and Miami is well represented among the 118 films selected. Although Mucho Mucho Amor might seem timely in light of the astrologer’s passing in November, Tabsch and his codirector and coproducer — Cristina Constantini and Alex Fumero — have been working on it for more than two years.

The film explores Walter’s complex story.

“Mucho Mucho Amor”, follows Mercado’s story, from the rural sugarcane fields of Puerto Rico to international astrology superstardom, rising above homophobia and the heteronormative beliefs of the Latino society with a message of love and hope. “If you think about the way he came on television, starting from 50 years ago,” said one of the film’s directors, Kareem Tabsch in an interview with WLRN, “he blended gender expressions — the masculine with the feminine on Latino television, which is very macho-centric.”

The film was directed by two Latinx co-directors.

Kareem Tabsch and Cristina Costantini (Science Fair, Festival Favorite Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival) both set out to create “Mucho Mucho Amor” as a love letter to Walter Mercado.  “He was uniquely his own. In a very macho Latino culture, he presented his nonbinary gender expression, and it was so brave,” Tabsch said to Miami New Times.

“Mucho Mucho Amor” unpicks how Walter Mercado became an icon of gender-fluidity for an entire generation.

The filmmakers, who grew up watching him with their abuelitos, craft a film with levity and a playful spirit. Light-years ahead of his time, Walter has become a nostalgic cult icon of self-expression and positivity for the gender-fluid youth of today.

And indeed, Walter Mercado induces millennial Latinos into deep nostalgia.

For Latino audiences, Mercado also represents a form of warm nostalgia. “You think of Walter today, and so many of us think of our abuelitas,” the Cuban-American filmmaker says in an interview with Miami New Times. “The memory takes us back to childhood. It takes us back to sitting with our grandparents. In making this film, we realized that was a universal experience [for Latinos].”

The director also spoke about the significance of premiering their film at Sundance.

The fact that an international film festival of Sundance’s prominence has recognized a film such as Mucho Mucho Amor is an important win for not only Tabsch and his team but also Latino culture. “It’s a huge recognition not just for Miami film, but for film created by, for, and about Latinos,” Tabsch says. “We’re telling our own stories.”

The film premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24 and runs through January 31. It will be available on Netflix this summer.