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Here are 22 Reality TV Shows to Enhance Your Drama-Free Life

Reality TV is seriously our generation’s version of la telenovela, but it’s so much juicer because its “real life.” These shows will get you through the end of Mercury in retrograde (April 15), so hole up this weekend, and be grateful to not be involved in this drama.

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1. VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Miami”

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“Love & Hip Hop” has a special place in my heart for bringing us stars like Amara La Negra, Cardi B. and all the spin-off shows in between. Pick a “Love & Hip Hop,” any “Love & Hip Hop” and let the drama become one with you.

2. FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance”

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If you and your tias aren’t already betting on whose going to win and swearing to boycott the show almost every week they send someone home, then please introduce this show to your family traditions. It’s got all of America’s favorites: inspiring stories, moves like JLo, and even lyrical dancing to Maya Angelou.

3. Netflix’s “Girls Incarcerated”

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Netflix killed it with this one. It’s the kind of reality TV that will break your heart and mend it all over again. This docu-type series peers into the lives of the young women, almost exclusively POC, at the best girls’ detention facility in the country.

4. NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice”

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LMFAO, JK. Would you have ever guessed America would vote for this host to be president? Well, we didn’t because he lost the popular vote, but the world is in flames, so who’s counting.

5. The Food Networks’ “Worst Celebrity Cooks”

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This one is premiering this weekend with Latoya Jackson and you know I’ll be eating my perfectly simmered rice & beans with evenly fried plantains.

6. National Geographic’s “Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan”

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While this show ended back in 2012, it’s still streaming on Hulu and still not helping me train my yappy dogs. This show just confirms my abuela’s suspicions that Cesar Milan is St. Francis reincarnate performing milagros on reality TV. De acuerdo, Nana.

7. ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

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Every time a Latino celebrity makes the show, I start doing my TD dance, because you already know whose going to slay this season. #TheseHipsDontLie

8. E!’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”

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They are America’s new Kennedy fam, and tbh I’m here for a family of color full of female entrepreneurs living their best lives. Watch KIUTK to stay in the innerworkings of someone else’s family drama or be like me and just get your news from the inevitable memes.

9. The Discovery Channel’s “The Last Alaskans”

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Guys, this show is ~bananas~ for real, and these two are my couple dynamic goals. Just fast forward through the hunting scenes and watch these families survive in the remote tundra of Alaska.

10. mitú and go90’s “High Cuisine”

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Shameless self-promotion, but really this show is for you, our high supporters of vegan cuisine. Two chefs will battle head-to-head in a “high” stakes cooking challenge, where they must create vegan dishes for celebrity judges while high out of their minds. For real.

11. VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop: New York”

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It’s the show that brought Cardi B. to our living rooms for the first time, and we’re not letting it out of our sight. God bless #LHHNY forever and ever, ámen.

12. FOX’s “Master Chef Junior”

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Nobody’s got time for all these British white dudes with superiority complexes, BUT, throw in some adorable masterful kiddos and bro is cool as a cucumber. Let the memes flourish from this one.

13. E!’s “Christina Milian Turned Up”

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Ever wondered what happened to Christina Milan? Now you don’t have to! She’s letting us in on her whoooole life on “Christina Milan Turned Up.” But first, watch Be Cool to see her perform with Steven Tyler.

14. VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”

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The  women in this show are ? e v e r y t h i n g ?. Look out for Joseline Hernandez reppin’ all the bisexual boricuas out there and looking bae af.

15. VH1’s “Teyana & Iman”

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This is a brand new reality show that is #relationshipgoals af. Afro-Trinidadian Teyana Taylor is a famous choreographer (think Beyonce and Chris Brown famous) and her hubbie, Iman is a baller. Watch them sass each other, love each other, and nurture their baby girl, Junie, and try to hold it together for the week between each episode.

16. Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid”

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AHHH, this show is freakin’ savage. Premise: release one man & one woman, both strangers to each other, butt-ass naked in a random remote wilderness and see if they can survive three weeks out there. But watch from the comfort of your own home. #key 😉

17. Netflix’s “Queer Eye”

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To recover from “Naked and Afraid,” this Netflix reboot of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” will make you feel sparkly and new. Set aside time for the inevitable hours you’ll want to spend organizing your house, journalling, and food prepping. This show seriously had me crying and laughing, sometimes at the same time.

18. NBC’s “The Voice”

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Because talent competition shows are truly life. The drama is usually something inspiring, and so are their voices. Oh, and this is a show where the popular vote actually counts. 🙂 #VoteLatino

19. VH1’s “America’s Next Top Model”

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A show that needs no description. You can binge watch a decade and half of this show, still airing, on Hulu. Beware of disordered eating, however, and have “Real Women Have Curves” at the ready if you start comparing your sexy Latina body to anyone else’s. You beautiful, boo.

20. VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race”

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Seriously, no description needed here. You’ve essentially already seen this show parceled into memes, but watching it in one fell stream is life-giving and empowering. Latinas like Carmen Carrera have competed on this show to go on to model for major brands and give trans people more visibility.

21. Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Miami”

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Escape to a tropical, fiery place with (I can’t censor the feminist in me) problematic stereotypes of “Spicy Latinas,” and then watch “Jane the Virgin” to balance your internal scales. TBH, we need both to stay balanced.

22. VH1’s “Lala’s Full Court Life”

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I seriously browsed past this show so many times because I thought it was a reality show in courtrooms. Nope, follow Latina Lala Anthony’s life as a mother, wife of a basketball star, and reality TV star in her own right.

Let’s take a moment to be grateful you can go to the grocery store in your pajamas because that’s the only way we want to participate in reality TV.

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We Have a Conversation With Bachelorette Clare Crawley About Diversity, Her Identity, and Her Status As the First Latina Lead: ‘I Embrace It’

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We Have a Conversation With Bachelorette Clare Crawley About Diversity, Her Identity, and Her Status As the First Latina Lead: ‘I Embrace It’

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When Clare Crawley was announced in March as the newest “Bachelorette” for the popular reality TV series, the media wanted to focus on one thing and one thing only: her age. At 39-years-old, Crawley is the show’s oldest Bachelorette to date. And the network doesn’t want you to forget it. 

Promo materials included Crawley posing as Mrs. Robinson from “The Graduate”. The tagline was “It’s about time” (Because she’s waited so long…get it? Yeah, neither do we). The resounding narrative was that, because of her age, this is her last chance at love. Which, for the record, is patently false.

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But coincidentally Crawley has another, much more exciting “first” under her belt: born to an American father and a Mexican mother, Clare Crawley is the franchise’s first Latina Bachelorette.

In an exclusive interview with Mitú, Crawley told us that her status as the first Latina Bachelorette is a happy accident. “That’s not something that was ever really brought up to me or ever even made a point,” she said of her casting. But it is a coincidence that she fully embraces. “I would gladly take the Latina Bachelorette!” she said, laughing. “That’s way better than saying I’m the oldest Bachelorette!”

Crawley knows that her fair-haired, light-skinned appearance might confuse some viewers about her heritage. When asked if she ever struggled with her identity (as many children of mixed-race parents have reported), Crawley said she never had that problem. “No, no, no. I embraced it. This is something that I’ve always talked about, it’s part of my everyday life.”

Crawley went on to describe the customs and traditions she experiences as a woman of Mexican descent. “My mom speaks Spanish all the time and lots of foods we ate growing up [were Mexican]. It was definitely something in my life throughout.”

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She then lovingly described her favorite (and familiar) Mexican tradition: making tamales with her (five!) older sisters during Christmastime. “And when I say we make tamales, I mean, we literally make like 12 dozen of them. So, we make them for all our friends, everyone wants them.”

Although Clare grew up in a mixed-race household, she explained that she was largely unaware of the challenges her mother faced as a Mexican woman trying to make a life for herself in conservative Georgia.

“Back in the day, just because [my mother’s] skin was darker, people [in Georgia] didn’t talk to her. People didn’t want to hang out with her. It was really hard for her,” Crawley told Mitú. “It was something I didn’t realize affected her…Because when you think of racism or that kind of stuff, it’s not just towards one race.” Crawley’s family ended up moving to Sacramento–a community that proved to be more accepting of her mother’s heritage.

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Crawley, for her part, knows that when many people think of a “typical” Latina woman, the image of her isn’t the first one that comes to mind. But as we know, there is no such thing as a “typical” Latina.

“[People] look at my skin color, they look at my hair color, or eye color, and automatically just say: ‘Oh, this white girl’. And they’ll make jokes and they’ll make off-handed things like that, but they have no idea. And I speak up, and I say it, and I defend it because it’s definitely something I’m proud of.”

And to the critics that say she’s “not Latina enough” because of the way she looks, she pays them no mind. “I think that’s their problem, not mine,” she says. “Because there’s no denying what my genetics and my DNA are. So if people have a problem with it or challenge it or question it, I think it’s just ignorant.”

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As for “The Bachelor” franchise and their push for more diversity (they finally casted their first Black “Bachelor”), Clare is hopeful. “I want people to be aware, more and more, that it’s 2020 and here moving forward…embrace diversity. Because everybody, every age, every shape, everything you can imagine, people in general are worthy of love.”

And as for the future Bachelorette (which if rumors are to be believed, will come sooner rather than later), Crawley has this piece of advice for her: “Follow your gut.”

“At the end of the day, you need to do what’s best for yourself,” she explained to Mitú. “Because you’re the one you have to go to bed with at night. Your conscience, your heart is the one that you have to live with…You have to live your life in a way that honors yourself. So, stand by that and you won’t regret it.”

You can catch “The Bachelorette” every Tuesday on ABC at 8p.m.

*This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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Everything You Need to Know About Clare Crawley, the First Latina ‘Bachelorette’

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Everything You Need to Know About Clare Crawley, the First Latina ‘Bachelorette’

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On Tuesday night, the newest season of “The Bachelorette” premiered and, as usual, ABC is promising that this will be the most dramatic season ever. And although the show made headlines recently for finally casting their first Black male lead, it has also broken down another barrier. This season’s lead, Clare Crawley, will be the first Latina Bachelorette.

There has been little fanfare about Crawley’s status as the first Latina Bachelorette. Instead, people have been focusing on what is supposed to be a bizarre season. Rumor has it that Clare falls in love-at-first-sight with one of the contestants and cuts her season short. But still, we might be more excited about the fact that she is Latina!

Clare Crawley was born and raised in Sacramento to her Mexican-born mother, Lilia, and her American-born father, James.

When Clare Crawley first appeared on Juan Pablo Galavis’s season in 2014 (who was the first Latino Bachelor), she revealed that her mother was Mexican. Before she left for the show, viewers even saw Crawley’s mother suggesting that she bond with Galavis by speaking Spanish to him.

Although we never saw Claire speak Spanish with Juan Pablo, we did get to see her mother have a brief conversation with him in their native tongue (which was adorable).

Unfortunately, Crawley and Galavis did not work out, and the break up culminated in the legendary moment when Clare told Juan Pablo off for eliminating her after leading her on.

“I lost respect for you,” she infamously told him in the series finale. “What you just made me go through? I would never want my children having a father like you.” The epic speech instantly made her a fan-favorite.

Clare Crawley is the youngest of six sisters, whom she says she hangs out with “all the time.”

Her father passed away from brain cancer in 2004, and she still feels the pain of that loss. Also, on Tuesday night’s season premiere, she revealed that her mother is currently battling Alzheimer’s and dementia. Right before Clare went into quarantine before filming, her mother suffered a nasty fall, which Clare admitted took a mental and emotional toll on her.

We also know, based off her social media, how proud she is of her Mexican heritage.

When she appeared on “Bachelor in Paradise” in 2015 (which films in Mexico), she tweeted about how “beautiful” her “homeland” is.

Clare also consistently posts delicious-looking photos on her Instagram of authentic Mexican food.

Usually, these posts happen around the holiday season when Crawley and her family are gathering together and practicing Mexican traditions–like tamales and pan dulce at Christmas.

We can’t wait to watch the rest of this season! We hope Clare shares more about her culture with “The Bachelorette” viewers.

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