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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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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

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Who Is Mari Pepin? Everything You Need to Know About the Puerto Rican Beauty Queen and ‘The Bachelor’ Frontrunner

As you probably know by now, a new season of the never-ending reality series “The Bachelor” has just started.

And this season is destined to be especially exciting–not just because of the promise of non-stop drama, but because the franchise has finally hired its first Black male lead, Matt James, after 18 years on the air.

And with the first Black “Bachelor” comes the most diverse group of contestants competing for the lead’s heart that they’ve ever had.

And one of the contestants that is capturing the hearts of both fans and Matt James alike is 24-year-old Puerto Rican-born pageant queen Mariela “Mari” Pepin.

On this season’s premiere episode of “The Bachelor”, Mari was immediately clocked by viewers as one of the front runners by the way that Matt reacted to meeting her. The former Wake Forest wide receiver was struck speechless by her beauty and couldn’t keep his eyes off her when she parted ways with him. It was obvious that Mari had made quite the first impression on him.

And because we love to see #representation on screen (and especially on reality TV), we decided to do our due diligence and find out as much as we could about this gorgeous and accomplished Latina. Here’s everything you need to know about Mari Pepin.

She’s Boricua–and proud of it!

Something that immediately endeared Mari to fans was the fact that she is so vocally proud of being Puerto Rican. In her first sit-down conversation with Matt, she opened up about how hard its been for her family to live through the relentless natural disasters that the island is going through.

She’s a military brat.

According to Mari’s personal blog, she spent the first few years of her life in PR before relocating to Germany because of her father’s military career. According to Mari, her unique childhood contributed to her love of traveling as an adult.

She was 2019’s Miss Maryland USA.

According to Mari’s official “Bachelor” bio, she began competing in pageants when she moved to Maryland as a teenager. She won Miss Teen Maryland and then went on to win the title of Miss Maryland. After that, she placed in the Top 10 of the Miss USA competition.

She’s wicked smart.

According to Mari’s LinkedIn page, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Towson University and she’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Intelligence from the same institution. It’s safe to say she values education.

She’s multilingual.

Not only does Mari speak both Spanish and English flawlessly, but she’s also fluent in French and American Sign Language.

Based on all this info alone, we can’t wait to see Mari Pepin crush this season of “The Bachelor”. Hopefully, this Boricua beauty will be popping up a lot on our screens for years to come!

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Cardi B Has New Beef And This Time It’s With Peppa The Pig

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Cardi B Has New Beef And This Time It’s With Peppa The Pig

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By now we’re all probably used to hearing about Cardi B’s drama and it takes a lot to surprise us anymore. But I think few of us would have expected the latest celebrity feud that Cardi would get into.

The “WAP” raptress was recently lamenting about the trials and tribulations of the motherhood when she straight up put Peppa the Pig on blast. Apparently, daughter Kulture has been getting into the hit kids TV show and getting a few new habits that mom Cardi just can’t deal with.

Cardi B puts Peppa the Pig on blast for influencing Kulture in surprising ways.

On Sunday night, rapper Cardi B hilariously announced that she’s has had enough of the pink animated character’s influence on her 2-year-old daughter Kulture’s behavior.

“My baby been watching peppa pig and now Everytime she sees a wetpuddle she wants to stomp on top of it,” Cardi B complained in a tweet, adding her daughter’s UGG boots were damaged. “Deum you peppa pig … COUNT YOUR F—IN DAYS!”

The threat lit up social media with many relating to the mud puddle drama that Peppa the Pig has inflicted upon families around the world.

Apprently, Peppa has a thing for muddy puddles and Kulture is picking up the habit.

Peppa has been known to say, “I love muddy puddles.” Her mom, Mummy Pig, does remind her to wear her boots — but in Kulture’s defense, she doesn’t specify that they should be waterproof.

Peppa’s influence reaches far and wide. She has 21 million YouTube subscribers and is a billion-dollar industry that includes movies, music, books, toys, and theme parks. Meeting Peppa “was like meeting the Pope,” one dad who took his daughter to Peppa Pig World in Hampshire, England, told The Guardian.

Many of her American and Canadian toddler fans have started speaking in a British accent or adopting British phrases after watching the show. There’s something very charming but slightly sinister about hearing a little kid who’s never left Ontario talking about their “swimming costume” or telling their parents to get “all this rubbish off the table.”

Peppa seems to have plenty of other parents on edge for the puddle love as well.

And it’s quite obvious from all the drama on social media that Cardi B isn’t the only parent to share these same feelings about Peppa. Her fans seemed to think the threat was pretty relatable, with one person replying, “Wait til she starts hanging up the phone like a savage,” along with a clip of Peppa.

“I thought I was the only parent struggling! My daughter swears I’m wrong for saying tomato. ‘nO mOmMy, iTs tA-MAHT-toe,’” #breasocool replied.

Another person responded that Peppa is a lot bigger than Cardi B probably thinks.

“Peppa big as hell,” @danigrilm_ replied with a picture of a website claiming the character is 7 feet 1 inch tall. “You might wanna rethink that.”

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