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‘The L Word: Generation Q’ Trailer Is Here And There Are Latinas Playing Latinas

We all knew Showtime was creating a sequel series to “The L Word,” the first-ever primetime television series that starred actual lesbians, but we didn’t know it’d air so soon. Earlier this week, Showtime released an extended trailer for “The L Word: Generation Q” along with the news that the iconic second installment would air on Dec. 8. 

The show is set to take place ten years later and represents a new generation of queer women. As iconic as West Hollywood is to the LGBTQ+ community of Los Angeles, our generation knows that Silver Lake is where you can really let your armpit hair grow out and find young love. Oh, and you can’t have a show set on the East Side of Los Angeles without a crew of Latinas to adequately represent the culture.

We can expect our favorite lesbians to return to the show, and we love how their lives have developed.

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Jennifer Beals returns as Bette Porter, who, of course, is running for Mayor of Los Angeles, ensuring that “The L Word” will remain true to its nature as a political platform for LGBTQ+ issues. Kate Moening is forever Shane McCutcheon and is continuing to thrive as a hairdresser. Leisha Hailey will play Alice Pieszecki, who has fully blossomed into the bisexual talk show host we all knew she’d become.

Then, there’s the new generation of queer. Rosanny Zayas will be playing Sophie Suarez, a TV producer.

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You might recognize her from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” as Daisy. Otherwise, this is Zayas’ breakout role. Zayas is Dominican, and by the looks of her Instagram, is struggling to be a Latina de las islas in California. In a selfie with a friend, Zayas posted, “the only Dominicans in Cali!!!!! Where are theyyyy!!!! I’m a little kid lost in the giant supermarket of California!!”

Arienne Mandi will be playing Dani Nuñez, a Public Relations Executive.

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According to Deadline, Dani will be a “powerful and calculating PR executive whose ambition is only tested by her conscience.” We love a strong Latina. Mandi is best known for her lead role in the indie feature film “Baja.” She’s also appeared on “Hawaii Five-0,” “NCIS,” and “NCIS: LA.”

We can also expect Freddy Miyares, made famous in Netflix’s “When They See Us,” to appear in five episodes.

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Miyares will play José Garcia, “a charming and kind artist who is trying to move on from his complicated past.” Meanwhile, Carlos Leal, best known from “Better Call Saul,” will have a recurring role as Rodolfo, “a strong-willed, manipulative CEO who strives to provide what he thinks is best for his family.”

Oh, and remember Bette and Tina’s daughter, Angelica? 

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While it looks like Tina won’t be making a reappearance in the show, we’ll get to see Angelica navigate the world as a strong-willed teenager. Angelica, who goes by “Angie” now, will be played by Jordan Hull. We’re waiting at the edge of our seats to see how the showrunners clean up the mess Tina left behind. #TeamBette

Needless to say, the gay Internet is having a moment.

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We have an air date now, you guys! We’re already planning the premiere watch party. The trailer gave us all a glimpse into the lives that our veteran lesbians went on to make for themselves. So, that’s emotional. “I’M CRYING, LITERALLY CRYING, THERE ARE TEARS RUNNING DOWN MY FACE,” tweets one Leticia. To top it off, the new cast seems to actually represent the undeniable Latinidad of Los Angeles. “Yah, I’m getting chicana #TheLWord vibes #LatinxWomxnMagic,” tweets ‘Kween’.

For those of us who started to peek open the closet door because of “The L Word,” enjoying its sequel will be a reclamation of the experience.

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Thankfully, Hollywood has since gifted the queer Latinx community FX’s “Pose,” Starz’s “Vida,” and Pop!’s “One Day at a Time.” No matter how “The L Word” lives up to the current high bar, we have mad respect.

You can watch “The L Word: Generation Q” on Sunday, December 8 at 10pm ET/PT, only on Showtime.

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The series will be a mere eight episodes long, in comparison to the twelve to thirteen episodes granted per season of the original. The sequel series is being executive produced by Marja-Lewis Ryan, famous for her work on “The Four-Faced Liar” and “6 Balloons.” Original series creator Ilene Chaiken continues to play a major hand in the production of its sequel.

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How ‘Latinx With Plants’ Bloomed From Instagram To An L.A. Shop Reconnecting The Gente To Plant Healing Properties

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How ‘Latinx With Plants’ Bloomed From Instagram To An L.A. Shop Reconnecting The Gente To Plant Healing Properties

Growing up, Andi Xoch’s aunt encouraged her to speak to plants. Her relatives usually laughed at the sight of a woman talking to her in-house flowers, but Xoch was intrigued. As a little girl, she acknowledged that there was life inside the pots, so conversing with them seemed standard. More than two decades later, that seed of curiosity about flora bloomed into Latinx with Plants, a digital community and IRL Los Angeles-based shop that teaches Latinxs of their ancestral relationship with herbage.

Sprouted in the spring of 2019, Latinx with Plants started as an account on Instagram. Through the page, Xoch wanted to provide representation of Latinx plant parents that she felt was lacking despite the community’s deep and vast connection with herbs and gardening.

“We’ve had a long connection with plants even before the trend started,” Xoch, a Mexico City-born, L.A.-raised organizer and artist, tells FIERCE.

“I wanted to represent that, to show that we’ve been part of this world even if it’s not presented in an Instagrammable form.”

For the past few years, so-called plant porn has dominated Instagram content. With hashtags like #plantgang and #urbanjungles, the growing trend has helped produce a new generation of young people with green fingers that are boosting sales of houseplants and inspiring even the basement recluse to be a plant parent. In fact, a National Gardening report found that 83 percent of the people in the U.S. who took up gardening in 2016 were between the ages of 18 and 34. Even more, it reported that 37 percent of millennials grow herbs and plants indoors, more than the 28 percent of baby boomers who do the same.

However, with the exception of a few accounts, including Xoch’s friend D’Real who created @blackwithplants and inspired her to make a similar account, many of these digital spaces are overwhelmingly white. This, Xoch says, ignores the history Latinxs have with plants and the sustainable practices they developed while gardening for decades.

“You walk onto our people’s front yards and you see their food: plantains, avocados [and] chayotes. And it’s all sustainable; they use pots made out of buckets and cans. It’s beautiful,” the 32-year-old says. “This is who we are. This is our culture.”

As Latinxs, Xoch says that our Indigenous roots have been forgotten or intentionally kept from us but that we can reconnect to our origins through inherited practices. Among them is ancestral medicines. At her shop, several elders come in and casually inform Xoch about the healing properties of her different plants. While the whitewashed mainstream plant blogosphere has co-opted much of the everyday traditions practiced within low-income communities of color, she finds comfort in knowing that these remedies are being passed down across generations through word of mouth and are not being commodified. 

These informal educational encounters is one of the reasons why Xoch established her brick and mortar in August. Aside from selling an array of plants at the Boyle Heights-located shop, she wanted to create a space where new plant parents and señora gardeners can enter and feel welcomed, experience the joyous power of verdure and learn from one another. 

She says that her mission is to build community and help people who feel depressed, anxious and alone, particularly amid the Covid-19 pandemic, experience the healing power of plants.

“Plants can be an asset to you because, whether you think it’s just for the plant’s sake to be alive, you are actually participating in a self-care act by nurturing your plant,” Xoch says. “They force you to get up every day and help you realize a lot of beautiful things about yourself that you forget to acknowledge: the caregiving, the attention, the love, the dancing, the singing — all the things that make it bloom are also exercises in self-love, self-care and self-preservation.” 

A newbie business owner, Xoch says she now has another objective, though: to offer a non-traditional example of success and to be honest about the struggles of entrepreneurship. 

On paper, Xoch’s road to becoming a boss seems swift and simple: She learned the location of a potential property on a Sunday, visited it on Monday, signed her lease on Wednesday and opened up shop the following weekend. However, the reality is much more complicated. A high school dropout, her lifelong dream to open a business was halted because she lacked the confidence, capital and connections to get started. Even when she did launch the store, the experience was far from easy. Xoch opened her small business from the ground up on a tight budget amid a pandemic and while her father sat ill at a hospital where doctors thought he would die.

“I want people to know this is real shit that people go through. We have the load of the world on us, we are caring for our relatives and we are trying to make sure our business is doing well,” she says. “I walk in [my store] and that alone is defying the odds.”


Follow Latinx with Plants on Instagram. For those in Los Angeles, visit the shop, which is complying with Covid-19 regulations and operating by appointment only, at 2117 E Cesar Chavez Ave.

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This Is A Story All About How A Viral Youtube Video Became The Next ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

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This Is A Story All About How A Viral Youtube Video Became The Next ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

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That’s right the 90s classic starring Will Smith is being flipped-turned upside down into a dramatic television series.

You might remember a year ago when a creative YouTube trailer of a dramatic version of the beloved series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” went viral. When the original trailer first came out, fans could not stop talking about the accurate POV the series presented of the original NBC comedy. The fresh trailer clipped out the goofy and playful nature that a young Will Smith presented in the original series and revealed a much more dramatic reimagining of the series about a street-wise teen who moved from West Philadelphia to Bel Air, California. The trailer was such a success among fans that it went so far as to capture the attention of the original star of the series.

Now, the series that catapulted Will Smith to stardom is getting a remake.

The new series called “Bel-Air” is described as a “dramatic take” on the former series that ran for six seasons.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new series has been in the works for well over a year after the four-minute trailer went viral last March. The creator behind the series, Morgan Cooper, has been a longtime Fresh Prince fan and directed and posted the trailer which reimagined the series with much darker undertones. Cooper will produce the series alongside the original Will Smith. He will also co-write and direct.

What’s more, the new series is headed back home

Just a month ago the repackaged drama is being shopped to streamers and will be co-produced by Smith’s Westbrook Studios and the original producer of the series: Universal TV.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Peacock, Netflix and HBO Max were some of the top streamers bidding on the series. “HBO Max is the current streaming home for the original series,” THR reports. “Bel-Air is described as an hourlong dramatic retelling of the beloved ’90s sitcom that leans into the original premise of Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.”

Earlier this week, Will Smith announced on his YouTube Channel that the new series has been signed to Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service.

“We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season order from a pitch,” Smith announced in the video. “I’ve been in this business for 30 years, and that does not happen.”

Speaking about his excitement over seeing his classic series get a modern twist, Smith said “The Carlton character — a Black, young Republican, modern-day? The heat that will be stirred up between these characters. It’s like, what’s the Hilary character in a world of Instagram and social media?”

Besides Smith, the new series will see original participants such as Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and creators Andy & Susan Borowitzreturn return as executive producers.

You may remember that the original “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” series ran for six seasons from 1990-1996 on NBC. At the time it was produced by Jones and Warner Bros. TV and it starred young Will Smith as the titular character “Will Smith” and featured actors James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell, Janet Hubert-Whitten and Daphne Maxwell Reid.

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