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Latino Journalists That You Should Follow On Twitter To Diversify Your News

It’s 2019 and we all have trust issues when it comes to the media, for valid reasons. For one, President Trump has named the media the enemy of the people and everyone’s racist tíos now have social media. If you haven’t Marie Kondo’ed your social media, yet, let me show you what a life-giving feed looks like. 

Each of these Latino journalists, editors, and bloggers have been lovingly considered and have passed the test. While they can’t control whether the news sparks joy, their delivery certainly does, and their audience is us, Latinos unidos.

Jorge Ramos | @jorgeramosnews

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Jorge Ramos is infamous for his hardline reporting and unapologetic interviewing. He and his team recently flew into Venezuela to interview Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. The interview must have been pretty damning because Maduro has yet to return their cameras and tape.

Maria Hinojosa | @Maria_Hinojosa

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President of Futuro Media and host of NPR’s podcast “Latino USA”, if you don’t already have Hinojosa in your ear, you need her on your feed. Above all, she’s a talented storyteller, and bring’s la gente’s stories to the world.

Arelis R. Hernández | @arelisrhdz

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Hernández is a reporter for The Washington Post, and her feed is a collection of her own investigative journalism along with all the RT’s you need to know about. Follow her for Washington politics.

Cristian Farias | @cristianfarias

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Cristian Farias is on The New York Times’ Editorial Board and is delivering all the law and justice issues you need to know about in plain language. This is the only update I could understand.

Eileen Truax | @EileenTruax

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A self-proclaimed “migration nerd,” Truax is hyper-focused on keeping migrants, Dreamers, and asylum-seekers in the news. She’s also here to deliver “#bilingualchisme.”

Alexis C. Madrigal | @alexismadrigal

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A staff writer for The Atlantic, this Mexican-American journalist is focused on how technology influences society. That means you’ll hear about how the small world of anti-vaxxers on social media are influencing a nation, the effects of social media on local elections, and yes, Facebook advertisements. Truly important stuff.

Marie D. De Jesús | @MarieDennise

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Marie Dennise is a photojournalist who has covered everything from Jay Z to cockfights. The Boricua’s photos speak for themselves, and you’ve probably already seen them on front covers.

Adolfo Flores | @aflores

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The National Security Correspondent for Immigration on Buzzfeed News, Flores primarily covers all the ways ICE is not doing its job and not being regulated to do so. Journalism is the only thing keeping ICE ‘in check’ (if that’s happening at all). Follow for real-time news.

Juan Brammer | @jpbrammer

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Juan Brammer is the person you need to follow for all queer Latinx chisme. He writes for Out Magazine, The Trevor Project, and even Food and Wine.

Soledad O’Brien | @soledadobrien

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Soledad O’Brien is an icon in her own right. She’s one of the first Afro-Latinas to make it on screen and own her own talk show. Her presence on Twitter deserves its own stage.

Marlena Fitzpatrick | @MarlenaFitz

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Fitzpatrick is known for her work in Enclave Magazine and Latino Rebels. She’s also known for her expertise in all things música. 

Esmeralda Bermudez | @LATbermudez

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If Latinos making news in entertainment is what sparks joy for you, then Salvadorian @LATbermudez is for you. She’s an LA Times staff writer focused on Latinos in entertainment. 

Vanessa Erazo | @infoCinelandia

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Self-described as the source for “everything on Latino film,” Erazo is the Film Editor of Remezcla and is also the Co-Director of Cinelandia USA. Dive deep into classics and new films alike with this movie buff.

Ashly Perez | @itsashlyperez

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I was shooketh when Buzzfeed let Perez go, simply because her work and her feed is artwork. Today, she’s a writer for Jennifer Lopez-produced series “Good Trouble,” but she’s plugged in as ever to the news that matters to Latinos and is worth the follow.

Andrea González-Ramírez | @andreagonram

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A journalist for Refinery29, @andreagonram is based in Puerto Rico, delivering on the ground news and updates that don’t typically make it stateside. You’ll hear news from her that you won’t hear anywhere else.

Ana Navarro | @ananavarro

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Navarro is a Republican news pundit and journalist that will not buy into conflated fear-mongering so common among Rep. pundits these days. Plus, she dog walks Trump like no other and I’m here for the roasts from his own party.

Matthew Yglesias | @mattyglesias

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One of the co-founders for Vox.com, Yglesias is well-versed in American policies that make poor people poorer. He wrote a book called “The Rent is Too Damn High” and you can guess that you’ll feel validated as heck following him.

Domenico Montanaro | @DomenicoNPR

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Based out of Washington, Montanaro is another leading journalist in all things politics. He’s currently publishing out of NPR and making the news make sense on Twitter since 2009.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | @AOC

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Okay, so AOC is no journalist, but she is reporting the Twitter news in politics faster than anyone else. She’s plugged in, and she’s calling people out. Her reports on politics have become the news. 

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Netflix Canceled 'One Day At A Time' And Fans Are Livid With The Network's Decision

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Netflix Canceled ‘One Day At A Time’ And Fans Are Livid With The Network’s Decision

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After three seasons, and minimal publicity, Netflix did not renew “One Day At A Time” for a fourth season.

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The streaming service claimed that there were not enough people watching the show to justify a fourth season telling the story of the Alvarez family. The show gave representation and touched on topics that are so important for the Latino and Cuban communities. The decision by Netflix is a heartbreaking one that has left all “One Day At A Time” fans confused, disappointed, and, unfortunately, not surprised.

Netflix is being dragged on Twitter for the lack of publicity they did to promote the show.

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Netflix users would be hard pressed to find examples of Netflix promoting shows like “One Day At A Time” or “Sense8” with the same fervor as shows like “Fuller House.” Despite the overwhelmingly negative reviews about the “Full House” reboot, the show lasted for five seasons on Netflix. Meanwhile, “One Day At A Time” received glowing reviews and a lot of support for a renewal and couldn’t get a fourth season.

For a moment, let’s imagine that Netflix put the same amount of promotion for “One Day At A Time” as they did for “Roma”? One can only imagine that the numbers they are seeking would materialize.

“One Day At A Time” scored perfect scores on Rotten Tomatoes for the second and third season.

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Out of 84 TV seasons with 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Netflix’s “One Day At A Time” produced two of them. The show proved to be a well-oiled vessel for representing a population often overlooked while tackling the issues that matter.

The Alvarez’s are a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles and, as such, deal with the dichotomy of growing up in a multi-generational, immigrant home. The way old-school ideals by Lydia Reira butted up against the modern views of Elena Alvarez were so real to many audience members.

Most evident is the way Lydia was able to come to terms with her granddaughter coming out as gay. This storyline is so personal for the queer audience the show was able to cultivate through Elena and her journey of self-acceptance.

Cast members of the show took to Twitter to share the news with their fans.

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Isabella Gomez is the woman who brought Elena Alvarez to life and always took her role seriously. Not only did she want to a good job as Elena, Gomez wanted to make sure that the queer storyline she was presenting as a non-queer actor was accurate and respectful of the community she was in charge of representing.

“I realized from the beginning that if I want to tell this story accurately, I was going to have to take in as many experiences as possible and learn from them,” Gomez told Out Magazine. “I also think it’s that the fans are so incredible and I get messages from them about their own journeys daily and I read all of them. That’s given me so much insight into what their lives are like, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m constantly learning, but most importantly, the writers that write Elena are LGBTQ and have had these experiences.”

Gloria Calderón Kellett poured her heart and soul into the show as a co-showrunner, writer, and basically everything for the show.

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This show was a special moment in the Netflix history and it would be good for them to realize the power this show has. Lydia is an accurate and non-caricatured version of a loving and sometimes inappropriate Cuban abuelita. Penelope Alvarez gave a voice to military veterans struggling with mental health and trauma from serving their country as a single mother.

“Luckily, I believe in miracles,” Calderón Kellett tweeter. “So, maybe we’ll find a home somewhere else. I hope we do cause @mikeroyce & I have a lot more for these wonderful characters to do.”

However, no matter how the cast and crew try to reassures fans that it is okay, people are most certainly not letting Netflix move on quietly.

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In response to the news from Netflix, #SaveODAAT has started trending. Not only are people trying to plead with Netflix to reconsider, others are calling on Hulu, Amazon, and other companies to swoop in and save the show. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was canceled from Fox and got picked up by NBC. We can only hope that another company will be smart enough to snatch up “One Day At A Time.”

Not to mention the optics of canceling inclusive shows with representation in the current societal climate.

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The same arguments were made when “Sense8” was canceled despite a strong fanbase. Not to mention that Netflix recently made the decision to drop $80 million to stream “Friends” in 2019.

Fans want Netflix to understand that the show was delivering something more than just a sitcom.

This show was a window into our worlds being led by someone from the community who lived the experience. It is the representation behind and in front of the camera that people have been calling for from Hollywood and Netflix did it only to cancel it.

While this is a sad day, we can only hope someone somewhere will wake up and save this show from disappearing for good.

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Minorities are always fighting for better representation. Our projects are usually the first to fall when money and numbers are discussed. It is important that we continue to hold production companies, networks, and streaming services responsible. We need to demand the respresentation we want to see.

If you want to let Netflix know what you think about “One Day At A Time” being canceled, you can call them at 1 (866) 579-7172.

READ: Queer Latinas Have A Very Relatable Character In ODAAT’s Elena Alvarez

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