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Could Lin-Manuel Miranda Save ‘One Day At A Time’? Let’s Hope So

The internet was devastated when Netflix announced that they were canceling “One Day at a Time” after three seasons. The show meant so much to so many people who saw their families reflected on screen for the first time in their lives. The anger from fans was exacerbated because the cancellation announcement came just months after it was reported that Netflix dropped $80 million to stream “Friends,” which nobody asked for. Lin-Manuel Miranda did not take the news lightly and things are hopefully changing with his charge to save the show.

Netflix recently announced that they were canceling “One Day at a Time” and fans reacted with justifiable rage.

Who here has heard of “The Ranch”? Has anyone watched any of the shows? Is “The Ranch” better known than “One Day at a Time”? Who knows. However, it is clear that Netflix will continue to give paying subscribers content that many people seem so confused about.

Enter Lin-Manuel Miranda with a ray of hope for all ODAAT fans.

Ummm…que?! Is Lin-Manuel Miranda taking his name and fame to bring ODAAT back from an eventual death at the hands of Netflix? Miranda has been a driving force in Hollywood to uplift and celebrate Latino talent and Latino projects through his music and his acting. He gave people of color a chance to tell the story of one of America’s founding fathers with “Hamilton” and it changed the way people look at musicals forever.

His announcement immediately made fans scream with excitement about the work he does.

Who remembers the day the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” got canceled by Fox? It was a devastating time for fans of a show that was a relative hit. Well, Miranda was the champion of saving that show and people are truly leaning on him to save ODAAT. It’s almost as if he understands that diverse shows, as studies have shown, perform as well as or better than majority white cast shows. People want to see themselves represented.

Even the cast members of ODAAT are giving us hope that we can still #SaveODAAT.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the show glowing reviews and even gave the second and third seasons highly-coveted 100 percent scores. That is not something to take lightly. The show was more than a sitcom; it was a window into the American family we rarely see on television.

The topics they covered are real. Whether it is coming out as LGBTQ+ in an immigrant family or dealing with colorism within the Latino community or figuring out how to best handle your mental health issues, this show was real. Losing this kind of representation touches on several communities who are being told their stories just don’t matter as much as reruns of 90s sitcoms.

Celebrities are pushing for other networks and studios to consider giving ODAAT a new home.

Yes to all of this. We can only hope someone at Amazon, Hulu, NBC, ABC, the CW, or any network wakes up to the possibility of saving the show. There is a built-in fanbase that will follow the show wherever it goes. Not only will people watch it, a different company might do a better job of promoting the show to give it even more eyeballs.

Then we saw Miranda interacting with the creator of ODAAT Norman Lear.

Talk about a mic drop. Everyone on Twitter is getting behind the #SaveODAAT campaign and it is so beautiful to watch. Netflix clearly underestimated the reaction they would get from the show, or they knew what they were doing. Why else would they try to tell the underrepresented community the show served that their stories matter?

Actions say a lot more than words. Netflix’s action to cancel a show with wide appeal and an activated fanbase is disheartening. However, seeing Miranda and a worldwide activation on Twitter to save the show proves that we need more representation like this.

Not to mention, legend Rita Moreno is not someone you can simply cancel.

Moreno is America’s abuelita. She has given us representation for decades and her role as Lydia was so incredible and nostalgic for anyone who was raised with their abuelita in the house. She showered the Alvarez children with the same kind of unfiltered and unimpeded love we experienced from our own abuelitas. How dare you try to push her out?

She’s ready to play ball and with Miranda joining the fight it is only a matter of time till ODAAT prevails.

We’re all counting on you, Miranda. You can do this. You can save this show. This show it important and necessary for million right now. Thank you for taking up the fight.

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

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Yes, Beyoncé Really Did Run Into Selena Quintanilla At A Mall Back In The Day

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Yes, Beyoncé Really Did Run Into Selena Quintanilla At A Mall Back In The Day

Part 2 of Netflix’s “Selena: The Series,” is currently streaming, which means fans of the late Tejano singer are getting a chance to learn more about her origin stories. In the second part of the series, fans can expect to see more of the icon’s tragically brief but beautifully successful life. The new episodes chronicle Selena Quintanilla’s rise as a superstar and will no doubt make fans of the singer feel a deep sense of love for her.

Particularly when it comes to one episode in particular!

Part 2’s episode 6, called “Lo Más Bello,” sees the lives of two superstars collide.

The endearing episode sees Selena, played by Christian Serratos, on a shopping trip to an outdoor mall with her mother and sister. It’s then that the young singer catches the eye of a young girl who is also with her mother and sister.

Perhaps it’s real seeing real, but in either case in this episode, the young girl stops to gaze at Selena. She’s star-struck. In the episode, the young girl’s mother asks who she’s looking at and the girl replies, “Selena, a famous singer. Be quiet!”

Knowing that her daughter is a singer herself, the mother encourages her to introduce herself. Of course, the young girl is too shy to say hello but she does wave.

When Selena walks away, the young girl’s mother reveals a fun twist when she says “Beyoncé Knowles, you better learn not to be afraid of people if you ever want to be famous too.”

Like we said…

Real recognizing real.

Selena
“Selena: The Series” / Netflix

While it might seem like the producers took creative liberty, it turns out they actually didn’t. And it makes sense. Fans of Selena and Beyoncé know that the two singers are Texan-icons.

In a recent interview for MTV Trés, Beyoncé revealed that she actually did see Selena, in the Galleria Mall in Houston. “I didn’t say much to Selena because I wasn’t a celebrity,” Beyoncé said in an interview for MTV Trés back in the day. “I just saw her and said hello and kept it moving. Definitely growing up in Texas I heard her on the radio, and I think listening to her album, even though I didn’t know exactly what she was saying, it helped me in the studio with my pronunciation.”

Fans of the Texan starlets might also remember how Beyonce, in a 2007 interview with People en Español, spoke about her love of Selena.

At the time, Beyoncée was celebrating her re-release of six Spanish-language tracks. “I listened to Selena all the time” she recalled at the time of the interview. “She’s close to me because of where I’m from.”

Both “Selena: The Series” Parts 1 and 2 are streaming right now on Netflix! Check them out!

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The Rita Moreno Documentary, ‘Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It’ Will Cover the Icon’s 70-Year Career

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The Rita Moreno Documentary, ‘Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It’ Will Cover the Icon’s 70-Year Career

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The documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It”, will hit theaters on June 18th. As you can probably guess, the film focuses on the indomitable EGOT-winning icon Boricua.

Director, fellow Boricua Mariem Pérez Riera, says the movie will offer a stripped-down, intimate portrait of the real Rita Moreno.

“We always knew that we wanted this documentary to not be just a showreel of her career and how great she is,” Pérez Riera told NBC News.

“When I make or watch a documentary, I want to be able to know that person more than just what I already know, so it was very important for me to go deeper and to understand her as a human being.”

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Pérez Riera explained that she wanted to make a Rita Moreno documentary because she related to Moreno. Especially to Moreno’s struggles with discrimination and insecurity.

“I related to all she was saying, her stories about discrimination, the insecurities she felt because of the way others perceived her, the complicated love relationships, and the constant need to work three times harder to prove to others that she is worthy,” said Pérez Riera.

Much of the Rita Moreno documentary focuses on Moreno’s struggle against a racist and sexist industry. Hollywood repeatedly pigeonholed and underestimated her.

At the start of her career, Moreno was only cast in roles of ambiguously brown characters. She played Native American, Filipino, Hawaiian, and Thai roles.

“I wanted to turn the parts down, but that’s all that was offered and I had to make a living,” Moreno reveals in the film. “I was kind of stuck.”

The Rita Moreno documentary also features dozens of interviews of Moreno’s friends, fans, and previous co-workers. The list includes Morgan Freeman, Gloria Estefan, Eva Longoria, Justina Machado, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and her “West Side Story” co-star, George Chakiris. Many of them reflect on the impact Moreno made on Hollywood.

Although Moreno has always been proud of her Puerto Rican heritage, she struggled with her sense of self-worth in Hollywood.

“When I went to Hollywood, I really learned where I stood in the world, and it was so sad and frustrating,” Moreno explained in an interview with the LA Times while promoting the documentary.

“There is something so awful about, if you were a performer, asking your agent to submit you for something and the people won’t even see you because they think you’re too Spanish or something. It’s so frustrating and you want to run and knock their door down and say: ‘Look, let me read this scene for you. I’m good. I’m really good. Let me. Watch me. Listen to me.'”

The documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It” will hit theaters on June 18th. So mark your calendars!

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