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Here’s Why Mariah Carey Doing The Theme Song For ABC’s New ‘Mixed-ish’ Series Means So Much For Biracial People

This Tuesday, the pilot episode of the “Black-ish” spin-off, “Mixed-ish” premiered. The series centers around the Johnson family matriarch, Rainbow’s, childhood growing up as a mixed-race child in the ’80s. According to “Mixed-ish” creators, the show will center around the complications of growing up with a biracial identity in a culture that sees things in black-and-white. For the growing population of Americans that have grown up in a mixed-race household, this feels like a story that is long overdue to be told. 

As if the entire premise wasn’t exciting enough, it was recently revealed that the show’s theme song would be sung by none other than the biracial Afro-Latina queen Mariah Carey herself. Carey not only sang the song, but she helped co-write and produce it as well. It’s obvious from her involvement in the song’s creation that the story of a biracial girl navigating her identity is near and dear to Carey’s heart. 

But Carey isn’t the only one who’s sung theme songs of television shows they were passionate about. Take a look at a list of 10 artists who recorded theme songs for TV shows they felt connected with.

1. One Day At a Time – Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan lent her voice to the heartfelt sitcom that centered around a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles. This show was especially relevant to Estefan because she is also Cuban-American. Estefan called the opportunity “one of my favorite experiences in my career” and said she was “instantly hooked” when Norman Lear reached out to her to re-record the theme song.

2. Wizards Of Waverly Place – Selena Gomez

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“Wizards of Waverly Place” was close to Selena Gomez’s heart because it was the first TV show she ever headlined. So many of us have vivid memories of singing along to her cute rendition of “Everything Is Not What It Seems”. Who knew she would end up being a giant pop star just a few years later?

3. Kim Possible – Christina Milian

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Cuban-American singer Christina Milian lent her voice to the endlessly catchy “Kim Possible” theme song “Call Me, Beep Me!”. According to Milian, she jumped at the chance to sing the song because she was a “Disney kid”. She hasn’t ruled out the possibility of re-visiting the song in concerts for her die-hard fans. 

4. Sister Sister – Tia And Tamera Mowry

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Although the first few seasons of “Sister Sister” had goofy, animated segments accompanying their theme music, during the fifth season, the Mowrys wanted a change.  According to them, they remixed the theme song to “reflect their growth and maturity as individuals”.

5. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Will Smith

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Will Smith’s “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song is the perfect example of a musician who created a theme song that was close to his heart. The lyrics not only gave a short-and-sweet backstory of Smith’s character, but it included his signature charm and wit as well.

6. Proud Family – Solange and Destiny’s Child

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Back before Destiny’s Child became a global-dominating music force, before Solange became a critical darling and independent musician, the four young ladies recorded a song for a Disney animated show. The song was special to Beyonce and Solange especially because the lyrics touched on themes of family, love, patience, and forgiveness. 

7. A Different World – Aretha Franklin

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According to producers of “A Different World”, Aretha Franklin was recruited to sing the theme song of season two through five after deciding to go in a different direction from the original singer. Once Franklin was contacted, she was more than happy to hop on board. Why? Because she “loved the show” according to executive producer Debbie Allen.

8. New Girl – Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey Deschanel not only starred in and executive produced Fox’s hit series “New Girl”, but she also sang the theme song. Deschanel was connected to the  show because it was “about someone who is taking on a new life,” Deschanel continued. She wanted the theme song to be “musically uplifting,” so she created an up-beat catchy tune to open the show.

9. Zoey 101 – Jamie Lynn Spears

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Kids who grew up in the early ‘aughts remember the buzz around this TV show before it premiered. Not only was it starring Brintey Spears’ little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, but the elder Spears herself co-wrote the song with Jamie Lynn. Jamie Lynn Spears was ultimately the one who lent her voice to the iconic theme song “Follow Me”.

10. Sweet Sixteen – Hillary Duff

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MTV’s guilty-pleasure reality TV show was notorious for recruiting spoiled rich kids throwing temper tantrums because they didn’t get the car they wanted on their birthday. But Hilary Duff’s treacly version of “Sweet Sixteen” made all of the bad behavior seem less offensive. It helped that Duff was only sixteen herself when she recorded the song.

Carey-Mas: Your Definitive Guide To A Mariah Carey Christmas

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Carey-Mas: Your Definitive Guide To A Mariah Carey Christmas

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The holidays can be a painful time of year for many people, whether that be because your family is loco, or across borders, or because you’re simply a recovering Catholic. One truth about Christmas that everyone can celebrate without spiritual or family trauma is the universally beloved Queen of Christmas: Mariah Carey. When producers asked Mariah Carey to create her first holiday album, she doubted the had the star power to make any kind of impact on Christmas music. Since the 1994 “Merry Christmas” album release, it’s gone Platinum five times and has sold over 5 million copies in the United States alone. It is arguably the single most impactful holiday album to become immortalized in American Christmas Classics. Just days ago, news broke that her holiday hit, “All I Want For Christmas is You,” would become the subject of a documentary film, 25 years later. That’s the power of Carey-mas. 

So, if your doubts about the upcoming holidays have you down, or you already know that Carey-mas is your access point to holiday cheer, we’ve got you covered. Behold, our vision for the perfect feast day to celebrate the Queen of Christmas.

What’s a Carey-mas without her angelic sound waves reverberating around the room?

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The Ground Zero of Carey-Mas lies in her cherubic, powerful voice that has carried from 1994 into present-day with her first holiday album, “Merry Christmas.” If you’ve never heard Carey’s voice on vinyl, Urban Outfitters is selling the Limited LP that will get you as close to a live performance of Mariah Carey in your living room as possible. This is a vinyl that you can pass down to your children, and their children, and her voice will carry just as easily into the next 25 years.

Give yourself an outlet to release your newfound holiday cheer with a karaoke machine.

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Is it really Christmas without some Carey-oke? I said it. Of course, nothing will ever come close to Carey’s unheard of range, but Carey-mas is all about celebrating the spirit of Mariah Carey Christmas. Fact: it’s as physically impossible to put on mascara without opening your mouth as it is to listen to Mariah Carey Christmas music without full-out belting the songs. Spread the Carey cheer with Carey-oke.

Mariah Carey, and you, need mistletoe to wait under.

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So be sure to place that mistletoe right above where that karaoke machine will be so that way when they belt, “I won’t ask for much this Christmas, I won’t even wish for snow, and I just wanna keep on waiting underneath the mistletoe,” their Carey-mas cheer will double. Oh, and don’t hang stockings above the fireplace. Mariah Carey couldn’t bother because all she wanted for Christmas was you, and you can’t fit in a stocking. It’s all in the details, mi gente.

Get one step closer to becoming Mariah Carey with this look-a-like costume.

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It’s a universally known fact that Mariah Carey invented Christmas, but a lesser-known fact is that Carey brought us the comforts of jumpsuits on the cover of her “Merry Christmas” album. Yandy may not know that it’s revived the ’90s Santa Claus jumpsuit Mariah Carey gave us, but, now, you do. 

Whether you’re sending out Carey-mas party invites or your holiday cards, these will do the trick.

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Some use Christmas as the season to spread their “good news” about their Christ and Savior. This greeting card takes the time to simply put, “Mariah Carey Invented Christmas.” 

Mariah Carey loves to give gifts on Christmas, so make sure yours are wrapped with her generous face all over them.

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In 2015, Mariah Carey told Buzzfeed News that her “favorite Christmas gift is to have a relaxed Christmas and to give gifts. I love giving gifts. It’s almost like I don’t open my gifts until, like, three days after Christmas, ’cause I want to give everyone else their presents. Especially now having my own little babies, it’s all about them.”

P.S. It’s not a Carey-mas without inviting all your friends’ dogs over. Mariah Carey loves her doggos, and the best gift bag is one for the pooches. Merry Carey-mas to all creatures and to all a festive night!

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This Christmas Playlist Is All About Los Lobos And 11 More Holiday Essentials

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This Christmas Playlist Is All About Los Lobos And 11 More Holiday Essentials

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We love the holidays as it is the one time of year we truly embrace being home for the holidays and taking in all of our favorite Latin traditions. Tamales, check. Atole, check. The Loteria cards, check. Drunk Tío Juan in the corner, check. Now you cannot forget the tunes. While we most definitely have Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and Wham’s “Last Christmas” on the holiday playlist, we will certainly include our favorite Latin music artists as well. To make your life easier we made a list of the most beloved Latin holiday music. 

Los Lobos have just released a brand new Christmas song, and it’s so good!

Our favorite East L.A. rock band just released “Christmas And You” and it will make you so very nostalgic and teary-eyed. The music video was also shot on the streets of East Los. The holiday ballad was written by band members David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez. Los Lobos, who went mainstream for their recording of “La Bamba,” is back with a new album perfect for Christmas that the whole family will love.

The album is titled “Llego Navidad” and it includes holiday music from all over Latin America. 

According to a press release, Los Lobos started with 150 selections and narrowed their way down to a tracklist that includes a regional folk song from Veracruz in Mexico (“La Rama”), a rework of ’70s South American salsa hit “La Murga de Panamá,” the 1958 novelty song “Dónde Está Santa Claus” and the Tex-Mex border classic “Christmas Time In Texas.” It’s surely will be a classic for years to come. 

Juanes — “Mi Burrito Sabanero”

This is one of our favorite holiday songs from our childhood, so this new-ish version from 2009 is a family pleaser. There are lots of artists that cover this song, but Juanes by far is one of the best. 

Celia Cruz — “Campanas De Navidad”

If you’re throwing a real fiesta, your party playlist must include this salsa holiday song by the one and only Celia Cruz. 

Jenni Rivera — “Amarga Navidad”

Now we don’t wish a bad Christmas on anyone, but sometimes sh*t happens. It’s no secret that people typically break up during the holidays, so this song by Jenni Rivera will help somewhat. Let’s face it, you’re going to get tipsy anyway, so you might as well do it while listening to a song that you can relate to. 

José Feliciano — “Feliz Navidad”

José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” goes hand-in-hand with Christmas just as much as “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Heck, everyone knows the words to this song, especially non-Latinos. So, we’re lucky that we Latinos can basically assume all rights to this song at every holiday function — even that work office party. 

Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon – “Aires de Navidad”

With a glass of coquito, grab your favorite relative and get down to Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon’s “Aires de Navidad.” This song just speaks to our festive family that can be simultaneously bickering over politics and dancing at the same time. 

Yuri — “Eterna Navidad”

Now, if you really want to go old-school your holiday playlist must include this ’80s retro version of Yuri’s “Eterna Navidad.” The video will literally drive you mad, so just to stick to the song and forget this dizzy video. 

Alejandro Sanz — “Noche de Luz”

For those romantical folks who want to get in the holiday spirit but also want to secretly daydream over the lustful Alejandro Sanz, his “Noche de Luz” song will melt your heart. 

José Alfredo Jiménez — “Se Va Diciembre”

Your abuelitos will love that you included a lovely ranchera ballad from their heyday. The inclusion of José Alfredo Jiménez’s “Se Va Diciembre” will perhaps score you an extra present this year. You’re welcome. 

Luis Miguel — “Santa Claus Llego A La Ciudad”

After watching the life story of Luis Miguel on Netflix we can’t help but feel a little closer to the crooner. So here he is doing what he knows best, singing his heart out. 

Prince Royce — “Mi Regalo Favorito”

This Christmas playlist would not be completed without the addition of Prince Royce’s “Mi Regalo Favorito” from 2013. It’s got everything you could possibly want: that bachata beat, Spanglish lyrics, and Prince Royce’s lovely voice. 

We hope you liked our holiday roundup. If there’s anything we missed let us know in the comment section below!

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