‘Orange Is The New Black’ Made One Big Mistake And Latinos On Twitter Are Not Going To Let It Slide

Everyone’s favorite locked-up Latina pair are scheming again on the new season of “Orange Is The New Black.” As improvisation is pretty much the way of life in lock up, these Latinas found a way to stay glam behind bars using whatever household items were available to them. However, either written into the script, or a brain fart by one of our favorite actresses (hey, it happens) somebody messed up the name of one of our most beloved ingredients, and Twitter responded accordingly.


This season finds Flaca (Jackie Cruz) and Maritza (Diane Guerrero) in the middle of a prison shutdown, brought on by a riot and hostage situation. See, I told you there were spoilers, but no, you didn’t listen. In any event, the pair is trying their best to take advantage of the situation. With the convicts taking over the prison, cell phones have been reclaimed and redistributed.

Flaca and Maritza, trying to get a following outside of the prison, get their hands on one of the phones. Using the phone’s camera, they try to do a DIY makeup tutorial, jail style. Maritza knows that in jail, you have to improvise. Using household items, she shows that just because you’re locked-up, doesn’t mean you have to look jacked-up.

With a selfie stick, made from a plunger and tape, Flaca records Maritza’s beauty tutorial.

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Announcer voice: “Doing a short stint? How about 25 to life? No worries, you too can contour and highlight like a free-person!”

The tutorial starts off great.

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With actual good advice like this, you would almost certainly tune in to watch their show.

And here Maritza is finally ready to reveal her secrets.

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Oh wow, just by looking at what’s on her makeshift prison vanity, you can make out some items that might look familiar from mami’s cabinets.

But here is where the tutorial gets controversial…

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“Cinnamon, cumin and Sazón Goya.” Some astute viewers realized that the bottle Guerrero / Maritza is pointing to is in fact not Sazón, which everyone knows comes in a box of single-sized packets, as opposed to Adobo, which comes in a cylindrical plastic bottle.

For further clarification we present to you Exhibit A:

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Maritza obviously pointed to the Adobo when she clearly says “Sazón.” Which, to be honest, might just be a better seasoning to use on the face, it would definitely give you that rosy cheekbone.

Latinos collectively felt like this [in Spanish] after this mistake.

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I told you there were spoilers…

Who knows what went wrong. It could’ve been written that way for Maritza, or an innocent mistake by Diane Guerrero.

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Or maybe neither of them really pay attention to seasonings because they like pizza.

Whatever the case may be, Twitter had a field day with it.

Twitter user @chrissieortiz called out the show itself directly with a big ol’ “WTF #OITNB?”

Some blamed Guerrero directly.

Twitterer @RebeccaAvilas said, “I was ashamed for a good minute.” That’s some abuela level shade.

Others blamed Maritza, though.

If you watched the previous seasons, you know that Maritza was a scam artist by trade. There’s no time to cook when you’re stealing cars in stilettos.

This Twitter user came with the receipts.

“How the hell do you get the Latina to screw that up?!” Wrote the clearly annoyed Twitter user @Project_Vectrix.

This Twitter user needed a warning.

At least @nessa_monsta is asking the hard questions. “Why did she say Sazón Goya when pointing at Adobo Goya?”

On second thought, Sazón or Adobo, if it makes my face smell like mami’s perníl, I’m down.

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Honestly, anything you put on my face that reminds me of abuela’s home cooking, I’m down for. Forget the makeup, just make me a plate.

Seasoning mistakes aside, there’s no one more resourceful than Latinas.

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My abuela could make seven different meals with eggs, white rice and Lipton soup. DIY for real.

As much as “Flaritza” has gotten social media guff about their seasoning faux-pas, let’s not forget, in real life, these two are Queens. ????

Flaritza forever ❤️

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Looks like they made the smart choice here and skipped on the Goya-based makeup. ? ?  ?

READ: Diane Guerrero and Jackie Cruz Show the World What Perfect #BFFGoals Looks Like

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9 Bios About Latinas Poderosas To Read This Women’s History Month


9 Bios About Latinas Poderosas To Read This Women’s History Month

While we should be reading narratives by and about women year-round, March, which has been designated Women’s History Month in the United States since 1987, is an ideal time to start or double down. Through literary biographies, written by or about female change-makers and barrier-breakers, we can educate ourselves on the historic women who fought to bring about progress or the personal battles they overcame to live inspiring and purposeful lives. 

Considering the contributions of powerful Latinas have been minimized or erased from public consciousness, it’s no surprise that their narratives are also often missing from curated books lists. That’s why one of the best ways to celebrate women this month is by picking up and reading the tales of our trailblazing foremothers or the badasses who are shaking things up today. 

Here, peruse through a list of autobiographies and biographies about Latina powerhouses in politics, social justice and entertainment, and choose one (or more) to read this month. If you really want to be inspired, try to get through the entire list by the end of the year.

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Published in 2014, nine years after Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor became the first-ever Latina to sit on the highest court of the land, My Beloved World is a memoir that recounts Sotomayor’s life from the housing projects in the Bronx, New York, to the federal bench. The bestseller reveals the groundbreaking Puerto Rican’s challenging upbringing, including an alcoholic father and her personal struggle with juvenile diabetes, and how she envisioned a different life for herself through entertainment role models that allowed her dream up a career in law.

Lupe Velez: The Life and Career of Hollywood’s “Mexican Spitfire” by Michelle Vogel

McFarland and Company

Old Hollywood actress Lupe Velez lived a life that the press loved to gossip about. Not only was the Mexican talent cast for sexy and fierce-tempered roles, spawning the nickname “The Mexican Spitfire,” but the myths about her life beyond the cameras also spurred rumors and scandal. Ugly fables about her death in 1944 left the trailblazing Latina actress with a notorious legacy. But in Michelle Vogel’s 2012 biography of Vélez, she finally puts damaging untruths to rest and tells the honest tale of the life and career of one of the most important Latinx figures in entertainment. 

Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon by Vanessa Perez Rosario

University of Illinois Press

Few poets have captured a nation, symbolized an era and bloomed into a cultural icon like Julia de Burgos. The Afro-Puerto Rican writer, who spoke in poetry and prose about her homeland’s colonial status, her relationship with land, her experience of migration and her plight as a woman of color, impacted culture and politics both in Puerto Rico and in the U.S. In this first full-length English-language biography of de Burgos, Perez examines the late writer’s life as a poet and a political activist and bridges her contribution to nationalist literature as well as Nuyorican art and culture. 

Azucar! The New Biography of Celia Cruz by Eduardo Marceles

Reed Press

If you’ve already watched Celia, the 80-part novela about the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, and are looking to dive deeper into the life of the late Cuban icon, you’ll want to devour Eduardo Marceles’ Azucar! the Celia Cruz Biography. Like the series, the book delves into Cruz’s life as a political exile and a successful singer but includes unpublished personal interviews and conversations between the talent and the author, including bits about her popular relationship with Pedro Knight, her sometimes overlooked humanitarian work and her fatal illness.

To Selena, With Love by Chris Perez

Penguin Publishing Group

The gifts, story and beauty of Selena Quintanilla has captivated audiences young and old for three decades. But even those who have watched the 1997 classic film hundreds of times, know her songs by heart and have participated in online fandom communities will learn a lot about the late Queen of Tejano by reading To Selena, with Love, a memoir written by her widower Chris Perez. In the book, published in 2013, Perez shares intimate details about the superstar and their relationship, including how it grew from friendship to forbidden romance to a lovely marriage that ended too soon.

Maria Montez: Su Vida by Margarita Vicens de Morales

Cayena Press

If you’re looking for an illuminating Spanish-language read about a Latina icon who doesn’t get the respect she deserves, you need – like have to! – pick up Margarita Vicens de Morales’ Maria Montez: Su Vida. The book, published in 2004, reveals the story of Maria Montez, the Dominican Old Hollywood actress who was hailed “The Queen of Technicolor,” detailing the superstar’s rise to fame, the times her life mirrored the roles she played, her relationships and motherhood as well as her early and sudden death. 

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero and Michelle Burford

Henry Holt and Co.

While most of the biographies and memoirs on this list so far have centered on rise-to-fame stories, Diane Guerrero’s In the Country We Love: My Family Divided focuses primarily on how our country’s broken immigration system tore her family apart in her youth. In the book, published in 2016, the Colombian-American actress shares how her parents were detained and deported when she was just 14 years and how she was forced to live with family friends in order to continue her education in the United States and build her career. In sharing her nightmare-turned-to-life story, Guerrero highlights a fear and struggle of millions of undocumented people living in the country.

The Meaning of Mariah Carey

Andy Cohen Books

A global icon and one of the most talented artists of all time, Mariah Carey’s personal life, much like her reserve of chart-topping songs and albums, has been dissected in the press for decades. But with 2020’s The Meaning of Mariah Carey, a memoir the Venezuelan-American megastar co-authored with Michaela Angela Davis, she is speaking her truth in her own words. The book shares the “triumphs and traumas” as well as the “dreams and debacles” that helped form Mariah Carey, the person and the artist in the spotlight, touching on childhood trauma, racism, songs, relationships, motherhood and more.

Rita Moreno: A Memoir by Rita Moreno


Before Rita Moreno became everyone’s favorite actress, the Hollywood legend was a simple Puerto Rican girl who, like many in the 1930s, was making her way from the archipelago to the Bronx, New York, with her family for greater opportunity. In Rita Moreno: A Memoir, the now 89-year-old shares how music and performance helped her cope with her tumultuous childhood and how her talent brought her to Broadway, then Hollywood and, of course, to becoming the only Latinx talent to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys. Throughout it all, Moreno is frank about the racialized sexism she experienced in the entertainment industry, the passionate romances that injured and supported her, and creating an equally dazzling life and career.

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Diane Guerrero Is Here With A Safe Voting PSA That Will Make Voting So Much Hotter

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Diane Guerrero Is Here With A Safe Voting PSA That Will Make Voting So Much Hotter

Covid-19 is changing how millions of Americans are voting this election. Nearly 100 million Americans have already early voted compared to the 138 million total votes in the 2016 election. With record turnout expected Diane Guerrero is here to give you all the tips to go out and vote safely in the time of Covid.

It’s Election Day and that means we should all be exercising our right to make our voice heard.

Diane Guerrero is here in a video by Offsides Productions to tell you all about safe voting. Don’t worry. She is completely prepared to walk first timers through their first vote. The PSA is one long innuendo giving voters all kinds of voting info and loving.

“Is this your first time? Do you feel nervous?” Guerrero tells the camera. “It’s normal to have lots of emotions about this big decision but I’m here to tell you, it’s gonna feel so good. So you should definitely do it.”

The actress is really excited for you to go out there and vote for democracy. However, she wants to make sure you are doing so super safe. That’s why, during the PSA, she tells you to wear all the protection you need to vote during a pandemic.

Images of hand sanitizer flying across the air and splattering on face shields really drive home that message. It is a wild time to be going out in public but there are safe ways to go out and vote for democracy.

The PSA is catching everyone’s attention.

The need to get out and vote is important. Both parties are pushing for as many people to vote as possible. So far, nearly 100 million people have early voted in this election. In 2016, 138 million people voted in total so this election is on track to break records. Some experts think that U.S. voter turnout will be the highest it has been since 1908.

Texas, for example, broke their voting record with early votes topping 9 million votes. Texas, which has been a Republican stronghold, is quickly becoming a battleground state. Beto O’Rourke’s race against Sen. Ted Cruz highlighted the possibility of flipping Texas blue.

Guerrero’s streamy message to all American voters is clear.

Get out there and vote, even if it is your first time. Voting is a right that was hard won by every demographic. People before us have protested, been attacked, and even killed to pave the way for you to be able to vote. Today is the day to make sure that those sacrifices were not made in vain.

Democracy relies on everyone using their voice to choose the country’s path. It is a way to see the future that you want to see. Use your voice and use your vote. Fill that box and help shape this country into the place you want it to be.

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