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Film And TV Latino Dads That We Just Want To Hug Like Our Own

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Latino dads in film and television have given us tender and llegadores moments. In general, these men are torn between traditional Latin American gender roles (they have to be strong, impenetrable, the providers) and being vulnerable and, well, just human beings. This list includes characters from both Hollywood and Latin American entertainment industries. These characters have charmed us and made us think of our own dads, their struggles, dreams, and tribulations. 

Rogelio De La Vega (Jaime Camil) in “Jane the Virgin”
Type of papá: cursi but sweet

Credit: Jane the Virgin / ABC

He is silly on the outside, but on the inside, he is a nice man who wants to make up for lost time. When he finds out he has a daughter he immediately puts on the dad suit and becomes emotionally available for our Jane. 

Ignacio Suarez (Tony Plana) in “Ugly Betty”
Type of papá: preocupón and accepting

Credit: Ugly Betty / ABC

Raising dos chamacos by himself hasn’t been easy, but he is supportive even though he worries way too much sometimes. Don’t all daddies do that, though?

Carlos Galindo (Demian Bichir) in “A Better Life”
Type of papá: heroic but tough

Credit: A Better Life / Summit Entertainment

The story of Carlos resonates with millions in the United States. He lives in the shadows due to his illegal status, but he does everything to provide for his teenage son. 

Miguel’s dad (Jaime Camil) in “Coco”
Type of papá: conservative but a sweetheart

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He is the epitome of the Latino dad: he wants his son to follow on his footsteps, but eventually gives in and understands that everyone has a life of their own and Miguel needs to follow his musical dreams. 

Abraham Quintanilla (Edward James Olmos) in “Selena”
Type of papá: luchón and encouraging

Credit: Selena / Q Productions

The patriarch of the Quintanilla clan is a true leader who wants to bring out the best in his offspring… even though peca de rudo at times. 

Raúl (Jorge Cervera, Jr.) in “Real Women Have Curves”
Type of papá: supporting

Credit: Real Women Have Curves / HBO Films

This movie about a Chicana teen who wants to go to college is a gem. Her mom disapproves because she wants her to work and chip in with the house expenses. Her dad says ni madres, that girl is going to college. 

César Chávez (Michael Peña) in “Cesar Chavez”
Type of papá: idealistic and passionate

Credit: Cesar Chavez / Canana Films

The story of the Latino leader is a testament to the power of will. He knew what the best he can do for his children is creating overall better conditions for Latinos and that is what he does!

Cole Marquez in “Dora The Explorer”

Type of papá: amoroso

Credit: Dora The Explorer / Nickelodeon

Nothing like a cool dad that lets his daughter’s imagination run wild! 

Diego (Jesus Ochoa) in “Sangre de mi sangre”
Type of papá: brave enough to fight his own demons

Credit: Sangre de mi sangre / Cinergy Pictures

This unjustly underrated indie film tells the story of a migrant worker who is due to receive his son in Brooklyn… but his son’s identity is stolen by an impostor. Tough to watch but very rewarding. 

José Rivera (Johnny Laboriel) in “Carrusel”
Type of papá: Dignified

Credit: Carrusel / Televisa

It is not easy to be Afro-Mexican due to the still persisting racism that exists in some sectors in Mexico City. Cirilo’s dad was dignified and didn’t let discrimination impact his son’s identity. 

Don Plutarco (Angel Tavira) in the Mexican film “El violín”
Type of papá: political activist and idealistic 

Credit: El violín / IMCINE

This low-key but moving indie film tells the story of Don Plutarco and his son, who are musicians but also guerrilla fighters. A story about how activism and the fight against injustice is passed on from generation to generation. 

Valentín (Eugenio Derbez) in “Instructions not Included” (No se aceptan devoluciones)
Type of papá: a bit clueless but very loving

Credit: Instructions Not Included / Alebrije Cine y Video

The ultimate movie about the daddy-daughter bond. After unexpectedly receiving a kid at his doorstep, this former ladies man makes fatherhood his way of life… until something threatens this everlasting bond. 

George Lopez as himself in “George Lopez Show”
Type of papá: chistoso, duh

Credit: George Lopez Show / Fortis Films

A sort of “Everybody Loves Raymond” for Latino audiences. Can you imagine having un papito that is so funny that he cannot even regañarte without making you laugh, mijo?

Javier Delgado (Benjamin Bratt) in “Modern Family”
Type of papá: desmadroso but a bit caring

Credit: Modern Family / ABC

Just like in any culture, sadly there are many Latino absentee fathers and Manny’s is one of them. But, truth be told, he does step up when he needs to. We just wish he did more for his son. 

Federico Diaz (Freddy Rodriguez) in “Six Feet Under”
Type of papá: hardworking 

Credit: Six Feet Under / HBO

Rico is the perfect example of the family man who works his butt off to provide for his family. He is also available to his two sons, who seem to be a bit of a handful, dicho sea de paso!

César (César Costa) in “Papá Soltero”
Type of papá: incondicional 

Credit: Papá Soltero / Televisa

A single dad with three teenage kids… this show influenced a whole generation of Spanish-speaking audiences. César and his famous sweater collection became the epitome of the caring and often confused Latino dad. 

Don Ramón (Ramón Valdés) in “Chespirito”
Type of papá: fun, fun, fun

Credit: Chespirito / Televisa

The father of La Chilindrina in the show that made Mexican television influential the world over. Don Ramón is a cultural icon even today, due to his nutty sense of humor and his incorruptible fatherly love. 

José Sanchez (Jacob Vargas) in “My Family”
Type of papá: old-school

Credit: My Family / American Playhouse

An epic story directed by Gregory Nava about three generations of Mexican-American migrants. The patriarch travels to the U.S. in search of a better life and sets roots in el gabacho

Edy Rodriguez (Alfred Molina) in “Nothing Like the Holidays”
Type of papá: a bit clumsy

Credit: Digital image

Alfred Molina is super funny as a dad who is slowly but surely entering his golden years…. but will they be golden if his wife decides to leave?

Kraken (Ricardo Darín) in “XXY”
Type of papá: protective

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This Argentinian film tells the story of Alex, a person who was raised as a girl despite having both male and female sex organs. While everyone wants Alex to be “normal”, Kraken wants what is best for his child: uniqueness, being themselves. 

OK, this last one is actually awful but we had to include him. Ready? Luisito Rey (Óscar Jaenada) in “Luis Miguel: La Serie”
Type of papá: THE-WORST-DAD-EVER

Credit: Luis Miguel: La Serie / Netflix

He has become a cult figure due to his overall awfulness. The things he does to his talented son. He has become a meme factory.

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This Short Film Centers Around A Black Father Doing His Daughter’s Hair

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This Short Film Centers Around A Black Father Doing His Daughter’s Hair

When it comes to grooming a daughter’s hair, Black fathers haven’t been shy about expressing the difficulties that come along with the morning ritual. And Afro-Latino fathers are no exception. In Latinx communities with large Afro-Latino populations, having “good hair” is a label we all have to contend with. Young girls have a lot of pressure put on them to look put-together so, by extension, our families look put together. 

We all have memories of our mothers making sure our baby-bangs were smoothed down and our outfits were washed and pressed to perfection. 

Being well-groomed is so important to Afro-Latinos who face societal pressure to look perfect in order to combat bias.

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So, when fathers occasionally have to groom their children when their mother is unavailable, the pressure, needless to say, is on. We’ve all seen the genre of viral videos where fathers struggle to part, brush, braid and secure their daughters’ hair–obviously not previously aware of all the labor that goes into daily hair upkeep. Even celebrities have gotten in on the trend with men like Alexis Ohanian, husband to Serena Williams, joining “Natural Hair” groups on Facebook to learn more about their children’s rizos

Writer/director Matthew Cherry wanted to explore the topic of Black fathers doing their daughters hair, so he decided to make an animated short about it.

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According to Cherry, the short, titled “Hair Love” is about a Black father (who has locs himself) who does his daughter’s hair for the first time. “You know how guys are, a lot of times we’re hard-headed and we think we can figure everything out by ourselves without asking for help,” said Cherry during an interview. “[The father in the short] thinks it’s going to be an easy task but he soon finds out her hair has a mind of its own”. 

The father isn’t the only one who learns a lesson in self-confidence in the course of the film, though. In the end, the young girl also “comes into a level of self-confidence in the process” of her father learning how to do her hair. So, in other words, the entire film is an ode to self-love, family, and the priceless experience of bonding.

To finance “Hair Love”, Cherry created a Kickstarter campaign with the initial goal of raising $75,000. The campaign quickly caught the internet’s attention and became a viral phenomenon thanks to celebrity champions like Issa Rae and Jordan Peele. The $75,000 goal was quickly surpassed. All in all, the campaign raked in a total of $280,000–smashing Kickstarter’s short-film financing records. 

Cherry recruited Black animators like “Proud Family”‘s Bruce W. Smith and “WALL-E”‘s Everett Downing Jr. to help him make his dreams a reality.

As for Cherry, he’s candid about the reason he decided to explore the topic of Black hair and Black fathers: because mainstream media’s representation has left much to be desired. According to Cherry, not only did he want to shine a light on the labor of love that doing Black hair requires, but he wanted to highlight the relationships between Black fathers and their daughters. 

“For me, I just think it was really important to shine a light on Black fathers doing domestic things with their kids because mainstream media would lead you to believe that Black fathers aren’t a part of their kids’ lives”, Cherry said. “And there have been a lot of recent surveys that actually show otherwise–that show that Black fathers are just as involved in their kids’ lives as any other racial group”.

Now, “Hair Love” will be played ahead of “The Angry Birds Movie 2” in theaters nationwide

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The nationwide release will provide a massive platform for an under-told story. Not to mention, it will provide Black children with their own images reflected back to them–something many of them haven’t seen before. Not to mention, the security of a theatrical release has made “Hair Love” officially eligible for an Academy Award nomination. 

As for Cherry, he’s over-the-moon about the opportunity for his project to be seen by millions of people. “To see this project go from a Kickstarter campaign to the big screen is truly a dream come true,” he said in a press statement. “I couldn’t be more excited for “Hair Love” to be playing with “The Angry Birds Movie 2” in front of a wide audience and for the world to see our touching story about a Black father trying to figure out how to do his daughter’s hair for the very first time.”

We’ll admit: we didn’t have plans to see “Angry Birds 2” in theaters before we knew about this. But now, you might just see us on opening night, standing in line for the movie right next to our fathers! Catch “Hair Love” before  “The Angry Birds Movie 2” in theaters on August 14th.

Video: This Is How People Reacted When They Heard A White Mom Tell Her Adopted Latina Daughter To Speak English

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Video: This Is How People Reacted When They Heard A White Mom Tell Her Adopted Latina Daughter To Speak English

It seems like every other day there’s a new viral video of an old Trump supporter or a young white bro telling a Latinx person in the US to stop speaking Spanish. Recently, two elder women angrily ordered a Puerto Rican manager of a Central Florida Burger King to go back to Mexico when they overheard him speaking Spanish in a private conversation, while two Mexican-American women were detained by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection just for speaking Spanish at a Montana supermarket. The xenophobic and racist attacks, both verbal and physical, have made many feel like it’s dangerous to speak their own tongue or like an outcast for communicating to their parents or grandparents in the only language they know.

The English-only movement has further divided a country, with those ignited by the bigotry of the Trump administration unfoundedly threatened by just the sound of a person of color speaking another tongue and others who understand there is no official language in the US supporting the linguistic freedom and multiculturalism that allegedly makes the nation exceptional. 

On an episode of What Would You Do?, host John Quiñones confronts the schismatic topic. 

During the nearly 9-minute-long segment of the ABC series, a white mother tells her adopted Latina daughter to only speak Spanish and instructs her to order a hamburger instead of a traditional Latin American dish. Using hidden cameras to record the very common, but in this case staged, scenario, viewers get a peak of how ordinary people behave when they witness dilemmas that either compel them to intervene or mind their own business.

During the segment, Michele, the mother, and Isabella, the daughter, are grabbing a bite at a diner in Orangeburg, New York. The child asks the Latina waitress for arroz con leche, to which her mother responds, “Isabella, stop speaking Spanish. You’re American. That is not your language. What is wrong with you?” The first person to overhear, an elder white teacher, engages with the duo, telling Michele she doesn’t think she’s going about the situation “in the right way.” 

“She should be proud of her Spanish language, not to be made to feel like she’s doing something wrong,” she tells the mother. Later, she even advises the mom to learn Spanish and tells the young girl that Spanish is a beautiful language.

When Quiñones, himself a Texas-born Mexican-American, reveals his crew and asks why the woman intervened, she responded, “When it comes to children, I go from a mouse to a lion. I just don’t like anybody taking advantage of a child.”

In another scene, Isabela asks for arroz con pollo. Michele, visibly upset, scolds the girl. “Isabella, in English,” she demands. “I brought you here to give you a better life, and I want you to speak American.

This time, another teacher in a nearby table overhears and decides to offer Michele a quick lesson — in patience.

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When Michele stresses that she just wants her daughter to speak English because they’re in the US, the teacher sympathizes with her. “I know. I’m a teacher, and I get it. But you’re not going to get anywhere demanding it, and you can’t get frustrated by it.”

She then turns to the girl and attempts to rationalize her mother’s actions. When Isabela asks the woman “do you think it’s wrong to speak Spanish,” she replies, “Not to mommy, because mommy doesn’t understand that. It’s good manners if you are with other people that don’t speak it, to speak English.”

When Quiñones pops out and confronts the patron, he asks her why she didn’t flat-out tell the mother she was wrong. The woman, who noted that Michele would have had better results honoring rather than attacking her daughter’s native tongue, said she was “getting very frustrated” and “was thinking maybe it was very bad,” but doesn’t know why she didn’t challenge Michele more on it.

In the next case, it’s a Puerto Rican diner who overhears the conversation. Not immediately making any comment, when Michele steps away, Isabela engages with the patron, who informs her she, too, speaks Spanish. “Yo hablo español,” she says, before asking if the young girl likes living in the US. “That’s good that somebody loving adopted you,” she says.

When Michele returned, she asks the woman if she agrees that her daughter should be speaking English instead of Spanish, to which she responds yes. At that moment, her partner, a white man, appears puzzled and chimes in: “You speak Spanish,” he tells his girlfriend. “I don’t make you speak English.” He then reacts to Michele, saying, “She [his girlfriend] speaks Spanish whenever she wants, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

When Quiñones comes out, he asks why the couple reacted the way they did. The boyfriend didn’t agree with the mother, explaining, “that’s who she is. That’s part of her identity.” As for the girlfriend, who was more sympathetic to the mom, she disclosed the discrimination she and her family experienced as Latinas in their predominately white neighborhood speaking Spanish and hoped the girl wouldn’t share her same fate. “I was a little annoyed in a way,” she said, “… but I’ve dealt with that.” She continued: “my mother spoke no English, and I had many fights when I was a teenager, people who would make fun a lot of times.”

Finally, in the last performance, it’s a white woman who is married to a Greek immigrant who is shaken by the confrontation. Angry by the conversation she overhears, she checks in on Isabela the moment her mom steps away, asking the girl if she wants her to call someone for her own safety and soon after informing a manager of the situation and urging them to phone officials who could help the girl.

When the mother returns, the woman confronts her. 

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“We’re foreigners, so I don’t really understand what you’re talking about.” After Michele responds, “I just want her to be more American,” the woman questions, “and just forget about where she came from?” She continued: “We’re from Greece. We would never forget where we come from.”

Michele suggests that it’s different because her daughter is from Mexico, to which the woman, furious, says, “so you guys don’t accept Mexicans in your family?”

She added: “This is a melting pot of thousands of different people. My husband is Greek and my kids will speak Greek.”

Quiñones, who appears in the midst of the argument, informs the patron that she is on a TV show. The woman, who says she’s glad it’s fake because she was about to punch Michele, reaffirms that the US is a country where everyone is supposed to be welcomed and could proudly speak with their language. 

Meeting the actress who played Isabela, the woman tells her, “You would have been coming home with me tonight, and you would have been speaking English, Spanish, and Greek.”

Watch the entire segment below! 

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