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Fans Are Pumped Now That We Know The Release Date Of ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Season 2

“Narcos: Mexico” has finally released the air date for its follow up season and it’s sooner than you think. There is no short supply of the retelling of how the cocaine drug trade, and its infamous drug lord, Pablo Escobar, came to be. But that’s not what Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico” is about, or rather who it’s about. The Netflix spin-off of the original, Colombia-based series is set in 1985, at the start of the United State’s declared War on Drugs, and is meant to be a companion series to the original with Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) as its star. If Hollywood is going to create Latino-led series that, once again, center around the drug trade, they might as well tell the whole history, right?

“Narcos: Mexico” Season 2 continues to tell the story of how Félix Gallardo went from a farmer to the drug lord of the Guadalajara cartel. 

Season Two will premiere on Netflix on Feb. 13, 2020.

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Fans cannot wait for its release. “Narcos Mexico season two hurry the f*** up please,” is just one of the more measured tweets by one of the show’s fans (@XanRiddlzz). One fan, Julio César (@julio_gtez) announced, in all caps, “AHHH I ALREADY PUT IN MY OFF DAY FOR THIS!!! FINALLY!!!!”. It’s quite possible that “Narcos: Mexico” fans are either very generous with the use of all-caps or they are the most excited fanbase of 2019. “Oh MY FUCKING LORD YEEEEES PATRON,” tweeted @Diogorodrigu3s. Others are noting that it’s the perfect Valentine’s Day show to unite couples from all walks of life. “YES! Finally! Since perfect S1 and S2 I’ve been eagerly waiting for #narcos Mexico S2. Just in time for Valentines :),” tweeted @SilverBlack007.

Meanwhile, this Latino dad had no idea his daughter was filming the beginning of a Narcos: Mexico obsession.

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With a date set for Season 2, we all know we only have a limited amount of time to rewatch Season 1 and get all our loved ones hooked. This daughter caught her father at the exact moment that he leaned in from the comfort of his baby-blue-blanket-backed armchair towards the television to watch Diego Luna blow some mierda up. “My Dad is hooked on Narcos Mexico 😂😍❤️,” she tweeted, and we’re right there with him.

Here’s what we know so far.

The first season was just the plot set up for Season 2.

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Consider Season 1 a mere prelude to Season 2. We were all shooketh when it was revealed that the narrator, who meticulously retold the story of Félix Gallardo and DEA Agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña), will become a key character in Season 2. We’ll expect to see narrator Scoot McNairy lead a task force to investigate and make arrests in relation into the death of DEA Agent Camarena. Because killing off a main, beloved character in the season finale wasn’t enough — now the narrator is ready to stop telling the story and start being the story.

Alejandro Edda will join the cast to introduce El Chapo to the rest of the gang.

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Alejandro Edda will play Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who obviously becomes a key player in Mexican cartel history. Depending on how long Season 2 is projected to span over any actual length of time, Gallardo could be captured and incarcerated as he was in real life in 1989. While many fans confessed that they didn’t know who Gallardo was until “Narcos: Mexico,” we all know who El Chapo is. Gallarado may have begun gathering factions of drug dealers to build an empire, but his slaying of Camarena only escalated the government war on drugs and catalyzed his capture and arrest. What Gallardo left behind is what El Chapo swooped in to manage.

Gallardo is still alive, serving a 37-year jail term for killing DEA agent Camarena. He has petitioned to complete his sentence under house arrest, due to his ailing health at 73-years-old, but the court denied his request in February 2019.

Season 2 comes just one year after the release of the first season, giving us a reliable timeline for Season 3.

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Today, America’s War on Drugs is best known for the mass incarceration of black and brown people dealing with the mental illness that is alcoholism and drug addiction. We all know how that “war on drugs” failed the American people, but Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico” retells the story of how it failed at the source as well. Pop your popcorn, grab your novio and prepare to be enthralled all over again.

READ: ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Is Back For A Second Season: Here’s Everything We Know So Far

The ‘Traveling Selena’ Instagram Page Is The Sweetest Fan Page You’ll Find On The Internet

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The ‘Traveling Selena’ Instagram Page Is The Sweetest Fan Page You’ll Find On The Internet

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At the height of her fame, Selena was a Tejano star whose concert attendance shattered records both abroad and at home while also gaining her certain type of love and adoration that can only be attributed to her fans. Today, nearly 30 years after her death, the American singer’s legacy has continued its stretch across the globe, partially in thanks to a devoted Instagram profile called Traveling Selena which features the late singer in Barbie doll form at some of the most recognizable sights around the world.

Twenty-four years after her death, Traveling Selena is making sure her influence is still being felt across the world.

In the style of a traveling gnome, the Instagram account is taking n the Tejano singer to some of the most recognizable sights in the world. Even more exciting the page’s creator features Selena wearing some of her more memorable outfits. The page’s account describes itself as taking pics in front of some of the most beautiful places! Outfits and pics are all my own.”

So far Selena has gone to the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

During her career, Selena expanded her fan following by touring New York City, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Central America. At the time of her death, despite her broad international fan base which included countries such as Japan and Australia, she had not traveled much outside of the Americas. Now ya girl is getting to do the Bidi Bidi Bom Bom wherever the account goes. Including.

To Phuket.

Where even ancient dragons aren’t as fire as her replicated outfits.

They’ve even taken her to San Fran…

Where Selena’s most basic fan base will adore the Instagrammable pics taken by the bridge and the house from “Full House.”

And to see one of the world’s most iconic figures of all: Selena herself in wax form.

How meta.

6. San Diego

I love that they have Selena being a true millenial taking pciks in front of mural art.

7. The zoo

And heading off to bless the animals at the zoo with her presence.

8. Her own mural

The best part of these pics is that we now get to add locations to our bucket list.

8. Khao San Road

Literall watching Selena head off to all of these places is giving me so much wanderlust.

9. Phi Phi Islands

Her trip to Thailand looks like the best ever and now I want to go take a vacay at a tropical get away.

10. On a Tuk Tuk

This is the best look above all and now I want to hop on a tuk tuk and take a ride!

11. Sunset Station

Nothing more divine than Selena in her Dreaming of You outfit.

12. Aruba

Selena visiting the Caribbean?! Hope the account takes her back to Puerto Rico.

13. Multnoham Falls

Selena literally living our best lives beyond the grave is everything.

14. Avatar Land

James Cameron would be so lucky to include the Latina icon in his wonderfully made up land.

15. Palace of Fine Arts

Selena being her most real Barbie self outside of the palace of fine arts is everything .

16. Coca Cola classic!!

And look at her chilling next to her favorite beverage of choice.

17. Las Vegas!

Seeing the diva showing off a totally classic outfit on the strip will give you major going out vibes. Bidi bidi bom bom.

18. The Full House house

Selena rocking her fullest self at the Full House house will give you all kinds of nostalgia for forever.

19. Her favorite place in all of the land!

Selena went to visit her favorite state in the country: Texas for Halloween and got dressed up as the true reina that she is.

20. The gum wall

Wearing one of her iconic outfits, Selena suited up to go to the gum wall.

Julissa Calderon And Annie Gonzalez On How ‘Gentefied’ Is Offering Empowerment And Representation In This New TV Era

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Julissa Calderon And Annie Gonzalez On How ‘Gentefied’ Is Offering Empowerment And Representation In This New TV Era

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Netflix’s show “Gentefied” is finally out and we all get to see the love story written to the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The show is complete with discussions of the complexities of gentrification, bilingual jokes, and a cast that is the embodiment of #RepresentationMatters. 

The show centers around the Morales family’s taco shop made up of patriarch “Pop” (played by Joaquín Cosío) and his grandchildren Erik (played by JJ Soria), Ana (played by Karrie Martin) and Chris (played by Carlos Santos). It is set in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, an area with a population makeup of 94 percent Latinos, a median age under 25, and where the average income is under $34,000, according to a Los Angeles Times profile.

In “Gentefied,” the Morales family is trying to save their weathering taco shop Mama Fina’s Tacos from being eaten up by the interests of corporate real estate developers and Westside yuppies. In order to keep Pop from closing the doors, Erik, Ana, and Chris try their hand at making fusion tacos or encouraging the children of patrons to read more books in exchange for free tacos. 

Ana’s strong activist girlfriend Yessika (played by Julissa Calderon), and Erik’s baby mama and first love professor and podcast host Lidia (played by Annie Gonzalez) make up the rest of the circle.

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The type of support Lidia gives to Erik is a kind of #BrownLove we are all here for. We are also excited to see queer Afro-Latinas represented in a show about the importance of embracing everyone’s Latinidad.

Calderon and Gonzalez are just as impassioned off-screen as their characters are on-screen when it comes to issues affecting Latinos.

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“Gentefied” encourages its viewers to love who you want, no matter what las chismosas de la vecindad say.

Mitú recently chatted with Calderon and Gonzalez at the Netflix Los Angeles office to talk more about how gentrification has affected them personally and what messages do they want to extend to audiences members as characters Yessika and Lidia. 

“I think that’s what this show is doing, it’s just creating space for a group of people who never felt seen or heard, and we are so honored and humbled to be part of a project like this,” Gonzalez said about what Gentefied means to her.  

The show’s characters portray the push and pull that gentrification can cause.

Oftentimes it is at the expense of minorities who are already struggling to pay rental prices. We have seen this happen in communities across the nation with Boyle Heights currently in that fight.

“Gentrification, it affects the minorities. Even though you look at statistics, and we are the majority as far as population is concerned (we make up a large population), we’re still the minority when it comes to politics, and anybody else that has the say on how things are ran. 

I’m born and raised in East LA, so I’ve seen first hand how gentrification has affected the people in my community, my family members,” Gonzalez said.

The writers of “Gentefied” are able to have such a high level of authenticity because its cast and crew have lived these changes themselves.  

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Gonzalez said her own grandmother had to move east to Ontario, Calif., to find affordable housing. Calderon said the Carol City area of greater Miami she knew growing up has completely transformed with different developments, pushing out flea market shop owners and going as far as to re-brand itself as Miami Gardens (now home to the Hard Rock Stadium.) 

“And yes, this story is in East LA, but this is resonating with so many different neighborhoods all around the country,” Calderon added. 

Calderon then shared a story of her grandmother’s Washington Heights neighborhood in New York which is now crawling with hipsters, a change she was taken a bit aback by.

“Before, no one would even walk in those neighborhoods, so it’s definitely interesting to see the turn of events, and unfortunately it’s affecting people of color—always,” Calderon stated. 

Although these gentrification changes are affecting people of color disproportionately, the show portrays a sense of hope and proactiveness by its characters to not only save the cultural roots of their neighborhood but to also help open the minds of the older generation who are grappling with their sense of a changing world. 

Calderon’s Yessika character proudly displays her Afro-Latinidad and lesbian love affair to the world while fighting back.

Yessika shows #BlackGirlMagic is sparkling in the streets of Boyle Heights. 

“I think my character has two messages—one is that she is a Black girl who speaks Spanish and she is proud of it. She owns the skin she’s in. She owns this curly ‘fro that she has. She knows where she comes from,” Calderon exclaimed. She continued, “my character is just not a sell-out. She stands for what she believes in and she doesn’t care if she’s going against everyone else. She’s aware of what’s at stake and she’s aware of what’s important, and she’s for the people.”

Calderon has embraced her full Afro-Latindad through Yessika and is ready to see the impact that representation will have for the next generation. 

“I just want these little girls in these neighborhoods to be like, ‘OMG! That’s me!’ I can see that, because I don’t recall seeing that as a child on TV. The novelas we used to see, everybody was very white-washed, blue eyes, blonde hair—that was the go-to market. We’re changing that sh*t.”

Gonzalez wants her character to convey a clear message of empowerment while attaining your wildest dreams. 

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Lidia proves you can do it all (and do it in your style of hoop earrings and turban headband!) 

“Lidia, she’s strong, confident, educated, born and raised in the ‘hood, [who] doesn’t need to code-switch to convey her intelligence. She’s empowering the Latinidad to get an education, but not to abandon their roots, thinking that her community is worth pouring into,” Gonzalez had to say about her character.  

Gonzalez added the show’s characters can resonate with audiences because each person knows someone like these characters. She said the example of the love story between Erik and Lidia, in which they each allowed each other to be equally sensitive and powerful, allowed her to find healing within herself.

“I found so much healing through Erik and Lidia’s story via my parent’s severed relationship. I felt I was able to make the ending they weren’t able to have,” Gonzalez shared in the interview. 

The show’s creators, Linda Yvette Chavez and Marvin Lemus knew that these types of stories would resonate because it’s their stories.

It’s a side of America that is finally being shown but was always there. 

The cast and storylines of “Gentefied” prove that the Greater Los Angeles area (and all neighborhoods in general) need to learn that pockets of working-class neighborhoods ARE worth pouring into and exploring—because the small businesses, the parks, the art, the people—they all have value. Having a supermercado instead of a Whole Foods grocery store does not make the history or culture of a city any less important.

READ: Netflix Finally Released The ‘Gentefied’ Trailer And The Show Looks Like An Instant Hit