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Netflix Is Nailing Their Take On The Colombian Telenovela ‘La Reina Del Flow’

Netflix recently purchased and streamed a Colombian telenovela, The Queen of Flow (or La Reina del Flow) and we’re all screaming. It has all the parts of the telenovelas we were raised to love with Netflix-level production. The novela premiered at No. 1 on Colombia’s Caracol Channel back in June and resonated with viewers who could relate to the everyday violence de Medellín and the salvation that music can offer.

If you’re a Spanglish speaker, you’ll appreciate the English subtitles to get the full impact of the drama. Carolina Ramírez stars as Yeimy Montoya, an undercover DEA agent back for revenge on the man who first put her in prison 17 years ago.

No, this is a telenovela. Here are all the ways that prove it.

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There’s vengeance, murderers, secret identity, and it’s Colombia, not Columbia, FYI.

The love triangle begins very young.

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Every novela has a love triangle. Left to right, we see a young Charly Flow persuading Yeimy to join Juancho and Charly’s band, Soul and Bass. Yeimy is in love with Charly, whose heart will never know love. Meanwhile, Juancho is falling for Yeimy, but the two just call each other pezecito and are mejor amigos.

There’s a tío everyone fears, and this one’s a drug lord.

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Here, Charly is sitting with his mother and his uncle Manín. We later find out that Manín killed his own brother (Charly’s father) to be closer to Charly’s mom. The two end up marrying years later and when she wants to divorce him, he kidnaps her.

Yeimy’s parents are murdered.

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They were tired of paying off Manín for “protection” and were murdered by his men. Young Yeimy doesn’t know any of this, or Manín’s evil plan to buy off their house. So he plans to have her murdered.

Yeimy grows up to be a super goddess.

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When we flash forward to the future, Yeimy is a total bombshell. Te juro that you’ll have dreams she’s trying to sabotage your life and you’ll like it.

Charly plants Yeimy with cocaine to prevent Manín from killing her.

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This is all after he pretends to love her back after she witnesses him on a dirty job for Manín and Charly wants her to keep quiet about it. They’re all on their way to New York to sell their music and Charly steals all her lyrics and goes off on his own.

Yeimy spends 17 years in jail planning her revenge on Charly Flow and comes back undercover as Tammy Andrade.

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Every telenovela has a vengeful woman you either love or hate (i.e. Teresa and Rubí). Trust, that you’ll fall in love with Carolina Ramírez (Yeimy Montoya).

When Charly and Manín find out she’s being released early, they organize an attempted murder that didn’t pan out. The DEA let everyone believe she died and put her back in Medellín undercover as a music producer named Tammy.

You’ll really hate Charly Flow.

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There’s always a nemesis. This story line will leave you cheering for the impending fight.

The show is addicting AF.

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Like every telenovela, it will ruin your life. There are 82 episodes of La Reina del Flow. Strategize or don’t, but make sure your fridge is stocked when you start.

There are dudes with stupid high expectations of women.

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So Yeimy has had sex with a man once in her life, and it was with the guy that planned her demise.

Charly and ‘Erik’ have no idea they’re father and son.

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Grown baby boy Charly Flow (right) thinks that Erik is his adopted brother, even though he’s the spitting image of his younger self. I mean, young Charly and Erik are played by the same actor.

When Yeimy finds out her son didn’t die in a fake fire and is actually Erik, we get a montage.

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Whenever a big secret is revealed in any telenovela, we get a cheesy montage.

Then Yeimy can’t tell Erik because he only knows her as Tammy Andrade.

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That’s an awkward thing to tell your son. “Hey, so, I’m your mother, Yeimy Montoya. But I’ve had a fake identity the whole time I’ve known you to get revenge on your comemierda of a father. Let’s have a relationship now.”

Por supuesto, there’s a shocking kill-off of a character.

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Charly is behind it all. He tried to scare someone, when things went wrong and she was killed in the process.

He then tries to frame Yeimy.

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Though, he doesn’t know that Tammy is Yeimy, so he really has a very toxic pattern of behavior and I truly hope he dies in an alligator pit.

It’s not a telenovela unless your mami is obsessed.

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Call your mami right now and binge watch this together. I told my mom three days ago and she’s twenty episodes in. My calculations are correct. This is a telenovela fuerte.

There are dramatic self-confessions tapes circulating everywhere.

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Yeimy tells her life story and how Charly has framed her and it’s released on social media in crumbs while she hides out so Charly doesn’t kill her. This woman couldn’t be ugly if she tried.

Another love triangle develops…

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Juancho wrote letters to Yeimy for years and years while she was in jail and never stopped thinking of her and defending her. When he found out she died, he proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Cata.

Cata loves Juancho, Juancho loves Yeimy, Yeimy….loves Juancho?!

Te lo juro that your life is about to change as you know it.

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This is it. This is the most important element of a telenovela. Someone tells you how juicy it is. Grab the baton and run with it, mija.

Because Netflix has announced there will be a Part 2!

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We’ve got another 82 episodes to look forward to, paseros. En el nombre del Dios, I bless you with the gift of this novela, now streaming on your favorite app.


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mitú Readers Shared Their Most Absurd Family Secrets And The Chisme Is Wild

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mitú Readers Shared Their Most Absurd Family Secrets And The Chisme Is Wild

Family can be a great source of many things. They can bring us love and support as well as a sense of belonging. Our familias are often our first introduction to relationships and can be a mirror in which we reflect upon ourselves. They can also be a source of some telenovela sized drama. 

Every family has their secrets but some are wilder than others. We asked our FIERCE readers to dig all the family skeletons out of their metaphorical closets and they were quick to spill the tea. Here are some of the most shocking and scandalous family secrets they shared with us. 

1. The hidden family.

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“Um, that my father fathered several more children [than what] we were told. I think we now have like 12 half-siblings now, only knew if half of them. He’s in his 80s but still, it’s for sure weird. ????” @misslopez_if_youre_vasty

2. *Cue the novela music.*

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“That my sister almost married our half brother ( not 100% confirm ) and when he found out he went and married another girl with the same name as my sister but different last name he just change the last name at the church.” @karo056186

3. Romantic entanglements.

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 “My husband’s brother left his girlfriend for her sister… who happened to date my husband back in the day. They’re married with a baby now.” @thahomieguera

4. A grandfather in all but blood.

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“That my grandfather (May he Rest In Peace ❤️) wasn’t my biological grandfather. I always wondered why my mom told the doctors that diabetes didn’t run in the family when it was the reason he passed away. ????????‍♀️” @ivonlabombon

5. A secret straight out of the closet.

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“My moms neighbors tea… the wife thought her husband was cheating so she asked my sister to give her a ride to follow him.. turns out he had a male lover ….now the lady blames my sister for giving her a ride like that’s the problem… and her closet gay husband stayed living there like nothing happened.” @fitmomofdolls

6. Just plain scandalous.

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“That my tia stole my abuelita’s will from my moms room in mexico and that she claims she doesn’t have it cause she left more for my mom and wants my abuelito to write another one with more dinero for her!!!!!” @mishygoldfishy

7. Definitely a premise for a Lifetime Movie of the Week.

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“My mom’s cousin had a boy when she was young while still in Central America. When she immigrated over to the states she had to leave him behind temporarily while she got her life together. My aunt met a man in the US and made a life here. They had 3 daughters. During that time her son grew up and I’m sure became super resentful toward my aunt. At some point my aunt put papers in for her son and brought him to the states. Him and the oldest daughter got SUPER close to the point where it got hella weird. She fell for her brother and they tried to run away with each other. I believe there plan was to go back to Central America. Mind you she was still a minor. He ended up ditching her at the border.” @pessiyerez

8. Throw the whole dad away.

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“So 7th grade. My dad looked me in the face on the way inside our apartment and said ‘Hey! Its time for me to go. I’m leaving your mom next week.’ ????‍♀️” @kelly_a_stackhouse

9. This tia sounds cool af.

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“That one of my mother’s older sister’s owned a brothel in Guatemala in the 70s. And would get her military boyfriend to beat the shit out of any of the men that mistreated her ladies. ????????‍♀️” @pixelatedgum

10. Lost a tio and gained an hermano

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“My uncle was actually my brother….he was raised by my grandma and my mom played along. My mom was young so my grandma didn’t want my mom’s reputation to be ruined. One xmas when I was 15 my step-dad told my brother my mom was his mom. We didn’t believe it but then our mom confirmed it. We talk about it all the time, how we use to call him Tio but now it’s bro.” @arco___iris___

11. Say a rosario after reading this secret.

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“That my grandma thought my grandfather was cheating and so she cheated him with their church’s reverend.” @grestmarie

12. The literal definition of “primo-hermanos.”

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“That someone’s prima’s daughter was pregnant by their son’s father????‍♀️ now they’re literally ‘primo-hermanos.’ @_lilasthebest_

13. Fame doesn’t mean much when you’re a cheater. 

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“My grandma dated Freddie Fender back in the 70s, she went to SPI to watch him play.. well she ended up finding him w/ another woman. She was so angry at him she threw his keys in the ocean and left his ass there…men ain’t shit ????????” @taramdelagarza

 
 

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Idan Matalon Is The Gay Israeli Man Behind The Hilarious Telenovela Lip Sync Videos

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Idan Matalon Is The Gay Israeli Man Behind The Hilarious Telenovela Lip Sync Videos

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In Israel, Idan Matalon is regarded as a gay icon, but in the queer telenovela fandom subculture, Matalon is a superstar. Matalon rose to fame within Israel as an online lipsync star, after he created a YouTube channel dedicated to displaying his pop song lipsyncing skills when he was just 16-years-old. Matalon rose to fame while lipsyncing Korean pop, but, soon, he fell in love with Spanish language telenovelas. The queer Latino community is living for his reenactments of some of the most dramatic moments in telenovela history, this time, with a gay man playing the hypersexualized and distressed female interest. 

Lipsyncing in Spanish soon inspired a passion to learn to speak Spanish, and, now, Matalon nearly exclusively speaks in Spanish on his social media platforms.

Matalon went viral in the Latino community after reenacting the embarazada scene in “Tierra de Pasiones.”

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On this year’s International Coming Out Day, Matalon shared his story and how social media and the Internet has helped him come to terms with his sexuality. “For years I thought [homosexuality] was a sin. I didn’t have YouTube or social networks to watch stories, videos and thoughts of other kids who were like me, and that’s why I felt very lonely and scared with my feelings. In school, the word ‘gay’ was like an insult to the boys,” he shared in an Instagram post. While serving in the Israel Defense Force, he came out as gay to his parents. He was 19-years-old and was met with full support. 

Since then, Matalon has become a columnist for Moovz to discuss LGBT issues and has even made an appearance on the cover of Mexico’s Betún Magazine. Today, he’s using his social media to reimagine telenovelas as acted out (and lipsynced) by the gays, and it’s hilarious. Back in 2015, he and his friend Sachin Bhatt lipsynced the novela scene when Gabriela Spanic and Catherine Siachoque got into a physical fight during the moment the fake-pregnancy gig was finally up. When Matalon grabs the pillow out of Bhatt’s shirt, he takes off his shirt to reveal the kind of six-pack that only the gays can create. This is the content we deserve.

Matalon just announced that he’ll be embarking on a comedy tour in Mexico next year.

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Matalon learned Spanish for his love of novelas, and that overly emoted passion has landed him an entire comedy career in Latin America. Matalon will be returning to Mexico to deliver his “I Live in a Telenovela” comedy show to nine major cities. Will you be there?

Matalon was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel, but has lived all over the Spanish-speaking world.

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Matalon just moved back to his home in Israel, but he spent the last four years appreciating Mexican and American values (and puppies). Matalon moved to Los Angeles about four years ago, and during that time, he spent a year living in Mexico City. In an Instagram post in Spanish, Matalon said, “I already feel like Mexico and LA are my home, but I love my country Israel, I feel relaxed in Tel Aviv, and happy with my family and friends.” While he was living in Mexico, he adopted three adorable chihuahuas and embarked on a two-month process to ensure he would be able to safely bring his beloved babies back to Israel. We love a committed rescue dad!

His telenovela videos are beloved around the world and his Spanish-language skills are pretty remarkable.

The gay YouTuber has spent his life traveling around the world and creating videos for social media. He was a YouTube lipsync artist when he was 16 years old then joined the Israeli military. In April 2012, Matalon was named Shalom Life’s 20 hottest of the 50 hottest Jewish men. His impact in the queer community is massive and his growing among the Latino community is quickly catching up.

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