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Exclusive: ‘On My Block’ Co-Creator Eddie Gonzalez Discusses How His Childhood Came To Life On The Show

Netflix’s original series ‘On My Block’ has won praise from both audiences and critics for striking a balance between portraying the grit of the inner city, as well as the fierce friendships and happy moments that come during the teen years.

The show’s second season premiered on March 29 and from the beginning, one of its first scenes showed the gut-wrenching reality of gun and gang violence many face in the inner city.

The authenticity and creative vision of the show is thanks in part to co-creator Eddie Gonzalez.

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The spirit of inclusivity Gonzalez and his team cultivate in the writers’ room allows ideas to flourish. Associate producer Alexi Gonzalez says she hasn’t felt that kind of support and understanding at her previous job. She added that executive producer Lauren Iungerich is receptive to the ideas she has to give and always gives her credit for ideas. which helps foster a positive creative work environment.

“From the first day in the writer’s room, that environment was set and it remained. That was the rule of the land that everyone gets to speak here and everything is taken into consideration,” Alexi Gonzalez says.

The genesis for the show came from Eddie Gonzalez’s own upbringing living in a neighborhood where gangs resided, and he wanted to show those experiences in all of its authenticity for On My Block.

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Gonzalez, alongside associate producer Alexi Gonzalez, story consultant Walter Finnie, post-production producer Arlyn Richardson, and production designer Kay Lee, revealed what it’s like working behind-the-scenes in the writers’ room in this Netflix ‘Make a Scene’ roundtable to bring those childhood experiences come alive from production design details to getting the script right when dealing with sensitive topics.

In the video, he shares he brought pictures of his mom’s kitchen to inspire Lee, and that he wanted the design to remind him of what he remembers his mom’s house smelling like—love.

That nostalgia of Gonzalez’s kitchen that was achieved through placement of El Pato cans and tostadas is something Lee nailed. She said she deeply understands the immigrant experience and having that smell in the house due to her Korean heritage.

Mentoring and being an example for people of color who come after him is a big deal to Gonzalez.

“For me, every day I go to work and whatever I create down the line, I think there is a kid who was born in Compton like me or who grew up in Lynwood, who is thinking, ‘I can do that same thing,’” he said.

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The Director of ‘Spy Kids’ Made a New Netflix Kids Movie Starring Pedro Pascal

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The Director of ‘Spy Kids’ Made a New Netflix Kids Movie Starring Pedro Pascal

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Robert Rodriguez, the beloved Mexican-American director of family-favorite classics like “Spy Kids” and “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D” is coming out with a new kids movie on Netflix called “We Can Be Heroes”.

According to Netflix, the film will be set in the “Sharkboy and Lavagirl” cinematic universe, and will function as a “standalone sequel” to the classic kids movie. The movie is set to drop on New Year’s Day.

The story will follow the children of a group of superheroes called “The Heroics”. The children of The Heroics must save the planet after their parents are kidnapped by alien invaders. According to the information that Netflix has released, Sharkboy and Lavagirl will be two of the parents who are kidnapped by these villainous aliens. (Yes, Sharkboy and Lavagirl now have a kid together. Yes, we thought they were siblings this entire time.)

While Taylor Dooley, who plays Lavagirl, is reprising her role for “We Can Be Heroes”, Taylor Lautner, unfortunately, will not.

An actor named JJ Dashnaw will step into Sharkboy’s shoes. But to soften the blow of that disappointing recasting news, none of other than Pedro Pascal will be playing one of the lead roles in the movie, a character named Marcus Moreno who is “a superhero on the verge of retirement”.

“I’ve wanted to work with Pedro since forever,” Rodriguez told Entertainment Weekly. “[Marcus] can be a badass if he needs to. He takes the glasses off, and he looks legit.” 

Although Robert Rodriguez is well-known for his family movies like the “Spy Kids” franchise as well as “Shark Boy and Lavagirl”, he has recently focuses his career on more adult fare like “Machete” and “Alita: Battle Angel”. Fans of “Spy Kids” are excited to be treated to a movie that seems like it will be a spiritual successor of the 2001 film. Rodriguez says that families being stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has simply fueled nostalgia for his popular kids movies.

“A lot of families have spent a lot of time together,” he told EW. “I’ve been getting calls from all kinds of studios: ‘Reboot Spy Kids.’ ‘Reboot Sharkboy.’ Of course they want to. They’re all sitting at home with their kids.”

Just this year, Robert Rodriguez talked about how hard he had to fight to make the “Spy Kids” family Latino. “For me it was a big victory … to have the kids in ‘Spy Kids’ be a Latin family,” he explained at a virtual Comic Con panel. “The studio was like, ‘Why are you making them Latin, though, why don’t you just make them American?’ They are American, they’re based on my family.”

“There were no roles being written for Latins at that time, back in 1999, nor were they being cast. If I wasn’t Latin, I would have given up the fight,” he continued. “When you’re doing anything that’s new, this just happens to be about diversity, you’re going to get a question and you have to have a good answer.”

We’re excited to take a look at this new kid-friendly movie! We hope it’s as entertaining as “Spy Kids”.

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Betty Gallegos Is The Latina Yo-Yo Champion You Need To Know About

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Betty Gallegos Is The Latina Yo-Yo Champion You Need To Know About

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Yo-yoing is an intense and exciting sport that connects millions of people from around the world. It transcends language barriers and brings people together for exciting competitions. One woman from Mexico is catching the world’s attention. Her name is Betty Gallegos.

Betty Gallegos is changing the world of yo-yoing with her impressive skills.

Gallegos has been yo-yoing since she was 12 years old, according to her own words in “We Are The Champions.” The Netflix original series follows people in sporting events that are region-specific or off of everyone’s radars. One episode is dedicated to the competitive and amicable sport of yo-yoing.

Gallegos is a rising star on the international yo-yo stage.

The yo-yoing superstar is a 2-time Women’s World champion and is the current Mexican national champion. In 2019, Gallegos was looking to make history as the first woman to compete in the 1A World Championship final. “We Are The Champions” followed Gallegos on her journey to Cleveland, Ohio to compete against the best.

She has her own yo-yo.

The Meerkat is Gallegos first signature yo-yo created with YoYoFactory. The lightweight yo-yo is Gallegos’ go-to yo-yo for all of her competition and social media needs.

Gallegos’ performance at the 2019 World Yo-Yo Contest was spectacular. The Mexican yo-yo athlete goes for glory and leaves it all on the stage. As for how she does, you’ll have to watch the show to find out.

Gallegos is working hard to show the boys that girls are just as capable.

Yo-yoing, like so many things before it is heavily dominated by men. Gallegos wants her presence in the yo-yo contests to bring more women to the sport. Gallegos says that she wants to be the one to pave the way for more women in yo-yo in “We Are The Champions.” As her time at the world competition comes to an end, Gallegos hopes she is closer to achieving that goal.

Covid might have canceled 2020 but Gallegos is already looking to the future.

Covid came in just to take away 2020. The year that so many said was going to be their year. The virus postponed this years World Yo-Yo Contest and Gallegos is ready to get back to the stage in 2021. The sky’s the limit and Gallegos is unapologetically reaching for her piece of it.

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