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Freeform’s Reboot of ‘Party Of Five’ Is About a Mixed-Status Latino Family And The Trailer Will Make You Cry

There’s no question: Latinos are the fastest growing minority in the United States and networks are starting to notice. The CW tried and failed to market to this growing demographic by advertising an all Latina cast for its reboot of Charmed. The cast was simply not all Latina, but Latina-passing, and reflected superficial aspects of Latin culture.

Freeform’s reboot of 90’s sitcom Party of Five looks much more promising. The original series follows a Mexican family of five children after they lose their parents in a car accident. By the looks of the trailer, the reboot isn’t a car accident that destroys a family, but rather ICE.

Looks like we’ll be invested in the lives of the Acosta children real soon.

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Brandon Larracuente plays the oldest son, Emilio, who will now take on the role of caregiver for his younger sisters. Niko Guardado plays younger brother, Beto, and Emily Tosta plays sister Lucia. Young Ell Paris Legaspi will play Valentina, and there’s an infant in the picture as well.

The trailer opens up with an ICE agent asking to see Mr. Acosta’s papers.

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While the children beg the agent not to take their parents, they’re powerless from ICE’s reign. Pretty immediately, we learn that the Acosta children’s parents are being deported. ????

Mr. Acosta’s parting words to Emilio are “ser fuerte, mijo. Fuerte.”

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The family is separated behind a wired fence as the Acosta children watch their parents crying and being forcibly removed. Emilio looks to his father for some last advice before he takes on incredible grief and responsibility.

At this point, Freeform is changing hearts and minds.

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This is the fear for so many Latinos and immigrants in America. This trauma is happening to children every single day. We hope that viewers will be able to empathize more strongly with immigrants after relating to these characters on screen.

We hear Emilio narrating how he feels he’s messing up as a pseudo-parent.

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“My brother’s failing school. My sister who used to be perfect is so angry at the world and I don’t know how to make that better. My little sister is going to need a bra any day now, without a mom to get her through that. The baby has thrush and I don’t know if I did that.”

Only to find out he was venting to someone who is “required to report those concerns to social services.”

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This series promises to touch on the complex, layered and compounded issues facing immigrant families. The system breaks them and when Emilio reaches out for help, his family is threatened even further.

We can expect to see how the family stays connected across borders via technology.

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The trailer cuts to images of the Acosta parents sitting across a metal table and FaceTiming with their children, whose phone screens are cracked. No detail is too small. This is what life looks like.

And time goes on.

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Their infant brother is seen having his diaper changed by varying siblings. He celebrates his first birthday with some flan, and without his parents there. This is family life now.

Fans seem to think this story will offer much needed credibility to Freeform.

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Freeform continues to give us shows like The Fosters and Good Trouble which offer strong, women of color leads. Party of Five is in good company in that regard.

The series debut date has not been released, but we expect it later this year.

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This is huge. We’re getting an entire show centered on a mixed-status family. Share your excitement and spread the word on your social by sharing this page.

You can watch the trailer below.

READ: Meet The Fresh All-Latino Cast Of The New ‘Party Of Five’ Reboot Dealing With Immigration

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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This Instagram Page Is Doing The Work To Identify And Expose The People Who Stormed The Capitol

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After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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