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These Reality TV Shows Were So Successful In The US That They’re Being Remade For The Latin American Audience

After a long day or week, sometimes all you want to do is chill and watch some trashy TV — no matter what region you’re in. Typically, that translates to reality TV because, well, it’s not the best representation of humanity. Here are some primetime reality shows that became so popular in the U.S. and Europe, that the shows got adapted for Latin American audiences.

“Acapulco Shore”

Take out Snookie and add in some real tans received by the Acapulco sun. Adapted from its U.S. version of “Jersey Shore,” “Acapulco Shore” premiered on MTV Latin America in the summer of 2014.

The show is still going strong with its fifth season at the Acapulco summer house. It just proves that every part of the world has their very own Jersey shore filled with interesting characters.

“The Bachelor: Em Busca do Grande Amor”

Brazil’s edition of “The Bachelo” only found love on TV for one season. The man giving the roses was much older than his American counterparts who are usually in their late 20s or early 30s. On the contrary, Bachelor Gianluca Perino was 44 years old at the time of filming. Although he was engaged to 28-year-old winner Aane Doux by the end of the show, the relationship only lasted four months. Doux came forward and said it was all a lie. She said Perino had a girlfriend the entire time. This sounds like much more drama than the U.S. version of the show.

“Big Brother: Mexico”

Big Brother is always watching — even in Mexico. Launched in 2002 by Mexican television giant Televisa, the format of the show followed the many successful international versions of “Big Brother.” One of the contestants during the seasons was even a congressman. Jorge Kahwagi of Mexico’s Green Party lived in the “Big Brother” house, with some even accusing him of abdicating his duties.

“MasterChef Latino”

Taking its cue from the British competitive cooking show, “MasterChef Latino” was presented by Telemundo and broadcasted to households in the U.S. The host is Aracely Arambula and the two celebrity chefs judges are Mexican chef Benito Molina and winner of “MasterChef” Season 6, Claudia Sandoval. Venezuelan chef and actress Sindy Lazo is the season’s most recent winner, a chef who had her own show in Venezuela.

“Shark Tank Mexico”

Now in its third season, the cast of “Shark Tank Mexico” had to be wowed by 90 proposals by Mexican entrepreneurs and inventors ready to take a bite out of some investors’ pockets. Some of the sharks include director and founder of Financiera Sustenable Patricia Armendáriz, the sole woman in the group, along with Rodrigo Herrera who is the CEO and founder of Genomma Lab and Carlos Bremer who is the president and director of VALUE Grupo Financiero.

“Factor X”

The first episode of the Spanish version of Simon Cowell’s reality show aired in 2007 and again in 2008 on Spain’s Cuatro network. After an almost decade-long hiatus, Spanish channel Telecinco announced it would be reviving the series and started airing the series in April of this year, with singer Laura Pausini serving as one of the mentors.

“La Voz Mexico”

Although “La Voz” already airing in Spain as the Spanish version of the singing competition of “The Voice of Holland” the show is now coming to U.S. Latino audiences through Telemundo. Luis Fonsi of “Despacito” fame has been tapped as the series’ first vocal coach. We wonder which voice he will turn his chair around for when it starts airing next year. There is also a version airing in Mexico as well as a “La Voz: Colombia” in which Carlos Vives was a coach for the first season.


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Mexico Wants To Be The Hub Of Latin America’s Space Industry And This Is Their Incredible Plan

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Mexico Wants To Be The Hub Of Latin America’s Space Industry And This Is Their Incredible Plan

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Although the world is still struggling with how best to contain the Coronavirus pandemic, many governments are forging ahead with long term goals and development programs.

One of the most important to new programs to launch in Mexico is central to its economic and scientific future – its future in space. Together with other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (some of which already have their own independent agencies), Mexico is looking to become the leader in the region when it comes to space research and exploration.

The country recently announced its intentions for just such an agency, that they hope would be based in Mexico with foreign capital providing the seed money to get the project off the ground.

Mexico announced its intention to head up a Latin American and Caribbean space agency.

Mexico has launched an ambitious new project – creating a Latin American Space and Caribbean Space Agency that would facilitate the sharing of satellite images and aims to observe the planet. The agency would be dedicated to earth observation, satellite image sharing and multi-sector dialogue.

The project was presented by Javier López Casarín, Honorary President of the Technical Council of Knowledge and Innovation of the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID). López Casarín attended the meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), where he presented the project for the creation of the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency, an entity that will be at the same level as other agencies (think NASA and the European Space Agency) of world space research with which it hopes to exchange information.

As part of the same meeting, the Latin American coordinators highlighted the role of Mexico in charge of the presidency of the community of Latin American states and appreciated the proposal to create a joint space agency.

Mexico has had a space agency of its own since 2010 but they’re looking to expand the operations.

Mexico has had its own space agency, the Agencia Espacial Mexicana, since 2010. Plus, several other countries across Latin America and the Caribbean have their own similar departments that over see satellites, information gathering, meteorological date, etc.

Mexico’s space agency has been tasked with carrying out study programs, research, and academic support, however, its duties have never included the aim of space exploration with its own infrastructure.

One of the agency’s key objectives is to help increase internet connectivity across the region.

In 2019, the Agencia Espacial Mexicana announced it was developing its space program around the needs of Mexican society – that it would be for the social benefit.

Among other techonoligcal solutions, the government has made it a core principle to help expand access to Internet across the country. By merging various space agencies into one, this increased Internet connectivity will likely spread to other countries in Latin America.

Internet connectivity rates vary from around 27% in El Salvador to close to 80% in Brazil – so bringing that wide gap is seen as critical for sustained development in the region.

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The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico

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The Little-Known Underground Railroad That Ran South to Mexico

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Latinos make up the largest minority group in the country, yet our history is so frequently left out of classrooms. From Chicano communities in Texas and California to Latinos in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and the Underground Railroad – which also had a route into Mexico – Latinos have helped shape and advance this country.

And as the U.S. is undergoing a racial reckoning around policing and systemic racism, Mexico’s route of the Underground Railroad is getting renewed attention – particularly because Mexico (for the very first time in history) has counted its Afro-Mexican population as its own category in this year’s census.

The Underground Railroad also ran south into Mexico and it’s getting renewed attention.

Most of us are familiar with stories of the Underground Railroad. It was a network of clandestine routes and safe houses established in the U.S. during the early to mid-19th century. It was used by enslaved African Americans to escape into free states and Canada. It grew steadily until the Civil War began, and by one estimate it was used by more than 100,000 enslaved people to escape bondage.

In a story reported on by the Associated Press, there is renewed interest in another route on the Underground Railroad, one that went south into Mexico. Bacha-Garza, a historian, dug into oral family histories and heard an unexpected story: ranches served as a stop on the Underground Railroad to Mexico. Across Texas and parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas, scholars and preservation advocates are working to piece together the story of a largely forgotten part of American history: a network that helped thousands of Black slaves escape to Mexico.

According to Maria Hammack, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin studying the passage of escapees who crossed the borderlands for sanctuary in Mexico, about 5,000 to 10,000 people broke free from bondage into the southern country. Currently, no reliable figures currently exist detailing how many left to Mexico, unlike the more prominent transit into Canada’s safe haven.

Mexico abolished slavery a generation before Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Thirty-four years before Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, in 1829, Mexican President Vicente Guerrero, who was of mixed background, including African heritage, abolished slavery in the country. The measure freed an estimated 200,000 enslaved Africans Spain forcefully brought over into what was then called New Spain and would later open a pathway for Blacks seeking freedom in the Southern U.S.

And he did so while Texas was still part of the country, in part prompting white, slave-holding immigrants to fight for independence in the Texas Revolution. Once they formed the Republic of Texas in 1836, they made slavery legal again, and it continued to be legal when Texas joined the U.S. as a state in 1845.

With the north’s popular underground railroad out of reach for many on the southern margins, Mexico was a more plausible route to freedom for these men and women.

Just like with the northern route, helping people along the route was dangerous and could land you in serious trouble.

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Much like on the railway’s northern route into Canada, anyone caught helping African-Americans fleeing slavery faced serious and severe consequences.

Slaveholders were aware that people were escaping south, and attempted to get Mexico to sign a fugitive slave treaty that would, like the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 that demanded free states to return escapees, require Mexico to deliver those who had left. Mexico, however, refused to sign, contending that all enslaved people were free once they reached Mexican soil. Despite this, Hammock said that some Texans hired what was called “slave catchers” or “slave hunters” to illegally cross into the country, where they had no jurisdiction, to kidnap escapees.

“The organization that we know today as the Texas Rangers was born out of an organization of men that were slave hunters,” Hammack, who is currently researching how often these actions took place, told the AP. “They were bounty hunters trying to retrieve enslaved property that crossed the Rio Grande for slave owners and would get paid according to how far into Mexico the slaves were found.”

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