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The Funniest Latino on Twitter Just Got A Huge TV Deal

Last week, ABC announced they are developing a sitcom about a Mexican-American family based on the life of writer Shea Serrano. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is based on Serrano’s experience of “growing up in a family with five uncles who all have different perspectives on manhood.”

Not familiar with Shea Serrano? Over the last few years, Serrano has gone from being a funny Twitter follow to a two-time New York Times best-selling author. Along the way, his witty, humorous takes on basketball (and other things) has helped him build a dedicated fan base, the FOH Army, who are ready to support Serrano in myriad ways, including raising money for charity.

Shea Serrano was a middle school teacher who picked up freelance writing to make ends meet. Serrano says he was “forced” to join Twitter in 2009 after getting a freelance gig for About.com.

I started following him in 2013 because his Twitter profile pic was Miklo Velka from “Blood In Blood Out.”

And that alone cracked me up.

It was super rare to see a Latino on Twitter talking genuinely about his life and culture in a hilarious yet touching way. And as his gained followers, others in started to notice. He’s written for various publications, most notably Grantland and now The Ringer.

Here’s a tiny portion of tweets that prove Serrano is an all-star on Twitter:

In 2013, he published “Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book.”

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The book, developed with fellow Texan Bun B (of UGK fame), featured coloring pages, paper dolls and other fun things for rap fans to do. It wasn’t just about Bun B — it featurs rappers such as Drake, Tupac and Childish Gambino. Fans loved it.

He followed that with “The Rap Year Book” in 2015, which put Serrano on the New York Times Best Seller list.

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Yeah, you can say that pretty much catapulted him to another level of awesome.

This month, Serrano released “Basketball (and Other Things),” his third book.

The book is based on Serrano’s email newsletter, which feature Serrano’s riffs on basketball, hip-hop, and pop culture as well as illustrations by Arturo Torres.

In a conversation with mitú, Serrano talked a bit about his latest project, a collaboration with Mike Schur, creator of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Parks and Recreation.”

What is it like to be a superstar?

[Laughs] I don’t know that that is the case. I stopped teaching about two years ago, which is not that long ago. But, yeah, it feels weird and fake.

What made you stop teaching?

I was in a position to be able to write and pay all the bills that we needed to pay. Before then it was a joined thing. I had to combine the teacher money and the writing money to get to where we needed to be.

What does your wife think about your latest project?

She was excited about it. Larami and I actually came up with the idea for the show together. She was excited because that was the first time her and I officially worked on something. Before then, I would ask her about writing and it was like, “How can I fix this? How do I fix that?” So with this thing, with the TV show, we were sitting down together and coming up with ideas and writing this thing as a partnership. So she was really excited about it, and I was too because she’s a lot smarter than I am. And I knew it was going to be good if she was putting her energy into it.

So she’ll be credited on the show.

Yeah, hopefully, it’ll be one of those situations like, “Created by Larami Serrano and Shea Serrano, and written by Shea Serrano.”

Can you tell us what the show will be about?

I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about it just yet because it’s still developing. But it will star Mexicans, which will be cool.

What I’m most excited about is that its not like, “Hey, let’s sit around and talk about what it’s like being Mexican.” It’s not that. It’s more of a situation where they happen to be Mexican, but that’s just the wallpaper for the situation, but that’s not the big piece. [The show] will be based on when I lived in San Antonio before I met Larami.

What do your parents think about your new TV career?

I was keeping my mom and dad along with each step because it’s a long process to get to where we are. So by the time they announced it, they already knew that it was probably going to happen. So they were doing the parent thing like “We’re proud of you… whatever, it doesn’t matter.” My mom was like, “Am I on the show? What’s my character like??”

Serrano’s latest book, “Basketball (And Other Things)” debuted at number two on the New York Times best-sellers list (in the Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous section).

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Lea Michele Half-Apologizes For Subjecting Former Co-Star To Relentless Microagressions

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Lea Michele Half-Apologizes For Subjecting Former Co-Star To Relentless Microagressions

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The world is watching and reacting as the investigation into the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Activists have been raising their voices and organizing to maintain and grow sustained protests around the world demanding justice. Celebrities have been swept up in the anger and protest as well and, for some, it has backfired.

Former “Glee” star Lea Michele tweeted about the death of George Floyd.

Michele joined the trend of celebrities who have started to join in the protests against racial injustice inflicted by police in the U.S. Even major corporations joined the Black Lives Matter conversation after being silent for years with many participating in #BlackOutTuesday. Yet, Michele is facing accusations of her own microaggressions against former co-stars.

Samantha Ware had issues with Michele’s tweet of solidarity.

Ware played Jane Hayward in the sixth season of “Glee” and accused Michele of microaggressions. The microaggressions were relentless and traumatic enough to make Ware’s tenure on the show “a living hell.”

Ware’s response immediately rang true for so many who have faced a lifetime of microaggressions.

Microaggressions are a major issue in everyday life for people of color. They are defined as verbal, behavioral, or environmental things that have underlying hostile and prejudice roots. They are things like assuming that a Black woman is wearing a wig or locking your car doors when a Black person walks by you.

Dabier Snell also spoke up about Michele’s behavior.

Snell continued with a second tweet explaining that he is always here to make content that people will enjoy. He tries to stray away from creating anything negative in the world. However, according to Snell, seeing Michele’s tweet for George Floyd brought back bad memories of her treating him as less than while on set.

Another “Glee” co-star, Alex Newell, echoed Snell and Ware.

Three of Michele’s co-stars have come forward to call her out in public because of how she treated people. All three have been Black actors who have accused the actor of treating them with no respect and lodging microaggressions against them.

Some people are doing the work and reminding us that Naya Rivera tried to call Michele out first.

In her memoir “Sorry Not Sorry,” Rivera recounted how Michele treated her while they were on “Glee.” Rivera did not hold back when she described Michele’s reaction as Santana Lopez became a more and more important character in the “Glee” universe.

“As Santana moved from a background character to one with bigger plot lines and more screen time. I think Rachel – erm, I mean Lea – didn’t like sharing the spotlight,” reads the memoir. “If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was bitching about her. Soon, she started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of season 6.”

Michele offered a half-apology to address the accusations while admitting to them at the same time.

“While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people. Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused,” reads part of the statement. “We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”

Her apology sparked more backlash from people who claim to have been part of the “Glee” cast and crew.

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Other people have commented on her apology claiming that she is not really apologizing if she claims not to remember. Others are frustrated that Michele is apologizing for how people have perceived her words, not for the words itself.

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This Man Posts A Video Highlighting Mexican ‘Avatar The Last Airbender’ Characters And It’s So Accurate

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This Man Posts A Video Highlighting Mexican ‘Avatar The Last Airbender’ Characters And It’s So Accurate

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Who here loves “Avatar The Last Airbender”? It is one show that has been around for so long that the fanbase can only grow. The show is a fantasy ride that will take you to some of the most imaginative places. However, one fan realized something no one else did: some of the characters are Mexicans. Here’s what he found.

Roku

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Roku, a.k.a. “El Espiritu,” is one of the Mexicanos rocking it in the Fire Nation. Roku’s memory served as a guiding force for Aang along his long and storied journey. It is like that one compa you have who is always able to help you out of a jam. You never know how he will do it but he always does.

Sokka

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You might know Sokka as the defacto leader of the Water Nation for a time. When he was younger, Sokka wanted to join his father in the war. He tried his best and left with all of the men to join the fight. However, he was too young to fight and was sent back but was the oldest male and became the leader of the tribe. Much like that primo we all have who is the oldest of the primos and teaches us everything. Where would we be without that primo?

Zuko

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Zuko was born into the royal family of the Fire Nation. The prince abdicated his throne and lived in exile. For years, Zuko tried his best to catch the long-lost Avatar to get back into his kingdom. We all know that one friend that is trying to make up for something. At the end of the day, he is a good dude but he just has some things that he has to work out.

“Avatar the Last Airbender” fans are asking for more.

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There are so many more people that can be made into Mexican airbenders. The first three are already a success for the TikTok user with more than 234,000 views. Fans want more and it just seems like the perfect time to create more.

And it wasn’t just the setup.

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The TikTok user came through with his joke. Not only was the haircut so on point, he included a bunch of easter eggs. One of them was the América jersey that left some viewers screaming. Watch the video here and enjoy.

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