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These Are The Latino-Led Television Series That We Couldn’t Stop Bingeing This Decade

We are truly in the golden age of television. This is in part because of all the options for television from streaming services such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Another reason we are swamped with an increased number of stellar TV options is because the platforms are focusing on content creators, producers, directors, writers and actors who might not have had the chance to tell their stories before now.

One example of this is the increased presence of Latinx talent on the television screen. By giving Latinx actors and creators access to these story telling tools, they’re able to reflect the truth about their worlds. In that way, we can see ourselves, we can see each other and we can direct the conversations about our communities.

So, to honor that, we’ve compiled a list of incredible Latinx-centered TV series from the last decade. These programs made us laugh, cry, rage and binge so get your popcorn ready because these deserve a re-watch.

1. “One Day at a Time”

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The 2017 re-imagining of the 80’s classic brought the Alvarez family to Netflix. Following the three generation family, the series deals with issues such as PTSD and LGBTQ identities in a comedic and sincere way that resonates with fans. When Netflix decided to cancel the series after three seasons, fans started a campaign for it to be picked up by another source. Luckily, “One Day At a Time” was saved by POP TV so we’ll be able to have more time with this funny family.

2. “Orange Is The New Black”

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A bold and humorous look at prison life, “Orange Is The New Black” has became a pop culture phenomenon. The ladies of Spanish Harlem started off as minor characters in the series but soon found themselves to be stars of their own important story lines. In fact, the issue of immigration and ICE was the most dominate topic addressed in their final season.

3. “Jane the Virgin”

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“Jane the Virgin” tells the story of a miracle-like pregnancy caused by comical mix ups and the how the main character, Jane’s, life changes because of it. Presented similarly to Spanish TV’s telenovelas, the series was a hit with La Cultura. It also made actress Gina Rodriguez a household name.

4. “Elena of Avalor” 

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For generations, little girls have looked to the Disney princesses and dreamed of their own fairy tales. In 2016, Latinas got a princess of their own with Latina princess, Elena of Avalor. Set in a mythical Latin American kingdom, the cartoon includes pieces of Latinx culture presented alongside magic, singing and the adventures of this brave princess.

5. “Brooklyn 99”

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This assemble comedy set at a Brooklyn police precinct isn’t like your average cop show. The series takes on tough issues like sexual harassment and racial profiling with a side of comedy. Actresses Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero are two of the series’ stars and the cast often features special guest like Lin-Manual Miranda, Eva Longoria and Jimmy Smits.

6. “Los Espookys”

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The first Spanish-language series to appear on a major network, “Los Espookys” follows a group of friends fascinated by the supernatural and all things scary. Written by and starring Fred Armisen, Ana Fabrega and Julio Torres, the 2019 series was approved for a second season before its first season even fully aired.

7. “Vida”

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“Vida” tells the story of two very different sisters that are forced to return back to their childhood home after years away. The return forces uncomfortable truths out into the open and delivers powerful performances from the cast. For its handling of LGBTQ issues, the series received a 2019 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

8. “Carmen Sandiego”

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Everyone’s favorite red-clad international thief was rebooted this decade as a Netflix original animated series. Voiced by Gina Rodriguez, the series brings Latinx talent and characters to the world of children’s programming a category that has often been lacking in diversity.

9. “Pose”

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An avente garde look at the Black and Latinx ballroom scene of 1980’s New York, “Pose” features an important examination of these marginalized communities. Themes like found families, the AIDs epidemic and violence against trans and gay people have made this series an important chronicle of LGBTQ history.

10. “When They See Us”

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A retelling of the tragic events of the Central Park 5, “When They See Us” is a limited series from director Ava DuVernay. Recalling the oppressive and illegal methods used to claim false confessions from the Black and Latino youths who stood accused, the series raises an important discussion about racism in the judicial system and police brutality. “When They See Us” also earned Jharrel Jerome an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie — the first Afro-Latino to win in an acting category.

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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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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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