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25 Classic Movies Latinos Grew Up With

Despite how interesting, fascinating and important they are, Latino stories, haven’t always received the attention they deserve when it comes to films and mainstream media coverage.   Fortunately for us, as kids, and even now where we’re still learning to grow into ourselves, there were a few movies that depicted classic Latino stories, families, and people.

Here are 25 classic films about Latinos that most of us grew up with!

1. “Spy Kids”

CREDIT: Spy Kids / Dimension Films


This film about two kids who discover their parents are spies was the ultimate film back when it came out. Fans of the show watches as two kids took on the role of spies in order to save their kidnapped parents. Starring a pretty all-star Latino cast including Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega.

2. “Tortilla Soup”

CREDIT: Tortilla Soup / Samuel Goldwyn Films


It was hard not to get sucked into this TV favorite about sisters trying to grow under the watchful eye of their father. Starring Héctor Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors and Elizabeth Peña.

3. “Fools Rush In”

CREDIT: Fools Rush In / Columbia Pictures

After a one-night stand in Vegas, a Las Vegas-based Latina discovers she’s pregnant with a New York City real estate agent. It might not have been totally parent-approved, but you know snuck this one in for all of the romantic and funny moments when abuela wasn’t watching. Stars Salma Hayek and Matthew Perry.

4. “Mi Vida Loca”

CREDIT: Mi Vida Loca / Sony Pictures Classics


Young Latino women evaluate their lives as gang members in Echo Park, Los Angeles in this film. Starring Angel Aviles and Seedy Lopez.

5. “La Bamba”

CREDIT: La Bamba / Colombia Pictures


This biographical film is about the life and career of Chicano rock ‘n’ roll star Ritchie Valens. Starring Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens in a classic case of Hollywood brown face.

6. “My Family”

CREDIT: My Family / New Line Cinema


A film that depicts the three generations of a Mexican family that emigrated and settled in East Los Angeles. Starring a young Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Smits.

7. “Selena”

CREDIT: Selena / Warner Bros.


This film about the young Texan music legend has become a cinematic classic. Starring aJennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos.

8. “Stand And Deliver”

CREDIT: Stand And Deliver / Warner Bros.


When an L.A. high school teacher becomes pressured to control his classroom of tough students he decides to challenge them with higher math. Starring Edward James Olmos.

9. “El Norte”

CREDIT: El Norte / PBS


The independent drama about two indigenous kids who flee Guatemala in the 1980s. Starring Zaide Silvia and GutiérrezDavid Villalpando.

10. “Born in East L.A.”

CREDIT: Born In East L.A. / Universal Pictures


The American comedy is about a Mexican-American who becomes mistaken for an undocumented immigrant and is deported. Starring Cheech Mari and Daniel Stern.

11. “American Me”

CREDIT: American Me / Universal Pictures


This biographical crime drama depicts a fictionalized account of California’s Mexican Mafia. Starring Edward James Olmos who also directed the film.

12. “The Sandlot”

CREDIT: The Sandlot / 20th Century Fox


“The Sandlot” wasn’t entirely a Latino film, but it did have a pretty epic Latino character. The film starred Mike Vitar as Benny “The Jet” Rodrigues.

Read: 25 Iconic Latino-Directed Movies That Will Feed Your Soul

13. “Por La Libre”

CREDIT: Por La Libre


This film follows Rodrigo and Rocco as they journey from Mexico City to Acapulco to accomplish their grandfather’s last wish. The film touches on key notes on family and sexuality.

Read: 24 Fuego Scenes In Latino Starring Movies That Are Way Better Than The “Fifty Shades” Series

14. “I Like It Like That”

CREDIT: I Like It Like That / Columbia Pictures


The Bronx-based comedy follows the highs and lows faced by a young, poor Puerto Rican couple. Starring Lauren Vélez and Jon Seda.

Read: 20 Romance Comedy And Drama Movies Starring Latinos To Stream Over The Weekend

15. “Raising Victor Vargas”

CREDIT: Raising Victor Vargas/ Samuel Goldwyn Films
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This depiction of life in the early 2000’s in New York City’s Lower East Side explains what it’s like to grow up in a large Latino family. The film stars Victor Rasuk and Judy Marte.

16. “Hangin’ With The Homeboys”

CREDIT: Hangin’ With The Homeboys / New Line Cinema


The quintessential coming of-age tale depicts the everyday lives of four men from the Bronx over the course of one night. Young John Leguizamo stars.

17. “Mosquita Y Mari”

CREDIT: Mosquito y Mari / Sundance Film Festival)


This film follows two young Chicanas and explores the experience of being a queer woman of color. Venecia Troncoso and Fenessa Pineda star.

18. “Zoot Suit”

CREDIT: Zoot Suit / Universal Picture


Daniel Valdez stars as Henry Reyna a man at the center of a Pacheco gang. The film has the Zoot Suit Riots and World War II as its backdrop.

19. “The Best Things In The World” (2010)

CREDIT: The Best Things In The World / Warner Bros. Pictures


This movie tells a family’s experience as they deal with divorce and their father’s coming out. The Brazilian film follows the family over a one-month period and stars Francisco Miguez and Caio Blat.

20. “Confissões de Adolescente”

CREDIT: Confissões de Adolescente / Sony Pictures Entertainment


Lovers of “Tortilla Soup” will love this tale about a band of sisters while helping their father. The film is based off of the diary entries of Maria Mariana, who also stars.

21. “The Way He Looks”

CREDIT: The Way He Looks / Vitrine Films

This film based off of the 2010 short film, “I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone,“ follows a blind teenager and his best friend Giovana as they explore the terms of their relationship. Gilherme Lobo stars as a blind high school student who struggles to gain his own independence.

22. “The Year My Parents Went On Vacation”

CREDIT: The Year My Parents Went On Vacation / Buena Vista International


Exploring the themes around politics and familial discord this film follows a young boy and his obsession over the World Cup.

23. “Lake Tahoe”

CREDIT: Lake Tahoe / Berlin Film Festival)


When Juan crashes his family car into a pole, his attempts to make amends leads him to a series of interesting characters.

24. “Like Water for Chocolate”

CREDIT: Like Water for Chocolate / Miramax Films

Despite her heart and will, Tita is a young girl  raised to believe that as the younger daughter in her family she will never be with the man she loves. This romantic film based on a Laura Esquivel novel stars Lumi Cavazo.

25. “McFarland USA.”

This 2015 sports drama stars Kevin Costner and Maria Bello in a depiction of the true story of a cross country team. The team from a mostly Latino high school trains to win a state championship.


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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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From That Picture With George W. Bush To Dakota Johnson’s Memeworthy Confrontation— A Timeline Of Ellen DeGeneres’ Downfall

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From That Picture With George W. Bush To Dakota Johnson’s Memeworthy Confrontation— A Timeline Of Ellen DeGeneres’ Downfall

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Last Thursday, American comedian, television host, and Finding Dory actress Ellen DeGeneres penned a personal memo to the employees of her talk show in an effort to address recent allegations of workplace toxicity.

“My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that,” she said while addressing recent complaints about her contributions to a toxic work environment on the show. “Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

Writing about what she has learned in recent weeks, DeGeneres vowed to push herself “to learn and grow.”

“We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention,” she went on to write. “I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so.”

DeGeneres’s letter comes at a time when serious allegations have been made about her and the executive producers on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Still, while current complaints have gone viral recently, they only seem to be part of an upset over the comedian’s behavior that has been years in the making

Check out the timeline of her downward spiral below:

December 2018 – The New York Times publishes the “Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think” headline

In a New York Times profile, reporter Jason Zinoman examined the comedian’s happy television host persona against her 2018 Netflix stand-up special, titled “Relatable”. With a headline that read “Ellen DeGeneres Is Not as Nice as You Think,” Zinoman wrote, “In sharp contrast to her public image as everyone’s good friend, happy to listen, she presents herself — with tongue in cheek — as cartoonishly aloof and indifferent, stuck in a privileged bubble, cracking several jokes, for instance, about her fabulous wealth.”

January 2019 – Defense of Kevin Hart and dismissal of his disappointed fans as “haters”

Soon after comedian and actor, Kevin Hart was ousted from his position as an Academy Awards host due to a series of discovered homophobic tweets and jokes he’d made, DeGeneres, invited him to come on her show.

During her interview with him, DeGeneres urged Hart to ignore the backlash he’d received and dismissed his critics as “haters.” Soon after, she appealed to the academy to hire him for the Oscars once again much to her supporters’ chagrin.

October 2019 – DeGeneres takes a photo with George W. Bush

In the fall of 2019, DeGeneres was pictured with former president George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game. The photo sparked backlash and expressions of disappointment online. After all, during his presidency, Bush pushed for bans on same-sex marriage.
DeGeneres belittled negative comments about the photo writing, “People were upset. They thought, ‘Why is a gay Hollywood liberal sitting next to a conservative Republican president?’ “Here’s the thing: I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different.”

November 2019 – Dakota Johnson calls DeGeneres out for lying on her own show

Known as the incident that might have first brought down Ellen, Johnson’s 2019 appearance on the comedian’s daytime show undoubtedly opened the floodgates. During an interview with the Fifty Shades Of Grey actress, DeGeneres commented about not being invited to her 30th birthday party asking “How was the party? I wasn’t invited.” Johnson was quick to defend herself in an awkward but honest moment saying “Actually, no, that’s not the truth, Ellen. You were invited.”

Oof.

March 2020 – And of course, that viral Twitter post

Months after Johnson’s appearance, a Twitter thread posted by “Gilmore Guys” podcast co-host Kevin T. Porter went viral after he petitioned for negative stories about DeGeneres’s behavior in “exchange for food bank donations.”

The tweet reeled in over 16K comments and a whole lot of horrifying stories about the actress.

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