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16 GIFs That Totally Capture A Latino Family Dinner

If there’s one thing Latinos know how to do, it’s eat with family. It may sound like a breeze, but surviving a Latino family dinner is totally a rite of passage and something we’re groomed for from the time we emerge from the womb.

Here are 15 GIFs that totally capture a Latino family dinner.


1. You open the door and about a thousand of your cousins greet you.

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Even though your face hurts from smiling and kissing all of them, you try to remain upbeat because you are hungry. The faster you get through this, the better.


2. Of course, everyone insists on calling you by your childhood nickname…

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It doesn’t matter what you look like now, you’ll be Gordo / Flaca / Yoyi / Cabezón de Melón for the rest of your life.


3. Your abuelo insists you sit down next to him and watch “Primer Impacto,” even though dinner was supposed to start 20 minutes ago.

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And of course he insists on talking throughout the entire show.


4. Your tía chismosa comments that you’re looking out of shape, and your entire family chimes in with their thoughts about it.

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You summon strength you didn’t even know you had to calm yourself and not freak out.


5. By now you’re starving, but the chisme is flowing and no one in sight seems worried about when dinner is going to start.

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At this point, you’d even eat your Tía Tati’s cooking — the same tía who’s managed to burn water.


6. Then the dreaded “mija/o, puedes ayudarme?” comes from the kitchen.

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Despite your brain screaming, “NO!!” you say, “Sure, abuela!” Because while it all seems harmless enough at first…


7. …You then proceed to be scolded about how you don’t know how to properly boil a pastele.

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OKAY, IN YOUR DEFENSE, MAKING PASTELES IS REALLY, REALLY HARD.


8. FINALLY! It’s time to eat! You feel like this:

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You’re truly so happy you could cry.


9. Oh right, except it takes about 20 minutes for everyone to stop fighting about where they want to sit at the table.

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You deserve a damn gold medal for not losing your sh*t on every family member right now. (And for avoiding sitting next to that one gassy uncle.)


10. You then have to wait until all the older people are served, while fielding questions about when you’re going to graduate/get promoted/get married/have 2.5 kids.

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Weren’t family dinners supposed to be, you know, enjoyable? No?


11. Every five minutes, your mami, tías and abuela ask you if you’re enjoying the food they “slaved over.”

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You calmly tell them it’s very delicious, all the while trying not to blow up.


12. You get scolded at least five times for using ketchup on your pastele. “You’re too Americanized!” they shout at you.

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You insist you didn’t mean to offend them, but by now it’s too far gone. Everyone’s offended and fighting.


13. You make it through dinner (finally), when your abuela says it’s time for dessert.

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Hell. Yeah. There’s no way you can offend your family when eating flan!


14. This then leads to approximately 18 hours of “sobre mesa,” mostly spent talking about people you’ve never heard of.

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Who is Cousin Osvaldo, and why have we spent hours talking about his goiter?!


15. Of course, it then takes another hour-to-five months to say goodbye to everyone.

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Do I even really know all of you???


16. …And as you leave, your abuela asks you when the last time you went to church was.

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Wouldn’t be a Latino family dinner if your status with God wasn’t brought up at the last second! Ay dios mio.


READ: 18 Things That Happen When You Have a Huge Family

Can you relate? What happens when your family gets together for a big meal? And can we come? 

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13 Spooky Movies To Watch That Are Guaranteed To Make Your Skin Crawl

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13 Spooky Movies To Watch That Are Guaranteed To Make Your Skin Crawl

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With Halloween fast approaching, we’re getting ready to cue up those scary movies for the best quarantine fright- fest yet. Horror movies are the one thing that seals the deal on making spooky season official. Time to butter up that popcorn, sip on that chocolatito, and snuggle up in front of the TV.

So, are you looking to kick back to some great horror films but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered with a list of our top 13 scary movies just in time for spooky season. These films range from classic horror to psychological thrillers. This list is the perfect way to get you into the spirit. Are you ready for the best scare yet?

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

Let’s start off with a Guillermo Del Torro classic. After 10-year-old Carlos becomes orphaned after the death of his father, he soon discovers the secrets of the haunted school that shelters him. Set during the Spanish Civil War and filled with ghosts, defused bombs, and a whole lot of mystery, this movie is one that will definitely keep heads turning.

Carrie (1976)

Carrie White seems to think the world is against her and I mean: she’s not wrong. Who wouldn’t get upset and lash out with their mother and peers constantly antagonizing her? Little do we know, Carrie reveals her telekinetic powers that eventually leads to some problematic outcomes as she starts to seek out intense revenge on those who’ve wronged her.

Poltergeist (1982)

A classic tale of ghosts and exorcisms all combined in one. When the California-based Freelings’s family encounters that ghosts are communing in their television set, they are seemingly terrified. The parents have no choice but to hire an exorcist to help as soon as they discover their 5-year-old daughter is now missing. But the question is: will this help or hurt them?  

Mama (2012)

When two twin sisters mysteriously vanish on the same day of their parent’s death, their uncle and his girlfriend go on a thrilling search for their bodies. The twins are found in a decaying cabin in the woods after searching. This is when it becomes clear that their escape will not be as easy as it seems. A short by Argentinian director Andrés Muschietti, it’s no wonder why the film won the ASCAP award for the best Top Box Office Films. 

BirdBox (2018)

A mysterious force has wiped out humanity and everyone knows that if you see this thing you die. Everyone is now strategizing the best way to overcome this and stay safe. One woman desperately tries everything in her power to keep her children safe and away from sight. The best and safest way to seek this shelter ultimately results in them figuring it out blindfolded. This Netflix original sent chills down my spine, and I promise as soon as you watch it, you’ll get them too. 

Us (2019)

The protagonist Adelaide revisits her childhood town with her family and has a gutted feeling that the past may now take over the present. The movie recount a terrifying incident of her childhood when she was traumatized in a carnival fun house. The family soon encounters four strangers who look exactly like each one of them. This Jordan Peele creation leaves viewers the opportunity to piece together the puzzle pieces slowly but surely, and journeys you through a horrifying storyline that will leave you glued to your television screen. 

A Quiet Place (2018)

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Actions speak louder than words,” right? Well in this thriller it’s certainly the truth. A horror film that essentially has only a few pages of real dialogue, the premise is that if “they” hear you, “they” find you. The family of four must be the quietest they’ve ever been so that a breath or even a footstep won’t reveal their presence. You’ll be jumping out of your seat so maybe don’t watch this alone in the dark.

Vampires vs The Bronx (2020)

Sometimes the best films are the ones that scare you but also make you laugh. This coming-of-age horror comedy recently made its Netflix debut earlier this month and fans are non-stop raving about it. It follows a group of teens from the Bronx who are forced to save their neighborhood from an incoming vampire invasion. The concept incorporates prevalent societal issues with a lighthearted twist and is a perfect treat for all audiences to enjoy.

Hereditary (2018)

A family in mourning finds ways to cope with the loss of a loved one while experiencing supernatural phenomena. The encounters with the supernatural begin to grow more and more disturbing. The family is left with these moments linking to a grand unveiling of family history and secrets. It’s so haunting that this movie will stay with you forever.

Veronica (2017)

“Veronica” tells the tale of a girl and her friends summoning the spirit of her dead father during a solar eclipse using a Ouija board. However, there are more undesirable spirits that have come through. She’s quickly surrounded by evil spirits and presences that are now known to pose a threat to her family. Sandra Escacena was nominated for the Goya Award for Best New Actress in 2018 for her work.

The Cabin In The Woods (2011)

Basically, a college cabin vacation gone wrong. A camping trip with five friends takes a turn when they are attacked by a family of zombies. The camping trip turns into a fight for their lives as the zombies are part of a ritualistic sacrifice. A Rotten Tomatoes reviewer even said “Would you like your head thoroughly messed with? Then check straight into ‘The Cabin in the The Woods.’” So that sums that up pretty nicely.

The Witches (2020)

Witches in the U.K. are plotting to rid the island of children by turning them into mice. Fortunately for all of the children, one young boy and his grandmother catch wind of the plan. The movie is all about the boy and his grandmother working together to make sure the witches fail in their dastardly plans.

READ: 17 Perfectly Creepy Horror Movies By Latinos To Watch Before You Die

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The ‘How It Started’ Memes Are Filled With The Funny And Wholesome Content We All Need In 2020

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The ‘How It Started’ Memes Are Filled With The Funny And Wholesome Content We All Need In 2020

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It is not a lie to say that 2020 has been a year of disappointment and high-stress scenarios. We’ve had to quarantine from a virus, wildfires are destroying a lot of land, and well, everything else going on has just made things worse. Fortunately, on Twitter trend is giving everyone a chance to see that things can get better.

Let’s face it, 2020 has been a tough year for everyone but one Twitter trend is making life a little better.

We’ve all seen the “How It Started” memes taking over social media in recent weeks. The memes are both funny and inspirational with some showing some amazing glow ups and others showing the crushing reality of everyday life. We have all felt like the man crying over 2020 at some point over the last 7 months. It’s like this year just doesn’t stop.

Relationships are a big part of this meme trend.

Oof. This is painful and so many of us know this to be true. 😭 Sure, we can all blame our relationship woes on the current state of the world. However, that would just be doing a disservice to ourselves and our love lives. Most of us who are single now have been single for a very long time pre-Covid. But, hey, no one knows that you’re lying if you blame Covid.

A few wonderful people highlighted their transition into their true selves.

Stunning. Show-stopping. Magnificent. We love to see it. There is nothing better to see in this world than someone living their authentic truth. Like, go and do your thing. Slay all of the hearts you see, honey, and take no prisoners. We are all better in their world to be surrounded by people living in complete honesty.

The Lil Nas X joined in on the fun and highlighted his own meteoric rise to fame.

The “Old Town Road” singer really did make a big name for himself. Not only did his song get made into a duet and remix with every artist imaginable, he beat Mariah Carey’s record. Lil Nas X went from someone that no one knew to unseating Mariah Carey for longest time spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts.

There are some very clever takes on this meme.

So, like, who else feels like they are being personally attacked by this meme? College might have been years ago but these memories linger. Tequila is just one of those things that so many of use have to learn the hard way and those lessons stick with you.

Simone Biles gave us one of the most memorable glow ups of the meme challenge.

Simone Biles is one of the most legendary women to ever walk this planet. The way she was able to make herself known around the world as the best gymnast is no short feat. She is and will always be one of the best women to represent the U.S. in the Olympics.

READ: President Trump Thinks Injecting Disinfectants Could Cure COVID-19 And The Memes Are Hilarious

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