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These Characters Are Showing How Versatile Latina Actresses Are

It used to feel like every time Latinas were on screen they were playing some kind of help. Not anymore! Now, we’re living in an era where Latinas are slaying the small screen in an array of different roles. Here are 9 badass Latina TV characters who are breaking the mold.

1. Jane Villanueva from “Jane the Virgin”

A new #JaneTheVirgin is TONIGHT at 9/8c!

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All hail the QUEEN! Listen, it’s not secret “Jane the Virgin” is my favorite show. I’ve written about it here, here, and here. But the glue that holds it all together? The title character of Jane; she’s a passionate, whip-smart, incredibly talented writer, mother, and wife, and hands-down the driving force of the show. She’s one of the most well-written television characters in the last 10 years, and I’m so excited to see where the writers bring her in the future.

2. Valencia Perez from “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”



Valencia Perez is the kind of girl we love to hate; beautiful, a yoga instructor, and the apple of almost everyone’s eye. The great thing about “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is that they don’t just make her a bitch because she was dating Josh (Rebecca’s old flame) – she’s a character that feels like a real person, and Gabrielle Ruiz plays her perfectly. 

3. Rosita Espinosa from “The Walking Dead”

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Hey, if you’re still alive during the Zombie Apocalypse, you automatically get so many badass points. Rosita Espinosa is still kicking it (but with this show, who knows for how long), and she’s become one of the show’s most central characters. Whether it’s her friendship with Eugene, or her kickass fighting, walker-killing skills, she’s definitely someone that sticks out in the series.

4. Dr. Callie Torres in “Grey’s Anatomy”



Dr. Callie Torres appeared in 240 episodes of the mega hit “Grey’s Anatomy.” That’s pretty damn impressive. She was strong, loved dancing, and an orthopedic queen. You better believe that on a show like “Grey”‘sthis character has gone through some major ups and downs, which only makes her an amazing multi-dimensional character.

5. Rosa Diaz from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Day 345 of 2016. Rosa knows ? #brooklyn99 #nypd #rosadiaz #booty

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Let me count the ways I love this AMAZING CHARACTER. Wait – there are too many. Is it possible to be in love with a fictional character but also to be terrified by them? She is tough as nails, and you don’t want to mess with her. But you kind of have to be scary when you’re a detective, right?

6. Amy Santiago from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

Amy is my favorite I sob?? #brooklyn99 #amysantiago #melissafumero @melissafumero

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When you’ve got not one but two incredible Latinas on a show, you know it’s gotta be BOMB. Amy Santiago, while not as scary as Rosa, is still one you don’t want to mess with. She’s also hilarious, as exhibited above.

7. Harlee Santos from “Shades of Blue”

What are you looking at? #ShadesofBlue

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Listen, Jennifer Lopez can do no wrong. I would follow her to the ends of the earth and back again. So when it was announced a year or two back that she’d be top lining NBC’s “Shades of Blue,” the world rejoiced. J.Lo. As a cop. On our TV screens every week. I MEAN, IS THERE A DOWNSIDE TO THIS AT ALL? I THINK NOT.

8. Gloria Delgado-Pritchett from “Modern Family”



It might at first appear that Gloria hits the stereotypes of a Latina we actively work against: oversexed, loud, and ridiculous. But anyone that watches the show knows that it’s not the case; Gloria is layered and an awesome mom, hilarious, and eccentric. She’s been in the TV game for a long time and we’re super thankful for it.

9. Xiomara Villanueva from “Jane the Virgin”

Xiomara delivers an intimate concert experience on #JaneTheVirgin, TONIGHT at 9/8c!

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XO is such an incredible character on “Jane the Virgin.” Which is no surprise because this show rocks. Can you tell how much I love it?! XO is flawed and that’s what makes her so real. She’s funny, has a wild side, is an insanely talented singer, and doesn’t always make the best decisions – but if there’s one thing about XO, it’s that she loves fiercely. Ugh, I want to be her best friend, please.

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Ellen DeGeneres Finally Addressed Those Toxic Workplace Allegations In Her Show’s Season Premiere

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Ellen DeGeneres Finally Addressed Those Toxic Workplace Allegations In Her Show’s Season Premiere

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On Monday, host, and actress Ellen DeGeneres returned to her show for her first episode since her daytime talk show came under investigation for harboring a “toxic” workplace environment. Intent on restoring her sunny reputation, the comedian addressed the allegations head-on with an opening monologue that described her summer as “great” and by issuing an apology that fans have long been waiting for.

Returning to the studio for the show’s season premiere, DeGeneres apologized to those who had been negatively affected while working as part of her staff.

“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation,” DeGeneres admitted. “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.” The Finding Doy Star went onto explain that she claims “responsibility for what happens at my show.”

Over the summer, soon after the pandemic broke, various former and current staff members of DeGeneres’ show alleged that they had endured harassment, intimidation and racism.

In a report published by BuzzFeed, former employees claimed that the 32-time Daytime Emmy Award winner’s “be kind” persona was “all for show.” After she and various other senior staffers were accused of fostering a toxic work environment, her show’s parent company WarnerMedia issued an apology. Three of the show’s top producers also made an exit.

In response to the allegations, WarnerMedia addressed concerns at the time saying “Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres take the recent allegations around the show’s workplace culture very seriously.” Soon after, in July, DeGeneres issued an email apology to her team and revealed that an internal investigation had been launched.

On Monday, the host explained that after making “the necessary changes,” she and WarnerMedia “had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, the workplace and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”

She went onto joke about her reputation as the “be kind” lady, and claimed that it is “a tricky position to be in.”

“Being known as the ‘be kind’ lady is a tricky position to be in,” she admitted. “So let me give you some advice out there if anybody’s thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the ‘be kind’ lady. Don’t do it. The truth is I am that person that you see on TV.”

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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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In a world with so much rising intersectionality and access to language tools, many still feel that passing along the traditions of their languages is necessary. Studies have shown for decades that children who grow up in an environment where they’re exposed to different languages have a pathway ahead of them that is full of promise. Particularly when it comes to education and career opportunities.

But why else do some parents find it essential to teach their children their family’s native languages?

Recently, we asked Latinas why learning their native language is important to them.

Check out the answer below!

“So they can be a voice for others in their community .” –_saryna_


“Besides the fact that bilingual kids use more of their brains. I’d like to teach my baby my native language so they can feel closer to our roots and be able to communicate/connect with our community not just in the US, but in Latin America too.” –shidume

“So that when the opportunity arises they can pursue their endeavors with nothing holding them back!” –candymtz13


“It not only helps them be multilingual, but also reminded them of their ancestry. Their roots. It builds a certain connection that cannot be broken.”-yeimi_herc


“So they can communicate with their grandparents, so they have double the opportunities growing up so they know their roots. So many reasons.”
elizabethm_herrera

“Know where you came from, being bilingual for more job opportunities later, being able to communicate with family members.”- panabori25

“I don’t have children but I think a language is tied to the culture. For me Spanish is a direct representation of how romantic and dramatic and over the top in the most beautiful way latin culture is. Also I’m Dominican and we just blend and make up words which really represents how crazy my family is.” –karenmarie15


“If I don’t and they lose ties to their people meaning my family who only speaks Spanish and Italian than I myself am harming them. As a preschool teacher I always tell parents English will happen eventually that’s the universal language but teach them their home home language the one that grandma/pa and the rest of the family speaks. They lose their identity. Sure they make up their own eventually but they must never forget where they come from.” –ta_ta1009


“So he doesn’t lose the connection to his grandmother and great grandfather who only speak spanish. So if he ever hears someone struggling to communicate he can help and feel a sense of pride in his roots/culture. 🇸🇻 plus 🤞🤞 I want him to pick up a 3rd language too!” –cardcrafted

“To give them more opportunities in life. I feel that some stories can only be told with authenticity when they’re in their native language. If you have the opportunity to do so, please do.” –titanyashigh

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