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When Was The First Time You Saw Yourself Reflected On TV?

I can remember the first time I saw a family like mine on television. They were called the Delgados, and they lived on a pretty famous street.

Writing about “Sesame Street’s”‘ new Latina character reminded me how valuable it was to grow up with Luis and Maria Delgado, two characters — played by a Mexican-American and a Puerto Rican actor, respectively — who acted and sounded a lot like my own parents. (Except they never told me to make my bed, and so were even cooler than my parents.) When their daughter, Gaby, was introduced on the show, it presented a girl who was a lot like me and girls I knew: She spoke English and Spanish! Her parents loved her, but were kiiinda strict. Even her name — unlike the Brendas and Lisas also on TV at the time — was familiar, grounded in an experience I knew and felt at home in. She was like a cousin, only on the other side of a screen.

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The same was true for “Que Pasa USA,” a truly groundbreaking, fully bilingual show about a Cuban exile family living in Miami that aired on public television and routinely made me laugh until tears ran down my face. The Peña family was like my family, only maybe a little funnier, and they made me feel, from an extremely early age, that my story was one worth telling, one that deserved to be on television and shared with an audience.

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And it’s not like the only people we can relate to as Latinos are other Latinos. (If that was the case, we wouldn’t consistently over-index when it comes to media engagement.) For instance: There’s a scene in “Fresh Off the Boat” that shows the Huang family sitting down to watch “All American Girl.” That one, brief little scene drove home that it’s been a hell of a long time since an Asian-American family was the focus of a U.S. TV sitcom, and that the Huang family may not have existed without “All American Girl” paving the way. It’s a scene that was also relatable, I think, to anyone who has yearned to see more faces, accents and names like theirs on TV. (Like, say, Latinos.) Of course, it’s also not like every Latino presented on TV is instantly relatable to all of us (see: Carlos Mencia). But seeing a specifically Latino story that mirrors your own so closely works to validate that your voice, your experience, and your ideas are of value to people beyond you. After all, you can’t be what you can’t see.

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So, here’s my question for all you: When was the first time you saw yourself reflected on television? When was your “hard relate” moment? And if that’s never happened for you, do you have faith that it’ll happen soon?

Let us know in the comments thread or on Facebook, and your responses might be used in an upcoming post here on Mitú.

READ: After Years Of Hard Work, This Cubana Is Killing It In Hollywood

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Here Are The Shows And Movies We Couldn’t Get Enough Of In 2020

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Here Are The Shows And Movies We Couldn’t Get Enough Of In 2020

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This year has been a great time to get intimately acquainted with your apartment and home. It was also a time to get very familiar with what there is to watch on your streaming platforms. Here’s what we spent the year of quarantine binge watching.

“The Queen’s Gambit”

“The Queen’s Gambit” was one of the most popular shows of the year. The limited series was all about chess and a young woman’s journey to become the best in the world. She learns while in an orphanage and eventually starts to become a mastermind of chess. The show has brought a lot of attention to chess and more people than ever are interested in the board game. Anya Taylor-Joy as the main character is one of the best performances of the year.

“The Mandalorian”

“The Mandalorian” is the Star Wars show that everyone can’t stop talking about. Pedro Pascal brings the Latino essence to the show without even knowing it. The Star Wars universe is never-ending and this show proves that the fans will show up whenever there is anything Star Wars.

“Los Espookys”

The HBO series is giving you all of the dry, senseless humor you can stand. It is worth watching the show just to get some much needed laughs after this dumpster fire of a year. Let yourself be lost in the hilarity that is Julio Torres.

“Pose”

Afro-Latino queer ballroom culture takes center stage in the FX original show “Pose.” So much of queer culture is thanks to queer people of color and this show honors them. It is one of the best queer shows to ever hit a streaming platform and will open your eyes to a part of the queer community that is often ignored and overlooked.

“Happiest Season”

Another brilliant queer production, “Happiest Season” is all about lesbian love and coming out of the closet. Aubrey Plaza, while not a leading character, plays an important role in helping Abby and Harper’s relationship move to the next level. Harper is left trying to decide if it is worth coming out to her family during the holidays and the result is everything you hoped for.

“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia”

“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia” a young robotics genius is living her teenage life with all of the awkward moments you would expect. The show was definitely a sleeper but it makes the list because of the wonderful representation. It isn’t often that you see young Latinas in tech or robotics in media. It’s worth a watch just to fill you with all kinds of good feels.

READ: Netflix Is Bringing Back Seven Classic Black Sitcoms And They’re Already On My Binge List

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Netflix Has Confirmed That ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Is Coming Back For Season 3 Without Diego Luna

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Netflix Has Confirmed That ‘Narcos: Mexico’ Is Coming Back For Season 3 Without Diego Luna

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“Narcos” is one of Netflix’s most wildly popular original series. Over the years, fans have learned about Narcos culture and history through the show and we are officially getting another season. Here’s what we know.

“Narcos: Mexico” Season 3 is coming to Netflix and, like, omg.

“Narcos” first started with following the drug trade in Colombia with Pablo Escobar. The fourth season was instead “Narcos: Mexico” and the beginnings of the Mexican drug trade became the focus of the series. Fans went wild for the show and it has continued to enjoy success with the Netflix audience.

Showrunner Eric Newman is stepping down in the coming season.

Instead, co-creator Carlos Bernard is stepping up and taking on the role of showrunner. Newman was the showrunner for five seasons since “Narcos” first started and is excited to see the show develop under Bernard.

“I am grateful for my five years at the helm of ‘Narcos’ and ‘Narcos: Mexico’ and am immensely proud of what this spectacular team has achieved with these shows,” Newman told Variety. “Carlos Bernard is the first person I ever spoke to about this project, over ten years ago, and I am extremely pleased to leave the steering of Season 3 of ‘Narcos: Mexico’ in his very capable hands.”

Brace yourself because Diego Luna is not joining the cast this season.

Tbh, Luna was one of the best parts of the show. He isn’t everything but he was a major part of the iconic and beloved show. The news is bumming out large parts of the “Narcos” fanbase who have come to love and look forward to him.

People are ready for this to happen yesterday.

Like, thank you for letting us know it is happening Netflix. Now we need to know when the show will actually be released. We appreciate the little update but we just need to know when we can watch the show.

We look forward to the release date, Netflix.

We are ready to sit on the couch and binge the season the moment it drops. Let’s get this together and get the show streaming. Thank you so very much!

READ: Diego Luna Talks The Importance Of The Storytelling In ‘Narcos: Mexico’ And Why Mexico City Will Always Be His Home

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