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15 Reasons Everyone Should Watch ‘Stand and Deliver’ Again

Can you believe the movie Stand and Deliver came out in 1988? Based on the true story of badass Bolivian math teacher Jaime Escalante, the movie has been a must-see for Latinos for nearly two decades. It stars Edward James Olmos as Escalante, who is trying to inject confidence in a group of misfit students from East LA’s Garfield High School. Here’s what we learned from el maestro Escalante:

1. Sometimes, it’s OK to Bring a Knife to School

2. Chale, Holmes… Hairnets Aren’t Just for Lunch Ladies

3. Your Parents May Have a Different American Dream Than You

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Ana Delgado had dreams of going to medical school, but her papá wanted her waiting tables at the family restaurant. He wasn’t trying to be a hater, but he totally came off like one.  All Ana wanted was to be in charge of her life. Mr. Escalante even tried to convince Ana’s father in person:

Jaime Escalante: She’ll just get fat, waste her life away in your restaurant. You have to understand – she’s a top student.
Mr. Delgado: I started washing dishes for a nickel an hour. Now I own this place. Did I waste my life?

Awwwwkward.

4. Latinos Have Math in Their Blood, Ese

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Going to school in the United States sometimes leaves you thinking that all the big ideas and concepts first came from Europe, but sabes qué? Escalante schools his kids (and us) when he reveals the Mayans discovered the concept of zero before the Greeks or Romans.

5. If They Give You the Finger…

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… Give Them Ten

6. There’s Nothing Better Than Shutting Up the Haters

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You know why it feels so good to succeed after working hard? Because nobody handed it to you. YOU worked for it. That’s how Escalante’s students felt when the haters at the Education Testing Service questioned how they scored so well on their calculus exams (even if one of them was played by a young, sexy Andy Garcia).

7. Cholos Have Feelings, Too

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Angel wanted to learn calculus, but he didn’t want his homies to give him shit for trying. He ended up with THREE text books (one for class, one for his locker and one for home) so he wouldn’t have to deal with the anxiety he felt from all the peer pressure. DAYUM!

8. What? Mexican-Americans and Chicanos Had Their Own Section on Test Sheets?

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“Mexican American or Chicano” was its own ethnic group category and Latinos from other places were in a different category. In the ’80s?

9. Your Abuelita Always Has Your Back Even When You’ve Got a Bad Rep

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You tried to explain why you couldn’t show up to class on time, but it didn’t fly and you got kicked out. Show up at your profe’s house with your abuela pleading your case. No one can resist an abuela.

10. You Might be a “Burro,” but Ignorance Is Not Stupidity

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Can you call a child, teenager or young adult stupid because they don’t know about things they haven’t been exposed to? No. In Stand and Deliver, Pancho had no confidence in his abilities, then being exposed to computers sparked a passion in him.

READ: This Adorable Kid Cries on His First Day of School When He Realizes Mom Can’t Come

11. Your Grandma Doesn’t Want You to Dress Like a Cholo – Even When You Are One

12. You Can’t Always Have Everything Under Control

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You can’t be prepared for everything that might happen. All you can do is your best and try to keep your ass covered.

13. No Bathing Suit, No Problem

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Your friends jump into the ocean fully clothed, but you don’t want to mess up your khakis and you don’t have swimming trunks? Strip down to your chonies and vámonos! Also, metaphorically speaking—don’t be afraid to expose your true self.

READ: 11 Rules Every Latino Unconsciously Lives By

 14. Even When You Think You’ve Got it All Together, Life Will Continue to Test You

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You work hard, you prove yourself and you think you’re done. Unfortunately, that’s not always how it works. Sometimes you are going to be asked to prove yourself again.

15. You Can Have All the Talent in the World, But It’s Nothing Without GANAS

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Jaime Escalante saw the talent in his students and he made sure they knew it. But Escalante also knew that recognizing your talent isn’t enough – you’ve got to have the drive to succeed and PUT IN WORK.

What lessons did you learn from the movie Stand and Deliver? mitú wants to know. Tell us in the comments below!

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Latinas Shared The Movies And Shows That Made Them Feel Seen

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Latinas Shared The Movies And Shows That Made Them Feel Seen

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It’s no secret that over the past few decades, people of color worked to fight for equal representation on screens both big and small. While, of course, there have been great POC and LGTBQ relationships on television there’s really been a spike in the spectrum of representation since our early years watching television and learning about relationships.

Recently, we asked Latinas on Instagram what shows and movies featured their favorite most diverse couples.

And the answers threw us for a time loop!

Check them out below!


“Maria and Luis on Sesame Street.”- melissa_phillips71


“Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner is The Bodyguard, they reminded me of my parents and they loved to play the soundtrack.” –millenialmarta


“The leads in Someone Great, Jane and Michael the virgin and the lesbian relationship Gentrified. It’s been 30 years and I finally found characters I can relate to.” –allyss_abyss_

“Most definitely, “Brooklyn 99”: two female Hispanics as regulars and a white person playing a Hispanic (Andy Samberg’s character’s last name is Peralta, which is a Spanish surname).” – seadra2011

“Holt and Kevin(and Rosa Diaz) have changed the way people have perceived gay couples and gay people. Nine Nine!” –chaoticbiguy


“The first on-screen presence that made me feel seen/represented period was @justinamachado ‘s character on One Day At A Time. A Latina veteran struggling with her mental health while trying to juggle school, work, love, and family? And as a main character? Whew….“-vieja.metiche

“Taína! It was on Disney if I remember correctly?? Then @americaferrera in sisterhood of the traveling pants as Carmen. 😭❤️ her life was like mine. Growing up in suburbs but never really having a place culturally.. but my girlfriends still had my back no matter our background.” –chessy__a

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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