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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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Jennifer Lopez And Matthew McConaughey Honor The 20th Anniversary Of ‘The Wedding Planner’

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Jennifer Lopez And Matthew McConaughey Honor The 20th Anniversary Of ‘The Wedding Planner’

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2001. A year of quite a lot of big events and don’t fans of The Wedding Planner know it!

Twenty years ago the beloved romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez as a cynical but ambitious wedding planner and Matthew McConaughey the engaged doctor with who she falls in love with.

Twenty years later and of course we needed a reunion to celebrate.

Fortunately, the leading stars reunited for a virtual screening of the 20th anniversary of the hit film. 

During an Instagram Live event, the two actors reunited to wax nostalgia about their iconic romantic comedy from their respective homes. During the sweet gathering, Lopez and McConaughey talked about all things related to that time including their kissing scenes. Recalling one kissing moment in particular, Lopez said to McConaughey “You said, ‘Miss Lopez, I’m going to kiss you now.’ And I said, ‘OK, let’s do it. Let’s hit it.'”

Speaking about the movie’s impact on their career they both admitted that they’ve been lucky.

“When you do these movies… we’ve been lucky enough to continue doing what we love,” Lopez explained. “There are certain moments that always stick out in your head.”

“I so enjoyed working with you,” Lopez added. “We had such a nice rapport and chemistry. We were somewhat at the beginning of our careers at that time. It was exciting to be working on any movie. I still feel that way. It was a magical time. I’m such a romantic too that working on those types of movies have a real feel for me.”

Sweetly, McConaughey praised Lopez for her talent and ambition.

“You prepare so well for everything you do. I love your intentionality, I love how deliberate you are. You would have it down, you love the choreography. I love your deliberation, and the preparation you have,” he added before lamenting the fall of romcoms. “In a way, [The Wedding Planner] was the last of the rom-coms,” McConaughey said. “The rom-com doesn’t get made anymore.”

Lopez was quick to point out that she’s worked hard to ensure that rom-coms don’t die altogether. “I wanna know there’s a happily ever after, I wanna know that. Even though we know we’ve lived through a tough year, miracles still happen, love prevails, things can go right, for sure.”

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Latinas Share The Movies They Love To Watch With Their Friends

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Latinas Share The Movies They Love To Watch With Their Friends

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Sure, we’re still in quarantine but that doesn’t mean all female bonding goes out the window! Cuddling up with your friends and staying in for a good movie is still totally possible thanks to Zoom and wine. And while our options of views might seem to be dwindling thanks to a lack of content on streamers…

Fortunately, Latinas are coming together to share the best movies to watch.

Check them out below!
“Practical Magic” –jessica_546

“Birds of Prey.”- brainsbeastbeauty

“Bridesmaids.” –

“Mean Girls” –dominiricanmarie


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“13 going on 30!” –_mariaaceves

“Twilight.” –vivaloscupcakes

“Moulin Rouge.” –ninasandra

“Practical Magic. “ isabel__maria__

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“Selena.” –momma_bear_of4

“Bridesmaids & Mean Girls.” –glamit_gabby

“Romy & Michelle, Legally Blonde, Devil Wears Prada, How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days, the Wedding Planner, Sex & the City.”- mixtapemcgee

“Aquamarine.” –itz_me_otra_vez

“Hustlers.” –mellowagrelo


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“Legally blonde!! HELLO!! My big fat Greek wedding, anything hallmark.” –luvgabz

“Coyote ugly.” –sugarandstorytime

“Now & Then.” –l.a.momma

NOW AND THEN, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffman, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Christina Ricci, 1995


“Riding in Cars with boys.” –mrs.ssg415

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