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7 Latino Characters Who are Finally Adding Diversity to TV

It’s taken a long time, but it appears Latino characters are slowly starting to make their way into both network television and streaming online shows. From Gina Rodriguez’s Golden Globe darling Jane Villanueva to Gael Garcia Bernal’s Rodrigo De Souza, here are some of the Latino TV characters making us proud.

Jane Villanueva of Jane the Virgin (Gina Rodriguez)

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Laurel Castillo of How to Get Away with Murder (Karla Souza)

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Rodrigo de Souza of Mozart in the Jungle (Gael García Bernal)

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CREDIT: Mozart in the Jungle / Amazon Studios

Gael Garcia Bernal’s character Rodrigo De Souza, an eccentric conductor trying to keep the magic of symphony orchestra alive, is based off the real-life Latino conductor who is bringing the joy of classical music to thousands: Gustavo Dudamel.  So it was a double ? ? that Gael won a Golden Globe for his performance! A real “si se puede” moment.

READ: 7 Unforgettable Moments by Latinos at the Golden Globes

Alonzo Gutierrez of American Crime (Benito Martinez)

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CREDIT: American Crime / ABC

The first season of this ABC network show featured several Latino characters. However, we couldn’t be particularly proud of them since they were having run-ins with the law. Benito Martinez’s character, Alonzo Gutiérrez, stood out from the bunch though as the hardworking and dedicated father of character Tony.

Daya of Orange is the New Black (Dascha Polanco)

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Chava of Club de Cuervos (Luis Gerardo Méndez)

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CREDIT: Club de Cuervos / Netflix US & Canada

Netflix made the push into Latin America by premiering its first Spanish-language series, Club de Cuervos. The comedy stars Luis Gerardo Méndez as Chava, a spoiled party boy who inherits his late father’s club soccer team. Despite having more experience partying with players than managing a huge corporation, Chava swears he has ALL the right answers (spoilers: he doesn’t). Futbol and #Netflixandchill? We’re in!

Harlee Santos of Shades of Blue (Jennifer Lopez)

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CREDIT: Shades of Blue / NBC

J.Lo is back on the small screen, everyone!!!  This time, as tough NY detective Harlee Santos. After years of doing not-quite-by-the-book police work, Santos has to do whatever it takes to protect her family. We know Jenny from the Block kicks ass in real life (fashion, live dance routines, being a fierce #cougar), and now we’re excited to see her do it on TV.

Did we miss any of your favorite Latino TV characters? Let us know in the comments below!

‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Is The Perfect Representation Of What Happens With Three Generations Of Moms Live Together

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“Jane the Virgin” doesn’t just give us a telenovela where every mother is a grounded and developed character. It shows America what single latinidad motherhood looks like from birth to vieja-hood. From the wisdom of abuela Alba, to the free spirit of Xiomara and the diplomatic Jane, we see a taste of our own traditions and the evolving methods of Latina motherhood in different generations.

While you have probably never accidentally been artificially inseminated, you’ve definitely felt the same love shown by these tv mamas. They are always there for each other to lift each other up and make life as great as possible. Moms are just like that. Happy Mother’s Day. Even though we might be separated in quarantine, we can still give our moms a sweet memory on this day. Call her and tell her you love her.

We first meet the Villanueva women with their eyes glued to a telenovela, like most Latino families.

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No matter how old you are or how cheesy they are, telenovelas with your mom and abuela are moments we all cherish.

Legit, we have been snuggling with the most important women of our lives for some incredible telenovela drama since we were little kids.

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The Villanueva women even have a long-standing Mother’s Day tradition of binge-watching an entire telenovela series and that’s magical.

ICYMI, Jane was accidentally, artificially inseminated, which is not common.

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Like many of our families, Jane was taught that her virginity was sacred. Unfortunately, a mishap led to her pregnancy without sex. Luckily for Jane and us, Latino families are strong units and we all pitch in when we need to.

But with the help of her mom and abuela, she makes it work.

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They support her going back to grad school. You can bet your mom would babysit your kid while you went back to school, too. Jane’s parenting style is all about leading by example and staying rooted in her dreams pre-Mateo.

We can relate to mami y abuela being high key chismosas.

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Privacy? What privacy?! Even when Jane goes onto the porch to have a “private” conversation, there’s no escaping the curious eyes of the women in her house. If you are feeling triggered, you aren’t alone.

While all three Villanueva women live under the same roof, they have very different parenting styles. Alba is all about the tough love.

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Alba, like our abuelas, like to keep things old-school. Like, she raised your mom so she clearly knows how to raise a child. There isn’t anything wrong with her methods of raising a child. but some times you just have to do things yourself. Jane might not take all of her advice, but that’s just how the modern family unit works, right?

Xiomara, like our moms, lives like a mama bear ready to protect her child no matter what.

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How many times has your mother confronted someone who was making your life difficult? You might feel embarrassed that she is going ham on your teacher or boss, but it is all because she loves you. Let her go all Xo on them. She is only trying to make sure you are always happy.

Whenever there is a hard moment in anyone’s life, mom is always there to do what she can.

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You might have a serious illness or facing some kind of legal trouble and things seem hopeless. However, mom will do anything to make it a little bit better for you. We stick together, we pray together, and put faith in each other.

However you’re celebrating Mother’s Day, consider binge-watching “Jane the Virgin” with your own mom and abuela.

Now, go call your mother because she loves to hear from you.

READ: Gina Rodriguez Stunned Fans At SXSW Saying Hinting That ‘Jane The Virgin’ Is Ending

J.Lo And Ex Diddy Got Together On Instagram Live And Things Got Heated

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J.Lo And Ex Diddy Got Together On Instagram Live And Things Got Heated

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When in quarantine, why not spark up an old flame?

Jennifer Lopez and Diddy (formerly known as Puff Daddy, a.k.a. P Diddy a.k.a. Puffy a.k.a. Sean Combs) got back into old tricks over the weekend. The former couple reunited briefly on Instagram Live this past Sunday for the rappers Easter dance-a-thon to raise money for coronavirus efforts.

The couple dated from 1999 to 2001.

During the video chat the two joked and danced.

At one point, during the video when Diddy pulled off a dance ,Lopez quipped “I probably taught you that.”

Later, during the video Lopez’s fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, joined in on the fun and JLo revelaed Rodriguez is a huge fan of his. “Puffy, you have to know this because I don’t think you know this — this guy right here is your biggest fan,” she said explaining that her current flame often asks for his songs to be played at parties.

Things really took off when, Diddy broke out Presidente beers.

The bears are a favorite of A-Rods and come from his home country the Dominican Republic. Ultimately, the three toasted to each other and the hard work of healthcare providers currently tackling the Coronavirus pandemic.

Not only is Jennifer Lopez the most successful Latina entertainer of all time, she’s enjoyed a long, varied dating history.  Here’s a look at all of her beaus, from “Ohhh yeah” to the “Wait, what?”

1. Alex Rodriguez

Jennifer’s latest beau is one half of the hot new celebrity couple of 2017.  Vanity Fair has already dubbed them “J-Rod”, because you always want the media to combine your names and make your relationship A Thing.  That’s work so well in Jennifer’s past!

2. Drake

This was last year’s question mark on the celebrity dating scene.  Was JLo on with Drake?  Or were they just “hanging out”, as she described the above photo.  Maybe someday we’ll know, or maybe the answer is lost forever to time.

3. Calvin Harris

Jennifer and this somewhat popular EDM guy and former boyfriend of Taylor Swift were rumored to be dating based an Instagram post or two.  If we were Calvin Harris, we’d sure want people to think we were dating JLo, too.  Nice work, buddy!

4. Bradley Cooper

While never confirmed, photographs prove the momentary love that blossomed between Jennifer and “American Hustle” star Bradley Cooper.  Alas, all we have are these photos.

5. Marc Anthony

Source: Marc Anthony. Digital Image. E! Online. October 11, 2017.

Let’s marvel at the abject foreshadowing of the above photo.  The fact that Alex is in pinstripes and Marc in Mets blue, the smiles on their faces.  Are they thinking of what has transpired, or imagining what is to come?

Source: Marc Anthony. Digital Image. Today Show. July 30, 2017.

Jennifer and Marc were married for seven years, and have wins: Max and Emme.  Married the same year Jennifer broke off her relationship with Ben Affleck, Marc tied the knot with Jennifer just days after his divorce from his ex was final.  Was this the ultimate rebound?

6. Ben Affleck

So, if you’re not old enough to remember “Bennifer” you probably should not be on the internet.  This relationship was the talk of 2002 – 2003 (notice the Hollywood Video in the above photo).  But, like all couples, Bennifer had problems.  Continue to the next slide to hear about them.

Bennifer had two very specific problems, and their names were Gigli and Jersey Girl.  It’s hard for a relationship to survive one disastrous flop much less two.  More problems include the Boston Red Sox and that goatee on Affleck.  Maybe breaking up was the better option.

7. Sean Combs

Much of the JLo/Diddy romance has been lost to the mists of time.  But back in the day, this was a major one, prompting many a raised eyebrow from our moms, like in the above “green dress photo”.  The union ended in controversy (and tears) as we’ll see on the next slide….

….It all started with a jostle in a nightclub around New Year’s, 1999.  Drinks were spilled, then shots fired, then Jennifer and Diddy were arrested fleeing in a Lincoln Navigator with a gun in the trunk.  Jennifer was quickly absolved.  It took a little longer for Diddy, but they were never the same.

8. Tommy Mottola

Source: Tommy Mottola. Digital Image. People en Español. October  22, 2017.

Another unconfirmed oddball romance.  When Jennifer was just getting started, she was rumored to be dating Mariah Carey’s recent ex (and Michael Jackson foe) Tommy Mottola.  Jennifer went on to do great things while Tommy was never heard from again.

Read: Jennifer Lopez Is This Year’s MTV Video Vanguard, So Let’s Look Back At Her Video Looks