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9 Times “Jane The Virgin” Got Latino Culture Right

Let’s talk about “Jane the Virgin,” shall we?

It’s so refreshing and wonderful to see Latino culture represented accurately on a television screen. And “Jane the Virgin” is actually a really damn good show — it kind of feels like you’re watching your own family saga. (Only, of course, slightly more telenovelishly.)


On that note, here are nine times that “Jane the Virgin” got Latino culture right:


1. Jane’s abuela speaks only Spanish.

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I grew up in a Puerto Rican household, and my abuelo and abuela never spoke English. In fact, my abuelo called all of my sisters “linda,” because it was easier than saying our names. The fact that Jane’s grandmother only speaks Spanish on the show and that we, as English-dominant viewers, understand her is a great touch to the show.


2. The show features an ever-evolving view of Catholicism.

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If you’re Latino, there’s a fairly good chance you grew up Catholic. And if you are, you know that your grandparents are likely very, very Catholic, your parents are you know, good Catholics, and… well, and then there’s us. The Janes. We’re the kids of super-Catholic Latinos, but for us, it’s changing, we’re not as old-school as those before us. “Jane the Virgin” totally gets that.


3. Jane has a strong AF mother.

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If there’s one thing that’s true about Latino culture, it’s the strong AF women. “Jane the Virgin” is a show that is full of badass, opinionated, hardworking ladies. The Villanueva women alone are the type to make you raise your hands in praise. Watching the show, it’s totally relatable to many Latino families.


4. There’s a real flare for the dramatic.

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LOL, should we all just send this GIF to our entire families, particularly the tías? If you’re part of a Latino family, you know that with drama in families comes the denial of drama. How is it that the most dramatic of people are the ones who deny it the hardest?!


5. There’s the one family member who takes over the spotlight at every single get-together.

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(Not gonna lie, this person is usually me.) There’s always that one family member at birthday parties and quinceañeras who just takes over the mic and ~Works. It. Out.~ But hey, that’s what makes Latino families so fun, right?!


6. It deals with the struggles of being a single mom without the stereotypes we’re used to seeing about Latinas.

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The amazing thing about “Jane the Virgin” is that it deals with real issues — like Latinas as single mothers — in a way that is honest, poignant, and inspiring, while showing Jane as being both vulnerable and empowered. It’s not cliché, which makes it so relatable. Part of the reason “Jane the Virgin” is such a success is because so many of us can identify with it. In the Villanueva women, we see our mothers, sisters, cousins and friends.


7. It’s not about a Latino family in a white-dominated place.

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Let’s talk about Miami, baby! In the past, when a Latino family is represented in a TV show or movie, they are usually the only Latinos around. Not in this show — and that’s why it’s so brilliant. There are Latinos everywhere, and not in the stereotypical roles we’re used to seeing. It feels more natural as an audience member because that’s how it is in real life.


8. Family tradition takes center stage.

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Ugh, this speech and this moment forever. Tradition in Latino families is a big deal! From weddings to holidays, tradition can speak volumes and has a very important role in a Latino household. Pretty sure we all burst into tears when Jane reads the letter her mom read at her baptism. It’s so personal, and we can all feel it!


9. Everything becomes a family event.

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With a Latino family, it’s never not a family thing that involves everyone. This might be the most accurate to Latino culture.

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So, here’s to a show that actually gets it right: praise hand emojis for everyone!


Are you a fan of Jane the Virgin? What’s your favorite part about the show? mitú wants to know!

Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Netflix’s ‘Gentefied’ Renewed For Season 2, Fans Overjoyed

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Any and all news is welcomed right now and Netflix came through this week. “Gentefied” is coming back for a second season and this is absolutely not a drill. Soon we will be back in Boyle Heights with Ana, Chris, Erik, and the rest of the cast we have come to love so much.

Netflix has confirmed “Gentefied” for a second season.

The show is a fan favorite for Netflix with praise and love pouring in for the groundbreaking show. “Gentefied” is set in Boyle Heights and it is all about the fight against gentrification. The show premiered this year to big fanfare and excitement from Latino Netflix users. The show, created by Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez, was picked up for an eight-episode run of the 30-minute show.

The show is one of the most relevant portrayals of the Latino experience in the 21st century.

The show highlights the plight of gentrification on communities across the U.S. Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has been the center of growing tension as the neighborhood slowly gentrifies. Rising rents have forced some residents and businesses to close and leave because of the changing demographic in the neighborhood.

Hearts are full as everyone celebrates the news of a whole new season.

The show originally premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival as a digital series. Lemus and Chávez debuted the show and it was an instant hit with festival-goers. After three years of waiting, the show was released by Netflix and became a national hit. The show has shone a light on the cost of gentrification for more Americans than knew about it before the show aired.

Low key, it has made for perfect binge-watching during this quarantine.

There isn’t a whole lot any of us can do at the moment. Most of us are at home because of self-isolation and social distancing guidelines designed to save lives during the pandemic. Might as well us some of your time to watch and support and very important moment in our community. This kind of representation is something that Latinos have been asking for.

While excited, some fans want more, like a cross-over with Starz’s “Vida.”

Now, just to be clear, we are not concerned with what it takes to make this happen. Netflix and Starz can come up with the actual plan. We are just going to be here waiting to be heard so we can all have the kind of cross-over the world deserves. Just imagine a chance for those two shows to collide in Latino excellence.

Now we wait for an air date.

We are patient. We will be here when you are ready. All you have to do is let us know when to tune in and you know we are coming through.

READ: I Watched ‘Gentefied’ On Netflix And These Are My Brutally Honest Thoughts

‘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