Things That Matter

These 11 Moments From ‘On My Block’ Are Some Of The Realest Latino Moments Captured On Film

Netflix

Netflix recently announced a few weeks ago that its coming-of-age comedy ‘On My Block’ would be renewed for a second season. As fans anticipate what’s to come for the show’s star-crossed lovers of Ruby Martinez and Olivia, and the rest of the gang, we’re looking back on the poignant moments that celebrated Latino culture in the show’s first season. Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched the ‘Goonies’-esque show!

1. The struggle (and joys) of living under a multigenerational roof.

CREDIT: Netflix

Ruby Martinez is thrilled to get his own room after sharing it for years with his twin siblings—until his abuela’s room has a plumbing mishap and leaves him with a new roommate.

While living with your abuela might not seem like the coolest idea at first, Ruby shows you can eventually be thankful for having a go-to sage to advise you during life’s ups and downs. She might even get along better with your friends than you do. Appreciate the time you have with your abuela, Ruby.

2. The light-up nativity set.

CREDIT: Netflix

For many Latinos who grew up Catholic, you just weren’t ready for Jose Feliciano to wish you a ‘Feliz Navidad’ until the light-up camel and baby Jesus were proudly displayed by your parents on the front lawn. In order to have a conversation with his mom, Ruby needs to put away the baby, St. Joseph, lamb and camel while she’s cleaning the house.

3. Getting your quince dress fitted is a family affair.

View this post on Instagram

Last min #MetGala glam @Jason.genao

A post shared by On My Block (@onmyblocktv) on

To be ready for their big day, many teenage girls took their ruffled dresses to seamstresses around the neighborhood to cinch the waist and hem the edge. Ruby’s abuela likes to be efficient and has Ruby do the modeling for her.

4. Taking care of abuela’s religious objects is very important.

CREDIT: Netflix

Ruby’s grandma was all of our Abuelas when she had to find the baby Jesus statue that was blessed by the bishop. Jamal tries to be technical by telling her it’s toddler Jesus, not baby Jesus, since the statue can stand.

And there is no convincing her otherwise.

CREDIT: Netflix

But abeula was not having it. Lesson learned.

5. Nicknames in the family are a must.

CREDIT: Netflix

Nacho, Chuy, Coyo, Monse…a nickname in a large Latino family is a rite of passage and Ruby has been holding his nickname down for years—until Olivia comes to stay with his family and he immediately wants to be referred to as ‘Ruben.’ Abuela doesn’t let him live it down though and chuckles while asking, “Since when?”

Nothing gets past abuela! ? ? 

6. Gathering around the table to make tamales is the family tradition.

CREDIT: Netflix

Growing up Latino, one of the most treasured memories for familias was gathering around the kitchen to make tamales. Monse and Cesar share a sweet moment (and look) while helping Ruby’s abuela mix the masa for some bomb tamales.

7. Lighting saint candles during a blackout because you have so many.

CREDIT: Netflix

Se fue la luuuzzz. It’s always a good idea to have candles around your house in case the electricity goes out, and you can be sure your abuela has *plenty* of saint candles at her disposal if that’s what she’s into. Ruby’s family is on top of it and game night is still possible thanks to these holy candles.

8. Quince. Waltz. Practice.

CREDIT: Netlfix

What was harder than narrowing down your quince court? Actually getting the moves down. Between your primo stepping on your toes and getting your chambelan de honor to make it to practice on time, it’s all about coordination on and off the dance floor. Ruby enlists some help from Jessica when it comes to getting Olivia’s waltz to the ? level.

9. Going overboard for a quince party is so easy to do.

View this post on Instagram

Relatable 💅🏾

A post shared by On My Block (@onmyblocktv) on

Since Ruby is crushing hard on Olivia, he tries to cheer her up for her quinceañera by ordering a giant banner of the state of Texas with drawings of cowboy boots and Frito pies on the side.

Typically one goes hard on a quince to win someone’s love.

CREDIT: Netflix

Olivia teases him that not *everyone* wears cowboy boots in the Lone Star state, but she gives him a hug after seeing all the effort he put into making her big night come true, despite not having her parents (who were deported) attend the party.

10. The shining quince moment everyone wishes they had.

CREDIT: Netflix

After months of waltzing in the garage or patio and hearing the same song over and over again, it all came down to showing off your steps in front of your friends and family. The look on Olivia’s face says it all—a quince dance is all about who is sharing in the moment with you.

It bring joy to everyone’s face because it’s adorable.

CREDIT: Netflix

Ruby is head over heels while dancing with her as her chambelan as Monse and Cesar are all smiles to see their friends so happy (side note: check out that waltz positioning.) Ruby was a great coach after all.

11. Abuela will always get too invested in her little telenovelas.

CREDIT: Netflix

One of the LOL-worthy moments of the series was when Abuela lit a candle in front of Monse, asking God to help Sylvia who had been poisoned by her husband. When Monse reacts in shock, Ruby rolls his eyes to tell her Sylvia is just a character from Abuela’s telenovela.


READ: Fans And Cast Members Are So Excited That ‘One Day At A Time’ Was Finally Picked Up For A Third Season

What was your favorite moment of the series? Let us know in the comments!

‘Our Quinceañera’ Is A Documentary Featuring A Principal Who Has Been Throwing Quinces For Students Who Can’t Afford Them

Culture

‘Our Quinceañera’ Is A Documentary Featuring A Principal Who Has Been Throwing Quinces For Students Who Can’t Afford Them

In the small Mexican-American town of San Benito in Texas, many girls dream of the day that they will make their debut as women to their family and community. But the tabs for orders of gowns, crowns, food, decorations, and DJs often run so high that for awhile such events for the girls in town were out of reach.

Then, Gilbert Galvan, the principal of San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, came up with an idea that meant that not a single girl would be forced to miss out on the opportunity to take part in the tradition.

Since 2015, San Benito has hosted an annual quinceañera event for young girls and their families.

CREDIT: Avenida Productions

Nearly five years ago, Gilbert Galvan Sr. found himself being invited to quinceañeras by the students at his school. Then one day, some of the answers from the young women at his school caught his attention. After a few of his female students opened up to him about the fact that they did not have enough money to afford a quinceañera, Galvan Sr. was inspired to do put on a party for them on his own.

In just a matter of months, the educator sought out donations from his community to put on one massive quinceañera. Donations and gifts came in all forms– from cakes and dresses to crowns and the volunteered time of makeup artists and mariachi singers. That was the first year.

In the years that have followed, Galvan Sr. has continued to put on the event where as many as 40 girls have attended at a time. Today, donations for the girls come in from across the country.

The community quinceañera has gained so much attention that it’s now becoming captured in a documentary.

CREDIT: Avenida Productions

As reported by FIERCE by mitú last year, Galvan’s son, Gilbert Galvan Jr. —who has worked in the entertainment industry for ten years— was inspired by his father’s efforts and pitched the event as a documentary concept to Fanny Véliz, the award-winning filmmaker and CEO behind Avenida Productions. Now, having been directed by Véliz and given the name “Our Quinceañera” appears to be closer to its release. According to the documentary’s site, the film is in submission for festivals!

During an interview with FIERCE last year, Galvan Jr. said he hoped the documentary will inspire viewers to “embrace their heritage and celebrate the power of community… We want to document this historic event while empowering and inspiring Latina girls across the country to pursue and achieve their dreams.”

Check out the full trailer below!

[Video] This Video Of A Teen At Her Quinceañera Sobbing For Her Father Is So Incredibly Sad

Culture

[Video] This Video Of A Teen At Her Quinceañera Sobbing For Her Father Is So Incredibly Sad

There seems to be no end to the horrifying stories we’ve been hearing that illustrate the fallout of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy one which has been the hallmark of his presidency since he took office. Among the headlines that describe the effects of the immigration policy are those highlighting the sub-human conditions at the migrant-holding facilities at the border, or the those telling the terrifying stories of students being taken into ICE custody right before their high school graduation.

And the sad news doesn’t stop there.

Recently, a Latina’s Twitter post went viral when she shared the story of her niece being forced to dance el valz at her Quinceañera with her brother after her father was “taken” by immigration.

Twitter user @prisesaks took to Twitter on Monday to share a video of her young cousin dancing what is traditionally the father-daughter dance while holding her brother and crying. “So my uncle which is her dad was taken by immigration a week before her 15 and sadly he wasn’t able to be there,” @prisesaks said. “Her brother had to take his place in the father/daughter dance. It just broke my heart”.

The heart-tugging video shows the 15-year-old girl holding her brother while slow dancing with him. Her hand covers her mouth as she tries to hold back sobs. Her brother also looks visibly emotional.

The video and Tweet quickly went viral, racking up almost 3.5 million views, over 60,000 retweets, and almost 1,500 comments.

The traditional father/daughter dance at a Quinceañera is one of the most important parts of the birthday celebration and also a moment that many young Latinas look back on as a defining moment of transition from youth to adulthood. The fact that this Latina’s father could not be there to celebrate it with her is understandably upsetting for many people.

Twitter users responded to the video with a spectrum of emotions ranging from pity to outrage.

It’s understandable that such an emotionally-charged video can bring up a lot of feelings in people. Quinceañeras are supposed to be a day of celebration–a time in a Latina’s life when she gets to be “Queen for a Day” and she officially begins the transition from a child to a young woman. Unfortunately, this young woman’s entry into adulthood was much sadder than she had anticipated.

This Twitter user brought up a valid point about the difference between flashy headlines and the fact that people’s lives are actually being affected:

With all of the political tactics and clickbait articles that go around online, it’s easy to forget that there are humans beings involved in the immigration debate.

This Latina was heartbroken over the separation of a family:

After hearing stories of the appalling behavior of border control agents mocking migrant deaths and making fun of their pain, it’s easy to feel jaded towards immigration officials.

This Latina gave props to where props were due for the younger brother for stepping up for his sister:

The burden of family separation should not have to be placed on the shoulders of young ones.

Even the birthday girl’s older sister took to Twitter to express her appreciation that their story was being told:

Although their family’s situation is a tragedy, it’s a blessing that they have a platform to educate the world on the everyday realities of family separation.

This man educated the public on how important the father/daughter dance is to many young Latinas:

We can’t imagine how the young girl was feeling at the moment.

The video is just more evidence of how Trump’s policy of family separation has a real, lasting impact on Latino families. While statistics and news article tell a part of the story, the numbers and abstract policy discussion don’t illustrate the full picture like these small, intimate glimpses into the lives of Latinx families whose lives are forever changed by the Trump administration. Moments like these are formative in young adults’ lives, and this girl will forever have to look back on what was supposed to be a special day with bittersweet feelings.

Paid Promoted Stories