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Latinas On Twitter Are Freaking Out Over Netflix’s New Carmen Sandiego Series Because They Can’t Get Enough Of Her Brown Skin

If you have yet to hear about the new Carmen Sandiego show starring a badass Latina, then get onboard. The new animated series, which premiered on Netflix today, features our fave Gina Rodriguez as the voice of the main character, the fictional criminal mastermind by the name of Carmen Sandiego.

Latinas everywhere are rejoicing at this new representation of a “cute little girl with her pretty brown skin,” as Rodriguez so aptly put it.

According to Paste Magazine, Netflix’s new iteration of the classic cartoon is different than the Carmen Sandiego you may know from the television and video games of the 80s and 90s. Instead, the new show reimagines her into more of a chic Robin Hood figure who now only steals from other thieves. In the old iteration, Carmen was head of the VILE organization. But in the new show, she’s a thief who only steals from the supervillains who are part of VILE. Talk about a turn of events!

We even get to find out how Carmen Sandiego grew up and became to be the master of thieves in the first two episodes of the series’ 10-episode first season.

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Unsurprisingly, this animated series is in part brought to us by Gina Rodriguez’s I Can and I Will Productions, who also voices the titular character with gumption and fearlessness. The actress seems to have big plans for her life after Jane the Virgin wraps up its 5th and final season later this year. Not only is she starring in this animated series but she’s also the star of the upcoming Miss Bala remake. But before she makes her debut as an action star, she’s talking about how proud she is to bring Carmen Sandiego back to life as a diverse character.

“Carmen gets to travel to so many different places all over the world, and you see her empathy and desire to learn other people’s languages and cultures and religions, and she teaches that,” Rodriguez told NBC News. “The show fuses two things I love the most, which is art and education, and when I see that cute little girl with her pretty brown skin, it makes me melt. I almost want to cry when I think about it.”

And young women are noticing the change and applauding the new, brown-skinned Carmen Sandiego.

Unsurprisingly, young Latinas like 28-year-old Maria Vargas Aponte are getting on board with the new show.

“Many Latina characters are secondary characters, but with Carmen Sandiego, we have this badass Latina character,” Vargas Aponte told NBC News.

Although the new Carmen Sandiego is technically a kid’s show, Latinas on Twitter are still celebrating this momentous occasion.

So far, Gina Rodriguez’s post on her being the new Carmen Sandiego has received over 300,000 likes on Instagram. Meanwhile, comments on Netflix Family’s announcement of the show’s premiere include people saying simple things like “Love this!” or sending heart-eye emojis, fans saying “perfection” or exclaiming that they are “so in.” One fan even asked, “is it irresponsible for me to call out sick to binge watch? Asking for a friend.” We feel you, @sunfl0wer.daze.

Fans on Twitter are also rejoining upon Carmen Sandiego’s premiere as a badass Latina.

It is, indeed, a very good morning when we realized that it was Carmen Sandiego release day. Who else wanted to, ahem, call in sick and binge-watch this beauty? You were at least tempted, I bet.

Some are rightfully so crushing on Carmen Sandiego, duh.

She is most definitely crush-worthy and, tbh, it’s kind of fun to see a brown-skinned Latina the object of so many women’s attention. And don’t worry, it is absolutely perfectly natural to be attracted to a cartoon character. At least we hope so.

Many are calling the show, and we quote, “so GOOD!!!”

Those caps lock and three exclamation points definitely mean business. The fact that she’s also saying that the show is great for being education and adventurous is just icing on the cake. Just think how many young Latinas will be inspired to travel and will learn more thanks to this show.

And, of course, we’re all feeling a bit more educated right now.

Thanks to this new resurgence of Carmen Sandiego, geography is bound to get cool again.

Check out video for the series below!


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America Ferrera Brings Actors Across The Border To Visit Migrant Shelters

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America Ferrera Brings Actors Across The Border To Visit Migrant Shelters

America Ferrera has never been a celebrity to stay quiet in the face of injustice, so it’s no surprise that the actress-activist has boldly responded to the Trump administration’s policy requiring migrants seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico.

Last week, the Superstore star led a group of actors, including Gina Rodriguez, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, Wilmer Valderrama, Roselyn Sanchez and Kendrick Sampson, across the southern border to a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico.

There, the group learned how the policy was impacting migrants while speaking directly with immigration lawyers and shelter managers as well as families and children. They hope through this real-life education that they will become better equipped to challenge the Trump administration in the US.

“It is easy for me to look at these human beings and see myself. … This could very easily have been my reality in this lifetime,” the Honduran-American actress told the Associated Press about the trip.

The “Remain in Mexico” policy limits the amount of asylum requests border patrol can attend to per day. The process, which has also forced refugees, including thousands of Central American families who have filed for sanctuary from violence and poverty in their home countries, to stay in Mexico, has slowed down the process and created case backlogs in the immigration system and overcrowding in shelters in Mexican border towns.

“We were able to bear witness to how the current administration is treating refugee families. We MUST demand better,” Washington said in an Instagram post. “Let me be clear: it is legal to seek asylum. When people cross our borders, their human rights come with them. We must protect those human rights.”

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According to NBC News, the visit was organized by nonprofits Families Belong Together and Harness, an organization started by Ferrera, Valderrama and Ryans Piers.

Jessica Morales Rocketto, who heads Families Belong Together, told the news outlet that one of the women she met at the shelter had been waiting with her toddler since November to apply for asylum.

“People get to the border and think that’s the end of the journey, but it’s only the beginning,” Morales Rocketto said.

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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

Fans of magical realism rejoice. On Wednesday, Netflix announced it acquired the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and will be turning the literary masterpiece into a Spanish-language series.

This is the first time the 1967 novel, considered “one of the most significant works of the 20th Century,” will be adapted for screen. For years, the author, who died in 2014, refused to sell the film rights, believing the story could not be done justice through a two-hour project, according to Deadline.

Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha, García Márquez’s sons, who are serving as executive producers on the show, believe a series is an appropriate approach to the book.

“For decades, our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad. He believed that it could not be made under the time constraints of a feature film, or that producing it in a language other than Spanish would not do it justice,” Rodrigo Garcia told BuzzFeed News, adding that the “current golden age of series,” with “the level of talented writing and directing, the cinematic quality of content,” changed the family’s mind.

“The time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides,” he continued.

The series will be filmed in Colombia.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” tells the story of the multi-generational Buendia family, whose patriarch Jose Arcadio Buendia founded Macondo, a fictional town in the South American country.

The book has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 46 languages.

In a statement, Francisco Ramos, Netflix’s vice president of Spanish-language content, said, “We know our members around the world love watching Spanish-language films and series and we feel this will be a perfect match of project and our platform.”

He’s right. Since announcing the adaptation, fans of the magical realism novel have been celebrating the news.

There’s no word yet on when the series will debut and who will star in it.

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