The Creator Behind “Hey Arnold” Talks About The Latina Influences In The Show

As a kid in the ’90s, quite a few of my TV thrills came directly from watching Nickelodeon’s cartoon “Hey Arnold!”

The show was about a 4th grader who maneuvered within the big city alongside a group of racially and ethnically diverse friends. Characters like Nadine (a brown skinned girl with blonde, coily hair) and Phoebe (a girl with a Southern American mom and a Japanese father) were easy for me, a Black Latina who rarely saw characters like myself on screen, to relate to.

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