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Camila Mendes Is Clapping Back At Hollywood For Continuing To Perpetuate Latinx Stereotypes

When Archie Andrews and his gang of “all-American” friends were first introduced to readers in the 1940s, few might have guessed that the comics would have been turned into a live-action series starring a Latina decades later. This is a sentiment that goes double when it comes to Veronica Lodge. At the time, her comic book character was so opposite of the stereotypical roles assigned to Latina actresses of that era. Back then, she was a product of extreme wealth which afforded her a house full of servants whom she often treated like second-hand citizens. Truth be told, these characters— the servants— were the ones that Latinos were more likely to have taken on.

Nearly 80 years since the comic’s first publication, Camila Mendes is the actress bringing Latinidad to “Archie” and doing it through her portrayal of the character least likely: Veronica.

In a recent interview, Mendes spoke about her hope of seeing more networks continue to challenge Hollywood typical approach of portraying Latinx on screen.

On the Archie-based telvision series “Riverdale,” the Brazilian actress plays a version of Veronica whose has parents that are still tied to extreme wealth. They speak to her Spanglish, and regularly call her adoring names like “mija.” Still, these are not your stereotypical Hollywood Latinos. They’re complex, successful and (despite coming by most of their wealth in some pretty suspect ways) the emitome of today’s American-dream.

Besides taking on the role of a character whose role isn’t relegated to that of a hotel maid, or whose parents aren’t gang members, Mendes portrays a character who actually acts as a pretty great role model for young viewers as well. Veronica is smart, clever, has ambition, and while she has her negative traits, she’s also supportive and accepting of the characters around her. In an interview with W magazine, Mendes says that these traits have been key to her success on the show. “I’m so happy…and it’s not just Veronica, it’s the whole Lodge family being all Latino…portraying Latinos as a strong, powerful, intelligent family,” she explained. “We do well, we’re go-getters.”

Fortunately, there’s no sign of Mendes falling into a Latina Hollywood trope any time soon.

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According to W, the actress recently filmed a romantic comedy called “The Stand In” and a thriller-drama called “Coyote Lake.” The actress underlined how important the roles were for her personally, primarily because they’ve allowed her to take on new characters. “I was really honored that with the last film I did that they would offer a role to me that was very different from Veronica, not knowing if I was capable of playing something different than Veronica,” she admitted. “Being Latina, everyone is always going to want to be like ‘Fierce, sexy, strong, confident!’—which is great, I think that’s definitely a good type of personality to portray and it’s empowering—but Latinas can be the goofy, nerdy, quirky, vulnerable women that I think is usually associated with white girls.”


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Here Are Twenty Scenes We Hope To See In The New Selena Series

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Here Are Twenty Scenes We Hope To See In The New Selena Series

Netflix gave Selena stans an early Christmas gift this week when they announced their upcoming Selena series. It’s no secret that we’re all muy excited about our favorite Latina’s life coming to our streaming devices. With the Quintanilla family backing this series, the show is guaranteed to be an authentic look at the Queen of Tejano.

Here are some of the iconic Selena moments we hope to see in Selena: The Series:

1. Selena’s 1995 Disco Medley performance

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A Texas native, Selena played the Houston Rodeo a total of three times before her untimely death. All three performances broke the record for Rodeo Tejano crowd size! Fans from all over the world crowded into the massive Astrodome to see the Queen of Tejano perform.

In her final visit to the Houston landmark, Selena performed her now iconic Disco MedleyThe singer was a huge fan of old school Disco hits. Combining songs I Will Survive, Funkytown, Last Dance, The Hustle, and On the Radio, Selena gave a once in a lifetime performance.

2. When Marcella taught Selena the Washing Machine

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We all did it as kids. If you were going to pretend to be Selena, you had to nail her dance moves. That rhythmic swaying —aka the Washing Machine— is one of the first steps any young Selena fan learns. Just like we learned it by watching Selena, Selena learned how to do her signature move from mom Marcella. This is still our go to move on the dance floor, btw.

3. Abraham’s freakout over Selena’s bustier

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It’s impossible to think of Selena without her signature rhinestone bustier but she didn’t start off wearing one. In fact, the first time she performed in a bustier, her dad hit the roof. Most dads might be reluctant to see their daughter out in a revealing top, but Abraham had to get over this one. Once you find a style that works, you’ve gotta stick with going it.

4. “Anything for Selenas”

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This is a moment which created perhaps one of the most quoted lines from the movie. When the Selena y Los Dinos tour bus ended up in a ditch, the group was rescued by an unlikely source.

After properly freaking over meeting Selena, a couple of vatos offered their assistance. The pair didn’t even bat an eye when the bus ripped the bumper off their car. After all, anything for Selenas!

5. Selena’s triumphant Grammy win

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Selena is a Grammy Award winning artist and the night she won was one of the most biggest moments of her life. Dressed in a gorgeous white-sliver halter dress and her signature red lipstick, Selena lit up the room! Her 1993 win for Best Mexican/American album for Selena “Live” was her only Grammy win. However, had her life not been cut tragically short, there’s no doubt the star would have continued to be an award show darling.

6. When Selena met Chris

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Before Chris Pérez was Selena’s husband, he was a grungy rocker with wild hair and black leather. When he auditioned for the role of guitar player for Los Dinos, he had to clean up his act. This is when Selena met Chris and the sparks were instantaneous. Of course, the makeover Suzette gave him didn’t hurt, either.

7. THAT one moment while dress shopping

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Before Selena could dazzle the Grammys, she had to pick out her dress. Unfortunately while shopping, Selena encounter a racist saleswoman.

However, that saleswoman was served some humility when she realized that Selena is kind of a big deal. After an employee saw Selena in the dressing room, news of her visit quickly spread. Soon a mob of Selena fans formed and the saleswoman realized that she messed up BIG TIME.

8. Life on the road with Selena y Los Dinos

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When they were just getting started, Selena y Los Dinos spent a lot of time on the road. Touring all across Texas, the group became more like a family than co-workers. Seeing some behind the scenes interactions between the band is a definite must for this Selena series.

9. Selena’s death defying jump

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Anyone who knew her, knew that Selena was full of life and completely fearless. Never one to back down from a challenge, Selena once took on a dare at an amusement park. In a classic Selena move, the Tejano star learned to let go and bungee jumped for the first time.

10. Selena’s song writing skills

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In the Selena movie, we saw members of Los Dinos collaborating on Como la Flor, but Selena also co-wrote the iconic song. The Queen of Tejano music was a gifted song writer and her songs still resonate years later. She also co-wrote Bidi Bidi Bom Bom and Amor Prohibido.

11. Abraham and Selena’s duet

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It was Selena’s father, Abraham, who first discovered his daughter’s amazing voice. The father-daughter pair used to crone together to 1950s classics You’re Mine and Blue Moon. It was these mini jam sessions that inspired Abraham to reform his doo wop group, Los Dinos. The rest is music history.

12. Selena the fashion designer

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Part of what makes Selena an icon is her innovative style and instantly classic looks. Many of these looks were made by the singer herself. Had Selena’s incredible musical talent not been discovered, she wanted to study fashion design. Having the Selena series explore it in more detail would be an intimate depiction of Selena the girl as opposed to Selena the star.

13. Little Selena y Los Dinos

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Once Abraham got it into his head that Selena was destined to be a star, there was no stopping him. The father quit his job and bought a Mexican food restaurant for the single purpose of showcasing Selena y Los Dinos.

To the annoyance of A.B. and Suzette, this meant practicing their new craft and learning the 50s ballads their father loved. After school and on the weekends, Selena y Los Dinos headlined their parents’ restaurant. Of course, they’d soon move on to much bigger venues

14. One scene we’re muy excited about

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Like many Latinas from the US, Selena had to balance her Mexican identity and her American upbringing. In order to be taken seriously by the Mexican media, she needed to be an authentic Mexicana. This meant speaking perfect Spanish. Selena had no problem with singing in Spanish but doing a major press conference was another story. When she couldn’t remember a word, she played it off in true Selena fashion. The media was as much in love with her charm as her fans are.

15. Selena’s chicken

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Selena was always an avid animal lover. So much so that she convinced her parents to let her have a pet chicken. However, the chicken wasn’t just a pet; she was a tool used to torment her sister. Little Selena would put her chicken in the shower to scare Suzette. Funny, yes, but Marcella wasn’t happy about cleaning up chicken caca.

16. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

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Of course we’re excited to hear all of the Selena discography, but Bibi Bibi Bom Bom will always have a special place in our hearts. The song hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs. It’s also widely recognized as the song that helped Selena attract English audiences. Selena y Los Dinos played this song all over Texas; including at the Astrodome and Six Flags Astroworld.

17. Love in a pizza shop

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Selena and Chris had an instant chemistry but the pair at tried to distance themselves from each other at first. Abraham was worried about an in-band romance and Chris had a girlfriend in San Antonio. Still, there was no stopping how they felt for each other. At a Pizza Hut, the two shared a pepperoni pizza and confessed their love for each other.

18. Selena’s declaration of love

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Chris and Selena were fiercely in love but, when they eloped in 1992, Abraham was not happy. Still, Selena didn’t back down or feel ashamed of her decision and she wasn’t afraid to tell her father this. The Tejano star approached love the same way she did everything else: with her heart full of total devotion.

19. Abe’s wise advice

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Abraham knew the music business and he understood life. He wanted to impart this wisdom on his children so they could have easier experiences. That’s why he wanted them to know a hard truth about society: if you’re a Latinx person, you’ll have to work twice as hard to get half as much. Though this advice came over 20 years ago, some things have yet to change.

20. Selena confronts a traitor

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No matter what is included in the Selena series, it only has one possible ending. It’s inevitable that Yolanda Saldívar will be introduced. The president of her fan club, Saldívar was secretly embezzling a fortune from the family. Though we aren’t looking forward to what happens afterward, we’re curious to see how the confrontation between Selena and her murder is handled. No matter how sensitively it’s portrayed, this scene is going to hurt.


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Netflix Just Announced That They Are Launching A New Series Based On Selena Quintanilla And Everyone Is Muy Excited

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Netflix Just Announced That They Are Launching A New Series Based On Selena Quintanilla And Everyone Is Muy Excited

There’s no bigger legend in Tejano music than Selena Quintanilla Pérez. A captivating performer and gifted songwriter, the starlet’s talent earned her a Grammy and a place in music history forever. So loved by her fans, Selena played huge crowds around the world, even setting the record for the 2nd largest crowd to play the Astrodome. Tragically, Selena was taken from us far too soon. Her impact is still felt in the Latinidad and around the world 23 years after her death.

Fortunately, her stans will soonhave new Selena content to obsess over.

Netflix has announced a scripted dramatization of the Queen of Tejano’s life.

Pitched as a coming-of-age-drama, the series will detail aspects of Selena’s rise to stardom. From performing at her father’s Mexican restaurant to her International success, “Selena: The Series” will bring new life to the star’s amazing story.

We aren’t the only one’s excited about a Selena TV show. Netflix handed down a straight-to-series order for this project. That means the streaming content site made a commitment to air the series without even seeing a pilot first! There’s no premiere date or episode details for the series as of yet.

Moisés Zamora of Chronic and 600 Mile fame is slated to write the series’ script. Zamora will also executive produce the series alongside Campanario Entertainment president Jaime Davila. Rico Martinez, Simran A. Singh, Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla and Selena’s father Abraham Quintanilla Jr. will also produce.

“Our scripted series will focus on the incredible story of a Mexican-American family,” Davila explained. “How an extraordinary young woman transcended categories and borders to become a global star.”

Talks of a Selena television series have popped up before in the past.

In 2016, Selena’s husband Chris Pérez announced plans to turn his book To Selena, With Love into a TV series. Legal disputes between Pérez and the Quintanilla family have stopped any further exploration.

On November 30th of this year, a Texas judge refused Pérez’s appeal to dismiss Abraham Quintanilla Jr.’s lawsuit that claimed the musician was in breach of contract by writing the book to begin with. After Selena’s death, the family patriarch had Pérez and the rest of the family sign contracts. These stated that, as executor of her estate, Quintanilla had exclusive rights to her name, image, and voice.

Luckily for us, this new Netflix series is 100% backed by the Quintanilla family.

“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel a great responsibility to do justice to her memory,” Suzette Quintanilla shared in a statement. “With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”

Though Selena lived such a short life, it was full of legendary achievements, love and laughter. So, there’s obviously countless Selena moments that we’re dying to see immortalized on our streaming devices.


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