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20 Upcoming Movies And TV Shows Starring Latinas To Keep Your Ojos Open For

There’s no doubting the fact that Hollywood has officially become the tía abuela who repeatedly gives us “gifts” we did not want or ask for. But, instead of barbies that are 20 plus years too late, the entertainment industry has been shipping us remakes of old classics like “Ghost Busters,” “Dirty Dancing” and even “Blues Clues and new projects as well.

Here’s a look at the upcoming top movies and shows starring Latinas.

1. “The House Of Spirits”

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Isabel Allende’s Trueba family is bringing magic realism to the screen once again. That’s right, mi gente! The family’s multi-generational story, first brought to readers in 1982 with the famed Chilean writer’s literary classic “House of Spirits,” is being put on the small screen thanks to Hulu.

2. “Men In Black”

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When it was first announced two years ago that Colombia Pictures would be doing a reboot of the 90s hit “Men In Black,” not too many were impressed by the decision. After all, it was only just six years ago that the franchise’s third installment hit screens. (Honestly, it would have been nice to have a few more years to sit in the nostalgia of Agent J and Agent K days.) This week though, the studio managed to turn popular opinion around when it was announced that Panamanian-Mexicana Tessa Thompson was cast as a lead. In the days since the announcement, the conversation around the film’s new take has completely perked up. But there are more projects besides “MIB” that are acting as proof that Latina actress is more than just a one time fix for movie studios, especially when it comes to her role in sci-fi reboots. HBO knows this. For their take on the 1973 film “Westworld,” the network employed Thompson’s talents and doubled down on latina power in sci-fi with the casting of Gina Torres who is of Cuban descent.

3. “West Side Story”

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Would it have been nice to have a Latino director helm the “West Side Story” reboot that has literally every Latina in the business excited? Of course. But, for now, we’ll take Steven Spielberg and his commitment to dodging the brownface antics of the original film that did Latinos dirty back in 1961 and hope he sticks to recruiting a primarily Latino cast and crew. Particularly because there’s no doubting that unlike previous film remakes, the new “West Side Story” has potential to be an even greater box-office hit than the one that preceded it. (It’s a bold bet, but need I remind you of our impressive buying powering when it comes to movie tickets?) With a promise from Spielberg that the role of Maria will absolutely be played by a Latina, “West Side Story” is just another example in my argument that Latinas are bringing it home for Hollywood’s massive reboot fix.

4. “One Day At A Time”

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The “One Day At A Time” remake that put a Cubana character, played by Boricua Justina Machado, front and center last year. The show has struggled to convince the streaming site to greenlight a third series in recent months, but it’s important to know that this is in spite of the pretty impressive and dedicated following the show has garnered.

5. “Party of Five”

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In the weeks and months following, The CW network seemed to have completely committed to the power that comes when you combine Latinas and reboots.

6. “Roswell”

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In February of this year they cast Cuban American Jeanine Mason as the lead in the 90s favorite “Roswell,” and last month, they confirmed that after a series of long casting deliberations they’d finally locked in the third sister of the much-beloved cult classic “Charmed.” The announcement sealed the deal on an all-Latina main cast.

7. “Big Mouth”

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Netflix’s animated comedy series “Big Mouth,” follows a group of tweens who are hilariously terrorized and tormented by hormone monsters (literally). For it’s second season, the series is adding more teenagers and monsters to its cast which is already made up of the likes of John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, and Jordan Peele. Doubling up on the show’s star power, Netflix just announced earlier this week that it would be bringing our very own Jane Gina on board. She’ll be playing Gina, a girl on the main characters Missy and Jessi’s soccer teammate. Need receipts? The show gave us a sneak peek at what to expect from Rodriguez with a pic of the animated character she will be lending her voice to just yesterday!

8. “Carmen Sandiego”

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It seems that Netflix has been banking hard on the talent that Gina Rodriguez brings to the screen. What’s more, it appears that when it comes to their animated series, they’re going all in. Not only has the show cast Rodriguez as a regular in “Big Mouth” but they’ve also given her the titular role in their upcoming series “Carmen Sandiego.” Of course, we can’t help but wish that they’d give us a chance to see Rodriguez in a live-action version of the series, but we’re also pumped to have the “Jane The Virgin” star bring life back into one of our fave childhood animated series.  #JaneTheEmissaryofNostalgia

9. “Smallfoot”

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In her next big film roll, Rodriguez is taking on the form of a yeti. Yep, a YETI. That’s right, folks, it’s not just Netflix who has picked up on Rodriguez’s talent for the animated world, Warner Brother’s has too. The production studio giant announced earlier this year that it would be release “Smallfoot” a film about a yeti who is convinced that the legendary creature “Smallfeet” (AKA mankind) actually exists. For this project, Rodriguez will star alongside Channing Tatum, Zendaya and LeBron James. Check out the trailer, because it look cute as hell and Gina fans will be pumped at the chance to catch her voice.

10. “Miss Bala”

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In 2011, Gerardo Naranjo directed the Oscar-nominated flick “Miss Bala,” a harrowing film inspired by the true story of a beauty queen who found herself at the center of a drug trafficking scandal in December 2008. In early 2017, Deadline announced that not only would creators bring the film to the American screen in a remake, but Rodriguez had been cast to star as the film’s titular character.  Based on the acclaim that the original film received and Rodriguez’s status as a Golden Globe winner, we’re already feeling optimistic over her chances of receiving an Oscar-nod. #fingersdoublecrossed

11. “Someone Great”

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Fans were ecstatic when we first reported that Rodriguez had announced she would be starring in Netflix’s romantic comedy “Someone Great.” Not just because it was a film starring Rodriguez either, but because of the girl power behind the creation of the movie as well. Not only is Rodriguez set to star, she’s also producing alongside the film’s director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson who will create the film from her very own script. The film which centers around a woman takes on adventures in New York City with her two bestfriends after a bad break up.

(It’s not a total, “Jane The Virgin” copy/paste but with that much Latina power, we’re already sold!)

12. “Creed II”

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Audiences fell in love with Tessa Thompson in 2015 when she took on the role Bianca. This year she has been busy at work getting ready for filming.

13. “Vida”

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The series, set in East Los Angeles, follows Emma and Lyn two sisters who return home after the death of their mother.

14. “The Terminator”

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Colombian-born Natalia Reyes was cast in the film’s starring role and will play Dani, a working-class Mexican woman.

15. “Bye Bye Birdie Live!”

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On October 27, 2016 it was announced that Jennifer Lopez will star in NBC’s Bye Bye Birdie Live as Rose “Rosie” Alvarez[31] and executive produce with her producing partners Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina alongside film, TV, and live musical executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.[32] The live television musical was initially announced to premiere in December 2017,[33] but on May 25, 2017, it was announced that it would be pushed to sometime in 2018 to accommodate Lopez’s busy schedule.[34] On March 2, 2018, it was announced that the production had been pushed back once again, this time to 2019 at the earliest due to Lopez’s busy schedule and the producers focusing on Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.[35] However, in May 2018, NBC announced that it planned to broadcast a live production of Hair in 2019, leaving the fate of Bye Bye Birdie unclear.

16. “Charming”

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Demi Lovato will star in a film that follows the untold stories of Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty who discover that they are all engaged to Prince Charming.

17. “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle”

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Selena Gomez will star in an upcoming American fantasy adventure film directed by Stephen Gaghan, and written by Gaghan and Thomas Shepherd.

18. “Drunk Parents”

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Salma Hayek will start in this film about two drunk parents who will attempt to hide their financial difficulties from their daughter.

19. “The Hummingbird Project”

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“The Hummingbird Project” is an upcoming thriller film that stars Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek

20. “Second City”

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In the new show, called “Second City,” Torres will continue in her rolw as the well-respected and brilliant attorney Jessica Pearson. Her new journey will take her away from the New York City-based law firm Specter Litt to the Windy City, where she will navigate the world of underhanded Chicago politics.


Read: Gina Torres Just Made Television History As An Afro-Latina

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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