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The Power Of Women Of Color Is Strong In Both “One Day At A Time” And “Black Panther” And If You Want More, You Better Go Watch

Representation on-screen is vital. Any Latina who has ever wondered when Disney would make good time and finally give us a movie starring a brown princess can understand why this is. Mostly because when you spend your childhood not seeing yourself on screen (whether it’s as a Disney princess, a superhero or simply as a successful member of society), it can impact how you see yourself.

While award seasons often prove that the industry is still grossly lagging behind when it comes to inclusivity, as an audience, it’s crucial that we understand the power we yield over how and when we are portrayed.

In a recent tweet, One Day At A Time‘s showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett highlighted the influence audiences have over the fate of our representation on screen.

In a series of tweets, Calderón Kellett asked fans to get their friends and families to tune in to the show so that Netflix would greenlight it for another season. Calderón Kellett’s name is also attached to the CW hit Jane The Virgin, which also centers on a Latino family and features a Latina lead.

Calderón Kellett’s tweet is a reminder of some basic math we already know.

When a show gets more attention (i.e. produces a lot of money), studios are quick to do what they can to recreate the formula that gave them a hit in the first place. Series and movie franchises like Grey’s Anatomy, “Fast & Furious,” and “Fifty Shades of Grey” are proof of that.

Watch four episodes of your favorite show or go to the theater to see a movie you love, and you improve the odds of another season or a similar movie appearing. Get your posse, tías, parents and others to do the same? The chances climb even higher. Turning up for shows like One Day At A Time shows studios that there is a demand for POC representation on-screen and that there is massive revenue to be earned by investing in shows and movies that meet that call.

It’s a reality reflected in the box office success of the Disney/ Marvel film “Black Panther.”

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Well before its release, the film secured the highest pre-sale record of any movie outside of the three most-recent Star Wars flicks. And while a sequel has yet to be formally announced, the film’s creators haven’t shied away from talking about the plans they have in store for follow-up projects. Without the financial enthusiasm for the movie, there’s no doubt that a film as culturally significant as “Black Panther” would get another shot with Marvel. The success of the film, so far, sends studios the message that audiences want more stories and casts like “Black Panther.”

When studios throw money at Latinx and other POC shows and films, we have to fight for them. 

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Fighting for ourselves is the only way we can ensure that POC characters are depicted more and that our incredibly diverse stories are told. I mean, if after all these years we’re still waiting for Disney to come through for us with a princess movie, by now we should know the studios won’t be fighting to do it for us on their own.

So, at the very least, click that “One Day At A Time” play button on Netflix, and let it run while you go buy your ticket for “Black Panther.”


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Netflix Cancels ‘One Day At A Time,” Latinas Reply With Boycotts And A List Of Netflix Series That Overstayed Their Welcome

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Netflix Cancels ‘One Day At A Time,” Latinas Reply With Boycotts And A List Of Netflix Series That Overstayed Their Welcome

Police cars have yet to be set ablaze and sporadic looting as not yet occurred, but the fans of Netflix’s “One Day At A Time” might be close to the brink of taking part in such protests.

After just three seasons, and an extensive amount of support from celebrities and viewers, the beloved comedy-drama which follows the life of a Cuban American family has officially been canceled.

The streaming service announced their decision to cancel the critically acclaimed reboot of the 1975 series on Thursday.

The heartwarming series tackled a string of complex topics throughout its run. From issues related to immigration, LGBTQ understanding and the complexities of being a member of a multi-generational Cuban-American family run by single mothers, “One Day At A Time” led the charge for intersectional representation on the streaming service at a time when minorities sorely needed it. The series debuted almost exactly a year after the political climate in the country seemed like it could not be any lower.

News of the cancelation comes only a little over a month after the show’s season three debut which occurred on February 8. While Netflix, has never released viewership information, there is no denying the fact that the series has been loved. The show has consistently carried a 91 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and a 98 percent critics rating.

Netflix’s decision to cancel the show has been said to likely be related to the fact that the show was owned by Sony Pictures Television.

The streamer was required to pay a licensing fee for the show. It’s not the first time Netflix has canceled a series because of lack of ownership. Last year, the company broke a deal with Netflix and canceled all of its superhero TV shows for similar reasons.

Veteran actress Rita Moreno of “West Side Story” starred in the series alongside Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, and Isabella Gomez.

“It’s been a great honor to work with the legendary Norman Lear on One Day at a Time. I’ve personally spoken with Norman, and co-creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, to express my gratitude to them, all the writers, the dedicated crew and the cast including the brilliant Justina Machado and dazzling Rita Moreno for creating a series with such humor, heart, and humanity,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “This was a very difficult decision and we’re thankful to all the fans who’ve supported the series, our partners at Sony, and all the critics who embraced it. While it’s disappointing that more viewers didn’t discover One Day at a Time, I believe the series will stand the test of time.”

Fans of the series have not taken the news well.

And many have begun to share a list of Netflix shows that have long overstayed their welcome. We’re looking at you Fuller House.

Many were quick to point out how little promotion they saw for the series from the streamer over the years.

Here’s hoping another streamer buys the series.


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Producer Of Selena Show On Netflix Discloses New Details On Another Selena-Inspired Project

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Producer Of Selena Show On Netflix Discloses New Details On Another Selena-Inspired Project

When news broke earlier this year that Netflix would be releasing a show about Selena Quintanilla, well, to put it mildly, people lost their minds. The demand for Selena content — whether through music, fashion, or makeup — is exceptionally high. So it makes sense that a streaming service would want to release something by the late Tejano singer.

The issue remains that the Quintanilla family are incredibly protective of their daughter’s image, music — and overall brand. So, when Netflix secured a deal about Selena and her family, her fans rejoiced.

ABC also said they were interested in a TV-scripted project, inspired by the life of Selena, which also got the seal of approval by her family. Unfortunately, the network ended up turning it down.

We now have more information from the producer responsible for the two Quintanilla family-backed projects.

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Jaime Davila runs Campanario Entertainment — a North American media company — and said that despite ABC turning down the Selena-inspired show he’s still developing it.

Davila, who’s also from South Texas just like Selena, understands the importance of getting a story like this right.

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“I don’t take this lightly…it’s a big deal and I’m excited to really do it justice,” Davila told Deadline. “It’s really taking the time to explore what it was like to be a Mexican American family in the ’80s and ’90s, trying to make it. It’s gonna be great family musical drama.”

Davila had previously said that he was working very closely with Selena’s sister, Suzette, on this show, inspired by the musical legacy of Selena Quintanilla.

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“We are excited to come on board as producers on an ABC music driven, Latino family drama that celebrates Selena’s musical legacy with a lead character whose music and career is inspired by Selena,” Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga said in a statement provided to us back in January.

Davila said that while ABC is no longer in the picture, he and Suzette are continuing to collaborate. We’re confident that another network would want to pick this show up asap.

While ABC is no longer in the picture, he and Suzette are continuing to collaborate. We’re confident that another network would want to pick this show up asap.

Back in January, we were informed via a press release that writer Miguel Nolla (who’s worked on “Scandal”) would be serving as writer and co-executive producer. We were also told that the show would focus on “Alex Guerra, a chart-topping, award-winning pop star who has been estranged from her family for five years.” Guerra “tries to pick up the pieces when a crisis forces her to return home. Alex finds herself back in Texas, juggling a love triangle, the demands of her career and the dark secrets of the family that she now desperately wants to win back.”

It’s a great concept, and now we’re just left wondering if that will still be the plotline or if the entire thing will be reorganized. Either way, we’d love to see this Latino representation on TV.

Fans of Selena have done well to honor and pay tribute to Selena in recent weeks as we approach the anniversary of her death.

Tributes to the reina de cumbia have been on full display this month. Earlier this week Dallas-based artists Jeremy Biggers and Hatziel Flores created a ‘Baila esta Cumbia’ mural in honor of the singer. fortunately after the two never recieved permiosion or permits from the city to paint the mural on a building built in 1884. Fortunately the city has offered to have the two artists paint the image on a

Earlier this month, country music star Kacey Musgraves paid tribute to the classic moment during her own performance at the same venue. Musgraves tribute came as part of the multi-day 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo which rapper Cardi B is also set to perform.

The six-time Grammy Award winner’s reverent rendition of the beloved Selena song couldn’t have been performed on a more appropriate day. In keeping with Selena’s performance at the Houston Astrodome, which was song 24 years to the day, Musgraves entered the dome on a horse while wearing a white jumpsuit.

Soon after, Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, revealed that she had seen Musgraves’ performance and almost cried.

“Awww this makes me wanna shed a tear! Take me back. A Big Big Thank you to Kacey Musgraves for the love at the Houston Rodeo tonite with that Selena y Los Dinos Jam!” she said on Instagram.

Camila Cabello also jumped on the honor-Selena-roll At Houston Rodeo earlier this week.

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The Cuban singer showed up in full rodeo attire on Tuesday night, which reminded us a ton of Cardi B’s cowboy outfit that she wore in Houston. However, the “Havana” singer went all black with rhinestones with her outfit. It is definitely giving us the same vibes as Selena’s iconic black and bedazzled bustier that we all remember all these years later.

She looked stunning in her cowboy chaps. Are we sure she isn’t a true Texan?

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“Thank you, Houston Rodeo!” Cabello wrote on social media. “I went up there and was so nervous, every time I saw a yellow NBTS hoodie I was so relieved lmao, thank you for always making me feel supported and loved, I love you guys so much!!!!!! PS, how can I sign up to be a cowgirl.”

It’s been interesting to see which song an artist covers and whether they sing in Spanish or English. Cabello did a rendition of Selena’s first English crossover song “Dreaming Of You.” Definitely a good choice to go with a fan favorite that is also one of the most iconic songs of all time.

Here’s Cabello’s cover of Selena’s “Dreaming Of You.”

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Cabello wrote: “55,001 souls dreaming of Selena last night at the Houston rodeo. We love you, Selena ????” Yes, we do. It seems like most of the people at Cabello’s concert felt the same way. Basically, if you are in Texas right now, check out the artist at Houston Rodeo because chances are you will get a great Selena tribute out of the deal. So worth it.

Obviously the Texas fans were here for it because, well, anything for Selenas.

We wish we could have been there to experience the magic. Cabello is Cuban-Mexican-American and it is clear that Selena is one of her inspirations. The way she was able to capture the emotion of the song and give everyone a tearful moment remembering the queen of our childhoods and her iconic music.

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