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For the uninitiated, Bad Bunny’s real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio. He is a 25-year-old Puerto Rican trap artist who quite vocally likes: hookah, nail polish, subtweeting, and aLtErNaTiNg CaPs; and quite vocally dislikes: casual homophobia, gender-based violence, being subtweeted, and Donald Trump.

Benito’s music can typically be categorized somewhere at the front of the most recent wave of popular urbano music. At his sold-out Saturday night show at Madison Square Garden, an introductory voice-over described Bad Bunny as the “heavyweight champion of Latin trap” as the man himself ran onto a lit stage. He was wearing a shiny…


As inspired by the inspired Linda Holmes.

Okay, so warning — this is long. I think I spent about a week or so on it, but it was actually pretty fun to assemble.

No numbers, or any particular order. Mostly, this is a list of things that I relished in 2017, things that made me double-take, that stuck with me, that I keep revisiting and have some words left over for.

I’d like to make a dedicated effort to write more in 2018 — maybe for publication, definitely for myself. …


Miguel and Mama Coco in “Coco.” Disney/Pixar (2017)

Mama Coco’s hands look like my great-grandmother’s hands.

I was not ready for this. My memory of this moment — sitting in a sold-out matinee screening of Disney-Pixar’s Coco on opening day, seeing echoes of my Güelita’s image projected up on a theater screen over twenty feet tall — is still stunning, days later. The fact that the matriarch and namesake of the film is the lead character Miguel’s great-grandmother, too, feels all the more precious.

This film has lingered in my mind. A poster on the street, a stray hashtag on Twitter, a simple musical cue yanks me out…


In anticipation of the 2016 fall television season, NHMC will be showcasing shows that excel in portraying and characterizing their Latino stars. Stay tuned these next few weeks as we feature some of this fall’s most diverse programming, and make sure to watch and support Latino talent on TV — we’ve compiled a list of some of this season’s best, available on the NHMC blog.

It must be noted that Jane the Virgin is unlike virtually anything else on television. It is a show about family, a family of strong single women who represent three generations of the Venezuelan-American immigrant…


In anticipation of the 2016 fall television season, NHMC will be showcasing shows that excel in portraying and characterizing their Latino stars. Stay tuned these next few weeks as we feature some of this fall’s most diverse programming, and make sure to watch and support Latino talent on TV — we’ve compiled a list of some of this season’s best, available on the NHMC blog.

The endless possibility of comic book stories makes it possible for superheroes and characters to appeal to fans from wildly diverse backgrounds. Because of their evolving nature, comic stories and characters can be filtered through…


In anticipation of the 2016 fall television season, NHMC will be showcasing shows that excel in portraying and characterizing their Latino stars. Stay tuned these next few weeks as we feature some of this fall’s most diverse programming, and make sure to watch and support Latino talent on TV — we’ve compiled a list of some of this season’s best, available on the NHMC blog.

Wilmer Valderrama will be joining the NCIS team this fall.

CBS does not have the greatest track record when it comes to programming diversity. The studio and its executives have recently been criticized by media diversity advocates for their abysmal numbers, especially in comparison to…


In anticipation of the 2016 fall television season, NHMC will be showcasing shows that excel in portraying and characterizing their Latino stars. Stay tuned these next few weeks as we feature some of this fall’s most diverse programming, and make sure to watch and support Latino talent on TV — we’ve compiled a list of some of this season’s best, available on the NHMC blog.

Because of its premise (a group of employees from all different corners of society work at a Wal-Mart-type big-box store), Superstore’s comedy primarily consists of blurring the line between the events onscreen and similar day-to-day…


In anticipation of the 2016 fall television season, NHMC will be showcasing shows that excel in portraying and characterizing their Latino stars. Stay tuned these next few weeks as we feature some of this fall’s most diverse programming, and make sure to watch and support Latino talent on TV — we’ve compiled a list of some of this season’s best, available on the NHMC blog.

In a few mid-season episodes during How To Get Away With Murder’s debut run, a number of things about Karla Souza’s character were revealed: she was fluent in Spanish, she came from an impressively wealthy…


In anticipation of the 2016 fall television season, NHMC will be showcasing shows that excel in portraying and characterizing their Latino stars. Stay tuned these next few weeks as we feature some of this fall’s most diverse programming, and make sure to watch and support Latino talent on TV — we’ve compiled a list of some of this season’s best, available on the NHMC blog.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is, at its simplest and its best, a police workplace comedy. The show is smart, taking its thematic cues both from beloved cop shows like Starsky and Hutch and Miami Vice, and from…


“East Los High” season 4 is available July 15 on Hulu.

From newly-minted adaptations of hit Latin American dramas (Queen of the South, USA Network), to established fan-favorites (Devious Maids, Lifetime; Suits, USA), to online binge-watching phenomena (East Los High, Hulu; Orange is the New Black, Netflix) and prime-time children’s programming (Stuck in the Middle; Elena of Avalor, Disney Channel), this season finds an increasingly diverse range of Latino representation both on and off screen.

While the National Hispanic Media Coalition continues to hold TV networks accountable to the public on diversity, with the goal of achieving full inclusion and accurate portrayals of Latinos in popular media, we support the work…

Alejandra Salazar

SATX to NYC. @Stanford ’17. (Assistant) producing radio @WNYC, with some words on the side ☀️ Proud tejana, bilingüe, she/her. www.alejandrasalazar.me

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