Cristina Escobar

Selena Gomez and the Complicated Nature of Latinx Representation

Selena Gomez can’t represent our entire community, but her character in the Hulu series ‘Only Murders in the Building’ is a positive addition to the Latinx canon.

  • Oct 20, 2021
  • 10:39 AM

LANGUAGE LESSONS Is a Beautiful Meditation on the Power of Friendship

When I first watched it, I was worried. Who wants to watch what amounts to a 91-minute Zoom call? It turns out me and I bet you too.

  • Sep 15, 2021
  • 5:08 PM

With BEST FAMILIES, Director Javier Fuentes-León Finds Laughs in Latin American Class Conflict

The feature film follows one lunch gone awry as old secrets threaten the long-held divide between a rich family and the maids who serve them.

  • Aug 6, 2021
  • 5:05 PM

The Dustup Around Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney’s ENCANTO

The man at the center of the last big debate about what constitutes Latinidad and how it’s represented in Hollywood is at it again.

  • Jul 14, 2021
  • 11:21 AM

For Better or Worse, Rita Moreno’s Legacy Is on Full in New Documentary

There’s no point in building people up just to knock them down. I’d rather learn what we can from her, celebrate the successes she represents, and encourage growth in her and others.

  • Jun 24, 2021
  • 6:58 PM

Natalie Morales on Why We Need More Latina Comedies

Women are whole people after all, even if we’re not normally portrayed that way.

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 12:27 PM

Why the Latinx Community Should Show Up for RUTHERFORD FALLS

We need more shows like it and we needed them yesterday.

  • May 19, 2021
  • 2:35 PM

Part Two of SELENA: THE SERIES Tries to Get It Much Closer to Right

The truth is no show can make everyone happy nor should it try to.

  • May 4, 2021
  • 12:40 PM

OPINION: What Just Happened at the Academy Awards?

I’m not willing to say it was a bad night for the Latinx community.

  • Apr 26, 2021
  • 5:13 PM

The Quiet Power of CHARMED, Season 3

There’s something about watching women of color, in this case, Black and Latina women, save the world every week or so. That’s the premise of CW’s Charmed, and now that we’re halfway through the third season, it’s finally living up to its promise. For those unfamiliar with the show, Charmed is about three sister witches […]

  • Apr 21, 2021
  • 5:11 PM

I See My Family in Netflix’s YES DAY (And I Don’t See Them Anywhere)

Hopefully, Hollywood is finally catching up.

  • Mar 26, 2021
  • 2:34 PM

Cristina Costantini Is Rewriting the Rules of Latinx Storytelling

Documentary filmmaker Cristina Costantini is on a mission.

  • Mar 15, 2021
  • 5:24 PM

Netflix’s PELÉ Explores the Athlete-Activist Quandary

What is an athlete’s responsibility to the community?

  • Feb 25, 2021
  • 5:48 PM

The Unbearable Latinx Whiteness of It All (OPINION)

It really needs to change.

  • Feb 9, 2021
  • 4:13 PM

Latinx Superheroes: WE CAN BE HEROES Adds to the Legacy of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

I, for one, am glad We Can Be Heroes is having a moment. Like the most famous Latinx superhero film before it, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, We Can Be Heroes celebrates our culture, values, and aesthetic while offering hope that these tools can help build a better future.

  • Jan 27, 2021
  • 5:23 PM

None of Us Feel Latinx Enough (Except a Few White Ladies)

Ambiguity is sewn into the fabric of our identity. Which is why it’s so infuriating to see cases like Natasha Bannan’s. She gets the benefits with none of the doubt.

  • Jan 15, 2021
  • 4:47 PM

SELENA, THE SERIES, One Week Later: Exposing Fault Lines (and Strengths) in Our Community

Last Friday, Selena: The Series premiered. And so did the backlash.

  • Dec 11, 2020
  • 4:30 PM

The Racialized Horror of Lost Children: From ‘La Llorona’ to ‘Immigration Nation’

Like all stories, the narrative of losing children depends greatly on who’s telling it.

  • Sep 15, 2020
  • 1:36 PM

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