One Day At A Time Takes Strides for Latinos Everywhere

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Sofia Jacobo, Co-Editor in Chief

Netflix’s take on the American sitcom One Day At A Time stuns fans with its Cuban culture exposure.

 

The revived show depicts the story of a Cuban family with a single veteran mother who is raising her two children with the help of her mother.

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Being a Latina, I loved how I connected with the show. Growing up with hundreds of different American sitcoms, I’ve truly never seen anything like this. Latino awareness is still something fairly new to the world and seeing a Latino sitcom blew my mind. This is the time when Hollywood’s stars are becoming more and more diverse and I could not be prouder.

 

One Day At A Time reminded me of Full House – in the sense that both are popular American sitcoms that are family-oriented, while also discussing issues plaguing today’s teens. One Day At A Time is a more culturized version that discusses the new issues teens are dealing with, such as sexuality, sexsim, and the use of pornography.

 

Each episode brings a meaningful and important message, which is cleverly embedded in the episode’s story line. You find yourself laughing and crying while obtaining an important moral message.

 

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The actors did an exceptional job breaking away from their stereotypical Latino characters in the most heartwarming way. The television industry definitely did not need another stereotypical hot, spicy Latina, but that is exactly who Rita Moreno plays. But, as the show progresses the stereotypical facade of a Latina disappears and is replaced with a heart- breaking story of survival during Fidel Castro’s reign in Cuba.

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The rest of the family is no different, they all defy their stereotypes.

 

I especially love how the traditional Latino stereotype played a major role in the show. Even though the show was full of cultural references and traditions it displayed their take on an Americanized Latino Family.  

 

One Day At A Time brings the best elements to the table, culture, family, acceptance, and most importantly Latino power.       

 

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