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TV shows struggle to reflect U.S. Latino presence. Will it get better?

At a recent premiere of the second season of Starz’s “Vida,” it was clear that the prime cable television series about the conflicts surrounding a gentrifying Mexican American neighborhood of Los Angeles has touched a nerve among young Latinos.

At the screening, fans continuously giggled and reacted to scenes such as when one of the characters said she was “operating on ‘chingona’ level,” using a popular Mexican American slang term that loosely translates to “badass.”

Even though the critically acclaimed series has a loyal Latino following, “Vida” creators worry about the show’s fate — especially after the recent cancellation of the Netflix show “One Day at a Time,”which was lauded for nailing Latino representation.

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Source: NBC News, 5/24/19

Author: Nicole Acevedo