Here are a few of my favorite Latinx media of the year in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!
I am never going to stop talking about how incredible this book is and how it completely hypnotized me from beginning to end! This book is written in slam poetry by Dominican born Elizabeth Acevedo and it was so heartbreakingly beautiful, heartfelt, raw, and powerful! I was brought to tears about how honest and real this woman’s writing is! Read this now and check out my review here.
This show completely took me by surprise! I honestly didn’t expect it to be this good! Vida was one of the few shows that I have watched this year where I actually rewatched it immediately after finishing it! There were only six episodes of this season and I was left with wanting more from these flawed and relatable sisters. Vida is based in East LA and everything is perfect about this show from the photography, the writing, the characters…the show is flawless! I love how they cover real issues that East LA is facing such as gentrification, the characters are so perfectly flawed, and I love how they are not caricatures of Mexican women. One of the main characters is a queer Latinx. The main characters come with their struggles of identity, upbringing, and relationships. The show is so freaking real, poetic, and almost has hints of magical realism in the fashion of how it is filmed. East LA is like it’s own character and it’s depicted in a mystical way. I almost feel like I am watching something from The House on Mango Street.
Another powerhouse Latinx read! Now I have to say I was highly anticipating reading this book but I didn’t expect it to be as amazing and intense as it was! This book broke me! Now the author of this book is not Latinx but the main character is named Evelyn and she is a Cuban bi-sexual actress. After reading this book I was exhausted of emotions and it left me with a major book hangover. Read my thoughts about this masterpiece here.
One Day at a Time
Watching this show is literally like drinking Abuela’s colada on a Monday morning. It’s sweet, warm, and comforting. This show just gave me the warm fuzzies of growing in a Cuban household. One Day at a Time is like the Cuban version of Full House meets Que Pasa U.S.A.! Need I say more?!
What Latinx media have you consumed this year that you absolutely obsess over?! Let me know in the comments below!