Mel, Macy, and Maggie are the Charmed Ones in CW’s ‘Charmed’

The real third season of CW’s Charmed premiered last night in an episode titled “You Can’t Touch This” and I’m excited about it. Feminism is back in the show’s DNA and with it, our Black/Latinx leads are center stage again. They just can’t get within six feet of each other (sound familiar?) or any magical creatures. It’s a way of doing the pandemic without doing it and it was nice to acknowledge our current reality without being overwhelmed by it.

That said, I’m still a bit traumatized by all the mistakes and missed opportunities of season two — which just…


Technically, the main character of The Expanse is James Holden, the reluctant galaxy savior played with lots of furrowed brows by Steven Straight. But I can’t imagine watching the show because of him and I can’t be the only one. Thankfully, The Expanses’s fifth season focuses on where its strength really lies — in its women of color characters, specifically, its mothers.

It was the season of Dominique Tipper’s Naomi Negata. We learn the details of her backstory as the show leans into her epic toughness, her heroism, and her relationships. Many years ago, Naomi abandoned her son, Filip, leaving…


I’m fantasy casting the US government with my favorite sci-fi heroes and the answer seems super clear: Jean Luc Picard is Joseph Robinette Biden and Michael Burnham is Kamala Harris. It’s not just the obvious — their positions as captain/President and first officer/VP, their age, or race (although these things help) — Jean-Luc Picard and Michael Burnham share illuminating parallels with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, from their leadership styles to their reputation.

Now I don’t actually know any of these people — I’m not trying to cast based on their true, innermost selves. I’m talking about their myths, the…


I introduced my partner to the term “bodice ripper” last week. Oddly, as a straight male, he’d never heard it but the rise of Bridgerton (before the whole, attempted coup thing) finally gave him a reason to learn it.

While the latest Shondaland juggernaut is based on an extremely popular romance novel series, many men are ignorant of this entire portion of our culture. After all, it doesn’t fit within our society’s narrative that declares men are the only ones who seek out sexual content (see the conversation around porn). …


First of all, Sylvie’s Love is good. This Tessa Thompson-led picture is beautiful, set in New York’s 1960’s jazz scene. The costumes, the decor, the music, all make for an immersive experience matched by the film’s sweet, simmering love story. That’s reason enough for the Latinx community to show up for Sylive’s Love but there’s so much more.

For one, it features our favorite leading ladies. This is Tessa Thompson like I haven’t seen before. I’m used to seeing her as a badass whether in Westworld, Thor, or Creed. Sylvie’s strong but her strength is the quieter, less sure kind…


Latinas and femme Latinxs may be the least likely to be represented on TV but that doesn’t mean we’re absent. So let’s end the year by celebrating the show’s we led in 2020. Yes, the Coronavirus meant some of our favorites didn’t drop new episodes this year (come back, Pose! We miss you Queen of the South) and yes, Latinas and femme Latinxs generally appear as supporting characters or as part of ensembles (and we’re great in these roles — watch Brooklyn 99, Gentefied, On My Block, etc. to see what I mean). But we also helm shows. …


Remember restaurants? I do — even if I haven’t eaten in one since March. I used to love going to fancy and hole-in-the-wall places trying familiar dishes or new foods entirely. It was fun and communal and it’s gone now, thanks Coronavirus. Cooking at home is not the same, no matter how healthy your sourdough starter. Luckily we still have food TV.

Pardon my metaphor but cooking shows are the comfort food of television, both unchallenging and pleasant to consume. Hulu’s Eater’s Guide to the World is all these things but it’s also a vision into what our media would…


The man has been voted out of office and we are breathing a sigh of relief. In fact, we’re ready to have the last laugh That’s why we’re imagining the fictional (actual or would-be) Presidents who would have done a better job the last four years. This is definitely not a list of best TV and movie presidents (there are many of those). No one played by Harrison Ford, Geena Davis, or Dennis Haysbert appears on it. There’s no President Bartlett or his equally improbable and impressive peers. We’re not talking the greats here. No, this is a list of…


It’s no wonder that Justina Machado broke out on Six Feet Under. The show centers on the whitey, white, white undertaker Fisher family and the quietness that consumes them. Machado plays Vanessa Diaz, wife of expert corpse restorer and eventual partner Frederico. And she pops against Six Feet Under’s muted background, stealing every scene she’s in with warmth, humor, and humanity. In the nearly ten years since Six Feet Under premiered, we’ve learned to expect such amazing performances from Puerto Rican Machado. And we’re grateful for it.

It’s hard to make a Latinx show without her — she’s Carmen on…


There’s lots of talk about diversity in Hollywood right now. And we want to believe it’s working, that Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian femmes are finally getting the TV deals that pipe their stories into our living rooms. But is it all talk?

We DMed Dr. Ana-Christina Ramón, Director of Research and Civic Engagement at UCLA’s Division of Social Sciences to find out. Along with professor Darnell Hunt, Dr. Ramón co-authors the center’s reports on diversity in Hollywood, including their recently released 2020 findings. …

Cristina Escobar

Professional feminist. Amateur woman, Chicana, mother, partner.

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