¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

I don’t really do “resolutions” but here’s a list of things you don’t have to apologize for, at least not around here:

  • You do not have to apologize for being a feminist.
  • You do not have to apologize for approaching media that’s meant to entertain with a critical mindset.
  • You do not have to apologize for being organized.
  • No tienes que pedir perdón por hablar en Español, even when you don’t translate it into English.
  • You do not have to apologize for needing to point out prejudiced language.
  • You do not have to apologize for what you like to watch, read, or listen to.
  • You do not have to apologize for not liking what everyone else seems to like.
  • You do not have to apologize for never leaving comments.
  • You do not have to apologize because you think you leave too many comments.
  • You do not have to apologize for telling me something on the blog or the forum is broken.
  • You do not have to apologize for liking cats.
  • You do not have to apologize for noticing “unimportant details” in the background.
  • You do not have to apologize for being you.

Be your badass self. And in 2019…

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Launch Pad (December 29, 2018)

It’s time for our weekly blog update.

Last week

We posted recaps and summaries for

Rey David,
La Sultana,
Entre Dos Amores,
Velvet Season 2,
Diablero, and
La Mujer del Vendaval

Sara took us on a walk down “I can’t believe I did that!” lane in Lessons from Caray: How NOT to comment.

On the Forums

Everyone’s welcome to join us on the forums, with or without a login.

Want to chat about your favorite shows? Check out Watch Parties on the forums. We’re discussing La Sultana, Entre Dos Amores plus other currently-airing shows.

We’re also discussing upcoming shows on the Proximas forum.

What’s coming up

Special New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day programming is bumping shows all over the place on Monday and Tuesday. Check your local listings for details.

Friday, Like (Univision), Rey David (UniMás), and Rosario Tijeras Season 1 (UniMás) are all ending.

We’re declaring Monday January 7 our first annual Dia del Divo in honor of Juan Gabriel. If you have ideas for how to celebrate, come share them with the Celebration Committee of Ideas and Stuff.

Check the Horario for the regular schedule of telenovelas and series, the Calendar for events (including pre-emptions and schedule changes), and the Proximas list for upcoming shows.

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Launch Pad (December 22, 2018)

It’s time for our weekly blog update.

Last week

We posted recaps and summaries for

La Sultana,
Rey David,
Entre Dos Amores,
and Velvet Season 2.

Guest Author Mena had some inspiring words for us in We Are the Change We Are Looking For.

And if somehow you missed all the drama Just when I thought Caray, Caray! could sink no lower and Response to “OPEN LETTER TO CARAYCARAY (sic) DEVOTEES” should get you caught up.

On the Forums

Everyone’s welcome to join us on the forums, with or without a login.

Want to chat about your favorite shows? Check out Watch Parties on the forums. We’re discussing La Sultana, Entre Dos Amores plus other currently-airing shows.

We’re also discussing upcoming shows on the Proximas forum.

This week on TV

Monday and Tuesday there are multiple schedule disruptions for the Christmas holiday. Same thing next Monday and Tuesday for New Year’s Eve/Day.

Check the Horario for the regular schedule of telenovelas and series, the Calendar for events (including pre-emptions and schedule changes), and the Proximas list for upcoming shows.

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We Are the Change We Are Looking For

The cliché of the era is that these are trying times in our country. There is division between political parties, fear of “the others” that could invade our country and our interrupt our lives and anger about years of silence about sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the more powerful.  We get angry, we wring our hands, we minimize or rationalize, and we become numb – in any combination.

Alternatively, you might come from a different perspective that there is “nothing to see here”.  You may believe that the negative language is just noise in an empty space.  What matters is saying, “look over here, we are engaged in – really – important things to make the country great again. “ Machiavelli is still right all these years later – the ends justify the means.

Consider this; the number of hate groups in the country has grown yet again this year.  Women still make less than men for the same work do and #metoo has just pulled the covers off the sexual harassment and power plays that have gone on for years.  Whatever the cause for bad behavior, whatever the party of the perpetrators, the truth is we can do better, one day, one person and one word at a time. Yes, words matter but more importantly how we use words matters.

Words make it personal and immediate especially if I do not see or know who you are. Words mean different things to different people.  So, consider this. Is it too restrictive to be mindful of how we speak to and treat one another? Is saying something more thoughtful a hindrance to one’s freedom?  Is it an indignity to be asked to learn about someone else’s sensitivities that we did not know about before? Is it beneath our station to consider respecting other perspectives?

For those who mock what is considered politically correct, ask yourself when you decided that any attempt to consider the myriad of interpretations of your words was beneath you.  When did you decide that too many people were just too sensitive?  On the other hand, when did you decide you no longer needed to continue to understand why these issues matter to someone else? The golden rule still applies in religions across the world and it still teaches us reciprocity. Last time I looked in the bible; the principle of the golden rule was still there.

If you are one of those wringing your hands over the audacious comments of presidents, prominent people and the person down the hall, your gesture is not enough.  We must speak up and stop allowing bad behavior to get a pass regardless of whom it is. For those who choose to preserve the “peace” I say, okay, this peace allows you to avoid the inconvenient and painful truth that, as Martin Luther King said, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal”.

We have to stop being numb to the tolerance for racism, misogyny, disrespect and abusive language and behaviors.  Stuff happens, intolerance drips from the top down into the puddle we are all standing on. The option to clean-up or stay standing in it stands at our feet.  As Obama said, “we are the change we are looking for”.

In order to be the change speak up.  If you see injustice, say something. If you say something that offends someone, acknowledge it.  The internet buzzes with videos of people being caught “live” being outrageously abusive and offensive to their neighbors.  The buzz goes viral and this outrageous and unacceptable behavior is normalized for some, and traumatic for someone else.  Nevertheless, somewhere in the buzz the message is still implied that this is not acceptable. There is hope that we get that words matter and that racism is still wrong and that sexism and misogyny are unacceptable. Let us all be better. Read More

Launch Pad (December 15, 2018)

It’s time for our weekly blog update.

Last week

We posted recaps and summaries for

La Sultana,
Rey David,
Entre Dos Amores,
and Velvet Season 2.

On the Forums

Everyone’s welcome to join us on the forums, with or without a login.

Want to chat about your favorite shows? Check out Watch Parties on the forums. We’re discussing La Sultana, Entre Dos Amores plus other currently-airing shows.

We’re also discussing upcoming shows on the Proximas forum.

This week on TV

So far, there aren’t any big disruptions to the schedule.

Next week: Christmas Eve/Day special programming.

Check the Horario for the regular schedule of telenovelas and series, the Calendar for events (including pre-emptions and schedule changes), and the Proximas list for upcoming shows.

Changes

I’ve completely ditched the Streaming page, which was woefully out of date. I don’t have a replacement in mind, but for now we have two threads in the forums where we’re already, in theory, talking about streaming programs.

One is Other Spanish-Language TV and the other is Movie Recs.

We’ll try to make do with those for a while and see how it works out.

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