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Why You Should Be Watching Netflix’s Workin’ Moms

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You don’t have to be a mother, and you certainly don’t even have to be a woman to enjoy the comedy gold that is Netflix’s Workin’ Moms. Created by and starring husband and wife duo, Catherine Reitman and Philip Sternberg, the Canadian series follows a group of friends dealing with the challenges of being working mothers, hence the title of the show. If you haven’t already, you should definitely start watching.

Reitman portrays Kate Foster, whom, along with her husband Nathan (portrayed by Sternberg), must learn to deal with raising a newborn while both being working parents. Dani Kind portrays Anne Carlson, a no-nonsense psychiatrist, and mother of two. Juno Rinaldi plays Frankie Coyne, a real estate agent in an interracial, same-sex relationship. She’s learning to overcome the emotional and mental struggles that many women face post pregnancy. Finally, Jessalyn Wanlim portrays Jenny Matthews, an I.T. specialist who is struggling to find her true identity after giving birth.

What makes Workin’ Moms so special is the fact that each character on the show is relatable in some way. They’re real and they’re raw. Reitman created the show to shed light on the fact that having a baby and starting a family isn’t always bright rainbows and sunshine. It’s tough and it’s a lot of work, but it’s not impossible and can be rewarding. If you’re watching the show and are already a parent, there’s a chance you know exactly what these families are going through. But if you’re tuning in and are not yet a parent, the show serves as a reminder of what your parents may have gone through.

The show wasn’t designed to scare viewers away from being a parent. In fact, the heart of the show comes from the fact that if you have a wonderful support system – whether it’s your friends, family, a support group, or a therapist – you can overcome anything. And that doesn’t necessarily have to be true for parenthood only. Happy Netflix binging!

 

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John Leguizamo’s “Latin History for Morons” Review

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How many of us know the full extent of Latin American history? The minute we start our school education we learn about the history of America and Europe. Everything from the Civil War, the signing of the Declaration of Independence to Columbus (Leguizamo has a few words about him). I’m sure many remember being taught about the Mayans and the Incas, but what else?

John Leguizamo’s Tony nominated Broadway show, Latin History for Morons debuted on Netflix November 5th.

Leguizamo takes us to the number one place we learn history; the classroom. Riddled with boxes, books, chairs and a chalkboard; Leguizamo is gonna teach you real Latin history that was pushed aside. Everything starting from the beginning, 3,000 BCE. His main purpose, in my opinion, to deconstruct our American history and interweave the negated Latin contributions that made our current ‘great’ nation.

Don’t assume that this is a ninety-minute show about a boring lecture. Because it’s not! Using Leguizamo’s notorious comedic personality, you will have no issue watching and you come out smarter than when you came in.

Despite Leguizamo using comedy to keep us entertained, like all of a sudden he’s in his underwear and dances to salsa and cumbia, there are core issues he addresses. Issues that all Latino people face. You can guess what those are.

Leguizamo goes deep into Latin history. He uses cited information from respected literature and authors to debunk our common knowledge that was brainwashed into our subconscious. Also, what textbooks refuse to acknowledge.

By the end of the show you will have laughed your heads off and have learned more in 90 minutes then you probably remember in eight years of school education. Every Latino should watch this. It reaffirms a place in society and gives a self-worth that has been misconstrued over 3,000 years. That’s a long time.

 

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