Assignment 6

I will be frank and say that my idea isn't exactly original, I want to take Family Matters but instead of a Black family I want to use a hispanic family and modernize it. A lot of the time we see these families on tv and we want our families to be just like that. However when you are a person of color you have to take in consideration that those families are being white washed. My show will have a Tio & Tia, three children, two girls and two boys, and an abuelo. The three children are all in high school, their parents have died many years ago and they are navigating their lives through teenage angst and the stereotypes suppressed on them. I am happy to say that I will be working away from the issues mentioned by Valdivia, Mastro & Greenberg, and Lizárraga & Cortez. My mission head on is to work on answering the questions proposed by Angharad Valdivia , "How do we make sense of the hotness of Latina/os such as Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendez, and America Ferrera against the backdrop of the immense backlash against immigration and the Spanish language that codes and treats all Latina/os as actual or potential illegal invaders who will pollute the US national body? Why is Ugly Betty popular at the same time as there is widespread support for criminalizing immigration?" In my show we focus away from immigration being the main story in the show, instead it is more of an episode featuring Abuelo's back story rather than the whole concept. Therefore leaving room to show off each character as their individual selves rather than the whole of the stereotypes being pushed. For example, one of the children, here by the name Flores will be represented as someone who has claimed a new identity: gender fluid person.
The reason I decided to make Flores gender fluid is because my show is set in the Bay Area. I wanted to acknowledge the cause José Ramón Lizárraga and Arturo Cortez have been acknowledging. They have determined that, "by connecting the expansion of whiteness across cultural, social, and spatial domains to the rise of technology industry, "Google Google Apps Apps" examines how Black and Brown bodies, the corporeal geographies, are being disciplined." The episode starring Flores will be about them going to San Francisco to work on a project explaining how, "Persia offers queer Latinxs two choices as the wave of whiteness crashes ashore in San Francisco: engage in the corporeal displacement of Brown and Black skin or live in exile" therefore calling light to the situation at hand and a sense of normalcy in the world in which a Brown queer individual can travel safely and be a scholar. Another problem my show is working away from is not being just the average family as I previously mentioned before. My show is a sort of spin off towards the 80s classic, although I don't wish to make the same mistakes they did. Even though the show had hints of Black movements and Black empowerment, they were still trying to be the perfect family based on "white standards". By geering my show in hispanic culture and having them be a sort of non-traditional family, ie: mother, father, son, and daughter. I force my viewers to set a new tone for their watching experience than Family Matters did. Increasing the abilities of my characters to follow their dreams and live their life immersed in their heritage. For example, a big thing that I wanna do in my show is make Tia, here by the name Crystal, to be a head of the community center's program to connect the neighborhood youth to all hispanic cultures and history. She will be in charge of hosting events to achieve this goal. Her episode will be dedicated towards transitioning from this role as a Counselor at the children's high school. In doing so she will allow the children to learn more about themselves instead of just trying to fit into high school culture that is mainly considered to be "white washed". Crystal will hold an assembly at the school asking the hispanic community at the school to put on a performance depicting what their family considers tradition. Moving forward to the children all growing a new sense of appreciation and starting a Latinx Student union. Dana E. Mastro & Bradley S. Greenberg discusses how "in contrast, programming for and with African Americans has been a television staple for two decades (Greenberg & Brand, 1994). Indeed, two relatively new broadcast networks not included in this study (UPN and WB) market and program heavily, if not primarily, to African Americans. In part then, there may be few Latinos on prime time TV because the demand is perceived to be weaker. This demonstrates a classic tautology: There are no Latino oriented programs; Latinos tend to watch programs that Whites watch; therefore, there is no need for Latino oriented shows." Due to the fact that my show is about standing out as Hispanic
individuals we can achieve what Black-ish and Grown-ish did by taking our identities and making them our own to control.
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