In this op-ed writer, Lluvia Perez explains the cultural significance of Jane the Virgin, its flaws, and how it spoke to greater visibility in Hollywood. On Wednesday, after five rollercoaster seasons, Jane the Virgin came to a close. The show joins a long legacy of telenovelas, or Spanish-speaking soap operas, beloved in the Latinx community. But its success on network television also speaks to the rising interest around Spanish to English TV adaptations, like its predecessor Ugly Betty or the more recent Queen of the South and Narcos. Ironically, this popularity in Latinx narratives is rising during a time when important issues like immigration and xenophobia are a part of the American zeitgeist.
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Hurricane Dorian is threatening to inundate low-lying Southeast coasts with a dangerous storm surge after its deadly mauling of the Bahamas. A Texas death row inmate has been executed for fatally stabbing an year-old woman and her daughter more than 16 years ago after entering their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing some work for them. Billy Jack Crutsinger received a lethal injection Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. The year-old Crutsinger was condemned for the killings of Pearl Magouirk and her year-old daughter Patricia Syren.