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Diversity and representation are hot topics that have been circulating for a few years now. As so many of us are pushing to see ourselves on the screens and the books, I found myself considering how I was able to see a bit of myself and my family in the media. I grew up with the dilemma of going to a school and not fitting in exactly.

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Ya know, because they were not as appealing as the English accent. I would spend my day with my American friends and be immersed in their culture before arriving home to a home filled with bi- and at times trilingual expectations that are only known by my parents and my relatives that live over 10, miles away. The confusion of battling cultures in me had me feeling alone.

I found solace in shows that I could relate to. For many years, I was the only African girl anywhere; church, school, or playground, there was not another kid that could possibly understand how it feels to have a parent speak or chastise to you in a different language in front of everyone.

There was a constant embarrassment that came when I noticed people staring at us. I felt very much alone until I saw families like mine on TV. While I did not speak nor understand a speck of Spanish, I got the context. For a good portion of my childhood, I lived in context as I quickly lost the ability to speak my mother tongue. The shows were absolutely the closest to what was considered normal for my household. Nickelodeon with a side of Oreos made for a good day.

It honed in on the importance of family and traditions.

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To my relief, I was not the only one getting that message. Taina was the baddest! She had me thinking that it is possible to be a first gen in the entertainment business. You know, other than the trio of official acceptable job positions: doctor, lawyer, engineer. Of course, within these two families, there were some hiccups. While Taina wants to go modern, her mother is about doing things the way they did when she was younger. Tears were shed, but in the end, common ground was found.

That truly made me hopeful of what was possible. My whole childhood was me falling over a line that sat between my culture and being American. It was true back then for my two favorite shows and also a newer show by the name of Wizards of Waverly Place. The premise is that if one of the kids fails a Spanish test, then a parent or guardian goes ham on ensuring that the kid does not forget their culture and language.

When this is going on TV, it is made for entertainment.

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While there is not a class in the Midwest that teaches Setswana or Zulu, there was my father who wanted to make sure that we were able to understand what he and the rest of my family are saying, as well as never forgetting our culture. My family spent two weeks every other year with family in South Africa. While they may speak English, that is not the only language that they spoke.

Being able to communicate with my family members was a plus. The older I got, the fewer shows I saw of these family dynamics. As an adult, this show had two dynamics that I could Nerdy black or hispanic girl to: adult and. Penelope Alvarez is first-gen, who has a lot to unpack with an immigrant mother and raising the second-gen of Americans.

While I may not have children of my own, I understood their struggles a bit. The show also has some political topics that are current with everything that is going on. More than I would like to admit, people have commented on how I came to the country the correct way, while I remind them what the legalities are for everyone. I may not understand Spanish but I understand the situation more than enough. Until there are sitcoms that have African stories that are non-stereotypical, I will sit and enjoy the sitcoms that present the diverse America that I know to be true.

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