“Taina” aired on Nickelodeon for simply two seasons, but it surely made fairly the impression. Following a Nuyorican lady named after the island’s native folks, the present introduced an city Latinx expertise as regular, if not aspirational. Taina goes to the Manhattan Excessive Faculty of the Performing Arts, drifting off into daydreams the place she stars in her personal music movies. She alongside along with her mostly-of-color classmates exist in a “Fame”-type universe, the place every has unbelievable expertise and is attempting to make it within the arts.
Even supposing the present ran from 2001 to 2002, there’s nonetheless one thing trendy concerning the now 20-year-old present. Maybe it is how Taina and her greatest good friend Renée so effortlessly take up the display screen as younger girls of colour. Their identities aren’t a detriment or a superpower however slightly simply part of who they’re. Or possibly it is the triple-threat blueprint of the present. We have turn into accustomed to baby stars like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez doing all of it, however that wasn’t the norm again in 2002.
The present was foundational for a technology of Latinas, as a result of it was the primary time so many people noticed ourselves on display screen. Taina is a constructive instance of a younger lady positive of herself and happy with the place she comes from (even when her Spanish wants some work). So let’s take a minute to see the place the solid of “Taina” is now and enjoy all these childhood recollections.