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TV: 8 Latina TV characters to inspire and entertain your kids

"Diversity" is a lot more than the latest buzzword in Hollywood. When kids see positive portrayals of people who share their background and culture on TV, it can be truly life-changing. It plants the seed of possibility. It bolsters self-esteem. It reinforces cultural touchstones. And it's really as simple as watching great characters with depth, dimension, and authenticity. Fortunately, Latina characters have come a long way from when American actress Natalie Wood played Latina, Maria in "West Side Story." Today's audiences are treated to Latina characters who are actually played by Latina actresses, reinforcing the message that you can be anything you imagine. Here are some of our favorite Latina characters:

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Around the remote: Chuck Barney's picks for Sept. 25-Oct. 1

DON'T MISS: The presidential debate - They've been throwing long-distance verbal jabs at one another for months. On Monday the candidates - Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump - finally come face to face on the same stage at New York's Hofstra University in the first of three scheduled debates. Judging from the spiteful tone of the campaign, this could get ugly. NBC anchor Lester Holt will be the referee, er, moderator. 9 p.m. Eastern, on all the broadcast networks and cable news channels.

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