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I was recently enchanted by a new cartoon character (to me) so Latina, so smart. "Wild Kratts" is a PBS kids cartoon now on Netflix that may be still on general television. It's a cartoon version of two animal experts - the Kratt Brothers who go on adventures researching animals around the world who might be endangered by their environment or man's impact.  What was most exciting is their team of scientists who help them become the animals they are researching with special science and technology. Two are female, one Black and the other, the lead scientist, is Aviva, a smart, creative Latina who rescues these two dudes all the time.  It is rare to see a Hispanic character in cartoons outside of Dora's world and to see her contributing more than a sassy remark calls for a shout out to PBS and the show's developer, which I plan on doing.  I think it's important for all Latinitas to keep note of how they are being portrayed in any medium, including cartoon. I love cartoons - I was hooked on "Tom and Jerry" and "Muppet Babies" back in the day, but I never forgot a Hannah Barbara cartoon from the 70s with a character named Penelope Pitstop. She was smart, a leader and a racecar driver.  That character may have had more impact on what I thought women could do than others making news at the time...because I was a kid!  I encourage all of you to think about the characters that are missing from cartoons being broadcast today and maybe use your artistic talent to fill those gaps.

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