Fil-Am actress Netta Walker along with the cast of CW's All-American Homecoming just completed the first season and they are getting a second! It was announced that the spin-off of the hit series, All-American, which follows Simone Hicks and her friends at fictional HBCU Bringston University are coming back next fall. Netta Walker plays Keisha McCalla, best friends with Simone, resident advisor, dancer, and overall over-achiever. The series tackled each student's adjustment to college life and further finding their individuality.

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One episode during the season, Netta's Filipino culture was included in the storyline. In the episode,"Godspeed," her character Keisha lost her mother at a young age and told her friends that every year on her mother's birthday, it's Filipino tradition to still celebrate. Her friends helped put together a traditional Filipino feast, "kamayan" where the food was all laid out on a table and everyone eats with their hands. Keisha and friends wore traditional Filipino attire from Barong Tagalog and modern embroidered boleros.

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Season 1 ended in Keisha helping keep Bringston University through financial troubles by putting together a fundraiser. Now the gang are staying another semester at university, but it'll be a long road ahead in Season 2 not only keeping their athletics department going, but navigating the changes at the college. The second season is looking at a fall debut on the CW.

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It can't be stressed enough that representation matters and Fil-Am actress Netta Walker feels the same. She co-stars as Keisha McCalla in the spin-off CW series, All American: Homecoming that follows student-athlete Simone Hicks (Geffri Maya) and her friends as they balance being an HBCU student, sports, and relationships. Netta's character Keisha undergoes a tough time in the most recent episode, "Godspeed" as she remembers her Filipino mother's birthday.

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Keisha tells her friends that in Filipino culture, birthdays are a big deal even after someone's gone. It's the first time Keisha and her father are unable to visit her mother's grave so her friends band together to research and plan a traditional Filipino birthday celebration.

The friends at fictional Bringston University pull off a dope Filipino family dinner from the food to the table setting and honoring cultural attire. For the celebration, Keisha's friends prepare a kamayan feast with the food laid out on table of banana leaves and where they eat with their hands. If you look closely, the details are spot on with rice, fried fish, crispy pata, fried squid, buko pandan, fresh coconut drinks, and more!

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A few of the cast even wore traditional Filipino attire like Peyton Alex Smith who plays Damon wore a Barong Tagalog, and Keisha and Dr. P sported modern embroidered boleros. The tribute to the culture meant a lot not only to Keisha but also Netta Walker. She shares that many tears were shed as her younger self felt loved and seen in a way she never imagined. All the photos used in that scene are of her and her mother who is alive and well. This storyline also served as a healing experience for her younger self as Netta lost her father as a young adult.

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Netta adds, "I never thought I'd be lucky enough to tell a story so close to home. Because you actually saw me... a story about a Blasian girl who lost her parent...mahalaga ang representation (representation is important). This story means more to me than I can even begin to express, and this is a moment I'll cherish for the rest of my life."

Both Keisha and Netta represent a person who is half Filipino and half Black who looks to find their identity. The episode tackled the idea of nature vs. nurture and which is more important. Keisha shares that she's Team Nature and although she's proud to be part of a two-culture household, there's part of both cultures she doesn't know about. In the absence of the part she's doesn't know, all the little parts of her identity she does know, make up who she is today which is a powerful message for anyone.

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