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This Woman Found Brujería In Her Wall During A Home Renovation And How Is She Still Standing There?!

Cuidado: this post contains actual brujería which may cause goosebumps and a high need for access to holy water.

Being Latino means growing up believing that an entire other plane of existence is all around you. Let a curandero read you and you know you’re constantly surrounded by spirits; that your spirit guide is a giant bald tattooed man (true story); that you were a bruja in a past life, living by a lake and using it as your own magical cauldron. We all have our own stories of making contact with the dead and the spirits around us. Usually, we share our stories with the people who believe, needing no proof but our word. Unless you’re Sandra.

On June 23, 2019, Sandra was minding her own business renovating her own pinche home when brujería found her. In fact, brujería had been living with her family all along and she only just discovered it.

Sandra’s family decided to knock down a wall in their home and found an assortment of obvious brujería inside the wall.

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“We been living in this house for like six years now lol,” Sandra followed up. You know that “lol” is all kinds of nervous laughter. ????At least she had the good sense to wear a glove to prevent skin contact with the trapped spirit inside that feather.

Like, what is this? Can anyone explain what this is and what it can be used for?

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All we know is that Sandra’s family home is in Denver, Colorado and that the brujería must have dated before 2013 when the family moved in. Her padre was off work for a week and “he needed something to do,” which prompted the renovation. Latino dads are restless and it is clear that they were not expecting to find any of these artifacts hiding behind the wall.

There were also velas, matches and “OLD gum and weird red rocks” in the wall. *shivers*

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Someone had the courage to ask Sandra for an explanation of the photo she shared. “It was mad feathers, candles, matches, OLD gum and weird red rocks,” she replied. The very fact that these brujas were not allowing any lighters to be involved is just further proof that this was a bruja ceremony.

Sandra’s comadres were quick to come in with some protective measures.

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“Pour rubbing alcohol and sugar, then burn it sis. That sh** is wild,” tweets one friend. Look. We all have our experiences and beliefs around brujería. First and foremost, Latinos are believers, no question. Most of us just don’t mess with it because we fully understand its power and consequences by allowing that kind of energy into your life. Another friend told her straight up, “Ask a santero.”

Time to meet brujería with brujería lite.

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“Get your house blessed! hang up some crosses,” replies another friend. Ever wondered why Santería was born so naturally? Tell a bunch of Taínos and brujas that, also, this holy water will repel evil spirits and we just add it to our collection of tools. Slap a Saint on that vela and now you have the power of that spirit behind you. We’re not saying it doesn’t work. We’re not questioning the powers of anyone. *makes the sign of the cross*

Others think that Sandra’s family is already cursed.

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We love a friend whose going to be so brutally honest and unhelpful. It’s all over, comadre. Bendiciones to you and your family. Honestly, if we were to add all the superstitions of every Latinx family and take it as truth, we wouldn’t be able to do anything without it being bad luck.

So much for renovating the home–now you have to move.

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HGTV, we’re waiting for this quality-level plot twist. Bait us, por favor. We need follow-ups! Meanwhile, Justin a.k.a. @cozyyJ came in with something to consider, “Nah y’all buggin. Everyone here saying brujería but what if this shit was blessing ya house and now you took it away.”

Over a month post-brujería and Sandra says “so far so good lol.”

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Is it just me or am I reading into that “lol” as nervously-kidnapped-by-spirits laughter? No? Just me? We’re avoiding eye contact with all the walls and lighting mad velas for you girl.

READ: Aja’s ‘Brujería’ Is The Anthem For All Of The Brujas Who Are Just Living Their Best Life

This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

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This Iconic Mexican Food Won The Twitter Battle To Be Named Latin America’s Best Street Food

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Let’s face it: our community knows how to do street food like no other place on Earth. From the humble Mexican taco to Argentina’s choripan and Peru’s world-famous ceviche, Latin America is a street food lover’s paradise.

So it’s no surprise that Netflix launched an entire show about our comida callejera called Street Food: LatinoAmerica. The series focuses on street food staples from around Latin America and in order to find out which street food reigns supreme, Netflix launched an online campaign to declare a winner.

In an online tournament organized by Netflix to decide the best street food in Latin America, thousands of users voted for Oaxaca’s tlayuda.

If you had to pick your favorite street food, what would it be? Could you even pick just one? Well, that’s exactly what Netflix forced people to do with a new poll to determine the best street food in Latin America, and the competition was tough. But in the end, with 46.6% of the votes, the tlayuda, that giant tortilla served with a seat of beans, tasajo (beef jerky), chorizo, chapulines, and quesillo, won the Street Food Latin America championship.

The contest was part of a promotional campaign coinciding with the July 21 launch of the Netflix series Street Food: Latin America, which takes viewers on a gastronomical tour of six countries, exploring their cultures through traditional dishes.

The tlayuda went up against choripán (Buenos Aires, Argentina), acarajé (Salvador, Brazil), ajiaco (Bogotá, Colombia), ceviche (Lima, Peru), and rellenas de papa (La Paz, Bolivia). Conspicuously missing from the list were tacos, elote, quesadillas, plátanos fritos, pupusas, and so much more.

Several major figures joined in on the campaign to ensure Mexico’s win with the tlayuda.

The competition was heated and not one country was taking any chances. In fact, the Mexican government’s official Twitter weighed in on the contest, urging its citizens to vote in the poll. Also, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico took to Twitter urging his followers to vote for the tlayuda.

Mexico is known to celebrate big wins with big parties, and some nearly expected a crowd of revelers to form at Mexico City’s famed El Angel statue, where many big celebrations are held. Though thanks to social distancing, that didn’t happen this time.

Not everyone was happy with tlayuda taking the top spot – including some very angry Peruvians.

Mexico’s tlayuda beat Peru’s ceviche fair and square: with 46.6% of the vote vs. Peru’s 45.8%. It was a close race to be sure, but the tlayuda won. And it deserved it if you ask me. However, many took to social media to express their outrage at the results.

In fact, Peruvians helped get Amazon Prime to trend on Peruvian Twitter when they decried their followers to cancel their Netflix subscription and instead sign up for Amazon Prime, as a sort of revenge against the network.

For those of you not familiar, what exactly is a tlayuda?

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Mexico’s famed tlayuda is most popular in the state of Oaxaca, where it’s said to have originated. But you can find it on the streets in any major Mexican city (as well as cities in the U.S. with large Mexican communities) as well as in upscale restaurants giving the dish a twist.

But what makes the tlayuda so special? Chef and culinary historian Rodrigo Llanes told the newspaper El País that the tlayuda is a bridge between pre-Hispanic and European culture, calling it a “magical” culinary creation.

“I do not disqualify the other candidates, but I maintain my preference for the Oaxacan entry for its historical tradition that does justice to native peoples, for its flavor that is emblematic of mestizo cooking, and for its size, which makes it a dish to share,” he said. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Criticisms Of ‘Hamilton’ Are Valid And It’s All ‘Fair Game’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Criticisms Of ‘Hamilton’ Are Valid And It’s All ‘Fair Game’

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Update July 7, 2020, 4:00 p.m. PST: People are going after “Hamilton” because of its depiction of Alexander Hamilton, who was a slave owner. In a time when Confederate monuments are falling, some people want to cancel the show because it does elevate the people of the time. Lin-Manuel Miranda does not disagree with them

Lin-Manuel Miranda validated the criticism lodged against “Hamilton.”

There was a lot of criticism recently lodged at the musical. The renewed attention is partly because Disney+is streaming the very successful play during the 4th of July weekend. While Miranda has said the criticisms are valid, he did express the difficulty of creating a play and capturing every moment of the Founding Fathers in one play. There is no arguing that the Founding Fathers were not indeed problematic and owned slaves.

During this time, it is important to have tough conversations about the legacy of this country and what we can do to acknowledge and rectify the issues.

“Hamilton” is an exquisite work of art. The casting sets it apart from other plays that do not try to be as inclusive. Yet, it is very important to remember our history. Some of the people we are taught to celebrate and hold in high esteem are not worthy of that praise. Some are responsible for killing off large amount of native people. Others were involved with the brutal slave trade that created one of the largest diasporas in human history. You can honor the work of a Latino creator and acknowledge the flaws even he admits to.

Original: Families across the nation celebrated their 4th of July weekend watching “Hamilton.” The musical is one of the most celebrated musicals in recent history. Yet, some people have a problem with the musical and its debut on Disney+ has angered some Twitter users.

“Hamilton” is currently streaming on Disney+ and fans are so excited.

The very popular musical is a Broadway sensation. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play is one of the most celebrated shows in recent history with sold-out shows across the country. The play tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

The play has been celebrated because the actors cast in the production are all actors of color. It took a white story and was filled with people of color showing a side of Hamilton people don’t often address. Miranda admitted that he didn’t know much about Hamilton until reading a biography about the man while on vacation. He felt the story of Hamilton is inherently an immigrant story and deserved to be told with a twist.

#CancelHamilton started trending over the weekend and a quick search shows that most of the tweets are from conservatives.

There is a movement happening right now in the U.S. with people tearing down statues honoring Confederate soldiers and leaders. The Confederacy is the side of the Civil War fighting to preserve slavery and lost the war. The hashtag is filled with people complaining that other Confederate monuments are being torn down, so why not cancel “Hamilton.”

One argument being made against canceling “Hamilton” is that it is fiction. Those for the cancellation of “Hamilton” claim that is should be torn down like Confederate statues. Yet, those against the cancellation claim that the show is a fictitious account and not the same as monuments and statues built to celebrate a legacy steeped in slave ownership.

Some of the people defending the show are pointing to the cast of filled with people of color.

The show made history with its diverse cast offering a glimpse into history through the voices of people of color. This kind of representation gave young people of color a chance to see themselves represented in history. It might only be a play but it is a play that has captivated an audience of Black and brown people who can see people who look like them representing U.S. history.

It has reignited the debate about cancel culture being weaponized and weakened by bad actors.

The cancel culture has come after several celebrities and businesses calling out bad practices. It seems though that every week there is a new attempt to cancel someone or something. Cancel culture has come under fire for cutting people before giving them a chance to learn from their mistakes.

Some people want to cancel cancel culture instead of “Hamilton” and that thought is spreading.

Cancel culture has claimed a lot of people. It started to grow in prominence as social media became more and more popular and far-reaching. What do you think about Cancel Culture?

READ: ‘Hamilton’: Disney Plus Drops Trailer For Musical Film — Watch Now!