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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Just One Strong Latina Making Waves On Twitter

Twitter is an effective platform for expressing viewpoints and spreading the word about important issues in small, poignant sentences. We’ve seen many Latinos use the platform to get the word out about strikes, marches, and important legislation impacting their community. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most notable Latinas to use the platform to engage her audience around important issues. Here are some Latinas who are using Twitter to fight the good fight in the name of feminism.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, gained notoriety when she achieved the office of U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. She made history by becoming the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress at 29 years old. AOC is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and a strong proponent of women’s rights as human rights.

Jessica Marie Garcia

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Jessica Marie Garcia is a talented actress who has appeared in the popular Disney Channel original series, “Liv and Maddie” as Willow. She has also been featured in the television show, “The Middle”, and Netflix series, “On My Block.” Garcia embraces her curvaceous figure although her weight has been an obstacle for attaining certain acting roles and she has struggled with diabetes. She strives toward eating a nutritious diet and living a healthy lifestyle.

Sara Inés Calderón

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Sara Inés Calderón is a multi-talented app developer, writer, and speaker. She has shared her expertise as a software engineer as a contributor for Vice and TechCrunch. She is a supporter of diversity in technology, serving as co-director of Women Who Code, Austin, and co-founder of the Austin Diversity Hackathon. Inés Calderón also provides her talents to the Austin music startup, musx, as a lead mobile developer.

Kristina Pérez

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Kristina Pérez is a writer and scholar who has a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge. She has lectured at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. Pérez has written non-fiction and fiction books for both adults and young adults. She incorporates mythology, magic, fantasy, and science into her writing.

Cassandra Alicia

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Cassandra Alicia is the founder of popular social justice pages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Most notably, the Latinx feminist social media page Xicanisma on Instagram. She is outspoken about Chicano politics and Chicana feminism. She encourages conversations about controversial topics such as homophobia, misogyny, and xenophobia.

Patricia Valoy

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Patricia Valoy is an advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She is an engineer, writer, and speaker who discusses issues within the Latino community, such as racism and immigration. She focuses on the topic of women of color in male-dominated careers. Patricia works toward maintaining women in STEM without the hardships of sexism and discrimination. She shares her personal experiences in a STEM field as a source of inspiration.

Andreia Barcellos

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Andreia Barcellos is a human rights advocate who believes migrant rights are human rights. She holds the esteemed position of Secretariat of Development and Social Welfare in Medianeira, Brazil for American University. Her research on Haitian immigration to Brazil provides support for increased training of government officials to reduce hardships facing migrants. Andreia’s public policy proposals have provided valuable guidance for changes in the city of Medianeira.

Xochitl Alvizo

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Xochitl Alvizo is a co-founder of the Feminism and Religion project and website. She holds a Ph.D. in Practical Theology from Boston University School of Theology. She serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge. Xochitl’s research encompasses feminist theology, feminist ecclesiology, and postmodern forms of church. Her lectures focus on the areas of women and religion, LGBTQ+, the philosophy of gender, sex, and sexuality.

Jen Brown

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Jen Brown is an actress with a focus on voice acting who has also contributed as a director, sound designer, and costume designer. She considers herself an ethnically ambiguous Latina. She is a host of the feminist horror podcast, “Women in Caskets” and a Twitch game stream, JenBrownPlays. She was a founding member of The Vestige Group theatre company in Austin, Texas. Jen has also appeared in a variety of shows created by Rooster Teeth Productions.

Ellie Francis Douglass

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Ellie Francis Douglass is an accomplished writer who has taught English Composition and Introductory Poetry Writing at her alma mater, Oregon State University, from which she holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Ellie has had her poems published in the Missouri Review Online and “Sweet: A Literary Confection.” She contributes to Carve Magazine as Poetry Editor. Ellie shares her knowledge by teaching at Northwest Vista College and via the Gemini Ink’s Writers in Communities program.

Florencia Manóvil

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Florencia Manóvil is the owner of Mynah Films and has won the prestigious title of Best Filmmaker of the East Bay. She produces films that cover a diverse range of experiences including her feminist and queer viewpoints. Florencia’s film, “Fiona’s Script” won a Best Supporting Actress nomination at MethodFest. Her writing and directing talents gained her funding from the Frameline Completion Fund for her film, “Encuentro.” She continues to create groundbreaking works that encompass unique topics, such as the struggles of queer women who engage in esoteric practices as a means of survival in a patriarchal society.

Rosalie Morales Kearns

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Rosalie Morales Kearns is a writer with a background in copyediting and book publicity. She possesses an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and has taught the subject at the University of Illinois and the State University of New York at Albany. She has written feminist literature including, “Kingdom of Women,” “The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women,” and “Virgins and Tricksters.” Rosalie supports other female writers through her feminist publishing house, Shade Mountain Press. She also serves as creative prose editor for Women’s Studies Quarterly (WSQ) which is published by Feminist Press.

Natassia Rodriguez Ott

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Natassia Rodriguez Ott is a Research Education Analyst at Research Triangle Institute (RTI). She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. She is a researcher within RTI’s Center for Career and Adult Workforce Development. Natassia has conducted research for the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative. She is knowledgeable in creating education and employment opportunities for minorities and youth, including education-to-workforce transitions and career and technical education (CTE).

Heidi Hernandez Gatty

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Heidi Hernandez Gatty provides guidance to organizations through her business, Small Brown Girl Consulting. She is also co-founder of the site, altmamí, a platform which gathers content relating to the experiences and goals of professional Latinas. Heidi’s background includes diverse fields, such as theatre, technology, and finance. She is passionate about the arts as a vital component to economic and humanistic success. Heidi is also committed to social justice, economic justice, and civic participation.

Annemarie Pérez

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Annemarie Pérez is a writer who has been featured in, “Lowriding Through the Digital Humanities” by Punctum Books in which she contributes her expertise regarding Chicana and Chicano digital culture. She is an assistant professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Annemarie possesses an extensive knowledge base in the fields of Latina and Latino literature, including Chicana feminist writers and editors.

Dior Vargas

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Dior Vargas is a speaker and activist for mental health and works toward removing the stigma of mental illness in the Latinx community. She created the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project to bring light to the lack of people of color with mental illness represented in the media. Dior has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Newsweek, NBC News Latino, and The Guardian. She was granted the award of The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations.

Raquel Velho

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Raquel Velho is an assistant professor in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from University College London (UCL). Her research includes marginalized and excluded users, including issues of transport accessibility for wheelchair users. Velho has also studied gender representations and gaming addictions, social inclusion in Latin America, and immigrants’ definitions of and engagement with traditional Chinese and Western medicines.

T.J. Raphael

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T.J. Raphael is the senior producer of the Slate podcast network. She has experience as an editor for the renowned public radio station and podcast producer, WNYC. Raphael has worked as a reporter and editor for the New York Daily News, Folio magazine, and the Legislative Gazette. She has been featured in other notable publications including The Economist, Washington Post, and USA Today.

Flavia Dzodan

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Flavia Dzodan is a writer and the creator of This Political Woman. She focuses on politics, gender, state interventions, and migration. She covers topics ranging from bigotry to alt-feminism. Flavia includes culture, art, and science in her work. She has written pieces on disability discrimination and technology-related topics such as Big Data and the ethics of community surveillance. Flavia has also contributed her writing talents to The Guardian, libcom, and Global Comment.

Carly Figueroa

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Carly Figueroa is a journalist and Senior Producer for NowThis News. She launched NowThis Her which empowers women and covers issues including gender inequality and violence against women. Carly has been a reporter and anchor for FOX13 in Utah. She helped launch the HuffPost News video team. Carly has also contributed her expertise in the fields of writing, editing, and producing to AOL.


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The Internet Is Green With Envy Of A Prisoner Eating A Popeyes Sandwich

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The Internet Is Green With Envy Of A Prisoner Eating A Popeyes Sandwich

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Context is often everything when it comes to social media, but users have so many questions about how a Popeyes chicken sandwich landed behind bars into the hands of a “lucky” prisoner. The Popeyes Chicken Sandwich has taken the nation by storm, selling out at nearly every Popeyes. Some have made half a dozen visits to the fried chicken chain before being able to sample the elusive sandwich. This is the collective mood Twitter user FBG Eugene (@Eugne3005) was in when he was looking through his Instagram stories. Then, he sees his friend, Frank Gutta, post himself eating a Popeyes sandwich from his cot in jail, and he’s about had it. “N***** in jail ate the Popeyes chicken sandwich before me IM SICK,” Gutta tweets in joking anger, along with the visual proof.

Now, another collective meltdown over this sandwich is underway as people try to understand how Gutta even got the sandwich delivered to his prison cell, or posted it to social media, for that matter.

Before Frank Gutta sinks his teeth into the sandwich, he poses for a quick photo.

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“Trying to see what all the hype bout,” Frank Gutta captions the photo on his Instagram story. What’s more, it seems like Gutta has a second sandwich sitting beside him. “I’m dead af,” comments one Twitter user. Someone else tries to comfort Gutta’s friend, Eugene, who presumably is not in jail, saying “don’t get your spirits crushed homie! the man’s eating a soggy sandwich meaning that ain’t no regular popeyes chicken sandwich right there is a Popeyes Booty chicken sandwich or a Popeyes C****** chicken sandwich! either way you still have a chance for the original!”

Others wondered out loud if that cot is a prison cot or a dorm cot. “This look like some college freshman dorms. Whachu mean?” asks @KhariSafari. “Jail/college same thing” replies @___Yashiro. Khari Safari agrees, “except you owe more money after one of them.”

Gutta posts one more photo to his story to anonymously credit his “bae.”

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Looks like Gutta is on to his second sandwich, and remembers to offer a “thanks bae.” More outrage. “He didn’t even tag or say shorty’s name 😅He belongs to the streets,” tweets one Carmen (@3ntr0_P). What lengths did “bae” go to to ensure Gutta got his chicken sandwich? First, she had to overcome the hurdle that every other sandwich-seeking-American has to go through to just obtain the sold-out sandwich. Then… how did she get it in? “Wait… don’t that mean she put it in her cooc- nvm,” asked Sweet Don (@itsbbydon).

Some people couldn’t accept that the receiver of the holy fried chicken sandwich could be so cruel. “Or maybe she’s a guard and he’s tryna protect her job and his connection to the outside world,” offers Ashley Wilson (@anwxo). It’s a far more pragmatic explanation than it is a romantic one, but that explanation “makes a lot of sense… it’s all adding up” for Carmen. 

The conspiracy theories are in: “bruh gotta be busting down a female guard.”

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Light Yagami’s (@YvngLxnk) theory that “bruh gotta be busting down a female guard” is the most liked opinion on the matter. “They allow workers to bring in food at a prison, it just has to either be sealed or able to be opened to get checked for drugs/cellphones & other stuff. We damn sure didn’t eat chow hall food,” offered @TheNappyAfreaux based off her personal experience.

Humble-braggers are now flocking to the thread to glorify their victory.

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“I just got my 1st and 2nd taste of glory yesterday after 5 unsuccessful tries over the past few months. Added ketchup & cheese on them muff****kas,” tweeted The Wasted Talent (@NewRougeSton). Others are just dropping photos of the coveted sandwich in the thread with no caption and no likes. 

With nearly 64k likes and 22k retweets at the time of publication, the Internet is also wondering how Gutta was able to post the cultural phenomenon to social media from his cot. “Not only that … bro posted on his IG story,” tweets El Padrino (@ImGooooood). Other users are like “F*** it, he’s already in jail.” “People in jail still deserve some level of humanity. Glad bro got to try something that’s still next to impossible to get lol,” a @KhaptainKhan tweeted.

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MJ Rodriguez Makes History By Signing First Ever Beauty Deal With Olay Body As Trans Woman

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MJ Rodriguez Makes History By Signing First Ever Beauty Deal With Olay Body As Trans Woman

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Actress and singer MJ Rodriguez is having an incredible whirlwind year. In 2019, she continued her role as Blanca Rodriguez in the history making series “Pose.” Her moving and capitalizing performance won her “Best Actress” at the Imagen Awards; the first time an openly trans women has ever received the honor. She also became the first transgender woman of color to play the role of Audrey in a major production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Rodriguez even preformed the play’s popular love ballad “Suddenly Seymour” on the “Late Late Show with James Corden” ⁠— wowing the TV audience with her powerful vocals. In addition to all that success, this week, her activism, advocacy and talent was celebrated when Rodriguez was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 NEXT.

Now, Rodriguez officially has one more win to close out her successful 2019.  

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This week, Rodriguez made history by securing her first ever beauty campaign. The “Pose” star announced her new partnership with Olay Body at the 5th Annual Diversity Summit where she gave the keynote speech. She will officially be one of the label’s brand ambassadors — making her the first trans Afro-Latina to fill this role with Olay. 

“Olay Body is leading by example for other brands by opening doors for trans individuals like myself,” Rodriguez said during her speech. “I am so excited to work with Olay Body on this campaign leading up to my speech at the Diversity Summit. This is officially my first ever beauty campaign — I am so thankful to have the opportunity to show other trans women of color everywhere that they are seen and that they are worthy.”

Rodriguez’s campaign joins other trans women like Laverne Cox, Tracey Norman, Lea T and Geena Rocero — who have all recently worked with hair, makeup, and skincare brands in public roles. 

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Rodriguez isn’t the only one excited about this new opportunity. Olay Body also expressed their eagerness to explore the new partnership and the diversity and inclusivity that Rodriguez brings to the brand. In an email to “Out,” the body care company shared their excitement over their new brand ambassador.

“Olay Body is excited to work with Mj Rodriguez on this campaign, as Mj is truly a recognized trailblazer,” the brand wrote. “She has transformed not just personally and professionally, but also as a leading advocate for diversity and inclusivity. This makes her the perfect fearless partner, where she is able to share her authentic journey of feeling confident in her own skin. As we begin to plan for future programs, Mj is definitely top of mind. We can’t divulge specifics at this time, but stay tuned for what’s coming next!” 

For the first act of their partnership, Rodriguez did Olay Body’s 14 Day Transformation and posted the results on her Instagram. 

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While she’s incredibly honored to have been selected as a brand ambassador, the call from Olay caught her off guard. Rodriguez even doubted if she was up to the task.

“When they called me, I screamed on the phone, because Olay is one of the leading forces in beauty,” she explained to “The Cut” of her new project. “I was like ‘Oh my god, am I really being considered for this, am I worthy?’”

Rodriguez explained that for trans women and women of color, these opportunities don’t usually come around so she was overwhelmed yet honored with the responsibility. 

“For starters, I’ve never been able to be considered for a partnership like this,” she told “The Cut.” “A lot of girls like myself — trans women — we don’t get the opportunity to have open dialogue, let alone be in partnership with organizations like this. As a woman, as a black or Latina or trans woman, we have to constantly give words of affirmation to ourselves. It’s just hard for us. I’m just focusing on amplifying my voice, trying to get it out there as much as possible.”

Of course, Rodriguez’s online fans showered her with love and affirmation for her new role with Olay Body. 

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Rodriguez’s mentions are full of fans congratulating her and wishing her the best for her career. One tweet by @guida told the star, “You deserve every good thing coming your way, I’m so happy for you!” Another by @nel_mamaboho thanked the actress, saying, “I actually truly love you just because YOU ARE SEEN. Your visibility makes so many more of us unavoidable. Thank Y.O.U.”

Rodriguez is truly paving the way for the visibility of other trans people and people of color. As an Afro-Latina, a trans woman and a member of the LBGTQ+ community, she represents many groups of marginalized people. As such, her role with Olay Body will set the precedent that these groups can and should have a visible place in our society.

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