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Back to School Supplies Under $25 That Every Little Activist Deserves

Education is one of the most powerful tools any person can have in their arsenal when it comes to organizing and being an activist. By knowing the system and history of the movement you are joining, you can better understand what needs to be done to succeed. The seed of activism can be planted when you are still making your way through the educational system.

You don’t have to fight for power. You already have it. If you want people to see your power, then you can stark by buying school supplies that show your strength.

What Would Frida Do? Journal | $14

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The answer is always going to be stay true to yourself, no matter what anyone thinks of you. Fight for your right to take up space in this world.

Spanglish Pencil Set | $8.80

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Such inspiring mensajes could only be stamped with gold foil, because Latinxs in power is gold. Plus, a bilingual pencil case has double the punch, right?

Erase the Patriarchy Erasers | $6

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If only it were that simple. You have to start somewhere, though, right?

Mamá Didn’t Raise No Mensa Shirt | $24.99

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Let everyone know that you are about to slay this year. You are smart and ready to take on the world, thanks to the way mom raised you. Get your shirt by clicking here.

Proud Latinx Feminist Tote | $24.99

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I mean, you have to put all your inspiring stationary somewhere, right? Wear it proud. There is nothing stronger and better than a feminist who knows what to do.

Empowered Women Decal | $2.95

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Because feminism isn’t feminism unless it’s intersectional, and women from all walks of life brought us here. Respeto. Put this sticker on your computer, notebook, locker, car, wherever. The future if female and the future is definitely filled with melanin.

Ponte Las Pilas | $6.00

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Translation: Get sh*t done. There’s no better place to stick that than your computer.

Frida Kahlo Mousepad | $14.99

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While you’re at it, might as well have an inspiring mousepad to in your computer workspace. The more Kahlo around you, the better. She overcame incredible physical hardship while challenging the binary and sexual expectations of women. That is a legacy to be proud of.

Bruja Vela | $14.13

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To set the mood. 😉 “We are the grandchildren of witches who could not burn.” Respect your ancestors and give them all the credit for getting you to where you are now. A lot of work went into getting you here.

Chingaderas Que Hacer Notepad | $16

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She’ll keep you motivated to finish every little thing you need to do. It’s also just nice to keep yourself totally organized since there is always so much on that very long list of yours. After all, we have to work twice as hard to compete in these unfair times.

Agenda Stickers | $5.95

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Whether you need a “keep your head up high, chula” during exam week or “ganas” to keep the momentum up on a semester long project, these stickers will keep you going.

Feminista Pencils | $8.68

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For when your other pencils become nubs from all that resisting. There is so much homework to do if you plan on taking over the world.

Spell Book Notepad | $20

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As a reminder that we manifest the reality we live in, that the thoughts we write down are released into the universe, and that we have the power to make sh*t happen, eso es.

Smash the Patriarchy Pens | $7.95

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Machismo is still alive and well in our community and we need to fight back to secure our futures. This matters and your education will take you there.

Vagenda Binder Clips | $10

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Just own your feminist agenda because it is time for you to own your space. Do it up and don’t ever apologize for being yourself.

El Que Nunca Se Pone Las Pilas Phone Case | $19.99

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Let everyone, including your mami, know that you might not totally meet their goals this year. There is nothing wrong with being average and sometimes we just don’t have the energy to make it happen. Get your phone case by clicking here.

Carmen Miranda Journal | $14

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She’s the OG “Si Se Puede” mami, and we want her face on our notebooks. She was one of the first Latinas to make it in Hollywood and worked hard to undo the fruit hat stereotype that was forced on her. She’s a pioneer.

Ponte Las Pilas 2018 Calendar | $6

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This one is for perspective. Every day might feel long, but when you see it on that little calendar, it’ll make you want to ponte las pilas in .6 seconds flat. Every day is a chance to make your successes come true.

Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History | $7.50

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Why fight? Why resist? Why break from the status quo? Because things have to start changing around here, for the better, and it’s going to take every single one of us getting creative and giving what we’ve got to what we have. Dale, luchadores.

La Que Nunca Se Pone Las Pilas | $19.99

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And, in case you are tired of being so stressed, know it is okay for you to unplug. Women are doing a lot of the lifting when it comes to saving this world. Some times, you deserve some down time. Get your phone case by clicking here.


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Nine Unexpected Frida Kahlo Costumes That Will Slay This Halloween

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Nine Unexpected Frida Kahlo Costumes That Will Slay This Halloween

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It’s that time of year again—leaves are changing, brujas are cackling, and we’re all trying to figure out qué demonios to wear for Halloween. Of course, the Frida Kahlo traje is a go-to homage, especially if you want to celebrate beauty, authenticity, and creativity with your costume. Yes, her flower headdresses and flowing folk skirts are quintessentially Kahlo, but as an artist and innovator, she was always playing with her appearance. 

If you want to honor the legendary artista this Halloween, here are some unique ideas that will wow Frida fans everywhere.

Genderbending Frida in her classic men’s suit

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Kahlo was an artist known for taking fashion conventions and turning them on their head. She was also known to embrace androgyny, emphasizing traits that were traditionally masculine (like her unibrow and facial hair) in her prolific self-portraits. She may be remembered for long braids, dangly earrings, and floral designs, but her openness to her masculine side made Frida who she was—and that’s also worth remembering.

Opt for a slick suit that does the queen justice
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For the ultimate boyish Frida look, try a cream-colored tailored suit (snag a tie and vest from a bf or bro). Top it off with a slicked-back bun and filled-in brows! Satin Double Breasted Suit Jacket, $89, asos.com

Androgynous Frida, but with a feminine twist

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Can’t get enough of that androgynous Frida vibe? We can’t, either. If you’re aiming for a slightly more casual look, you’ve probably got all the goods in your closet already. Pull on some dark jeans, a classy button-up, and a pair of bold earrings for a simple yet artsy ensemble, fit for Frida herself.

Choose an ornate necklace to spice it up 

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Want to dress the look up a bit without being too flashy? Add a splash of glam with a vintage statement necklace to keep it quick and easy, but with a more refined look. Handmade Bib Statement Necklace, $32, etsy.com

Frida kicking back on the terraza 

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Even in cool and casual linen digs, Frida exuded total elegance and grace. You’re hoping to embody her complete badassery in comfy, warm, flattering clothes, right? Then this soft, unassuming getup should be your go-to. You may feel like you’re in your pajamas (YAS), but slip on some high-heeled gaucho boots and you’ve got yourself an edgy look!

Wear a stylish linen tunic that lets accessories shine

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Whether you opt for classic cowboy boots or sexy stilettos, your linen tunic will be a perfect canvas for the finer details of your outfit. Plus, it’s the kind of thing you can wear again and again, even after Halloween’s over! Long Black Linen Tunic Top, $69, etsy.com

Frida in all her gothic glamour

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Okay, okay, finally something fancy! In addition to her characteristically colorful wardrobe, Frida could rock a demure and minimalist style. This look is not only chic—but lace and black velvet both totally fit the aura of the spooky season, making it a perfect option for any costume party.

Choose a shawl like Frida’s, with delicate details

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Frida’s frocks were always intricately crafted, often showing off meticulous, thoughtful flourishes. If you’re planning to mimic this classic black look, be sure to snag a garment that has a little something special, like this shawl with floral pattern and fringe. Black Burnout Robe with Fringe, $86, amazon.com

Frida…with a doily on her head

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Frida was an artist, and artists often go to strange lengths to express themselves. She is not only wearing a cute AF sweater in this photo—a cropped cardigan would be a great substitute, btw—but she has adorned her head with…not flowers, not fabric, but paper? Lace? What is a doily, anyway?

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In Mexico, papel picado is used to adorn all sorts of Mexican fiestas, and at the end of the day, it’s essentially a doily. If you’re looking to infuse your costume with a bit of symbolism—and you’re into the whole DIY approach to Halloween—consider using papel picado to achieve this playful look! Since she was a Mexican artist, incorporating this tradition into your outfit would add another layer of depth to your Kahlo tribute. Plus, you can emulate her even further as you flex those creative, crafty muscles! Beautiful Dreamy White Papel Picado Banner, $29, etsy.com

Frida in traditional Tehuana dress

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Widely regarded as quintessential Mexican dress, Frida was particularly fond of the Tehuana traje, with its ornate huipiles and full skirts. Native to Oaxaca, the Tehuana traje is symbolic of a largely matriarchal society, commanding a sense of deep respect and feminine power. 

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Tehuana women don these gorgeous outfits to loudly and proudly celebrate a wide variety of velas (traditional fiestas)—so it’s probably not a good idea to try imitating their traditional fashion. However, you can purchase authentic Mexican-made Tehuana garments at this Etsy shop, in other online stores, and (duh) in Tehuantepec!

Regardless of which Frida look you choose, use this Halloween as a way to honor her groundbreaking history. ¡Te queremos, Frida!

A New Exhibition Will Unveil The Rocky Relationship Between Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera

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A New Exhibition Will Unveil The Rocky Relationship Between Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera

An exhibition on the esteemed Mexican artists, lovers, and icons Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is coming to North Carolina. On October 26, the North Carolina Museum of Art will open the Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. The anticipated exhibition will include paintings, drawings, photography and film that aims to capture the 20th century artists’ bodies of work as well as their friendships and conflicts with political figures and their own impassioned and tumultuous personal relationships.

“Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection will emphasize a remarkable chapter in art history that is at once Mexican and global,” museum director Valerie Hillings told the ArtfixDaily, a publication covering curated art news.

Today, their tempestuous relationship is as famous as some of the artists’ most popular works. 

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Kahlo and Rivera met in June 1928 at a party thrown by photographer Tina Modotti. At the time, a young, bold Kahlo asked Rivera to look at her paintings to see if he thought that she had enough talent to succeed. Rivera, impressed by her work, later spoke about that encounter, saying, “It was obvious to me that this girl was an authentic artist.” The pair soon started a relationship, though Rivera was 20 years older than Kahlo and already had two common-law wives. It was the start to a messy, atypical romance.

Marrying at a civil ceremony at the town hall of Coyoacán in 1929, despite the disapproval of Kahlo’s mother, their marriage included immense heartbreak. 

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Over the years, the couple experienced and fought over everything from failed abortions and miscarriages to ailing physical health, to extra-marital affairs, including same-gender relationships from the gender-bending Kahlo. In 1939, the couple even divorced, only to remarry a year later with little change in their passionate yet rocky affair. Aside from the infidelity, rage, and distress that brewed in their personal relationship, the pair was often also at odds with political leaders as well. As communists, the revolutionary nature of Rivera’s murals, as well as Kahlo’s self-portraits and party affiliations, often put them at odds with political and religious leaders.

“Diego Rivera’s personality, politics, and monumental, social realist murals made him a celebrity during his lifetime. While he once overshadowed his equally talented wife, Frida Kahlo’s fame has far outstripped her husband’s in the years since her death,” Hillings added.

The pieces presented at the exhibition come from the long-time collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman. According to ArtfixDaily, the Gelmans became Mexican citizens in 1942 and at the time started amassing Mexican art. Their collection includes Mexican modernists, like Kahlo and Rivera, who became friends with the Gelmans, as well as their compatriots Rufino Tamayo, David Alfaro Siqueiros and more. 

The exhibition was organized by the Vergel Foundation and MondoMostre in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (INBAL). It is a joint project between the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. It includes research from the Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.

The North Carolina Museum of Art is presenting the exhibition alongside the Luces y Sombras: Images of Mexico | Photographs from the Bank of America Collection. 

Together, the fall exhibitions “celebrate these artists’ culture of origin as well as the diverse sources of influence they drew upon in creating their distinctive oeuvres,” Hillings said.

While the museum is commemorating the famed Mexican couple, not everyone is excited about the pair’s legacy. The fall exhibition comes weeks after the new U.S. ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau criticized Kahlo for her support of Marxism, stirring controversy on social media. The ambassador, who was appointed by President Donald Trump and sworn in last month, took to Twitter last week after visiting the late Kahlo’s home, La Casa Azul, in Mexico City.

“I admire her free and bohemian spirit, and she rightly became an icon of Mexico around the whole world. What I do not understand is her obvious passion for Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism. Didn’t she know about the horrors committed in the name of that ideology?” he wrote in Spanish. 

His comments immediately drew backlash from thousands of people.

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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection runs at the North Carolina Museum of Art through January 19, 2020. To recognize the native language and cultural heritage of the artists in the exhibition, gallery information will be provided in both English and Spanish.

Tickets are already available for members but will be sold to nonmembers starting on September 17. 

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