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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.


READ: The ‘Are You Going To Miss Your Mom’ Kid Is Back Two Years Later And He Is Ready For School This Time

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16 Latin-Themed Christmas Ornaments That Will Spruce Up Your Tree ASAP

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16 Latin-Themed Christmas Ornaments That Will Spruce Up Your Tree ASAP

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Christmastime is the one time a year that we can truly let our crafty side show. You can decorate your house however you please and no one can say a negative thing about it because it’s the holidays. The only issue is picking out a theme or opting to go with whatever you see at Target. Either way is fine, but why not show off the love you have for your Latin culture?

This year instead of just doing the basic green and red ornament styles that everyone seems to go for, choose some of these lovely Latin-themed ornaments that will definitely get the attention of your family and friends. We’ve searched the interwebs for the best Latin styled ornaments that you can either purchase or make yourself. Enjoy! 

A little Frida fun for the holidays.

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You cannot go wrong with these festive Frida Kahlo dolls for $13 on Etsy. They’re so cute, and perfect to have as decoration all year round. 

A disco Latin-themed Christmas tree.

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For those that have more eclectic taste and want to set a sophisticated tone, while also paying homage to your Latin heritage, we highly suggest these shiny retro ornaments from DirectfromMexico for $75.

A cactus kind of Christmas.

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If you have some time to spare, or would like to make a crafty side project with your friends and kids, these DIY cactuses are the cutest things to add to your tree. Need some help? Go to Mypoppet for instructions. 

Bella estrellas. 

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Nothing says Christmas more than a star. It represents so much and they’re so beautiful as well. These estrellas that can also double as piñatas are perfect for your tree. Get them at Crafttel.

Tamales to eat and to decorate. 

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While you and your family IS gathered around the table making tamales, be sure to save some of those smallish corn husks. As you can see from the picture above, they can make great ornaments as well, and you don’t need much material either.

Colorful yarn to spread around. 

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For a more intricate kind of DIY fun, these MexicanBeautyShop ornaments are simply delightful. And we should add again that they’re perfect wall decor even when it’s not the holidays. 

Merry Christmas maracas.

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The MexicanBeautyShop also sells these maracas that look great on Christmas trees. But if you want to access this look easier, just head out to any party store and purchase maracas and then tie them to a string to hang on your tree. Pretty easy. 

The Loteria cards can go a long way. 

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We love Loteria more than anything else, so why not celebrate that during Christmas time? For this idea, just buy a Loteria game that you won’t mind cutting up. Laminate each card that you wish to have on your tree, and that’s it!

Dolls for days!

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These Latin dolls, sold at Buganvillaimports, are perfectly festive for Christmas. You can also give them away as Christmas favors. People will love them. 

A piñata for everyone!

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You can get these mini piñatas at any bodega, party store, or Latin store. Buganvillaimports sells them too. If you put candy in them, you can hand these out to family and friends as well.

Ornaments with a twist of fun.

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If you have Loteria cards to spare, gluing them to old ornaments works just as well. All you need is glue and glitter and you’re set. 

Day of the Dead, Christmas-Style

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Who says Day of the Dead can’t be celebrated at Christmas. Bring out your Dia de los Muertos decor and place it on your tree. So inventive and resourceful. 

A real fiesta Christmas.

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While these paper ornaments are a bit more detailed and complicated to make at home, you can purchase them on Etsy

Mexi-Galore glam for the holidays.

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We can certainly bet you have a lot of Latin trinkets at home. If you have super tiny stuff, you can plop them in your tree, just stuff them in there, and your tree will be instantly Latin-themed.

Tender and sweet, Latin Christmas tree.

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These amazing colorful ornaments made of plush and yarn would make any humdrum tree a beautiful one. 

Ranchera holiday-themed tree.

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For Tex-Mex folks or lovers of Texas-style, we highly recommend these plush ornaments on Etsy.

Happy holidays, everyone!

READ: Here’s Why Everyone Should Celebrate Nochebuena At Least Once With Their Latino Friends

Frida Kahlo’s Painting ‘Lady In White’ Just Sold For $5.8 Million And The Mystery Of The Woman Lives On

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Frida Kahlo’s Painting ‘Lady In White’ Just Sold For $5.8 Million And The Mystery Of The Woman Lives On

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Ponder this for a second: If money was not a factor (yes, if you were filthy rich), how much would you pay for a work of art? Hundreds of thousands, millions?! Whoever your favorite artist is (mine is clearly Frida Kahlo), it probably wouldn’t matter, right? I’ve been to enough Kahlo exhibits around the world, and I always ask myself two questions: 1. Who are the lucky people in the world that can say they are owners of an original piece of art by Kahlo? 2. Could I ever own a real Kahlo piece of my own? Those questions are, at times, depressing because the answer is always a “who knows” and “probably not.” However, it is still fascinating to hear Kahlo’s real work — not the replicas or random merchandise — continues to be of real value. 

At a recent auction in New York, a painting by Frida Kahlo titled “Lady in White” sold for $5.8 million.

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The painting that dates back to 1929 or 1930 is very different from her most famously known pieces. Some art experts suggest that one of the reasons why this painting appears to be different from her surrealist and vibrant techniques is because Kahlo perhaps never finished the artwork. And, you can tell because the banner on top was left empty. 

It is said that Khalo painted this piece when she and her husband Diego Rivera were living in San Francisco. He was there of course because he was commissioned to do several murals. However, it is Kahlo who is still remembered by the San Francisco community — they did, after all, rename a street in her honor. 

The buyer of the piece is unfortunately unknown, but we do know somethings about the previous owners. 

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According to Artnet, Kahlo first gave the painting to another female Mexican artist. Photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo, “a major figure in the Mexican Renaissance of post-revolution art from the 1930s through the 1950s,” was the first person ever to own this million-dollar piece. It was later in the hands of Stanford University from the collection of Dr. Helga Prignitz-Poda, on loan. The 

Christie’s Latin American art sale sold “Lady in White” on Nov. 22 at their auction, and we are so curious as to who bought it. Art collectors, of course, can be anyone living in the one percent, so we just hope this piece of iconic art is in the right hands. 

There’s always been speculation on who the “Lady in White” is, but I have my doubts. 

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Some Kahlo experts say the “Lady in White” was Kahlo’s first lesbian lover, and the reason the painting isn’t finished is that “their love affair ended abruptly.” Another theory is that the woman was a friend of Kahlo’s and that this woman ended “their friendship finished unexpectedly before she can finish this painting.”

Artnet reports that in 2014, two people said the “Lady in White” was their aunt Dorothy (Brown) Fox. They also report that it could be a “relative or friend of Ralph Stackpole, a sculptor who lived with Kahlo and Rivera in San Francisco.” According to Virgilio Garza, the head of Christie’s Latin American Art department, that he thought the woman in the painting was “Kahlo’s high school classmate Elena Boder.” My theory is it could have been anyone that Kahlo felt was deserving of being memorialized forever. 

This is not Kahlo’s highest-grossing painting that was sold at a Christie’s auction. 

In 2016, Kahlo’s 1939 painting “Dos Desnudos en el Bosque (La Tierra Misma)” sold for $8 million. The highest-grossing Latin artwork ever sold at the auction is one by her husband Diego. 

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The piece, titled “The Rivals,” sold for $9.76 million, which put it on the top of the list. The record was previously held by Kahlo herself.

“It’s undoubtedly one of Rivera’s masterpieces,” Garza told CNN. “The viewer’s gaze recedes in stages, from the men in the foreground, to the brightly dressed women under the hanging papel picado. Rivera’s brilliant composition of intersecting planes creates a cinematic narrative.” 

Sure it’s an incredible work of art, but nothing and no one will ever come close to the genius that is Kahlo.

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Whoever the lucky buyer is, can you please loan it to any museum so we can see it in person too?!

READ: There’s A Frida Kahlo Exhibit That Features Rare Family Photos And It Made Me So Emotional