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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

Untitled. Digital Image. Feminist Apparel. 19 August 2018.

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

“Chingaderas Que Hacer Notepad” digital Image. Artelexia. 19 August 2018.

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

Untitled. Digital Image. Valfre. 19 August 2018.

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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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

There are few people in this world that are as iconic as Frida Kahlo. She’s captured the minds and imaginations of generations of people from all over the world. We’ve seen her story told before, including on the big screen, but fans have long awaited a Netflix rendition of the artists unique story and now it seem like we may finally be getting what so many of us have wanted for so long.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation is developing a TV drama series based on the artist’s storied life.

Acording to a report by Deadline, the Frida Kahlo Corporation is working with a media company and famed Venezuelan composer and singer Carlos Baute to produce a drama series following the life of the iconic artist.

Frida Kahlo has inspired and influenced fans around the world and has had a major impact on the Latinx diaspora, the art world, feminism and culture as a whole. So, it seems that producers are pulling out all the stops to make sure they do right by the artist.

The series is being written by Latino talent, lead by Joel Novoa and Marilú Godinez. Novoa, who has worked on Arrow, Blood and Treasure and the feature film God’s Slave is attached to direct. The partnership will create a slate of content to celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo in different genres.

“The idea is to talk about what the books don’t,” said the writing duo in a joint statement. “The subtext behind each painting, the richness of Mexico’s 20th century and the revolution. Themes that are incredibly relevant at this unprecedented time.”

Carlos Dorado of the Frida Kahlo Corporation added, “Frida Kahlo corporation is always looking for talented people who know how to exalt the life of an icon like Frida Kahlo. In this case the professional team that has been formed is distinguished by its great professionalism, experience and most importantly the sensitivity to be able to approach a project as important and transcendental as Frida Kahlo. This high professional team will always have the support of Frida Kahlo Corporation.”

So when can we expect to see a series about one of the world’s greatest artists and feminist icons?

The team expects to start production of the series during the second half of 2021. A studio has already shown interest and the presentation of the project to the market is expected to occur in February.

“We are currently developing and writing the basis of the series and expect to be ready to present the project in the upcoming weeks,” the team said in a statement.

Also, why has it taken so long?!

Should the series find a studio and distributor, this would be the first drama series focusing on Kahlo in recent history. It’s been almost twenty years since her story was told on the big screen, when Salma Hayek portrayed the icon in the 2002 film Frida. That film went on to earn six Oscar nominations, winning for Best Makeup and Best Original Score. More recently, Kahlo was voiced by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in the Oscar-winning Pixar pic Coco. 

In addition to this, in 2019 it was announced that there would be an animated film about the painter.

But fans of the iconic feminist and artist have long hoped to see a TV series depicting her larger than life personality and role in shaping the world we live in today and it looks like we may finally get what we’ve asked for.

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If You Call Yourself A Frida Kahlo Fan Then You Should Be Following These Five Artists

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If You Call Yourself A Frida Kahlo Fan Then You Should Be Following These Five Artists

So many of us have been moved the art of the late Frida Kahlo. Even in death she’s gone on to inspire entire generations with her Surrealist self-portraits, lush depictions of plant and animal life, and magical realist tableaux. Not to mention her incredible life story.

She also inspired future generations of artists, many of whom are alive today creating beautiful works of art. These are just a few of the artists who have similar techniques, subjects, and styles to Frida Kahlo that you’ll definitely love if you’re a fan of Frida Kahlo.

Maria Fragoso – Mexico City

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Influenced by the style and narratives of Mexican surrealists and muralists, Maria Fragoso creates work that celebrates her Mexican culture, while also addressing notions of gender expression and queer identity. Her brightly colored canvases offer voyeuristic glimpses into intimate moments, with subjects engaging in acts that seem at once seductive and mischievous—often while gazing directly out at the viewer.

Recently featured in Forbes’s “30 Under 30” in the “Art and Style” category, the 25-year-old artist is quickly rising to prominence. Born and raised in Mexico City, Fragoso moved to Baltimore in 2015 to pursue her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. While in school, Fragoso was the recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship at the Yale Norfolk School of Art. Since graduating, she has completed residencies at Palazzo Monti and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Nadia Waheed – Austin, Texas

Credit: Message from Janus / Mindy Solomon Gallery

Born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents, Austin, Texas–based artist Nadia Waheed explores notions of relocation, displacement, and vulnerability in her work. Her life-size figurative paintings are both allegorical and autobiographical—the female figures represent her own lived experiences, as well as the multifaceted identities of all women.

Rodeo Tapaya – Philippines

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Rodel Tapaya paints dreamlike, narrative works based on myths and folklore from his native Philippines. Drawing parallels between age-old fables and current events, Tapaya reimagines mythical tales by incorporating fragments of the present. “In some way, I realize that old stories are not just metaphors. I can find connections with contemporary time,” Tapaya said in a 2017 interview with the National Gallery of Australia. “It’s like the myths are poetic narrations of the present.”

While the content of Tapaya’s work is inspired by Filipino culture, his style and literary-based practice is heavily influenced by Mexican muralists and Surrealist painters such as José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and, of course, Frida Kahlo. Often working at a large scale, Tapaya has been commissioned to create several site-specific murals, including one for Art Fair Philippines in February 2020.

Leonor Fini – Buenos Aires

Credit: Les Aveugles / Weinstein Gallery

Long overlooked in favor of male Surrealists, Leonor Fini, a contemporary of Kahlo, was a pioneering 20th-century force. Known for having lived boldly, Fini is recognized for her unconventional lifestyle, theatrical personality, and avant-garde fashion sense. Born in Buenos Aires in 1907, Fini was raised by her mother in Trieste, Italy. She taught herself to paint and first exhibited her work at the age of 17.

Fini had one of her first solo exhibitions at age 25 with a Parisian gallery directed by Christian Dior. Her work was then included in the groundbreaking exhibition “Fantastic Art, Dada and Surrealism” at MoMA in 1936, while at the same time she had her first New York exhibition with Julien Levy Gallery. Today, Fini’s work is represented in many major public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Ramon Alejandro – Miami

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José Ramón Díaz Alejandro, better known as Ramon Alejandro, paints idyllic still lifes of tropical fruits set in ethereal landscapes. The surrealistic compositions have a similar spirit to Kahlo’s less iconic but equally masterful still-life works

Coming from a long lineage of artists, Alejandro grew up with the artworks of his great-grandfather, grandfather, and uncle adorning the walls of his childhood home. After growing up in Havana, Alejandro was sent to live in Argentina in 1960 amidst political turmoil in Cuba, and has continued to live in exile since then.

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