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Pigs Everywhere Are Celebrating The News That Two Pigs Were Pardoned By Miami Mayor For Noche Buena

Americans have weird traditions. There’s too many to list, but one of the most bizarre traditions of them all has to be the annual pardoning of the turkey. Each year in front of the White House lawn a couple of turkeys are seen running around like crazy chickens. We’re not sure where this tradition came from but the President of the United States “pardons” a couple of turkeys and basically saves them from being slaughtered and eaten on Thanksgiving. Why? Who the hell knows, but some people find it cute. So, as with most white-cultured customs in this country, we Latinos feel incline to take these traditions up a notch and make them our own. 

In response to the annual turkey pardoning on Thanksgiving, the mayor of Miami-Dade County is celebrating for the second year the pardoning of a pig before Noche Buena.

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In a public ceremony, the Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez chose two little piggies to pardon in celebration of the upcoming Noche Buena/Christmas Eve. The mayor tweeted, “New tradition in #OurCounty. Just like the President pardons turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving, as Mayor, I have pardoned two pigs ahead of Christmas. Thanks to the folks at Latin Cafe 2000 on Brickell Plaza for putting together such a fun event! #PigPardon.” Essentially the event is putting the spotlight on the Latino traditions for the holidays, but this year the county is taking the event even further by bringing awareness to the delightfulness of vegan cuisine. 

The Aguacate Sanctuary of Love, a wellness sanctuary, was chosen as the establishment that now has the honor of taking care of the two pardoned pigs. 

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The Aguacate Sanctuary of Love, which is also a vegan juice bar and store, rescued the two piglets named Petra and Peppa from a local slaughterhouse. Now that the mayor has officially pardoned them, they will be saved from what could have been their ultimate doom: death. Can we say the same thing about those turkeys that President Donald Trump pardoned? Probably not. 

Daney Cabrera of The Aguacate Sanctuary of Love told the Miami Herald that they already take care of rabbits, roosters, hens and other pigs on their property. 

“We want to show that we can co-exist with animals and thrive on a plant-based diet,” Cabrera told the newspaper. The company also encouraged people to not eat pork for Christmas Eve, which will be kind of impossible for Latinos. One of the most popular meals that Latinos like to indulge in on Christmas Eve is lechón, a/k/a roasted pig, and ham. 

The Aguacate Sanctuary of Love posted on their Instagram, “Thank you, @mayorgimenez and @latincafe2000 for this amazing opportunity. Bringing awareness to our community by pardoning two pigs’ lives. Please keep our piggies off your plate this Noche Buena and always. Much love.”

We must admit, this new tradition by the mayor is such a sweet gesture. But while we think this is a cute new tradition, we hardly think people will stop eating pig. Yes, there are so many reasons that people should go vegan, including that it’s better for our health and the environment. But let’s try to be sports about it, right?

If you’re interested in having a pork-free Christmas Eve, in honor of Petra and Peppa, here are some Latin vegan dishes that are just as good (or healthier replacements).

Here are some ideas, try Vegan Couscous Stuffed Bell Peppers. 

The recipe is available here.

How about some vegan pozole?

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Instead of using the beef for the pozole, this vegan alternative calls for jackfruit. If that doesn’t spice things up at your Christmas Eve dinner nothing will. It will at least be a good topic of conversation. Click here for the recipe

Vegan champurrado

PETA Latino has a delicious alternative to the champurrado that we love. This Christmas instead of using cow’s milk, they suggest using soy milk. I would also recommend using unsweetened almond milk. Click here for the recipe. 

READ: Haters Gonna Hate: Vegan Mexican Restaurants Are Opening Up And The Backlash Is Next Level

J.Lo Speaks Up About The Super Bowl Halftime Show And How She Wants Girls To Raise Their Voices

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J.Lo Speaks Up About The Super Bowl Halftime Show And How She Wants Girls To Raise Their Voices

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The J.Lo and Shakira halftime show at Super Bowl LIV was electric, powerful, empowering, and contagious. The two Latina performers gave Super Bowl viewers and audience the show of a lifetime. Latin pride was at the forefront of this year’s halftime show and there was also a strong political message because Latinos live in terrifying times.

J.Lo and Shakira used part of their halftime show to give a voice to the voiceless in the Latino and immigrant communities.

During J.Lo’s performance, her daughter Emme started “Let’s Get Loud” and the imagery struck a nerve with some viewers. Litter in front of the stage were children in orbed cages. Many have speculated that the children are a nod at the Trump administration’s immigration policies that forced children into cages and separated families.

The mother and daughter duo then covered “Born In The USA” by Bruce Springsteen and J.Lo flashed a Puerto Rican flag.

The Puerto Rican people, who are Americans, have been let down by the current administration as they try to recover from Hurricane Maria. Now, the island is recovering from devastating earthquakes. The Trump administration has actively cut funding to Medicaid in Puerto Rico as more and more people are reliant on the assistance.

J.Lo shared a video on Instagram right before the performance and included a rallying call to all Latinas and young girls around the world.

The global pop star wanted to use her performance at Super Bowl LIV performance to give people a chance to raise their voices. In a time where children are in cages, women are losing healthcare rights, and vulnerable communities are under attack around the world, these moments matter.

The Super Bowl LIV halftime show’s message is resonating far and wide.

The image of Emme “locked” in a cage while singing “Let’s Get Loud” caught everyone’s attention. Her voice, accompanied by a choir of children behind her, gave viewers a striking visual of children in cages.

Some pointed to other elements of the performance that referenced the administration’s treatment of migrants.

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There were so many elements of the half time show that people pointed to as reminiscent of the policies devastating migrant families. The lights behind the performers interlocked in the pattern of a chainlink fence we have all seen along the border.

Some people were very much bothered by the strong Latino representation at the Super Bowl.

Pobercitos. Who knew that strong Latinas on stage showing their brown bodies and Latin dancing would trigger them?

Some people are showing the double standard that exists among performers at the Super Bowl.

Women, especially Black and brown women, are often treated to this double standard. Somehow, dancing as a brown or Black woman is overly sexual when white men are not subjected to the same scrutiny.

To top it off, let’s not forget that the Super Bowl was in Miami, a Latino enclave and the halftime performance was representative of that culture.

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Kat Von D Beauty No Longer Belongs To The Famous Tattoo Artist, ‘I Just Can’t Do Everything,’ She Said

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Kat Von D Beauty No Longer Belongs To The Famous Tattoo Artist, ‘I Just Can’t Do Everything,’ She Said

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After 12 years of bold colors, vegan products, and cruelty-free beauty innovation, Kat Von D announced that she’s stepping down from her eponymous beauty line. The queen of vegan makeup sold her stakes in the company and the cosmetics line will be rebranding to reflect her departure from the makeup line. 

Kat Von D announced that she has sold all of her remaining shares in Kat Von D Beauty to partner Kendo.

The makeup line’s existing parent company will now take ownership completely now that Von D has formally resigned from her role. In a company press release, the brand stated that while Von D pursues her artistic endeavors, she will no longer be involved with the brand “in any capacity.”

Kat Von D announced she’s parting ways with her eponymous beauty brand after 12 years to allow the brand to continue to grow. 

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This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour! As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity. It's hard to admit this, since I’ve always said “You can do everything and anything.” But I don’t think admitting one's limits is a bad thing. With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that. The transition for you, my loyal customers, will be seamless. In order to avoid any confusion with such a big change, Kat Von D Beauty will take a moment to rebrand itself, so you will start noticing the change from KatVonD Beauty to KvD Vegan Beauty. I'd like to thank my beloved fans+followers who supported my vision to create a brand that stood for compassion, true artistry, and challenged modern ideals of beauty — most of which I never could relate to. I was able to create a makeup line that made outsiders like me feel like we have a place in this “beauty” world, and gave myself and others the tools to express ourselves in our own unique way, whether it was embraced by the majority or not. And I just couldn’t have done any of this without you! Lastly, thank you for understanding+respecting my choice, as it was a difficult one to make, but one I am proud of regardless, and am confident that the team will continue the KvD legacy! Here’s to many, many more years of KvD Vegan Beauty!

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The tattoo and makeup artist shared the news on Instagram, revealing that it wasn’t an easy decision. On top of being a new mom, launching a vegan shoe line, and preparing to release an album and tour in the spring, Von D admits she is no longer able to dedicate enough attention to the cosmetics brand. 

“This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long-awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour,” she wrote in the post’s caption. “As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity.”

Kat Von D dedicated more than 2 years to her vegan shoe line.

Von D worked to create her own shoe collection, making careful decisions about everything from a price point ranging from $90 to $350 to where, exactly, the pieces would be made.

“I became vegan in 2013 and, to be honest, I thought it was just a dietary thing,” she told InStyle “Then I was looking at my shoe collection and everything was either made out of leather or snakeskin, or the adhesive used was derived from horses.”

The silver lining for fans of Kat Von D’s cult-favorite products is that they’re not going anywhere.

Kat Von D Beauty’s iconic products like the cult-favorite Ink Liner and Lock-It Foundation aren’t going anywhere. Under Kendo’s complete ownership, the brand’s current product lineup will still be available, and there will be future launches. All products will still be 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. 

She continued  “…With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that.” 

As of Jan 16. Kat Von D Beauty is slowly rebranding as KVD Beauty. The announcement of the new name was made on the brand’s Instagram

“Today, our founder Kat Von D has parted ways with us, as she leaves to pursue other artistic endeavors (vegan shoe line and music). We wish her the best of luck and thank her for 12 years of partnership,” reads the post’s caption. “We are NOW renamed and re-branded KVD Vegan Beauty – and fully owned and operated by Kendo. The same team that created our iconic and beloved products for the past 12 years (and built the empire with Kat) is ready to make history again. We still value self-expression, compassion, and empowerment.” 

Von D launched her vegan cosmetic brand in 2008 with four red lipsticks.

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Now, there are over 250 products in the collection, which are sold globally in 36 countries at Katvondbeauty.com, Sephora.com, and Sephora stores. Products like the Ink Liner and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick are both fan and industry favorites. 

With Von D out, KVD Vegan Beauty will continue to offer its existing product range, and will now release new innovations under Kendo.

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“We are fully positioned to continue the brand’s growth and development in both product and marketing,” David Suliteanu, Kendo CEO says. “We have developed a very strong product pipeline for 2020 and beyond. The same Kendo team that made history with KVD Vegan Beauty is ready to do it again.” 

Von D added that during her tenure, she felt she was able to create a line that made outsiders feel like they had a “place in the beauty world.” She also expressed confidence in Kendo for carrying the KVD legacy.

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