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12 Things Your Mama Owned While You Were Growing Up That You Probably Own Now

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Moms probably have the most influential role out of anyone else in our lives. When we were sick, they taught us how to get better. When we were having feelings, they showed us their love with pans of flan and bars of chocolate. They teach us how life should be lived, in good times and bad, and we carry all that wisdom into our adulthood.

Latina moms notoriously do things…differently than all the other moms. You know what that means? It makes us different. Here’s how to spot the Adult Child of a Latina Mom from a mile away:

1. You have HUGE bottles of Mane ‘n Tail Knock Off Horse Shampoo and Conditioner in their shower.

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You can’t achieve the J.Lo ponytail without shampoo literally made for horses. You might have been raised by a Latina mom if a quarter of your shower is taken up by these bottles that are big enough to wash a horse. Pero only bobos buy brand names. If your mama ever bought you Mane ‘n Tail horse shampoo, it was a luxury item.

2. You absolutely believe in Vick’s Vapor Rub’s powers, even if you don’t want to admit it.

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We made fun of our moms when they picked us up from school with the bottle of Vaporub in hand, but secretly, we believed. Now that we’re adults, we keep Vicks in the medicine cabinet alongside actual cold and flu medication just in case.

3. You have santería / brujería scattered around la casa.

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Before Sephora started selling “Witch Kits” and Urban Outfitters started selling sage bundles, you were blessing your new apartment by burning sage in all the doorways, and unpacking your velas. It doesn’t look cute, packaged with a rose quartz crystal or eso mierda. It’s ritual.

4. You kept all the prayer cards your mom sent you of her patron saint.

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Maybe you use them as a book mark, or just keep them at the bottom of your sock drawer. All you know is that you’re not throwing these Santos away.

5. Costco-sized portions of coconut oil.

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Before “Goop” started blogging about the benefits of moisturizing with coconut oil, your mami was frying up tostones in the oil while you sat with coconut oil drenched hair to “let it set.”

6. You have a Cuban mop in a corner somewhere.

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Yes, you bought yourself a steam mop when you first moved into your own place, but your mami refused to let you live without a Cuban mop in the house. “Confíame, am I ever wrong, mija?” Nope.

7. At least this much Goya in your pantry:

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Maybe it’s all immigrant moms, but it’s definitely 100% of Latina moms that pass on the gift of food scarcity to their children. I’m not going to feel safe unless I know I’m able to either feed myself 12 times or host a spontaneous dinner party at any time.

8. You have so many socks.

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Every one of your white friends either grew out of socks or just always thought they were for sissies. Not us. We protect our feet ’til death do us part.

9. You have a collection of this Polish pottery from HomeGoods:

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All your tías had the same exact plates and bowls and every time you visit HomeGoods, you pick up a random piece to add to your collection. Why, yes, I do need something to pour my creamer in, so that I can then pour it into my coffee. Translation: you basically have a pottery addiction.

10. You have a dedicated drawer to condiment packets in your casa.

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Maybe it’s part of food scarcity issues, and maybe it’s just good financial common sense. Either way, you have a paqueta of something tasty for your next meal, por siempre.

11. You have an evil eye hanging on your door, neck or safety pin.

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You grew up knowing evil spirits were out to get you. Don’t tell good news until it’s official official or you’ll lose that promotion. And don’t even think about existing without an evil eye around your neck or in your house.

12. Lastly, it doesn’t feel like the weekend until it’s spotless and smells like Fabuloso.

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We may have been admonished as children for straight up calling friends houses “sucio,” and that’s because we have a different standard of cleanliness. One thing’s for sure, it doesn’t really feel like home unless the smell of Fabuloso is in the air.

Don’t drink this at home, kids.

These 17 Latino Dances Were Huge At One Time And They Should Be Huge Again

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These 17 Latino Dances Were Huge At One Time And They Should Be Huge Again

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There’s something to be said about the versatility of dance. Feeling down? Shake it off with a boogie. Feeling happy? Feel even better by tapping your feet to the beat, babes! Trying to avoid that one socially-awkward cousin at a big family bash? You guessed it – it’s time to make your way to the dance floor. We’ve put together a list of stellar latino dances for you to try at home, so you’ll never be caught unawares when you next need to show off your moves. You’re welcome.

1. La Macarena by Los del Rio

If you don’t know the Macarena, babes, you’re lacking some serious cultural education. This Spanish hit was released in 1993, and the rest was history. La Macarena is a mainstay on the wedding circuit, and it unfailingly gets everyone up out of their seats when it starts playing. Even if you don’t have a rhythmic bone in your body, it’s pretty easy to follow the steps once everyone is on their third rotation of the dance.

2. Suavemente by Elvis Crespo

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If there is anything that is iconic about the video clip for Suavemente, it’s the clearly 90s-esque vibe it’s got going on. Elvis Crespo gave us a classic song for us to show off the best of our merengue skills. The trick is having a partner who can keep up with our fabulousness, right? Or, uh, making sure to move our hips to the music while we keep our upper body relaxed and slow-moving.

3. El Baile del Perrito by Wilfrido Vargas

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Considering that dogs are one of the best things in the world, it only stands to reason that The Puppy Dance is the goodest of bois. Dances. We mean dances. Wilfrido Vargas taught us all how to dance to the rhythm of a dog’s bark – and if that isn’t a worthy achievement, then we don’t know what is.

4. Hong Kong Mambo by Tito Puente

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If your abuela doesn’t know this song, you need to find yourself a new abuelita. Okay, if her cooking makes up for it, then you can keep her around for a little longer. Anyway, the Hong Kong Mambo was literally made for dancing the mambo. In fact, the album it was released on, Dance Mania, is listed on the US’ National Recording Registry, which makes it a certified banger. 

5. Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) by Las Ketchup

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Who could forget this absolute classic from the early 2000s? Even though no-one really knew what the lyrics were on about, that wasn’t really the point of the song. Rather, it was one hella bueno song to just swing your hips, your hands and your hair, and know that you definitely nailed it.

6. Retrato Cantado de um Amor by Reinaldo

But what if you’re in the mood to do a classic samba? Don’t worry babes, Reinaldo’s got you covered. This hit from Rio de Janeiro is played without fail at Carnival, so you better brush up on the samba before you go!

7. Payaso del Rodeo by Caballo Dorado

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Caballo Dorado’s Payaso del Rodeo starts out like your typical box-step kinda tune – think along the lines of Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart.” But don’t be fooled, since the song speeds up and will have you sweating by the end of it!

8. La Chona by Los Tucanes de Tijuana

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You know when the party starts to die down, and everyone’s taking a breather? Well, La Chona’s the song that gets everyone back on the dance floor again, ready to tackle the quebradita!

9. Lambada by Kaoma

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Even though Kaoma is a French group, they released their catchy song, Lambada, in Portuguese in honor of the dance style found in Brazil! It’s characterized by real fast, swaying hip movements, which were only accentuated by 90s fashion when the song was released.

10. Mi Cucu by La Sonora Dinamita

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So, this isn’t necessarily the fastest song in the playbook when it comes to putting together a Saturday night playlist. But, does that make it any less fun to dance along to? No, no it does not. Slow twirls are the way to go with this one. And it least it gives you some time to catch your breath!

11. La Bomba by Azul Azul

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You put your hand on your head, and then your hand on your hips. And if it looks like “this,” then you’re doing it right – wait, wrong song. Anyway, if you do as the man says, you can’t go wrong with La Bomba.

12. La Bala by Los Hermanos Flores

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If you wondering what song you’ll be dancing your next cumbia to, it’ll probably be Los Hermanos Flores’ La Bala. This El Salvadoran band gave us the perfect melody for placing your hand on your stomach, and then rubbing it. And yes, you’ll look like you’re hungry. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you’ve been eyeing off the guac – hopefully someone will take pity on you and save some for later.

13. 1, 2, 3 by El Símbolo-TNN

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This Argentinian hit is nice and easy – to be honest, it’s a great way to get the party started. The dance goes like so: everyone to the bottom, everyone to the top, then get close to your dance partner and shake it off. 

14. Sopa de Caracol by Banda Blanca

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It’s electro, it’s got horns, and it’s got unintelligible lyrics – it’s perfect! While the original music video had everyone shaking their hips to beat, you could probably get away with almost anything when it comes to Sopa de Caracol. This is your time to shine, babe.

15. Oy Como Va by Celia Cruz

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The cha-cha is a great excuse to get close to your dance partner and have some fun! Especially since there’s something real sexy about swinging your hips and shuffling your feet quickly in time to a fast beat. And so, Celia Cruz’s Oy Como Va is the perfect song to get those cha-cha-cha vibes going!

16. El Vanao by Los Cantantes

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This is the best song for letting your weird shine through. And it’s the best song for everyone else to get their weird on, too. If you’re not putting your fingers to your head in a mock-horn fashion, then you’re doing it wrong. After all, the point of it is to look like the music video! The original featured the artists dressed as deers, while remixes since have had computer-generated horns coming out of people’s heads. Yeah. Wow.

17. Za Za Za by DJ Oscar Lobo and Grupo Climax

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This song will have you clapping. Seriously! The true way to get into this song is by singing “mesa mesa” at the top of your lungs, and clapping along to the beat. That’s what makes it such a classic at quinceaneras.

So, which dance is your favorite? Let us know on our Facebook page – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page. 

Julian Castro’s Mom Gave Serious Wisdom About The Racism Latinos Face Today

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Julian Castro’s Mom Gave Serious Wisdom About The Racism Latinos Face Today

When discussing today’s volatile state of our country, the racism, the violence, the injustice, people often say “it’s never been this bad.”

How do we truly know for sure that something we are experiencing today, as a minority, as Latinos, is something, unlike anything previous generations have experienced before. We certainly cannot tell from history books mainly because history books often omit the Latino experience altogether. We sometimes only have oral histories to rely on. The stories elder Latinos share with us about what life was like in the past, before social media, before cell phones, and before the media ever reported about injustices against our community. 

Those special individuals are typically our grandparents, tias, la vecina, and more importantly activists that continue to fight for the cause today. Recently presidential candidate, Julian Castro said that he stands on his important platforms today primarily because of his mother Rosie. 

As a lifelong Texan, Rosie said the racism in 2019 is more evil than anything she has ever seen.

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In an interview with NBC News, Rosie who’s not only grown up in Texas but has also worked her adult life as an activist for Latinos said that she knows racism well because she has lived through it her entire life but what is happening today is extremely different from the past. 

“When I was in the movement, I knew the racism was out there and it was institutional. This kind of racism is different,” she said to the network. “That rhetoric has gone on for three years now, and I think we’ve all seen the rise of the hate groups and then even the rise of just ordinary people in a store that feel empowered to say something to a person who is speaking Spanish or is dark-skinned.”

Rosie said the racist words from President Donald Trump has single-handly inspired white supremacists to target Latinos. 

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She said he is the catalyst to our current crisis.

Rosie said that when Trump first got elected she immediately felt like she was back in time, as if it were the ’60s all over again, but adds that this time it feels much worse. She said back then, President Nixon and California Governor Ronald Reagan had a campaign against Latinos too. However, it does not compare to the injustices against Latinos today. She points out that Trump claims to be a Christian yet can spew such vile words. “He’s just allowed that to become a blatant racist part of our reality,” Rosie said. 

As a former community organizer in the ’60s and ’70s, Rosie said Latinos had a mission to work at making the country a better place.

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Now, Rosie said that Latinos are fighting for their lives. She also attributes a huge difference between then now on gun violence. Children today are afraid to go to school because mass shootings happen so frequently. 

Her son has always had a strong position against guns. He has spoken about it extensively during his presidential campaigning. Julian has said he will push for renewing the assault weapons ban, as well as limiting high-capacity magazines and, naturally, requiring background checks.

One thing that is inspiring Rosie — aside from her son running for president — is that so many organizations today are rising up to fight for equality and against racism.

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Rosie said the organizations she sees today does remind her of her time as an activist back in the day. While the injustices and crimes against Latinos is a stark difference, one thing that feels familiar is the energy from young Latinos rising together. 

Rosie has long been credited for influencing her sons’ work as public servants, to fight for Latinos and all people in the U.S. 

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Both Julian and Joaquin had attributed their rise in politics to their mother. It was her work as an activist and in education that made them both want to strive to make the United States a better place to live. 

In 2012, Julian gave his now-famous keynote address at the Democratic National Convention where he introduced then-President Barack Obama. In a few words, Julian not only paid tribute to the women in his life but also the American Dream that they worked so hard for. 

“My grandmother never owned a house,” Julian said back then. “She cleaned other people’s houses so she could afford to rent her own. But she saw her daughter become the first in her family to graduate from college. And my mother fought hard for civil rights so that instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone.”

It is because of women like Rosie that we have a platform to stand on as well. 

READ: Julián Castro Walked Onstage To Selena, Struggles With Spanish, And Other Ways He Lives The Latino Experience On The Campaign Trail

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