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These Incredible Moments From ‘Modern Family’ Prove That Sofia Vergara Makes The Show Worth Watching

“Modern Family” has graced our screens for 100 years (since 2009), making it one helluva long-running and successful show. And while all the characters are great in their own right, I have to be real for a minute: Gloria is, hands down, the best character on the show.

Let me break it down for you. Here are 17 reasons why she rules:

1. She has no time for people who can’t get over her accent.

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Girl, preach! The sass is alive and well in this moment, and specifically directed at her husband, Jay, which I kind of love. Get with the accent or get out, buddy!

2. Her honesty is the best.

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Life is too short to be coy, so Gloria’s honesty about her thoughts and life in general is much needed.

3. She defends her home with such passion!

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DON’T YOU DARE PUT AN EGG ON HER HOUSE, EVER. She won’t just kill YOU, she’ll kill what you love, which is honestly so badass and horrifying. Hard relate.

4. She’s #humble and #modest.

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Hey, when you’ve got it, you’ve got it.

5. She’s not afraid to be totally unchill.

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Manny’s face in the background says it all.

6. She defends herself when people try to tell her she has a temper.

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*Dusts off shoulders* *Flips hair* *Sways away*

7. She’s totally aware of her own flaws.

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No need to spend tons of money on therapy. Gloria’s got it figured out.

8. She’s competitive. In an, uh. Healthy way.

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There’s nothing wrong with being a little… INTENSE. And if Gloria is anything, she’s intense.

9. She is truly empathetic.

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Just call her a modern-day Mother Teresa.

10. She totally owns being a strong, sexual woman.

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It’s refreshing to see a woman on TV who isn’t demonized for the fact that, hey, she likes sex.

11. She really and truly loves her family.

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It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about her son Manny or her step-granddaughters, Gloria is all about her family.

12. She can be endearingly awkward.

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You do you, Gloria.

13. She gets the struggle of being a Latina.

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Honestly, this is incredibly moving and hits right in the heart. Amen, sister. Amen.

14. She always manages to communicate even when she doesn‘t know the words…

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If you know more than one language you know sometimes you just forget the words.

15. She‘s always worried about his son‘s happiness…

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Like most moms she only wants what‘s best.

16. She‘s always teaching valuable life lessons to her family…

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She‘s one wise lady…

17. She doesn‘t take crap from anyone…

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Not even little girls!

Gloria, we’ll love you forever. Never change, girl.


What is your favorite thing about Gloria? Let us know in the comments below!

You Can Help Save Indigenous Languages From Extinction By Downloading One Of These 5 Apps

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You Can Help Save Indigenous Languages From Extinction By Downloading One Of These 5 Apps

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For many of us, our ability to speak Spanish or Portuguese is a huge part of our Latinidad. But with millions of people speaking Indigenous languages in Latin America, we know this is far from the truth. Spanish is, of course, one thing that unites most of Latin America together, but it’s a language that was imposed on us. It’s one reason some Mexican writers have rejected Spanish to write in Indigenous languages. For those of us who are interested in learning Indigenous languages, technology has become a serious lifeline.

We already use apps for dating and social media to checking the weather or shopping, so why not use it to help us get in touch with our deeper identity?

Several apps have sprung over the last few years to help us learn the Indigenous languages of Latin America. If you’re looking to take on a new language, here are a few apps you should check out:

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With an estimated 1.5 million speakers, Náhuatl is the most commonly spoken Indigenous language in Mexico. Yet despite its prevalence in rural Mexico, there are still few courses or resources available for learning it.

The digital app “Vamos a Aprender Náhuatl” (Let’s Learn Náhuatl) offers learners the chance to approach the language as spoken in the town of Acatlán, in the southern state of Guerrero. In a self-taught manner, you can learn the numbers, greetings, animals, body parts, fruits, plants, and some verbs. The app – which is in Spanish and Náhuatl – also features quizzes to help users retain their lessons.

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Kernaia has also developed an app for learning Mixtec, a branch of Indigenous languages spoken by more than half a million people. The app allows learners to navigate through 20 language lessons which teach greetings, numbers, and colors. The lessons are all set in the Santa Inés de Zaragoza community in the southern state of Oaxaca, and the app teaches people about the culture and traditions of the community.

Purépecha

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The Kernaia project says that its mission is to create “an ecosystem of digital content for Indigenous languages.” To move toward this goal, the organization has created a similar app for Purépecha, a language spoken by nearly 200,000 people in the western state of Michoacán.

After the passing of Mexico’s Indigenous language law in 2000, languages including Purépecha were given official status equal with Spanish in the areas where it is spoken. Digital learning aids such as those offered by Kernaia are vital to heightening awareness of both the Purépecha language and the culture of the Purépecha people, who often experience poverty and marginalization.

As well as teaching words related to daily activities, Kernaia’s website says that the app offers a journey into “the space where they take place: the family, the community, the kitchen, the field, the celebrations, and other elements that represent the town’s identity and enrich our cultural diversity.”

Habla Quechua

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Quechua’s one of the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas. PromPerú developed the Habla Quechua app “with the aim of inspiring Peruvian citizens and foreigners to use and take an interest in the Quechua language.” The app – which is available to English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish speakers – features quizzes and a live translator feature.

Duolingo

DuoLingo offers courses in more than 20 languages, including the Jopará dialect of Guaraní, which is spoken in Paraguay. There is also a course for Navajo that is currently in Beta. The app offers quizzes and immediate grading.

So what do you think? Are there any Indigenous languages you’d like to learn that don’t have an app yet?

Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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Keds Latest Designs Proves That Avoiding Cultural Appropriation In Fashion Is Totally Possible

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It’s always really cool to see a big name brand embrace the art of our Latinidad. It’s like a nod to all of the great Latinx artisans who add beauty and color to our culture. In fact, seeing consumers enthusiastically welcome these goods feels like further validation. With this in mind, it makes this new collaboration all the sweeter for us art and fashion lovers.

Keds is collaborating with designers Thelma Dávila and Lolita Mia on a line inspired by the Latina-created brands.

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In what the shoe company is calling a “collaboration fiesta,” Keds released three fun and vibrant new designs.

Some of the shoes borrow inspiration from Thelma Dávila’s colorful Guatemalan textiles. Alternatively, other pairs utilize Lolita Mia’s festive fringe as embellishments. These touches combine with Keds’ original platform shoes to make a unique product.

Of the partnership with these new brands, Keds’ website says:

“It’s so rewarding to be able to be a part of the professional and personal growth of women who decided to follow their dreams. Entrepreneurs (especially female ones) are always brave, they’re risk-takers that believe strongly in themselves. And we believe in them too. We’re so excited to introduce you to our latest for-women-by-women collaborations.”

The Thelma Dávila brand is named after its Guatemalan founder.

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The company specializes in designing and crafting unique pieces by hand. Furthermore, their products utilize Guatemalan textiles, leathers and non-leather materials. Obviously, this collaboration is built on a solid relationship between the two brands. Since last year, Keds retail locations have carried Thelma Dávila bags and products in stores.

On their website, Keds said the design collaborations were intent on “taking geometric design and color cues from [Dávila’s] native culture, our classic Triple Kick gets transformed into a fiesta-ready standout.”

Founded by jewelry artisan and entrepreneur, Elena Gil, Lolita Mia is a Costa Rican accessory brand.

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While studying abroad in Italy, Gil made a significant personal discovery. She realized that ethnic crafts and traditions were very alike across regions. Specifically, they were similar in cultural importance. In light of this, she decided to start her own brand. Lolita Mia’s handmade products embrace what Gil has coined a “Universal Ethnic Luxury.”

Of the collaboration with Lolita Mia, Keds’ website reads:

“[The] aesthetic shines through in these playful renditions of our platforms in the form of fun, festive fringe and punchy tropical shades.”

The Ked × Lolita Mia collaboration has two designs while the Ked x Thelma Dávila collab is made up of one.

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“Triple Tassel” is a multicolored platform with purple, pink, orange and white tassels attached to the laces. “Triple Decker Fringe” is an off-white platform slip-on with multi-colored fringe and golden embellishments on top. The “Triple Kick” features a neutral platform with Guatemalan textile accents around the bottom.

Each design is priced at $70 a pair. Moreover, they are available exclusively on Keds’ website. Be sure to order yours today and add a little extra Latinx flare to your summer looks.

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