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21 Times Latina Celebrities Gave Some Serious Life Advice

No matter who you are, we all need life advice sometimes. And no matter who you are, we all need to hear more from Latina celebrities. These women have worked hard and overcome a lot to get to the top of their field — whether that’s music, film, or running the country. They have life experience and they know what they’re doing, so of course, they have some serious life advice. Here are 21 pieces of advice from Latina celebrities about everything from following your dreams to believing in yourself, to knowing when to ask for help, to knowing when to have fun!

Sonia Sotomayor

Source: Politico Magazine


As the first Latinx person to ever sit on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has had to overcome a lot of obstacles. She did this by not letting others get her down: “I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others’ expectations or let others define my worth.”

Selena Gomez

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The actor and singer was actually named after the first person on this list. She has this to say about mental health and when things get tough: “If you are broken, you do not have to stay broken”

Selena

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The Queen of Tejano music died tragically young, but she still achieved a ton and had a lot of advice to give, like this: “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away.”

Gina Rodriguez

Instagram @hereisgina


Gina Rodriguez was catapulted into stardom by her role in Jane the Virgin. She has this advice: “Enjoy [life], appreciate it, and be grateful throughout it all. It’s not a race, it’s a marathon.”

America Ferrara

Instagram @AmericaFerrera


Actor and activist America Ferrera wants young girls to know this: “To me, the tragedy about this whole image-obsessed society is that young girls get so caught up in just achieving that they forget to realize that they have so much more to offer the world.”

Salma Hayek

Instagram @SalmaHayek


Actress Salma Hayek wants you to know why you’re doing the things you do. “Before you do anything, think. If you do something to try and impress someone, to be loved, accepted or even to get someone’s attention, stop and think. So many people are busy trying to create an image, they die in the process.”

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Source: Wall Street Journal


Catherine Cortez Masto was the first Latina senator in U.S. history, so she knows a thing or two about fighting to get your voice heard. “I say this to women all the time: If you’ve got the passion, you believe in making change, and you’ve got an issue or policy or something that you want to do, believe in it. Have confidence in yourself. You can do it.”

Rita Moreno

Instagram @theritamoreno


Legendary Latina actress Rita Moreno has this wonderful life advice: “Smell the roses. Smell the coffee. Whatever it is that makes you happy.”

 Jennifer Lopez

Instagram @jlo


J-Lo needs no introduction. Is it any wonder she has some great life advice? “It’s the messy parts that make us human, so we should embrace them too — pat ourselves on the back for getting through them rather than being angry for having gotten into them in the first place.”

Selena

Source: Biography.com


Selena was an active philanthropist and often visited schools in Latino areas to talk about the importance of education: “Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.”

 Sofia Vergara

Instagram @SofiaVergara

Despite her acting abilities and her comedy chops, actress and model Sofia Vergara is often known for her beauty, but she says that people often get the wrong idea about beauty: “To me, beauty is really all about confidence. If you feel beautiful, then you are beautiful. Of course, I love to wear makeup and nice clothes, but at the end of the day, you have to feel good on the inside.”

Demi Lovato

Instagram @ddlovato


Singer, songwriter, and actress Demi Lovato says this about recovery: “The best advice I can give to anyone going through a rough patch is to never be afraid to ask for help.” 

Salma Hayek

Instagram @SalmaHayek


Salma Hayek has more to say about figuring out your path: “This the one thing I learned: How do you recognize what’s your true dream and what is the dream that you are dreaming for other people to love you? … The difference is very easy to understand. If you enjoy the process, it’s your dream. … If you are enduring the process, just desperate for the result, it’s somebody else’s dream.”

Rosie Perez

Instagram @rosieperezbrooklyn

Actress Rosie Perez has said this about self-reflection:”If we can’t look at the good, bad and ugly of who we are, we are never going to progress as people–ever.”

Soledad O’Brien

Source: The Wrap


Broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien says this about fear and believing in yourself: “I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?”

Gloria Estefan

Instagram @GloriaEstefan

Gloria Estefan started as a singer but has become so much more than that. So her advice isn’t exactly surprising: “Whatever it is your heart desires, please go for it, it’s yours to have.”

Zoe Saldana

Instagram @ZoeSaldana


Currently best known for her role in Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana wants people to know they shouldn’t be ashamed of who they are: “When somebody throws in a big word [that I don’t know] I just say, “I’m so sorry I don’t know what that means, can you please explain that?” I don’t care if I’m sitting at the President’s table having dinner, I have to be myself. I want to practice every day being myself. It’s not natural to me, it’s not natural to anybody – we’re human, we’re meant to worry about what the other person thinks, but you have to exercise it. So, I just practice it because I like this peace that comes from forcing yourself to not be anything else other than what comes with being yourself.”

Julia Alvarez

Source: NY Times


Latina writer Julia Alvarez says this about being true to yourself: “Each of us will have to make the choices that allow us to be the largest versions of ourselves.”

Jessica Alba

Instagram @JessicaAlba


Actor and businesswoman Jessica Alba has advice for all women: “No matter how different women are, we all seem to share the guilt that we’re not doing enough. If anything, I would say that as long as you’re doing your best, it’s more than enough.” –

Isabel Allende

Source: Modern Literature

Novelist Isabel Allende has been called the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author, but even she deals with doubts and fears: “Fear is inevitable, I have to accept that, but I cannot allow it to paralyze me.” 

Michelle Rodriguez

Instagram @mrodofficial

Michelle Rodriguez has made an acting career out of defying expected roles: “I do what I want, when I want, how I want.”

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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