These Celebrites’ 2019 Accomplishments Make Us Want To Step Up Our 2020s

Since we’re so constantly bombarded with news and information on the daily, it’s easy to get bogged down in the negative. Especially this time of the year when the weather might already have us feeling down in the dumps and the looming holiday season might have us stressed out. Also, it’s not unusual to be feeling a little dissatisfaction with what we’ve managed to do or not do with the past year. Unfortunately, this regret and guilt is pretty normal.

Still, with each new year comes a fresh start and there’s inspiration and motivation to be found when we look at our idols who have accomplished so many amazing things. They may not be our own accomplishments, but we can definitely take pride in the success of the famous Latinas who have dominated this year with their many achievements. Get hyped up for these great 2019 accomplishments and maybe they’ll get you ready for a prosperous 2020 of your own.

1. Jennifer Lopez

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Many considered Jennifer Lopez’s movie “Hustlers” her big screen comeback after years away from acting in major movies. While the initial reviews were promising, no one really expected it to be a huge success but JLo believed. The movie actually received critical acclaim and was called the best performance of Lopez’s career. It also gave the actress her highest opening weekend for a live action film ($33.2 million). For her performance in this film, JLo has earned nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Not a bad year at all. 

2. Shakira 

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Speaking of JLo, she shares another accomplishment with the second Latina on this list. Earlier this year, it was announced that Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira would headline the Pepsi Halftime Show during Superbowl LIV alongside fellow Latina artist Jennifer Lopez. The performance will be a history making one because this is the first time that two Latinas have ever headlined the Super Bowl halftime show. We’re sure the pair are going to bring some Latina excellence to their performance.

3. Selena Gomez

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The first part of Selena Gomez’s year was spent working on a project that focuses the narrative onto a topic that majorly impacts the Latinx community. Called “Living Undocumented,” Gomez worked on the 6-episode Netflix docu-series as executive producer. The series exposes the hardships of being undocumented in America an issue more relevant than ever. The Latina also focused on music in 2019 and her “Lose You To Love Me” became her first chart topping single in the United States. Her album is set for a January 2020 release so the new year is looking good for Gomez.  

4. Lupita Nyong’o

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It’s hard to believe that the phenomenon that is “Us” happened earlier this year but it did, in fact, come out in February of 2019. In the Jordan Peele horror film, actress Lupita Nyong’o plays not one, but two complex and fully fleshed out characters. As the movie’s main character and her doppelganger, Nyong’o gets a lot of time with the camera and audience so her performance was especially important. The astonishing portrayal has earned her a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. This award is voted on by her fellow actors so the recognition of her acting skills by her peers has to make this the highlight of her 2019.

5. Becky G

Instagram / @iambeckyg

Becky G started her 2019 with a return back to making English music after focusing on Spanish-language releases the previous year. The beginning of the year brought collaborations with artists like Maluma and Zayn but the musician broke K-Pop stan Twitter with her collab with  J-Hope on his remake of “Chicken Noodle Soup.” She also released her long awaited album “Mala Santa.” Music isn’t the only thing to have gotten her love; Becky also released a new palette with ColourPop Cosmetics that joined her existing makeup line. 

6. Cardi B

Instagram / @iamcardib

What has Cardi NOT done this past year? That would be a shorter list. To cover her many accomplishments, let’s start from the top. In February, she won 6 Billboard Music Awards, setting the record for the most of any female rapper in history. She made her film debut in “Hustlers” alongside Jennifer Lopez and became a judge for the Netflix series Rhythm + Flow — a hip-hop talent search alongside Chance the Rapper and T.I. Later in the year, she became the highest-certified female rapper of all time, was included by “Time” on their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world and was recognized by “Forbes” as one of the most influential female rappers of all time. Needless to say, 2019 belonged to Cardi. 

With all this inspiration, what will 2020 bring you?


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Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language


Latinas Share Why They Wanted To Teach Their Children Their Native Language

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In a world with so much rising intersectionality and access to language tools, many still feel that passing along the traditions of their languages is necessary. Studies have shown for decades that children who grow up in an environment where they’re exposed to different languages have a pathway ahead of them that is full of promise. Particularly when it comes to education and career opportunities.

But why else do some parents find it essential to teach their children their family’s native languages?

Recently, we asked Latinas why learning their native language is important to them.

Check out the answer below!

“So they can be a voice for others in their community .” –_saryna_

“Besides the fact that bilingual kids use more of their brains. I’d like to teach my baby my native language so they can feel closer to our roots and be able to communicate/connect with our community not just in the US, but in Latin America too.” –shidume

“So that when the opportunity arises they can pursue their endeavors with nothing holding them back!” –candymtz13

“It not only helps them be multilingual, but also reminded them of their ancestry. Their roots. It builds a certain connection that cannot be broken.”-yeimi_herc

“So they can communicate with their grandparents, so they have double the opportunities growing up so they know their roots. So many reasons.”

“Know where you came from, being bilingual for more job opportunities later, being able to communicate with family members.”- panabori25

“I don’t have children but I think a language is tied to the culture. For me Spanish is a direct representation of how romantic and dramatic and over the top in the most beautiful way latin culture is. Also I’m Dominican and we just blend and make up words which really represents how crazy my family is.” –karenmarie15

“If I don’t and they lose ties to their people meaning my family who only speaks Spanish and Italian than I myself am harming them. As a preschool teacher I always tell parents English will happen eventually that’s the universal language but teach them their home home language the one that grandma/pa and the rest of the family speaks. They lose their identity. Sure they make up their own eventually but they must never forget where they come from.” –ta_ta1009

“So he doesn’t lose the connection to his grandmother and great grandfather who only speak spanish. So if he ever hears someone struggling to communicate he can help and feel a sense of pride in his roots/culture. 🇸🇻 plus 🤞🤞 I want him to pick up a 3rd language too!” –cardcrafted

“To give them more opportunities in life. I feel that some stories can only be told with authenticity when they’re in their native language. If you have the opportunity to do so, please do.” –titanyashigh

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Michelle Obama Recalled A Moment When Chicago Cops Accused Her Brother Of Stealing His Own Bike When He Was Just 10


Michelle Obama Recalled A Moment When Chicago Cops Accused Her Brother Of Stealing His Own Bike When He Was Just 10

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As most Black families in the United States know, growing up as a Black person is seen as a great threat in and of itself.

In a country where the rate of fatal police shootings among Black Americans is higher than that for any other ethnicity, it’s no wonder that this is true. Or, why learning to handle the police while Black is a lesson taught so prominently beneath the roofs of Black households.

In a recent episode of her podcast, Michelle Obama revealed that she and her brother Craig Robinson learned this lesson years ago in a confrontation with the police.

Speaking with her brother in her podcast, Obama recalled the day Robinson was accused of stealing his own bike.

Speaking with her brother, a former basketball coach, and her mother Marian Robinson about childhood and parenting, Obama brought up a moment in which Craig was stopped by a couple of police officers while riding his bike.

At the time, Robinson was about 10 or 11 years old and had been gifted the yellow ten-speed Goldblatt by his parents. While riding the bike, a police officer grabbed hold of it and refused to let go despite Craig’s pleas and protests that the bike was his.

“I was like ‘Oh, you got this all wrong, this is my bike. Don’t worry, this isn’t a stolen bike,’ and [the cop] would not believe me, and I was absolutely heartbroken. And I finally said to him, ‘Listen, you can take me to my house, and I will prove to you, this is my bike,” Robinson recalled.

Fortunately, Obama’s mother was home at the time and ushered Craig inside of the house, while she dealt with the police. As her son recalls, “she had that tight lip” as she confronted the officers who had accused her son of stealing his own bike.

Robinson revealed that she discovered the officers were friends with the people who had made the complaint about Craig stealing the bicycle and demanded they come to her house so that they could “admit [they] made a serious mistake.”

Robinson described the experience as a “heartbreaking” one at various times throughout the interview.

“I could tell [the cops] were trying to ask me questions that would trip me up,” he recalled. “If I wasn’t so sure that that bike was mine and showed any kind of reticence, I could see them taking me off to the police station, not calling mom until after I’ve been, you know, booked or whatever they do.”

At one point, Obama remarked that the story is particularly familiar with ones being experienced across the country, even today. “Nobody thinks about, you know, the fact that we all come from good families that are trying to teach values, but when you leave the safety of your home and go out into the street, where being Black is, is a crime in and of itself, we have all had to learn how to operate outside of our homes with a level of caution, and fear, because you never know,” she recalled

Obama’s mother also described the experience as being “part of a culture” among police.

“Because those two policemen were Black. And they were acting exactly the same as any other policeman,” her mother remarked. “It’s almost like, this is what they thought they were, how they were thought they were supposed to act.”

All three family members noted how the incident is so familiar today. Despite the fact that decades have passed. “That’s the perfect example of what all of these young, Black people are dealing with now, because this was, almost fifty years ago?” Craig Robinson said.

Listen to the clip from the podcast here.

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